April 6, 2016

Mohannad Darawshe, a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the State of Israel, will present the 28th Annual Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Lecture, “Inside Israel: Jewish Arab Relations Within a Regional Context” on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at The Jewish Center of Princeton.  more

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“GET A LEG UP ON LIFE”: Kristin Friberg, librarian at Princeton Public Library, loves her job and recommends a visit to the library to take advantage of its collection and its many other valuable resources. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

“To Listen, to Engage, to Grow” — Kristin Friberg, Readers’ Services Librarian

Kristin Friberg has been a librarian at Princeton Public Library (PPL) for the past 11 years. According to Brett Bonfield, executive director of the library, “Kristin is an extraordinary librarian, a wonderful colleague, and terrific asset to our community. She clearly loves her work, takes pride in her ability to help people enjoy this great library and its outstanding collection, and brings other significant talents to our workplace as well. She’s a skilled, funny, and poetic writer and editor who helps the library tell its story through its blog and via Instagram, and, though she rarely needs to make use of this talent, at least during her desk shifts, she has a marvelous singing voice. The more I get to know Kristin, the more grateful I am for the work she does in our community’s behalf.” more

Princeton University has offered admission to 1,894 students, or 6.46 percent of the 29,303 applicants for the class of 2020. This was the University’s most selective admission process to date and the largest applicant pool in its history. more

Transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning — a large contingent of trans youth, along with their allies and an assortment of educators, will gather at Princeton Day School this Saturday, April 9 for the 2nd Annual New Jersey Trans Youth Forum (TYF), sponsored by HiTops and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network).  more


Riding with HEART (Hunterdon Assisted Recreation and Therapy) is seeking donations for new and gently used horse tack, equestrian clothing, and barn supplies and equipment for its Saturday, April 9 Spring Tack Sale at its Pittstown farm at 639 County Road 513 in Hunterdon County. more


Sponsored by the Cotsen Children’s Library, in collaboration with Bedtime Math, Digitopolis, the mathematical kingdom from “The Phantom Tollbooth,” will be open for visitors in the Frick Chemistry Building on the Princeton University campus from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Full of hands-on exploration, demonstrations, games, challenges, and unexpected connections, Digitopolis is for both the mathphilic and the mathphobic. Recommended for children ages 4-10. For further information, contact Dana Sheridan: danas@princeton.edu.

AM Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter will be speaking about her new book, “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family” on April 12 from 5 to 7:30 at Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. The talk is presented by The Women In Business Alliance. A ticket ($50 members, $65 future members) includes wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a copy of the book. For more information, contact Lorraine@Princetonchamber.org.

Topics Arbor 4-6-16

On Saturday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m., Bob Wells of Wells Tree & Landscape will lead an hour long walk beginning in the heart of Mapleton Preserve. He will offer basic ID techniques and explore the importance of trees to the environment and to our well-being, as well as the threats posed by climate change. Attendees should meet at Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Headquarters, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston.

The Women’s College Club of Princeton will celebrate its 100th anniversary at a high tea at the Chauncey Center on Sunday, April 10.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, former history professor and former dean at Princeton University, will speak about young women and the decisions for co-education at elite colleges and universities in the United States. Treby Williams, executive vice president of the University, will also be present. more

Record Rev_1It was around this time half a century ago that people began to suspect the Beatles of being the creation of supernatural forces. Had they signed a pact with Lucifer? The “more popular than Jesus” frenzy that led to the burning of their records in crazy America demonstrated that, yes, they were unthinkably, absurdly big. The “Paul McCartney is dead” madness caught fire for the same reason. Nothing less than mysterious death or divinity could explain the phenomenon; the resulting paranoia of disbelief had reached the “who really wrote Shakespeare?” level. All this cosmic commotion and they had yet to astonish the world with albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper and singles like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” “I am the Walrus,” and “Hey Jude.”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”

Fifty years ago today, April 6, 1966, when the Beatles began recording Revolver in EMI’s Studio Three at Abbey Road, a tall, elegantly handsome gentleman with no evident resemblance to Mephistopheles, and no pact signed in blood in his pocket, guided John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to the top of Mt. Revolver.  more

Tourism expenditures in Mercer County were $1.260 billion in 2015, a 4.7 percent increase from 2014 and an all-time high, according to “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New Jersey,” report released today at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

State and local tourism-related tax receipts for Mercer County increased by 4.2 percent to $160.5 million, or 3.4 percent of the state wide figure in 2015. Tourism employment in Mercer County grew by 4.6 percent to 12,503 positions in 2015. The total employment impact was 22,840, or 8.4 percent of the county’s employment in 2015, an increase from 22,631 in 2014. more

Art Faces of Courage Hun 4-6-16

“FACES OF COURAGE”: This photo by Mark Tushman is among his collection of work titled “Faces of Courage” that documents disadvantaged women from the developing world. The exhibit is open in the Wilf Family Global Commons at The Hun School until May 13.

“Faces of Courage,” a photographic exhibit by Mark Tuschman is open in the Wilf Family Global Commons at The Hun School until May 13. The exhibit is a collection of work documenting disadvantaged women from the developing world, regions like East Africa, Latin America, India, and Asia. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.  more

Art SiriOm Singh Bank 4-6-16

PRESERVING THROUGH ART: Trenton artist, musician, and yogi SiriOm Singh (pictured above) hopes to show that seemingly disposable items can be revived and reused through his artwork. A collection of his abstract paintings entitled “Preservation” will be on display at the Bank of Princeton in Lambertville from April 16 until May 14.

“Preservation,” a collection of abstract expressionistic paintings by Trenton artist, musician, and yogi SiriOm Singh, will be on display at the gallery of The Bank of Princeton in Lambertville from April 16 to May 14. There is an opening reception Saturday, April 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. and a gallery talk Saturday, May 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. The show is open to visitors during regular bank hours. The Bank of Princeton is located at 10 Bridge Street, Lambertville. more

Theater Sedaris 4-6-16

Some things come back every year, like spring flowers and David Sedaris, who will be at McCarter Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Sedaris is a commentator on PRI’s This American Life and best-selling author of “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” To purchase tickets, visit www.mccarter.org or call (609) 258-2787. 

The Richardson Chamber Players closed its 2015-16 season with a concert of French musical bonbons at Richardson Auditorium, featuring a number of Princeton University music department faculty and students. Continuing a mission of presenting music one rarely hears live, Director Michael Pratt programmed a performance of chamber music from the early part of the 20th century which might have been heard in Parisian salons and concert halls. more

NTU PTS Fitness 2-17-16

FRIENDLY FITNESS: “We are set apart by our size, standards, and personal service. We have a very friendly atmosphere and accessible space. The members enjoy knowing the owner and the trainers and our interaction. We know your name when you come in!” Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness, is shown in the center’s new Wall Street location.

Fitness is for you … and you … and you!

Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness Center at 390 Wall Street, just off State Road, is determined to bring fitness to everyone. Size, shape, age, previous experience are all part of one’s individual package, but none of these should be an obstacle to a positive session at the gym. more

April 1, 2016


IN THE BEGINNING: Town Topics’ founders Dan Coyle (left) and Don Stuart wrote all the copy and sold all the ads for their timetable sized publication. 

Seventy years ago, on Friday, March 15, 1946, the Princeton Post Office delivered approximately 3,400 copies of the first issue of Town Topics to homes and businesses in town. Printed on both sides of a piece of paper 10” by 3.2,” the small paper was folded together like an oversized train timetable.

As Jeb (Donald C. III) Stuart (1941-2008), editor from 1981 until 2001, wrote in 1996 in a 50-year history of the paper, “Town Topics began in a couple of briefcases carried around Princeton early in 1946 by brothers-in-law Dan Coyle and Don Stuart [Jeb’s father]”. The plan was to cover the entire Borough and Township with a single free circulation newspaper, an idea which the editors felt would appeal to potential advertisers and set Town Topics apart from the competition, the Princeton Packet and the Princeton Herald. more

March 30, 2016


According to a Princeton University senior at this year’s Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale, “The act of finding a book is an experience.” See this week’s Town Talk for comments from other players in the great game of book-quest. Today, Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is Box Day. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Howell Farm

On Saturday, April 2, visitors to the 130-acre working Howell Farm (located just off Route 29 in Hopewell) will be able to see newborn lambs, chicks, and baby pigs up close. Visitors to the main barn will also be able to meet the farm’s workhorses and oxen. Animal visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org. (Photo Credit: Jeff Kelley)

At Princeton Council’s meeting on Monday, March 28, members got a first look at the proposed budget for 2016. For the average household assessed at around $810,191, taxes will go up about $110, according to the town’s administrator Marc Dashield.  more

Local businessman Peter Marks has announced he will run for mayor in the Republican primary this June. Mr. Marks is the only candidate so far to challenge the incumbent, Democratic Mayor Liz Lempert, who will run for a second term in the November general election. more

Tess Kowalski was only six years old when she was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements or sounds known as tics. Just entering kindergarten, she was understandably shy about revealing her disorder to her classmates. more

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) will administer the 2016 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Tests April 11-29 for all students in grades 3 through 11 — but how many students will show up?

In its first year last year nearly 800 of 1164 students in grades nine through 11 declined to take the PARCC, with only 30 of 370 juniors taking the test, though participation numbers were higher in the elementary and middle school grades. more

Princeton University’s bike-share program is growing. Zagster, Inc. has deployed 70 new cruiser bikes at eight new locations in and around the campus for on-demand, local trips. The system now features 60 bikes at nine stations. Riders can join the program for a one-time $20 membership fee. Rides for members are free for the first two hours, and then two dollars for each additional hour after that. more

A second rally to protest the Princeton 7-Eleven store’s alleged failure to treat employees fairly in terms of wages will be held Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the store on East Nassau Street. Turnout at the first rally, which was held the morning of March 24, was lower than expected because of the early hour. more