January 28, 2015

grandinPrinceton Day School welcomed Temple Grandin to campus on Wednesday, January 21. Ms. Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, an animal researcher, a bestselling author and an autism activist.

Her lecture to Upper School students and faculty included topics such as her work with animals, the evolution of the autism spectrum, the importance of studying outcomes when it comes to our education system, untapped future job opportunities (hint: learn how to code and study mechanics), and different ways of thinking.

“I think in pictures and, when I was younger, I thought everyone else did, too,” she said, illustrating a rubric for typifying the different ways that different people think, be it spatially or verbally, associatively or linearly. Ms. Grandin added that difference does not denote deficiency, noting that it is exactly these differences which lead to innovation. She gave several examples of successful ventures founded by people diagnosed with austism and ADHD, including IKEA and, arguably, much of Silicon Valley.

Ms. Grandin also stressed how exposure to different things is critical to success, especially for young people. “I learned about animals because I spent time on my aunt’s ranch growing up,” she said. “People often become good at what they are exposed to, so device-free, unstructured play time can open up a world of possibility.”

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An exhibition of iconic Civil Rights-era images by photographer Danny Lyon opens today at the Art Gallery on The College of New Jersey campus at 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m, and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.“Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement” will continue through March 1 as part of a campus wide exploration of justice and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Shown here is Mr. Lyon’s 1963 photograph “Sit in Toddle House Atlanta.” For more information, call (609) 771-2633, or visit: tcnj.edu/artgallery. (Photo courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York)

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Members of the Princeton Police Department stood alongside family and friends of slain Princeton Police Officer Walter B. Harris Sunday, January 25, as the municipality and community observed a solemn moment during the dedication ceremony for a memorial honoring the legendary patrolman. Mr. Harris was shot and killed in the early hours of the morning of February 2, 1946. He was off duty at the time and just 31 years old. He had served with the Princeton Borough Police Department between 1943 and 1946. “This hero protected the very streets we walk and that our officers patrol today,” said Chief Nicholas Sutter moments before the memorial was unveiled. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

January 26, 2015

Airlines across the northeast have cancelled nearly 5,200 flights.

All schools in Mercer County have announced early dismissals as of Monday, January 26. All after school activities have been canceled.

There will be a system wide cross honoring of New Jersey Transit bus, rail, and light rail from January 26 through January 28.

The last service for NJ Transit bus will depart from its point of origin at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, January 26.

NJ Transit trains will stop running at 10 p.m. (the last trains from New York Penn Station depart at 8 p.m.)

Speeds have been reduced on the Garden State Parkway from Atlantic County to the New York State line and the Turnpike.

Governor Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey earlier this afternoon. Travel is expected to be brought to a stand-still from New York City to Portland, Maine, by the storm. Snow totals of more than 2 feet are expected from southern New Hampshire to central Long Island. Coastal flooding is predicted for the Jersey shore.

“It’s been upgraded to a blizzard,” Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert declared Monday morning. “With the high winds they are projecting, we’re expecting downed trees, wires, and power outages.”

Princeton schools had an early dismissal on Monday. Trash pickup for Tuesday is cancelled and will take place on Thursday.

The Princeton Board of Education meeting that was originally scheduled for January 27 has been rescheduled for February 3.

Power outages should be reported to PSE&G at their emergency number (1-800-436-7734).

“And if anyone wants to report a power outage to Access Princeton (609-924-4141), we can help track and continue to advocate for power to be put on,” Ms. Lempert said.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads so as not to interfere with law enforcement and emergency responders.

January 23, 2015

Princeton University and the Terra Momo Group have agreed to discontinue discussions regarding a lease to operate the restaurant and café that are being developed for the University’s arts neighborhood.

According to a statement from the University, renovation and expansion of the existing former Dinky train station buildings will continue and the University has begun a process to identify another operator for the restaurant and café. The University also has entered into a contract to purchase a liquor license that is intended to be used at the café and restaurant.

Terra Momo, which operates Mediterra, Eno Terra, Teresa Caffe and the Terra Momo Bread Company, had planned to establish a pizzeria-style cafe in the north terminal building, and a farm-to-table style eatery in the other building.

A municipal employee, three high school students, a local business and three residents of Princeton have been named winners of Sustainable Princeton’s Leadership Awards. A ceremony honoring the winners will take place Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library.

Alexandra Bar-Cohen, a resident, is cited for her volunteer work to create zero waste events and a zero waste culture at the Jewish Center and Littlebrook Elementary School, as well as her advocacy on behalf of the county-wide plastic bag referendum. Vikki Caines, who works for the Princeton Recreation Department, is being awarded for her dedication beyond her regular job in planting and tending special gardens at the municipal complex at 400 Witherspoon Street.

Hutchinson “Huck” Fairman, a Princeton resident, wins the award for his consistent efforts to inform the community about environmental issues. His “Solutions” column in the Princeton Packet and his networking around town have inspired environmental action in Princeton.

Also honored are Princeton Day School students Tag Quijano, Zach “Woogie” Woogen and Kate Yazujian, for their collective efforts such as organizing an annual Harvest Dinner for 250 and the PDS Student Environmental Conference. They were part of the Greenhouse Gas Assessment team and are leaders at the national Student Climate and Conservation Congress run by the Green Schools Alliance.

Residents Penny Thomas and Susie Wilson are recognized for their tenacity in implementing the town’s curbside organic waste program, Princeton Composts, at Constitution Hill. The local business Princeton Printer is honored for demonstrating leadership and guidance in greening the infrastructure and operations of a local downtown business. “They are a model and a knowledge resource for everyone about how to run a green business, from installing solar panels on their rooftop to using soy ink and recycling worn out printers,” reads information from Sustainable Princeton.

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public. Visit www.sustainableprinceton.org for more information.

January 21, 2015
WALTER B. HARRIS: This period photograph shows Princeton Borough Police Officer Walter B. Harris proudly wearing his uniform. A memorial to Mr. Harris, who was shot and killed in 1946, will be dedicated in his memory on Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at the Princeton Municipal Hall Plaza, 400 Witherspoon Street. It will join one other memorial, that honoring Princeton Township Police Officer Billie D. Ellis, who died in 1955.(Image Courtesy of the Princeton Police Department)

WALTER B. HARRIS: This period photograph shows Princeton Borough Police Officer Walter B. Harris proudly wearing his uniform. A memorial to Mr. Harris, who was shot and killed in 1946, will be dedicated in his memory on Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at the Princeton Municipal Hall Plaza, 400 Witherspoon Street. It will join one other memorial, that honoring Princeton Township Police Officer Billie D. Ellis, who died in 1955. (Image Courtesy of the Princeton Police Department)

The Princeton Police Department will hold a dedication ceremony for a memorial honoring Walter B. Harris on Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. The event is scheduled to take place on the plaza in front of Witherspoon Hall, the Princeton municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street.

The ceremony will commemorate the installation of a new memorial for the Princeton Borough police officer who was shot and killed in the early hours of the morning of February 2, 1946.

Mr. Harris was off duty at the time and just 31 years old. With his wife, Florence, he had two young daughters, Monetta, 6, and Florence, 3. He had served with the Princeton Borough Police between 1943 and 1946 and before that with the Princeton Auxiliary Police. He was the Department’s second African American patrolman.

Just after midnight, as he was leaving a social club near his John Street home to get ready for his shift, Mr. Harris heard the sound of gunfire. According to newspaper accounts at the time, he ran to the club and intervened in an altercation there. After being hit on the head with the butt of a gun and subsequently shot in the abdomen, he died at Princeton Hospital some 30 minutes later. Three men were subsequently pursued, captured, and charged in the crime.

The three men were from the Bronx and had been visiting relatives in Princeton when, reportedly, one of them made unwelcome advances to a woman in the club. Tried in Mercer County court, Norman L. Cross, 19, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison; his brother Milton Cross, 20, was convicted of manslaughter and got eight to ten years; the third man was acquitted.

Mr. Harris is buried in the Princeton Cemetery of Nassau Presbyterian Church.

His memorial will be the second to be placed on the plaza at Witherspoon Hall, where a commemorative plaque is dedicated to Princeton Township Police Officer Billie D. Ellis. Mr. Ellis gave his life rescuing three young boys during a storm on Lake Carnegie on August 19, 1955.

More than 100 people, including many who remember Mr. Harris personally, friends and family members, are expected to attend the dedication ceremony.

At the most recent meeting of mayor and Council, Monday, January 12, Mayor Liz Lempert read a proclamation of the monument. “I want to thank the police department for doing the work to research Officer Harris to make sure we are remembering and honoring him properly,” she said. This time last year, when the municipality declared February 2 “Officer Walter Harris Day,” the slain officer’s daughters and other family members were in attendance.

Sergeant Geoff Maurer and Officer Chris King were instrumental in gaining recognition for Mr. Harris. Mr. Maurer began researching the late officer after consolidation of the Borough and Township police departments. Knowing of the monument to fallen Township policeman Billie Ellis, who died in the line of duty in 1955, Mr. Maurer, thought that the Borough officer deserved similar recognition for his actions.

A county-run program that educates young mothers about nutrition will continue to offer services at Princeton’s municipal building through 2015, thanks to the efforts of the health and human services staff.

The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) is run by the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. Last year, the Princeton satellite was nearly cancelled due to decreased enrollment but was saved at the last minute after officials convinced the agency that there was indeed a need for these services among Princeton’s population. A year later, there has been an increase in appointments, leading the Children’s Home Society to keep the program going for at least another year.

WIC provides checks for food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to those who qualify on the third Friday of every month at Witherspoon Hall. Participants, primarily pregnant women and women with young children up to age five, are advised on identifying healthy nutrition choices.

“WIC provides vital support to at-risk moms and children. I’m pleased that we will continue to be able to maintain the Princeton Clinic and help Princeton families give their children a healthy start,” said Councilwoman Heather Howard, who serves as liaison to the Princeton Board of Health and Human Services Commission. Ms. Howard was formerly Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, running the WIC programs across the state.

WIC participants must live in New Jersey and meet certain income criteria. Services are available to low income families regardless of work status or if the family receives assistance from Disability, Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid, or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). The clinic is open the third Friday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of Witherspoon Hall.

Before the appointment of Jeffrey Grosser as Princeton’s Health Officer last March, interim health officer Bob Hary was meeting with the Children’s Home Society because of a decrease in the number of clients from about 600 a few years ago to a more recent number of about 200. Mr. Hary was able to negotiate a reprieve for the program. Mr. Grosser and Human Services Director Elisa Neira, both new in their positions last year, were able to come up with a revised plan to keep the program alive and make residents aware of its existence.

With more mothers using WIC during the past year, the agency has seen fit to keep it going in Princeton. “This past year, there has definitely been an increase in appointments every day. The staff was busier,” Ms. Neira said this week. “So we met in the fall and said, let’s keep it open in 2015 and set some new goals. We have refined the retention and enrollment plan, and this year we’re looking into adding other services like maybe having someone do Medicaid applications, so there will be more of an incentive for others.”

The WIC program operated out of the Henry Pannell Center on Witherspoon Street before moving to the municipal building.

To increase outreach over the past year, WIC information was made available “wherever possible,” Mr. Grosser said in a press release. “By the end of 2014, WIC attendance at the Princeton clinic had improved, and we’re optimistic for 2015.”

For more information, visit www.princetonnj.gov.

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This was the scene at 74 Leigh Avenue Monday, at 11:20 a.m. shortly after resident Laura Light discovered smoke and called 911. “Kudos to the Princeton Police Department,” said Ms. Light. “They were here in 30 seconds and the Princeton Fire Department arrived shortly afterward.” Ms. Light, who has lived at the address for three and a half years, initially thought that the smoke indicated a fire in the attic. “But it seems to have started in the crawl space,” she said. No one was hurt in the incident. After responding to Ms. Light’s call, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from a basement wall and crawl space at the rear of the house. The flames were quickly extinguished. Officials on the scene said that the cause of the fire was not clear; it remains under investigation by police and fire personnel. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

Minh Dang

Minh Dang

Each year, Womanspace honors a person of distinction who exemplifies the qualities of founder and former Mayor of Princeton Borough, Barbara Boggs Sigmund. This year, Womanspace will honor Human Rights Activist-Scholar, Minh Dang, for her efforts to stop Human Trafficking. The award will be given at the 21st annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award (BBS Award) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Ms. Minh, is currently an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker on issues of human trafficking, leadership development, and social justice. She is a staunch advocate for survivors of child abuse and human trafficking and is developing strategies to support education, training, and leadership development for survivors. Most recently, she was the executive director for Don’t Sell Bodies (DSB), an anti human trafficking initiative founded by Jada Pinkett Smith. In May 2013, Ms. Minh was recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for her efforts to end human trafficking. She is a ten year veteran of the service-learning field and two time alumna of UC Berkeley. She received her BA in sociology in 2006 and her Masters in social welfare in 2013. Prior to graduate school, Ms Minh coordinated the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program at UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She has served on the Board of Directors for Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH) and The Norma J. Morris Center for Healing. She has also co-led weekly Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) support groups for six years. The California Alumni Association honored Minh in March 2014 with the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in achievement by a Young Alumna. Passionate about promoting the integration of individual and community healing, Ms. Minh is a true “love warrior,” as her friend calls her. She has traveled extensively telling her harrowing story of survival from child abuse and sexual slavery in the United States. Her story first reached the public domain in 2010 when MSNBC aired the documentary “Sex Slaves in America: Minh’s Story.” The report aired just three years after Minh’s daring escape and since that time she has courageously addressed tens of thousands of concerned citizens to help prevent modern-day slavery in the United States. For more information on the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award including sponsorships, advertising, in-kind donations or general questions please contact Lauren Nazarian at (609) 394-0136 or lan@womanspace.org.

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Upper school students at Stuart Country Day School organized a Unity March to pay respects to Martin Luther King during their lunch time on January 9. Nearly 100 students took part in the March, which was led by the upper school club DAYS, Diversity Awareness Youth Services Club, and was organized by club co-heads senior Nneka Onukwagha and junior Makeda White. In addition to honoring Dr. King, the club sought to bring attention to the continued need for dialogue and action on issues of social justice. The upper and middle school girls marched from the front of the school on Stuart Road, up to the Great Road, to the Stuart athletic fields and back down to the front of the school, where they were joined by Barbara Anne Cagney’s second grade class, who had recently completed an academic unit on Dr. King.

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“Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860,” continues at Morven Museum and Garden through March 29. Shown here is a silk thread on linen, sampler, dating to 1833, by Rebecca Mount (1820-1888). Ms. Mount was taught by Eleanor T. Stephens of the Cream Ridge Seminary, Monmouth County. (Image From the Leslie B. Durst Collection)

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Saturday the world of Hans Brinker came to Lake Carnegie, so maybe the little girl could be his sister Gretel, who is about to ask her parents if she can go over and pat the dog and say hi to the skater holding the leash. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

January 20, 2015

Princeton Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller will meet at 7 p.m. tonight with neighbors of the former Princeton Hospital site, currently under demolition, to hear their concerns about the rerouting of traffic including large trucks and buses onto Harris Road and other streets in the neighborhood during the demolition process. Residents have also complained about noise, dust, and debris. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Witherspoon Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street.

January 16, 2015

The Princeton Police Department is warning residents not to leave their cars running and unattended in their driveways. A series of thefts of idling cars in Hamilton Township, followed by one in Princeton on Friday, prompted the warning.

A 2011 Audi A4 was stolen from the driveway of a home on Leicester Court around 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to information from Sergeant Steven Riccitello. The owner of the car had started the vehicle and left it running to warm it up. He then went back into his house.

According to police, the car’s owner saw a black male drive away with the Audi, which was valued at $36,000. The man, described as having an athletic build and wearing a black wool coat with a red scarf, got out of a newer model blue Mercedes, possibly C class, and drove away with the Audi.

Four idling cars were stolen from driveways in Hamilton on Thursday morning. No arrests have been made.

January 15, 2015

There is enough ice on Lake Carnegie to allow skating, according to information from the municipality of Princeton. As of Wednesday morning, skaters and walkers anxious to get out onto the lake were permitted because of the more than five-inch-thick layer of ice that is a result of recent below-freezing temperatures.

Smoyer Pond and Community Park North Pond are still off limits. Skaters and walkers are allowed on the ice from 10 a.m. to dusk, between the bridges on Washington Road and Harrison Street.

Skating and walking are permitted at one’s own risk only when white flags are flying from the poles at the boathouse near the Washington Road bridge and at the Harrison Street bridge. Skaters are urged to check the town’s website, www.princetonnj.gov, or call the Recreation Department’s hotline at (609) 688-2054, for daily updates, as conditions can change.

January 14, 2015

Audrey Dantzlerward, 22, a junior at Princeton University, was found dead in her campus residence room at Edwards Hall on Monday, January 12. According to a statement posted on the University website, the cause of death is yet to be determined but no foul play is suspected.

Ms. Dantzlerward was a member of the Wildcats a cappella group, Princeton Women‘s Mentorship Program, Princeton Presbyterians, and Edwards Collective, a residential community that celebrates the humanities and creative arts.

The University has extended its condolences to her family and friends and offered students the opportunity to speak with counselors on campus at the Counseling and Psychological Services in the McCosh Health Center. A gathering to remember Ms. Dantzlerward was held on the evening of Monday, January 12, in Murray Dodge Hall.

STANLEY N. KATZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Shown here with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Stanley N. Katz wears the National Humanities Medal he received from the president in 2011. Mr. Katz shares his thoughts (and fears) on the rise of mega-foundations in a talk a on “Philanthropy: Private Wealth and the Public Interest” at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, January 20 at noon.(Photo Courtesy of Mr. Katz)

STANLEY N. KATZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Shown here with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Stanley N. Katz wears the National Humanities Medal he received from the president in 2011. Mr. Katz shares his thoughts (and fears) on the rise of mega-foundations in a talk a on “Philanthropy: Private Wealth and the Public Interest” at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, January 20 at noon. (Photo Courtesy of Mr. Katz)

Ever wondered about the apparent explosion of non-profit organizations in recent years, and pondered the effect on society of a growing independent sector? If so, Stanley N. Katz is the go-to expert.

As part of the Princeton Public Library’s Spotlight on the Humanities: Justice, Ethics, and Public Life series Mr. Katz will discuss “Philanthropy: Private Wealth and the Public Interest” in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library next Tuesday, January 20, at noon.

Mr. Katz has been observing philanthropic foundations since a friend was asked to become president of one in the 1970s and suggested they write a book together on the subject. Since then Mr. Katz has noted an important change in the field of philanthropy, the emergence of enormous foundations concomitant with the growth of enormous wealth in the 1990s. His talk will focus on this change and some of the history that led up to it.

His focus, therefore, is not on the small non-profit groups set up by individuals and local groups but rather the enormous foundations that have been created by the extremely wealthy. The term he uses is “Mega-Foundations,” which he defines as those with net assets of more than $1 billion.

Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Mr. Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions.

According to the scholar, a decade ago there were only four or five philanthropic foundations that could be called “mega.” When he last checked, about six months ago, there were at least 40, he said, and now there are even more.

“An increase in nonprofit institutions began after World War II,” explained Mr. Katz in a recent telephone interview. “What was a steady increase started ratcheting up around 1990. The third sector, that is to say the non-profit or independent sector is a major force in civil society along with the state and the for-profit sectors.”

According to Mr. Katz, the privately funded institution, at the time of its creation, was a uniquely American product in the tradition of the American tenet that “government is best which governs the least.”

Beginning around the turn of the 20th century when rich “robber barons” like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller Sr. were willing and able to use their money for the public good, philanthropic foundations were a mechanism for them to use pass on their enormous wealth to the public rather than leave it entirely to their heirs.

Although both Carnegie and Rockefeller were widely criticized for their tough self-interested behavior, their efforts seen at the time as “attempts to cleanse their reputations,” their intentions were to do public good, said Mr. Katz, who is interested in comparing today’s philanthropically inclined wealthy individuals like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett with their predecessors.

How are they similar and how are they different? How are today’s mega foundations spending their money? Mr. Katz suggests that contemporary mega-foundations are significantly different.

Citing Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the controversial book by French economist Thomas Piketty, published in English last March, Mr. Katz said that today there is a much greater asymmetry of wealth in the United States than there was before the eventful year of 1929.

Mr. Piketty’s book examines historical changes in the concentration of income and wealth since the beginning of the industrial revolution and concludes that the importance of wealth in modern economies is approaching levels last seen before World War I. One of the French economist’s recommendations is that governments should step in now and adopt a global tax on wealth so as to prevent soaring inequality leading to future economic or political instability. His book prompted a broad and energetic debate about global inequality.

Mr. Katz wants to know how this present day inequality came about and what are its consequences? Are these mega-foundations influencing public policy in a way that threatens the democracy of the country?

With a core concern for what it take to sustain a democratic society, Mr. Katz has observed fundamental changes over the past two decades that he finds worrying. The expert in American legal and constitutional history as well as philanthropy and non-profit institutions will share his fears about ways in which public policies such as K-12 education are being determined by today’s mega-wealthy.

The author and editor of numerous books and articles and a member of various boards of trustees and scholarly organizations (he’s been president of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History) Mr. Katz received his doctorate in British and American history from Harvard, where he also attended Law School in 1969-70. He has honorary degrees from several universities.

His writings on higher education policy can be read in the Chronicle of Higher Education and his recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime.

Co-sponsored by the the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library’s Spotlight on the Humanities: Justice, Ethics and Public Life series explores issues related to public life in an increasingly complex and global society. Future talks include Sam Daley-Harris, author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government, on Wednesday, February 11, at noon. Titled “Making a Difference,” Mr. Daley-Harris’s presentation will include ways for individuals to make a difference in solving many of the world’s worst problems.

For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org.

Drawing inspiration from the edgy sophistication and glamour of the American city during the 1960s and 70s and from the upcoming exhibition “The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980,” the Princeton University Art Museum will present its annual benefit Gala Saturday, Feb. 7.

This year’s event, The City Dynamic, will begin at the Art Museum at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The cocktail reception will be followed by dinner and dancing at 8 p.m. at Prospect House, adjacent to the Museum on the University campus. Music will be provided by Jazz 4 Soul. Presented by the Friends of the Art Museum, the Gala provides essential financial support for the Museum’s robust schedule of special exhibitions and educational programs.

“In addition to being a highlight of the Princeton social calendar, the Gala is a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions and to the importance of our educational activities, including our commitment to the wider regional community,” said Museum Director James Steward. “The funds raised by the Gala provide critical support toward our commitment to making great art accessible to all through programs that provide direct engagement with original works of art, encourage an understanding of diverse cultures, and excite the imagination.”

Gala co-chairs Gayle Fiabane and Cynthia Groya are joined by a committee of dedicated volunteers. The Honorary Committee for this year’s event includes William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; Philip Maritz, Class of 1983, and Jennifer Maritz; the late William H. Scheide, Class of 1936, and Judith McCartin Scheide; and Richard O. Scribner, Class of 1958, and Inez Scribner.

The Museum is grateful to the following early sponsors for their leadership support: Marcelline Baumann, Susan Blitzer, Monica George, Pamela Kogen Morandi, Dawn McClatchy, Jill Mitchell, Nancy Northrop, Carla Olsen, Joan Smaus, and Janet Stefand.

For more information about The City Dynamic or for tickets and table package opportunities, contact Deborah Koeningsberg by emailing friends@princeton.edu or by calling (609) 258-4057.

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Iarla Ó Lionáird

The Princeton University Orchestra will tour Ireland and Northern Ireland in January 2015, presenting concerts in Limerick, Dublin, and Belfast. Led by Maestro Michael Pratt, the orchestra will showcase the recently premiered Four Sean-nós Songs, composed by Princeton composition faculty Dan Trueman and Donnacha Dennehy in collaboration with Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, who will perform as soloist. The concerts will open with Antonin Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and conclude with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, with Princeton alumna Katherine Buzard ’14 as soprano soloist.

Ó Lionáird has earned acclaim from audiences all over the world for his innovative approach to the repertoire of traditional Irish vocal music known as sean-nós or “old style.” For the Princeton University Orchestra, composers Trueman and Dennehy have translated the stark harmonies of sean-nós into the language of the full orchestra. Also on the program is the fourth symphony of Gustav Mahler, a composer who was intensely influenced by folk music traditions throughout his career. A poem from the famous collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn provides the text for the vocal part of the symphony’s final movement, a song that expresses a child’s vision of life in heaven. Dvorak’s rousing Carnival Overture provides a celebratory start to these concerts.

Speaking about this program Maestro Pratt says: “We have been thrilled to perform with the distinguished Irish artist Iarla Ó Lionáird, first in Princeton and now in his homeland.”

The Dublin and Belfast concerts are planned and presented by PERFORM AMERICA International in collaboration with Concern Worldwide as benefits for Concern’s Ebola Crisis Appeal. Additionally, students from the orchestra will perform a chamber music concert at the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice in Dublin.

Iarla Ó Lionáird (pronounced ear-lah o-linnard) was born in the West Cork gaeltacht area of Cuil Aodha in 1964. The area was rich in singers and the twelve Ó Lionáird children were no exception. Their mother taught them many traditional songs, passed down from her own mother, and her sister, Elizabeth Cronin. Iarla began performing at the age of 5, his first radio broadcast was at age 7, and he recorded Aisling Gheal at age 12 for the Gael Linn label. He also performed with the Cor Chuil Aodha (choir of Chuil Aodha), founded by Sean O’Riada. Since then he has worked in radio, film and TV production, and is the lead singer for the Afro Celt Sound System. Iarla currently lives in County Kilkenny with his wife, Eimear, and their three children: Liam, Eabha, and Iseult.

The Princeton University Orchestra is made up of Princeton undergraduate and graduate student musicians. Conducted for the 38th year by Michael Pratt, the orchestra is continuing its tradition of fine music making in the new year.

In the late 1990’s, Marge Smith left her position heading the Princeton YWCA to focus on her true passion: training. Working with clients, she began to notice a certain gap in the way volunteer and non-profit organizations operated and interacted with each other.

Out of these observations came the idea for Community Works, an annual, one-evening gathering of like-minded individuals, with informative workshops and plenty of networking. Seventeen years later, Community Works has evolved into a popular event that attracts hundreds of staff members, board members, and volunteers from organizations throughout the area.

Ms. Smith is expecting some 400 to show up for this year’s gathering on Monday, January 26 from 5 to 9:15 p.m. at Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center. Panelists and facilitators will focus on such topics as effective fundraising, raising major gifts, building an all-volunteer organization, and recruiting board members, to name just a few.

Participants come from more than 200 organizations ranging from Anchor House, Inc. and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mercer County to the Princeton Girlchoir and the Princeton Battlefield Society.

“When I started this, I thought there really needed to be a way for people who were trying to do incredible things in the community to get training and learn to do things even more successfully,” said Ms. Smith. “It’s also important for us to know what each of us is trying to do. We don’t want to duplicate and do the same thing another organization is doing. We want to use each other as a resource, and this is a way to do that.”

Participants pay $35 (or nothing, if they can’t afford the fee) to attend. Included are a keynote address, two workshops, and a boxed dinner. “We wanted to make it really inexpensive when we started this,” said Ms. Smith. “We create workshops based on input from people on what they need. Because to impose what you think people need is very different from asking people what they need. Then we go out and find workshop leaders who are at the top of their field and have proven to be outstanding.”

Amy Klein, executive director of Volunteer Connect, is the facilitator for a panel on building a strong, all-volunteer organization. “Community Works is the go-to conference for anyone involved with or interested in nonprofit organizations,” she said in an email this week. “The wide-ranging workshops suit the needs of board members, nonprofit staff or volunteers, and have amazing networking opportunities. No one leaves without making a connection, learning something, and having a good time.”

The first Community Works was held at the Woodrow Wilson School on the University campus, but soon outgrew that facility and moved to the Frist Center. This year, Ms. Smith has divided the evening into categories. One is focused on fundraising. Another is on skills such as leadership, strategic planning, budget, legal issues, and managing finances. There are specific workshops for serving on boards, and for those at different levels of expertise in social media.

Carol Rogers, who chairs Trenton’s Landmarks Commission for Historic Preservation and serves on the board of National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, has been attending Community Works since its inception. “I always try to consciously choose workshops that will make me a better volunteer or board member,” she said. “The fourth Monday in January is not a night that you usually feel like going out. But I find when I leave Community Works, I’m energized. The basic premise is networking, and making the world a little bit of a better place. Everybody walks out of there thinking, ‘This was pretty excellent.’”

Each participant will be given a key with questions attached. “In order to find out what resources are there, we try to encourage people to sit next to somebody they don’t know,” Ms. Smith said. “Because everybody is a key to something, and we all have a capacity to open doors for each other. There is the key to building community, the key to good public relations, the key to motivating people — all of these can be shared.”

Online registration continues through January 20 at www.princetoncommunityworks.org. Walk-ins will be admitted, but signing up in advance guarantees a first and second choice of workshops.

“Everyone leaves with a new contact,” said Ms. Smith. “And it really is exhilarating to be surrounded by people who are making a difference. When do you ever get to be among 400 people who are contributing to the community?”

The PeaceWeavers will host their 25th annual New Year’s Peace Gathering at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, January 17, at 7 p.m.

Each year the event draws hundreds from throughout New Jersey and the East Coast. This energizing evening features inspirational talks and ceremonies of blessing, collective prayer and personal intent for the year ahead.

Master Drummer Fred Goodnight, from Melbourne, Florida, facilitates the drum circle to which all levels of drumming ability are welcome. Those attending are encouraged to bring drums or other rhythm instruments to send out the vibration of peace and love around the planet.

The event is open to the public; families are welcome. A donation of $15 is suggested; free for kids.

The PeaceWeavers are a non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring peaceful, compassionate, and sustainable living. Founded in 1990 in Lambertville, the PeaceWeavers currently have a center in New Hope and a peace sanctuary, organic farm, and sustainability center in Bath, New York where they serve thousands annually.

For more information, call (607) 776-4060, email pw@peaceweavers.com, or visit: www.peaceweavers.org.

DANCE MASTERS: Choreographer Stephen Petronio, left, is among the “Masters of Dance” leading rehearsals and lecture demonstrations open to the public at Princeton University. Mr. Petronio will appear Thursday; others in the series include ballerina Misty Copeland, and dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil Buck.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton University)

DANCE MASTERS: Choreographer Stephen Petronio, left, is among the “Masters of Dance” leading rehearsals and lecture demonstrations open to the public at Princeton University. Mr. Petronio will appear Thursday; others in the series include ballerina Misty Copeland, and dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil Buck. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton University)

Princeton University students cannot declare dance as a major. But the school’s Program in Dance, part of the Lewis Center for the Arts, offers a level of study that brings major artists of many disciplines into its classrooms and studios. These dancers, choreographers, and performance artists also appear in lecture/demonstrations and talks that are often open to the community at no charge.

The “Masters of Dance” series brings former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel and Memphis jookin star Lil Buck; choreographer Stephen Petronio and visual artist Janine Antoni; and American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland to the campus this winter. The first event is a master class today, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hagan Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street, followed by a lecture/demonstration in the Frist Center at 4:30 p.m. Mr. Woetzel, who is also the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and the Vail International Dance Festival, will appear with Lil Buck.

“All of these artists are so interesting and compelling for such different reasons,” said choreographer Rebecca Lazier, a senior lecturer in the program for the past 11 years. “All three are participating in different cultural conversations about their work and the role of art. They all have personal stories.”

Lil Buck’s given name is Charles Riley. His style of street dance, called jookin, gained notoriety after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance of “The Dying Swan” by the dancer and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who were paired by Mr. Wotezel. The video was uploaded to YouTube. Lil Buck has since become a frequent collaborator of Mr. Woetzel’s and an artist in residence at the Vail festival.

Princeton’s dance program is adding its first-ever course in hip hop dance forms to the curriculum, according to Ms. Lazier. “It will be co-taught by a practitioner and a scholar,” she said. “It’s inaugurating growth in our program in terms of diversity of dance forms. That’s an exciting shift in our profile.”

Dance students have been working with Stephen Petronio on one of his works, which they plan to perform at the Program’s annual Spring Dance Festival. On Thursday, January 15, an open rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk with Mr. Petronio and collaborator Janine Antoni at 8 p.m. The choreographer will sign copies of his recent memoir, Confessions of a Motion Addict.

“He is one of the masters of contemporary dance. I think you can credit him for giving movement phenomenal velocity,” Ms. Lazier said. “It will be exciting for people to watch him in rehearsal. And it’s great for the students, because they get it right from the source. The piece is about 20 years old. Some of the students weren’t even born then.”

The final event of the series is a conversation between ballerina Misty Copeland and dance faculty member Tina Fehlandt, on Monday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50, followed by a signing of Ms. Copeland’s book Life and Motion. The book details her struggles as an African American ballerina who started ballet late (at age 13) and overcame a difficult background.

“She’s a superstar who will galvanize the students,” Ms. Lazier said. “She’s a one of a kind, on so many levels. Tina has known her for a long time. She’ll talk about working with different choreographers, and what it’s like to be an African American ballerina.”

The goal of “Masters of Dance” is “not to bring in big productions,” said Ms. Lazier. “It’s things like this, where students get to take a class and ask questions. And for the public, there’s this wonderful, insider glimpse.”01

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The image is of a storybook wayfarer, staff in hand, off to see the world, but the icy D&R Canal doesn’t look very inviting for someone, like Paul Simon says, looking around for their possibilities. (Photo by Emily Reeves)