September 6, 2017

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton immigrant community, in town and on campus, met with dismay U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement yesterday that President Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The announcement called for Congress to replace the policy before it fully expires in March 2018. more

By William Uhl

Princeton University has published historical admissions statistics for the past several years, reaching as far back as 1970 for some categories. Since then, Princeton has made progress over the past few decades in both its demographics and departments. However, digging into the data reveals that not every group is much closer to equitable representation.
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By Donald Gilpin

It’s back to school this week for almost 4,000 Princeton Public Schools students and staff, and with the Westminster Choir College property no longer available, school leaders are considering options for handling increasing enrollments at all levels.   more

OLMSTED’S VISION: This Tudor Revival home with Craftsman influences is in Trenton’s Cadwalader Heights, the only residential neighborhood in New Jersey to have been designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The famed landscape architect is the focus of a lecture on September 10 and a tour of neighborhood homes on September 16.

By Anne Levin

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s biggest claim to fame was New York’s Central Park. But the Olmsted legacy reaches beyond the masterfully-designed oasis in the middle of Manhattan.   more

Building Community through the Arts: Student-artist Victoria Wayland of Princeton, with the poster she designed for the Arts Council of Princeton’s 50th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of the Arts Council of Princeton)

By Doug Wallack

On Saturday, September 16, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will host a community-wide 50th birthday party, featuring food from local vendors, live music, games, a community birthday cake, and more. The event is intended to be a celebration of the organization’s mission: Building Community Through the Arts. more

The David Library of the American Revolution has announced its schedule of admission-free lectures that will be offered in the Library’s lecture hall over the autumn months.  The library, located at 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of American history between 1750 and 1800.  more

Registration is open for the NJ Conference Women, taking place October 27 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The networking and educational event is presented by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. more

By Anne Levin

When Linda Caldwell Epps lectures about the Underground Railroad in New Jersey, she often encounters a certain level of incredulity.

“The actual institution of the Underground Railroad and how active it was in this state is always surprising to people,” said Ms. Epps, who will deliver a talk on just that subject this Saturday, September 9 at the Trent House in Trenton. “But it wasn’t a happenstance,” she continued. “It was a fairly well coordinated and regulated system.” more

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Give Something Back, a nonprofit organization that has provided more than $35 million in college scholarships to low-income students, has named youth advocate and entrepreneur Melissa Helmbrecht as its new executive director.

“Melissa is an astonishingly capable and accomplished person, and Give Something Back is very proud to have her on board,” said Robert Carr, Give Back founder and CEO. “She combines a wide-ranging philanthropic vision with an enviable ability to get things done. With her leadership, Give Back will be able to help even more deserving students go to college and pursue career goals that would otherwise be out of their reach.” more

The Princeton Farmers’ Market has announced the success of Sinjin’s lemonade stand to benefit Christine’s Hope for Kids. Every summer, Sinjin Scozzaro, front left, travels from Texas to Princeton to visit his grandmother. Three years ago, he came across a poster for Christine’s Hope For Kids at the Princeton Farmers’ Market. He asked about Operation Backpack, learning its goal of supplying backpacks and school supplies to children in need. Since then he has operated a lemonade stand for a single day of each summer market season to benefit this mission, this year raising $642. This was matched by Christine’s Hope and JM Group bringing the total to $1,926, and later matched by the Scozzaro family bringing the total to $2,500. The JM Group, consisting of the Princeton Farmers’ Market, Blue Point Grill, Witherspoon Grill, and Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co., thanks everyone who’s continued to support this worthy organization.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes recently handed out fresh produce checks to older adults at the Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, where there is still time to get in on the program. The checks allow seniors an opportunity to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands. They will be offered Friday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, 930 Spruce Street, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holding their certificates and standing with YMCA Senior Director Paul Zeger, far right, are Margaret Schrayer of Princeton and Justin Wisniewski of Lawrenceville, who were selected as recipients of the YMCA’s 2017 Buck Leadership Award. The award was established in memory of the late Alexander “Whip” K. Buck, a longtime Princeton resident and community supporter. It is presented annually to two camp counselors who embody and demonstrate his leadership qualities and values.

Among the honorees honored by the Davidson Institute of Talent Development as a 2017 Davidson Fellow is 18-year-old Allison Huang of Princeton, who has been awarded a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for her writing project, “Personal Culture: Voicing the Experiences of Postcolonial Youth Navigating Identity in a Globalized World.” One of only 20 students across the country to receive this honor, she commented, “I am thankful that Davidson has plugged me into a web of fabulous young minds—  activists, musicians, and entrepreneurs of the future.”  more

Ethan Allen, as part of its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has donated a range of home goods to Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton for resale in a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Last year, Ethan Allen donated close to 4,000 products to Habitat ReStores across the U.S. and Canada. This year’s additional donations should bring estimated total donations to 48,000 with a total estimated retail value of more than $19 million. “Creating happy homes is what we do best,” said Herb Wiley, district operations manager at Ethan Allen’s Princeton’s Design Center. “We’re thrilled to help families achieve their dreams of homeownership, and we’re proud to support Habitat of Burlington County and Greater Trenton Princeton’s work in our community.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

Sixty years ago yesterday Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was published, “a historic occasion” according to the New York Times, which called it “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as ‘beat,’ and whose principal avatar he is.” more

POSITIVE PARTNERSHIPS: “Artis was brought about by people who had worked in the memory care field for a long time. We got together, and shared ideas. Our philosophy is ‘Positive Partnerships the Artis Way.’” Mary Underwood, vice president of memory care services for Artis Senior Living, left, is shown with the Artis team, including Amy De Preker, vice president of sales and marketing, second from left.

By Jean Stratton

Dementia is an equal opportunity condition. It can strike anyone. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how rich, or how famous one is.”

Mary Underwood, vice president of memory care services for Artis Senior Living, points out that the company focuses on personalized memory care for patients facing different levels of dementia. She looks forward to the latest Artis residential community, which will open in Princeton Junction in late 2017. more

Since 1976, Terhune Orchards has been holding Apple Day. The annual event has stretched into a series of fall weekends, which begin September 16 and run through October 29 at the farm on Cold Soil Road in Lawrenceville.

The farm has 34 apple varieties to pick from. In addition to apple-picking, the festival weekends will include a corn stalk maze, wagon rides, country music, strolls on the farm trail, scavenger hunts, races, pumpkin painting and picking, and lots of food. more

The Sourland Conservancy would like to thank the tireless volunteers from The Center for Faith Justice in Lawrence for supporting the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project. Sixty-two eager teenage and adult volunteers from St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman helped to remove invasive plants and shrubs that had erupted in Hopewell Borough Park. 

“KIDS DANCING”: This photograph by Helen Levitt is featured in “Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography,” at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The exhibit, with some 200 photographs, traces the history of documentary photography from the late 19th century to the present.

The exhibition “Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography,” which opened September 5 at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, traces the history of documentary photography from the late 19th century to the present, and the social aspects behind some of the world’s most recognizable photos. more

“RGB”: This digital composite print by Kristin Furbeck is part of “Art in the Digital Age,” a STEAM-related exhibit at the West Windsor Arts Center from September 11 through November 3. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Art in the Digital Age” is the second in an annual STEAM-related series (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) juried art shows held at the West Windsor Arts Center that explore the relationships of each discipline with art and open up a dialog and wonder related to the ways each informs the other. An opening reception will be held Sunday, September 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., and the exhibition runs through November 3.  more

Storytime at Morven is featured on select Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Morven’s Garden Room for ages 2 to 5; $10 per family, free with family membership. Themes include gardens, art, New Jersey history, and more. September 7 brings a garden-themed reading of Kevin Henkes’ Chrysanthemum along with a stroll through the Morven gardens with Debi Lampert-Rudman, curator of education and public programs, to pick flowers and create a take-home craft. more

By Anne Levin

When the news broke last month that the American Boychoir School (ABS) was closing its doors after eight decades, an idea that had been percolating among administrators of the Princeton Girlchoir suddenly began to take shape. It wasn’t long before an announcement was made that a Boychoir division was being formed for the Girlchoir’s 2017-2018 season. more

On Saturday, September 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 17 (waiting list only) at 4 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) opens its 2017-18 season with Beethoven’s 9th, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The performance will include a collaboration with Westminster Symphonic Choir led by director Joe Miller. PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts. The performances will be held at Richardson Auditorium. For tickets, call (609) 497-0020 or visit princetonsymphony.org. (Photo Credit: Westminster Choir College of the Arts, Rider University)

TOP JAZZ DRUMMER: Jazz drummer Shirazette Tinnin will perform with her band Sonic Wallpaper at Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown on Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 first set. Drinks and dinner can be purchased. The cost of the concert is $25. (Photo Credit: Bex Wade)

Jazz drummer Shirazette Tinnin will perform with her band Sonic Wallpaper at Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown on Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 first set. Drinks and dinner can be purchased. The cost of the concert is $25.  more