August 3, 2016

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

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“YOUNG HARE”: This photograph of a Krishna Devotee taken by Joseph DeFay will be on display at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville beginning September 8.

Artists’ Gallery presents “Enchantment,” an exhibition featuring the oil paintings of Maxine Shore and the photographs of Joseph DeFay. The show runs from Thursday, September 8 through Sunday, October 2, 2016. A reception with the artists will be held at the gallery at 8 Bridge Street in Lambertville from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016. more

The Princeton University Summer Concerts series has thrived on presenting instrumental chamber ensembles and, to close this summer’s season, added to its offerings by bringing a refined and polished vocal ensemble to Princeton. The German vocal quintet Calmus performed a program based on the works of William Shakespeare last Wednesday night at Richardson Auditorium to one of the best houses the series has seen this summer.  more

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The Board of Trustees of McCarter Theatre Center recently welcomed Leslie Vought Kuenne as its new president. Ms. Kuenne, who lives in Princeton, has been a McCarter trustee since the 2012-13 season. She has served on the boards of the Arts Council of Princeton and Stony Brook Garden Club. Brian McDonald, right, was board president since 2012 and will remain as the immediate past president.

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Princeton Summer Theater closes its 47th season with Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” which opens on Thursday, August 4 and runs through Sunday, August 14. Winner of multiple Obie Awards, the play unfolds in a motel room in the Mojave Desert where two lovers (pictured: Olivia Nice and Matthew Seely) unravel their tangled relationship. A dark exploration into love and family, “Fool for Love” shows us how our pasts surely come back to haunt us. Performances are at the Hamilton Murray Theater located on Princeton University’s campus. To order tickets, call the PST Box Office at (732) 997-0205. (Photo by: Ogemdi Ude) 

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On Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m., the actor Peyton Dixon will portray the Honorable James Adams as he reminisces on his life in Congress, role in the Treaty of Paris, time as vice president, and relationship with George Washington. The program will take place at Rockingham’s historic Dutch Barn, located at 84 Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road in Franklin Township, one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston. Dixon is an actor-historian with over 15 years of experience portraying John Adams. The performance is free, but advance reservations are required by calling (609) 683-7132. To learn more, visit www.rockingham.net

July 27, 2016

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Two pool pals enjoying the place to be during the recent heat wave. Community Night Out will be held at the Community Park Pool on Tuesday, August 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Princeton HealthCare System’s newly announced partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System could lead, eventually, to an expansion of the four-year-old campus on Route 1 in Plainsboro. But for now, the focus of the shared future is on things like ambulatory care and expanded clinical capabilities. more

Though financial and logistical obstacles remain, the Princeton Police Department (PPD) is on track to adopt the use of body cameras for its officers, according to police spokesman Lieutenant Jon Bucchere.

Thirty thousand dollars in grant money has been promised by the state, and the PPD is looking for additional sources of funding, possibly from Princeton and Rider Universities. Costs for different body cam models range widely, with additional significant budgeting required for video storage.  more

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MEDAL HAUL: Glenn Ochal shows his focus in a recent race for U.S. men’s eight. Ochal, a 2008 Princeton University grad, will be competing for the U.S. men’s eight at the Rio Olympics. It is Ochal’s second trip to the Olympics. He earned bronze for the men’s four at the 2012 London Summer Games. (Photo provided courtesy of USRowing)

Glenn Ochal has proven his versatility and skill during his time with the U.S. rowing program.

In 2012, the former Princeton University standout helped the U.S. four win bronze at the London Summer Games. In the intervening years, he has competed in the pair and the eight as well as the four. more

Route 518 is one of the busiest roads in southern Somerset County. Between Rocky Hill and Franklin, the bridge on that roadway over the Delaware and Raritan Canal has been closed for replacement since late last month, causing frustrating traffic tie-ups and concerns about safety among residents of Rocky Hill.

The July 8 order by Governor Chris Christie to suspend work on all “non-essential” road projects С in response to a Senate stalemate over which taxes should be cut in exchange for raising the gas tax to fund road work С has halted the construction work, making matters worse.  more

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“THEY ALL HAVE A TOP:” Robert Whiteside and daughter Phoebe Whiteside last Wednesday stood atop Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, four months and 18 days after starting their journey in Georgia at the southern end of the Trail.  (Photo courtesy of Rob and Phoebe Whiteside)

Along the way on their 2185-mile, four-and-a-half-month hike from Georgia to Maine, the full length of the Appalachian Trail, Robert Whiteside and his 18-year-old daughter Phoebe met hundreds of other hikers, but only 20-25 percent make it to Maine to become “thru-hikers.” more

PSE&G will begin work later this week to upgrade approximately one mile of aging cast iron gas lines with new durable pipes—making them more reliable and less likely to release methane gas.

The gas main replacements, to be completed in the next two months, will take place on Linden Lane, between Guyot and Franklin; on Murray Place, between Nassau and Prospect; on Russel Road, from Winant to the end; and on Tee-Ar Place between Clearview and Franklin.  more