April 4, 2018

LEADING THE WAY: Princeton University baseball player Chris Davis follows through on a swing in action last weekend. Sophomore outfielder and lead-off hitter Davis starred as Princeton won two out of three games against visiting Cornell to open Ivy League play. Davis went 6-for-15 in the three-game set, knocking in the game-winning run in a 7-6 win on Sunday. The Tigers, now 5-11 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Monmouth on April 5 before heading to Brown for a three-game set with a doubleheader on April 7 and a single game on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Chris Davis has displayed an ability to bounce back in emerging as a star this spring for the Princeton University baseball team.

Last year, Davis saw his freshman campaign cut short by injury after eight appearances, rupturing his spleen against the University of Maryland in mid-March to get sidelined for the rest of the spring. more

SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Tess D’Orsi races to goal in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore midfielder D’Orsi tallied five goals in a losing cause as a second-half Princeton rally fell short in a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Syracuse. On Saturday, D’Orsi chipped in a goal and an assist to help the Tigers bounce back with a 15-6 win at Delaware. Princeton, now 5-4 overall, plays at Harvard on April 7 before hosting No. 3 Maryland on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tess D’Orsi wasn’t overly concerned when the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team found itself trailing 12th-ranked Syracuse 9-5 at the half last Thursday evening.

“Our coaches believed in us and every single one of us knew we had it in us to have a comeback,” said sophomore star midfielder D’Orsi, reflecting on a recent stretch which saw that Princeton rally from a 6-1 deficit for a 13-12 win over Penn State on March 19 and fought back after trailing 13-6 in the second half before falling 15-12 to Dartmouth on March 24. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton High junior star Teddy Durbin delivers the ball last Saturday as PHS defeated Hamilton 8-4 in its season opener. Durbin struck out four and gave up three runs on three hits in 4 and 2/3 innings to earn the win. He also went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI to contribute to a PHS batting attack that pounded out 12 hits and scored three runs in both the first and sixth innings. The Little Tigers are slated to host WW/P-North on April 4 before playing at Notre Dame on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 9 and at Trenton on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dave Roberts doesn’t mince words in describing what he expects from his Princeton High baseball team this spring.

“Last year, you could call it rebuilding,” said PHS head coach Roberts, whose team posted a 6-17-1 record in 2017. “This year we are old and we have no excuses. We have eight seniors, four juniors, a freshman and a sophomore.” more

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Elon Tuckman controls the ball in a 2017 game. Last Wednesday, senior star Tuckman tallied four goals, including the 100th of his career, but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 10-8 to Hun in its season opener. This past Monday, Tuckman chipped in three goals and three assists to help the Panthers break into the win column as they defeated Princeton High 9-1. In upcoming action, PDS hosts Lawrenceville on April 4 before playing at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on April 6 and at Pennington on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a 14-2 season which saw it win both the Mercer County Tournament and the state Prep B title for a second straight year, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team appeared to pick up where it left off as it hosted Hun in its 2018 opener.

With senior star Elon Tuckman scoring three goals, including the 100th of his career, PDS built a 6-3 lead at half-time last Wednesday in the annual clash between the local rivals. more

ALL IN: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Ali Hannah heads to goal in game last season. Senior star Hannah figures to be the go-to finisher this spring for Stuart after tallying 80 goals in 2017. The Tartans get regular season play underway by playing at Nottingham on April 4 and then hosting Hun on April 6 and Gill St. Bernard’s on April 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team is welcoming a dozen freshmen to its roster this spring, the addition of so many new faces hasn’t kept the squad from getting on the same page.

“We are such a large group of underclassmen and they bring a ton of energy,” said Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik, whose team posted a 6-10 record in 2017. more

March 28, 2018

More than 4,000 demonstrators overflowed Hinds Plaza on Saturday, demanding action on gun control legislation and expressing solidarity with the national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.  The Princeton march was initiated by Dziyana Zubialevich, a senior at Princeton High School. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Donald Gilpin

Optimistic organizers anticipated hundreds, but thousands of people showed up in Hinds Plaza Saturday to join Princeton’s March for Our Lives rally, one of more than 800 across the country in support of the national march in Washington, D.C., demanding that lawmakers take action against gun violence.

Estimated at more than 4,000, the crowd overflowed the Plaza. Witherspoon and Hulfish streets were closed to traffic.  more

By Anne Levin

With the New Jersey Attorney General’s office in charge of investigating the shooting at the Panera Bread restaurant on Nassau Street last week, Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter is limited in how much he can share about the incident until the investigation is completed. But Sutter wants to keep the public as informed as he can about the events surrounding the death of 56-year-old Scott Mielentz, who was fatally shot after an armed standoff involving local, county, and state police; the FBI; and Princeton University police. more

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) have projected a cost of just over $137 million for an October 2 facilities referendum that would include a new 5/6 school at Valley Road, major renovations to Princeton High School, infrastructure and security improvements for all school buildings, and relocation of central office administration.

More than $24 million of the referendum costs will be funded by grants from the state. Starting in 2020, taxpayers will see an additional $678 for the average assessed home valued at $837,074, as old and new debt overlap for four years, rising to $823 in 2021. By 2023 the additional cost will be $319 for the average assessed home.  more

FENDING OFF GENTRIFICATION: The owners of auto repair shops in Willets Point, Queens, just across from Citi Field, were followed by a film crew as they fought the city of New York over plans to close them down and build a mall. “The Iron Triangle” is among the features to be screened at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival starting Sunday.

By Anne Levin

At this year’s Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF) presented by Princeton Public Library, expect to see features on such topics as the destruction of forests, the changing climate, saving the Great Swamp, and what happens to plastics when we throw them away. But this year’s festival, which opens Sunday, April 8 and runs through April 15, goes a step further. more

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has named Anthony “Skip” Cimino as chair of the board of trustees for a three-year term. Cimino, the executive director of the state Assembly Majority Office, succeeds Carol Herring, retired president of the Rutgers University Foundation.

“We are thankful for Carol’s leadership during her three-year tenure as chair and we are grateful that she will remain on the board,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are looking forward to working with Skip, who brings great experience on board governance and is well-known throughout the greater Mercer County community for his leadership.” more

By Anne Levin

Princeton Council introduced the 2018 municipal budget at its Monday, March 26 meeting, calling for no tax increase.

Originally proposed to charge the average household an increase of $41.86, the budget was amended following a unanimous vote by the governing body. Mayor Liz Lempert and Municipal Administrator Marc Dashield credited the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) for their work on the issue, which involved using surplus funds to bring the increase down to zero. A public hearing on the budget will be held on April 9. more

Morgan Stanley has announced that Wade Martin, an executive director, senior portfolio management director, financial advisor in the Firm’s Lawrenceville Wealth Management office, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s inaugural list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. The list comprises a select group of individuals who have a minimum of seven years of industry experience. The ranking, developed by Forbes’ partner SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors and weighing factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. more

Barry S. Rabner, president and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, has joined Rider University’s Board of Trustees. Rabner will serve on the Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management and Facilities Committees of the Board.

“We are thrilled to have Barry join Rider’s Board of Trustees,” said University President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, PhD. “Barry’s comprehensive experience in leading and expanding health care institutions will be a huge asset to the Board, especially in light of the growth in health care-related programs at Rider.” more

The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office is accepting nominations for the 2018 NJ Historic Preservation Awards for Projects, to be presented in conjunction with Preservation New Jersey’s Awards for Leadership on June 7 in Paterson. The deadline for submission is April 12, 4 p.m. more

SMALL BITES, BIG SMILES: “I thought Princeton would be a great opportunity for a Greek restaurant. There’s nothing like us here, and I’m so encouraged. Business is great, and people love what we’re doing.” Tony Kanterakis, owner of Local Greek, is shown in his new restaurant on Leigh Avenue.

By Jean Stratton

Local Greek, the new restaurant at 44 Leigh Avenue, is off to a great start. Customers are lining up to try the special Greek dishes, and they are coming in all day and into the evening.

“Breakfast is very popular. In fact, it’s actually even busier than dinner right now,” says owner Tony Kanterakis. “People love the Greek-style breakfast, especially the free range eggs in the pan, we serve every day.” more

WILLIAMS PRESIDENT-ELECT: Maud Mandel, dean and history professor at Brown University, has been appointed as the 18th president of Williams College. Mandel grew up in Princeton, attending Littlebrook, John Witherspoon, and Princeton High Schools. (Photo by Webb Chappell)

By Donald Gilpin

The Williams College Board of Trustees on March 11 appointed Maud S. Mandel as the college’s 18th president. However she began developing her leadership skills and intellectual attributes long ago, as a child growing up in Princeton. more

Library Live at Labyrinth presents Institute for Advanced Study Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson discussing his book, Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters on Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m.

A review in Publishers Weekly says, “In an effective dual narrative, [Dyson] shares his life through letters spanning 1941 to 1978 as well as present-day reflections. Earnest and delightfully casual, the book is concerned more with the man than his science, as ‘family came first, friends second, and work third.’ more

By Stuart Mitchner

So you begin with the death of Virginia Woolf, on this day, March 28, 1941. Moved by the courage and compassion of her farewell message to her husband, you read her first novel, The Voyage Out, in which her alter ego, Rachel Vinrace, dies at 24 after finding herself in life and music, falling in love, becoming engaged, and moving you, again, because you’ve come to care for her as if she were a real person.

Then, with another world and another time still impinging on your own reality, you join the thousands on Hinds Plaza last Saturday afternoon, staring at the crystal-clear summer-blue sky, occasionally sensing subtle intimations of menace when the barking of dogs coincides with angry shouts aimed at one speaker who admitted to being a gun owner. Meanwhile, no doubt like others in the crowd, you’re acutely aware that only a few days earlier a gun-wielding man was shot dead just around the corner at Panera Bread after a half-day standoff.  more

“SLEEPYBOP”: Princeton artist Alison Kruse is headed to France for a creative residency. This recent painting is oil on wood board. More of her work can be seen at www.alisonskruse.com/paintings.

By Kam Williams

In classical music circles, they call a kid with promise a prodigy. In rock ’n’ roll, the buzz is about the best unsigned bands. Out in Hollywood, they like to refer to an emerging young actress as an ingénue.

But I don’t know if anybody ever coined a term for an up-and-coming painter with great potential. But if they did, that’s what they’d be calling Alison Kruse, New Jersey’s best kept secret. Until now. more

By Nancy Plum

The island of Cuba, 90 miles off the coast of Florida and just about the size of Pennsylvania, packs a wallop in performing arts and culture. Latin America and the Caribbean are known for indigenous dance forms and music full of percussion and brass, but Cuba also has strong roots in the Western European classical tradition. Cuba’s orchestral ancestry dates back to the 18th century, when the country’s major cathedrals paralleled their counterparts in Europe by establishing instrumental ensembles. Cuba joined the evolution of the symphony orchestra in the 19th century, and by the 1930s, Havana boasted two full symphonic ensembles. In 1959, one National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba emerged, and has been well representing the country worldwide since.  more

By Kam Williams

Ella (Helen Mirren) and John Spencer (Donald Sutherland) have been happily married for more than 50 years, and their love hasn’t diminished one iota in spite of his battle with dementia or by hers with brain cancer. Therefore, the inseparable couple resisted their doctors who wanted them to move into different healthcare facilities.

Instead, the 80+ year-olds decide to share one last vacation in their mothballed RV fondly called “The Leisure Seeker.” They plan to drive from Wellesley down to Key West where John, a retired English professor, hopes to visit the home of Ernest Hemingway. more

COMPASSIONATE CARE: “I feel I am able to be there when people need you the most. It is important for someone to be there for them at this difficult time. A compassionate nature is a must for a funeral director.” Christopher Merlino, funeral director of Hopewell Memorial Home, is shown in the chapel of the newly renovated facility.

By Jean Stratton 

It is no doubt the most difficult time for most people. Making the arrangements for a loved one’s burial or cremation and all the accompanying details is an emotionally stressful experience.

Being able to rely on compassionate support and knowledgeable assistance can help to ease what is often an unbearable situation. more

CORE VALUE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Annie Cory heads upfield against Dartmouth last Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Cory tallied a career-high three goals against the Big Green but it wasn’t enough as Princeton lost 15-12. The Tigers, now 4-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, host No. 12 Syracuse (6-4) on March 29 before playing at Delaware on March 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Starting last week with a bang, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team produced a dramatic comeback at Penn State, rallying from a 9-5 second half deficit to pull out a 13-12 victory.

“That was really a great win from being down and really fighting back” said Princeton head coach Chris Sailer, reflecting on the March 19 contest. more

PINNING IT DOWN: Princeton University wrestler Matthew Kolodzik pins Columbia’s Jacob Macalolooy at 149 pounds in a regular season match. Sophomore Kolodzik solidified his status as one of the greatest wrestlers in Princeton history over the last month, winning his second straight EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) title and then placing third in 149 pounds at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matthew Kolodzik enjoyed a landmark debut campaign for the Princeton University wrestling team in 2016-17, going 30-4 and taking seventh at 141 pounds in the NCAA Championships to become the first freshman in program history to earn All-American honors. more