September 5, 2018

HEADING DOWNFIELD: Hun School boys’ soccer player James Muldowney boots the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Muldowney has emerged as a two-way star for Hun, leading the team in assists in 2017 while providing solid play on the back line. The Raiders get regular season action underway when they play at the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on September 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The Hun School boys’ soccer team doesn’t boast any big stars, but Pat Quirk believes that is a good thing.

“The mood right now is very excited with a really good team chemistry,” said Hun head coach Quirk, whose squad posted a 3-13 record last fall.

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CLEAR VISION: Princeton High field hockey player Lila Doran clears the ball in a game last fall. Junior star defender Doran figures to be the leader of the PHS back line this fall. The Little Tigers open their 2018 campaign when they host Robbinsville on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Overcoming a sluggish 0-3-1 start last fall, the Princeton High field hockey team caught fire down the stretch, producing a spirited run to the Mercer County Tournament championship game.

As her squad has gone through its preseason training for the upcoming season, PHS head coach Heather Serverson senses the potential for more playoff heroics on the horizon.

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HIGH SCORER: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Kelly Beal controls the ball in 2017 action. Sophomore forward Beal, the leading scorer for PDS last fall as it won a fifth straight state Prep B title, will look to build on the success she experienced in her debut campaign. The Panthers kick off regular season play by hosting George School (Pa.) on September 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team heads into the 2018 season, it faces some big challenges.

First, the squad suffered a major loss with the graduation of senior star defenders and team leaders Madi Coyne and Rebecca Kuzmicz.

“We are still trying to figure out how we are going to fill that void,” said PDS head coach Pat Trombetta, who led the Panthers to a 12-6-1 record in 2017 and its fifth straight state Prep B title. “We might have some new faces in the back that have not been tested.”

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VIVA LA FRANCOIS: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Priscilla Francois runs upfield in 2017 action. Senior star Francois will be anchoring the back line this fall for Stuart. The Tartans get their season underway when they host Burlington City High on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Youth will be served this fall for the Stuart Country Day field hockey team.

“We have 10 freshmen out coupled with eight sophomores,” said Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik, who guided the Tartans to a 9-10-1 record last fall and the state Prep B semifinals.

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KENNEDY CENTER: Princeton University women’s soccer player Tomi Kennedy, center, celebrates after scoring the first goal in Princeton’s 3-0 win over St. Joseph’s in its home opener last Friday evening. The 20th-ranked Tigers, who dropped to 3-1 on the season with a 3-1 loss to No. 13 N.C. State on Sunday, will look to get back in the winning track as they play at Rider on September 6 before hosting Hofstra on September 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tomi Kennedy felt snakebitten last fall in her sophomore season with the Princeton University women’s soccer team.

While the forward/midfielder tallied four assists in helping Princeton win the Ivy League title and reach the NCAA quarterfinals, she never found the back of the net in the 2017 campaign.

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August 29, 2018

By Anne Levin

The temporary future of the open lot on Franklin Avenue was the focus of Princeton Council’s continuing discussion of parking at the Council’s meeting on Monday, August 27. The town’s parking system is being studied and improved, and the governing body has been receiving updates as details are worked out by consultants and staff.

The future of the Franklin lot across from the Avalon Princeton complex is temporary, because the lot has been designated as a future site for affordable housing. Until that time, which could be between one and two years, the spacious lot could be the site of regulated parking, or something else. The property was formerly owned by Princeton University, which donated it to the municipality in 2014 as part of a seven-year agreement on voluntary contributions. more

By Donald Gilpin

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the keynote speaker at the Princeton University Chapel on November 11, preaching at the 39th Annual Multifaith Service sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA).

For the CFPA’s Conference for Peace that afternoon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, the renowned civil rights, religious, and political figure will be joined by Wendy Sherman, lead U.S. negotiator for the Iran nuclear agreement; Ray Acheson, steering group member for the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons and part of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning effort last summer to pass the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty at the U.N.; and Bill Hartung, internationally-recognized expert on the issues of Pentagon spending and the global arms race. more

MUSHROOM MADNESS: Searching the woods for mushrooms is a popular pastime, especially during hot, wet, humid summers like the one that is winding to a close. While varieties like these chanterelles are prized, officials caution that cooking and eating mushrooms without knowing what they are can be toxic. (Cantharellus cibarius. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

By Anne Levin

Growing up in upstate New York, Steve Omiecinski learned from his father how to hunt for mushrooms in the woods. “My dad used to go out with his grandpa, so he knew what to look for,” said Omiecinski, a Princeton resident who has continued the tradition in local areas he will not disclose.

“It’s like a beauty secret, or a good fishing hole,” he said. “No one is going to share where they go looking.” more

By Anne Levin

Princeton Council approved an ordinance at its Monday, August 27 meeting to charge a fee for marriages and civil union ceremonies performed by Mayor Liz Lempert and Council President Jenny Crumiller. The measure was introduced at the August 13 meeting of the governing body.

It will cost $50 for Princeton residents and $200 for non-resident couples to have the ceremony performed by municipal officials. The money will go into an emergency fund that is part of Princeton’s Human Services Department, specifically to be used to fund temporary housing for residents who have been displaced during an emergency. more

A conference on the connections between what we eat and how we feel is scheduled for September 16 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Suzanne Patterson Center, Stockton Street. Admission is $48.

The event is a collaboration of The Suppers Programs and NOFA-NJ. It brings together doctors, farmers, and consumers to explore the issue. The catastrophic rise in potentially avoidable illness — from autism to Alzheimer’s, diabetes to heart disease, depression to mental illness — relates to changes in our environment and what and how we eat. more

The Epicurean Palette, a benefit for Grounds For Sculpture, is set for Sunday, September 23 from 1-4 p.m. The annual event celebrates fine food and wine, to help support exhibitions and educational initiatives at the sculpture park.

Participants can stroll the 42-acre site while sampling culinary creations from area chefs, and a variety of wine, beer, and spirits from local purveyors. There will be live performances, a silent auction, and artist demonstrations. more

REMEMBERING MICHAEL KENWOOD: “Those of us who had the privilege of working with Michael at PFARS recall August 28 as the saddest day in our history,” said PFARS President Mark Freda. “We also remember a man of great love, generosity, and courage who continues to inspire us every day.”

Seven years ago on August 28, the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) lost Michael Kenwood, “one of our own,” during a swift-water rescue attempt. According to PFARS President Mark Freda, “at 4:38 a.m. at the height of Hurricane Irene, the Squad was dispatched to Rosedale Road in the area of the Stony Brook for a water rescue. Although he was not scheduled to be on duty, Michael knew that as a swift-water rescue technician, he had the skills necessary to help. more

Mercer County Central Communications, the agency that dispatches 911 emergency calls to local jurisdictions, reported to the Office of the County Prosecutor that it has recently received a spate of false calls.

Referred to as “swatting” and derived from the law enforcement unit SWAT (special weapons and tactics), this type of hoax triggers the dispatch of emergency response service teams to another person’s address under the false pretense of a serious emergency. more

A once-empty space near the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon streets, Dohm Alley is now home to curated multi-media art installations and seasonal exhibits. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

There’s too much in my head for this horn— Charlie Parker (1920-1955)

By Stuart Mitchner

And there’s too much in my head for this column.

One of the pleasures of writing a piece every week is being able to put fresh-in-the-moment impressions in play even if they don’t always mesh with the subject. Like when the pennant race is heating up and the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly come back from the dead with a new manager, an injection of young talent, and the magical properties of their hottest hitter’s homemade salsa. Being attached to a team is like being lashed to a runaway train; full speed ahead one day, off the rails the next. I was so blitzed by the too-muchness of last week’s after-midnight sweep of the Dodgers in L.A. that I almost forgot we were coming out on Charlie Parker’s birthday. more

HORSE HAVEN: “I learned to ride at Hasty Acres when I was a girl, and I rode Corky,” says Natalie Pontillo (right) owner of Hasty Acres Riding Club. “Corky, a chestnut quarter horse, is now 42 years old and retired. The kids can still groom him, however, and he will always have a home here.” Georgia Elek, Hasty Acres assistant manager, is also shown with Corky.

By Jean Stratton

Hasty Acres has been a special place for horseback riders of all levels for more than 50 years. Located at 121 Laurel Avenue in Kingston, it offers English-style riding instruction as well as the opportunity to learn about equine care.

Longtime rider and award-winning expert horsewoman Natalie Pontillo purchased Hasty Acres three years ago.

“I like being outside and active, and these horses are important to me,” she explains. “I not only learned to ride at Hasty Acres, but I also worked here. I love working with the kids and seeing them develop. It is so beneficial to them. They learn to ride and also to care for the horses, brushing and currying them.” more

Pierre Louis Bernard Marx and Chloé Marie Devlaminck

Chloé Marie Devlaminck and Pierre Louis Bernard Marx were married on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Saint Martin Roman Catholic Church in Béville-le-Comte, France. A 2007 graduate of Princeton High School, Chloé, 29, earned a degree in marketing from HEC Montréal, Canada. She is currently working as a Regional Sales Manager for Living Proof Inc.

Pierre, 29, is a 2007 graduate of the French International School of Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from HEC Montréal with a degree in finance and he earned an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. Pierre is self-employed and works in new technologies. more

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Alliance (WIBA) will present the sixth annual NJ Conference for Women with a speakers including artist Candy Chang and Lisa Tanzer, president of Life is Good. The event is October 26, at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village.

Chang is an artist, urban designer, and founder of the “Before I Die” project, which began when she stenciled the words “Before I die I want to _______” on a chalkboard wall on an abandoned house in New Orleans, after losing someone she loved. The project has turned into an international art movement. more

“RAE SEATED (GREEN DRESS)”: This painting by Ben Solowey is one of more than 50 works of American art featured in “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018,” running September 16 through January 6, 2019 at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa.

Beginning September 16, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., will present “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018,” a major exhibition of American art that showcases more than 50 works from the museum’s permanent collection and commemorates the museum’s 30th anniversary.  more

By Kam Williams

The first two movies of this popular animated series were set in a hotel that created a safe space for monsters to unwind. But what happpens when the resort owners themselves need a break? That’s the question being answered at the outset of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, an animated film about proprietor Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his company’s getaway on a luxury cruise for ghouls. At the point of departure, we find Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) making reservations for the family aboard the Legacy, a boat headed for the Bermuda Triangle to search for the mythical island Atlantis. more

LAYING IT ON THE LINE: Princeton University field hockey goalie Grace Baylis makes a diving save in a game last fall. Junior star Baylis, an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection in 2017, has started every game the last two seasons. The 10th-ranked Tigers open their 2018 campaign by playing No. 2 North Carolina on August 31 and No. 14 Wake Forest on September 2, with both games taking place in Philadelphia. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having finished last fall by winning six of its last seven games and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals, the Princeton University field hockey team can’t wait to get the 2018 season underway.

“The preseason is going quickly; it is a blur,” said Princeton head coach Carla Tagliente, whose team ended last year with a 12-7 record and its 22nd Ivy League title in the last 24 years. “They see everyone else playing and they are just getting excited for next weekend.”

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KICKING OFF: Princeton University men’s soccer player Ben Issroff boots the ball in game last season. Junior defender Issroff should play a key role in the back line for the tigers this fall. Princeton starts its 2018 campaign this weekend by heading to the midwest to play at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (0-0-1) on August 31 and at Bradley (1- 0-1) on September 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Facing a grueling stretch of games to open the 2018 campaign, it is going to be all hands on deck right from the start for the Princeton University men’s soccer team.

“We have seven games in 20 days in the beginning of the season, and we are going to need to go deep,” said Princeton head coach Jim Barlow, who is heading into his 23rd season guiding the Tigers. “We are going to need a lot of bodies.”

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OPENING STATEMENT: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, left, battles a foe in a game last season. Last weekend, senior forward Asom tallied two game-winning goals as 14th-ranked Princeton started the season by going to New England and beating University of New Hampshire 2-0 last Friday and edging Boston University 1-0 two days later. The Tigers host St. Joseph’s (3-0-1) on August 31 in its home opener and then welcome No. 16 N.C. State (3-0-1) two days later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was just the first weekend of the season, but the Princeton University women’s soccer team proved it can win in different ways.

In its season opener at the University of New Hampshire last Friday, the 14th-ranked Tigers outshot the Wildcats 21-2 on the way to a 2-0 win. Two days later at Boston University, Princeton had to hold the fort as it was outshot 12-7 but was able to pull out a 1-0 victory.

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CHINESE LESSON: Ian McNally, left, instructs players at a camp in China this summer. Hun School boys’ hockey head coach and former Princeton University player McNally took part in the ECAC Hockey/Princeton camps in Beijing and Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.

By Bill Alden

Ron Fogarty helped guide the Princeton University men’s hockey team from the ECAC Hockey cellar to the NCAA tournament, while Ian McNally has built the Hun School boys’ program into a local powerhouse as it has won five straight Mercer County Tournament titles.

This July, the two coaches flew nearly 7,000 miles across the world to help grow the game they love as they took part in the ECAC Hockey/Princeton camp in China.

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READING THE GAME: Princeton High boys’ soccer star Thomas Reid controls the ball in a game last fall. Senior defender Reid has emerged as the leader of the PHS back line. The Little Tigers get the 2018 season underway when they play at WW/P-South on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last fall, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team added a special chapter to the program’s storied history.

Catching fire after a rocky start, PHS won the Group 4 Central Jersey title and advanced to the state final where it fell to powerhouse Kearny to end the fall with a 17-6-1 record.

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