May 30, 2018

The fourth annual Ralph Copleman Neighborhood Bike Ride, honoring the late environmental advocate and founder of Sustainable Lawrence, is Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon (the original date was June 3). Meet at Lawrence High School/Middle School parking lot, 2491 Princeton Pike, for the family-friendly, free ride. Visit for information.

By Anne Levin

The controversial PARCC tests will be the focus of a community meeting on Monday, June 11 from 7-9 p.m. in the John Witherspoon School cafeteria. Save Our Schools NJ and The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) are hosting the roundtable, to which 120 free tickets will be allotted for parents, students, educators, and other interested community members.

PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The standardized assessment, adopted during the administration of former Gov. Chris Christie, requires high school students in the class of 2020 and beyond to take PARCC exams in order to graduate, and students in the class of 2021 and beyond to receive a four or higher on the 10th grade English Language Arts and Algebra 1 PARCC exams in order to graduate. more

In partnership with D&R Greenway, Hopewell Borough invites the public to the Hopewell Community Campout at St. Michaels Farm Preserve on Saturday, June 23, into Sunday, June 24, in the field in front of the Charles Evans Overlook.

Parking will be in the field across aunt Molly Road, and tractor rides to camp sites will be provided. Participants need not be Hopewell residents, but everyone must register before the event.  more

MEMORIES OF CAMP: Last week, alumni of the Princeton-Blairstown Center got together for a panel discussion at Princeton Public Library in honor of the center’s 110th anniversary. From left are Romus Broadway, Eric Craig, author Kitsi Watterson, Shiriey Satterfield, and John Broadway.

By Anne Levin

When Pam Gregory heard that Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson’s 2017 book I Hear My People Singing included reminiscences from Princeton residents who attended summer camp at the Princeton — Blairstown Center, of which she is president and CEO, she rushed over to Labyrinth Books to buy a copy.

Last week, four of those former campers — Shirley Satterfield, Romus Broadway, Eric Craig, and John Broadway — appeared with Watterson at Princeton Public Library in a panel discussion about their experiences at the 110-year-old summer program that provides free, adventure-based experiences for vulnerable youth. An exhibit about the center is on view in the library’s Princeton Room through the end of July. more

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced that Hamilton Jewelers, 92 Nassau Street, has achieved re-certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social, and environmental standards as established by the RJC’s Member Certification System. Hamilton is the first family-owned jeweler to achieve this certification.

Through an independent audit of Hamilton’s business practices, polices, management systems, workplace safety policies, and employment practices, Hamilton has once again received the recertification. The RJC is an international body, based in London, which seeks to raise the overall compliance, procedures, and ethics of the jewelry industry.  more

On June 16 at 4 p.m. at Rider University in Lawrenceville, Hannah Shaw, “The Kitten Lady,” will be conducting her Tiny but Mighty Workshop. The event will present an overview of issues impacting cats and kittens, such as: how to set up your home to make fostering cats and kittens safe and fun; how to properly feed, clean, and provide medical care; behavioral information; how to handle various scenarios involving moms with their babies, feral kittens, and more.

“This is hard work, but it’s absolutely attainable and anybody can save lives if they just dedicate themselves to doing so,” says Shaw.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

One of the photos of Philip Roth (1933-2018) published with last week’s New York Times obituary was taken at Princeton in 1964. He’s leaning on a table, his head propped on one hand. Dressed in a suit and tie, he’s looking less like a writer-in-residence than a weary ballplayer, Hank Greenberg all dressed up in civvies after a grueling game. The check-out desk and display case in the background suggest that the photo was taken at Firestone Library. Roth is 31, in the last year of his two-year teaching stint at the University.

According to Sylvia Tumin, this was around the time Roth was “breaking up with Maggie,” his first wife, with whom he had been living in a small ranch house that used to occupy the corner of Mountain Avenue and Bayard Lane. Writing in response to my August 20, 2008 column “The Diamond as Big as America: A Whirlwind Tour of Philip Roth,” Sylvia informed me that during his time at Princeton Roth had been a close friend of her husband, sociologist Melvin Tumin, the inspiration for the protagonist of The Human Stain (2000). more

JWMS Festival of World Cultures

John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) will be celebrating its diverse cultural and ethnic heritage at the first JW Festival of World Cultures on Thursday, May 31 from 6-8 p.m.

JWMS students will be sharing their heritage through music, cultural performances, food, fashion, and more at the festival, free and open to the community at the school. more

Princetonians are invited to share their stories as part of Voices of Princeton, a community-based oral history project that aims to collect, share, and archive stories and memories. The project is a collaboration between the library, the Historical Society of Princeton, the Arts Council of Princeton, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society.

Everyone is welcome to participate, whether they are a lifelong Princetonian or new to the area. Voices of Princeton histories are recorded in an interview format in which two people who know each other conduct a guided conversation, with one person serving primarily as the interviewee and the other as the interviewer. more

“CONTINUUM”: Illia Barger will give an artist presentation at the West Windsor Arts Council’s Art of the Pour event on Saturday, June 16, from 4-7 p.m. at the West Windsor Arts Center. Barger is known for her many murals in the Princeton and Trenton area as well as for her flower paintings. The mural pictured here can be found in downtown Princeton.

The West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) presents its second annual Art of the Pour event featuring wine education, tastings, and an artist presentation on Saturday, June 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the West Windsor Arts Center. This year the WWAC is joined by Illia Barger, known for her many murals in the Princeton and Trenton area as well as her masterful flower paintings.  more

The work of multimedia artist Swoon and others is featured in “Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia.” Now at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, the exhibition runs until September 2.

The Historical Society of Princeton will host its seventh annual “Concert Under the Stars” fundraiser on Saturday, June 9, from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the Updike Farmstead. This year’s event will feature live performances by two Nashville-based artists: Chas Collins will perform on the mainstage and Sheridan Gates, who grew up in the Princeton area, will provide porch-side opening entertainment.

Baxter Construction, Charles Schwab, PNC Wealth Management, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, H1912, Mrs. G’s, McCaffrey’s Markets, MacLean Agency, Princeton Online, and Bank of Princeton are all major event sponsors. Jammin’ Crepes will serve a dinner menu, prepared with local ingredients. Local craft beers and a selection of wines will be available as refreshments. more

LIGHTS OUT: Members of the Princeton University men’s lightweight third varsity eight celebrate their win at the Eastern Sprints earlier this month. Princeton came up big at the Sprints as the varsity eight took second with second varsity placing third and the fourth varsity coming in first along with the 3V. The Tigers are hoping for another strong performance this weekend as they take part in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta at Mercer Lake in West Windsor from June 1-3. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Over the course of the spring, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight has separated itself from just about all of its competition.

In regular season action, Princeton’s top boat posted victories over Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Penn, Dartmouth, Navy, and Georgetown, among others. more

HEAVY MEDAL: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight second varsity eight celebrates after earning gold earlier this month at the Eastern Sprints. It was one of four medals earned by Princeton at the competition held on May 13 in Worcester, Mass. as the fourth varsity placed first with the third varsity and fifth varsity both coming in second. Tiger rowers will be looking for more medals this weekend as they compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta at Mercer Lake in West Windsor from June 1-3.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity eight just missed earning a medal at Eastern Sprints earlier this month, the crew showed it can compete with any boat in the nation.

“It was an awesome race. It was one of those things in rowing that you don’t get to see very often where there were three boats there and it was a drag race in the last 500 meters,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes, whose top boat placed fourth in its final at 5:58.728 over the 2,000-meter course with Brown coming in third at 5:58.232, Harvard taking second in 5:58.072, and Yale posting a winning time of 5:54.668. more

HISTORIC EFFORT: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track team celebrate after they won the Central Jersey Group 4 championship meet last Saturday at Howell High. Displaying its depth and talent, PHS cruised to the title, piling up 105 points with runner-up Franklin coming in at 63. It marked the first outdoor sectional title for the program since 1989. The Little Tigers will go for another title when they compete in the state Group 4 meet from June 1-2 at Franklin High.

By Bill Alden

Earlier this month, the Princeton High boys’ track  produced a breakthrough performance when it won the Mercer County outdoor championship meet for the first time since 1982.

Last Saturday, PHS added another chapter to its historic 2018 campaign, cruising to first place at the Central Jersey Group 4 championship meet, earning the program’s first outdoor sectional crown since 1989. more

DEVIL OF A TIME: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Kathryn DeMilt, middle, draws a crowd of Rancocas Valley defenders as the teams met in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional
final last Thursday. Junior attacker DeMilt scored the winning goal as top-seeded PHS prevailed 9-8 over the second-seeded Red Devils, overcoming an 8-3 second half deficit. The Little Tigers, now 13-10, were slated to face South Jersey Group 4 champion Clearview (14-6) in the state Group 4 semis on May 29 with the victor advancing to the title game on June 2.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The hopes of a sectional title for the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team rested on the stick of Kathryn DeMilt.

With top-seeded PHS locked in an 8-8 tie with second-seeded Rancocas Valley in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional final last Thursday, PHS junior star midfielder DeMilt was awarded a free position opportunity in front of the Red Devil goal with 1:50 left in regulation. more

BACK ON TOP: Members of the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team show off the trophies and medals they earned for winning the state Prep B title last week. PDS totaled 10 points in the competition to edge runner-up Rutgers Prep by one point in the team standings. It was the fifth Prep B crown for the Panthers in the last six years.

By Bill Alden

In the first day of the state Prep B boys’ tennis tournament last week, things went smoothly for Princeton Day School as it won nine of 10 matches and advanced players to the finals in four of the five flights of the competition.

But in the final round, PDS struggled as it won only one match but that victory by freshman Aaron Phogat at third singles was enough to give the Panthers the outright title, its fifth Prep B crown in the last six years. PDS totaled 10 points in the competition to edge runner-up Rutgers Prep by one point. more

May 24, 2018

RINK MASTER: Harry Rulon-Miller holding court in McGraw Rink at Princeton Day School. The legendary Rulon-Miller, who coached the PDS boys’ hockey team from 1968-81, was inducted into the New Jersey High School Hockey Hall of Fame last month. (Photo Courtesy of PDS)

By Bill Alden

When Harry Rulon-Miller took up hockey in the 1940s as a grade schooler skating in nearby Baker Rink on the campus of Princeton University, he couldn’t develop his skills in recreation leagues or travel hockey programs.

“It was a passion,” recalled Rulon-Miller. “There was nothing really organized.” more

May 23, 2018

In celebration of the Arts Council of Princeton’s 50th year, the theme of their signature spring benefit, Pinot to Picasso, was a throwback to the eclectic urban art and music scene of the late 1960s. Held Friday at the Technology Center of Princeton, the “art party” featured a salon-style exhibition, gourmet tastings from local restaurants, wines and craft beers from around the world, entertainers, and dancing. Participants share what the 1960s mean to them in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photos by Erica M. Cardenas)

“CURIOSITY-DRIVEN EXPLORER”: Clifford Brangwynne, Princeton University professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been selected as one of 19 new Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. He will receive roughly $8 million over the next seven years to pursue his ongoing explorations into uncharted realms of biomedical research. (Photo Courtesy of Clifford Brangwynne)

By Donald Gilpin

Clifford Brangwynne, associate professor in chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University, has been awarded roughly $8 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) over the next seven years to explore uncharted territory in biomedical research, the HHMI announced this week. more

By Donald Gilpin

An institution steeped in tradition and still often viewed as a bastion of privilege, wealth, and exclusivity, Princeton University is working hard to transform itself to create an environment on campus that is more diverse and inclusive.

Undergraduate admissions and financial aid policies have been one facet of the push towards greater socioeconomic diversity at Princeton, and 28 percent of first year students this year are first generation or low-income (FLI) students.  About 60 percent of all students at Princeton receive financial aid.  more

By Anne Levin

At a joint meeting May 17 of Princeton Council and the Planning Board, members of the public learned how the town proposes to meet its court-ordered affordable housing obligation of 753 units by 2025. The meeting was held following repeated requests from residents, in recent months, that the process be more transparent and inclusive.

The plan names 10 sites where affordable units could be constructed. Locations named for future units include the Butler Tract, where 90 of 450 units would be affordable; and a mixed use site on Lower Alexander Road, where 60 of 300 units would be affordable. Both of those properties are owned by Princeton University. more

WILL SHE MAKE THE CUT? Jessica Tom, shown second from left with fellow contestants on “Food Network Star,” says succeeding on the show is as much about composure as culinary skills. Tom lives with her husband in West Windsor and is the author of the book “Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit.”

By Anne Levin

Jessica Tom isn’t allowed to disclose the results of the upcoming season of Food Network Star, in which she was a finalist. But the West Windsor resident, who has been watching food TV since she was a child, is happy to talk about her experience competing in front of celebrity chefs Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. The new season debuts Sunday, June 10, at 9 p.m. on Food Network. more

By Anne Levin

Following a community effort that was just slightly hampered by bad weather, Princeton’s Beta Bike Lanes have been installed along Wiggins Street and Hamilton Avenue between the Princeton Public Library and Walnut Lane. The experiment will remain in place at least through May 29, and possibly a day later to make up for a day lost to rain.

Mayor Liz Lempert was among those working to install the lanes on Sunday, May 20. Response to the 10-day experiment has been “almost 100 percent positive,” she said. But at least one resident was unhappy with the effort.  more

By Donald Gilpin

With the #MeToo movement dominating the national conversation, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sexual Harassment But Were Afraid to Ask” was a timely topic for last Sunday evening’s meeting of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) at the Suzanne Patterson Center.

Featured speakers were New York lawyers Allegra Fishel, founder and executive director of the Gender Equality Center, and Susan Crumiller, founder and principal attorney of Crumiller P.C., a Manhattan law firm dedicated to fighting gender and pregnancy discrimination, both well versed on the pervasiveness and seriousness of sexual harassment in the workplace and what to do about it.  more