December 23, 2015

Toy Drive

Displaying some of the thousands of toys and gifts collected during the annual Mercer County holiday toy drive are Mercer County Park Rangers Fran Lippincott, Jeffrey Pownall, and Andrew Ridolfi. For security reasons, the Marine could not be named. This year’s drive was an unprecedented success due to support from such local businesses as PetSmart in Hamilton Township and Atrium Health and Senior Living, which between them donated thousands of toys for less fortunate children. The toys were presented to Marine Corps Reserve representatives for the Toys for Tots Program at the historic Hunt House in Hopewell Township.

December 16, 2015


Today, December 16, is the last chance to see the beautiful holiday decorations by garden clubs from across New Jersey at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey governor’s mansion on Stockton Street. For more than 25 years, decorating for the holidays on the mansion’s first floor has been a tradition. The Drumthwacket Foundation continues this year with a nostalgic look back, partnering with The Garden Club of New Jersey and Garden Club of America. Other participating clubs in this festive display include clubs from Bay Head, Keyport, Mountain Lakes, Warren, Morristown and Somerset Hills. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and reservations are necessary. Visit Admission is free. (Photo courtesy of NJ Office of Information Technology) 

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CUTTING THE RIBBON ON A SIXTH OUTPATIENT CENTER: Richard Wohl, right, president of Princeton House Behavioral Health and senior vice president of Princeton HealthCare System; and Eatontown Borough Council President Mark W. Regan, center, were joined by staffers to open Princeton House’s outpatient center in Eatontown last spring. The Eatontown facility is the latest in a pattern of growth for the Princeton-based institution.

Back in 1990, Princeton House Behavioral Health was losing money. There was a lack of confidence in its services. The Board of Trustees was considering putting the organization up for sale.

That’s when Richard Wohl was hired as vice president. With advanced degrees in both social work and business, he had other ideas about the organization’s future. “I thought it sounded like a business turnaround,” he said during a recent interview in his office. “I had had two prior jobs I regarded as turnarounds, so I knew how they worked. They decided to give it one more try.” more

Demolition of the Butler Tract, home for almost 70 years to Princeton University graduate students, began this week. The University received a permit to take down 17 of the barracks-like units on the property bordered by Hartley Avenue, Sycamore Road, Longview Drive, and South Harrison Street.

The 33-acre site will likely be turned into housing, but the University’s Board of Trustees will make the final decision, according to Kristin Appelget, the school’s director of community and regional affairs. The development was originally built as temporary housing after World War II for returning veterans. More modular units were added in 1988. Graduate students and their families now live in Lakeside, the complex along Faculty Road that the school opened early this year. more

books revSixteen years after its original release, Princeton University and Neighboring Institutions (Princeton Architectural Press, $34.95) returns in a new, expanded edition that features the historic and contemporary campus.

Compiled by Robert Barnett, Princeton University features a collection of 13 walks, each including an introductory essay detailing both historical and contemporary issues related to featured buildings, landscapes, and artworks situated throughout the campus. Readers are taken on a tour past such locations as the Princeton University Art Museum, Graduate College, and newly added neighboring institutions including the Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Advanced Study.

With illustrated, aerial perspective maps guiding the reader around the campus, Princeton University takes an in-depth look into the University’s architectural history. As current Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber states in his foreword, “This magical place — captured so thoroughly and beautifully in this guide — has inspired students, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors since the university […] moved to Princeton in 1756. This book will enable you to trace the remarkable evolution of our campus, and that of our neighboring institutions and town, from the colonial period to the modern day.”  more

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing will read from their new work as part of the Program’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series. The reading will take place on December 16 at 5 p.m. at Taylor Commons in the Frick Chemistry Lab at Princeton University. The event is free and open to the public.

Students will read from new works of fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and literary translation completed during the past semester as part of the fall creative writing workshops. more

Art Rutgers“Donkey-donkey, Petunia, and Other Pals: Drawings by Roger Duvoisin” will be on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University through June 2016. Duvoisin’s remarkable children’s book illustrations have charmed and captivated generations of young readers.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1904, Roger Duvoisin came to the United States in the mid-1920s to work as a textile designer. In 1932, he created A Little Boy Was Drawing, his first children’s book, which he wrote and illustrated for his son. Duvoisin eventually became a popular illustrator for more than 140 children’s books, 40 of which he authored. Until his death in 1980, Duvoisin resided in New Jersey.

In addition to A Little Boy Was Drawing, the exhibition features illustrations for Donkey-donkey: The Troubles of a Silly Little Donkey (1933); White Snow, Bright Snow (1947); Petunia (1950); A for the Ark (1952); Nubber Bear (1966); The Old Bullfrog (1968); The Web in the Grass (1972); The Crocodile in the Tree (1972); Snowy and Woody (1979); and The Happy Lioness (1980).  more

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is receiving a 2016 Art Works award from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help fund a community engagement project centered on Hiraeth, a new work by Princeton composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. The work was co-commissioned by the PSO in honor of its 35th anniversary celebrating the creativity of women, a tribute to Ms. Snider’s first teacher and founding artistic director of the PSO, Portia Sonnefeld.

Upon learning of the Art Works award, PSO Executive Director Marc Uys said, “It’s terrific to receive this recognition from the NEA as it validates our mission to continue to bring new music to our patrons and the greater Princeton community. Beyond being a talented woman, Sarah is quite simply a talented composer, with whom we are very fortunate to work.” more

PDS Kids

Three lower school students at Princeton Day School team up to wrap one of the donated presents for the third annual “Wrap-In” to benefit foster children through the One Simple Wish Foundation.  

Cocoa Sale

Recently, a group of New Jersey Economic Development Authority employees sold cocoa and homemade cookies on West State Street in Trenton as part of One Simple Wish’s (OSW) first annual Cocoa for Kids campaign. Over $1,000 was raised to support OSW’s efforts to grant over 800 wishes this holiday season, many of those from local New Jersey foster children. For more information on Cocoa for Kids or to grant a wish, visit or contact One Simple Wish at

Princeton Airport has announced that Santa will be flying in at 11 a.m. on December 24 to participate in a holiday celebration and gift-giving event sponsored by the Nierenberg family, owners of the airport. This festive arrival has been taking place annually since 1975.

Parents should bring a wrapped gift with their child’s name on it in large print to the Princeton Airport lobby. Also, to have their child participate, parents need to bring a new, unwrapped gift for the less fortunate, to be collected by the Mercer County Board of Social Services.  more

winter farmers market

The first Farmers’ Market of the winter season will be held Thursday, December 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library. There will be 20 vendors with a variety of fresh local organic produce along with a number of other goods and holiday treats.

Look for free-range beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, pickles, honey, baked goods, linens, nut butters, chocolate, pasta, and more.

Future markets at the library, which is at 65 Witherspoon Street, are scheduled for January 21 and February 18. On March 24, the market will move to the Nassau Inn, and the outdoor market returns to Hinds Plaza outside the library on April 21. more

NTU edpascal

FESTIVE SCENE: “I enjoy creating. I design all the clothes, and I also designed the decor in the boutique, as well as the holiday windows.” Christina Depascal, owner of the new Depascal Atelier, looks forward to introducing customers to her intriguing collection. Shown is the holiday window display, highlighting the handmade papier maché dress, crafted from vintage newspaper. Also included are festive poinsettias, a variety of jewelry, and contributing to the natural motif, a rustic bird house, bird’s nest, and birch tree branches.

“We want women to be able to look their best. The first thing people notice about you is how you are dressed. Everything here is handmade and one-of-a-kind.”

Christina Depascal, owner of Depascal Atelier, also designs the clothes at the new women’s boutique. Opened in October at 20 Nassau Street, this is a unique and inviting new fashion studio. more

December 9, 2015


Foxy, a SAVE alumnus who belongs to Jim Adamczyk of Hillsborough, was among the crowd of human and canine visitors on hand last Friday to celebrate the animal rescue organization’s new home on Cedar Lodge Road in Skillman. The festive ribbon-cutting and open house showcased the new facility, much expanded from SAVE’s former, longtime home on Herrontown Road. Architect Max Hayden renovated the historic 1860 Van Zandt mansion, which now serves as headquarters for the organization and was donated by Brad and Cheryl Mills. more


TELLING THEIR STORIES: Taking part in a panel discussion at Princeton Public Library as part of The Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Stories Project are, from left: Mildred Trotman and Michele Tuck-Ponder, seated; and Joseph Moore, Yina Moore, and moderator Marc Dashield, standing behind them. Not pictured: Lance Liverman.

For Mildred Trotman, it was an unpleasant experience with Princeton’s school system that made her think about getting into politics. For Lance Liverman, it was an awareness of some discontent among his fellow citizens that propelled him into public service. more

Profiles in Educ

NEVER A BORING DAY AT PHS: Susi Murphy presides over her Princeton High School classroom, where testing and technology take a back seat to literature, learning, writing and life.

It’s the last class of the day on Friday afternoon at Princeton High School — winter break still more than two weeks away. This is not the time in the day, the week, or the school year when students are likely to be most energetically, attentively engaged in the learning process or most excited about the academic subject matter offered by their teachers.

Susan Murphy’s class is an exception. Her Contemporary Literature gathering of juniors and seniors is discussing The Keep, a complex psychological novel set in a medieval German castle. more

Since founding “redefy” nearly three years ago to help teenagers recognize and redefine cultural stereotypes, Princeton Day School junior Ziad Ahmed has dined at The White House alongside President Obama and shared ideas with prominent social activists from across the globe. This Sunday, December 13, he is back on his home turf with an event at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center.

“#The Generation of Now” is a collaboration with Not in Our Town Princeton and the University’s Muslim Life Program. Some 200 people — 120 of whom are students — are expected to attend the afternoon of panel discussions, presentations, and workshops designed to inspire teenagers and community members to become engaged in social justice activities. more

Chamber of Commerce

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce bestowed its annual Business Leadership Awards on December 2 at a gala held at the Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana. Left to right: Peter Crowley, president and CEO, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; Richard Coyne, partner, WithumSmith+Brown, Business Leader of the Year; Connie Mercer, executive director, HomeFront, Community Leader of the Year; Al Maghazehe, president and CEO, Capital Health, Business Leader of the Year; Marlyn Zucosky, partner and director of interior design, Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, Entrepreneur of the Year; Kristopher Grudt, executive director, Princeton National Rowing Association, Innovator of the Year; Joshua Zinder, principal, Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, Entrepreneur of the Year; and John Thurber, chairman, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

PU Art Museum

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the Princeton University Art Museum will unveil “Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape.” Showcasing masterpieces by artists from Constable to Turner to Monet — working in Britain, the exhibition offers new insights into the cultural history of Britain as it became the world’s first industrial nation late in the 18th century. This oil on canvas by Claude Gelee titled “Landscape with St. Philip Baptizing the Eunuch, 1678” is among the artworks that will be on display. 

NTU All Good Dogs

PET PALS: “We offer love and attention to dogs 24/7 in a cage-free kennel alternative. And, we bring peace of mind to dog owners, who know their animals will have the best of care.” Carole Lini, owner of All Good Dogs, is proud of the staff members shown in the photo holding two of their canine charges.

Does your dog need a home away from home? Is he or she becoming a “pooch potato”? Too much rest-time and not enough play-time and exercise? With so many people working out of the house today, that special canine companion may experience all of the above and be lonely as well.

Fortunately, Princeton area dogs have a happy alternative: All Good Dogs, which operates two nearby facilities, one in Plainsboro and one in Lawrence, as well as a third in Cherry Hill.  more

McGukianFilm director, writer, and producer Mary McGuckian will discuss her recent film, The Price of Desire, about Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray, on Friday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.

The film, which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year, is set substantially in and around Gray’s most abiding work, the villa E.1027 at Roquebrune Cap Martin in southern France, now recognized by many as the first fully fledged modernist house ever constructed. The drama explores the controversial events and details surrounding Le Corbusier’s effacement, defacement, and eventual erasure of Gray’s authorship and ownership of the one of the most important houses of the 20th century.

Gray is regarded as a cult figure among collectors of her work. This film is part of the Eileen Gray Project (2014-15), which includes a companion documentary, Gray Matters, by Marco Orisini, as well as a series of limited edition Eileen Gray Project Portrait Prints by Julian Lennon, and various other projects designed to bring Gray’s life and work to the public’s attention.  more

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) presents Sarah Donner in a Holiday Soiree on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in the ACP’s Solley Theater at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street.

Donner is known for her bright musical melodies and ballads. She will be joined by guitarist and vocalist Amanda Duncan and Chris Q. Murphy. Tickets are $12 ($10 for ACP members, students, and seniors).

Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages. For more information, visit or call (609) 924-8777.


Art Evening

“SOFT EVENING”: Gail Bracegirdle’s watercolor pictured above is among the works by the Artists’ Gallery’s 16 artists who will be exhibiting at the Gallery’s annual holiday show “Small Works in a Small Town.” The exhibit runs from Thursday, December 10 until Sunday, January 31, 2016 during which time patrons can purchase smaller artworks that make perfect holiday gifts.

The Artists’ Gallery’s (AG) 20th annual holiday exhibition, Small Works in a Small Town, runs from Thursday, December 10 until Sunday, January 31, 2016. The show predominately features smaller artworks by the gallery’s 16 artists that are perfect for holiday gifts. An Open House with the artists will be held at the gallery, located at 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville on Saturday, December 12 from 1 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. more

December 2, 2015


LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT: The steps of The Nassau Inn are among the sites around town that will be aglow on Monday night in honor of the 14th annual Communites of Light campaign, which benefits Womanspace. Kits are still available for those who want to join the tribute.

At dusk on Monday, December 7, rain or shine, Princeton streets, driveways and walkways will glow with light from rows of luminaria. These votive candles anchored by sand and encased in brown paper bags have become a tradition that has a message.

“They are a symbol of hope,” said Lauren Nazarian, director of development for Womanspace, the Mercer County organization that helps women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. “We want people to know we are here, that our services are available. And it’s a fundraiser for us as well.”

Womanspace’s 14th annual “Communities of Light Peace Begins at Home” campaign was officially launched last October. Kits that cost $10 and have the organization’s logo are available, while virtual luminaria are also for sale. Raoul and Carlo Momo of the Terra Momo Restaurant Group are the honorary co-chairs of the current campaign. Both are active in the local community. more