April 14, 2015

Steven Cruz, 20, of Princeton was charged today with one count of reckless driving and one count of failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk after the April 8 accident on Washington Road. Ms. Nyssa Emerson, 25, of Florida, a graduate student at Princeton University remains hospitalized in stable but guarded condition.

April 10, 2015

From 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) until 6 a.m. tomorrow, the intersection of Mount Lucas and Cherry Hill roads will be closed to through traffic to allow for replacement of an existing storm drain pipe.

The municipality has contracted with Top Line Construction Corporation to do the work. During the construction, detours will be in effect for through traffic with northbound detoured onto Route 206 at Terhune Road, and southbound onto Terhune Road via Jefferson Road.

For questions, contact Rich Decker at rdecker@princetonnj.gov or call him at (609) 751-6826.

After serving as New Jersey State Museum executive director for four years, Anthony Gardner will take on the role of vice president of community engagement at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

“Anthony has promoted the very best of New Jersey through his passion for engaging audiences of all ages in the stories of our shared history,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in making the announcement. “We are grateful for his service and proud that he has been recognized for his leadership and his dedication to ensuring that the lessons of September 11 are never forgotten. I join his family, friends, and colleagues in congratulating him on this well-deserved opportunity.”

Under Mr. Gardner’s direction, museum attendance increased by more than 63 percent. In addition to his many other accomplishments, he managed the renovation and reopening of the museum’s Archaeology Collections Galleries, developed strategic STEM education partnerships and led the museum in the development of “Remember 9/11: Reflections and Memories from New Jersey.”

Mr. Gardner’s brother, Harvey Joseph Gardner, III, was a victim of the September 11 attacks.

“Leading the State Museum and contributing to its renewal over these last four years has been an absolute gift and I will always be grateful to Lt. Governor Guadagno and the museum’s Board of Trustees for giving me this opportunity to advance this important institution,” said Mr. Gardner. “I leave here proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together to advance a strategic vision that has made the museum more visible, visitor-centered, engaging, and impactful.”

Fine Art Curator Margaret O’Reilly, who has been with the museum for more than 20 years, will serve as acting director while a nationwide search is conducted for a new executive director.

April 9, 2015

On Wednesday, the state of New Jersey issued three permits to the Williams Transco company allowing them to begin construction work on the natural gas pipeline project that will run through the environmentally sensitive Princeton ridge and parts of Montgomery.

The $650 million project would add a 42-inch pipeline to an existing line. Transco needed permits for freshwater wetland and flood hazard areas from the Department of Environmental Protection before beginning construction. The project is part of the 6.36-mile Skillman Loop that will transport gas to produce enough energy to heat about two million homes, according to the company.

Construction is scheduled to begin May 1. Gas in the existing pipeline will be shut off for safety reasons. Clearing of trees for the pipeline expansion began last month.

In February, a public hearing where numerous concerns were raised by local residents resulted in several changes made to Transco’s application. The company plans now to tunnel beneath stream and wetland areas instead of digging open trenches.

The Princeton Ridge Coalition, a residents’ group, said last week that the permit approval process was being rushed to conform with Transco’s schedule. The NJ Sierra Club has also commented that the approval was being rushed. The Sierra Club is calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement about the project, saying it will destroy wetland, forests, and cause flooding.

A 25-year-old pedestrian crossing the marked crosswalk on Washington Road just south of Ivy Lane was hit by a car at approximately 9:32 p.m., April 8. Ms. Nyssa Emerson of Florida, a Princeton University graduate student, suffered extensive injuries and was transported by the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ. Police report that they have been advised by medical staff that Ms. Emerson suffered significant injuries as a result of the crash and is in guarded but stable condition. The car, which was traveling southbound on Washington Road, was driven by Steven G. Cruz 20 years old of Princeton. There were no other occupants in the vehicle. Mr. Cruz’s Toyota Prius suffered front end and windshield damage and was towed from the scene. An investigation is being conducted and charges are pending against Mr. Cruz.

FILMS FROM AFAR: For the fifth year, the Trenton International Film Festival brings features from a range of countries to the Mill Hill Playhouse. Opening the festival Thursday, April 9 and shown here is “Felix and Meira,” set in Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish community.

FILMS FROM AFAR: For the fifth year, the Trenton International Film Festival brings features from a range of countries to the Mill Hill Playhouse. Opening the festival Thursday, April 9 and shown here is “Felix and Meira,” set in Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish community.

A key component of Trenton’s efforts to revitalize itself is the promotion of cultural activities. Prominent among them are three annual film festivals, which have been drawing a growing group of film buffs to the capital city from the local area and beyond.

From Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11, the five-year-old Trenton International Film Festival will return to Mill Hill Playhouse with a roster of seven films. None of these features — from South Korea, Latin America, Estonia, Canada, Australia, and Iran — have been seen in this country. This is part of the festival’s appeal.

“We’re only showing films not distributed in the United States,” says Susan Fou, a board member of the Trenton Film Society. “They have played only in festivals, but not in theaters. So we get people who want to see things they might not otherwise get to see. Last year, two of them, the Polish film Ida and the Swedish film We are the Best, ended up in art houses and Ida won an Oscar for best foreign language film.”

As members of the Film Society did last year, they hired Jed Ratfogel, a full-time film programmer at the Anthology Film Archive in New York, to curate the current series. “His job is going to festivals and looking at a variety of films,” said Ms. Fou. “So he’s out there seeing everything. He has worked hard on programming this as a festival, knowing that we’re looking for a wide range of drama, comedy, documentary, and more.”

This year’s festival has a theme of cross cultural encounters. “One of the films, Felix and Meira, is set in Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish community and deals with that community and non-Jews living closely together,” said Ms. Fou. “In Charlie’s Country, from Australia, the protagonist struggles to find his place within that country’s white and indigenous cultures.”

Other films in the series include two from Latin America that are comedic in tone. Gueros, from Mexico, follows a troublemaking teenager and his slacker older brother searching for their father’s favorite singer in the midst of a student strike. Two Shots Fired, made by Martin Rejtman, one of the founders of Argentine cinema, explores what happens when a boy inexplicably shoots himself twice but emerges unscathed.

There are two documentaries. “These are very personal,” Ms. Fou said. “They deal with that theme of cross cultural encounters, but within an individual. One of the filmmakers was born in Iran and immigrated to Belgium as a child. She’s now learning how to read and write Persian as an adult, and that’s the focus of the film. The other is by a filmmaker born in South Korea. The film is about North Korea. She weaves together interview footage with her father, who lived through the separation, and footage she shot herself while visiting North Korea as well as popular media footage, and she has commentary as well. So it’s about a culture that is her own, but vastly different from what she’s familiar with.”

The festival is divided into seven different programs. Six are feature length films, and the seventh has a short film and a longer feature. A festival pass is $25, while individual programs cost $8. Mill Hill Playhouse is located at 205 East Front Street in Trenton. For more information, visit www.trentonfilmsociety.com.

“The Current Challenges of Immigration and Reform” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the April 19 meeting of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization at 7 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, behind Monument Hall in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will discuss the current status of the Obama administration’s immigration policy on undocumented immigrants, the issues facing undocumented immigrants in New Jersey, and the efforts of Princeton to address immigration issues and to welcome immigrants to our community.

Panelists are: Alice Lugo, Immigration Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey; Tatiana Durbak, Esq., who specializes in Immigration Law; Maria R. Juega, executive director of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, located in Trenton; Princeton Councilwoman Heather Howard; and John Heilner, chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, Princeton Human Rights Commission.

A question-and-answer period will follow short presentations by each panelist. For more information on the PCDO please go to www.princetondems.org.

The Sourland Conservancy will sponsor “Sourlands, a Threatened Treasure,” the semi-annual bus tour of the Eastern Sourland Mountain Region, on Saturday, May 2, from 1-4 p.m.

The tour will investigate the history of this unspoiled landscape of forested ridges and farmland, covering its history as a refuge for heroes, patriots, artists, and even ghosts. The home of Charles Lindbergh will be included, inside and out. Participants will learn about the Sourland environment and heritage, and how to protect it for future generations.

For information or to sign up, visit www.sourland.org or call Marcia Maguire at (609) 466-0701 by April 16.


Two people have filed to run as Republicans in the election for Princeton Council next November. Kelly DiTosto and Lynn Irving officially entered their names to challenge Democrats Heather Howard and Lance Liverman, current Council members who will be up for re-election. Democrats currently hold all of the Council seats.

Both women replied to a series of questions this week. In an email, Ms. DiTosto described herself as a longtime Princeton resident whose three children have attended Princeton public schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University and currently works in the accounting field.

“I have a sincere interest in looking out for the best interests of all of Princeton’s residents and taxpayers,” she wrote, “and a belief that office holders should serve the best interests of all members of our community regardless of party affiliation.”

Ms. Irving, a native of Guangzhou, China, was a pre-school teacher and administrator before becoming a licensed real estate agent. Two of her three children are Princeton High School graduates, and one is a PHS freshman. She has been a Princeton resident for more than 25 years.

Like others who have run as Republicans, Ms. DiTosto feels the political system in Princeton leans too heavily to one side. “Our town deserves true diversity,” she wrote. “We have had one political party making all of our decisions for far too long. I believe my accounting and financial background will enable me to play an instrumental role in bringing about a more fiscally responsible Council.”

Ms. Irving said she experienced a one-party system while growing up in China. “It was not to my liking,” she said. “So I’m not that much party-affiliated. We all want the same things.”

Issues on Ms. DiTosto’s list of priorities include the pay increase Council recently voted for its members. “This action was not only a retreat from earlier pledges, but an unprecedented conflict of interest as well,” she wrote. “This is an insult to all taxpayers regardless of party affiliation and a prime example of the consequences of one-party control of Council.”

Ms. Irving feels that property taxes are an important issue. “Being in the real estate industry, I see that the rise of taxes is good in one way, not good in another,” she said. “So many residents, when their kids are grown, leave town because of the high taxes. It’s hard for us to see our friends moving away simply because of that.”

Ms. DiTosto feels the financial relationship between the town and Princeton University needs re-examination. “Many ordinary citizens believe the University is not contributing its ‘fair share,’” she wrote. “Voters need to be assured that the University’s ‘payment in lieu of taxes’ is equitable.”

She added, “The current Council appears to be concerned about rising property taxes only as a talking point at election time. Fiscal responsibility means living within a carefully crafted budget much like Princeton residents must do in their own households.”

Referring to a controversial proposal to purchase a property in the Witherspoon/Jackson neighborhood for possible expansion of a park, Ms. DiTosto wrote, “Spending $600,000 for a mini-park so soon after spending millions at Community Park only a few blocks away seems unwarranted in these times.”

The six members of Council serve three-year terms. The terms of Mr. Liverman and Ms. Howard are the only ones up for re-election. Ms. Howard served on Borough Council and Mr. Liverman on Township Committee prior to consolidation in 2013. Both were re-elected to the new governing body.

Mark Salzman, the author of Iron & Silk, will read from his work at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Mr. Salzman has written on a variety of subjects, from a novel about a Carmelite nun’s ecstatic visions and crisis of faith (Lying Awake) to a memoir about growing up a misfit in a Connecticut suburb (Lost in Place). As a boy, he dreamed about becoming a Kung Fu master, but his academic achievements, along with his
proficiency on the cello, facilitated his acceptance to Yale at 16. He soon changed his major to Chinese Language and Philosophy, which took him to mainland China where he taught English for two years and studied martial arts.

“We are very excited to welcome Mark Salzman to campus,” said Dr. Patty L. Fagin, Head of School at Stuart.” She continued, “His theme of how people struggle to reach an ideal or a goal is one that I feel will resonate with students, parents, and community members.”

Mr. Salzman’s first memoir, Iron and Silk, inspired by his years in China, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and received the Christopher Award. His book True Notebooks is a look at his experiences as a writing teacher at Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for violent teenage offenders. He is also the author of the memoir Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia, and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. Common to each of his works is a theme of how people struggle to reach an ideal but often fall short, and the quiet change that takes place in facing the discouragement and the possibility of never achieving their goal. His newest work is the non-fiction title The Man in the Empty Boat

Mr. Salzman never gave up music, and his cello playing appears on the soundtrack to several films, including the Academy Award-winning documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien. He has also played with Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax at Lincoln Center. His unusual combination of talents – as both a well-known author and a concert-proficient cellist – led to a feature profile about him in The New Yorker magazine. He was also recently presented with the Algonquin West Hollywood Literary Award.

As part of the Visiting Author Program, students, faculty, and staff have been reading and studying Mr. Salzman’s work and Stuart’s Senior Scholars have worked with Lower and Middle School girls in preparation for his visit. In addition to the public reading on April 9, Mr. Salzman will spend the day on campus on Friday, April 10. Besides meeting with students of all ages at Stuart to share his expertise on the craft of writing, he will spend time with K-4 Lower School girls, share lunch with the Stuart Senior Scholars, and give a private reading to Middle and Upper School students.

April 8, 2015

Hamilton Jewelers

At a special event Tuesday, April 7 to promote an upcoming fundraiser for Corner House taking place April 17 at Pretty Brook Country Club, Hamilton Jewelers gave a sneak preview of the $1 million suite of jewelry that guests at the gala will be allowed to try on. From left: Geniva Martin, Corner House representative; Donna Bouchard,  Vice President, Hamilton Jewelers; Leslie Ward, Corner House representative; and Gary J. De Blasio, Executive Director, Corner House. (Photo by Robin Broomer)

matt rasmussen

Poet Matt Rasmussen, the author of “Black Aperture,” which won the 2013 Walt Whitman Award, the 2014 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and was a National Book Award Finalist, has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. The Holmes National Poetry Prize was established in memory of Princeton 1951 alumnus Theodore H. Holmes and is presented each year to a poet of special merit as selected by the faculty of the Creative Writing Program.

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This carefully posed male painted bunting as portrayed by the photographer Kate Breakey is one of some 30 large-scale images of birds, flowers, and insects on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum’s exhibition, “Kate Breakey: Small Deaths” which will run through July 12. Ms. Breakey has received international recognition for her large-scale, manipulated photographs, which she meticulously colors by hand adding many layers of oil paints and pencils. The artist will discuss her work on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion. Admission is $10 member/$20 non-member/$5 student with valid ID, includes museum admission. Advance registration required. The museum at 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylania is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (215) 340-9800, or visit: MichenerArtMuseum.org. (Courtesy of the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University)


Town Topics staff take time out from unpacking boxes and setting up their desks in the new space that the newspaper is renting in Kingston. Pictured from left, back row: Monica Sankey, Cybill Tascarella, Jennifer Covill, Matt DiFalco, Steve Marks, Jeff Tryon, Linda Arntzenius, Julie Gonzalez-Lavin, Stuart Mitchner, Bill Alden, Anne Levin, Samantha Eng; front row: Kendra Russell, Sarah Gilbert, Gina Hookey, Lynn Adams Smith, Melissa Bilyeu, Robin Broomer, Taylor Smith. Not pictured: J. Robert Hillier; contributing editors Jean Stratton, Kam Williams, Donald Gilpin, Nancy Plum; and photographers Charles Plohn, Emily Reeves, and Frank Wojciechowski. (Photo by Charles Plohn)

April 2, 2015

A woman who had overdosed on heroin was administered nasal Narcan Thursday morning by Princeton Police. Patrol Sergeant Geoff Maurer and Patrolman Lucas Schwab revived the 22-year-old woman, who was on a public bench in the 100 block of Nassau Street, according to information from the police department.

The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and paramedics responded to the scene and transported the woman to the University Medical Center at Plainsboro.

Police now carry Narcan in every patrol vehicle. This is the first time the Princeton officers have used Narcan. Kits were made available to the department by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. New Jersey law forbids the prosecution of people seeking help for themselves or another individual because of an overdose.

Princeton University’s class of 2019 is shaping up to include some 1,310 students. The University announced this week that it has offered admission to 1,908, or 6.99 percent of the 27,290 applicants. That compares to last year’s admission rate of 7.28, making this year’s process the most selective to date.

Letters have been mailed to students in the regular-decision applicant pool, and applicants are now able to see their decisions through the secure online access. Of the 1,908 selected, 767 applied through single-choice early action and were offered admission in December, according to the University.

Approximately 60 percent of all undergraduates receive financial aid, and the average grant is more than $40,000 a year. Typically, students from families with incomes below $60,000 pay no tuition, room or board. Those from families with incomes below $140,000 pay no tuition. Because no student is required to take out loans, the aid program makes it possible for students to graduate without debts.

Students offered admission to the class of 2019 come from 49 states with the largest representation from New Jersey, California, New York, Massachusetts and Texas; and 66 countries. Forty-eight percent are women and 52 percent are men; 49 percent have self-identified as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students.

Admitted candidates have until May 1 to accept Princeton’s offer of admission.

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It’s true, no April Fool’s fantasy, Witherspoon Media Group, which includes Town Topics Newspaper, Princeton Magazine, and Urban Agenda New York City is moving April 1 to a new home base in the historic Union Line building at 4438 Route 27 in Kingston, NJ.

“DIMENSIONS OF EXPERIENCE”: Poet Mark Doty finds that Tracy K. Smith’s memoir, ”Ordinary Light,” takes us “so far into the dimensions of experience that the reader feels a remarkable intimacy with this narrator, who brings all life has to offer a tenderness and intelligence rarely so closely intertwined.” Ms. Smith will be reading from her new book at Labyrinth Books, Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

“DIMENSIONS OF EXPERIENCE”: Poet Mark Doty finds that Tracy K. Smith’s memoir, ”Ordinary Light,” takes us “so far into the dimensions of experience that the reader feels a remarkable intimacy with this narrator, who brings all life has to offer a tenderness and intelligence rarely so closely intertwined.” Ms. Smith will be reading from her new book at Labyrinth Books, Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

The Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith, who has been praised in the New York Times Book Review for her “extraordinary range and ambition,” will be at Labyrinth Books reading from her new book, Ordinary Light: A Memoir today, Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

According to a starred review in Booklist, Ordinary Light is “A gracefully nuanced, strikingly candid memoir about family, faith, race, and literature … meticulously structured, philosophically inquisitive. Smith grew up in Northern California, snuggled close to her elegant and devout mother; challenged by her engineer father; and enthralled by books. As one of few African Americans in their community, she navigated a ‘sea of white faces,’ in stark contrast to the world she discovered when staying with relatives in Alabama. Smith holds our intellectual and emotional attention tightly as she charts her evolving thoughts on the divides between races, generations, economic classes, and religion and science and celebrates her lifesaving discovery of poetry as ‘soul language.’ Smith’s intricate and artistic memoir illuminates the rich and affecting complexity of ‘ordinary’ American lives.”

Novelist Jamaica Kincaid writes, “With an abundance of love and wisdom, and in a poet’s confessional prose, Tracy K. Smith has recalled her life and the lives of the people who made her into the person she now knows to be her own true self …. This memoir is big and significant because it reminds us that the everyday is where we experience our common struggles, and that the everyday is at once common and ordinary, while also being singular and unique.”

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the acclaimed poetry collections The Body’s Questions; Duende; and Life on Mars. She has received a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and currently teaches at Princeton University.

FROM BALLET TO BROADWAY: Adam Rogers, a member of the cast of “An American in Paris,” taught a dance sequence from the show to students at Princeton Dance and Theatre School on Sunday.(Photo by Risa Kaplowitz)

FROM BALLET TO BROADWAY: Adam Rogers, a member of the cast of “An American in Paris,” taught a dance sequence from the show to students at Princeton Dance and Theatre School on Sunday. (Photo by Risa Kaplowitz)

As one of two “swings” in the new Broadway show An American in Paris, currently in previews at the Palace Theatre, Adam Rogers is on stage as part of the male ensemble four times a week. But that doesn’t mean he has it any easier than the cast members who perform eight shows a week. In fact, his job is harder.

At any given moment, the 28-year-old dancer and singer can be given just a few minutes’ notice that he will be replacing one of the regular cast members who may have succumbed, mid-show, to a turned ankle, or maybe a bout of food poisoning. And Mr. Rogers, who must be in the theater at every performance, has to be ready to jump in, literally — to any one of four ensemble roles.

“You have to be really smart to be a swing,” he told a group of nine aspiring dancers at Princeton Dance and Theatre (PDT) school on Sunday. “I have 300 pages of charts that tell me where people stand, where they come in. And since the ensemble moves the scenery and the panels, I have to know all of that, too.”

Mr. Rogers, who performed in PDT’s The Secret Garden a few years ago, traveled from New York to the school in Forrestal Village on his day off to teach a master class containing a section from one of the many dance sequences in the show. The students ranged from a 10-year-old boy who is an international ballroom dance champion for his age group to an adult Pilates instructor. They learned quickly.

“You guys are picking it up faster than we did!” Mr. Rogers enthused. “It took a lot of us two weeks to learn this and get it right.” Flapping his arms and contracting his torso for one step that was repeated several times as part of the choreography, he told the students, “We call this Martha Chicken because it reminds us of Martha Graham and, yes, a chicken.”

The steps were relatively simple but very quick and precise. By the middle of the class, Mr. Rogers was sweating and so were his students. By the end, several of the students were performing the segment with ease. “Now if you go and see the show, you’ll recognize the choreography,” said Risa Kaplowitz, the school’s director and co-founder. “What a great experience.”

Though it doesn’t open officially until April 12, An American in Paris is currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. Set to an all-Gershwin score, the show is based lightly on the 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly. Christopher Wheeldon, a former ballet dancer, is the choreographer and director. The lead couple is played by two ballet dancers, Robert Fairchild of the New York City Ballet, and Leanne Cope of England’s Royal Ballet — the two companies with which Wheeldon performed — and the ensemble is made up of dancers who are either members of ballet troupes or have a strong background in the technique.

But they have to sing, too. Mr. Rogers told the PDT students he started learning to sing opera at age 11. Ballet lessons followed a few years later. He performed with the Kansas City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet II before switching his focus to Broadway, landing roles in Cinderella and Chaplin before winning a contract with An American in Paris

Prior to Broadway, the show played two months at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, to rave reviews. “It was exhausting, but it was wonderful,” said Mr. Rogers. “I lost 10 pounds from all the work. But I’m not complaining. Each of us had a studio apartment five minutes from the Louvre. My dressing room had a balcony that overlooked the Seine. It was like a dream — but a really tiring one.”

Mr. Wheeldon is an accomplished ballet choreographer making his debut as a Broadway choreographer/director. “He’s so nice, and so patient. And he’s very clear about what he wants,” Mr. Rogers said. “The fact that he’s the choreographer and the director is really working well, because the show has amazing visuals that are so tied in to the dancing. You need someone who can see and understand both worlds.”

On matinee days, when there are two performances, cast members usually run out to buy food after the afternoon show, bring it back to their dressing rooms, and go to sleep before the evening performance. “It’s a very, very difficult show because there is just so much dancing in so many styles — tap, jazz, and ballet — and acting and singing,” Mr. Rogers told the PDT students. “It’s a marathon, and you have to learn to keep up your stamina. But it’s very rewarding.”


On March 21, National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton held its 22nd annual gala at the Hyatt-Regency Princeton, honoring Don and Eileen Conway as Outstanding Individuals, and Johnson & Johnson as Outstanding Corporation. Pictured from left are NJTL of Trenton Executive Director Rob Howland, NJTLT participants Kallah Masudi and Cameron Pressley, Gala Honorees, Don & Eileen Conway, NJTLT participants Alfred Kandakai & Grace Aaronson, and USTA President Katrina Adams.

Like many college campuses throughout the country, Princeton University has a growing commitment to global health. Students, several of whom earn certificates from the University’s Program in Global Health and Health Policy, are increasingly concerned with helping those in poor countries cope with problems of nutrition, maternal health, water sanitation, and communicable diseases, among other situations.

Princeton is among 55 colleges and universities that are part of GlobeMed, a national organization dedicated to empowering college students to pursue what is known as global health equity. On Monday, April 6 from 1-5 p.m., GlobeMed at Princeton will host a thrift shop at the Frist Campus Center to help support their work for the St. Jerome COVE Center hospital in Kapeeka, Uganda. Last year, the students raised $800. Their goal this year is $3,000.

But raising funds isn’t the only objective. “This is our second year, so we’re pretty young,” said Jihoon Kim, a sophomore who is a member of the Princeton chapter. “And one of our baby steps is getting to know our community a bit better. We really believe that awareness is half the battle. We want to engage the local community. So we’re partnering not only with local organizations, but with local businesses as well.”

Mr. Kim said that the Nearly New Shop in town is donating clothing to the event. There have also been donations, to be sold at marked-down prices, from undergraduate students and their families. Profits will go toward providing clean water for St. Jerome.

The Princeton chapter of GlobeMed has 50 members, many of whom have visited Kapeeka, the Uganda community with which they are partnering. As part of GlobeMed, each university-based chapter is paired with an organization that is already involved in improving the health of its community. Students receive training that helps them become advocates for global health.

The young participants learn on-site during summers, and plan projects for the following year. Princeton’s project in Uganda involves a health clinic that was established there in 2008. With the money they raise, the students plan to install sinks and water catchment systems at the clinic. This will help with hand sanitation, considered essential for the prevention of communicable diseases that affect the region.

All of the students are undergraduates. “We come from different backgrounds,” said Mr. Kim, who is majoring in molecular biology. “Some are involved in the Program in Global Health and Health Policy that we have here. In my case, I’m waiting to get in next year.”

The water sanitation project costs $10,000, $3,000 of which the Princeton chapter has pledged to contribute. “But even if we don’t raise that much money, it’s really important to get ourselves out into the community,” Mr. Kim said. “We’re hoping a lot of people will turn out for this event to learn about what we do.”

For more information, visit globemed.org/impact/princeton/

Thomas Schumacher

Thomas Schumacher

Producer and president of the Disney Theatrical Group Thomas Schumacher will hold a conversation with Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director, conductor, and composer Paul Bogaev on Tuesday, April 7. The event is part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The conversation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public.

Since 1988, Schumacher has worked with The Walt Disney Company on various film, television, and theater projects. Currently, he serves as president of the Disney Theatrical Group where he oversees the development, creation, and execution of all live Disney entertainment. His Broadway, West End, touring, and international production credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, High School Musical, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid. Recently, Disney co-produced and developed three acclaimed new shows: Peter and the Starcatcher with New York Theatre Workshop, Aladdin with The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Newsies with Paper Mill Playhouse. Both Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher are currently playing on Broadway and won seven Tony Awards between them.

Paul Bogaev, who is a returning guest to Wolf’s course, is a multi award-winning artist whose film credits include the Oscar-winning Chicago, for which he won a Grammy Award; Nine; Dreamgirls; Across the Universe; and the Disney films Mulan, The Lion King, and The Emperor’s New Groove. Among his many Broadway credits are Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, for which he won his first Grammy; Tarzan; Bombay Dreams, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award; Sunset Boulevard; Chess; Cats; Starlight Express; Les Miserables; and most recently, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Wolf’s course examines the Broadway musical’s unique conventions of aesthetics and form, and its status as popular entertainment that shapes and is shaped by its historical and cultural context. Special guests are visiting the class throughout the semester. Upcoming events include a master class and conversation with Judith Clurman; Emmy and Grammy-nominated conductor, educator, and choral specialist, which is also free and open to the public.

Wolf is a professor of theater and director of the Princeton Arts Fellows in the Lewis Center where she teaches courses in American musical theatre history, dramaturgy, and dramatic literature, histories of U.S. performance, performance theory, and performance studies.

To learn more, visit http://arts.princeton.edu.


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The musical group Pink Martini will headline McCarter Theatre’s 2015 Gala Benefit on May 9. The band’s sound fits in perfectly with this year’s theme of “shaken and stirred.” Pink Martini has been praised for their international sound and glamorous live performances. The Gala will also include a silent auction and post-concert festivities (with a special surprise for attendees). The 2015 Gala co-chairs are Timothy M. Andrews of Princeton, Cheryl Goldman of Titusville, and Liza Morehouse of Hopewell. Tickets can be reserved by visiting www.mccarter.org.


After listening to a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra last fall, students at John Witherspoon Middle School created paintings and poetry in response to the music. Art teacher Claudia Luongo mentored the young artists, who attended the March 16 opening of the Arts Council exhibition, “Beethoven’s Form and Function,” in which their works were featured. Shown here with Ms. Luongo are, from left: Emily Bigioni; Ada Miller, Maya Pophristic, and Molly Trueman. The exhibition continues at the Arts Council of Princeton through April 9.

Battlefield Cleanup 1

Members of the local community heard the call from the Princeton Battlefield Society to help clear the grounds of the historic Thomas Clarke house Saturday, March 28. Part of the effort was to remove the invasive bamboo that has found a strong foothold in recent years. The Thomas Clarke house, which witnessed the Battle of Princeton on January 3,1777, is being spruced up in phases. The first phase called for stabilizing the structural framing and was completed last fall. Work continues on Phase II this Spring. (Photo by John Lien)