August 5, 2015
SUMMER FUN AND LEARNING: Trying out hula hoops is just one aspect of Hop the Gap, a YMCA program — part of a national initiative — that helps prepare children for kindergarten. The kids get a nutritious lunch, go on field trips, play games, and catch up on skills they might have missed by not attending pre-school.(Photo Courtesy of the Princeton YMCA)

SUMMER FUN AND LEARNING: Trying out hula hoops is just one aspect of Hop the Gap, a YMCA program — part of a national initiative — that helps prepare children for kindergarten. The kids get a nutritious lunch, go on field trips, play games, and catch up on skills they might have missed by not attending pre-school. (Photo Courtesy of the Princeton YMCA)

 

Most Princeton children start kindergarten with a year of pre-school behind them. But an increasing number of the town’s low income residents do not have the resources to give their offspring that early start. It is this segment of the population that the local YMCA is targeting with Hop the Gap — a new program at the Community Park Elementary School — serving 23 youngsters this summer from low to moderate income households. The program is part of a national YMCA initiative. more

THE PRIDE of PCV: Proud parents and residents of Princeton Community Village celebrated the scholars in their midst at a celebration for students receiving awards from the New Jersey and National Affordable Housing Management Associations (JAHMA and NAHMA). The award winners, pictured here with JAHMA and NAHMA Scholarship Administrator Bruce Johnson, are: from left: Christian James Nazario, Alana Chmiel, Celaine Sackey, Cindy Guzman, Vanessa Guzman, and Mary Ebong. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Jackie Chmiel, Jonas I. Daniecki and Phoebe Hanna.(Photo by L. Arntzenius)

THE PRIDE of PCV: Proud parents and residents of Princeton Community Village celebrated the scholars in their midst at a celebration for students receiving awards from the New Jersey and National Affordable Housing Management Associations (JAHMA and NAHMA). The award winners, pictured here with JAHMA and NAHMA Scholarship Administrator Bruce Johnson, are: from left: Christian James Nazario, Alana Chmiel, Celaine Sackey, Cindy Guzman, Vanessa Guzman, and Mary Ebong. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Jackie Chmiel, Jonas I. Daniecki and Phoebe Hanna. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

 

Nine accomplished students from Princeton are the recipients of this year’s scholarships, given annually by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and its New Jersey affiliate (JAHMA). more

Max Gerbert

Max Gebert of Princeton was among the 15 students who graduated from Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, a nationally accredited non-profit education program for individuals with disabilities. The graduation ceremony was held on Friday, July 10.

Based in Westbrook and Madison, Connecticut, Vista provides a range of services and programs to help individuals gain independence and achieve personal success. Max came to Vista in July 2012 and has worked toward strengthening his social skills and developing vocational skills. One of his greatest accomplishments includes acting as a peer leader at a local job site.

Graduation is a monumental occasion that acknowledges the achievements of Vista students who have reached a level of independence and, as a result, graduate from Vista’s Entrance Program— a residential post-secondary program.  more

BelskyMystery author R. G. Belsky, of Princeton, will sell and sign his books and take part in other activities during the 2015 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, from August 7 to 9 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

Mr. Belsky’s latest thriller, The Kennedy Connection, is the first in a series of books featuring Gil Malloy, a hard-driving newspaper reporter with a penchant for breaking big stories in the New York Daily News. A former managing editor at the Daily News, he  writes about the media from an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and TV/digital news. At the Daily News, he also held the titles of metropolitan editor and deputy national editor. Before that, he was metropolitan editor of the New York Post and news editor at Star magazine. Most recently, he served as managing editor for news at NBCNews.com – where he worked on Nightly News with Brian Williams and the Today show and oversaw all digital news content on the NBCNews website. His previous suspense novels include Playing Dead and Loverboy. His website is www.rgbelsky.com.

Fans who register for this year’s Deadly Ink Conference can meet R.G. Belsky and more than two dozen other published suspense authors, who will share their expertise in three days of workshops and panels. 2015 Guest of Honor will be Brad Parks, the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty mystery awards. more

Gipsy Music

The Grammy Award-winning musical group The Gipsy Kings performs at The State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick alongside Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo on Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m. Melding the rhythms of flamenco, rumba, salsa, and pop, The Gipsy Kings have found worldwide success. Ticket prices start at just $35. To purchase, call (732) 246-7469 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org.

Music TogetherJanet Campbell, a resident of Frenchtown, NJ, just celebrated her 100th semester teaching Music Together classes. Since the summer of 1990, Campbell has brought the award-winning early childhood music education program to thousands of families in Flemington, High Bridge, Annandale, Whitehouse Station, Stockton, Princeton, Trenton, Hopewell, and Lawrenceville.

According to Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder and Artistic Director of Music Together, “Janet has exceptional stamina, creativity, perseverance, musical skills and knowledge. The thousands of Music Together children and parents throughout New Jersey whom she has taught have thrived because of her love for music and teaching. She also has prodigious guitar and vocal skills! She is our first teacher to reach the 100-semester milestone—and we are very proud and honored that she is a part of the Music Together family.” more

July 29, 2015

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Since neither Seurat nor Manet were on hand to paint the scene at Saturday’s Music Fest on Palmer Square, Town Topics’ Emily Reeves stopped by to capture this summer moment. Comments from some listeners are in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

FISHING THE FLATS: Adventurous traveler Melanie Tucker, shown here fishing the flats in Key West, will share her knowledge of off-the-beaten track destinations in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, this Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The travel designer will present a slide illustrated talk, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” as part of the Library’s summer series, “Escape the Ordinary,” which hosts writers, book groups, artists, and guest speakers. Ms. Tucker is the owner of Rare Finds Travel (www.rarefindstravel.com) and specializes in custom travel itineraries. For more information, call (609) 923.0304, or visit: http://rarefindstravel.com(Photo Courtesy of Rare Finds Travel)

FISHING THE FLATS: Adventurous traveler Melanie Tucker, shown here fishing the flats in Key West, will share her knowledge of off-the-beaten track destinations in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, this Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The travel designer will present a slide illustrated talk, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” as part of the Library’s summer series, “Escape the Ordinary,” which hosts writers, book groups, artists, and guest speakers. Ms. Tucker is the owner of Rare Finds Travel (www.rarefindstravel.com) and specializes in custom travel itineraries. For more information, call (609) 923.0304, or visit: http://rarefindstravel.com (Photo Courtesy of Rare Finds Travel)

According to a recent study from the U.S. Travel Association, America is becoming a nation of workaholics, with workers taking less and less vacation time than ever before.

Travel designer Melanie Tucker has the antidote for the time-pressed traveler. With a lifetime of adventurous, off-the-beaten track trips behind her, the former Princeton resident has a wealth of knowledge of three-day breaks that can deliver the feel of a much longer vacation.  more

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After welcoming Princeton’s new Animal Control Officer Nate Barson to the municipality (see page one story), Health Officer Jeffrey C. Grosser and the rest of the Board got down to business at the Princeton Board of Health’s regular monthly meeting last week. more

Hofer Museum

Princeton resident Margaret “Margi” Hofer has been appointed as Vice President and Director of the Museum Division at the New-York Historical Society.

With more than two decades of service, Ms. Hofer has contributed to or overseen New-York Historical’s decorative arts collections and exhibitions. She spearheaded the groundbreaking 2007 exhibition and publication “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls,” which revealed previously unrecognized achievements of Tiffany Studios’ women designers. more

Art Topic

That’s the title of the newest exhibition at Gallery 353, 353 Nassau Street, Princeton, which opens with a reception Saturday, August 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show features local artist Nancy Dawn Merrill whose 36 x 48 inch rendering of “Maeve, Warrior Queen” is shown above. Ms. Merrill’s evocative figures and lush compositions are descried as “bold and colorful, and gush from a spring of ‘pure imagination.’” more

Poppins Theater

Bella Lundquist as Mary Poppins, and the cast of Mary Poppins perform an impromptu flash performance during their fundraiser outside of Cream King on Monday night. Just one of the many high energy dance and song numbers from the show which will take place at The Hopewell Valley Central High School Performing Arts Center on July 30 at 7 p.m. and August 2 at 7 p.m.  more

Stories

People & Stories/Gente 7 Cuentos of Trenton is one of five organizations in New Jersey to be included in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarding of $36.6 million in grants for 212 humanities projects. The grant, announced Wednesday, July 29, is for $408, 378. more

July 22, 2015

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Last years cause célèbre seems almost lost in this view, with its geometric flash points and the European overtones of that battery of parked bicycles amid the makings of the University’s Arts and Transit work in progress, set for completion in 2017. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

TOYS FOR SMILES: Twin brothers Logan (right) and Sam Leppo are adept woodworkers who combine their skills to create simple wooden toys for children. Earlier this month they donated 50 kid-friendly toys — 25 cars and 25 dogs — to children at HomeFront’s “Christmas in July” event. Taking their ingenuity a step further, the boys have formed their own non profit group to help the less fortunate. The Hun School students plan to partner with woodworking students across the country to create handmade toys for every homeless child in America. By distributing their original designs to students in participating schools, they hope to make and donate 5,000 toys over the next twelve months. For more information, visit: www.loganandsam.org (Photo Courtesy of the Hun School)

TOYS FOR SMILES: Twin brothers Logan (right) and Sam Leppo are adept woodworkers who combine their skills to create simple wooden toys for children. Earlier this month they donated 50 kid-friendly toys — 25 cars and 25 dogs — to children at HomeFront’s “Christmas in July” event. Taking their ingenuity a step further, the boys have formed their own non profit group to help the less fortunate. The Hun School students plan to partner with woodworking students across the country to create handmade toys for every homeless child in America. By distributing their original designs to students in participating schools, they hope to make and donate 5,000 toys over the next twelve months. For more information, visit: www.loganandsam.org (Photo Courtesy of the Hun School)

Hun students Logan and Sam Leppo are twins who hope that their shared passion for woodworking will inspire others.

Over the past year, the brothers designed, cut, sanded, and assembled their own designs for hand-made wooden toys that earlier this month, they distributed to children at HomeFront during the non-profit group’s “Christmas in July” celebration. They gave away 50 kid-friendly toys: 25 cars and 25 dogs.  more

 

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The public is invited to view activities at an encampment at Princeton Battlefield State Park July 25 and 26. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Re-enactors of 18th century artillerymen of the Rhode Island Train of Artillery and Lamb’s Artillery Company and Mott’s Artillery Company, both of the 2nd Continental Artillery, will be going through their training in the handling of 18th century field cannons.  more

Tracy K Smith

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith as the new director of the University’s Program in Creative Writing. A professor of Creative Writing on the Princeton faculty since 2005, she succeeds National Book Award finalist and poet Susan Wheeler, who has led the program since 2011. more

shutterstock_130343024Community Options’ President and CEO Robert Stack will be the keynote speaker at the University of Oxford Childhood Education and Issues Program on July 22. Mr. Stack will speak on the subject of “Inclusion for students with disabilities into the workplace.”

He will discuss the successful Princeton School to Employment Program based out of the non-profit organization’s office at 305 Witherspoon Street and the ramifications of implementing a similar program in the United Kingdom. The Princeton program has served as a template for replication in South Carolina. more

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Each summer, serious ballet students across the country take advantage of their time off from academics to shift their training schedules into high gear. Instead of a few classes a week, they take a few classes a day — six days a week. more

July 21, 2015

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The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold the next in a series free walking tours of the D&R Canal on Sunday, July 26.

The walk will explore the part of the canal park between Carnegie Road in Lawrence Township and Alexander Road in Princeton, a distance of 5.6 miles. A shorter walk of 2.9 miles to Port Mercer is an option. more

July 15, 2015

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Mid-Summer Marketing Showcase on Tuesday, July 21, from 4-7 p.m. on the green at Palmer Square. The showcase is free and open to the public, with the rain date set for the following day. more

On July 7, at 2:04 p.m., a 28-year-old male from Hillsborough was charged with one count of theft by deception after an investigation revealed that as an employee of the Princeton University Store, he stole cash from the store register at various times during a 16 month period, totaling $26,000. Bail was set at $5,000.

 

CREATIVITY AT REST: Landscape artist and ideas man Peter Soderman (left) and wood and metal artist Greg Napolitan take time out to enjoy Princeton’s first Parklet in front of Small World Coffee on Witherspoon Street. Mr. Napolitan carved the two huge wooden benches in the parklet after being contacted by Mr. Soderman to participate in the tiny park that takes up two parking spots in front of the coffee shop. The project was a the result of a joint effort by the municipality, the Arts Council of Princeton, and several members of Princeton’s creative community.(Photo by L. Arntzenius)

CREATIVITY AT REST: Landscape artist and ideas man Peter Soderman (left) and wood and metal artist Greg Napolitan take time out to enjoy Princeton’s first Parklet in front of Small World Coffee on Witherspoon Street. Mr. Napolitan carved the two huge wooden benches in the parklet after being contacted by Mr. Soderman to participate in the tiny park that takes up two parking spots in front of the coffee shop. The project was a the result of a joint effort by the municipality, the Arts Council of Princeton, and several members of Princeton’s creative community. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

Visitors to Princeton’s first “Parklet” located across two parking spots in front of Small World Coffee on Witherspoon Street are not only delighted by the concept and design of the space. They are intrigued by the hand behind two enormous wood benches, each of which has been carved from a single block of wood.  more

New Hope

The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 24 through August 2. The Festival is proud to be honoring Susan Seidelman with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, August 2 for her outstanding contributions to film. Seidelman is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Her best-known film is “Desperately Seeking Susan,” starring Madonna, which Seidelman directed. For more information, visit www.newhopefilmfestival.com.

Waiters Race

DON’T SPILL IT! The walkways at Princeton Shopping Center transformed into a race course last Thursday for the fifth annual Waiters’ Race, sponsored by the Princeton Merchants Association. After Mayor Liz Lempert kicked off the event, 70 men and women from 15 local restaurants balanced glasses of water and BAI beverage bottles minus their caps on trays as they raced around the courtyard.  more