September 23, 2015

Battlefield Ribbon

PRESERVING A PIECE OF HISTORY: The acquisition of the 4.6-acre D’Ambrisi property and its annexation to Princeton Battlefield State Park was marked September 16 with an official
ceremony presided over by, from left: Battlefield Society president Jerald Hurwitz, Senator Kip Bateman, New Jersey Park Service Director Mark Texel, Mayor Liz Lempert, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. (Photo by John Lien)

The addition of a privately owned property next to Princeton Battlefield State Park opens up new possibilities for investigating its history. The annexation of the former D’Ambrisi property, which was celebrated with an official ceremony and ribbon-cutting last week, makes land that played a vital role in the Battle of Princeton more accessible to researchers and the public.  more

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This photo of Rockefeller Center titled “Prometheus” is one of 30 black-and-white photographs by Richard Trenner that will be on display in his gallery, “A Tale of Three Cities: Photographs of New York, Philadelphia, and Princeton.” The photos will be on display until October 11 at Gallery 353 located at 353 Nassau Street.

Music Sibyl

In a program titled, “Songs of the Sybil,” the Gallicantus Renaissance Vocal Ensemble will offer the only existing complete setting of the 12 Sibylline prophecies as composed by Orlande de Lassus, paired with works by the celebrated “Sibyl of the Rhine” Hildegard von Bingen, as well as new compositions by Princeton University professors Dan Trueman and Dmitri Tymoczko. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. General admission is $25 ($10 for students with proof of ID). To order, call (609) 258-9220 or visit

September 21, 2015

Lindbergh Morven

“Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age” opens at Morven Museum & Garden on November 13, 2015 and runs through October 2016. This will be the first large-scale exhibition to explore the vices and virtues of the prominent couple.  more

September 18, 2015


On Sunday, September 20, Palmer Square will host their 24th annual JazzFeast. The open-air festival features performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and showcases cuisine from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the Palmer Square Green. All musical performances are free to attend. more

September 16, 2015


Montgomery High School cheerleaders capturing the spirit of community excitement at Sunday’s Montgomery FunFest. Held at Princeton Airport, the event featured more than a hundred booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, games of chance, and live music by the bands GoodWorks, Acoustic Road, Fitz and the Cats, Dangerous New Highs, Perfectly Sharp, and The Shaxe. Participants report on the fun in this week’s Town Talk. For a cross-section of images from the event, see page 22. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)


COMMUNITY ACTION: Princeton University freshmen taking part in the annual community service program preceding their orientation week visited a variety of locations in town and across New Jersey. One group even got to do some drumming with some residents at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Attending Princeton University and living on its leafy campus could leave students with an insular view of life. But the University’s Community Action program wants them to know that there is another world outside the “orange bubble.” During the week before freshmen orientation, the 11-year-old program offers new students a chance to learn community service skills and put them to work. more

Senior Living

A year after Princeton was designated an Age-Friendly Community (AFC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Association for Retired People (AARP), Princeton Senior Resource Center Executive Director Susan Hoskins says it’s time for each sector– business, civic, academic, health services, non-profit – to insure that the “age friendly” description is meaningful and lasting.  more

Peter SingerRandy Cohen will interview philosopher, author and Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer for his public radio program, “Person, Place, Thing,” Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m., at Princeton Public Library. During the program, guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves.

Mr. Singer has been called the world’s most influential living philosopher and, in 2014, was third on the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute’s ranking of Global Thought Leaders. He is known for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. Mr. Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, most recently, “The Most Good You Can Do.” His works have appeared in more than 30 languages.  more

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“INTIMATIONS”: This oil on linen by painter Audrey Ushenko will be among those on display in her solo exhibit at the Rider University Art Gallery called “In Natural Habitat” from September 24 through October 25.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “In Natural Habitat” featuring the work of Audrey Ushenko from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, October 25. The exhibit will include an opening reception on Thursday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. more

September 15, 2015

Half Marathon

The 2015 Princeton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 4 starting at 7 a.m. Registration is still open though spaces are limited.

The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place and travels through some of Princeton’s most noted landmarks including Princeton Battlefield and the Institute for Advanced Study. The race typically attracts around 1,500 runners and several thousand spectators.  more

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all God’s creatures, St. Paul Catholic Church will host the Blessing of the Animals by pastor Monsignor Joseph Rosie on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the parish lawn, 214 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton. This annual tradition welcomes pets and their families. Recent participants have included dogs, cats, hamsters, and even rabbits. All are welcome to attend.

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September 14, 2015

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The 8th Annual Hopewell Tour Des Arts will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, working and professional artists in the Hopewell area will open their studio doors to the general public. 29 artists will participate in this year’s event. The tour begins at the Hopewell Train Station in Hopewell Borough where guests can pick-up maps (maps can also be found in-town at Brother’s Moon restaurant or online at

September 11, 2015

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HONORING THOSE WHO ARE GONE: At Rider University in Lawrenceville today, September 11, military students conducted a flag-lowering ceremony while the Student Government Association presidents joined Rider president Gregory G. Dell’Omo to place a memorial wreath in honor of lives lost. Westminster Choir College student Thomas Lynch performed the national anthem as part of the remembrance event.

View additional images from the event, below. more

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Author Joyce Carol Oates returns to Labyrinth Books of Princeton on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in celebration of the publication of her new memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age. This event is free to attend and open to the public. more

September 10, 2015

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To celebrate the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester and an exciting new year of programming at the Princeton University Art Museum (including the opening of Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection) students and the greater Princeton community are invited to the seventh annual Nassau Street Sampler. Visit the PU Art Museum galleries and taste what local restaurants have to offer while enjoying musical performances by some of Princeton’s most beloved student groups. more

September 9, 2015


Architect William A. Potter’s Richardsonian Romanesque Alexander Hall looms in the background as students gather for the beginning of a new school year. Students discuss their expectations in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)



When Erika Knudson left Bloomington, Indiana two years ago to join her husband after he landed a job as an art historian at Princeton University, she began scouring local real estate listings to see where they might be able to buy a home. Scrolling on line, she found herself returning to the same neighborhood, again and again. more

TT SustainableThanks to a program sponsored by the non-profit organization Sustainable Princeton, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church will soon find out how much energy is escaping its 175-year-old walls, roof, and windows. Along with Labyrinth Books at 122 Nassau Street, and One Monument Hall, the church is taking part in Sustainable Princeton’s EnergySmart Buildings Campaign, which is made possible by a $35,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey.

The idea is to track electricity, light and water usage, and analyze real time energy data via energy monitors from the Princeton start-up WattVision. According to Sustainable Princeton’s executive director Diane Landis, the data will help commercial properties, religious institutions, and other organizations be more conscious of how they are using energy and help them learn how to improve their practices.

“We wanted to get a cross-section of properties, and we were very thoughtful in choosing these buildings — a church, a local government building, a commercial property — all of which are very different and use energy differently,” Ms. Landis said.  more

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NIFTY LUNCHBOX: Community Park School kindergartener Jaxson Blue was definitely ready for the first day of school on Tuesday. School Superintendent Steve Cochrane reflected on the new school year in remarks he made at a September 2 convocation. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Public Schools) 

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Author, commentator and New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich will be the guest speaker at “Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit Princeton Public Library,” which will take place Saturday, September 26, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, the library and Hinds Plaza. Organized by The Friends of the Princeton Public Library, the benefit is one of the largest fundraising events on the library’s calendar. Proceeds provide books and other materials, public programming, community outreach and more. more

Art Faculty

SELF-PORTRAIT: This self-portrait by noted painter and regional drawing teacher Paul Mordetsky will be among the works displayed in the “Faculty Exhibit” at Jerry’s Artarama. On Friday, September 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be an open reception for the exhibition that features works by the artists currently offering classes and workshops at the Artarama Studios located at 2901 US-1 in Lawrenceville.

September 8, 2015

Bernie Sanders

The Princeton Area Committee for Bernie Sanders will kick off his local campaign with a free, informational event on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hinds Plaza (adjacent to the Public Library) in downtown Princeton. Several of the Committee’s members will be available for conversation. There will also be card tables with information on Sanders’ political stance on a range of issues, including civil and labor rights, jobs, education, climate change, and health care. more

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September 7, 2015

NAMI 2NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its seventh annual Harvest of Hope Wellness Conference on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, the educational event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public.

The theme this year is “Finding Your Voice.” Hakeem Rahim will deliver the keynote address—“Mental Illness Unmasked: A Conversation on Living and Thriving with Mental Illness.” Mr. Rahim, an African-American graduate of Harvard and Columbia, began speaking openly about his 16-year journey with bipolar disorder in 2012. Since then, he has told his story to thousands, testified before Congress, and devoted his life to ending stigma. more