August 19, 2015

Books Genius

Pick up Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts and chances are you won’t be able to put it down. Just out, the book already has a waiting list at the Princeton Public Library.

Its subject is the Princeton University mathematician, or “mathemagician” as he’s been called, who invented the cult classic Game of Life back in the 70s. The game, known simply as Life, demonstrates how complexity can come from simplicity, providing an analogy for all mathematics and everything in the entire universe. more

Roxey Ballet

Kicking off its 21st season, Roxey Ballet stages its dance adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on October 23 through 25 and October 30 through November 1, 2015. Roxey Ballet’s Dracula interprets Stoker’s famed horror story through a complete sensory experience of movement, music, and spoken word with pyrotechnic, sound and lighting effects. Showcasing 14 professional dancers, the performances take place in the intimate, 72-seat Canal Studio Theater in Lambertville. more

Westminster

The Early Childhood Music Program at Westminster Conservatory will host free demonstration music classes on Tuesday, September 8 and Saturday, September 12 on the campus of Westminster Choir College. The demonstrations will be led by Jennifer Garr, head of the early childhood music program, and members of the early childhood music department. Parents may participate in sample activities with their child in a real class setting and learn about musical progression from the earliest parent-child classes through the lower elementary school grades. more

August 18, 2015

Julien Labro

Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro is just one of the many refreshing surprises on the new PUC125 “Performances Up Close” Series. The 2015-2016 Princeton University Concerts season will consist of a total of 21 performances, including two special events, six pairs of PUC125 events, and the Richardson Chamber Players series. Tickets are on sale exclusively online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org. Patrons will be able to buy tickets by phone and in person as of Tuesday, September 8 (All concerts take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted).  more

Milkweed

D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its annual Fall Native Plant Sale, held outside the Johnson Education Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 11 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 12. The Nursery is located at One Preservation Place, south of Princeton, off Rosedale Road. No registration is required.  D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants that contribute to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. D&R Greenway nursery staff is available to advise the best choice of plants for gardening projects.  The Fall season is a great time for planting projects; planting can be done into early November. more

August 14, 2015

BN TownTopics

Seven-year-old Sinjin Scozzaro spends summers in Princeton visiting his grandmother, Arlene K. Scozzaro. Before heading home to Austin, Texas, this month, Sinjin wanted to do something to help children less fortunate than himself. So he set up a lemonade stand at the Princeton Farmers Market outside Princeton Public Library this week, raising $213.25 for Christines Hope Charity proving one is never too young to reach out and help others.

August 12, 2015

FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.

FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.

There aren’t many left anymore. Those familiar family-owned, independently-operated businesses that used to line Princeton’s downtown and streetscape are now largely part of its past, not its present.

Fortunately, Hinkson’s, The Office Store, continues to thrive. Quality products, personal service, a helpful, knowledgeable staff, and loyal customers are all part of the Hinkson success story. Its tradition and reputation have truly stood the test of time. more

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It’s said that an encounter with a butterfly inspired William Blake’s poem “Eternity,” in which “he who kisses joy as it flies/Lives in eternity’s sunrise.” The joy-kissing balloon-chasing children Blake would say were “born to sweet delight” are having the time of their lives at Saturday’s Watershed Butterfly Festival. The poet, who died on this day in 1827, is remembered in this week’s book review. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

BIKING TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS: Mark Petrovic, right, with his friend and colleague Alex Ju, set out on a bicycle ride to raise funds to help those with Pompe’s Disease. The boys raised nearly $4,000 on their recent expedition up the east coast.

BIKING TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS: Mark Petrovic, right, with his friend and colleague Alex Ju, set out on a bicycle ride to raise funds to help those with Pompe’s Disease. The boys raised nearly $4,000 on their recent expedition up the east coast.

Growing up healthy and secure with demanding schedules of school, sports, and other activities, Princeton teenagers can easily forget that there are those in less fortunate circumstances. But thanks, in part, to community service requirements by their schools, more young people are making the needs of others a priority. Among them are two local high school students, both of whom say their lives have been altered through recent efforts to help others. more

ALZHThe Alzheimer’s Association is inviting the Mercer, Somerset, and Middlesex County area (and beyond) residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday, October 4 in Princeton at ETS.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for over 2,500 participants in Princeton who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the Promise Garden ceremony. more

REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL: Barbara Warren’s thought provoking image will be part of an exhibition by members of the Princeton Photography Club at Gallery 14 in Hopewell from August 14 through September 6. Titled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” the exhibition includes work that is a personal response to the emotional experiences of each photographer. There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila or Carl Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit: www.princetonphotoclub.org. For more on Gallery 14, visit: http://photogallery14.com.(Image Courtesy of the Artist).

REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL: Barbara Warren’s thought provoking image will be part of an exhibition by members of the Princeton Photography Club at Gallery 14 in Hopewell from August 14 through September 6. Titled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” the exhibition includes work that is a personal response to the emotional experiences of each photographer. There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila or Carl Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit: www.princetonphotoclub.org. (Image Courtesy of the Artist).

The Princeton Photography Club (PPC) presents an original photographic exhibit entitled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” from August 14 through September 6. at Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street in Hopewell.

There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. This opportunity to meet and talk with the photographers is a way to understand more about each person’s individual path to healing. For all of the exhibitors, “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” is a very personal show as is evidenced by the images on display.  more

Congo Concert

Four-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will appear in concert at The College of New Jersey on September 20 to benefit charities that are performing humanitarian work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The concert “Chanson pour le Congo III” will be held at the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2:15 p.m. The event is presented by TCNJ’s Women and Gender Studies Program, Women in Learning and Leadership, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.  more

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