September 9, 2015

TT SustainableThanks to a program sponsored by the non-profit organization Sustainable Princeton, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church will soon find out how much energy is escaping its 175-year-old walls, roof, and windows. Along with Labyrinth Books at 122 Nassau Street, and One Monument Hall, the church is taking part in Sustainable Princeton’s EnergySmart Buildings Campaign, which is made possible by a $35,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey.

The idea is to track electricity, light and water usage, and analyze real time energy data via energy monitors from the Princeton start-up WattVision. According to Sustainable Princeton’s executive director Diane Landis, the data will help commercial properties, religious institutions, and other organizations be more conscious of how they are using energy and help them learn how to improve their practices.

“We wanted to get a cross-section of properties, and we were very thoughtful in choosing these buildings — a church, a local government building, a commercial property — all of which are very different and use energy differently,” Ms. Landis said.  more

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NIFTY LUNCHBOX: Community Park School kindergartener Jaxson Blue was definitely ready for the first day of school on Tuesday. School Superintendent Steve Cochrane reflected on the new school year in remarks he made at a September 2 convocation. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Public Schools) 

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Author, commentator and New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich will be the guest speaker at “Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit Princeton Public Library,” which will take place Saturday, September 26, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, the library and Hinds Plaza. Organized by The Friends of the Princeton Public Library, the benefit is one of the largest fundraising events on the library’s calendar. Proceeds provide books and other materials, public programming, community outreach and more. more

Art Faculty

SELF-PORTRAIT: This self-portrait by noted painter and regional drawing teacher Paul Mordetsky will be among the works displayed in the “Faculty Exhibit” at Jerry’s Artarama. On Friday, September 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be an open reception for the exhibition that features works by the artists currently offering classes and workshops at the Artarama Studios located at 2901 US-1 in Lawrenceville.

September 8, 2015

Bernie Sanders

The Princeton Area Committee for Bernie Sanders will kick off his local campaign with a free, informational event on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hinds Plaza (adjacent to the Public Library) in downtown Princeton. Several of the Committee’s members will be available for conversation. There will also be card tables with information on Sanders’ political stance on a range of issues, including civil and labor rights, jobs, education, climate change, and health care. more

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September 7, 2015

NAMI 2NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its seventh annual Harvest of Hope Wellness Conference on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, the educational event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public.

The theme this year is “Finding Your Voice.” Hakeem Rahim will deliver the keynote address—“Mental Illness Unmasked: A Conversation on Living and Thriving with Mental Illness.” Mr. Rahim, an African-American graduate of Harvard and Columbia, began speaking openly about his 16-year journey with bipolar disorder in 2012. Since then, he has told his story to thousands, testified before Congress, and devoted his life to ending stigma. more

September 3, 2015

US Military

On September 1, 2015, three marines and three service dogs began a 100-mile journey from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Freedom Tower in New York City. Dubbed “The Long Walk,” Sergeant Devon Richio, Sergeant Steven Walls, Sergeant Andrew Einstein, and their three working dogs, will arrive at the Kingston Fire Company in Kingston, NJ on Friday, September 4 at approximately 5 p.m. The Kingston Fire Company will welcome the hard working Marines with open arms and invites the Princeton and Kingston communities to do the same. more

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Travel back in time and experience the life of the Founding Fathers during “Market & Muster Day” at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Witness Revolutionary War era townspeople gather at their colonial marketplace and soldiers assemble to drill 18th-century military tactics. While the soldiers march and fire their muskets, historic crafters will demonstrate and sell their wares. more

PU Irish Studies

Clair Wills, Princeton University’s new Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton, has announced the Fund for Irish Studies’ 2015-16 series, featuring talks by leading Irish writers, filmmakers and scholars, presented in collaboration with Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

The Fund for Irish Studies, previously chaired by Princeton’s Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities Paul Muldoon and now led by Wills, affords all Princeton students and the community at large a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics, not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” more

September 2, 2015


2015, A BANNER SEASON: With 104,000 individuals and counting as of last week, the Community Park Swimming Pool has had a record-breaking summer. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Community Park Swimming Pool enjoyed a banner season and was still going strong recently when Recreation Department Executive Director Ben Stentz and Councilwoman Jo Butler, the Council’s liaison to the Recreation Commission, spoke to Town Topics.

“We already eclipsed the total number of visits for any year,” Mr. Stentz reported. At the time of the interview, a record number of 104,000 individuals had already passed through the Community Park pool gate, and the final total may be as much as 110,000. Regular pool memberships increased for the fourth consecutive season as well, with 5,000 total members. more

shutterstock_206557912It has been five years in the making, but Princeton University is installing an eruv, or virtual boundary, around most of the campus and parts of the town so that observant Jews can carry essential items outdoors without desecrating the Sabbath. Under construction during the coming few weeks, the eruv will stretch from Harrison Street to Elm Road and Terhune Road to the tow path.

With the addition of the eruv, Princeton joins other Ivy League institutions as well as such communities as East Windsor and Lawrence in creating a kind of enclosure that allows observant Jews to be more mobile while still respecting the Sabbath, which is a designated day of rest. There are eruvs all over the world. more

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LEAPING INTO A NEW SEASON: American Repertory Ballet dancer Mattia Pallozzi is among those to be introduced to the public at the company’s first “On Pointe” event of the fall at Rider University on September 23. The series is designed to familiarize the community with the company, it’s dancers, and repertory. (Photo by Richard Termine)

When Douglas Martin took over as artistic director of the American Repertory Ballet five years ago, he knew he wanted to forge relationships inside and outside the studio. Having a continuing dialogue with the public was as important as training his dancers. So Mr. Martin, who was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and later with ARB before becoming its director, began to focus on a monthly series called “On Pointe.” more

Ira Dance

THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST: “This American Life” host Ira Glass joins forces with choreographer/dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass to combine two art forms — radio storytelling and dance. The performance includes radio interviews re-staged as dance pieces. Glass delivers his trademark narratives and the two dancers evoke characters through movement. This unique performance takes place on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. more

Art Modigliani

“JEAN COCTEAU”: Modigliani’s well-known 1916 image of the French writer is among the works in the exhibit, “Cézanne and the Modern” at the Princeton University Art Museum from September 19 through January 3, 2016.

“Cézanne and the Modern,” a new exhibit at the Princeton Art Museum running from September 19 through January 3, 2016, includes works by Paul Cézanne — and a great deal more. Drawn from the Pearlman Collection, it will feature the artists PaulGauguin, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Jacques Lipchitz, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Chaïm Soutine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh. more

rwjuhRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) has announced the arrival of the Laurie Proton Therapy Center, the first proton beam radiation treatment center of its kind in the New Jersey and New York region. The arrival of proton beam radiation therapy on RWJ’s academic medical campus in New Brunswick represents an advance in the range of cancer treatment options that are currently available to New Jersey and New York residents.

Proton Therapy is now part of a comprehensive range of advanced cancer treatment options offered by RWJ in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and private physicians in the community. RWJ New Brunswick is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers CINJ. more

Art Delaware

ART ALONG THE DELAWARE: The annual Artsbridge Clothesline Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 13th annual Artsbridge Clothesline Art Sale will take place on Sunday, September 13th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, N.J.

Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and crafts by well-known and emerging artists will be for sale. The show, which is described as “art-for-the cash-strapped,” includes nothing priced above $300. more

Book Rev 1Wild River Books has announced an October 1 publication date for Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things by Scott McVay, who was named “the Money Man for Inspirations” by the New York Times and whose career reflects grant-making as founding executive director of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He was president of the Chautauqua Institution from 2001 to 2003.

Prize-winning Poet Jane Hirshfield, author of Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, says, “Entering into Scott McVay’s memories, and life, is a bit like entering one of those collections that used to be called a Cabinet of Curiosities, in which art married science, beauty married oddity, and factual married fantastic — except that everything in these pages’ stories, photographs, and poems is grounded in the real.” more

September 1, 2015

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Howell Living History Farm will hold its 32nd annual Horse Drawn Plowing Match on Saturday, September 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A dozen teams of draft animals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are entered in the match, which tests the performance of farmers, their horses and oxen.

Members of the general public can win ribbons by plowing in visitor classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Classes are for ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16 & up. No experience is necessary. Trophies and ribbons will be presented to winners of all classes at 1:30 p.m. more


The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is pleased to announce that their monthly lectures will resume on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University Campus. The speaker this month will be Dr. Paul J. Witta of the Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He will present a lecture entitled “Measuring and Modeling Variability in Quasars and Blazars.” Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Ample free parking is available across the street from Peyton Hall. more

August 28, 2015

HL TTThe 10th annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival takes place Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine on Hinds Plaza and in the library’s Community Room.

More than 100 of the most acclaimed authors and illustrators in children’s literature will participate in the festival, one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. During the festival, young readers can interact with the people behind their favorite books who will talk about and sign copies of their works.

Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, who has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers including the highly acclaimed Lunch Lady graphic novel series and the Platypus Police Squad series, created the poster for this year’s festival and will attend the event. Krosoczka’s inspiration for the poster was found in “It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon,” his latest picture book.

Also participating in this year’s festival will be 2015 Sibert Award-winner and 2015 Caldecott Honor-winner Jen Bryant (“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus”), 2015 Caldecott Honor-winner Lauren Castillo (“Nana in the City”), 2014 Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Floca (“Locomotive”), 2010 Caldecott Medal-winner Jerry Pinkney (“Lion and the Mouse”), 2015 Pura Belpre Honor-winner for illustration John Parra (“Green is a Chili Pepper”), 2013 Pura Belpre Honor winner for illustration Angela Dominguez, Tad Hills (Rocket the Dog series, Duck and Goose series), Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby series), Bruce Coville (“Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher”), Wendy Mass (Space Taxi series), Michael Buckley (Sister Grimm series, “Undertow”) and many others. more

August 26, 2015


A view from the dry land portion of Sunday’s Kids “Splash ‘n’ Dash” Aquathon sponsored by the Princeton Recreation Department. The run/swim/run event began and ended with a run at Community Park South and a swim at Community Park Pool in between. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Pest Alert

Princeton is known for its many tree-lined streets. The municipality earned Tree City USA status almost 20 years ago from the Arbor Day Foundation. Today, some of those trees are being threatened by a small invasive beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). more

Mapleton Work Day

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for an afternoon of stewardship in the Mapleton Preserve (former site of Princeton Nurseries) on Saturday, September 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Attendees will help to clear brush, vines, invasive saplings, litter, and shrubs. Mapleton Preserve is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Rakes, shovels, saws, and loppers are welcome. For more information, call (609) 683-0483 or visit

Evangeline Author

Area resident Hester Young will be launching The Gates of Evangeline (G.P. Putnam’s $29.95), her debut novel, Wednesday, September 2, at 7 p.m., at the Princeton Public Library. The first in a planned trilogy, the book is about a grieving mother whose dark visions bring to light secrets that affect those around her.  more