September 28, 2016

A. Brad Schwartz, author of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, will visit Somerset County Library System of New Jersey to reexamine this landmark moment in media history, showing that the broadcast was history’s first viral media phenomenon — decades before the age of Twitter and 24-hour news. more

September 27, 2016


WEBB MASTER: Princeton High football player Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe earlier this season. Last Friday evening at Hightstown, sophomore receiver Webb enjoyed a breakout game, making six catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Little Tigers rolled to a 33-0 win over the Rams. PHS, now 1-1, plays at WW/P-N (1-1) on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High football team locked in a scoreless tie in the second quarter at Hightstown last Friday evening, Isaac Webb caught the ball in the flat and decided it was time for him to make a breakthrough. more

September 25, 2016


Sarah Churgin and Katherine Van Dell, appraisers at Rago Auctions and “Antiques Roadshow,” will be at Morven Museum and Garden on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to appraise jewelry. “Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition or even more jewelry,” says Sarah, who directs Rago’s jewelry department. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of that sale to Morven Museum and Garden. Sarah and Katherine are scheduling appointments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no appointment is necessary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).  more

September 22, 2016


REVOLUTION AT PRINCETON: Artillery demonstrations will start the day’s celebrations this Saturday at Princeton Battlefield, as the Battlefield Society hosts a series of educational and entertaining events in approaching the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal clash in the American Revolution. (Photo by John Lien)

On January 3, 1777 General George Washington’s revolutionary forces fought and defeated British troops in the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal event in the American Revolution. more


GROUND AND POUND: Princeton University football player Joe Rhattigan carries the ball last Saturday in the season opener against visiting Lafayette. Senior running back and tri-captain Rhattigan rushed for a career-high 136 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns to help Princeton defeat the Leopards 35-31. Princeton plays at Lehigh (1-2) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace will tell you that senior running back and tri-captain Joe Rhattigan is the strong and silent type. more

September 21, 2016


Princeton’s 25th Jazz Feast drew a standing-room-only crowd to Palmer Square Sunday. Performers included Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band, Chuck Redd, Spanglish Fly, the Pete and Will Anderson Quintet, and Professor Cunningham and his Old School. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


RALLYING THE FAITHFUL: A crowd of more than 1000 filled Democratic headquarters, the Triumph Brewery overflow area below and the sidewalks of Nassau Street to hear U.S. Senator Cory Booker (shown here) and to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Sunday. (Photo by Timothy K. Quinn)

More than a thousand Hillary Clinton supporters filled the Democratic Campaign headquarters, filled an overflow area in The Triumph Brewery below, and lined up on Nassau Street Sunday to celebrate their candidate and greet U.S. Senator Cory Booker. more

Owen Bardzilowski, 14-year-old ninth grader at Princeton High School who took his own life at his family’s home on Henry Street last Thursday, has been remembered and mourned by many different people in many different ways during the past week. more

Fed up with the ongoing shutdown of transportation projects including the replacement of a bridge on Carter Road, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has announced that the county has served a “notice of claim” against the State of New Jersey and the Department of Transportation. more

Responding to the explosions in New York City and Seaside Park last weekend, the Coalition for Peace Action and Muslims for Peace are collaborating on a rally and candlelight vigil to take place Friday evening, September 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Square. more

If you listened to National Public Radio in recent weeks, you may have heard a series by journalist Deborah Amos about a family of Syrian refugees in Princeton. The compelling broadcasts focused on efforts by volunteers from Nassau Presbyterian Church to help settle the family of six, who arrived here last May. more


Keynote Address Speaker Kevin Hines

NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its eighth annual Harvest of Hope wellness conference on Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, this education event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public.  more


Author David O. Stewart

The Pennington School history department will host author David O. Stewart on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum, Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. The event is free and open to all members of the community and general public. more


We were sort of talking a new language. — Slim Gaillard (1916-1991) 

Asked by the editors of TIME to define the last word of his catchy line of word jazz, “the flat foot floosie with the floy-floy,” guitarist, pianist, and Johnny Appleseed of jive Slim Gaillard made the comment about “a new language,” suggesting that the “floy-floy” was just “extra business” — “you got the whole dance right there; you’re swinging. See what I mean?”  more

With a $500,000 contribution from Princeton University added to its coffers this month, the Princeton Fire and Rescue Squad (PFARS) is a few steps closer to construction of a new $7.5 million headquarters at the former location of Princeton’s Public Works Department between Route 206 and Valley Road. more


Due to its sensitive environmental characteristics, a 62-acre tract on Spring Hill Road in the Sourlands is targeted for preservation in Montgomery Township’s open space master plan and now under contract for acquisition. Two headwater streams, wetlands, and steeply sloping hills make up the tract, which is also home to mature upland beech, oak, and tulip poplars. New Jersey Conservation Foundation approached the township to assist in brokering a deal with the landowner, Thompson Land. The price for the property is approximately $1.05 million, half of which will be funded by grants from the state Green Acres program and the other half by the township’s Open Space Tax.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Princeton University number one in the Best National Universities category for the second year in a row. The 2017 Best Colleges rankings reviews more than 1,800 schools and considers academic excellence, graduation, and retention rates. more


“INEVITABLE NO. 3”: This 12”x11” oil on wood by Laura Rutherford Renner will be on display at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville starting in October.

The spaces and people that enable us to grow and thrive, the settings that are beset by transformation or neglect, are the focus of the work by Alla Podolsky and Laura Rutherford Renner at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville from October 6 to November 6, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. The closing will take place on Sunday, November 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. more


FORBIDDEN PASSION: Father Monroe (Raul Mendez) visits Marcela (Hannia Guillen) and her struggling Cuban-American family, but his pastoral kindness turns into much more, in McCarter Theatre’s production of Nilo Cruz’s world premiere of “Bathing in Moonlight” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through October 9. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Father Monroe (Raul Mendez) welcomes the audience into his church in the opening moments of Bathing in Moonlight, Nilo Cruz’s new play, currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. The smiling priest in his 40s, attractive, warm, addressing his “parishioners” individually as friends, makes his way down the aisle to the stage, where Edward Pierce’s striking set and lighting — with a red cross in the middle of a large stained glass window and latticed wooden screen backdrop — emphasizes the church setting. more



RECITAL AND MASTER CLASS AT WESTMINSTER: Pianist Alejandro Cremaschi will present a recital of works by Ginastera and others on Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. He will lead a master class on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. Admission to both events is free.

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Westminster Choir College of Rider University welcomes visiting pianist Alejandro Cremaschi, who will present a recital on Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. and a master class on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the recital. Admission to both events is free. more

There is always an air of freshness at the start of a new musical season — the night air is crisp with the coming of autumn and audiences are eager with anticipation of what the new season will bring. Princeton Symphony Orchestra began its 2016-17 season a bit early this year with a concert last Thursday night which was definitely a breath of fresh air — and an approach to Antonio Vivaldi which Princeton audiences likely have not heard before. more

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) has hired Stephanie Schwartz as Curator of Collections and Research. Ms. Schwartz joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as research assistant and admissions associate. more


These miniature medical personnel are among those likely to attend the Millhill Child & Family Development’s “Harvest Your Health” fair on Friday, September 30 from 2-6 p.m. at 101 Oakland Street in Trenton. The interactive event is designed to increase health awareness by providing health screening, activities, educational material, and resources for the community and is free to county residents. Among the 25 vendors are Greenwood Farmers Market, Isles, Henry J. Austin Health, Mercer Street Friends. Face painting and activities for children will be available. Millhill is collecting donations of hygienic items to be distributed during the fair. New donations of everyday essentials can be dropped off through September 26. For information contact


FAVORITE FELINE: “I’d recommend getting a cat to anyone,” says George Smith, owner of Smith’s Ace Hardware & Housewares in the Princeton Shopping Center. “It’s great having Dusty in the store. He keeps the mice away, and everyone loves him.” Dusty, shown in one of his favorite perches, is the new “star” at the popular store. (Photo by Jean Stratton)

Family-owned and operated, Smith’s Ace Hardware & Housewares has been a favorite with customers since its opening in the Princeton Shopping Center in 2002.

Owner George Smith and his brothers are proprietors of four other hardware stores, including the original Yardville Supply Company opened by the Smith brothers’ grandfather. Yardville Supply is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. more

September 20, 2016


SAFETY NET: Princeton University star senior safety and tri-captain Dorian Williams, center, poses with fellow captains, senior quarterback Chad Kanoff, left, and senior running back Joe Rhattigan. The trio of standouts will be looking to come up big when Princeton kicks off its 2016 campaign by hosting Lafayette on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dorian Williams learned the ropes from two different spots on the field during his first two seasons with the Princeton University football team. more