September 19, 2014

Princeton officials have moved the date for starting demolition of the former Princeton Hospital site to Monday, September 22. Originally targeted for today (Friday), the razing will begin with the building closest to the parking garage, according to Princeton’s municipal engineer Bob Kiser.

Workers have been on site for the past several weeks preparing for the demolition. The entire process is expected to take four to six months. Asbestos removal from the main hospital building has been completed, except for the roof flashings, which the Yannuzzi Wrecking and Recycling Corporation is in the process of taking out.

The demolition will begin Monday, weather permitting. For more information, visit

September 18, 2014

Full page fax printYesterday afternoon, Princeton police announced the capture of Wesley A. Gugliuzza, a 28-year-old homeless man charged with the TD Bank robbery that occurred on Monday, September 15, in the bank at 883 State Road.

Police detectives were led to Mr. Gugliuzza, who was apprehended in Old Bridge, after getting a confidential tip. The arrest was a coordinated effort between Princeton and Old Bridge detectives. Mr. Gugliuzza was apprehended without incident.

Mr. Gugliuzza’s photograph was shared by news agencies after he was captured on surveillance video. He is currently incarcerated at the Middlesex County Correctional Center in New Brunswick, and is charged with one count of first-degree robbery, one count of third-degree terroristic threats, and one count of fourth-degree tampering with evidence. Bail has been set at $300,000.

September 17, 2014
MARKING A MILESTONE: Members of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund celebrated their 10th anniversary Monday with a reception at Mediterra. The fund promotes civil rights and helps provide access to health care and education for low-income Latin American immigrants.

MARKING A MILESTONE: Members of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund celebrated their 10th anniversary Monday with a reception at Mediterra. The fund promotes civil rights and helps provide access to health care and education for low-income Latin American immigrants.

For a growing number of Latino immigrants in Princeton, Trenton, and other parts of Mercer County, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) has provided much-needed assistance in everything from learning English to finding proper health care.

It has been a decade since a group of Princeton citizens calling themselves the Latin American Task Force decided to incorporate as a public charity. But the organization, started by local residents including Anne Reeves, founding director of the Arts Council of Princeton; Ryan Lilienthal, immigration attorney; and representatives from Princeton Friends Meeting, had already been helping the town’s Latino community for years. They reorganized in response to growing alienation faced by Latino residents due to an increased level of immigration enforcement after 9/11.

These days, LALDEF operates out of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton and a community center in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood. Through its programs, more than 1,000 children and adults have gotten access to preventive health care and immunizations, Latino students have been mentored as they transition from high school to college, English and computer skills have been taught, and assistance in filing tax returns has been given.

A $25,000 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) has helped LALDEF with recent initiatives. “As with all of our grants and grantees, we saw important work being done for people in our community, by good and competent people,” said Nancy Kieling, PACF outgoing president, at the reception on Monday. “It’s hard to build a grass roots organization from the ground up. It’s wonderful to see, with this 10 year celebration, that it has worked.”

LALDEF chairman Patricia Fernandez-Kelly said she is most proud of the organization’s Community ID Card program, which has issued identification cards to some 7,000 residents allowing them to access basic services. Speaking to the assembled crowd, executive director Maria Juega recalled the founding of the organization. “Our collective distress about the senseless unfairness of it all” was a motivator. “It was a very personal commitment each one of us had to do,” she said “We were dismayed and wanted to raise our voices.”

Ms. Fernandez-Kelly said that the celebration was held at Mediterra because of a longstanding relationship between LALDEF and the restaurant’s owners, Carlo and Raoul Momo. “They have been so helpful to us,” she said. “This is capitalism that does well by doing good.”


U.S. News & World Report has ranked Princeton University number one over all in the Best National Universities category of its “2015 America’s Best Colleges” report. The University was ranked second in the most recent list of the 100 “Best Values in Private Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and fourth in the Forbes ranking of the country’s 650 best undergraduate institutions in “America’s Top Colleges.”

Internationally, the school was ranked sixth in the Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking, which is officially known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, according to the University’s web site. In addition, Princeton ranked sixth in the latest Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, and in the top ten among 800 institutions across the world by the QS World University Rankings.

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NEVER FORGET: During The Lewis School’s Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Director of Admissions Laura Desai and Founder Marsha Lewis unveiled three 9/11 Memorial Panels from The Garden of Reflection Memorial in Yardley, Pennsylvania. The panels are currently on display on the school’s Bayard Lane campus. They were designed and donated by Ellen Saracini, Bucks County native and widow of United Airlines Flight 175 Captain Victor Saracini, whose plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Dozens of panels from the Walls of Remembrance have been displayed in many places throughout the nation including the White House, Congress and the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial in New York City. Each panel is filled with handwritten personal reflections, messages, thoughts, memories and prayers from the thousands of visitors who have had the opportunity to sign them while on display. Lewis students, staff and faculty added their personal messages at the ceremony last week.

SIGNING: Illustrator Sophie Blackall signing a copy of Annie Barrows’s “Ivy + Bean” at a recent Prince-ton Public Library Children’s Book Festival. This year’s event will take place Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on Hinds Plaza or in the library’s Community Room.

SIGNING: Illustrator Sophie Blackall signing a copy of Annie Barrows’s “Ivy + Bean” at a recent Prince-ton Public Library Children’s Book Festival. This year’s event will take place Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on Hinds Plaza or in the library’s Community Room.

The ninth annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine on Hinds Plaza or in the library’s Community Room.

More than 80 authors and illustrators in children’s literature will participate in the festival, one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. During the festival, young readers can interact with the people behind their favorite books who will talk about and sign copies of their works.

Author and illustrator Dan Yaccarino, created the poster announcing this year’s festival and will attend the event. In addition to writing and illustrating more than three dozen children’s books, Mr. Yaccarino is the creator and producer of the Nickelodeon series Oswald and Willa’s Wild Life and is the character designer behind The Backyardigans.

Also participating in this year’s festival will be 2014 Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Floca (Locomotive), 2014 Theodore Geisel Award-winner Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed); Coretta Scott King Award-winner Bryan Collier (Knock, Knock: My Father’s Dream for Me), Rita Williams Garcia (One Crazy Summer; P.S. Be Eleven), Pseudonymous Bosch (The Name of this Book is Secret), Bruce Coville (Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher), Tad Hills (Rocket the Dog series; Duck and Goose series), David Lubar (Warped and Creepy Tales series), Wendy Mass (Space Taxi series, 11 Birthdays series), Anne Rockwell (Apples and Pumpkins, Hey Charleston!) and Jon Scieszka (Stinky Cheese Man, Battle Bunny).

For a complete list of additional participating authors and illustrators, see

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is made possible by a partnership with JaZams of Princeton, Bai5, Terra Momo Restaurant Group, and the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit


lewis centerTwo writers selected as Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts’ Fellows will read on Wednesday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Hodder Fellow and poet Roger Reeves and Princeton Arts Fellow and fiction writer Hanna Pylväinen will begin their residencies at the Lewis Center by opening the Program in Creative Writing’s 2014-15 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

Hanna Pylväinen’s debut novel, We Sinners (Henry Holt 2012), which The Los Angeles Times called, “Remarkably funny for a book about a deeply religious family grappling with loss of faith,” tells the story — in alternating chapters from the point of view of the parents and several of the nine children — of the Midwestern Rovaniemi family, members of a Finnish sect of Lutheranism called Laestadianism. Ms. Pylväinen is the recipient of residencies at Djerassi, The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. In 2012 she received the Whiting Writers’ Award and in 2013 the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Chicago Tribune. Originally from suburban Detroit, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she is completing her second novel, The End of Drum Time.

Roger Reeves’s first book, King Me, recently published by Copper Canyon Press, was described by The Los Angeles Review of Books as “A book of varied tongues and urgencies. Van Gogh is here, Mike Tyson, Ernest ‘Tiny’ Davis, and in the first and last poems, someone named Roger Reeves appears. It’s a book of inhabitations and transformations; the disembodied multitudes that constitute a single body.”

Mr. Reeves’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. His poem, “Kletic of Walt Whitman,” was selected for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a 2013 Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

In addition to Mr. Reeves, Hodder Fellows for 2014-15 include choreographer Nora Chipaumire, visual artist Miko Veldkamp, and lewis center 2playwright/screenwriter Gabriel Jason Dean. Ms. Pylväinen begins her two-year appointment as an Arts Fellow along with theater/performance artist Aaron Landsman. They join graphic design artist Danielle Aubert and musician/composer Jason Treuting who are beginning their second year as Arts Fellows.


AN AWARD FOR AN ARTIST: Pennsylvania painter Robert Beck, whose “Classic Lighting, Fishtown” is shown here, is among three artists to be honored next month at The Philadelphia Sketch Club.

AN AWARD FOR AN ARTIST: Pennsylvania painter Robert Beck, whose “Classic Lighting, Fishtown” is shown here, is among three artists to be honored next month at The Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Artist Robert Beck will be honored, along with Moe Brooker and Elizabeth Osborne, at the 154th Anniversary Gala of The Philadelphia Sketch Club on Saturday, October 18. Bronze medals will be awarded to the artists for their contributions to the arts. Previous honorees include Alex Kanevsky, Jamie Wyeth, Robert Venturi, and Denise Scott Brown.

“It was a surprise,” says Beck. “Those are big names. It is an honor to be mentioned in that company.”

Mr. Beck studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in addition to his many exhibitions and awards has four invitational museum shows to his credit, one of them a solo retrospective. He is also a lecturer and contributing writer to ICON Magazine. Beck maintains a studio at his home in New Hope, Pa, and a gallery in Lambertville.

Beck’s representational images, mostly painted “live,” bring the viewer to a broad range of subjects, often created in high-energy, even difficult, environments. “I have always been fascinated by what makes things happen, and I use painting to investigate the events of our lives. I’m creating a portrait of contemporary culture,” Mr. Beck says. “This is not nostalgia. My images are straightforward depictions of being in the American here and now.”

Mr. Beck has recently been using social media to share sequential photographs of his paintings in progress. “Seeing how the image is built informs the viewer whether painter or lay person,” he says. “It is like discovering a descriptive language. I’ve had good response to it.”

“I’ve always wanted my work to have a purpose,” he adds. “To identify simple truths, or move things forward. That is what is so fulfilling about the Sketch Club award. It is recognition from my colleagues that I am getting it done.”

Beck’s work can be seen at Visit for tickets and information. The Philadelphia Sketch Club is at 235 South Camac Street in Philadelphia. The gala begins at 7 p.m.


GROVER’S CORNERS: Mary Barton, shown here with Richard Kondras in the 1995 production of Philip Jerry’s “Our Town” by American Repertory Ballet, coaches current dancers by relaying the late Mr. Jerry’s direction “almost word for word.” “Our Town” is being presented this weekend at Rider University.

GROVER’S CORNERS: Mary Barton, shown here with Richard Kondras in the 1995 production of Philip Jerry’s “Our Town” by American Repertory Ballet, coaches current dancers by relaying the late Mr. Jerry’s direction “almost word for word.” “Our Town” is being presented this weekend at Rider University.

Nineteen years ago, American Repertory Ballet (ARB) debuted the ballet Our Town, based on the play by Thornton Wilder that won the playwright a Pulitzer Prize in 1938. Choreographed by Philip Jerry, who was ballet master of the company while earning his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, the affecting drama was made all the more poignant by Mr. Jerry’s death from AIDS not long after the premiere. He was 41.

The fact that the ballet company has continued to perform Our Town over the ensuing two decades is testament to its dramatic power. This weekend, it is one of four works on a program ARB is presenting at Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center. Coaching the dancers are artistic director Douglas Martin and the company’s ballet mistress Mary Barton, who starred in “Our Town” at its premiere. The two, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last week, knew Mr. Jerry from when they were all members of The Joffrey Ballet in the 1980s.

“He was very clear about what he wanted,” Ms. Barton said, recalling Mr. Jerry before a rehearsal of Our Town last week. “We only had a week to learn the ballet. But he was so articulate and such a good actor that he got me to fully understand what he wanted. And I relay that today, almost word for word.”

Ms. Barton played Emily Webb, a central character in the story of Grover’s Corners, an average, early 20th century New England town as depicted through the simplicity of everyday life. Emily’s childhood, her romance with George Gibbs (played by Mr. Martin), her death giving birth to her second child, and her wrenching return to Earth for just one day are the crux of the three-act play, which Mr. Jerry condensed into one act.

“Philip had done a first draft of it elsewhere, but not on professional dancers,” Ms. Barton continued. “When he set it on us, a professional company, it felt like it was real to him, I think. This was his first drama. He had done some ballets for Joffrey 2 [the Joffrey Ballet’s second company] that were strictly just movement. But this was what he was really great at, in my opinion. The music, by Aaron Copland, really sweeps you along. Philip arranged it beautifully and set it in such a way that it just flowed from your body.”

Mr. Jerry was first accepted at Princeton University in 1972, but he deferred to pursue a dance career in New York. He was a member of the Joffrey Ballet until 1991, when he left to enroll at the University. He graduated with honors in art history and a certificate in French.

“Philip was very well read and very intelligent,” said Mr. Martin, during a rehearsal break last week. “He understood what artists of the early 20th century did, and he was so smart at understanding character.” As a younger dancer with the Joffrey, Mr. Martin remembers following Mr. Jerry into several roles. “I spent a lot of time with him in the rehearsal hall,” he recalled. “I mean, he had learned the role of the Chinese Conjurer (in the revival of the historic 1917 ballet Parade by Leonide Massine) from Massine himself. He was my role model.”

The local connections with Our Town go back to Mr. Wilder’s day. He taught French at The Lawrenceville School between 1921 and 1928. While there, he earned a master’s degree in French from Princeton University. Mr. Wilder won his first Pulitzer, for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, before resigning from Lawrenceville in 1928. When Our Town premiered a decade later, it was at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre.

The ballet Our Town was also given its first viewing at McCarter. “We performed it with the scrim up, as the play had been done,” said Ms. Barton. “Then we did it again during Douglas’s first year as artistic director.”

Monica Giragosian and Cameron Auble Branigan play Emily and George in the current version of Our Town. Jumping up during rehearsal to demonstrate Emily and George’s loving glances at each other and the baby in Emily’s arms, Ms. Barton and Mr. Martin look completely believable as the young couple. “After I learned the ballet, I felt like I had become Emily,” Ms. Barton said. “It was very powerful.”

It’s all about simplicity, Mr. Martin tells the dancers. “When you do it right, you feel the righteousness of this New England town. It’s about community. It’s almost like a Capra film. It’s a day in the life of everybody, and people are doing so much. If the people in the background aren’t doing their job, it doesn’t work.”

The ballet “is more about the story than the steps,” Ms. Barton said. “The way Philip felt about it — and I’m sure he knew his situation — imbued you with how important a piece it was. You felt entrusted with something very precious.”

American Repertory Ballet performs Our Town, Confetti, Fantasy Baroque, and Dreams Interrupted Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center. Tickets are $20; $10 for students and seniors. Call (609) 896-7775.



Palmer Square’s 23rd Annual JazzFeast showcasing area musicians and restaurants drew an overflow crowd to hear Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band; the Warren Chiasson Quartet’s Tribute to George Shearing; The Fins; Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly; and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

September 10, 2014

A public talk by the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, will take place October 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Jadwin Gymnasium on the Princeton University campus. Tickets will be available to students starting September 16, to staff September 18, and to the general public September 23. Members of the public can obtain two tickets per person.

The Dalai Lama’s talk, “Develop the Heart,” is sponsored by The Office of Religious Life at Princeton University and The Kalmyk Three Jewels Foundation. “As a scholar and a monk, the Dalai Lama will highlight the importance of developing compassion and kindness, alongside the intellect, in an academic environment,” according to information from the University’s Office of Communications.

At 1:30 p.m., the spiritual leader will engage “a select group of students and faculty in conversation around Princeton’s informal motto, ‘In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations,’” according to the University’s website. For further information, email

SELLING OFF SILVER: The Silver Shop, the oldest store on Palmer Square, closed its doors a few months ago. But fans of the shop will be able to view and buy the inventory at an auction later this month. The preview is September 22 at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

SELLING OFF SILVER: The Silver Shop, the oldest store on Palmer Square, closed its doors a few months ago. But fans of the shop will be able to view and buy the inventory at an auction later this month. The preview is September 22 at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Customers of The Silver Shop, the oldest store on Palmer Square, were dealt a blow when the store announced its closing a few months ago. But those who counted on the shop for its stock of silver jewelry and antiques will have one more chance to check out the merchandise.

Sal Pitts, the fourth and final owner of the shop, will offer the entire contents at an auction at Philadelphia’s Material Culture over two weekends, September 27 and 28 and October 11 and 12. A preview is being held September 22 at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1128 Great Road, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Taking a break from preparations, Mr. Pitts recalled his discovery of The Silver Shop in 1988, and his subsequent move to Princeton from Philadelphia, where he was in the restaurant business, a decade later. The store was opened during the Great Depression by a couple who had ties to a prominent jewelry store in Philadelphia.

“I was a customer there for ten years, and it evolved that every single one of my gifts came from that store,” Mr. Pitts said. “I never needed to shop anywhere else. I could go to Princeton and get something for anyone, anytime, at that little shop.”

Mr. Pitts moved to Princeton in 1998. It wasn’t long before he heard that the third owner, Arthur Colletti, had died, and the store was going to close. Mr. Pitts became convinced that he had to save the shop. He began a campaign to buy it, finally prevailing after a year.

“I would go with my neighbor, Hope, every Thursday afternoon,” he said. “We would go in and talk to whoever was on duty and leave my name and contact information. But no one ever called. On the last day — this is for real — there was a picture of the store in the paper, with a caption saying it was closing that day. It was a Thursday. We drove over and there was actually a parking space in front of the store, and I don’t have to tell you how serendipitous that was.”

It was only four o’clock, and the store was supposed to close at six, but the woman at the counter was already turning the lights out. Mr. Pitts and his friend talked her into calling the man who was handling the estate. “I told her I’m not leaving until you get whomever you report to talk to me,” he said, laughing. “I embarrassed Hope. But it worked. This very distinguished-looking elderly man in a suit, with a walking stick, came in and said, ‘I heard you wanted to see me.’ So we went across the street to The Nassau Inn and I bought him a drink. I wrote him a check and we became great friends.”

Once he took over, Mr. Pitts gutted and revamped the store. He bought the inventory and the contents of the late owner’s house as well. “We had something for everyone,” he recalled. “The shop was full of one-of-a-kind items. It was pleasurable to share it. I never had an employee who forced a sale. It wasn’t fruit. It wasn’t going to spoil. My passion extended far beyond the revenue. The exchange with the customer was the best thing about it.”

After seven years, Mr. Pitts signed on for five more years. But by the time the lease came up again, he had made up his mind to close the store. “I have other interests, and it tethered me,” he said. “It was time.”

Among the treasures Mr. Pitts is most excited about offering are “a very important Sterling tea and coffee service designed by Donald Colflesh, who was ahead of his time in the late 1950s with the biggest tray ever produced. I found it in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, and it took more than ten years to acquire it for myself,” he said. Also up for auction: “Two silver trumpets, the largest ceramic pot that the kilns of Lenox in Trenton could fire, a giant tankard with a cherub who has Princeton University’s logo on his sweater, throwing a football, from the nineteenth century, and several thousand pieces of jewelry,” he said. “That tankard was in the shop for decoration, but now it’s for sale.”

The decision to close the shop wasn’t easy, but Mr. Pitts doesn’t seem to have regrets. “I’ll miss the people whose paths I crossed,” he said. “It’s Princeton U.S.A., not just Princeton, New Jersey. Everybody’s a somebody. But I live here, so I’ll still get that.”


MONTH-LONG FRENCH THEATER FESTIVAL: The Lewis Center for the Arts, the Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant Scène will present Princeton University’s third annual “Seuls en Scène” French Theater Festival from September 15 through October 11, at venues across the University’s campus. All performances will be in French and are free and open to the public. Pictured here is Adeline Chagneau, Stanley Weber, Audrey Bonnet, and Loic Corbery (left to right) from last year’s “L’ Épreuve” by Marivaux.(Photo by Brigitte Enguerand)

MONTH-LONG FRENCH THEATER FESTIVAL: The Lewis Center for the Arts, the Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant Scène will present Princeton University’s third annual “Seuls en Scène” French Theater Festival from September 15 through October 11, at venues across the University’s campus. All performances will be in French and are free and open to the public. Pictured here is Adeline Chagneau, Stanley Weber, Audrey Bonnet, and Loic Corbery (left to right) from last year’s “L’ Épreuve” by Marivaux. (Photo by Brigitte Enguerand)

The Lewis Center for the Arts, the Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant Scène will present Princeton University’s third annual “Seuls en Scène” French Theater Festival from September 15 through October 11, at venues across the University’s campus. All performances will be in French and are free and open to the public.

The Festival brings celebrated French actors and directors to the University and the local community. This year’s festival includes a hit from the 2013 Avignon Theater Festival, a preview of a new monologue to premiere in France in November, and rarely staged texts by Knut Hamsun, Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, and Louis Jouvet. Discussions with the artistic teams will follow a number of the performances. The festival was organized by Florent Masse, senior lecturer in Princeton’s Department of French and Italian.

Nicolas Bouchaud and Judith Henry will perform Projet Luciole (Project Firefly), a highlight of the 2013 Avignon Theater Festival, on September 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Projet Luciole is created and directed by Nicolas Truong, a journalist and editor at Le Monde. The play features texts by Theodor W. Adorno, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord, Gilles Deleuze, George Orwell, Jacques Rancière, and Jaime Semprun.

The festival will open on September 15 at 4:30 p.m. in East Pyne Hall, Room 010 with a conversation between Truong and Masse on the development of Projet Luciole and Truong’s longtime contribution as a director and moderator of the intellectual debates at the Avignon Theater Festival. The conversation will be in French and is open to the public.

Arthur Nauzyciel, the artistic director of the National Theater Center of Orléans (CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre) will direct Faim (Hunger) by Knut Hamsun on October 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. At the intersection of reading and performance, the monologue Faim is in part an autobiographical tale of the terrifying descent of a man who wanders the streets. Xavier Gallais, a well-known French actor, makes his Princeton debut portraying the outcast. Gallais has engineered the adaptation of Hamsun’s novel with his longtime artistic collaborator Florient Azoulay. Faim was first presented at the Théâtre de La Madeleine in Paris before being part of the 2013-14 season at the CDN in Orléans. This production will be accompanied by English subtitles.

Benjamin Lazar represents a new generation of directors whose unique aesthetics have begun to receive critical recognition. Lazar, who has developed a reputation as a specialist in baroque theater, will direct and perform L’Autre Monde ou les États et Empires de la Lune (The Other World or the States and Empires of the Moon) on October 4 at 8 p.m. and October 5 at 5 p.m. Lazar created the stage adaptation of this rarely performed story by Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac in which a man strives to go to the moon, convinced that it is a world comparable to our own. Cyrano is best known to American audiences as a character in a play by Edmond Rostand, but Rostand’s Cyrano was based on a real-life 17th century French author. Musicians Florence Bolton and Benjamin Perrot, co-founders of the baroque music ensemble La Rêveuse, will accompany Lazar on stage. L’Autre Monde ou les États et Empires de la Lune was first created in 2008 and has since been widely performed. Lazar returns to Princeton for this production, having visited campus last spring to meet with a group of artists and scholars in Princeton’s Program in Latin American Studies and to teach a master class for L’Avant-Scène students.

The Compagnie des Petits-Champs (whose production L’Épreuve by Marivaux was part of Seuls en Scène 2013) will return to Princeton to present Le Voyage en Uruguay (The Trip to Uruguay) by Clément Hervieu-Léger on October 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Répertoires: A Staged Reading based on the Drama Classes of Louis Jouvet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique on October 11 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Both shows will be performed at Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater.

In Le Voyage en Uruguay, Hervieu-Léger, a member of the Comédie-Française, revisits the story of an ancestor who brought Norman cattle from across the sea in order to establish a livelihood in a new country. Actor and director Daniel San Pedro, who co-founded the Compagnie des Petits-Champs with Hervieu-Léger, will direct Le Voyage en Uruguay, which is at its core a family history. Guillaume Ravoire, a recent graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, will perform this newly written monologue, which will premiere in Princeton before opening in France in November.

Compagnie des Petits-Champs’ week-long residency will conclude with a staged reading featuring the company’s actors and directors. Comédie-Française member Loïc Corbery, will return to Princeton alongside Audrey Bonnet, a renowned stage performer who won the Best Actress Award in 2013 at les Palmarès du Théâtre, the French equivalent of the Tony Awards. Corbery often collaborates with Hervieu-Léger who recently directed him in the role of Alceste in Le Misanthrope at the Comédie-Française. Bonnet is a member of the Compagnie des Petits-Champs. Last season, she led the company’s production of Yerma by Frederico Garcia Lorca, directed by San Pedro. Répertoires will highlight excerpts from classes by Louis Jouvet, a renowned director, actor, and master teacher at the Conservatoire and one of the premiere artists of the French theater in the years before the Second World War. A selection of classical scenes by Racine, Molière, and Beaumarchais will complement Jouvet’s texts.

During the festival the visiting artists will offer master classes and coaching for Princeton students, as well as participate in theater classes.

Most festival performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The productions by Compagnie des Petits-Champs will be performed at the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater.

Further information about L’Avant-Scène can be found at For more information on the Princeton French Theater Festival, visit


Whitney B. Ross is the new executive director of Trinity Counseling Service (TCS). Ms. Ross is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University and a PhD from City University of New York. In addition, she completed training in organizational consultation at IPTAR, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York.

In addition to her work at TCS, Ms. Ross will continue to serve as a trustee on the Board of Religious Ministries at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro where she also sits on the Biomedical Ethics Committee. She is also a trustee of Center for Supportive Schools in Princeton. Ms. Ross succeeds Rev. Peter Stimpson, who retired after leading the TCS for 25 years.

Trinity Counseling Service was founded in 1968. Its mission is to provide quality, individualized clinical and wellness services in a caring environment to all in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. TCS provides approximately 10,000 clinical sessions a year to hundreds of clients from the greater Princeton area.

Trinity Counseling Service invites members of the community to meet Dr. Ross at the annual TCS Fall Benefit: “The Circle Continues” on Saturday September 13 at the Princeton Academy. The event will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions, including trips to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Florida, Maine, and Nantucket. Tickets are available online at

Art historian Emily Mark-Fitzgerald will open the 2014-15 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University with a lecture entitled, “Commemorating the Irish Famine,” on Friday, September 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Mark-Fitzgerald, of University College, Dublin, is the author of Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press, 2013), a book exploring the history of the 1840s Irish Famine in visual representation, commemoration, and collective memory from the 19th century until the present, explaining why since the 1990s the Famine past has come to matter so much in the present. She has also launched a website that catalogues a sample of photographic records and information related to these commemorative monuments in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Britain, and the United States — www.irishfamine

Speaking and publishing regularly on the subject of public art, memory and commemoration, museology and the visual culture of migration/diaspora, and contemporary Irish and international art, Ms. Mark-Fitzgerald is the recipient of major fellowships and research funding from the U.S.-Ireland Alliance (Mitchell Scholarship), Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council, Humanities Institute of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Irish Academy, Irish Research Council, and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

She is a founding editor of Artefact: the Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians and the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy.

The Fund for Irish Studies, chaired by Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.”

Information on upcoming Fund for Irish Studies series events can be found at

doris goodwinDoris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at Rider University on Tuesday, September 16 at 5 p.m. in the Bart Luedeke Center. The event, which officially marks the kickoff of the university’s 150th anniversary celebration, is free and open to the public.

Ms. Goodwin’s talk will focus on the leadership lessons of Abraham Lincoln and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Her award-winning book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, illuminates Lincoln’s political genius and rise to become president.

As a historian, Ms. Goodwin says, “Your hope is that people looking back into the past can see the contours of the present and feel a sense of depth to their own lives and the lives of their countrymen so they don’t feel like they’re confronting problems totally alone.”

Ms. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. She earned a PhD in government from Harvard University, and served as assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House.

Advance registration to attend the presentation is required. Register online at or call (609) 896-5001. It is the first of many events planned to honor Rider’s sesquicentennial. The year-long celebration will begin in September, and will commemorate the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future. More information can be found at


Mayor Liz Lempert, Princeton Public Library director Leslie Burger, and Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane were among local notables who read from favorite books at the Library’s Readathon for Adult Literacy on September 4. September is Adult Literary Month in Mercer County, and the event, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., was sponsored by Literacy New Jersey/Mercer County Programs. Also taking a turn at the podium were students, tutors, staff members, and volunteers, reading brief selections from their chosen books. (Photo by Kim Dorman)


Imagine being able to get off or on the Dinky just south of Blair Hall. That would have made catching a New York train a cinch for Scott Fitzgerald in the days when he lived on University Place, where the photo was taken. The station moved a quarter mile south to its now-former location in 1917, the year Fitzgerald left school to join the army. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

September 8, 2014
With demolition of the former Princeton Hospital buildings scheduled to start around September 15, residents of the neighborhood surrounding the property gathered  at Witherspoon Hall Wednesday night to ask questions about noise, dust, and possible health hazards. AvalonBay, the developer of the site, held a public meeting at which John Mucha of Yannuzzi Wrecking and Recycling Corporation answered most of the questions.
Mr. Mucha told residents that precautions were being taken against possible health and environmental hazards. The process could take up to six months, he told the crowd of approximately 50 people. Once the buildings are demolished, AvalonBay plans to build a rental complex of 280 housing units, 56 of which have been designated as affordable.
Residents were told that water will be sprayed and misted during demolition, and dust monitors will be in place. “There may be windy days when we need to stop operations because we can’t control the dust,” Mr. Mucha said. “We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Noise monitors will also be installed. The developer has hired a noise monitoring company to keep noise levels down, but Mr. Mucha said residents should expect to hear  some sounds of breaking concrete slabs and twisting steel during the process. Several residents aired concerns about contamination from particulates. “With the levels they’re talking about, particulates are not going to make it to your property,” the town’s health officer Jeffrey Grosser told a resident who lives across the street from the site. “But for added protection you can keep your windows closed if you live close by.”
AvalonBay has hired a company to photograph residents’ foundations for documentation in case of damage from construction activity. The developer has also created a website,, which is now live. The site will include updates and frequently asked questions, according to Jon Vogel, AvalonBay’s vice president of development.
September 3, 2014
Princeton’s Send Hunger Packing program has challenged celebrity chef Brian Duffy, from the television show “Bar Rescue,”  to use ingredients generally available to low-income families to come up an affordable, easy to prepare, nutritious and tasty meal. Mr. Duffy will take on the challenge Sunday, September 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Community Park School. Admission is free to this event, where Mr. Duffy will also help local children cook a meal of their own as a way of demonstrating the personal connection between cooking and nutrition.
Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) is hosting this family-friendly event to focust on the issue of child hunger in Princeton, and the efforts underway to ensure that school-aged kids have the nutritional resources they need to succeed in school and life. All of the costs have been donated. The event is sponsored by Princeton Human Services, the Princeton Public Schools, and Mercer Street Friends.  Visit for more information.
THE VOICE ON THE TELEPHONE: Mary Stevens at home in Princeton where she has lived since 1979. Ms. Stevens operated a telephone lifeline for participants in the  Freedom Summer in 1964. She participated in a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the event this summer in Jackson, Mississippi, where she observed that the desk she had used back then is now part of a museum exhibit ( An exhibit on Freedom Summer will be held later this year at John Witherspoon Middle School and also at Princeton University. by L. Arntzenius)

THE VOICE ON THE TELEPHONE: Mary Stevens at home in Princeton where she has lived since 1979. Ms. Stevens operated a telephone lifeline for participants in the Freedom Summer in 1964. She participated in a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the event this summer in Jackson, Mississippi, where she observed that the desk she had used back then is now part of a museum exhibit ( An exhibit on Freedom Summer will be held later this year at John Witherspoon Middle School and also at Princeton University. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer, some 2500 young activists, civil rights veterans, and historians met for a week in late June at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. Mary Stevens of Princeton was among the three hundred or so veterans of the civil rights project to share memories of the grassroots effort to register as many of Mississippi’s African American voters as possible.

Mississippi changed my life; it made me who I am,” said Ms. Stevens, before going on to describe some history prior to Freedom Summer: “Buses were integrated by the Supreme Court in the 1950s but segregation was the norm in the South. Freedom Riders from the North, both black and white, went South in the early sixties to test the law. They ran into incredible danger. One bus was set afire with people locked inside. People were beaten, jailed, and killed. In the early 1960s only five percent of registered voters in Mississippi were black.”

“But by 1964, publicity had waned; people were still being killed. SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Convention] and CORE [Council of Racial Equality] realized that if white kids from the North, the sons and daughters of the powerful, got involved, then there would be interest and concern,” said Ms. Stevens. “It worked. Freedom Summer, which was organized by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a coalition of the Mississippi branches of the four major civil rights organizations, had three parts: Freedom Schools, voter registration, and enrollment in the Freedom Democratic Party.”

Ms. Stevens remembered her own fear on the journey south. “I got rides with SNCC people down to Atlanta. From there I rode with another white gal and three black guys to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. We were okay until we got to Alabama, but after that, interracial cars were dangerous. So Wendy and I shrunk down on the floor in back with a blanket over us. We were scared. I’m tall, Wendy was tiny, thank goodness we could fit.”

Ms. Stevens was housed with an African American couple, at some risk to themselves, in the black section of town with dirt streets, and no sidewalks. Although spotlessly clean, the four-room house was old and unpainted; there was no electricity or indoor facilities, only an outhouse and a kerosene lantern. Their host “stayed up in the dark with a shotgun in his lap,” said Ms. Stevens, whose summer 2014 accommodation was an air conditioned room in a suite with bath, kitchen, and living-dining room, shared with a British pediatrician who had been part of Freedom Summer’s medical corps.

“I met lots of people who were thrilled to meet me because I had been the girl on the phone at the COFO headquarters. We were the people who checked in with them twice a day to make sure they were okay, or to see if they needed anything. There were dozens of field offices like Hattiesburg throughout the state and COFO headquarters was their life line. We were their source of protection and their 911. They certainly couldn’t depend on the local police or the FBI if there was trouble. [The telephone was crucial to our safety, she said. Her desk is now part of a museum exhibit. It was nice to see it! visit it at:]

One of the most tragic events of that time was the murder of three young civil rights volunteers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Earl Chaney on the first day of the project. “Their deaths cast a pall on the whole summer but the fact that two of the victims were white northerners captured the nation’s attention,” said Ms. Stevens. “Black people had been working and suffering for freedom for decades, but up to that point it was seen as just a Southern Problem,” said Ms. Stevens. “Everybody knew immediately that they had been murdered; it was only the racists who suggested that they were alive somewhere.” Their bodies were unearthed on August 4 as a result of a tip from an FBI informant inside the Ku Klux Klan.

Their deaths and the events of Freedom Summer helped to precipitate the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A Life in Law

“After Mississippi, I’d saved up enough money from my job as a research technician at Mass General to support myself for a year. I went to Berkeley, California, where I was part of the steering committee of the Vietnam Teach-In,” recalled Ms. Stevens, who hoped to become a lawyer at a time when the field was less than welcoming to women. She became active in NOW, the Woman’s Political Congress, and the Gay Rights Movement, and organized the first national conference on gay law while studying at Rutgers Law School. She went on to teach at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and retired in 1996. At 72, Ms. Stevens is still active with and New Jersey groups active in gun control and politics.

Ms. Stevens has three children, a daughter, Elizabeth, 40, from her first marriage and two sons adopted with her second husband, Charlie Parker, who is now deceased. Together, they fostered 37 children as short-term foster care givers. Then they adopted two infants, David, 22, and Isaiah, 20. All three graduated from Princeton High School, David in 2012.

To fund her reunion trip, Ms. Stevens turned to “Go Fund Me,” and elicited $1100 from supporters. To pay back such kindness, she has written about her experiences for alumnae magazines, contrasting 1964 and 2014.

Among the topics at this summer’s conference were contemporary threats to voting rights and the disproportionate incarceration of young black men. “The newest threat,” said Ms. Stevens “is the demand for all kinds of government issued IDs, a measure intended to disenfranchise black, women, and young people. Many people born at home in rural communities don’t have birth certificates, and there are people without any way of getting to the DMV in order to apply for voter IDs,” she said.

“Through all the shared danger, shared commitment, and shared sacrifice, SNCC tried to be ‘the beloved community,’” said Ms. Stevens, quoting the phrase used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

The beloved community was abundantly evident at the 50th Anniversary Conference,” said Ms. Stevens. “Black and white together again.”

art sale stockton

Like last year when this photograph was taken, visitors to the Artsbridge Annual Clothesline Art Sale will find treasures at a sale of work where nothing is priced above $300. Described as offering “art for the cash strapped,” the show includes original paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and crafts. It takes place Sunday, September 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at Prallsville Mill in Stockton. For more information, visit:


The 12th annual Insect Festival sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will be held Saturday, September 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Township.

Attendees are invited to view seven demonstration gardens — Annual, Butterfly, Cottage, Herb, Native Plant, Perennial, and Weed ID — and talk with Rutgers Master Gardeners who will be on hand to offer tips and display guides for recognizing some of the pesky as well as beneficial insects. Every garden will host an activity that will entertain and teach children of all ages about the incredible and often beautiful insects common to the Northeast.

The event will be held rain or shine; admission is free and on-site parking is available.

Many exciting activities will be offered this year. Viewing tiny organisms through microscopes at the Bugs in Water activity will be back again. Enjoy an insect hunt on the paths cut through the restored meadow or visit with native-bee and honeybee experts who can explain why we need to be less fearful and more respectful of the most important pollinators in our ecosystem. Learn how insect predators, including both bats and birds, can help control insect pest populations and reduce the use of chemical pesticides. Everyone can take a look at red wriggler worms making compost in a simple container that is easy to set up at home, and join in other activities.

Popular events from previous years will continue — butterfly births, Monarch butterfly tagging, bugs galore (insect inspection and handling), the insect puppet show, tattoos, crafts, hayrides, and a discussion with Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist.  Local environmental agencies will also be present with their experts and displays.

The Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners participate in many volunteer programs throughout the County, as well as answer home horticulture questions through their Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline, (609) 989-6853, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March through October, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November through February. For more information on the organization’s educational programs and events, visit

Award-winning poet Gerald Stern will read from his work for 40 minutes followed by an open-microphone session as part of Poets in the Library, Monday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. His appearance will be in the library’s Community Room.

Mr. Stern was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. He is the author of 16 books of poetry, including, most recently, In Beauty Bright (Norton 2012) and Save the Last Dance (Norton 2009) as well as This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 National Book Award. According to prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, “Stern is one of those rare poetic souls who makes it almost impossible to remember what our world was like before his poetry came to exalt it.”

About In Beauty Bright, Frank Wilson of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “[Stern’s] style insinuates itself into your consciousness like a catchy tune, so that you find your thoughts echoing its rhythms, bopping from one to another, back and forth, like thought and language doing a jitterbug.”

Besides receiving the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets, Mr. Stern was the 2010 recipient of the Medal of Honor in Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was inducted into the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was the 2012 recipient of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. He is also the 2014 winner of the Frost Medal. His new book of poems Divine Nothingness will be released in November.

Poets in the Library is co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative.



Happy Pic

Don’t they look happy? Romy Toussaint of Romy Yoga, Anne Petco of lululemon, and Patty Cronheim of the Family Guidance Center are the brains behind Happiness Day, taking place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday). A marathon of five free one-hour yoga classes on Palmer Square green, the event will also include an “Intro to Happiness” talk by Ed Tseng, a lululemon athletica water lounge, and information on wellness and community service opportunities. Yoga mats will be available and water will be provided for participants. The Family Guidance Center will offer free budgeting assistance, blood pressure screenings, and other  activities. Yoga instruction will be provided by Romy Yoga, Gratitude Yoga, Rise Yoga, Yoga Soul, and YogaStream. For more information, call the Family Guidance Center at (609) 586-0668.