June 1, 2016

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Photography by Charles R. Plohn 

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Having just stepped through FitzRandolph Gate, these members of the Class of 2016 celebrate receiving their degrees from Princeton. (Photo by John Jameson, Princeton University Office of Communications)

Princeton University held its 269th commencement ceremony on the green in front of historic Nassau Hall yesterday morning, with a total of 1291 seniors receiving undergraduate degrees, five students from former classes, and 906 graduate students awarded advanced degrees. more

In the upcoming primary election on June 7, four Democrats are running for two open seats on Princeton Council. Mayor Liz Lempert, also a Democrat, is running for re-election in the primary, challenged by Republican Peter Marks.

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The one incumbent who is hoping to be re-elected for another term on Council, Ms. Crumiller previously served on Princeton Borough Council prior to consolidation in 2013. She has spoken often of her concerns about maintaining the town’s character and making it more affordable. The epidemic of “teardowns” in several areas of Princeton is another focus of her attention, and she has suggested addressing the problem through stronger zoning regulations. more

Captions Tour 6-1-16

On Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m., the Hunterdon County Historical Society will lead a two-hour tour of the Delaware River exploring the history of Lambertville and the D&R Canal System. Guests will board a steamboat in Lambertville and learn about the river’s role in the settlement of the area and the Revolutionary-era including the 1776 crossing by George Washington that marks its 240th anniversary year. The cost to attend is $30 general admission ($25 for Hunterdon County Historical Society Members). The tour is recommended for ages 12 and older. Guests may bring their own lunch for the boat trip or dine in-town afterward. Register online at www.hunterdonhistory.org. For more information, call (908) 782-1091.

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On Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart will host a seminar titled, “How Boys Learn Best in Kindergarten through Grade 4,” on their Princeton campus located at 1128 Great Road. The focus of the presentations and ensuing discussion will center on how boys learn best when they are encouraged to actively inquire, problem solve, innovate and collaborate. Headmaster Rik Dugan, Head of Lower School Paris McLean, and expert educators Suzanne Kazi and Caroline Walradt will share the latest research – and what schools can do to lay the foundation for boys’ success in middle school, high school, college and life.  more

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CONSEQUENCES: Funeral home workers prepare to take the accident victim’s body to the hearse, as more than 800 high school students watch the drunk driving simulation on Walnut Street last Thursday, presented by rescue squad, police, student actors, and others. (Photo Courtesy of Wendy Jolley)

The message is simple and familiar: “Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Don’t get high and drive,” stated Princeton High School (PHS) senior Katie Vasquez, co-president of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and member of the student board at Corner House.  more

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“AWESOMENESS PERSONIFIED”: Jeff Lucker, after teaching history for 47 years at PHS, still looks forward with enthusiasm to every day in the classroom with students in his AP World History, Latin America studies and Middle East studies classes.

Jeff Lucker, Princeton High School history teacher for the past 47 years, didn’t expect to spend a large portion of his life in the classroom. “In trying to decide whether to become a cellist or a doctor,” he recalled, “I decided to become a history teacher.” more

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“PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER”: This painting by Henriette Wyeth will be on display at the Michener Museum come December 2017.  Thanks to a large grant awarded from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michener will have a retrospective exhibition examining the work of the late husband-and-wife artists Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd.  

The James A. Michener Art Museum has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the MAGICAL & REAL: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd: A Retrospective exhibition with an accompanying catalogue. Co-organized with the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico, the exhibition will examine the work of husband-and-wife artists Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997) and Peter Hurd (1904-1984). The exhibition will open at the Michener Art Museum in December 2017. more

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I grew up with a picture of her in my bedroom hanging over my bed … watching over me … not as the icon, not as a sex symbol, but as an ordinary girl, her arms outstretched, her head back, the sun’s out, she’s laughing, barefoot in the grass, at Roxbury, where she lived with Arthur Miller.

—Michelle Williams, from an interview about My Week With Marilyn 

Pictures of Marilyn are all over Times Square, for sale to tourists who want to take home a souvenir from the sidewalk caricaturists lining 7th Avenue, plying their trade, deftly capturing the essence of someone’s husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, or child.  more

BRODSKY pic Rider Honor and President Del Omo, Rider University commencement 2016

Artist, educator and arts advocate Judith K. Brodsky receiving an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Rider University President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. In her address, she gave the Class of 2016 a “twofold message, one is to be passionate about something in the world, and the other is don’t just accept things as they are.” (Photo Courtesy of Rider University)

May 25, 2016

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The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) will host its fifth annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, June 4 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. This year’s event will feature a 90-minute live performance by “reggae-influenced rock/pop” band, The Samples. Concert Committee Co-Chairs Tracy Sipprelle and Debora Haines describe the event as “a unique kick-off-to-summer party, with a casual blue jeans and boots flair.” Tickets are available online at www.princetonhistory.org, or by phone: (609) 921-6748 x 105.

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As Princeton University alumni return for Reunions this weekend, many will remember an institution very different from the Princeton of 2016. It was 1909 when Princeton President Woodrow Wilson wrote to an African American applicant that it would be “altogether inadvisable for a colored man to enter,” but more recently, alumni from 70 years ago will recall a college that would not graduate an African American student until 1948.  more

As the 2015-16 school year winds down in Princeton Public Schools (PPS), many students and their teachers are working hard to keep their focus on the June 20 finish line, students’ last-day-of school and graduation day for Princeton High School seniors.

But Superintendent Steve Cochrane has a vision of the future that might mean dramatic changes for PPS.  more

Princeton Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a bond ordinance improving the sewer main along portions of Snowden Lane and Van Dyke Road. The measure appropriates $775,000 but requires residents to contribute $34,000 each over a period of years. more

Ever since Einstein revealed his special theory of relativity, we’ve known that time travel — at least moving forward through time — is possible. Einstein didn’t pull this theory, or even the notion that time travel is possible, out of thin air. Rather, he took the knowledge of the day, saw an inconsistency — a piece of a puzzle that didn’t fit, so to speak — and thought about possible explanations. — PBS, Nova Online

Viewers immersed in the Starz series Outlander, where a feisty English nurse is transported from 1945 to the mid-18th-century Scottish Highlands, will know why I’m time-travelling back to January 3, 1777, and Brigadier General Hugh Mercer. The most sympathetic figure to emerge from the Battle of Princeton, Mercer might as well have been a time-traveller himself, given the shape-shifting sweep of his story.  more

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“AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE”: That’s how one of her children described Sarah “Tink” Bolster, who died last week at the age of 88. A mother of 14 who found time to play a major role in Princeton’s athletic community, she is shown here with her husband, Joe, and seven of her sons. On the top row, from left, are Richard, Jim, Joe, Thomas, and Andy Bolster. Seated next to their parents are John and Michael.

Her small stature earned Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster the name “Tink,” as in Tinkerbell, and it stuck throughout her life. But Mrs. Bolster, who died Thursday just two days after turning 88, leaves a huge legacy of children (14), grandchildren (20), and a long list of devoted friends and colleagues, many from Princeton’s close-knit community of swimming enthusiasts. more

5-25-16 Miki AIR event

STAR OF THE SHOW: Miki, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, received the American Kennel Club Award of Canine Excellence in 2011 for the therapy work he does with Attitudes in Reverse. His award inspired the AIR Dog: Paws for Minds program, where dogs improve the mental well being of humans and the Miki and Friends Walk/Run for AIR. (Photo Courtesy of Tricia Baker)

Dogs, butterflies, and a large contingent of celebrants of all ages gathered at the East Picnic Area in Mercer County Park last Saturday to celebrate dogs’ contributions to people’s quality of life and to promote education about mental health and suicide.  more

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Jack Kelly, Author of “Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence,” will be giving talks about the men and battles of the American Revolution at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28, during the Battlefield Society’s “Washington Returns to the Battlefield” Memorial Day event. The author will also sign copies of his book, with proceeds from book sales to benefit educational programming for the Princeton Battlefield Society.

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Harriet Coulter Joor, decorator, Joseph Meyer, potter, Vase with a Design of Daffodils, ca. 1903. Ceramic. Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University 2012.6.2.

“Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum until July 10, 2016. The free exhibit features over 100 objects including pottery, textiles, metalwork, jewelry, graphic arts, and bookbinding.  more

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ART THAT “WOWS”: This artwork by Princeton artist Priscilla Snow Algava exemplifies the talented work by local artists that are included in her new Pop-Up Art Gallery, “Wondrous on Witherspoon” (WOW).

Princeton artist Priscilla Snow Algava will open “Wondrous on Witherspoon” (WOW), a PopUp Art Gallery in downtown Princeton. Former student and current colleague of Algava, Shannon Rose Moriarty, will curate the exhibit.  more

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A PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE: Max Azaro and his mother, Kathy Azaro, attended the opening of American Ballet Theatre at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. As part of the festivities, Max was presented with the coveted Northern Trust Scholarship. (Photo Courtesy of ABT Jackie Kennedy Onassis School)

Max Azaro was already studying gymnastics when he first took his place at the ballet barre at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in Forrestal Village. For the energetic 10-year-old, there was something about this different way of movement that grabbed his attention. He has never looked back.

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Princeton Pro Musica closed its 2015-16 season with a concert of Americana this past weekend. In this election year, Pro Musica Music Director Ryan James Brandau chose to program Sunday afternoon’s performance at Richardson Auditorium in the hope that the spirit of American classical music might effectively ground people amidst the political flurry. With a sampling of 20th and 21st-century choral works, the 100-voice Pro Musica ended their season in uplifting fashion. more

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The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to be partnering with the Princeton Festival and Princeton Garden Theatre to present Voices of Light, an oratorio by Richard Einhorn with the 1928 silent film classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, on Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. It is a first collaboration of the orchestra with the festival, made possible through the generous support of long-term PSO patrons Enea and Dave Tierno.

PSO Executive Director Marc Uys elaborated on the benefits of the new partnership, “The PSO is always looking for opportunities to work with other arts organizations in the community. This partnership with the Princeton Festival is ideal as it provides patrons and new audiences the chance to experience the excellence of PSO musicians in a unique setting, accompanying beautiful vocals with the added element of a classic film.”

The Princeton Festival’s General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk is equally pleased with the collaboration. He said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the PSO on this very engaging and moving multi-media project.”  more

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Princeton Day School (PDS) Director in Residence Stan Cahill announced that Austin Phares ’16, star of the fall production of Our Town, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16, 2016. The cast of Our Town was also named Outstanding Acting Ensemble. Productions from 57 schools across New Jersey were eligible.  more

Theater Ballet 5-25-16

Many dance schools place students in classes based solely on age. At Princeton Ballet School, age is only one factor in determining a student’s placement. Entering students with prior dance training for 1st through 5th grades, and grades 6 and up are welcome to audition. Open enrollment for all other students is underway, as well.

For more information, visit www.americanrepertoryballet.org. (Photo Credit: Theresa Wood) more