June 28, 2017

Traffic in and around Princeton is about to get trickier than usual. Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 and continuing every day until November 3, the Route 206 bridge over the Stony Brook will be closed in both directions.

A second project, involving PSE&G’s replacement of a gas main on Route 206, will begin July 10 and continue through July 31. Already underway on East Nassau Street is New Jersey American Water’s replacement of a water main, scheduled to conclude in early September.

For details on suggested detours during the Route 206 bridge repair project, visit the town’s website, princetonnj.gov.

TALK SHOW TALENT: From left, Jenny Yaros, Misha Meyer, and Rachel Bierman, three local teenagers who have developed a successful talk show on Princeton Community Television, look forward to continuing “Cue the Lights” for at least two more years as they polish their interviewing and performance skills.

If you want to find out what’s on the minds of some of the most interesting people and what goes on in some of the most interesting places in the Princeton area, you might want to tune in to Cue the Lights, a Princeton Community Television (PCT) show on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.  more

The Lawrenceville School announced June 21 that it has received the largest single gift in the School’s 207-year history. Joseph C. Tsai, Class of 1982 and executive vice chairman of the global e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, and his wife Clara, through the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, have made a major gift as an endorsement of the School’s Strategic Plan: A Vision for the Future: Lawrenceville 20/20. more

Princeton resident Geoffrey Cook, CEO and co-founder of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET), started telling Veronica and the Volcano stories to his daughter Madeline on the drive to school every morning. She enjoyed his stories, and so he wrote them down. The book recently went as high as number one on Amazon’s New Release of Children’s Chapter Books. Geared for girls ages 9 to 12, “Veronica and the Volcano” complements STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum and includes a glossary of volcanic and scientific terms.

Emanuel and Hazel Rhodes celebrated their 70th anniversary on Saturday, June 24, with a cookout at their home on John Street. Family has always been important to the couple, who count four children, six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren among their blessings. 

“BEATRICE AT A MARRIAGE FEAST DENYING HER SALUTATION TO DANTE”: The Princeton Museum exhibit also includes this work in watercolor and pen by 19th century artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The Princeton University Art Museum has a special “peer” relationship with the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at Britain’s University of Oxford, England. So it makes sense that Princeton would serve as the only international venue for “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum,” an exhibit of more than 100 rarely-seen drawings and watercolors by artists ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries. The show opens Saturday, July 1 and runs through September 17. more

“SUNDAY IN THE PARK”: This painting by Graham Holmes is one of the works of art specific to Cadwalader Park that will be featured in “Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision.” The exhibition runs from July 8 to September 17 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion.

The Trenton Museum Society (TMS), along with the Cadwalader Park Alliance, presents “Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision,” highlighting Cadwalader Park and its world-famous designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. Exhibitions on both floors of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion will run from July 8 through September 17 with various complementary events, lectures, and tours. Frederick Law Olmsted is widely regarded as the father of landscape architecture in America. more

“CHOP ON THE ROCKS”: This painting by Kimberlee Nentwig is among those featured in “Our World Through Artists’ Eyes,” the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 48th annual exhibition, running through August 21 at the Johnson Education Center in Princeton.

D&R Greenway Land Trust is hosting the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 48th annual exhibition, “Our World through Artists’ Eyes,” at the Johnson Education Center through August 21.

Artworks by 67 artists, from Cape May to Sussex County, were selected for the exhibition by juror Susan Weintraub. Many of the artists are nationally known, such as Lucy and Charles McVicker, Sandy O’Connor, and Donna Read. more

The best time of all was Monterey. It was one of the highest points of my life.

—Janis Joplin (1943-1970)

“Everyone thought the Beatles were at Monterey in disguise,” said Derek Taylor, the group’s close friend and onetime press officer. “Three of the four, no one knew which three. But they were there. Well, they were and they weren’t.”

It didn’t matter that the Beatles were in England that mid-June weekend 50 years ago. People wanted to believe they were at the festival, so they were, and if any entity on the planet could be two places at once in the summer of 1967 it was the creators of Sgt. Pepper, which had come out on the first day of June, like a preface to the glory of Monterey Pop. Plus, Paul McCartney was on the festival’s Board of Governors and George Harrison’s “Within You, Without You” was spreading the life-flows-on mantra through speakers all over the fairgrounds.  more

WINNERS IN THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL’S YOUNG PIANISTS COMPETITION: Randy Brown of Jacobs Music Company presents the Richard Tang Yuk Award for Outstanding Performance to LiYuan Byrne of Verona, N.J. Byrne’s Grand Prize includes a trip to Tanglewood. Six young pianists were declared winners in the annual event held at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School. Jacobs Music of Lawrenceville sponsored the competition.

On Sunday, June 11, six young pianists were declared winners in The Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Pianists. The annual event was held at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School. more

Blue Curtain, in cooperation with the Princeton Recreation Department, presents two evenings of free concerts on Saturday, July 15 and 22 at 7 p.m.  Both events, that will present musical traditions from around the globe, promise to thrill audiences. Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater is located at Community Park North, Route 206 and Mountain Avenue.

With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday this year, Princeton and neighboring towns have four full days to celebrate. Numerous area activities commemorate America’s independence. From traditional fireworks and barbecues to visits by George Washington and readings of the Declaration of Independence, there are events for history buffs and party-goers of all ages.


Morven July 4th Jubilee: From noon to 3 p.m., this free event offers live bluegrass music, a barbecue, an appearance by George Washington, a chance for kids to “sign” the Declaration of Independence, a dramatic presentation about women who “belonged to the army” during the American Revolution, ice cream making, paper making, and several other activities. It will be cancelled in the event of prolonged rain. Morven is at 55 Stockton Street. morven.orgmore

DRIVE TO SUCCEED: Princeton University women’s golfer Maya Walton displays her driving form. This past spring, Walton wrapped a superb freshman campaign by qualifying for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, where she tied for 113th. In so doing, she become the third Tiger and the first Princeton freshman to play in the NCAA finals, joining Mary Moan ’97 in 1997 and Kelly Shon ’14 in 2013. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Maya Walton wasn’t thrilled with how she played last fall as she started her freshman campaign with the Princeton University women’s golf team. more

The 1719 William Trent House Museum is hosting free Camp Trent events for children ages 5-12 on select Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. Advance registration is preferred but not required.

For reservations, contact sluft@williamtrenthouse.org.

Saturday, July 8: Find and identify herbs and plants from Mr. Trent’s garden, plant seeds to take home and grow your own vegetables and flowers, hear a story from George Washington, and enjoy free ice cream.

Saturday, July 22: Write a letter to Billy Trent using a colonial style quill pen and ink, design and make your own wind chimes, hear a story from George Washington, and enjoy free ice cream. more

UNDER PRESSURE: Eric Murdock, Jr., dribbles the ball into the paint for Majeski Foundation in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League action last week. Last Monday, Murdock helped Majeski, which is comprised of current players on the The College of New Jersey men’s hoops team, edge LoyalTees 58-53. Murdock scored 19 points for Majeski as it improved to 2-0. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Eric Murdock, Jr., happily dribbled out the last 15 seconds of regulation as Majeski Foundation closed out a 58-53 win over LoyalTees last Monday in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. more

June 27, 2017

Reverend Johan Johnson

The parishioners at Trinity Episcopal Church on Crescent Avenue in Rocky Hill have just welcomed a new vicar. The Reverend Johan Johnson divides his time between Rocky Hill and Hightstown where he serves as chaplain at the Peddie School. He lives in Hightstown with his wife and their two children, ages 5 and 7 years old.

Father Johnson’s hope is that his ministry at Trinity will include outreach that improves the life of the community. For 16 years, he served a parish with a large, aging church building in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. “In that neighborhood at the 125th Street subway station there is a long staircase and an escalator. But the escalator had been out of service for years. We got together as a group of churches to lobby the MTA to get that escalator fixed. That’s the faith community getting together and using our spirituality to make the community where we live a better place.”  more

SHAKESPEARE ’70 TAKES ON BIG MORAL QUESTIONS IN DARK COMEDY: Shakespeare ’70’s “Measure for Measure” will run at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre, June 23 to July 2. In rehearsal for “Measure for Measure” are, from left, Timothy Kirk of Delran as Pompey, Russ Walsh of Morrisville, Pa., as Elbow/Abhorson, and Ernie Albanesius of Chesterfield as Froth/Barnardine. Tickets are available at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling (609) 570-3333.

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” proclaims Shakespeare in “Measure for Measure,” coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this dark comedy are: Friday, June 23 and 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 24 and July 1 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 25 and July 2 at 2 p.m.  more

June 26, 2017

ADOPTING AN ASH: Jason Bond, plant health care specialist at Bartlett Tree Experts, injects the white ash behind the War Memorial bench at Nassau and Mercer Streets with pesticides to attack the emerald ash borer. It is Princeton’s first street tree to be injected in the selective chemical resistance effort funded by Princeton’s ongoing Adopt-an-Ash program. (Photo Courtesy of Patricia Frawley and Alexandra Radbil)

A 50-year-old white ash behind the War Memorial bench at Nassau and Mercer Streets last Wednesday became Princeton’s first street tree to receive the chemical resistance necessary to attack the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB). more

June 22, 2017

SLIDE SHOW: Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball player Chris Sumners, right, slides into second base in recent action. Last Thursday, recent Hun School graduate Sumners reached base three times and contributed an RBI single in a losing cause as Post 218 fell 14-2 to Lawrence Post 414. Princeton, which fell 10-2 to South Brunswick last Friday to drop to 1-6, plays at Lawrence on June 22 and has a doubleheader at Bordentown Post 26 on June 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Lawrence Post 414 last Thursday evening, the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team dug a 5-0 hole. more

June 21, 2017

Sgt. Lagomarsino, shown here with Taco, and other members of the Princeton Police Department’s 4th Squad community policing project teamed up on Sunday with SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, to help find homes for some sweet pups. This is the second year that one of the PPD patrol squads partnered with SAVE for this event. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

In the wake of the June 6 primary contests, both Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for the November general elections, with the New Jersey governor’s race in the spotlight and state Senate and Assembly seats also up for grabs.

Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) President Owen O’Donnell urged Democrats to rally behind nominee Phil Murphy, who won Princeton only narrowly over PCDO-endorsed John Wisniewski in the primary, but triumphed handily in the statewide vote. more

MAKING THE ROUNDS: A black bear recently seen on Campbelton Road is believed to be the same bear that has also been spotted in several other Princeton and Lawrence neighborhoods. Anyone who sees a bear should report it to the police department. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Police Department)

A black bear has been showing up on local streets during the past few days. A five-second video of the bear romping down Campbelton Road is posted on the Facebook page of the Princeton Police Department, as is information about what to do, and what not to do, in the event of an encounter.

“He’s a little guy, but bears are deceptively strong,” said Sergeant Frederick R. Williams, spokesman for the Princeton Police Department. “He’s just been running around in the open as opposed to staying in the woods. It’s probably the same bear that was taking a dip in a Lawrenceville swimming pool.” more

Plans for Triumph Brewery to move from Nassau Street into the former U.S. Post Office branch on Palmer Square are inching closer to reality. Last week, Princeton’s Site Plan Review Advisory Board (SPRAB) met to review LCOR Ventures’ proposal for Triumph to operate a 300-seat restaurant at the site. The main entrance would be on Palmer Square East, where the former loading dock was located.

SPRAB approved the plan, with certain reservations, and referred it to the Planning Board, which will consider the issue next month. In the meantime, the Princeton Environmental Commission is scheduled to review the proposal on June 26, and the town’s Historical Commission will discuss the plan on June 29. more

Mercer will offer a First-Time Homebuyer Program workshop on Wednesday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence.

“Mercer County is again offering assistance to potential homeowners through our First-Time Homebuyer Program, and I invite you to sit in on this workshop to learn more about the lending process,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. more

The 2017 Eighth Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 21 through 30. The judges selected 136 Official Selections, a number that includes 104 films from 16 countries and 32 scripts. Many of the films are U.S. and world premieres. The Festival will screen films from the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Philippines, Malawi, and Iceland.

All films will be screened at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue in New Hope. Filmmakers and screenwriters from around the country and abroad will attend the screenings. more