November 30, 2016


Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress will listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park. The first is on Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (actual crossing at 1 p.m.) and the second is on Sunday, December 25 from noon to 3 p.m. (actual crossing at 1 p.m.).

A request to amend a developer’s agreement for The Waxwood building on Quarry Street, in the historic Witherspoon-Jackson district, was the topic of a work session at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night.

Architect/developer J. Robert Hillier (a Town Topics shareholder) has asked Council to modify an amendment to the original agreement, which dictated that the rental units would be sold after a period of five years. Mr. Hillier told Council that should the units be converted, he feared tenants would not be able to afford to buy them. more


SHAKE AND BLAKE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown cruises up the ice in a game last year. Senior co-captain and star forward Brown is being depended on to be the offensive catalyst this season for the Raiders. Hun is scheduled to open its 2016-17 season by playing at Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last few years, the Hun School boys’ hockey team thrived on a freewheeling approach, featuring some talented performers whose offensive flair could overcome mistakes. more


QUAKER ROOTS: Built in 1781, the Princeton schoolmaster’s house, one of only two surviving Quaker schoolmaster houses in New Jersey and the only one still in use by a school, will be renovated over the next year to serve as a welcoming “front door” to Princeton Friends School and the Princeton Quaker Meeting property. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Friends School)

During the coming year, the 1781 Schoolmaster’s House and the adjacent 19th-century barn will be renovated to serve as a welcoming “front door” to Princeton Friends School (PFS) and the historic Quaker Meeting property on Quaker Road. Erected as a residence and classroom building, the House is today one of only two surviving Quaker schoolmaster houses in New Jersey and the only one still in use by a school.  more


HELP AND SUSTENANCE: During a recent visit to Matipwiri, the village in Malawi sponsored by Trinity Church, Ruth Thurmond Scott, center, delivered a supplemental food package to residents affected by HIV and AIDS.

Thursday, December 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual observance that promotes awareness of the AIDS pandemic. While AIDS-related morality rates have dropped dramatically in some parts of the globe, there are regions where the disease continues to claim victims at a devastating rate. more

Jeffrey C. Grosser, Princeton’s health officer since 2014, will become the town’s new assistant administrator starting in January. Mr. Grosser fills the vacancy left by the departure of longtime assistant administrator Kathy Monzo, who left earlier this year to take a position in North Brunswick.

“We did an extensive search and we had people apply from as far away as Chicago and Florida, but he rose to the top,” said Marc Dashield, Princeton’s administrator. “It’s really a credit to him.” more


Sustainable Princeton (SP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the environment and make Princeton a more sustainable place, has chosen Molly Jones as its next executive director. Ms. Jones, who brings to the job experience from volunteer and professional roles at a number of local non-profit groups, understands the organization’s accomplishments in the realms of energy conservation and waste reduction and the challenges to further engage the community in changing habits to change the world.  more

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund (PRCC-CDF) recently awarded $30,000 in grants to four local nonprofit groups.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation working together established the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund in partnership with the Princeton Area Community Foundation in July of 2013. Starting with a $500,000 gift from the Chamber Foundation, the goal was to provide support to nonprofit organizations located throughout the Chamber’s central New Jersey footprint.  more


Oscar Wilde died in Paris on this day, November 30, in the first year of the 20th century. He was 46.

“They could attack him, but they could not take their eyes off him. Derision was a form of tribute and, if it went on long enough, could not fail to be so interpreted. He could, moreover, appeal over the head of the journalists, to the people. This he did.”  more


Mimi Omiecinski of Princeton Tour Company has written a children’s book that celebrates growing up in “the world’s most perfect Ivy League town.” The book sells for $25 and features art by Courtney La Forest. For further information contact


James D. Zirin, a 1961 Princeton University graduate and author of the recently published “Supremely Partisan: How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court” will discuss this issue during a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5 in Robertson Hall, Bowl 016, on the Princeton University campus. The event, which will be livestreamed on the Wilson School’s YouTube channel, is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Department of Politics. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.


“INFINITE INSPIRATION”: This digital print by Pamela Turczyn will be included in the upcoming art show, “MANDALA, locating self” at the Art Times Two gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine.

MANDALA, locating self will be on display from December 2016 through March 2017 at Art Times Two, the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine. The gallery is within the offices at 731 Alexander Road, Suite 200. There will be a reception on Sunday, December 4 from 2-4 p.m. open to the public. After the opening, visits to the gallery are made by appointment, evenings and weekend days. For more information, call (609) 203-4622. more


Master potter Caryn Newman will open her studio to the public on December 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual sale of her new work. Newman makes functional pottery in stoneware and porcelain in vibrant colors. Ms. Newman’s work was featured in the juried Ellarslie Open Show this year. Her studio is at 7 Willowood Drive, Ewing. Call (609) 203-7141 for more information.

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ANNUAL FESTIVAL FEATURES A DIVERSE PROGRAM OF NEW WORKS: Two Princeton students are rehearsing for a new work by choreographer Olivier Tarpaga that will be performed at the Princeton Dance Festival at McCarter Theatre Center. Festival performances are scheduled for December 2 at 8 p.m., December 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and December 4 at 1 p.m. (Photo Credit: Elena Anamos)

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University presents the annual Princeton Dance Festival, in which 40 Princeton dance students will perform repertory works by Zvi Gotheiner, John Jasperse, and Mark Morris, along with new works by Kimberly Bartosik, Francesca Harper, and Olivier Tarpaga. Four performances will take place December 2 at 8 p.m., December 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and December 4 at 1 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. more


Renowned saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa and Director of Jazz at Princeton University will perform at Richardson Auditorium on Saturday, December 3 and Taplin Auditrorium in Fine Hall at Princeton University on Wednesday, December 7. Mahanthappa’s music hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music, a form that reflects his own experiences as a second-generation Indian American. In 2015, Mahanthappa was named a United States Artists Fellow. Previous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and a Doris Duke Performing Arts Award. In 2016, he was appointed the director of jazz and the associate director of the Program in Musical Performance at Princeton University. To purchase tickets for the December 3 performance, visit The December 7 performance is free. (Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz)


Darcy James Argue

Princeton University’s department of music is pleased to announce that bandleader and composer Darcy James Argue has joined the department as conductor of the Princeton University Creative Large Jazz Ensemble. The GRAMMY and JUNO-nominated artist, Guggenheim Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist will make his debut leading the Creative Large Ensemble on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall in a program including everything from classics — Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams — to more recent works and arrangements by today’s leading artists. The concert will also feature saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the new Director of Jazz at Princeton University.  more


The senses are fully engaged at twine. The popular shop in Hopewell is visually intriguing with a wonderfully eclectic display of many and varied items. Scented candles offer a refreshing aroma, and popular music (including 1960s favorites, Sinatra, the Beatles, Billy Joel, and more, depending on the mood!) plays in the background.

The taste buds are tempted with caramels, Junior Mints, Peppermint Crunch, Tootsie Pops, Hanukkah Kisses, Candy Cane Pop Rock, and shortbread. In addition, touching the merchandise is not only allowed but encouraged. There are no ‘Do Not Touch’ signs at twine. In fact, the sign specifically states: “Remember, if you break it, we put it in the wrong place.”

“I want kids to be able to touch toys and pick up things,” explains twine. owner Melissa Cookman. “It’s important that this is a welcoming place, and that people feel comfortable. We want to set that tone. We have lots of kids who come in, and people can also bring in their dogs. We welcome everyone!”

Originally opened in November 2005, twine. recently moved to a new location at 8 Somerset Street, still in Hopewell. more

November 27, 2016


THINGS ARE LOOKING UP: Preparing for two area holiday concerts and a busy touring schedule, the American Boychoir is on firm footing after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The boys sing in Princeton December 5 and 18.

Nineteen months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and nearly closing its doors, the American Boychoir is back on its feet. The famed private school and choir founded in 1937, locally based since 1950, has two upcoming holiday concerts in Princeton, gigs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a tour to China on its schedule.  more

November 23, 2016


ARTS ADVOCATE: Taneshia Nash Laird is the new executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, replacing Jeff Nathanson who is stepping down after 11 years. Ms. Nash Laird was executive director of the Trenton Downtown Association and co-founded MIST Harlem, a cultural and entertainment center.

The Arts Council of Princeton announced Tuesday that, after a national search, the organization has selected Taneshia Nash Laird as its new executive director. A regionally and nationally recognized leader in arts and economic development, Ms. Nash Laird will serve as the ACP’s third executive director since the organization’s founding in 1967. more


AMAZING RACE: Alex Roth, left, leads the way as the Princeton High boys’ cross country team takes off in a race earlier this fall. Last Saturday at the NJSIAA Cross Country Meet of Champions (MOC) in Holmdel Park, senior Roth took third individually to help PHS win the team title. It was the first-ever MOC team title for the Little Tigers and just the second ever for a Mercer County school (WW/P-N boys in 2008). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) last Saturday at Holmdel Park, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team appeared to be a dark horse for the title. more

Two separate fires on Sunday caused extensive damage to three shops on Witherspoon and Spring Streets and an office building at 601 Ewing Street. There were no injuries reported, according to Princeton Police Lieutenant Chris Morgan.

Fire departments from Princeton and eight surrounding communities responded to a two-alarm fire at 12:57 p.m. on Sunday at the Village Silver Shop, More Cafe, and Sakura Express in downtown Princeton. Witherspoon Street was closed for about two hours.  more


DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF MORVEN: Morven Museum & Garden was shining bright on Thursday’s opening night reception for the new exhibit, “Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey.”  His best-selling memoir “Born to Run” is the subject of this week’s book review. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

In response to the recent election and its aftermath, with fear and uncertainties that prompted a demonstration by hundreds of University community members last Thursday, Princeton faculty members and key administrators have issued separate statements of support for students’ rights and diversity, and against racism and discrimination.  more

The three Princeton professors conducting Monday’s panel discussion before a packed house at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Dodds Auditorium found themselves facing a different, far more difficult challenge than the one they had originally prepared for. The future under Donald Trump’s administration is full of uncertainty and extremes of possibilities, they agreed, and each ventured their “best guesses” as to what might happen. more


More than 120 children in the Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) prepare to delight audience members during the month of December. TCC is an award-winning nonprofit organization providing Trenton area youth with exceptional choral music training and performance opportunities. TCC has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, the United Nations, the South African Embassy, the World Café Live, the Washington Monument, and throughout New Jersey. For additional information, visit