September 12, 2018

VOICE OF OPTIMISM: Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace makes a point during the program’s recently-held media day. Princeton is coming off a 5-5 campaign in 2017 as it was decimated by injuries and lost its final four games after starting 5-1. With some of the injured stars returning and other players having gained valuable experience last year in their stead, Surace believes the Tigers have the depth to be an Ivy League title contender this fall. Princeton opens its 2018 season underway when it plays at Butler University (2-0) on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After routing Harvard 52-17 last October in improving to 5-1, the Princeton University football team appeared to be on track for a run at a second straight Ivy League title.

But derailed by an avalanche of injuries, the Tigers lost their last four games in slipping to seventh place in the league standings, finishing the season at 5-5 overall and 2-5 Ivy. more

NO DOUBTING THOMAS: Princeton University football captains, from left, Thomas Johnson, John Lovett, Mark Fossati, and Kurt Holuba are all smiles as they posed together at the program’s media day. While Lovett, Fossati, and Holuba were all sidelined by injuries last fall, Johnson emerged as a defensive force, earning first-team All-Ivy League honors at inside linebacker after ranking third in the league with 95 tackles. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Thomas Johnson faced a trial by fire last fall in his junior season for the Princeton University football team.

First, Johnson was moved to a new spot on the field, getting switched to inside linebacker from the outside.

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By Bill Alden

Hosting Hightstown last Saturday afternoon, the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team found itself in an uphill battle.

Getting off to a sluggish start, PDS yielded a goal 15 minutes into the contest to fall behind 1-0.

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LINING IT UP: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Caroline Mullen, left, goes after the ball in a game last season. Last Wednesday, junior midfielder Mullen picked up two assists to help Stuart defeat Burlington City High 5-0 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Tartans play at Princeton Day School on September 13 and at George School (Pa.) on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Caroline Mullen and her teammates on the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team were determined to start the season on a high note as they hosted Burlington City High last Wednesday in their opener.

“I think we wanted to come out with a lot of intensity,” said junior midfielder and co-captain Mullen. more

RARE JEWEL: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Jules Romano, right, controls the ball last Saturday against Princeton High. Romano and PDS rallied to pull out a 2-2 tie against PHS. The Panthers, who moved to 1-0-1 with the draw, were slated to host Morristown High on September 11 before playing at Hun on September 13 and at Moorestown Friends on September 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jules Romano feels calmer on the field this fall for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer season, with one season under her belt.

“Once I am on the ball, I am not as rushed as I was as a freshman,” said sophomore midfielder Romano. “I am more confident, I know my players.”

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HIGH AND DRY: Princeton High football player Drew Staples heads upfield last Saturday as PHS hosted Hightstown in the season opener for both teams. Falling behind 28-0 by halftime, the Little Tigers went on to fall 52-0 to the visiting Rams. PHS will look to get on the winning track when it plays at Pemberton on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

There was reason for optimism early on for the Princeton High football team as it hosted Hightstown last Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Taking the opening kickoff, PHS drove 34 yards into Hightstown territory before punting it to the Rams.

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TIGHT BATTLE: Princeton University men’s soccer player Sean McSherry, left, goes after the ball last Saturday as Princeton hosted Monmouth. McSherry and Tigers dropped a heartbreaker to the Hawks, falling 1-0 despite building a 19-5 edge in shots. Princeton, now 1-3, hosts Temple on September 12 and Boston University on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jim Barlow has seen a lot in his 23 seasons guiding the Princeton University men’s soccer program.

But he never experienced anything quite like Princeton’s heartbreaking 1-0 loss to visiting Monmouth University last Saturday evening. more

SHOCKING NEWS: Sergeant Darren Hill (Liam Matthews) was just finishing up a tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed during an ambush of his unit.

By Kam Williams

Sergeant Darren Hill (Liam Matthews) was just days away from finishing up a tour of duty in Afghanistan when he died during an ambush of his unit. The shocking news devastated his wife, Amber (Lindsay Pulsipher), and their young daughter, Bree (Makenzie Moss).

In fact, Amber was so embittered she stepped down as her church’s choir director, saying, “Look where my faith in God got us.” And pep talks from Pastor Williams (LaDainian Tomlinson) and her friends, Bridgette (Jordin Sparks) and Karena (Robin Givens), fail to bring her back into the fold. more

September 5, 2018

There were plenty of moving trucks and boxes at Princeton University on Saturday morning as students from the Class of 2022 moved into their dormitories on campus. Students share where they are from and what they will be studying in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Donald Gilpin

A Princeton Council subcommittee last week offered its recommendations for upgrading Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission (CRC), an advisory body without investigatory or enforcement authority that has recently been the source of controversy and the target of charges of “dysfunction.”

Recommendations of the committee included a more streamlined and clear conflict resolution process, an upgrade of the orientation process for new commission members, and improvement of communications and opportunities for commissioners to get to know each other. more

By Donald Gilpin

It’s back to school today, Wednesday, September 5, for about 3,800 Princeton Public School (PPS) students. PPS is also welcoming 29 new teachers and 26 new support staff members, eight unaffiliated staff, and three administrators — all pursuing the theme of “expanding our capacity.”

The theme applies to both the tangible — the $129.6M bond referendum, just postponed from its original November 6 ballot date, which seeks funds for the building of a new 5/6 school and extensive renovations and upgrades throughout the district — and the intangible — the human capacities for learning and growth in the students and the school community. more

By Anne Levin

Keeping Westminster Choir College in the hands of an entity that understands its mission was the focus on an open discussion held by The Westminster Foundation at Nassau Presbyterian Church on August 29. The public forum was the second to be presented by the Foundation in recent months.

Rider University, which absorbed the famed choir college in 1991, plans to sell it to a Chinese company for $40 million. Those opposing the sale of the school to the Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Corporation say the company is ill equipped, financially and academically, to run the college. At least two lawsuits against Rider, related to the sale, are pending. more

FROM PAGE TO STAGE: Helen Cespedes and Andrew Veenstra star in Douglas McGrath’s play adapted from Edith Wharton’s classic novel “The Age of Innocence,” at McCarter Theatre Center starting Friday. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

By Anne Levin

Fans of Edith Wharton find plenty to love in The Age of Innocence, her novel about a New York love triangle in the stultifying high society of the Gilded Age. But when they were younger, playwright Douglas McGrath, who wrote the theatrical adaptation that opens at McCarter Theatre Center on September 7, and Doug Hughes, who directed the production, did not count themselves among those fans. more

MATH & MAGIC: Princeton University Mathematics Professor Manjul Bhargava, recently appointed as the first distinguished chair for the public dissemination of mathematics at The National Museum of Mathematics in New York City (MoMath), will be offering a course titled Math & Magic with Manjul at MoMath from September 12 to December 12. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Princeton University)

By Donald Gilpin

Recently named inaugural distinguished visiting professor of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), Princeton University Professor Manjul Bhargava will be teaching a course starting next week on math and magic at MoMath in New York.

As the first distinguished chair for the public dissemination of mathematics, a position dedicated to raising public awareness of math, Bhargava will lead the eight-session course from September 12 to December 12, focusing on mathematical concepts such as number theory, group theory, recursion theory, topology, coding theory, and cryptography, and how they reveal secrets behind some of the most puzzling and well-known magic tricks.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

The image of Emily Brontë on the cover of Robert Barnard’s contribution to The British Library Writers’ Lives series is a retouched detail from the portrait of the three Brontë sisters, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte, painted by their brother Branwell. Two years ago at the Morgan Library’s Charlotte Brontë bicentennial, I stood in front of the original painting (circa 1834), with its folds, creases, and marks of wear. The contrast between the spectral Emily I saw then and this radiant girl is eerie. There’s color in the cheeks and brow and lips and the light of thought in the eyes. What had seemed a neutral expression now appears appealingly impertinent. It’s incredible to think this fresh-faced human being aglow with attitude was born 200 years ago, July 30, 1818, and died at 30 in 1848, a year after the publication of her only novel, which came into the world with its author concealed behind the pen name Ellis Bell. Wuthering Heights has been synonymous with mystery ever since.

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Thanks to Princeton Human Services’ successful Book Bag Drive and the donors who contributed, more than 170 children have school supplies and backpacks to put them in. The items are distributed to children from low-income families who attend Princeton Public Schools.

The ribbon was cut August 28 at a new home on Dorann Avenue for Community Options. Senator Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, and Mayor Liz Lempert were among those on hand to help resident Jack Lidstone, who has autism and ADHD and works at McCaffrey’s Food Market, do the honors. The four-bedroom home, which will provide special needs housing credits towards Princeton’s affordable housing plan, was acquired through a funding partnership with Princeton. The funding allowed Community Options to fully renovate the home to meet the needs of the residents.

You don’t have to be a grandparent to participate in GrandPals, which matches adult volunteers aged 50 and up with children in Princeton Public Schools to promote a love of books. Shown here at Johnson Park School, Isabella Reyes, left, and GrandPal Stephanie Ives get ready to spend a half hour reading together. To recruit volunteers for the coming school year, an event will be held at PSRC’s Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Monday, September 17 at 11 a.m. Most volunteers read once a week with children during the day. Register online at princetonsenior.org or call (609) 924-7108.

“HARRY”: Artist Alan Taback’s dog Harry was the inspiration for many of his paintings. Taback’s recent works will be on exhibit in “Inspired by Love,” at the Blawenberg Café Gallery from September 16 to November 12. An opening reception is Sunday, September 16 from 2-4 p.m.

Blawenburg artist Alan Taback will be showing his paintings from this past spring and summer at the Blawenburg Café Gallery. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, September 16 from 2-4 p.m. The Café is located at 391 Route 518 in Blawenburg.

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TWIN GRINS: “Walter Chandoha: A Lifetime of Photography,” opens September 23 at the Hunterdon Art Museum. The exhibit showcases the animal photography of freelance photographer Walter Chandoha, along with still lifes of vegetables and fruits and vintage images of New York City. An opening reception is September 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Hunterdon Art Museum focuses on the freelance photography of Walter Chandoha in a solo exhibition opening this fall. The exhibition, “Walter Chandoha: A Lifetime of Photography,” showcases his cat photography, taken long before the days of Instagram; his vibrant still lifes of vegetables and fruits, and his New York City candid images of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

A reception celebrating the show’s opening will be held September 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. The museum will host a gallery talk with Chandoha on Sunday, October 7 at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome at both events.

In a storied career spanning seven decades, Chandoha is best known for capturing the personalities of thousands of cats and dogs, and he became the go-to person whenever a Madison Avenue advertising director needed the perfect eyecatching pet photo.

Chandoha’s photos have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and trade journals around the world. He has authored numerous books, and at one time you could walk down the pet food aisle of any grocery store and more than half of the cat and dog photos on the packaging were taken by Chandoha.

The exhibition runs until January 6, 2019. HAM is giving a free signed poster of Chandoha’s famous photo of five kittens to the first 40 new or renewed museum members during the run of this exhibition.

The Hunterdon Museum is at 7 Lower Center Street in Clinton. For more information, call (908) 735-8415 or visit www.hunterdonartmuseum.org.

This photo by Paul Michael Bergeron is the winner of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) Summer 2018 Photo Contest. It was chosen by a judging panel of DRBC staff members and will be featured on the commission’s website, social media sites, and annual report.

SWIM FOR YOUR LIVES: The huge prehistoric shark called a megalodon, or Meg for short, is threatening the lives of people who are vacationing at a popular beach where people were enjoying themselves in the water.

By Kam Williams

Five years ago, Captain Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) managed to save half his crew when his research submarine was crippled by a massive 75-foot-long shark (a megalodon) that was thought to be extinct. Because the Navy brass were skeptical about the existence of a megalodon, Taylor was dishonorably discharged and lost his career, and his wife, because he wasn’t able to save more members of his crew.

Ever since, he disappeared from public view, and was rumored to be drinking heavily in Thailand. That’s where former colleague, Dr. Minway Zhang (Winston Chao), found him after the prehistoric creature attacked again, and left another submersible sitting on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

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ON THE BALL: Hun School girls’ soccer goalie Leah Sutphen gathers in a ball in 2017 action. Senior star and co-captain Sutphen will be counted on to keep Hun in games this fall with her propensity for making clutch saves. The Raiders kick off their 2018 campaign when they play at Ewing on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Joanna Hallac is excited to add a big freshman group to the Hun School girls’ soccer program this fall, she knows it is going to take time for the squad to mesh.

“We have about 13 freshmen, it is giving us numbers that we haven’t had in a while,” said Hallac, who guided the Raiders to a 10-7 record last fall as the win the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title and made it to the state Prep A final.

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OFF AND RUNNING: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta heads upfield in a 2017 game. Last Sunday, senior star striker Tornetta scored a goal as 10th-ranked Princeton defeated Wake Forest 4-0 in its opening weekend of action. The Tigers, who lost 1-0 to No. 2 North Carolina on Friday to start the season, were slated to play at No. 6 Penn State (2-0) on September 4 before hosting No. 3 Duke (3-1) on September 7 and playing at Rutgers (3-0) on September 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It took the Princeton University field hockey team nearly 10 minutes to get its first shot as it faced North Carolina last Friday in its season opener.

Princeton head coach Carla Tagliente acknowledged that her 10th-ranked Tigers struggled at the outset against the second-ranked Tar Heels.

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MIDDLE MANAGER: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany, left, goes after the ball in a game last season. Senior star midfielder Radvany, along with classmates Gwen Allen and Sasha Sindhwani, will be leading the way for the Panthers this fall. PDS opens its season by hosting Hopewell Valley on September 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Since arriving as freshmen in 2015, the trio of Gwen Allen, Val Radvany, and Sasha Sindhwani has played a key role in transforming the Princeton Day School field hockey team into a powerhouse.

In their sophomore year, they starred as PDS won the state Prep B title and advanced to the final of the Mercer County Tournament. Last fall, they helped the Panthers make it to a second straight Prep B championship game where they fell in overtime.

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