July 23, 2014
PRINCETON PERSPECTIVES: Over the next few weeks, Town Topics will run a series of articles focused on Princeton residents, some newcomers, others with deep connections to the town. According to the U.S. Census, Princeton has about 30,000 residents, but this bald statistic conveys nothing about the town’s diverse population that is comprised of town and gown, from the Residences (with a capital R) at Palmer Square to the seniors of Elm Court. This first story introduces Dan and Mary Beth Scheid, who moved from London to a row home in center city, Philadelphia, before settling into a three-story townhouse on Chambers Street.(Photo Courtesy of Cahn Communications.)

PRINCETON PERSPECTIVES: Over the next few weeks, Town Topics will run a series of articles focused on Princeton residents, some newcomers, others with deep connections to the town. According to the U.S. Census, Princeton has about 30,000 residents, but this bald statistic conveys nothing about the town’s diverse population that is comprised of town and gown, from the Residences (with a capital R) at Palmer Square to the seniors of Elm Court. This first story introduces Dan and Mary Beth Scheid, who moved from London to a row home in center city, Philadelphia, before settling into a three-story townhouse on Chambers Street. (Photo Courtesy of Cahn Communications.)

As President of ME Global, a global chemical company headquartered in London, England, Dan Scheid and his wife Mary Beth Scheid enjoyed a lifestyle at the center of a bustling city. They lived in Mayfair, in Shepherd’s Market to be precise, and Dan could walk to work. “It was wonderful, my office was right opposite St. James’s Palace,” recalled Dan in a telephone interview from the West Coast where the couple were hiking two hours outside of Seattle before traveling on to Ashville, North Carolina, to visit the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Easy access to everything their environment had to offer was what they were looking for when Dan retired in 2006 and the couple moved back to the United States.

They found it in Philadelphia, in a row house in Center City where, said Mary Beth, they fully expected to stay. But after their daughter Clancy married Princeton professor, David August, the Scheids found themselves spending more and more time in Princeton. The draw had much to do with their three grandchildren Betty, 4, Josie, 2, and Danny, 7 months. The Scheids plans for the future changed.

The Scheids moved into the Residences at Palmer Square in September 2010.

Besides family, one other consideration prompted their choice. Mobility. “We loved our four-story row house in center city, but we realized that mobility and stairs would one day become an issue for us,” said Dan. Even so, they had thought to move to a more convenient home in Philadelphia — until they saw the new steel and concrete construction of luxury multi-story townhomes and expansive single-level condominiums taking shape in the center of Princeton.

“As soon as the new residences became available, we were the first ones knocking on the door,” said Dan. “The promise of living in the center of downtown Princeton and being able to walk to everything was very enticing. It was similar to everything we liked about center city.”

Impressed by what they saw, the Scheids walked though numerous homes in various stages of construction and got a good look at the bone structure of each residence.

Their three-story townhome on Chambers Street, which also has a basement, is “everything we had hoped for,” said Dan. “Downtown Princeton offers a best-of-both-worlds living environment that few places can match. There’s the ease of a comfortable, small-town existence, but it is coupled with an urban vibrancy and international presence that you usually can’t find outside a big city. Princeton also has the advantage of being convenient to both Philadelphia and New York City. And The Residences at Palmer Square enjoy the best location in Princeton without question. We regularly attend the McCarter Theatre and Princeton University Art Museum, and love being able to walk to all of the restaurants and shops within Palmer Square and around town.”

The Scheids embraced the idea of living in a new-construction home. “The floor plan of the Palmer Square townhome was strikingly similar to our row house, including compatible design details and a classical layout, but with clear advantages,” Dan pointed out. “A brand new home compared to an 1830s building means more efficient space, improved energy efficiency, and fewer maintenance issues.”

And an elevator that takes them right into their apartment will give them the mobility they were concerned about when the time comes. Dan, 66, and Mary Beth, 65, are fit and physically active. They enjoy ballroom dancing at the Suzanne Patterson Center, traveling, music.

Both hail from Jackson, Michigan, where they went to the same high school. “Mary Beth and I met as freshmen; Mary Beth’s older brother was my best friend,” recalled Dan. Their son, Charles, lives in San Francisco and their daughter, Anna, in Amherst, Massachussetts.

The Scheids have made an effort to become part of the community, Dan serves as a trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton. “Being a part of the community was important to us and gave us a reason to make the move now when we are still young and active rather than later,” he said.

One of the best things Mary Beth has found in Princeton is the Newcomers and Friends Club run by the Princeton YWCA, which has about 200 members and serves as an excellent conduit for those new to the town. “I do one activity with the group at least once a week and we have met a lot of couples this way,” she said.

Princeton Living

Besides access to their growing family, living in Princeton offers other benefits. They find the cost of living in Princeton to be much less than they experienced in London. “It’s comparable to center city Philadelphia,” said Dan. “The big difference in living here is substantially higher taxes of all sorts, property taxes, income and sales taxes combined compared to Philadelphia and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. But when it comes to normal living expenses and food, costs are much the same.”

Located on Paul Robeson Place between Chambers and Witherspoon Streets, The Residences at Palmer Square complete a development project begun by Edgar Palmer in 1937. The new homes were designed along the lines of a European-style town square that would include shops, restaurants and residences. The brick Federal style exteriors are designed to complement existing buildings.

According to a press release, the residential community offers custom interior features and appointments including private elevators, 9- and 10-foot high ceilings and tray ceilings, extensive millwork, fireplaces with marble hearths, pocket doors and elegant crown moldings. Gourmet kitchens have maple cabinets, granite countertops, and Viking stainless steel appliances; spa-like master baths feature whirlpool tubs, double sinks, glass showers, and marble countertops. Many of the homes have their own terraces and there are landscaped promenades, courtyards, and common outdoor areas. There is also indoor parking for residents.

There are 32 different floor plans from two- and three-bedroom, single-level flats, to two- and three-bedroom, multi-level townhouses.

The single level flats have between 1,623 and 4,130 square feet of living space; the townhomes have between 2,622 and 3,084 square feet. The flats range in price from $1.245 to $3.4 million; the townhomes from $1.775 to $2.195 million.

A limited number of rental residences are also available, with two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,623 to 3,195 square feet of living space monthly rents starting at $4,800.

For more information on The Residences at Palmer Square, call (609) 924-3884, or visit www.palmersquareresidences.com.

 

Five local establishments have been included in Wine Spectator magazine’s 2014 Restaurant Awards. The annual list, which has been issued every year since 1981, recognizes eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections. Eno Terra, elements, Witherspoon Grill, Salt Creek Grille, and the Peacock Inn made the list this year.

“It’s a huge deal to us,” said Barry Sussman, owner of the Peacock Inn, which has been included for three of the four years the restaurant has operated under his management. “It shows we have one of the top wine lists in the country, and it’s an honor to be associated with that kind of company.”

To score a spot on the Wine Spectator list, a restaurant is scrutinized for the entire dining experience, including its wine program, cellar selection, service, ambience, and food. Awards are given at three levels.

“We have an online posted set of criteria for what we look for,” said Gillian Sciaretta, restaurant awards manager at the magazine. “Our fundamental requirements for each wine at the very minimum require 90 or more selections. Each has to be the correct appellation given, along with vintage. This goes for wines by the glass as well.”

Presentation is just as important, Ms. Sciaretta said. While the magazine’s representatives can’t visit each of the restaurants from the United States and more than 80 other countries and territories, they make their selections by viewing websites and cover letters. “We ask them to tell us in depth about what their service is like, what stemware is used, how they maintain inventory, and whatever gives us the best background to their wine program.”

From there, she continued, “We review the list, make sure they meet the requirements, and get a sense of whether [the wine] meshes well with the food menu. Are there thoughtful selections? Maintaining a wine program, even a 60-selection list — just keeping it up to date — is very challenging.”

While the selection team did not visit the Princeton restaurants that made the list, “I have heard of elements,” Ms. Sciaretta said. “I have a few friends who went to Princeton and they spoke highly of it.”

Anthony Momo, general manager of Eno Terra, said the award is important. “We read the magazine here and we were pleased to get the award of excellence,” he said. “We obviously work hard at introducing unique wines. We have about 400 on our list right now, and a few thousand in inventory. We rotate depending on the season.”

This year, 3,748 restaurants were named award winners. The magazine is now on the stands. In addition to the Princeton restaurants on the list, Wine Spectator also named Diamond’s of Pennington and Catherine Lombardi of New Brunswick as award winners.

The magazine takes suggestions from readers in searching out establishments that make the cut. “It’s guiding our readers to restaurants that meet our criteria and consistent standards,” Ms. Sciaretta said.

 

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The world’s first example of a quilted tractor will be on view at this year’s New Jersey State Fair’s Sussex County Farm & Horse Show from August 1 through August 10. The unusual artwork was created by Gail Nederfield of Lafayette, N.J. and Gail Pressimone from Wantage, N.J. in honor of farmers around the world. It will be on display outside the Richard’s Building from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on each day of the fair held on Plains Road, Augusta. For more information, call (973) 948-5500, or visit www.njstatefair.org/fair.

A former student of Stuart Country Day School has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Chile in Public Health, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Sarah Schulte of Hopewell and a student at the University of Pennsylvania is one of over 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-15 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, chairman and founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, writer; and Daniel Libeskind, architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or·http://fulbright.state.gov.

 

Registration is about to begin for Evergreen Forum’s fall 2014 semester. In addition to “Woody Allen: Light and Dark,” and “Contemporary Business and Economic Issues,” adults are invited to sign up for classes on topics like the Supreme Court; Princeton University architecture; Tin Pan Alley; and James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Daytime Evergreen Forum courses usually run from six-to-eight weeks, and are taught, for the most part, at the Princeton Senior Resource Center (45 Stockton Street). Course leaders are drawn from local colleges, corporate offices, and research centers. Walter Frank, for example, whose “So You Want to Be a Supreme Court Justice?” will examine whether “constitutional law [is] simply the most elaborate game of three card monte ever invented” or “one of the great strengths of our democracy” (or both), was formerly Chief of Commercial Litigation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is the author of the book, Making Sense of the Constitution.

Poet Lois Harrod will lead “Lives of Girls and Women: The Fiction of Alice Munro,” an examination of what makes Ms. Munro, the 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, worth reading. Ms. Harrod’s connection with Ms. Munro is evident in her own book, Part of the Deeper Sea.

Readings from the publication The Economist will guide discussions in Milton H. Grannatt’s class, “Contemporary Business and Economic Issues.” Mr. Grannat is retired vice president of global business development and licensing at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Other classes will focus on “Fatal Attractions in Literature”; “Amazing Avian Artists”; “The Jews and the Roman Empire”; “Klezmer Roots”; and “Women, Money and Power in American Society.”

“Challenges of the Future” will be based on Al Gore’s book, and, like most Evergreen Forum classes, it will encourage idea-sharing and lots of discussion.

Lotteries are held for oversubscribed classes, and applicants are encouraged to register by August 26, 2014. For more information visit www.TheEvergreenForum.org.

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Thursday’s Summer Courtyard Concert at the Princeton Shopping Center featured the Grace Little Band from Trenton. Ms. Little, who sings R&B and gospel, won the adult category of the Apollo Theater talent competition at the age of 12, and has appeared with the national touring companies of “Dreamgirls,” “Oh Calcutta,” and “The Wiz.” (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

 

July 16, 2014
GAMBOLING WITH KOAL: Dawn Marie Fry and her stepchildren Rylie, 11, and Ronan, 8, frolic with their miniature horse named Koal and his companion Iggy, a young dwarf goat. Koal, who is no bigger than a greyhound, has become a favorite of horses and visitors to the Hasty Acres horse farm in Kingston, where he hangs out with Ms. Fry during the work week. Hand-reared after being rejected by his mother, Koal has become accustomed to human contact and it is hoped that he will eventually become a certified therapy animal. Ms. Fry helps run the therapeutic riding program Heads Up Special Riders at Hasty Acres. For more information on Heads Up Special Riders, at 121 Laurel Ave, Kingston, call (908) 809-9019, or visit: www.headsupspecialriders.com. For more on Hasty Acres, call (609) 921-8389, or visit: www.hastyacres.com.(Photo Courtesy of D. M. Fry)

GAMBOLING WITH KOAL: Dawn Marie Fry and her stepchildren Rylie, 11, and Ronan, 8, frolic with their miniature horse named Koal and his companion Iggy, a young dwarf goat. Koal, who is no bigger than a greyhound, has become a favorite of horses and visitors to the Hasty Acres horse farm in Kingston, where he hangs out with Ms. Fry during the work week. Hand-reared after being rejected by his mother, Koal has become accustomed to human contact and it is hoped that he will eventually become a certified therapy animal. Ms. Fry helps run the therapeutic riding program Heads Up Special Riders at Hasty Acres. For more information on Heads Up Special Riders, at 121 Laurel Ave, Kingston, call (908) 809-9019, or visit: www.headsupspecialriders.com. For more on Hasty Acres, call (609) 921-8389, or visit: www.hastyacres.com. (Photo Courtesy of D. M. Fry)

When Dawn Marie Fry brought home a miniature horse as a gift for her 11-year-old stepdaughter, she got much more than she had bargained for. Soon after acquiring the mare, Ms. Fry, who is barn manager at Hasty Acres horse farm in Kingston, came home from work on the last day of May to find that her miniature horse had given birth.

“The little black colt’s arrival was an absolute surprise; I had no idea the mare was pregnant,” said Ms. Fry. “Miniature horses are known for difficult births and so it was luck that both the mother and the foal were perfectly healthy.”

The joy and excitement of the new arrival soon turned to concern, however, when it was discovered that Koal’s mother was not so delighted. When her newborn was just a week old, she rejected Koal. Video surveillance showed her picking the youngster up by the neck, tossing him, and kicking him. Fearing that the newborn might be trampled and seriously injured, Ms. Fry was forced to separate Koal from his mother.

Fortunately the young horse was unharmed, but without his mother’s care he needed round-the-clock feedings. Ms. Fry had little option but to take him with her each day to Hasty Acres where she runs the therapeutic riding program Heads Up Special Riders and teaches equine-assisted psychotherapy for abused women.

Every morning, on the journey to Kingston from Ms. Fry’s home in Flemington, Koal would fall asleep on the car seat next to her. He was fed formula by hand from a syringe and at night, he snuggled up on blankets on the family’s kitchen floor.

In short, Koal quickly became a part of the family. Besides Ms. Fry, her fiancé Michael Kukal and her two stepchildren Rylie, 11, and Ronan, 8, Koal has the companionship of Iggy, a young dwarf goat.

At the Hasty Acres horse farm, Koal has become a great attraction, drawing the interest of children who visit and adults who volunteer for the Heads Up therapy program.

When he arrives at the farm, he jumps out of the car to be greeted by the other much larger horses. The children of Ms. Fry’s co-workers rush to see him. “Raising Koal has surprising benefits for all; he’s touching many lives at Hasty Acres where his size is awe-inspiring to visitors who are drawn to see the ‘miracle foal,’” commented Ms. Fry.

Visitors are encouraged to pet the youngster who is now thriving from the shared care that is a “huge team effort between family, friends, and new found friendships,” said Ms. Fry.

Because of the hand-feedings and frequent handling, Koal has become very comfortable with humans. He enjoys playing with children eager to frolic in the fields with the tiny horse. According to Ms. Fry, Koal willingly follows his new “parents,” Ms. Fry and others all over the farm. He’s visited a local Petsmart and has already acquired little booties to wear on such occasions (they stop him from slipping on tiled floors). Such interactions accustom the miniature horse to human touch, observed Ms. Fry, an experienced horse handler who grew up in Edison.

As a child, Ms. Fry longed to have a horse of her own but had to settle for the horseback riding lessons her parents provided. Today, she not only has her own horse, she has ten of them. “Horses are like potato chips, you can’t have just one,” she laughed. Several of her horses were acquired from Nevada through the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horses and Burros Program. “The wild horses that once had lived untouched on the range are now under saddle,” said Ms. Fry, adding that it’s a very long process to train them for riders. The effort, she said, is always worthwhile.

“Recent research shows that contact with animals can do more to heal victims of abuse than talk therapy,” said Ms. Fry. With this in mind, she is hoping that Koal will eventually be certified as a therapy animal and be taken to visit hospitals, schools, and assisted-living homes. “Few people come in contact with nature today and even fewer have access to horses so imagine the delight of seeing a tiny little horse the size of a dog coming toward you.”

The therapeutic riding program at Heads Up Special Riders has been offering riding experiences and contact with horses to challenged individuals over the age of four since 1959. Ms. Fry has been barn manager at Hasty Acres for five years and is treasurer of the nonprofit Heads Up program. Under the leadership of Clare Russell, who became the program’s director less than a year ago, Heads Up has partnered with Womanspace to bring clients from its shelter to the Hasty Acres farm.

Hasty Acres is always on the lookout for volunteers to help out with their programs and their horses. Interested individuals should call (609) 921-8389. For more information on Heads Up Special Riders, at 121 Laurel Ave, Kingston, N.J. 08528, call (908) 809-9019, or visit: www.headsupspecialriders.com. For more on Hasty Acres, call (609) 921-8389, or visit: www.hastyacres.com.

 

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The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has recognized Studio Hillier, the Princeton-based architectural firm, with a Merit Award in the Built Category for its Urban Trifecta Architectural Design Studio at 190 Witherspoon Street. Studio Hillier repurposed a decaying commercial building into an energy-efficient space that now houses its cutting-edge storefront architectural design studio flanked by two residential-turned-commercial structures. Designed to meet LEED Gold standards, the project features clerestory windows that provide over 80 percent of the studio’s lighting needs, as well as rooftop photovoltaic solar arrays yielding surplus energy that is sold back to the grid. “With a clear dedication to energy efficiency, the Urban Trifecta project is a marvelous example of how New Jersey’s architects can introduce new life to our buildings and communities in imaginative ways,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. For more information, visit www.aia-nj.org.

 

Princeton Health Department is cautioning residents on the danger of rabies. Two raccoons found on Pretty Brook Road have tested positive and there is concern that other wild or stray animals may have come into contact with the raccoons.

Residents are urged not to leave food outside where it can attract wild animals and to make sure that their pets’ rabies shots are up-to-date.

Homeowners whose pets roam outside unattended should make sure their animals receive a rabies booster shot if they haven’t been immunized within the last year.

“Rabies is transmitted from infected mammals to humans or animals usually through a bite, but scratches and saliva contact with broken skin or mucous membranes are also possible routes,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser in a press release issued Monday. “Any person who has had direct contact with a raccoon may have been exposed to rabies and should contact his/her doctor as soon as possible.”

A separate release from the Princeton Police Department directs anyone who has handled a raccoon in the area of Pretty Brook Road to contact the Princeton Police Department as soon as possible.

“Residents are reminded not to handle wildlife under any circumstances,” the release states. “Should anyone see any wildlife that is injured or appears to be out of place, please contact the Princeton Police Department at (609) 921-2100.”

The official statements come after a Princeton woman found a baby raccoon lying on Pretty Brook Road on June 4. The area resident transported the animal to the Mercer County Wildlife Center in Hopewell, where it later died.

According to Princeton Police, an examination undertaken by the state laboratory showed that the animal tested positive for rabies. The woman and her two children who had been in contact with the animal were advised to seek medical treatment.

Who to Call?

Residents should call the Princeton Police non-emergency number (609) 921-2100 to report dog bites, animal cruelty or neglect, sick or injured wildlife, and human exposure to or encounters with potentially rabid wildlife.

Town Administrator Bob Bruschi explained that supervision for animal control has moved from the Princeton Health Department to the Princeton Police Department so that the many “off hours” calls from residents can be handled by an agency that works 24/7, making it “easier to supervise the calls and to be sure they were all dealt with on a more organized and coordinated method.”

The rabid raccoon incident has sparked questions regarding the role of Princeton’s Animal Control Officer (ACO) when it comes to local wildlife. Some residents, it seems, had assumed that the Animal Control Officer would respond to any calls concerning unwanted wildlife in their vicinity. A fact sheet posted on the municipal website makes it clear that Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson will not respond indiscriminately to all nuisance calls. To view the fact sheet, visit the municipal website at princetonnj.gov and click on Animal Control under the Departments heading.

In addition to describing the role of the ACO, the fact sheet provides some guidelines on what to do if a wild animal is acting in a way that might be dangerous to humans.

“We issued the fact sheet to clearly state what our policy is and has been,” said Police Chief Nicholas K. Sutter. “This does not represent a policy change. It is a clarification of policy that was never previously stated for the public,” commented Mr. Sutter in a response to an email query from Town Topics.

“The duties of our Animal Control Officer are based on state guidelines and national best practices. We constantly work with our Health Department in evaluating our practices and responses. It would be at best inefficient or even impractical for our ACO to respond to every incident of animal or pest nuisance within Princeton. This is not to say that the ACO does not have discretion as to the way he handles individual incidents. There has been no service reduction or policy change. These practices have been in place for quite a long time. The ACO will continue to respond to animal complaints along with the police department and evaluate each on a case by case basis when determining the appropriate response.”

“We rely on the ACO or in his absence responding police officers to evaluate each case,” said Mr. Sutter. “When an animal is injured or posing a threat to humans or other animals we obviously take appropriate action.” Such cases would differ from the nuisance of a deer destroying plants, for example.

“Many people think that squirrels in the yard and in trees is a nuisance, and in many respects I would agree, but we certainly are not in a position to try to capture and relocate squirrels from every property. However, if we see a reason to do so the Animal Control Officer has that ability to make that decision on a case by case basis,” said Mr. Bruschi.

When to Call?

The Animal Control Officer will respond to wildlife encounters/emergencies that pose a threat to humans or pets and that could result in exposure to rabies. Signs and symptoms of rabies in wildlife can include cerebral dysfunction, weakness, paralysis, seizures, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression, and/or self-mutilation.

The Police Department should not be called, however, when wildlife poses no threat to humans or pets. Examples of such instances are characterized on the fact sheet as “wild animals living under decks, storage sheds, porches, in attics, basements, detached garages, and sheds,” or when wildlife poses a nuisance to gardens, flower beds, or shrubs.

But just to be on the safe side, residents unsure of whether a wild or a domestic animal is a safety or public health hazard, are advised to contact the Princeton Animal Control Officer for additional information (609) 921-2100.

Residents are advised to minimize contact between pets and wildlife and to report animal bites and animals seen acting strangely, including altercations between wild and domestic animals, to (609) 921-2100.

For more information, visit: www.state.nj.us/health/cd/rabies.

 

BarileMDWilliam Bogner, owner and director of the Princeton Care Center, has hired area geriatrician David Barile, MD, as medical director. Dr. Barile is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. As medical director, he is responsible for coordinating physician services, overseeing residents’ medical care and collaborating with the healthcare team. Dr. Barile also serves as the medical director of the Acute Care of the Elderly unit at the University Medical Center of Prince-ton at Plainsboro.

Ezra Bogner, LNHA, Princeton Care Center’s administrator, said, “Dr. Barile is a true visionary in the field of geriatric care and his passionate dedication to helping people achieve their personal medical goals aligns perfectly with our mission.”

Princeton Care Center’s 65,000-square-foot, three-story building on Bunn Drive is a family-run business that offers care for 119 individuals in private and semi-private rooms.

“I’m excited to join Princeton Care Center because it offers the personal, family-oriented approach that I find so rewarding,” said Dr. Barile. “I believe that older patients deserve to have their voices heard, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help them navigate difficult health issues. In addition to receiving exceptional care, the residents here are able to remain connected to all that the larger Princeton community offers, and this is so important.”

Dr. Barile will continue in his post as medical director of New Jersey Goals of Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving medical decision-making for seniors that he founded in 2009. He also holds a leadership role in bringing POLST — Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment — to New Jersey residents. A nationwide initiative, POLST is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. This approach is based on patients being able to effectively communicate their wishes regarding treatments they want or do not want, the documentation of these wishes as medical orders, and a promise by healthcare professionals to honor these wishes. New Jersey signed POLST into law in December 2011, and it is in the process of being introduced throughout the state to help patients and families with end-of-life planning.

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Motorists on Alexander Road have been watching the starkly modern Dinky depot and Wawa market, designed by architect Rick Joy, emerge as part of Princeton University’s Arts & Transit project. While the buildings are scheduled to open in late fall, members of Save the Dinky, Inc. are continuing their fight to establish that the abandonment of the former, historic station building and right of way was unlawful. (Photo by Linda Arntzenius)

 

July 9, 2014
YOUNG FILMMAKERS AT LIBRARY: “Across Dystopia,” about two six-year-olds of different races, is one of Jean Paul Isaacs’s entries in the 11th annual Princeton Student Film & Video Festival at Princeton Public Library July 16 and 17. Isaacs and Princeton native Zach Alexander are among 20 participants in this year’s event.

YOUNG FILMMAKERS AT LIBRARY: “Across Dystopia,” about two six-year-olds of different races, is one of Jean Paul Isaacs’s entries in the 11th annual Princeton Student Film & Video Festival at Princeton Public Library July 16 and 17. Isaacs and Princeton native Zach Alexander are among 20 participants in this year’s event.

There is an Oscar presenter among this year’s crop of filmmakers taking part in the Princeton Student Film & Video Festival, at Princeton Public Library Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 and 17. Jean Paul Isaacs, a recent Rutgers University graduate with two entries in this year’s festival, was one of six budding college filmmakers selected for “Team Oscar.” The group appeared on stage at the Academy Awards last March and got to hand out Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters.

“It was amazing to be recognized and to be part of it all,” said Mr. Isaacs, who is returning to the Princeton festival for the second time. “We had to submit a short video saying how we would contribute to the future of film, and answer an essay question. Channing Tatum introduced us during the live broadcast.”

Hollywood is only one of the exotic locales Mr. Isaacs has visited as part of his burgeoning career. He shot a documentary in Zambia about women farmers in Africa, and traveled to the Cannes Film Festival when one of his short films was screened there. Closer to his New Brunswick home, Mr. Isaacs will screen two films he directed at this year’s Princeton festival: Across Dystopia and Words. He will appear to answer questions following the screenings with cinematographer Isaiah McNeill and executive producer Saajan Doshi.

Mr. Isaacs was a pre-med major at Rutgers when he decided, after a few years, that his heart just wasn’t in it. “I come from a modest background and I had this notion that if I pursued a career in medicine, I could help my mother out,” he said. “But I just wasn’t happy in it. I switched to journalism, and I took digital filmmaking and started to make some short films.”

Soon he was winning contests and making a name for himself. After he finishes editing his Africa film, he will begin a mentorship program in Los Angeles that concludes with a short film to be shown at the L.A. Film Festival.

Mr. Isaacs shot Across Dystopia, about two children of different races, in an old barn in South Brunswick. “We had limited resources,” he said. “A lot of it is luck. I knew someone who knew someone who let us use this barn, which turned out to work really well.” Words, his other film, is about a grandfather coming to terms with his past. “It’s about having the courage to not be silent and do what’s right,” Mr. Isaacs said.

Influenced by Herzog

A discussion between Werner Herzog and Ken Burns was the inspiration for Where’s da Party At?, a film in the festival by Princeton High School alumnus Zach Alexander. He was taking an advanced film production class at the University of Vermont when his teacher took the students to hear a talk by the two legendary filmmakers.

This is the first time Mr. Alexander, a recent college graduate, has participated in the festival. Where’s Da Party At? emerged after a challenge from Mr. Herzog. “After the talk, my teacher presented a Super 8 camera to Herzog, hoping he’d shoot some film and send it back to our class,” Mr. Alexander said. “He did, with the message, ‘My demand is that you now use this footage in your own short film.’ “

Mr. Alexander blended his own footage, in which he and a young woman play filmmakers in a studio, with the reel sent by Mr. Herzog. “What I was trying to get across is the general story about film versus digital,” he said. “I don’t believe one is better than the other. Each have their pros and cons. So it’s sort of a meditation on the world where both can exist without one having to be better than the other, through a kind of romantic thing.”

Raised in Princeton, Mr. Alexander graduated from Princeton High in 2010. “I’d always watched films when I was younger,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do in college. I took a film class freshman year, and the teacher was so terrific that I just fell in love with it. He got me so interested and he’s still pretty much my best friend.”

Classes at the University of Vermont were “really heavy into film analysis and theory,” he said. “Then I went to the Cannes festival and got into production on a program during my junior year. It was an amazing, life-changing experience. A lot of young kids get introduced in that environment to the development stage, and how films are bought and sold. But for me, it was just cool to see other kids my age working at their craft. It got me motivated to be serious about film production.”

Mr. Alexander currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on film and television internships. He will start work on an independent feature next month and hopes to do his own work as well. “I might start my own production company,” he said. “There’s a lot on my mind.”

 

EllarlsieThis year New Jersey observes the 350th Anniversary of its political establishment in 1664. To commemorate the event, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park is displaying items dating back to the mid-1600s, a time before Trenton or even Trent’s Town existed.

Curated by Trenton Museum Society Trustee David Bosted and son Nicholas Bosted, the exhibition, “Before There Was Trenton,” opened last month and will continue through October 12.

Both Bosteds will deliver a formal lecture on their subject at 2 p.m. on the last day of the exhibition, Sunday October 12,

Prior to 1664, New Netherland was a colony founded by the Dutch on the east coast of North America. The Dutch colony extended from Hartford, Conn. in the east to Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the south, encompassing parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware. The New Netherland colony included three major rivers: Nord (North River, now the Hudson River), Sud (South River, now the Delaware River) and the Versche (Fresh) River (now the Connecticut River). The English wrested control of the colony from the Dutch in 1664, turning its capital, New Amsterdam, into New York City.

The Dutch colonial efforts were mostly directed toward trade with Native Americans. However, their permanent settlements in some cases caused conflict with native peoples as well as with several other European powers, especially England, Sweden and France.

Beaver pelts were especially sought after for the fur trade. Marten, fox, otter and mink were also bartered. In 1624 (the year New Amsterdam was first settled), Dutch settlers shipped 1500 beaver and 500 otter skins to Europe. Thereafter, the fur trade grew enormously under the Dutch. Fort Orange (now Albany) and New Amsterdam (now New York City) were the centers of the fur trade, reaching deep into the Lenni Lenape and Mohawk tribal territory, and promoting contact between the Dutch and the Native peoples.

“Before There Was Trenton” recalls that early period of exploration, contact, and settlement.

Among the items on display are items highly valued in the fur trade: hand-forged trade axes, knives, and other metal tools; easily transportable and popular trading commodities like the red “white heart” glass trade beads made in Venice; objects reflecting Dutch nautical exploration and the fur trade; and Lenni Lenape stone tools from the Delaware Valley as well as early agricultural items.

Tobacco, another highly desirable trade commodity, is represented in the display by early tobacco pipes. Because tobacco was so expensive, the 17th century pipe bowls were small, holding only a pinch of tobacco.

For more information about the exhibit or the talks, contact curator David Bosted or Trenton Museum Society President Richard Willinger at tms@ellarslie.org or (609) 989-1191.

Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays and municipal holidays. For more information, visit www.ellarslie.org.

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WHERE THERE’S FIRE, THERE’S SMOKE: The boarded up windows of this Shingle Style home on Bayard Lane will soon be replaced by glass as the house is refurbished to its former splendor during the next few months. A fire in the basement of one of the home’s two condominiums last March caused major smoke damage, but all is now on track to have the family move back in my the November holidays.(Photo by Linda Arntzenius)

WHERE THERE’S FIRE, THERE’S SMOKE: The boarded up windows of this Shingle Style home on Bayard Lane will soon be replaced by glass as the house is refurbished to its former splendor during the next few months. A fire in the basement of one of the home’s two condominiums last March caused major smoke damage, but all is now on track to have the family move back in my the November holidays. (Photo by Linda Arntzenius)

Even after three months, the house still smells like smoke. It was smoke, in fact, that caused major damage from a fire that flared up late on the night of Sunday, March 23, at 56 Bayard Lane, a stately Princeton house that is divided into two three-story condominiums.

The blaze is blamed on embers from one of the fireplaces that had dropped into an ash clean-out bin in the basement. Though the flames didn’t make it past the lower level, the smoke, coupled with water damage from the efforts of the firefighters, ruined just about every piece of furniture, upholstery, and wall covering in its path.

Both residences were evacuated. The occupants of the unit facing Hodge Road were quickly able to return to their home. But the Clary family, on the Bayard Lane side, were not so lucky. After bunking at the Peacock Inn for a few nights, they moved to a temporary apartment in northern New Jersey where they have been ever since. Owner Cathryn Clary is hoping her family will be back in their fully restored home in time for Thanksgiving.

“It was so beautiful,” she said of the work that builder Lewis Barber and the interior design firm Dennison Dampier had completed after the family bought the unit in February 2012. “We had done quite a bit of work on it, and they did such a wonderful job. We had a great party there last summer.”

Barber and Dennison Dampier are back on the job, charged with the task of recreating what was there while taking the opportunity to make a few changes. “We’re going to redo and expand the kitchen, and open up the entry way to the living room and dining room to give the space a larger feel while we have the chance,” said designer Tara Dennison. “The bathrooms will be pretty much the same because the stone on the walls was intact. But all of the curtains and the upholstery have to be redone.”

Other than the boarded up windows, the exterior of the house doesn’t bear much evidence of the fire. Architect A. Page Brown designed the Shingle Style residence in 1888. Mr. Brown worked in the office of celebrated New York architects McKim, Mead, and White before starting his own practice. He is also credited with Princeton University’s Whig and Clio halls.

The first owner of the house was M. E. Scott. After the death of his wife in 1896, the property passed to William B. Smith. It was divided sometime in the 1940s, said Mrs. Clary, who has run into people who once lived in the house. Princeton native Mary Wisnovsky, then Mary Strunsky, remembers going to a dentist named Dr. Kaiser in the building when she was a child.

Mrs. Clary and her husband lived on the East Coast most of their lives, but moved to California’s Bay Area before opting to move back. “We decided that if we were going to live anywhere on the East Coast it would be Princeton,” she said. “We lived in the house about six months before deciding to do the renovations.”

Few expenses were spared in the decoration. “Everything was top of the line,” Ms. Dennison said, sighing as she walked through the down-to-the-studs interior. “She used lovely fabrics from Scalamandre, Brunschwig & Fils, and Lee Jofa. It was all so beautiful. We’re just going to do them again, depending on the insurance.”

The three-bedroom, two-bath condominium is about 3,500 square feet. The Clarys were home, along with two of their three grown children, when the fire broke out on March 23. “The Princeton fire department and police were wonderful,” Mrs. Clary recalled. “They stayed with us and helped us. You’re pretty traumatized when these things happen. It was cold, and they let us sit in their cars. There was a lot of smoke. The fire department started crashing the windows. They finally got the fire out and then we were told we would have to board up the windows. The police stayed all night because the house wasn’t secured yet.”

Mrs. Clary called her insurance company at 2:30 a.m., and was given the name of a company that came to secure the house. The town’s building department arrived quickly to apply a sticker saying that the house was condemned. “And a lot of public adjusters came around,” Mrs. Clary said.

The smoke damage was overwhelming. “It is amazing how much damage it can cause,” she said. “They had to tear up all the walls in the house, because it accumulates in the insulation. Anything that’s stuffed — mattresses, couches, things like that — gets destroyed.”

Water from the fire hoses soaked everything. “The smell was pungent and cloying and just stuck to everything you were wearing,” said Ms. Dennison, who will never forget the shock of entering the house once she and Ms. Dampier were allowed in. “All the curtains were singed. Her beautiful artwork had been destroyed in the living room from the heat of the fire. Everything was covered in this oily soot, which was toxic. The Servpro company that came in and went through everything was amazing.”

Once insulation is put back in, and plastering and the floors are replaced, the designers will start on interior furnishings. The goal is to have the family back in by November 1, so that they can spend the holidays, as they did last year, at home.

 

Lahiri PicThe Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri will join Princeton’s creative writing faculty in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Prince-ton University, but not until September of 2015.

Ms. Lahiri has been appointed to the Lewis Center for the Arts where she will teach workshops in fiction and translation alongside an existing stellar faculty that includes Jeffrey Eugenides, Chang-rae Lee, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, and Edmund White.

“Jhumpa Lahiri is one of our era’s most distinguished writers,” commented Susan Wheeler, director of the Creative Writing Program. “She will be a tremendous teacher to our undergraduates.”

Born in London, England and raised in Rhode Island, Ms. Lahiri received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Barnard College and multiple degrees from Boston University. She has taught creative writing at Boston University, Baruch College, Barnard College, The New School, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Described as “one of the world’s great storytellers,” Ms. Lahiri garnered world-wide literary praise for her debut collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000, as well as the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. She rose to popular attention with her 2003 first novel, The Namesake, which was adapted into a popular film of the same name. Her most recent novel, The Lowland, published last year, was short-listed for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. Her work has also appeared frequently in The New Yorker and has been translated into over 30 languages.

The University announced her appointment as one of four full professors and 13 assistant professors. In addition to Ms. Lahiri, the three new appointments at the professor level are Judith Hamera in dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Ilyana Kuziemko in economics, and Assaf Naor, in mathematics.

After serving as a professor at Texas A&M University since 2005, Ms. Hamera joined the University faculty on July 1. She is the author of three books including her 2007 Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference and Connection in the Global City.

Also new to the faculty on July 1, Ms. Kuziemko comes from Columbia University. She was an assistant professor at Princeton from 2007 to 2012, and took public service leave to serve as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the academic year 2009-2010. She studies public, labor and health economics with recent research on topics such as the redistribution of wealth, risk and health care costs, and demand for health insurance.

Mr. Naor will take up his position August 1, from New York University where he has taught since 2006. Previously, he worked at Microsoft Research and his research interests span a number of mathematical fields, including analysis, probability, quantitative geometry, and structure theory of metric spaces, as well as their applications to theoretical computer science, combinatorics and mathematical physics.

New Assistant Professors

The 13 new assistant professors are: Faisal Ahmed, a scholar of political science and international relations; José Avalos, who specializes in bioengineering and biofuels production; sociologist Ruha Benjamin, who joins the faculty in African American studies; Jonathan Gribetz, a scholar in Near Eastern studies and Judaic studies; Johannes Haushofer, who will join the faculty in psychology and public affairs; Katherine Hill Reischl, in Slavic languages and literatures; Casey Lew-Williams, a specialist in language acquisition, in psychology; historian and scholar of Asian American history, Elizabeth Lew-Williams; mathematicians Fabio Pusateri and Mykhaylo Shkolnikov; composer Ju Ri Seo; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, in African American studies; and Carolyn Yerkes, in art and archaeology.

 

The Red Umbrella/La Sombrilla Roja will host a series of story hours for young children at Princeton’s Community Park Pool at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday from July 10 through August 21. Stories will be read in English and Spanish. A craft project related to the book and a watermelon party will follow each reading, and participants may select gently used books to take home.

Each week, a community leader will read the featured story. The first reader, on July 10, will be Ben Stentz, executive director of the Princeton Recreation Department.

Other readers are: July 17, Steve Cochrane, superintendent of Princeton Regional Schools, July 24, Dr. Robert Ginsberg, principal of the Johnson Park Elementary School, July 31, Dr. Dana Sheridan, education and outreach coordinator of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University, August 7, Veronica Olivares-Webber of the Red Umbrella Committee and member of the Princeton Recreation Board, joined by Valeria and Kyara Torres-Olivares, August 14, princeton municipal councilman Lance Liverman, August 21 Lisa Eckstrom, assistant head of school, 5-8 Division of the Princeton Charter School.

The Red Umbrella program is sponsored by the Minority Education Committee of the Princeton Regional Schools. Support for the summer series at the pool has been provided by the Princeton Recreation Department and the Fish Foundation.

On Thursday, July 10, local wait staff will put their tray-balancing skills to the test at the Waiters’ Race, an event organized by the Princeton Merchants Association. The event kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Palmer Square, rain or shine.

Waiters and waitresses from Princeton area restaurants will race to complete a course while balancing two full glasses of water and two full BAI Beverage bottles on their trays. Participating restaurants include Agricola, Blue Point Grill, Eno Terra, Main Street Bistro, Mediterra, Mistral, Triumph Brewing Company, Witherspoon Grill, and Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

“Last year’s event held at the Princeton Shopping Center was the biggest field of competitors ever,” said John Marshall, president of the Princeton Merchants Association. “Each year this event has grown significantly in its popularity and attendance. This year we return to Palmer Square where competitors will feel the pain of Heartbreak Hill; leg three of the square course through which only the best go on to finish. We also will find out if two-time men’s champion, Yankee Doodle Tap Room’s own John Ryan, can claim victory a third year in a row.”

Sponsors this year include: Agricola, Alchemist & Barrister, BAI Beverage, Blue Point Grill, Elements, Eno Terra, Joy Cards, La Jolie Salon and Spa, Main Street Bistro and Café, McCaffrey’s, Mediterra, Mistral, Nassau Inn, PNC Bank, Princeton U Store, Road ID, Smith’s Ace Hardware, Teresa Caffe, Triumph Brewing Company and Witherspoon Grill.

Goodie bags for racers will contain gift cards to Triumph, Witherspoon Grill, A&B, Hoagie Haven, Slice Between, George’s, D’Angelo’s, Olives or other food spots in Princeton; one Bent Spoon “love card” (worth a free scoop or cupcake), one small bag of Lindt Truffles, a three-day VIP pass to New Jersey Athletic Club, a $5 gift card to Chez Alice, a Whole Earth Granola Bar, a “snack” and reusable bag from McCaffreys, a Road ID flyer, and a Waiters Race Princeton 2014 T-Shirt.

Winners’ prizes include a weekend stay at the Nassau Inn, coolers from ACE Hardware, gift cards from Hamilton Jewelers and Agricola, and many more.

Those interested in participating need to pre-register. The fee is $20. All participants will receive an official race day t-shirt and goodie bag. For further information contact PMA Board Members John Marshall at president@princetonmerchants.org or Jack Morrison at jack@jmgroupprinceton.com.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has received a donation of $65,000 from the RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant program. The grant will fund river-friendly initiatives for water protection and restoration.

The funding will support the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s mission to enhance the quality of the natural environment in the 265-square mile area drained by the Stony Brook and the Millstone River. They accomplish this by addressing key issues affecting water quality and land use, educating area residents about the ecology of the natural environment, and preserving open space by maintaining a 930-acre nature reserve and organic farm.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is central New Jersey’s first environmental organization. Since 1949, the organization has worked to protect clean water and the environment through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants fund programs in towns and cities with populations of more than 10,000 people that focus on improving water quality, improving management of urban storm and rain water, the efficient use of water in towns or cities, or protecting and restoring urban waterways.

In keeping with the science theme of Summer Reading this year at the Princeton Public Library, three children’s programs will be held in the Community Room.

On Wednesday, July 16 at 2 p.m., Piccirillo Sciencetelling presents “Potions,” using science experiments with dry ice and imagination to tell the story of a hidden underground laboratory and the ferocious guard determined to protect its mysteries forever. Children will discover the secrets of the laboratory while they learn about the concept of matter, its three states, and how to change it from one state to another.

“Sweet Science: Experiment with Candy” is the title of the program on Monday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Children five and older can test, soak, stretch, dissolve, smash — and maybe even taste — candy to learn more about science and the world around them in this fun and educational session.

The program on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. is “The Science of Giant Animals.” Bill Bosenberg of Snakes-n-Scales returns to the library here, this time with some giant animals.

The library is at 65 Witherspoon Street. Call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org for information.

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Talis Lin and daughter Emilija from New York City did some serious blueberry picking at last weekend’s Terhune Orchards Blueberry Bash. Parents may remember the little girl in Robert McCloskey’s popular book, “Blueberries for Sal.” Emilija’s parents are among the pickers at Terhune discussing their favorite ways of eating blueberries in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

July 2, 2014
Donna Carcaci Rhodes

Donna Carcaci Rhodes

Trenton Museum Society President Richard Willinger has announced that the Society selected Donna Carcaci Rhodes to serve as director.

Ms. Rhodes comes to Ellarslie from the Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark Home in Perkasie, Pa, where she was historic site director and curator. Her education includes degrees in art history and business. She lectures in and is published in artifact research, architectural sciences, historical studies, organizational volunteer support, and the literature and life of Pearl S. Buck. She has also worked with education program design, museum tour design, and volunteer docent training. She resides in Holland, Pa.

“The Trenton Museum Society is fortunate to have found an outstanding museum professional to lead the Society during these challenging times” said Ms. Willinger. “With her experience in curatorial management of art collections, research, archives, exhibit development, and historic site conservation, she brings many important skills to the Trenton City Museum which displays both regional fine arts exhibits and exhibits that highlight fascinating aspects of local history.”

The new director commented that she is “excited and energized about the opportunities offered by the Trenton City Museum housed in the beautiful Ellarslie Mansion.”

According to Rhodes, “With the commitment of a dedicated Board of Trustees, the museum continues to offer ever changing and engaging events and exhibits in history, art, music, and education for all ages. I am looking forward to being a part of the strong continued expansion of this great organization with increased partnerships, tours, and community involvement for the people of this great historic city and beyond.”

The Trenton Museum Society provides contemporary and historical art exhibits, Trenton history exhibits, student art classes, lectures, and musical performances for those who are interested in Trenton’s history and the arts in Mercer and Bucks Counties and central New Jersey.

The Museum Society maintains in trust for the citizens of Trenton a collection of thousands of artifacts and documents reflecting the industrial, political, educational, and commercial history of Trenton.

“There always seems to be so much going on at the museum,” she said. “I look forward to meeting members, artists, and patrons at these and other events.”

Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays and municipal holidays. For more information, visit www.ellarslie.org.

 

PRINCETON’S COMMUNITY POOL: When temperatures rise, Princeton residents head for the pool, which has seen an increase in annual memberships since it was refurbished in 2012. But read on, it’s not the only place to beat the heat this summer.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton Recreation Department)

PRINCETON’S COMMUNITY POOL: When temperatures rise, Princeton residents head for the pool, which has seen an increase in annual memberships since it was refurbished in 2012. But read on, it’s not the only place to beat the heat this summer. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Recreation Department)

In spite of a power outage that closed the Community Park Pool briefly last week while work was carried out on the filtration systems, Princeton’s favorite place to cool off was up and running again quickly.

Executive Director Ben Stentz of the Princeton Recreation Department was on hand to see that the closure was of the shortest duration possible. The pool closed two hours earlier than normal on Friday, June 27. “We didn’t know how long it would take to make repairs on Friday night so we canceled Saturday morning swim lessons and lap swim. In the end, repairs were completed by about 4:45 a.m. on Saturday morning and we were able to open at our regular weekend time of 11 a.m. Long night but we got it done,” said Mr. Stentz, who reported yesterday that since the pool was rebuilt in 2012, membership has risen from around a steady 3,500 a year to in excess of 5,000 a year.

“As of July 1, the number is just shy of 5,200; last year it was 5,500,” said Mr. Stentz. “This is the new norm for us. In the 27 days that we’ve been open so far this year, including four of five rainy days, we’ve had 29,000 individual visits.”

The increased number of visitors to Community Park Pool may have had an effect on other local swimming locales where Princeton residents find respite from the summer’s heat.

Nassau Swim Club

Perhaps because the pool is tucked out of the way in a bucolic setting or perhaps because of increases in the number of users at the municipal Community Park Pool, membership at the Nassau Swim Club has fallen off in recent years. This is very good news for those who have long wished to join but might have been put off by the $600 one-time initiation fee. In order to encourage new members, the Club is waiving this fee and also offering reduced annual memberships.

Located on Lower Springdale Road between the Institute Woods, the grounds of Princeton University and Springdale Golf Club, this small co-op swim club has been around for nearly 50 years. The swimming pool is one that local families return to year after year. Today it boasts a 6-lane, 25-yard, competitive pool with a connected, 13.5-foot deep dive well. There is also a baby pool conveniently located next to the main pool and lots of green grass for sunbathing as well as shady spots. Swimming lessons are offered for children and adults and adult-only lap swims are a feature of the early mornings. Food trucks stop by and members are encouraged to hold social events at the club. ”This is a wonderful family spot that may just be Princeton’s best kept secret,” said board member Anne Mavis.

“To encourage new members, the club is offering a special rate of $50 for the entire July Fourth weekend from Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not only that, if enrolling for July and August a family (of any number) can join for $399; $299 for a couple, and $199 for an individual,” said Ms. Mavis. Special rates also apply for seniors (55 plus) and for scholars visiting the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton graduate students, and Princeton Theological Seminary graduates and faculty.

For more information, call (609) 436-0797, email information@nassauswimclub.org, or visit: www.nassauswimclub.org, But be warned, not all membership details are currently up-to-date.

Quarry Swim Club, Hopewell

As its name suggests, the pool at the Quarry Swim Club was once part of a rock mining operation that closed down almost one hundred years ago. Located at 180 Crusher Road in Hopewell, the Club has been operating since 1928.

Fed by a natural spring, the quarry pool is up to 55 feet deep and children under 12 are required to pass an 80 yard swim test before being allowed in this old-fashioned “swimming hole” surrounded by rock cliffs. For children and adult non-swimmers there is a pool just 1.5 to 4 feet deep and Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty at all times.

According to Jim Gypton, who has owned the Club with his wife Nancy for 27 years, the success of Princeton’s Community Park Pool has had no impact on business. “We don’t advertise, people find us by word of mouth,” said Mr. Gypton. “This isn’t a place for everybody, you won’t find lounge chairs but we have grass, a pool for children, diving boards in the Quarry and inner tubes for relaxation. We have a growing number of very loyal people who spread the word and bring their neighbors as guests. I know most of them by sight, if not by name.”

There’s a definite rustic feel to swimming here from Memorial Day weekend when it opens until Labor Day when it closes. In between it’s open seven days a week.

The pool has three large floats anchored in the water and three diving boards. Picnic tables and grills are provided under shade trees in a three-acre grove for visitors who want to spend the day. There’s also a snack bar and a sand volleyball court.

The Quarry Swim Club is a private facility for pass holders only. A variety of passes are available from full-season to partial-season and special pass options for late day visitors; there are no single day passes, however. Private and group swim lessons are offered for all ages.

For more information, call (609) 466-0810, or visit: www.quarryswimclub.com.

Broadmead Swim Club

Located on Broadmead Street off Western Way in Princeton, the Broadmead Swim Club is affiliated with Princeton University but membership is open to all. Fully staffed with experienced lifeguards, the pool remains open into the evening and it’s possible to order from local restaurants that are happy to deliver to Broadmead. Visits from the ice cream truck are a daily highlight for children.

In addition to a 20 meter pool, there’s a separate enclosed baby pool. Lifeguards offer private and group swim lessons, and there are yoga classes. Lawns cater to sunbathers and there are picnic tables in a shaded area.

This pool operates from May 24 through September 1, with changing hours as the summer progresses and specific times set aside for lap swimmers.

Memberships are available to the community and to members of Princeton University as follows: $680, community family ($600, University family; $300, student/postdoc family); $340, community single ($300, University single).

For more information, call (609) 759-0272, email: broadmead.swim.club@gmail.com, or visit: www.broadmeadswimclub.com.

 

Princeton writing tutor Ken Soufl presents two seminars in the Princeton Public Library’s Teen Center during July to help students write and edit their college admission essay.

On Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m., “Brainstorming and Beginning Your College Essay” will help students approach writing their college essays with confidence and a clear understanding of how to proceed. The function and form of the college essay, the relevant information to include and the most effective way to do so, will be covered. Practical strategies for composing essays will be learned through the composition of a rough draft during a brainstorming session.

The second seminar, “Editing and Polishing Your College Essay” takes place Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. Mr. Soufl will help students fine tune and conclude their college essays. The seminar will include interactive group work as the participants work with their rough drafts to practice the strategies presented and share comments with each other. All participants should bring a rough draft of a college essay. This seminar is for rising ninth-,
10th-, 11th- and 12-graders.

Registration for both seminars through the events calendar on the library’s website is encouraged but not required. The seminars will be held in the library’s Teen Center. The library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street.

 

 

The annual Blueberry Bash summer festival that celebrates all things blueberry will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville. Blueberry picking, food, live music, tractor rides, and Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre are part of this family-oriented event.

The puppet show It’s the Wolf will be held at noon and 1:30 p.m. both days. The Magnolia Street Swing Band performs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and Swinging Dixie appears at the same time on Sunday.

Pam Mount and Trenton Times food columnist Susan Yeske will judge at the blueberry baking contest Sunday at 1 p.m. The winners receive Terhune Orchards gift cards. Contest rules are available at the farm store and online at terhuneorchards.com. Entries and completed forms must be submitted by noon on Sunday, July 6.

Blueberry Bash admission is $5, and children under 3 are free. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road.

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Morven Museum & Garden hosted outdoor yoga classes Saturday afternoon in Morven’s garden with Gemma Farrell of Gratitude Yoga. The free event was open to the public regardless of age and skill level. (Photo by Emily Reeves)