September 30, 2015


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The Quad at the Princeton Theological Seminary was the setting for Saturday’s Community Festival of families, food trucks, games, and live bluegrass music. Some participants offer their thoughts about the Pope’s visit in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

Weston Cookbook

Jersey Shore native and culinary educator Rachel J. Weston, author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table,” will host the first annual cookbook swap at the Princeton Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, October 1. The event offers an opportunity for participants to trade in their cookbooks, recipes, food articles or magazines for new recipes while checking out fresh local ingredients at the market.

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ATWOOD’S RETELLING OF THE ODYSSEY: Director Trent Blanton discusses Rider University’s production of “The Penelopiad” with Marissa Girgus, who portrays the title role of Penelope. To learn more and to order tickets, call (609) 896-7775 or visit

Rider Theatre will present Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville from October 7 through 11. A preview performance will be Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., and performances will be Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. The production, directed by Trent Blanton, will be performed by Rider University students.  more

Opiate Page 8 WebOver the past ten years, statistics show that New Jersey has experienced a 700 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions. September is nationally recognized as Recovery Month. For this reason, the Mercer County Division of Addiction Services and Mental Health will co-host a dinner and discussion event on Thursday, October 8 at 5 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, located at 3100 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton.

Presenters will discuss the evolution of prescription drug abuse and tangible steps that friends and family members can take to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. Participants will also be educated on local resources that have the ability to provide the life saving medication, Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose and prevent death. more

September 23, 2015


Authors and their young readers are having fun at the Princeton Public Library’s Children’s Book Festival on Hinds Plaza Saturday. In this week’s Town Talk you can find out what they discovered and which authors they connected with. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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After walking in a daze down the brightly-lit aisles of McCaffrey’s, stunned by Monday’s New York Times obit, I find myself in the same check-out line where I last spoke with the poet C.K. Williams, who died at home in Hopewell Sunday. When he and his charming wife Catherine lived on Moore Street, I used to see him often at McCaffrey’s. He was hard to miss. At 6’5, he loomed over everyone else. We would shake hands and I would think how good it is to live in a town where you can shake hands with a great poet while pushing a shopping cart at the market. Life in Princeton …. more

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MAXIMIZING THE LIGHT: The new Upper School library at Chapin, part of a $13.2 million two-year building project, provides flexibility, many opportunities for collaboration, exciting new technology and lots of light. (Photo Courtesy of Chapin School)

Major new construction projects just completed at Stuart Country Day School and Chapin School have created new environments for students, teachers and administrators.

Chapin Upper Schoolers (grades 5-8) arrived on September 8 to find a new, two-story, 14,000-square-foot addition, including classrooms, a library, technology lab, offices, meeting rooms and a learning commons complementing a similar building completed a year ago for the Lower School. more

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PRESERVING A PIECE OF HISTORY: The acquisition of the 4.6-acre D’Ambrisi property and its annexation to Princeton Battlefield State Park was marked September 16 with an official
ceremony presided over by, from left: Battlefield Society president Jerald Hurwitz, Senator Kip Bateman, New Jersey Park Service Director Mark Texel, Mayor Liz Lempert, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. (Photo by John Lien)

The addition of a privately owned property next to Princeton Battlefield State Park opens up new possibilities for investigating its history. The annexation of the former D’Ambrisi property, which was celebrated with an official ceremony and ribbon-cutting last week, makes land that played a vital role in the Battle of Princeton more accessible to researchers and the public.  more

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This photo of Rockefeller Center titled “Prometheus” is one of 30 black-and-white photographs by Richard Trenner that will be on display in his gallery, “A Tale of Three Cities: Photographs of New York, Philadelphia, and Princeton.” The photos will be on display until October 11 at Gallery 353 located at 353 Nassau Street.

Music Sibyl

In a program titled, “Songs of the Sybil,” the Gallicantus Renaissance Vocal Ensemble will offer the only existing complete setting of the 12 Sibylline prophecies as composed by Orlande de Lassus, paired with works by the celebrated “Sibyl of the Rhine” Hildegard von Bingen, as well as new compositions by Princeton University professors Dan Trueman and Dmitri Tymoczko. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. General admission is $25 ($10 for students with proof of ID). To order, call (609) 258-9220 or visit

September 21, 2015

Lindbergh Morven

“Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age” opens at Morven Museum & Garden on November 13, 2015 and runs through October 2016. This will be the first large-scale exhibition to explore the vices and virtues of the prominent couple.  more

September 18, 2015


On Sunday, September 20, Palmer Square will host their 24th annual JazzFeast. The open-air festival features performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and showcases cuisine from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the Palmer Square Green. All musical performances are free to attend. more

September 16, 2015


Montgomery High School cheerleaders capturing the spirit of community excitement at Sunday’s Montgomery FunFest. Held at Princeton Airport, the event featured more than a hundred booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, games of chance, and live music by the bands GoodWorks, Acoustic Road, Fitz and the Cats, Dangerous New Highs, Perfectly Sharp, and The Shaxe. Participants report on the fun in this week’s Town Talk. For a cross-section of images from the event, see page 22. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)


COMMUNITY ACTION: Princeton University freshmen taking part in the annual community service program preceding their orientation week visited a variety of locations in town and across New Jersey. One group even got to do some drumming with some residents at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Attending Princeton University and living on its leafy campus could leave students with an insular view of life. But the University’s Community Action program wants them to know that there is another world outside the “orange bubble.” During the week before freshmen orientation, the 11-year-old program offers new students a chance to learn community service skills and put them to work. more

Senior Living

A year after Princeton was designated an Age-Friendly Community (AFC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Association for Retired People (AARP), Princeton Senior Resource Center Executive Director Susan Hoskins says it’s time for each sector– business, civic, academic, health services, non-profit – to insure that the “age friendly” description is meaningful and lasting.  more

Peter SingerRandy Cohen will interview philosopher, author and Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer for his public radio program, “Person, Place, Thing,” Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m., at Princeton Public Library. During the program, guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves.

Mr. Singer has been called the world’s most influential living philosopher and, in 2014, was third on the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute’s ranking of Global Thought Leaders. He is known for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. Mr. Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, most recently, “The Most Good You Can Do.” His works have appeared in more than 30 languages.  more

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“INTIMATIONS”: This oil on linen by painter Audrey Ushenko will be among those on display in her solo exhibit at the Rider University Art Gallery called “In Natural Habitat” from September 24 through October 25.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “In Natural Habitat” featuring the work of Audrey Ushenko from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, October 25. The exhibit will include an opening reception on Thursday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. more

September 15, 2015

Half Marathon

The 2015 Princeton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 4 starting at 7 a.m. Registration is still open though spaces are limited.

The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place and travels through some of Princeton’s most noted landmarks including Princeton Battlefield and the Institute for Advanced Study. The race typically attracts around 1,500 runners and several thousand spectators.  more

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all God’s creatures, St. Paul Catholic Church will host the Blessing of the Animals by pastor Monsignor Joseph Rosie on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the parish lawn, 214 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton. This annual tradition welcomes pets and their families. Recent participants have included dogs, cats, hamsters, and even rabbits. All are welcome to attend.

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September 14, 2015

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The 8th Annual Hopewell Tour Des Arts will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, working and professional artists in the Hopewell area will open their studio doors to the general public. 29 artists will participate in this year’s event. The tour begins at the Hopewell Train Station in Hopewell Borough where guests can pick-up maps (maps can also be found in-town at Brother’s Moon restaurant or online at

September 11, 2015

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HONORING THOSE WHO ARE GONE: At Rider University in Lawrenceville today, September 11, military students conducted a flag-lowering ceremony while the Student Government Association presidents joined Rider president Gregory G. Dell’Omo to place a memorial wreath in honor of lives lost. Westminster Choir College student Thomas Lynch performed the national anthem as part of the remembrance event.

View additional images from the event, below. more

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Author Joyce Carol Oates returns to Labyrinth Books of Princeton on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in celebration of the publication of her new memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age. This event is free to attend and open to the public. more

September 10, 2015

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To celebrate the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester and an exciting new year of programming at the Princeton University Art Museum (including the opening of Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection) students and the greater Princeton community are invited to the seventh annual Nassau Street Sampler. Visit the PU Art Museum galleries and taste what local restaurants have to offer while enjoying musical performances by some of Princeton’s most beloved student groups. more

September 9, 2015


Architect William A. Potter’s Richardsonian Romanesque Alexander Hall looms in the background as students gather for the beginning of a new school year. Students discuss their expectations in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)



When Erika Knudson left Bloomington, Indiana two years ago to join her husband after he landed a job as an art historian at Princeton University, she began scouring local real estate listings to see where they might be able to buy a home. Scrolling on line, she found herself returning to the same neighborhood, again and again. more