January 24, 2018

“LET THEM EXPERIMENT:” Eliza Hammer (left) and Mary Robinson, teachers at the Princeton Montessori School and leaders of the after-school program, make sure that, as the students are engaged in experiences in problem-solving, “the teachers are having fun and the children are having fun.”

By Donald Gilpin

Imagine a school where children don’t want to go home at the day’s end.

Eliza Hammer and Mary Robinson teach in the classrooms of Princeton Montessori School during the day, then carry their enthusiasms and the Montessori philosophy into the after-school program they run from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

“We bring our passions into the classroom,” said Robinson.  more

By Stuart Mitchner 

According to Susan Cheever’s biography of E.E. Cummings (1894-1962), his working title for The Enormous Room (Liveright 1922) was The Great War Seen from the Windows of Nowhere. Planning to write about World War I on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice year, I’ve been reading both book and biography along with Princeton University faculty member Susan Stewart’s Cinder: New and Collected Poems (Graywolf, paper, $18). Although a collection of contemporary poetry may seem an unlikely match, I found a window to the Great War in Stewart’s “Kingfisher Carol,” which comes with a prefatory note explaining that “the seven days following the shortest day of the year” is when “the halcyon, or kingfisher, builds her nest on the water and that in spite of the violent weather prevalent at this time, the gods grant a respite from all storms while she hatches and rears her young.” more

SUCCESS STORY: Owners Jalil Fatollahi (left) and Maryam Mohammadi are proud to celebrate the second anniversary of Princeton Rug Gallery in Princeton. For many people, an Oriental rug is a very special addition to their home. It epitomizes tradition, quality, and beauty. Princeton Rug Gallery has a wonderful selection from all over the world.

By Jean Stratton

After two successful years at 830 State Road, Princeton Rug Gallery remains THE place for high quality Oriental rugs. Owners Jalil Fatollahi and Maryam Mohammadi are delighted that customers have discovered the superior workmanship and beauty of these special carpets.

“We are proud to be doing well when other businesses are closing in such numbers,” says Maryam Mohammadi. “Customers know they can count on our service, quality product, and our knowledge. While we are relatively new to Princeton, we are not new to rugs! We have 40 years experience in the rug business.” more

“LAMBERTVILLE STATION:” This wood stain by Lawrence High School teacher Sean Carney is among 30 works by high school students and their teachers featured in “Passing the Palette” at the MCCC Gallery through March 8. The community is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, January 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will showcase the talents of high school art teachers and their students in “Passing the Palette: Arts Educators and Students.” This multi-generational exhibit will be on display through Thursday, March 8. The community is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, January 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.  more

“OUTBURST”: This work by Timberlane Middle School student Raelynn Cui is featured in the “BRAVO! Listen Up!” exhibition running January 30 through February 26 at the Arts Council of Princeton. An opening will reception will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, January 30 at 4 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO’s) “BRAVO! Listen Up!” exhibition featuring student artwork and writing created in response to Erwin Schulhoff’s Concerto for String Quartet and Winds opens at the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP). Participating middle school students will be on hand to discuss their works and their interaction with PSO’s guest ensemble, the Lark Quartet, who performed the concerto with the orchestra on October 29. more

“STONES IN HIS POCKETS”: Performances are underway for “Stones in His Pockets.” Directed by Lindsay Posner, the play runs through February 11 at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. Irishmen Charlie (Garrett Lombard, left) and Jake (Aaron Monaghan), who are extras on a film, have a conversation in between takes. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

Stones in His Pockets is playing at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. Written by Belfast-based playwright and performer Marie Jones, whose acting credits include the films In the Name of the Father and Closing the Ring, this 1996 tragicomedy examines a subject that obviously is topical now: abuse of power in the entertainment industry. From its actors the play requires great versatility, which here is delivered in full by Garrett Lombard and Aaron Monaghan. more

On January 28 at 12:30 p.m., the Princeton Garden Theatre is screening the commentated works of David Hockney. One of Britain’s greatest living painters, David Hockney’s works feature in major collections all over the world. Two blockbuster exhibitions from the Royal Academy of Arts London, “Landscapes” and “Portraits and a Still Life,” provide the backbone to this revealing film celebrating a unique and cutting-edge talent. Get access to these sold-out exhibits narrated with Hockney’s own words as he explains what lies behind his artistry. Tickets: $14 general; $12 members. The Princeton Garden Theatre is at 160 Nassau Street in Princeton. Call (609) 279-1999 or visit thegardentheatre.com for more information.

By Nancy Plum

At first glance, the title of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s concert this past Friday night would seem to have little connection to the pieces performed. As it turned out, the works by Bohuslav Martinu°, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Rachmaninoff were all linked to “America, Inspiring,” with each piece rooted in the composer’s association with the United States. Led by guest conductor Andrew Constantine, the orchestra’s performance at Richardson Auditorium showed a little-known side of how America in the first half of the 20th century affected European composers from all regions. more

By Kam Williams

A few days after the 9/11 attack, President George W. Bush visited Ground Zero where he delivered an iconic speech while standing on a pile of rubble. He assured the rescue workers and the rest of America that those responsible for the senseless slaughter would soon be held accountable.

Less than a month later, the first contingent of soldiers was sent to Afghanistan. Their top secret operation, code named Task Force Dagger, called for them to be dropped behind enemy lines and rendezvous with a local militia led by General Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban).

The American Special Forces unit, composed of a dozen elite soldiers, was led by Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth). He was not only confident that the mission would be successful, but made the bold guarantee that no one under his command would perish in battle.  more

CATCHING ON: Hans Brase gathers in the ball in action this winter for the Iowa State men’s basketball team. Brase, a former star for the Princeton University men’s hoops program who had a year of eligibility left due to time missed by injury, has emerged as a solid performer off the bench for the 11-8 Cyclones, averaging 3.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 appearances. (Photo Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics Communications)

By Bill Alden

Hans Brase was a constant presence for the Princeton University men’s basketball team last winter as it rolled to the Ivy League title and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2011.

But due to a right knee injury suffered in the fifth game of the season, senior center Brase’s role became limited to providing support from the sidelines. more

GIRL POWER: Princeton High freshman wrestler Chloe Ayres, top, takes control in a recent bout. Ayres, one of two girls on the PHS squad along with sophomore Jasmine Aizley, has emerged as a solid performer at 106 pounds for the Little Tigers. Ayres and her PHS teammates will be looking to step up as they compete in the Mercer County Tournament from January 26-27 at Robbinsville. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Chloe Ayres started running competitively in the third grade, but harbored a desire to take up a new athletic pursuit by the time she got to middle school.

With her father, Chris Ayres, having served as the head coach of the Princeton University wrestling team since 2006, Ayres had spent a lot of time around the sport and decided to get on the mat. more

FIGHTING ON: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson controls the puck in recent action. Last Friday, junior star and assistant captain Patterson scored a goal in a losing cause as PDS fell 9-2 to Morristown-Beard. The Panthers, now 5-8-1, play at the Hill School (Pa.) on January 24 and at Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Trailing Morristown-Beard 7-1 entering the third period last Friday, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team could have gone through the motions over the last 15 minutes of the contest.

Instead, PDS produced a spirited display, skating hard and getting a goal from Ellie Schofield on the way to a 9-2 loss.

Panther head coach Lorna Cook was proud of the way her team fought to the final buzzer as it moved to 5-8-1. more

BEY AREA: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark dribbles upcourt in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Clark tallied 14 points to help Stuart defeat Kent Place 52-33. The Tartans, who improved to 11-5 with a 57-44 win over Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) last Monday, play at Pennington on January 24 and at Princeton High on January 27 before hosting Bound Brook High on January 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bey-Shana Clark displayed the growth in her game as the Stuart Country Day School basketball team hosted Kent Place last Saturday.

The junior forward employed some deft inside moves, hit mid-range jumpers, and drained six free throws on the way to a team-high 14 points as Stuart pulled away to a 52-33 win over the Dragons. more

January 17, 2018

The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, First Baptist senior pastor, spoke to a multifaith gathering of about 300 at Monday’s service to commemorate and honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at First Baptist Church on Paul Robeson Place and John Street in Princeton. (Photo by John Lien)

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert is taking a close look at a plan to counteract the loss of state and local tax deductions due to the tax bill passed by Congress last month.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-5) and new Governor Phil Murphy have offered a tax cut plan for New Jersey that has the potential to restore the value of state and local tax (SALT) deductions by providing a tax credit for taxpayers who make charitable contributions to their state or local governments. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9) and the mayors of Fair Lawn, Paramus, and Park Ridge have also expressed support for the plan and the desire to implement it, with state support, in their communities. more

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Microsoft President Bradford L. Smith have teamed up to send letters to top leaders and other members of Congress urging them to act quickly to provide long-term protection, including a path to citizenship, for DREAMers.

“The time has come for immediate and urgent action by Congress,” wrote Eisgruber and Smith, as the future of DREAMers hangs in the balance against a backdrop of ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill and President Trump’s Sunday tweet that “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it.”  more

By Donald Gilpin

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a day of live music, interactive workshops, and discussions culminating in an evening multifaith service at First Baptist Church at Paul Robeson Place and John Street.

Speakers at a community breakfast at ACP included Princess Hoagland of Not in Our Town: Princeton, an interfaith, interracial group dedicated to racial justice; Monique Jones, parent education and community outreach coordinator for Princeton Public Schools; and James Fields, director of undergraduate ministry for the Christian Union at Princeton University. more

FARM TO SCHOOL: It is programs like this one, which brought Stacey Moore, center, from Terhune Orchards to Johnson Park Elementary School last October, that have won Princeton School Gardens Cooperative coveted “Top Tomato” status from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This picture was taken last October, when Moore brought Empire and Cortland apples from the orchard for students to sample. The kids also got a chance to season the apples to their own taste.

By Anne Levin

When it comes to the subject of food literacy, Princeton — specifically, the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative — earns high marks. The 12-year-old nonprofit was recently awarded “Top Tomato” status by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for its work familiarizing local school children with locally-grown produce. more

By Anne Levin

Since graduating from Princeton University in 2005, Julia Ioffe has earned a reputation as a highly respected journalist in her field. Specializing in Russian politics, she covers national security and foreign policy topics for The Atlantic, and lists Politico, The New Yorker, and The New Republic on her resume.

On January 23, Ioffe will return to campus for a discussion, open to the public, from 4:30-6 p.m. in McCosh 50. Trading thoughts with her on Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Russia will be fellow international journalist Deborah Amos, a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism and lecturer in the Humanities Council at the University. more

By Nancy Plum

Students at Princeton University have an incredibly diverse range of choices for musical experiences on campus. One of the most challenging this year was the opera class Music 219, in which music majors and non-majors joined together to explore a single theme or production. As described by Humanities Council Visiting Lecture Thomas Guthrie, co-teacher of Music 219, this year’s class was “all about exploring what it’s like to be in an opera.” The 30 students who participated in the class performed the resulting operatic project this past weekend at Richardson Auditorium. Guthrie and University Director of Choral Activities Gabriel Crouch (also co-teacher of Music 219) led the students through a staged production in Italian (with English super-titles) of what is considered the first fully-developed opera — Claudio Monteverdi’s 1607 L’Orfeo. Friday night’s performance (the opera was repeated Saturday night) showed both the depth of the class and how even those who are not studying music extensively can rise to a challenge.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

In his 1915-1936 prime, Charlie Chaplin, who died 40 years ago this past Christmas, wasn’t just the most celebrated film personality of his time, he was an international icon. With his derby, his mustache, his baggy pants, and his cane, the Tramp became a secular deity; the sainted spirit of laughter; comedy and humanity incarnate. He was also exposed to a tabloid-driven version of the Hollywood dynamic of sex and power that surfaced last fall with the Harvey Weinstein revelations.  more

By Kam Williams

The Post is a movie that should be compared to two classic newsroom thrillers: All the President’s Men (1976) and Spotlight (2015). Like the former, it’s set in Washington, D.C. in the 70s and is about an attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of incriminating information leaked to the Washington Post by a whistleblower. And it’s eerily similar to the Best Picture Oscar-winner Spotlight in that they’re both dramas about an idealistic newspaper’s legal battle in defense of freedom of the press.

Hollywood has a predictable habit of parroting success, which means it’s just a matter of time before a knockoff of a big hit arrives in theaters. In this case, Spotlight’s Academy Award-winning scriptwriter, Josh Singer, was tapped to tweak first timer Liz Hannah’s original screenplay about the Pentagon Papers. more

FIELD GENERAL: Princeton University women’s basketball player Carlie Littlefield heads upcourt in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman point guard Littlefield contributed eight points and four assists as Princeton pulled away to a 75-54 win over Cornell. The Tigers, now 13-3 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, are currently on exam break and return to action when they play at Yale on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Carlie Littlefield had a quiet first half for the Princeton University women’s basketball team as it hosted Cornell last Saturday.

Princeton freshman point guard Littlefield was held scoreless and had just one assist in nine minutes of action as Princeton clung to a 36-34 lead at halftime.

“We were kind of probing on the first half so that is what I was doing too,” said Littlefield, a 5’ 9 native of Waukee, Iowa. more

SHOOTING STAR: Hun School girls’ basketball player Jada Jones puts up a shot in recent action. Last Saturday, junior guard and team captain Jones scored 20 points to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 66-40. The Raiders, who improved to 4-6 with the win, play Immaculate Conception High at Felician University on January 18, host Sinai Christian Academy on January 20, and then play at Nottingham High on January 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jada Jones was looking to fit in with the Hun School girls’ basketball team last winter as she joined the program after transferring from Randolph High.

The sharp-shooting guard emerged as a go-to scorer, bonding quickly with her new teammates.

This season, junior Jones has moved up the pecking order, serving as the team’s sole captain. “Last year I was getting used to the team,” said Jones. “This year, it is me really trying to evolve as a player and learn my playing type.” more

SPEED RACER: Princeton High boys’ swimming star Daniel Barberis displays his freestyle form earlier ths season. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Barberis won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races to help PHS defeat Hopewell Valley 102-68. The Little Tigers, who improved to 7-3 with the victory, were slated to face WW/P-South on January 16 in their final regular season meet before taking part in the Mercer County Championships from January 25-27 at WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Daniel Barberis doesn’t like to linger in the water, but that hasn’t kept him from emerging as a star for the Princeton High boys’ swimming team.

Getting into the sport as a grade-schooler in Laramie, Wyoming, Barberis gravitated to the the shorter events.

“I was a sprinter right from the start, I tried long distance before but I just don’t have the build to stay swimming for a long time,” said Barberis, who joined the PHS swim team as a freshman after his family moved to the area. “I do more of the blasts out rather than spend a lot of time in the water.” more