August 10, 2016

As levels of anger rise, political conflicts become more and more hostile, respect for government wanes, and support for publicly elected officials declines, who could blame young people for feeling disaffected? One local student, however, is dedicated to making his voice, and the voices of millions of other young people, heard in Washington. more

After hearing from some members of the community and municipal staff, Princeton Council opted Monday evening to extend a public hearing on an ordinance that would alter the rules about cutting down trees in town. The meeting’s light agenda allowed for an extended discussion about the ordinance, which has been reworked by Princeton’s Shade Tree Commission and Code Review Committee. The measure will be taken up again at the Council’s next meeting on September 12. more

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NICARAGUA-BOUND: Patrolman Jorge Narvaez and former Princeton Fire Chief Ray Wadsworth prepare to take Mercer Engine No. 3’s 1982 Mack 1250 GPM pumper truck to McGuire Air Force Base on the first leg of its journey to Nicaragua, a donation to the Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos volunteer firefighters of Managua.

A 1982 Mack 1250 GPM pumper truck set out early this morning from Princeton Fire Department’s Mercer Engine No. 3 on Witherspoon Street on a journey to Nicaragua.  more

Earlier this year, the Black Swallowtail Butterfly was named the official state butterfly of New Jersey. In honor of this designation, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is “Celebrating the Swallowtail” at their 16th annual Watershed Butterfly Festival. The event, held on the 930 acre Watershed Reserve in Pennington, New Jersey is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. more

Archaeologists from Hunter Research will conduct an investigation of the site of Morven’s 19th century greenhouse on Saturday, August 13, and the public is invited to participate. This event is free. more

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HAPPY CAMPERS: These youngsters from the Princeton Family YMCA Specialty Camps were all smiles after enjoying lunch at Eno Terra in Kingston. The restaurant’s owners Carlo and Raoul Momo, who are second and third from left in the back row, treated the kids to lunch after accompanying them to the nearby farm where the eatery grows its own vegetables and herbs. (Photo by Luke Momo)

Telling children to eat their vegetables is one thing. Showing them where their vegetables come from, and letting them pluck them off the vine and yank them out of the ground, is something else altogether. more

On August 6, at 10:24 p.m., a Princeton patrol unit was traveling north on John Street when the officer had reason to believe that the license plates on the vehicle in front of him were stolen. A license plate inquiry confirmed that the license plates were in fact stolen. more

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BATTLEGROUND OF PASSION: Eddie (Matthew Seely) and May (Olivia Nice) can’t live without each other, but they know they can never live together in Sam Shepard’s conflict-fraught drama, “Fool for Love,” Princeton Summer Theater’s final show of the season at the Hamilton Murray Theater and plays for one more weekend. (Photo by Noel Valero)

Eddie: “It’s no fantasy.”

May: “It’s all a fantasy.”

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Do your thing and I shall know you.

—Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

When Gertrude Stein arrived in New York in October of 1934 after 30 years abroad, “her eminence on the American scene,” according to her biographer John Malcolm Brinnin, “was shared only by gangsters, baseball players, and movie stars.”  more

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EPIC TALES FROM INDIA: In this artwork from the Princeton University Art Museum’s new exhibit, the demon Dhumraksha leads his army to attack Hanuman, ca. 1705, Kulu, India. (San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. Princeton University Art Museum.)

One of the most significant collections of South Asian painting outside of India will be on view in an exhibition of narrative art at the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM). Encompassing more than 90 paintings representing the major narratives, regions and styles of South Asian art from the 16th through the 19th century, Epic Tales from India: Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art will be on view from November 19, 2016 through February 5, 2017.  more

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INSECT FRIENDS: Princeton Academy first grade boys studied insects in their class, and then created their own inventive critters out of snippets of paper. Pictured here is a colorful Stag Beetle by Jack Dowling.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery presents Our Insect Friends, a paper-collage artwork by Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart first-graders, through September 8.  more

August 3, 2016

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Saturday’s flood created the illusion of an upside-down world in the lobby of the library. (Photo Courtesy of the Princeton Public Library) 

About two hundred Princeton community members gathered last Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the town, the school district, and the religious community in response to recent police shootings of black men and sniper attacks on police.  more

Concerned about trees being removed when houses are torn down to make way for new construction, Princeton Council introduced an ordinance July 29 that would change the rules about cutting down trees that are under municipal protection. more

Hank Siegel, president and CEO of Hamilton Jewelers, was among three people in the jewelry industry to be honored by the American Gem Society (AGS) on July 26. Mr. Siegel received The AGS Triple Zero® Award. more

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FROM URBAN BLIGHT TO FARM: Planting is ongoing at Trenton’s Capital City Farm, a joint effort of several non-profit groups that has turned a trash-strewn lot into a verdant space designed to provide fresh produce and more to the local community and beyond.

For years, the two-acre lot next to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) was an eyesore filled with weeds, trash, and debris. But thanks to the efforts of several non-profit groups including Princeton’s D&R Greenway, the sprawling lot is now home to wildflowers, berry bushes, beekeeping, raised vegetable beds, and a farm stand. more

Five Princeton residents will be competing for three open seats in Princeton School Board elections on November 8.

Ravi Bala of Valley Road, Deborah “Debbie” Bronfeld of Dodds Lane, William D. Hare of Jefferson Road, John Alexander Martin of Hun Road, and Gregory M. Stankiewicz of Jefferson Road filed necessary papers last week and will be seeking to replace outgoing board members Molly Chrein, Tom Hagedorn, and Andrea Spalla, whose terms expire at the end of the year. Ms. Spalla is currently serving as Board president.  more

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes on July 8 announced that his administration will open up a new round of matching grants for the Mercer at Play program, which encourages municipalities to provide active recreation areas for kids. more

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: “Being part of the community will always be the driving force of what we do at Terhune’s, welcoming people to the farm and being engaged with them and the community.” Pam Mount, owner with her husband Gary, of Terhune Orchards, has always been active in the community, serving on Lawrence Township Council and as Mayor, and she continues to be engaged in the important issues of the day. She is shown next to one of her own paintings.

“I have worked at the White House and met leaders around the world, and Pam is the real thing! She is at the top of my list as a genuine world class hero.” more

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CONVENTION CELEBRATIONS: This was the view for Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, as Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for president and much of the dissension from earlier in the week subsided. (Photo Courtesy of Brian Hughes)

This election year, America and the world have had ample opportunity to observe democracy in action, like it or not — most recently at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. more

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Just as hate knows love’s the cure

—Stevie Wonder

For psychiatrists treating patients fearful that Donald Trump might win, the most potent remedy for Trump Anxiety Disorder is absolutely natural, over the counter, no synthetics, no suspect chemicals, just stature and beauty, strength and charm, sweetness and light in the form of Michelle Obama. When she walked onstage in that bold blue dress smiling and waving, it was possible to believe that whichever side this woman was on had nothing to fear from T.A.D. more

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to join hundreds of bicyclists expected to participate in a six-mile, late-night ride through the open meadows and dark woods lit by a full moon on Sunday, August 21. The third annual Full Moon Bike Ride will be held at Mercer Meadows. more

D&R Greenway Land Trust will hold its Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party on Thursday, August 11 at 11:30 p.m. at St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell Township. The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every year in mid-July and early August when the Earth passes through the stream of debris called the “Perseid Cloud,” which consists of particles ejected by the comet Swift-Tuttle. more

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Deborah Smith, the founder of JerseyBites.com, will be talking about the recipes and restaurants featured in “The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond” (Penguin Random House $22.95) on Thursday, August 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Princeton Public Library, the event will be held on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or in the Community Room. Illustrated with photographs by Thomas Robert Clarke, the book features 50 recipes contributed by shore town restaurants, bakeries, and markets. Waypoint 622’s Watermelon Salad will be prepared and sampled.

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“AUTUMN GLORY AT PHILLIPS’ MILL”: The Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition, a juried art show in the Delaware Valley since 1929, has announced that Princeton artist Charles McVicker has been chosen as this year’s featured artist for the show. This painting by fellow artist John C. Mertz is among the impressive artworks in the exhibition that runs from September 24 to October 29 in New Hope, Pa. more