February 4, 2015

Dr. Paul Corkum, professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa, will deliver this year’s Plasma Science and Technology Distinguished Speaker Lecture entitled “Plasma Physics at the Atomic Level.” The lecture, sponsored by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the School and Engineering and Applied Science, will be held on the Princeton University campus, Tuesday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty room, J-223, E-Quad, Olden St., Princeton.

The talk will describe the deeper understanding of the effects of strong fields on atomic and molecular physics made possible by his invention of high-power short-pulse X-ray lasers based on optical field multiphoton ionization. These systems have achieved record levels of intensity and brevity, allowing scientists to probe, with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution, the detailed geometry, chemistry, and attosecond evolution of small systems, exploiting and “photographing” the orbitals of individual electrons.

The characteristics of the coherently emitted light during the ionization process extend optical science to extremely short pulses and short wavelengths. The emergent plasma-physics-like concepts are shown to be applicable to the multiphoton creation of excitons in solids and allow measurement of the band structure of solids with all-optical methods.

Dr. Corkum, a member of the Royal Societies of London and of Canada, the Order of Canada, and the U.S. Academy of Sciences, is Director of the Attosecond Science Program, National Research Council. He has been awarded the Canadian Association of Physicists’ gold medal for lifetime achievement in Physics (1996), the Einstein Award of the Society for Optical and Quantum Electronics (1999), the Royal Society of Canada’s Tory Medal (2003), her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Optical Society’s Charles H. Townes award (2005), the IEEE’s Quantum Electronics award (2005), the American Physical Society’s Arthur L. Schawlow prize for Quantum Electronics (2006), and NSERC’s Polanyi Award (2008).

The talk is free and open to the public.

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As Katy Perry sang “The Eye of the Tiger” at Sunday’s Superbowl half time show, one of Princeton’s own tigers was holding its own against the snow as shown here in this shot by local fine art photographer Richard Trenner. (Image courtesy of Richard Trenner)

January 28, 2015

After reviewing the case of Eric Maltz, 22, the Princeton resident who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2013 crash that killed a Princeton rabbi, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert C. Billmeier ordered Mr. Maltz’s release from the criminal locked unit at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

Mr. Maltz had been held at the facility since Judge Billmeier’s December 23 ruling that he was not guilty by reason of insanity in the Riverside Drive crash that resulted in the death of Rabbi James S. Diamond and caused serious injury to Rabbi Robert Freedman.

Mr. Maltz had been charged with one count of death by auto and one count of assault by auto following the incident. He pleaded not guilty to the charges that could have meant up to 40 years in prison, a sentence of 30 years for first degree aggravated manslaughter and 10 years for aggravated assault.

Following the judge’s December ruling, Mr. Maltz was sent to the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital pending review of his case. He was ordered to remain there “if and until the court finds that he is no longer mentally unfit, such that he poses a danger to himself or others.”

He was released, with conditions, Friday, January 16.

According to a psychiatrist Mr. Maltz posed no danger to others. It was recommended that he be released on condition he remain in psychotherapy, continue taking his medications and submit to random drug tests. At present, he will not get his driver’s license back or be allowed to drive. His father will be responsible for his supervision.

Mr. Billmeier’s December ruling was based on the findings of a psychiatrist who had interviewed Mr. Maltz and reviewed his psychiatric records. He found that at the time of the crash Mr. Maltz met the legal definition of not guilty by reason of insanity.

In March 2013, in what is thought to have been a botched suicide attempt, Mr. Maltz drove a BMW car at high speed into an unoccupied Toyota Camry on Riverside Drive. The struck car then hit a parked Toyota Prius just as Mr. Diamond, 74, was getting into the passenger side. Mr. Robert Freedman, then 63, a former cantor at the Jewish Center of Princeton, was in the driver’s seat. Both men were leaving a Talmud study group.

The Toyota Camry had been parked in front of the Prius. The impact of the BMW pushed the parked Camry into the Prius. Mr. Diamond, who had directed Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life from 1995 to his retirement in 2003, died at the scene. Mr. Freedman and Mr. Maltz were both taken to the trauma center at Capital Health Medical Center.

After the incident, Mr. Maltz was committed to Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, where he remained for several months until he was released to his family on Braeburn Drive. Reportedly, the young man has a history of mental illness and had been in a psychiatric facility not long before the March 2013 crash. He had tried to harm himself with a knife in 2012 and had struggled with mood swings and depression.

ON CAMPUS SOON: Andrew Solomon will discuss his  award-winning work “Far From The Tree” on February 10 at 6 p.m. in McCosh Hall 50. A Washington Post review called the book “a hybrid series of thematically linked oral histories, the majority of which are deeply moving about the strength of parents who display heroic energy and creativity.”

ON CAMPUS SOON: Andrew Solomon will discuss his award-winning work “Far From The Tree” on February 10 at 6 p.m. in McCosh Hall 50. A Washington Post review called the book “a hybrid series of thematically linked oral histories, the majority of which are deeply moving about the strength of parents who display heroic energy and creativity.”

Writer, lecturer, and activist Andrew Solomon will discuss his award-winning book Far From The Tree (2012) on February 10 at 6 p.m. in McCosh Hall 50. The book is an exploration of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love.

Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Julie Myerson termed Far From the Tree “a passionate and affecting work that will shake up your preconceptions and leave you in a better place. It’s a book everyone should read and … there’s no one who wouldn’t be a more imaginative and understanding parent — or human being — for having done so.”

Far From The Tree received the 2012 National Book Critics Award, the Lambda Literary Award, Media for a Just Society Award of the National Council of Crime and Delinquency, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University, he is a professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. His 2001 book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, explored the science and culture of clinical depression through interviews and his own experience. It was awarded the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

The Stafford Little Lecture Series and the Belknap Visitors in the Council of the Humanities are cosponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, please visit lectures.princeton.edu.

HISTORIC LODGE: The Masonic Temple at 30 Maclean has a rich history. Situated on the corner with John Street, the building is in the process of being purchased by a group of developers working in tandem with local architect Josh Zinder and others who plan to restore the building’s exterior while restructuring the interior as rental apartments. Mr. Zinder and his partners brought their initial concept of the building’s future to a meeting with members of the local community held at the Arts Council of Princeton last week.(Photo by L. Arntzenius)

HISTORIC LODGE: The Masonic Temple at 30 Maclean has a rich history. Situated on the corner with John Street, the building is in the process of being purchased by a group of developers working in tandem with local architect Josh Zinder and others who plan to restore the building’s exterior while restructuring the interior as rental apartments. Mr. Zinder and his partners brought their initial concept of the building’s future to a meeting with members of the local community held at the Arts Council of Princeton last week. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

Is there a market in Princeton for rental apartments within walking distance of the center of town for people of modest income who want low rents and access to all that the municipality has to offer? Princeton Property Partners (PPP) seem to think so. And, in conjunction with local architect Josh Zinder and several others, they are putting their beliefs into action with an undertaking that would turn the old Masonic Lodge at the corner of John and Maclean streets in the Jackson/Witherspoon neighborhood into an apartment building.

Last Wednesday, January 21, PPP’s Aubrey Haines and Mr. Zinder invited the neighbors in to see what they had in mind. Their plans met with a cautious thumbs up.

The proposal to turn the Masonic Temple into a 10-unit apartment building was presented to those who live near the historic structure and who are concerned about the impact that any plans for its future use might have on the neighborhood.

About 50 people, including four former Princeton mayors: Jim Floyd, Marvin Reed, Mildred Trotman, and Yina Moore, came to the Arts Council to hear Mr. Zinder, who lives on Moore Street and is principal of the architectural firm JZA+D, describe plans for 10 apartments ranging from about 500 square feet to just under 1,000 square feet.

To conform with the municipality’s 20 percent affordable housing requirements, two of the units would be designated “affordable housing.”

Aubrey Haines of PPP, which invests in college-town properties, spoke first and acknowledged co-investors, Jared Witt, Roland Pott, and Josh Zinder. “Josh is a 14- year resident of Princeton, he understands a lot about this community and how they view change,” said Mr. Haines. “Others might come in and say here’s what we want to do. We recognize that this doesn’t get a good reception, so we want to start with the community and get things right.”

“This historic structure is important to the people who grew up here and a developer could come in, knock it down, and build two mansions, but that isn’t appropriate for this neighborhood,” said Mr. Haines. “We are here to listen to what you have to say.”

Stressing that the ideas being presented were still in the early stages and that the purchase of the building hasn’t yet been finalized, Mr. Zinder said: “We think we have a good project for this neighborhood. We want to restore and maintain the building.” Noting that the building had some original brick, he said, “We would like to bring back some of the character of the original structure, perhaps expose some of the brick, refinish the wood, or color the stucco.”

“We want to present the concept to the neighbors, since we will be seeking variances and would like to have their support. We want to keep the original structure rather than tear it down and put up something that would be at odds with the neighborhood,” said Mr. Zinder.

The plan would include an external staircase and an elevator tower serving three ground floor flats (two studios and a one-bedroom apartment), three second floor units, and four units on the top two floors, and a parking lot on Maclean.

Questions and comments from the audience followed the brief presentation. The first came from a neighbor who knew the building from the days when her grandfather was a mason. “It’s hard to see how you will get ten apartments into this building,” she said, to which Mr. Zinder responded that the building is bigger than one might think — when a mezzanine is taken into account, it’s over 7,000 square feet.

The developers were asked what sort of rent was anticipated. “The rentals would be less than some of the fancier units in town,” said Mr. Haines, citing other “affordable housing” offered in the municipality. “Not only is this good for the town, it’s a good business decision. We don’t want to compete with that market. We will be targeting seniors and students.”

“I share your concern that some of the properties being developed are out of the price-range of most average people,” said Mr. Haines, noting that it was hard to give any figures until all of the costs had been worked out. “This is a process. We want to work with you and listen to you, but we have to make money on this project or we are not going to do it,” he said.

Neighbors were concerned that the building’s history be acknowledged, perhaps by a brass plaque or signage, as had been done for the Waxwood Building nearby.

Questions were also raised about parking for new residents. The town requires 1.5 parking spaces per unit. As it stands, the plan would need 15 spaces. “Currently there are 13 spaces, including a handicapped space at the site,” said Mr. Zinder, acknowledging the problem. “We are hoping that not all residents will have cars. The worst case scenario would be a need for 20 spaces. We recognize this is something we have to solve.”

The developers pointed out the need to maximize profitability and their belief that renters of studio apartments would not need parking spaces. He acknowledged, however, that this was an issue that had been struggled with and that it was possible that the number of units could change. But with a reduced number of units, the rentals would be higher.

But one neighbor who had moved to Princeton from New York City agreed that there would be renters who needed no parking spots. “I’d like to see this plan succeed and would hate to see it torpedoed by parking issues,” he said.

Ingrid Reed asked whether there were data available on whether there was a market for people who do not want to have a car. Mr. Zinder said that they were intending to hire a traffic consultant to address that issue.

“I came here with an open mind,” said Birch Avenue resident Leighton Newlin, who was born and raised in the neighborhood. “I like your presentation. This building means a lot to this community. I don’t blame you for wanting to make a profit out of it. It will still look like a Masonic Temple. You will keep the integrity of the building. If another developer comes in with a better plan, I’d be surprised.”

Mr. Floyd also spoke favorably of the project, asking how members of the community could invest in it. “I’m impressed that you are trying to be honest about this and not deceitful. We are grateful for your concern for the neighborhood.”

Sheldon Sturges of Princeton Future commented on neighborhood gentrification. “Even these properties will not be affordable for this community,” he said, suggesting that the developers do something really innovative, something historic, and ask the municipality to allocate 50 percent of the units to people who would pay 30 percent of their income.

Mr. Sturges suggested that “as a community, would do well to think of a new way to encourage developers to build ’50-50’ residential, mixed-income units. Fifty percent of the units might be ‘market’ and 50 percent might be ‘non-market.’ The non-market units could be made available to those who qualify at 30 percent of their income. Incentives for the developer might involve: a granting of wished-for zoning variances and/or a grant of public property on which to develop another, similar project. This is a moral issue for the community. It is a social justice issue. Josh and his team are good, local partners to try to work out a new way for us all to work together.”

Rounding up the meeting, Mr. Zinder said: “We are open to having another neighborhood meeting when we are ready to present to the Princeton planning board. Principal of the architectural firm J ZA+D, Mr. Zinder was recently honored with the Architectural Firm of the Year service award. He is scheduled to speak at the Princeton Adult School March 19 as part of a series of conversations with Ingrid Reed.

Area residents concerned about the environmental and safety ramifications of the natural gas pipeline planned for the Princeton Ridge will get another chance to air their views at a public hearing being held by the Department of Environmental Protection on February 23. The hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, is on the permit application that the Williams/Transco company needs in order to begin work on the project.

Williams wants to build a high-pressure pipeline for natural gas next to one that was installed in 1958, increasing its capacity. The portion running through Princeton Ridge is part of the Skillman Loop and would carry natural gas from western Pennsylvania shale fields to customers from other states.

The plan has provoked controversy over the past two years, with significant input from environmental groups and members of the Princeton Ridge Coalition, a non-profit citizens’ group formed soon after the project was announced. In December, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Williams company’s request. Last week, the Coalition filed an appeal with FERC to have the agency reconsider its decision.

“We are filing an appeal about environmental things and some of the language they use, which is a little ambiguous,” said Robert J. Goldston, a Princeton University astrophysics professor who is a member of the Coalition. “We’ve put in for a rehearing.”

FERC put out an Environmental Assessment (EA) last August with a finding that the project would pose “no significant impact” to the surrounding area. The Coalition responded with a long document outlining several problems they perceived, including not enough safety measures for the required trenching. “We objected to many things in the EA,” Mr. Goldston said. “On October 1, Transco filed a modification which they said would add another crew to the project and request some extra time to do the work.”

In addition, Mr. Goldston said, the company has given a firm commitment to never operate heavy equipment over the top of the existing pipeline while it is filled with natural gas, replacing the gas with water instead. “That was a huge step forward, from our point of view, in terms of trenching,” he said. “We still think that building under the ridge would be safe and more environmentally acceptable, though.”

The Coalition is considering installing video cameras along the private rights of way to monitor the work being done. “We’re scoping it out,” Mr. Goldston said. “It’s a possibility.”

According to Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton, surveying work on the project would begin sometime in February. Because the line will initially have to be taken out of service, Princeton Ridge residents won’t see any activity until around May. “It takes a lot of coordination with customers, to ensure safety,” Mr. Stockton said.

Construction should last about eight months, he added.

grandinPrinceton Day School welcomed Temple Grandin to campus on Wednesday, January 21. Ms. Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, an animal researcher, a bestselling author and an autism activist.

Her lecture to Upper School students and faculty included topics such as her work with animals, the evolution of the autism spectrum, the importance of studying outcomes when it comes to our education system, untapped future job opportunities (hint: learn how to code and study mechanics), and different ways of thinking.

“I think in pictures and, when I was younger, I thought everyone else did, too,” she said, illustrating a rubric for typifying the different ways that different people think, be it spatially or verbally, associatively or linearly. Ms. Grandin added that difference does not denote deficiency, noting that it is exactly these differences which lead to innovation. She gave several examples of successful ventures founded by people diagnosed with austism and ADHD, including IKEA and, arguably, much of Silicon Valley.

Ms. Grandin also stressed how exposure to different things is critical to success, especially for young people. “I learned about animals because I spent time on my aunt’s ranch growing up,” she said. “People often become good at what they are exposed to, so device-free, unstructured play time can open up a world of possibility.”


An exhibition of iconic Civil Rights-era images by photographer Danny Lyon opens today at the Art Gallery on The College of New Jersey campus at 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m, and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.“Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement” will continue through March 1 as part of a campus wide exploration of justice and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Shown here is Mr. Lyon’s 1963 photograph “Sit in Toddle House Atlanta.” For more information, call (609) 771-2633, or visit: tcnj.edu/artgallery. (Photo courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York)


Members of the Princeton Police Department stood alongside family and friends of slain Princeton Police Officer Walter B. Harris Sunday, January 25, as the municipality and community observed a solemn moment during the dedication ceremony for a memorial honoring the legendary patrolman. Mr. Harris was shot and killed in the early hours of the morning of February 2, 1946. He was off duty at the time and just 31 years old. He had served with the Princeton Borough Police Department between 1943 and 1946. “This hero protected the very streets we walk and that our officers patrol today,” said Chief Nicholas Sutter moments before the memorial was unveiled. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

January 26, 2015

Airlines across the northeast have cancelled nearly 5,200 flights.

All schools in Mercer County have announced early dismissals as of Monday, January 26. All after school activities have been canceled.

There will be a system wide cross honoring of New Jersey Transit bus, rail, and light rail from January 26 through January 28.

The last service for NJ Transit bus will depart from its point of origin at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, January 26.

NJ Transit trains will stop running at 10 p.m. (the last trains from New York Penn Station depart at 8 p.m.)

Speeds have been reduced on the Garden State Parkway from Atlantic County to the New York State line and the Turnpike.

Governor Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey earlier this afternoon. Travel is expected to be brought to a stand-still from New York City to Portland, Maine, by the storm. Snow totals of more than 2 feet are expected from southern New Hampshire to central Long Island. Coastal flooding is predicted for the Jersey shore.

“It’s been upgraded to a blizzard,” Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert declared Monday morning. “With the high winds they are projecting, we’re expecting downed trees, wires, and power outages.”

Princeton schools had an early dismissal on Monday. Trash pickup for Tuesday is cancelled and will take place on Thursday.

The Princeton Board of Education meeting that was originally scheduled for January 27 has been rescheduled for February 3.

Power outages should be reported to PSE&G at their emergency number (1-800-436-7734).

“And if anyone wants to report a power outage to Access Princeton (609-924-4141), we can help track and continue to advocate for power to be put on,” Ms. Lempert said.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads so as not to interfere with law enforcement and emergency responders.

January 23, 2015

Princeton University and the Terra Momo Group have agreed to discontinue discussions regarding a lease to operate the restaurant and café that are being developed for the University’s arts neighborhood.

According to a statement from the University, renovation and expansion of the existing former Dinky train station buildings will continue and the University has begun a process to identify another operator for the restaurant and café. The University also has entered into a contract to purchase a liquor license that is intended to be used at the café and restaurant.

Terra Momo, which operates Mediterra, Eno Terra, Teresa Caffe and the Terra Momo Bread Company, had planned to establish a pizzeria-style cafe in the north terminal building, and a farm-to-table style eatery in the other building.

A municipal employee, three high school students, a local business and three residents of Princeton have been named winners of Sustainable Princeton’s Leadership Awards. A ceremony honoring the winners will take place Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library.

Alexandra Bar-Cohen, a resident, is cited for her volunteer work to create zero waste events and a zero waste culture at the Jewish Center and Littlebrook Elementary School, as well as her advocacy on behalf of the county-wide plastic bag referendum. Vikki Caines, who works for the Princeton Recreation Department, is being awarded for her dedication beyond her regular job in planting and tending special gardens at the municipal complex at 400 Witherspoon Street.

Hutchinson “Huck” Fairman, a Princeton resident, wins the award for his consistent efforts to inform the community about environmental issues. His “Solutions” column in the Princeton Packet and his networking around town have inspired environmental action in Princeton.

Also honored are Princeton Day School students Tag Quijano, Zach “Woogie” Woogen and Kate Yazujian, for their collective efforts such as organizing an annual Harvest Dinner for 250 and the PDS Student Environmental Conference. They were part of the Greenhouse Gas Assessment team and are leaders at the national Student Climate and Conservation Congress run by the Green Schools Alliance.

Residents Penny Thomas and Susie Wilson are recognized for their tenacity in implementing the town’s curbside organic waste program, Princeton Composts, at Constitution Hill. The local business Princeton Printer is honored for demonstrating leadership and guidance in greening the infrastructure and operations of a local downtown business. “They are a model and a knowledge resource for everyone about how to run a green business, from installing solar panels on their rooftop to using soy ink and recycling worn out printers,” reads information from Sustainable Princeton.

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public. Visit www.sustainableprinceton.org for more information.

January 21, 2015
WALTER B. HARRIS: This period photograph shows Princeton Borough Police Officer Walter B. Harris proudly wearing his uniform. A memorial to Mr. Harris, who was shot and killed in 1946, will be dedicated in his memory on Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at the Princeton Municipal Hall Plaza, 400 Witherspoon Street. It will join one other memorial, that honoring Princeton Township Police Officer Billie D. Ellis, who died in 1955.(Image Courtesy of the Princeton Police Department)

WALTER B. HARRIS: This period photograph shows Princeton Borough Police Officer Walter B. Harris proudly wearing his uniform. A memorial to Mr. Harris, who was shot and killed in 1946, will be dedicated in his memory on Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at the Princeton Municipal Hall Plaza, 400 Witherspoon Street. It will join one other memorial, that honoring Princeton Township Police Officer Billie D. Ellis, who died in 1955. (Image Courtesy of the Princeton Police Department)

The Princeton Police Department will hold a dedication ceremony for a memorial honoring Walter B. Harris on Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. The event is scheduled to take place on the plaza in front of Witherspoon Hall, the Princeton municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street.

The ceremony will commemorate the installation of a new memorial for the Princeton Borough police officer who was shot and killed in the early hours of the morning of February 2, 1946.

Mr. Harris was off duty at the time and just 31 years old. With his wife, Florence, he had two young daughters, Monetta, 6, and Florence, 3. He had served with the Princeton Borough Police between 1943 and 1946 and before that with the Princeton Auxiliary Police. He was the Department’s second African American patrolman.

Just after midnight, as he was leaving a social club near his John Street home to get ready for his shift, Mr. Harris heard the sound of gunfire. According to newspaper accounts at the time, he ran to the club and intervened in an altercation there. After being hit on the head with the butt of a gun and subsequently shot in the abdomen, he died at Princeton Hospital some 30 minutes later. Three men were subsequently pursued, captured, and charged in the crime.

The three men were from the Bronx and had been visiting relatives in Princeton when, reportedly, one of them made unwelcome advances to a woman in the club. Tried in Mercer County court, Norman L. Cross, 19, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison; his brother Milton Cross, 20, was convicted of manslaughter and got eight to ten years; the third man was acquitted.

Mr. Harris is buried in the Princeton Cemetery of Nassau Presbyterian Church.

His memorial will be the second to be placed on the plaza at Witherspoon Hall, where a commemorative plaque is dedicated to Princeton Township Police Officer Billie D. Ellis. Mr. Ellis gave his life rescuing three young boys during a storm on Lake Carnegie on August 19, 1955.

More than 100 people, including many who remember Mr. Harris personally, friends and family members, are expected to attend the dedication ceremony.

At the most recent meeting of mayor and Council, Monday, January 12, Mayor Liz Lempert read a proclamation of the monument. “I want to thank the police department for doing the work to research Officer Harris to make sure we are remembering and honoring him properly,” she said. This time last year, when the municipality declared February 2 “Officer Walter Harris Day,” the slain officer’s daughters and other family members were in attendance.

Sergeant Geoff Maurer and Officer Chris King were instrumental in gaining recognition for Mr. Harris. Mr. Maurer began researching the late officer after consolidation of the Borough and Township police departments. Knowing of the monument to fallen Township policeman Billie Ellis, who died in the line of duty in 1955, Mr. Maurer, thought that the Borough officer deserved similar recognition for his actions.

A county-run program that educates young mothers about nutrition will continue to offer services at Princeton’s municipal building through 2015, thanks to the efforts of the health and human services staff.

The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) is run by the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. Last year, the Princeton satellite was nearly cancelled due to decreased enrollment but was saved at the last minute after officials convinced the agency that there was indeed a need for these services among Princeton’s population. A year later, there has been an increase in appointments, leading the Children’s Home Society to keep the program going for at least another year.

WIC provides checks for food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to those who qualify on the third Friday of every month at Witherspoon Hall. Participants, primarily pregnant women and women with young children up to age five, are advised on identifying healthy nutrition choices.

“WIC provides vital support to at-risk moms and children. I’m pleased that we will continue to be able to maintain the Princeton Clinic and help Princeton families give their children a healthy start,” said Councilwoman Heather Howard, who serves as liaison to the Princeton Board of Health and Human Services Commission. Ms. Howard was formerly Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, running the WIC programs across the state.

WIC participants must live in New Jersey and meet certain income criteria. Services are available to low income families regardless of work status or if the family receives assistance from Disability, Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid, or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). The clinic is open the third Friday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of Witherspoon Hall.

Before the appointment of Jeffrey Grosser as Princeton’s Health Officer last March, interim health officer Bob Hary was meeting with the Children’s Home Society because of a decrease in the number of clients from about 600 a few years ago to a more recent number of about 200. Mr. Hary was able to negotiate a reprieve for the program. Mr. Grosser and Human Services Director Elisa Neira, both new in their positions last year, were able to come up with a revised plan to keep the program alive and make residents aware of its existence.

With more mothers using WIC during the past year, the agency has seen fit to keep it going in Princeton. “This past year, there has definitely been an increase in appointments every day. The staff was busier,” Ms. Neira said this week. “So we met in the fall and said, let’s keep it open in 2015 and set some new goals. We have refined the retention and enrollment plan, and this year we’re looking into adding other services like maybe having someone do Medicaid applications, so there will be more of an incentive for others.”

The WIC program operated out of the Henry Pannell Center on Witherspoon Street before moving to the municipal building.

To increase outreach over the past year, WIC information was made available “wherever possible,” Mr. Grosser said in a press release. “By the end of 2014, WIC attendance at the Princeton clinic had improved, and we’re optimistic for 2015.”

For more information, visit www.princetonnj.gov.


This was the scene at 74 Leigh Avenue Monday, at 11:20 a.m. shortly after resident Laura Light discovered smoke and called 911. “Kudos to the Princeton Police Department,” said Ms. Light. “They were here in 30 seconds and the Princeton Fire Department arrived shortly afterward.” Ms. Light, who has lived at the address for three and a half years, initially thought that the smoke indicated a fire in the attic. “But it seems to have started in the crawl space,” she said. No one was hurt in the incident. After responding to Ms. Light’s call, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from a basement wall and crawl space at the rear of the house. The flames were quickly extinguished. Officials on the scene said that the cause of the fire was not clear; it remains under investigation by police and fire personnel. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

Minh Dang

Minh Dang

Each year, Womanspace honors a person of distinction who exemplifies the qualities of founder and former Mayor of Princeton Borough, Barbara Boggs Sigmund. This year, Womanspace will honor Human Rights Activist-Scholar, Minh Dang, for her efforts to stop Human Trafficking. The award will be given at the 21st annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award (BBS Award) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Ms. Minh, is currently an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker on issues of human trafficking, leadership development, and social justice. She is a staunch advocate for survivors of child abuse and human trafficking and is developing strategies to support education, training, and leadership development for survivors. Most recently, she was the executive director for Don’t Sell Bodies (DSB), an anti human trafficking initiative founded by Jada Pinkett Smith. In May 2013, Ms. Minh was recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for her efforts to end human trafficking. She is a ten year veteran of the service-learning field and two time alumna of UC Berkeley. She received her BA in sociology in 2006 and her Masters in social welfare in 2013. Prior to graduate school, Ms Minh coordinated the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program at UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She has served on the Board of Directors for Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH) and The Norma J. Morris Center for Healing. She has also co-led weekly Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) support groups for six years. The California Alumni Association honored Minh in March 2014 with the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in achievement by a Young Alumna. Passionate about promoting the integration of individual and community healing, Ms. Minh is a true “love warrior,” as her friend calls her. She has traveled extensively telling her harrowing story of survival from child abuse and sexual slavery in the United States. Her story first reached the public domain in 2010 when MSNBC aired the documentary “Sex Slaves in America: Minh’s Story.” The report aired just three years after Minh’s daring escape and since that time she has courageously addressed tens of thousands of concerned citizens to help prevent modern-day slavery in the United States. For more information on the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award including sponsorships, advertising, in-kind donations or general questions please contact Lauren Nazarian at (609) 394-0136 or lan@womanspace.org.


Upper school students at Stuart Country Day School organized a Unity March to pay respects to Martin Luther King during their lunch time on January 9. Nearly 100 students took part in the March, which was led by the upper school club DAYS, Diversity Awareness Youth Services Club, and was organized by club co-heads senior Nneka Onukwagha and junior Makeda White. In addition to honoring Dr. King, the club sought to bring attention to the continued need for dialogue and action on issues of social justice. The upper and middle school girls marched from the front of the school on Stuart Road, up to the Great Road, to the Stuart athletic fields and back down to the front of the school, where they were joined by Barbara Anne Cagney’s second grade class, who had recently completed an academic unit on Dr. King.


“Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860,” continues at Morven Museum and Garden through March 29. Shown here is a silk thread on linen, sampler, dating to 1833, by Rebecca Mount (1820-1888). Ms. Mount was taught by Eleanor T. Stephens of the Cream Ridge Seminary, Monmouth County. (Image From the Leslie B. Durst Collection)


Saturday the world of Hans Brinker came to Lake Carnegie, so maybe the little girl could be his sister Gretel, who is about to ask her parents if she can go over and pat the dog and say hi to the skater holding the leash. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

January 20, 2015

Princeton Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller will meet at 7 p.m. tonight with neighbors of the former Princeton Hospital site, currently under demolition, to hear their concerns about the rerouting of traffic including large trucks and buses onto Harris Road and other streets in the neighborhood during the demolition process. Residents have also complained about noise, dust, and debris. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Witherspoon Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street.

January 16, 2015

The Princeton Police Department is warning residents not to leave their cars running and unattended in their driveways. A series of thefts of idling cars in Hamilton Township, followed by one in Princeton on Friday, prompted the warning.

A 2011 Audi A4 was stolen from the driveway of a home on Leicester Court around 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to information from Sergeant Steven Riccitello. The owner of the car had started the vehicle and left it running to warm it up. He then went back into his house.

According to police, the car’s owner saw a black male drive away with the Audi, which was valued at $36,000. The man, described as having an athletic build and wearing a black wool coat with a red scarf, got out of a newer model blue Mercedes, possibly C class, and drove away with the Audi.

Four idling cars were stolen from driveways in Hamilton on Thursday morning. No arrests have been made.

January 15, 2015

There is enough ice on Lake Carnegie to allow skating, according to information from the municipality of Princeton. As of Wednesday morning, skaters and walkers anxious to get out onto the lake were permitted because of the more than five-inch-thick layer of ice that is a result of recent below-freezing temperatures.

Smoyer Pond and Community Park North Pond are still off limits. Skaters and walkers are allowed on the ice from 10 a.m. to dusk, between the bridges on Washington Road and Harrison Street.

Skating and walking are permitted at one’s own risk only when white flags are flying from the poles at the boathouse near the Washington Road bridge and at the Harrison Street bridge. Skaters are urged to check the town’s website, www.princetonnj.gov, or call the Recreation Department’s hotline at (609) 688-2054, for daily updates, as conditions can change.

January 14, 2015

Audrey Dantzlerward, 22, a junior at Princeton University, was found dead in her campus residence room at Edwards Hall on Monday, January 12. According to a statement posted on the University website, the cause of death is yet to be determined but no foul play is suspected.

Ms. Dantzlerward was a member of the Wildcats a cappella group, Princeton Women‘s Mentorship Program, Princeton Presbyterians, and Edwards Collective, a residential community that celebrates the humanities and creative arts.

The University has extended its condolences to her family and friends and offered students the opportunity to speak with counselors on campus at the Counseling and Psychological Services in the McCosh Health Center. A gathering to remember Ms. Dantzlerward was held on the evening of Monday, January 12, in Murray Dodge Hall.

STANLEY N. KATZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Shown here with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Stanley N. Katz wears the National Humanities Medal he received from the president in 2011. Mr. Katz shares his thoughts (and fears) on the rise of mega-foundations in a talk a on “Philanthropy: Private Wealth and the Public Interest” at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, January 20 at noon.(Photo Courtesy of Mr. Katz)

STANLEY N. KATZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Shown here with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Stanley N. Katz wears the National Humanities Medal he received from the president in 2011. Mr. Katz shares his thoughts (and fears) on the rise of mega-foundations in a talk a on “Philanthropy: Private Wealth and the Public Interest” at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, January 20 at noon. (Photo Courtesy of Mr. Katz)

Ever wondered about the apparent explosion of non-profit organizations in recent years, and pondered the effect on society of a growing independent sector? If so, Stanley N. Katz is the go-to expert.

As part of the Princeton Public Library’s Spotlight on the Humanities: Justice, Ethics, and Public Life series Mr. Katz will discuss “Philanthropy: Private Wealth and the Public Interest” in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library next Tuesday, January 20, at noon.

Mr. Katz has been observing philanthropic foundations since a friend was asked to become president of one in the 1970s and suggested they write a book together on the subject. Since then Mr. Katz has noted an important change in the field of philanthropy, the emergence of enormous foundations concomitant with the growth of enormous wealth in the 1990s. His talk will focus on this change and some of the history that led up to it.

His focus, therefore, is not on the small non-profit groups set up by individuals and local groups but rather the enormous foundations that have been created by the extremely wealthy. The term he uses is “Mega-Foundations,” which he defines as those with net assets of more than $1 billion.

Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Mr. Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions.

According to the scholar, a decade ago there were only four or five philanthropic foundations that could be called “mega.” When he last checked, about six months ago, there were at least 40, he said, and now there are even more.

“An increase in nonprofit institutions began after World War II,” explained Mr. Katz in a recent telephone interview. “What was a steady increase started ratcheting up around 1990. The third sector, that is to say the non-profit or independent sector is a major force in civil society along with the state and the for-profit sectors.”

According to Mr. Katz, the privately funded institution, at the time of its creation, was a uniquely American product in the tradition of the American tenet that “government is best which governs the least.”

Beginning around the turn of the 20th century when rich “robber barons” like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller Sr. were willing and able to use their money for the public good, philanthropic foundations were a mechanism for them to use pass on their enormous wealth to the public rather than leave it entirely to their heirs.

Although both Carnegie and Rockefeller were widely criticized for their tough self-interested behavior, their efforts seen at the time as “attempts to cleanse their reputations,” their intentions were to do public good, said Mr. Katz, who is interested in comparing today’s philanthropically inclined wealthy individuals like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett with their predecessors.

How are they similar and how are they different? How are today’s mega foundations spending their money? Mr. Katz suggests that contemporary mega-foundations are significantly different.

Citing Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the controversial book by French economist Thomas Piketty, published in English last March, Mr. Katz said that today there is a much greater asymmetry of wealth in the United States than there was before the eventful year of 1929.

Mr. Piketty’s book examines historical changes in the concentration of income and wealth since the beginning of the industrial revolution and concludes that the importance of wealth in modern economies is approaching levels last seen before World War I. One of the French economist’s recommendations is that governments should step in now and adopt a global tax on wealth so as to prevent soaring inequality leading to future economic or political instability. His book prompted a broad and energetic debate about global inequality.

Mr. Katz wants to know how this present day inequality came about and what are its consequences? Are these mega-foundations influencing public policy in a way that threatens the democracy of the country?

With a core concern for what it take to sustain a democratic society, Mr. Katz has observed fundamental changes over the past two decades that he finds worrying. The expert in American legal and constitutional history as well as philanthropy and non-profit institutions will share his fears about ways in which public policies such as K-12 education are being determined by today’s mega-wealthy.

The author and editor of numerous books and articles and a member of various boards of trustees and scholarly organizations (he’s been president of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History) Mr. Katz received his doctorate in British and American history from Harvard, where he also attended Law School in 1969-70. He has honorary degrees from several universities.

His writings on higher education policy can be read in the Chronicle of Higher Education and his recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime.

Co-sponsored by the the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library’s Spotlight on the Humanities: Justice, Ethics and Public Life series explores issues related to public life in an increasingly complex and global society. Future talks include Sam Daley-Harris, author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government, on Wednesday, February 11, at noon. Titled “Making a Difference,” Mr. Daley-Harris’s presentation will include ways for individuals to make a difference in solving many of the world’s worst problems.

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