May 25, 2016

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“AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE”: That’s how one of her children described Sarah “Tink” Bolster, who died last week at the age of 88. A mother of 14 who found time to play a major role in Princeton’s athletic community, she is shown here with her husband, Joe, and seven of her sons. On the top row, from left, are Richard, Jim, Joe, Thomas, and Andy Bolster. Seated next to their parents are John and Michael.

Her small stature earned Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster the name “Tink,” as in Tinkerbell, and it stuck throughout her life. But Mrs. Bolster, who died Thursday just two days after turning 88, leaves a huge legacy of children (14), grandchildren (20), and a long list of devoted friends and colleagues, many from Princeton’s close-knit community of swimming enthusiasts. more

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STAR OF THE SHOW: Miki, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, received the American Kennel Club Award of Canine Excellence in 2011 for the therapy work he does with Attitudes in Reverse. His award inspired the AIR Dog: Paws for Minds program, where dogs improve the mental well being of humans and the Miki and Friends Walk/Run for AIR. (Photo Courtesy of Tricia Baker)

Dogs, butterflies, and a large contingent of celebrants of all ages gathered at the East Picnic Area in Mercer County Park last Saturday to celebrate dogs’ contributions to people’s quality of life and to promote education about mental health and suicide.  more

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Jack Kelly, Author of “Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence,” will be giving talks about the men and battles of the American Revolution at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28, during the Battlefield Society’s “Washington Returns to the Battlefield” Memorial Day event. The author will also sign copies of his book, with proceeds from book sales to benefit educational programming for the Princeton Battlefield Society.

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Harriet Coulter Joor, decorator, Joseph Meyer, potter, Vase with a Design of Daffodils, ca. 1903. Ceramic. Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University 2012.6.2.

“Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum until July 10, 2016. The free exhibit features over 100 objects including pottery, textiles, metalwork, jewelry, graphic arts, and bookbinding.  more

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ART THAT “WOWS”: This artwork by Princeton artist Priscilla Snow Algava exemplifies the talented work by local artists that are included in her new Pop-Up Art Gallery, “Wondrous on Witherspoon” (WOW).

Princeton artist Priscilla Snow Algava will open “Wondrous on Witherspoon” (WOW), a PopUp Art Gallery in downtown Princeton. Former student and current colleague of Algava, Shannon Rose Moriarty, will curate the exhibit.  more

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A PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE: Max Azaro and his mother, Kathy Azaro, attended the opening of American Ballet Theatre at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. As part of the festivities, Max was presented with the coveted Northern Trust Scholarship. (Photo Courtesy of ABT Jackie Kennedy Onassis School)

Max Azaro was already studying gymnastics when he first took his place at the ballet barre at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in Forrestal Village. For the energetic 10-year-old, there was something about this different way of movement that grabbed his attention. He has never looked back.

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Princeton Pro Musica closed its 2015-16 season with a concert of Americana this past weekend. In this election year, Pro Musica Music Director Ryan James Brandau chose to program Sunday afternoon’s performance at Richardson Auditorium in the hope that the spirit of American classical music might effectively ground people amidst the political flurry. With a sampling of 20th and 21st-century choral works, the 100-voice Pro Musica ended their season in uplifting fashion. more

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The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to be partnering with the Princeton Festival and Princeton Garden Theatre to present Voices of Light, an oratorio by Richard Einhorn with the 1928 silent film classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, on Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. It is a first collaboration of the orchestra with the festival, made possible through the generous support of long-term PSO patrons Enea and Dave Tierno.

PSO Executive Director Marc Uys elaborated on the benefits of the new partnership, “The PSO is always looking for opportunities to work with other arts organizations in the community. This partnership with the Princeton Festival is ideal as it provides patrons and new audiences the chance to experience the excellence of PSO musicians in a unique setting, accompanying beautiful vocals with the added element of a classic film.”

The Princeton Festival’s General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk is equally pleased with the collaboration. He said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the PSO on this very engaging and moving multi-media project.”  more

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Princeton Day School (PDS) Director in Residence Stan Cahill announced that Austin Phares ’16, star of the fall production of Our Town, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16, 2016. The cast of Our Town was also named Outstanding Acting Ensemble. Productions from 57 schools across New Jersey were eligible.  more

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Many dance schools place students in classes based solely on age. At Princeton Ballet School, age is only one factor in determining a student’s placement. Entering students with prior dance training for 1st through 5th grades, and grades 6 and up are welcome to audition. Open enrollment for all other students is underway, as well.

For more information, visit www.americanrepertoryballet.org. (Photo Credit: Theresa Wood) more

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Back for its third year, McConkey’s Artisan Market at Washington Crossing Park will feature 60 vendors selling crafts, up-cycled items, handmade jewelry, original art, photography, clothing, collectibles, furniture, and pottery. Admission to the market is free and will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. McConkey’s Market takes its name from the park’s McConkey Ferry Inn, parts of which date back to 1750. A letter from George Washington to Colonel Cadwalader places Washington at the inn on December 25, 1776, just prior to his crossing of the Delaware River. Pictured: necklaces by As the Crow Flies.

May 23, 2016

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D&R Greenway and the Green Hour Radio Hosts continue the free lecture series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges, with “The Future of Energy in Our Region,” Tuesday, May 24 at 1 Preservation Place, beginning at 7 p.m. more

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MOTHER-DAUGHTER MATTERS: Ruth (Caroline Aaron, left) and her daughter Miranda (Stephanie Janssen) are completely bonded, and in conflict on almost every possible issue, in Sharyn Rothstein’s world premiere family “dramedy,” All the Days, at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through May 29. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Dysfunctional families have always provided material for great literature and theater. From the ancient Greeks—Odysseus and the battling family of Olympian gods, the Trojan War, the families of Agamemnon and Oedipus—though the great tragedies may have played out in the global, public sphere, the issues always had their roots in family conflict. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Like the diamonds she uses in her timeless designs, Yanina Fleysher is equal parts elegance and strength. As the founder and owner of Yanina and Company in Cedar Grove and Basking Ridge, Fleysher is one of New Jersey’s premiere jewelers. But before her baubles attracted the likes of Caroline Manzo and Kim Kardashian, Fleysher was catering to a far more humble crowd. more

May 19, 2016

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GRAND FEELING: Members of the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 celebrate after they won the grand final at the Ivy League Championships last Sunday on Lake Carnegie. The ninth-ranked Tigers upset No. 1 Brown in the final, clocking a time of 6:28.039 over the 2,000-meter course with the Bears taking second in  6:31.588. Princeton is next in action when it competes at the NCAA Championship at Gold River, Calif. from May 27-29. (Photo by Erik Dresser/Row2k.com, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 fell to Brown by nearly three seconds in its season-opening regatta in late March, Lori Dauphiny saw the performance as a sign that her top boat had good speed. more

May 18, 2016

Should there be an admission price for Communiversity?

The question has been raised repeatedly in recent weeks about this annual festival of local culture, food, and shopping. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton with support from Princeton University and the town, it brings approximately 40,000 to downtown and surrounding streets. more

After two decades at the helm of Palmer Square Management, vice president David Newton is stepping down. Taking over the job is Lori Rabon, who has been general manager of The Nassau Inn for the same time period. Ms. Rabon will continue to lead the hotel while assuming the new position, and Mr. Newton will move on to other projects within the company, according to Ms. Rabon. more

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ANDLINGER OPENING: National leaders in science, technology, industry and government will gather to celebrate the opening of Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment this Wednesday through Friday. (Photo by David Kelly Crow)

On the agenda is nothing less than the energy and environmental problems of the world and the future of technology in addressing those problems, as national leaders in science, technology, industry and government gather at Princeton University this Wednesday through Friday to celebrate the opening of the University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment.  more

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PDS CHESS CHAMPS: The PDS chess team tied for second place in the K-6 division of the National Elementary School Championship in Nashville, Tennessee: (front row from left) Dodge Martinson, Kai Shah, Albert Ming, and Arjun Kumar; (second row from left) Eric Wu, Winston Ni, and Jai Kasera.

Seven young chess stars have once again put Princeton Day School on the map as one of the strongest chess programs in the country, leading the PDS team to a second place tie in the K-6 section of the National School Championship in Nashville, Tennessee, in a two-day tournament on May 7 and 8. more

The Spirit of Princeton hosts the annual Memorial Day Parade and Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, starting at 10 a.m. at Nassau Street and Princeton Avenue. more

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During the summer of Kristina Lindbergh’s 14th year, she spent a week with her famous grandparents, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, at their home in Switzerland. While she has pleasant recollections of the visit, the eldest of the famous couple’s grandchildren distinctly remembers being captive for at least one of her grandfather’s lectures. more

After a combined 135 years of service, the remaining three Sisters of Mercy at St. Paul’s School will be leaving in June. Monsignor Joseph N. Rosie and principal Ryan Killeen are planning a special Mass on Sunday, May 22 to celebrate the Sisters followed by a farewell reception. more

The Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, now in its fourteenth year, will be held on Friday, May 20 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. Among the participants in the fundraiser is Stacy Quinn, a local “survivor ambassador.” more

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From now through the fall, children from pre-school age through eight years can take part in “Read and Pick” programs at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville. Participants pick fruits and vegetables that they can take home, and gather around a storyteller to listen to a book being read about fruits, vegetables, farming equipment, or pollinators. Crafts, tractor rides, and interacting with animals are part of the experience. more

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Sean Cowan has Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome, and that makes his kidneys lose protein and his body swell. But that doesn’t stop this determined Pennington resident and his family, who have raised more than $6,000 for the 9th Annual Central New Jersey Kidney Walk, taking place May 22 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. The Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease. Sean has led the “Cowans for a Cure” team, raising the impressive amount in only three months. For more information on the 5K walk, which will include music, a free Zumba workout, food, raffles and more, visit donate.kidney.org/centralnj.