September 21, 2016

Owen Bardzilowski, 14-year-old ninth grader at Princeton High School who took his own life at his family’s home on Henry Street last Thursday, has been remembered and mourned by many different people in many different ways during the past week. more

Fed up with the ongoing shutdown of transportation projects including the replacement of a bridge on Carter Road, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has announced that the county has served a “notice of claim” against the State of New Jersey and the Department of Transportation. more

Responding to the explosions in New York City and Seaside Park last weekend, the Coalition for Peace Action and Muslims for Peace are collaborating on a rally and candlelight vigil to take place Friday evening, September 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Square. more

If you listened to National Public Radio in recent weeks, you may have heard a series by journalist Deborah Amos about a family of Syrian refugees in Princeton. The compelling broadcasts focused on efforts by volunteers from Nassau Presbyterian Church to help settle the family of six, who arrived here last May. more


Keynote Address Speaker Kevin Hines

NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its eighth annual Harvest of Hope wellness conference on Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, this education event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public.  more


Author David O. Stewart

The Pennington School history department will host author David O. Stewart on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum, Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. The event is free and open to all members of the community and general public. more


We were sort of talking a new language. — Slim Gaillard (1916-1991) 

Asked by the editors of TIME to define the last word of his catchy line of word jazz, “the flat foot floosie with the floy-floy,” guitarist, pianist, and Johnny Appleseed of jive Slim Gaillard made the comment about “a new language,” suggesting that the “floy-floy” was just “extra business” — “you got the whole dance right there; you’re swinging. See what I mean?”  more

With a $500,000 contribution from Princeton University added to its coffers this month, the Princeton Fire and Rescue Squad (PFARS) is a few steps closer to construction of a new $7.5 million headquarters at the former location of Princeton’s Public Works Department between Route 206 and Valley Road. more


Due to its sensitive environmental characteristics, a 62-acre tract on Spring Hill Road in the Sourlands is targeted for preservation in Montgomery Township’s open space master plan and now under contract for acquisition. Two headwater streams, wetlands, and steeply sloping hills make up the tract, which is also home to mature upland beech, oak, and tulip poplars. New Jersey Conservation Foundation approached the township to assist in brokering a deal with the landowner, Thompson Land. The price for the property is approximately $1.05 million, half of which will be funded by grants from the state Green Acres program and the other half by the township’s Open Space Tax.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Princeton University number one in the Best National Universities category for the second year in a row. The 2017 Best Colleges rankings reviews more than 1,800 schools and considers academic excellence, graduation, and retention rates. more


“INEVITABLE NO. 3”: This 12”x11” oil on wood by Laura Rutherford Renner will be on display at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville starting in October.

The spaces and people that enable us to grow and thrive, the settings that are beset by transformation or neglect, are the focus of the work by Alla Podolsky and Laura Rutherford Renner at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville from October 6 to November 6, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. The closing will take place on Sunday, November 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. more


FORBIDDEN PASSION: Father Monroe (Raul Mendez) visits Marcela (Hannia Guillen) and her struggling Cuban-American family, but his pastoral kindness turns into much more, in McCarter Theatre’s production of Nilo Cruz’s world premiere of “Bathing in Moonlight” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through October 9. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Father Monroe (Raul Mendez) welcomes the audience into his church in the opening moments of Bathing in Moonlight, Nilo Cruz’s new play, currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. The smiling priest in his 40s, attractive, warm, addressing his “parishioners” individually as friends, makes his way down the aisle to the stage, where Edward Pierce’s striking set and lighting — with a red cross in the middle of a large stained glass window and latticed wooden screen backdrop — emphasizes the church setting. more



RECITAL AND MASTER CLASS AT WESTMINSTER: Pianist Alejandro Cremaschi will present a recital of works by Ginastera and others on Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. He will lead a master class on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. Admission to both events is free.

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Westminster Choir College of Rider University welcomes visiting pianist Alejandro Cremaschi, who will present a recital on Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. and a master class on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the recital. Admission to both events is free. more

There is always an air of freshness at the start of a new musical season — the night air is crisp with the coming of autumn and audiences are eager with anticipation of what the new season will bring. Princeton Symphony Orchestra began its 2016-17 season a bit early this year with a concert last Thursday night which was definitely a breath of fresh air — and an approach to Antonio Vivaldi which Princeton audiences likely have not heard before. more

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) has hired Stephanie Schwartz as Curator of Collections and Research. Ms. Schwartz joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as research assistant and admissions associate. more


These miniature medical personnel are among those likely to attend the Millhill Child & Family Development’s “Harvest Your Health” fair on Friday, September 30 from 2-6 p.m. at 101 Oakland Street in Trenton. The interactive event is designed to increase health awareness by providing health screening, activities, educational material, and resources for the community and is free to county residents. Among the 25 vendors are Greenwood Farmers Market, Isles, Henry J. Austin Health, Mercer Street Friends. Face painting and activities for children will be available. Millhill is collecting donations of hygienic items to be distributed during the fair. New donations of everyday essentials can be dropped off through September 26. For information contact


FAVORITE FELINE: “I’d recommend getting a cat to anyone,” says George Smith, owner of Smith’s Ace Hardware & Housewares in the Princeton Shopping Center. “It’s great having Dusty in the store. He keeps the mice away, and everyone loves him.” Dusty, shown in one of his favorite perches, is the new “star” at the popular store. (Photo by Jean Stratton)

Family-owned and operated, Smith’s Ace Hardware & Housewares has been a favorite with customers since its opening in the Princeton Shopping Center in 2002.

Owner George Smith and his brothers are proprietors of four other hardware stores, including the original Yardville Supply Company opened by the Smith brothers’ grandfather. Yardville Supply is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. more

September 20, 2016


SAFETY NET: Princeton University star senior safety and tri-captain Dorian Williams, center, poses with fellow captains, senior quarterback Chad Kanoff, left, and senior running back Joe Rhattigan. The trio of standouts will be looking to come up big when Princeton kicks off its 2016 campaign by hosting Lafayette on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dorian Williams learned the ropes from two different spots on the field during his first two seasons with the Princeton University football team. more

September 19, 2016


Photography by Erica Cardenas

Beyond Words, the annual fall gala hosted by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library took place on Saturday, September 17. This year’s special guests were Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who spoke at Nassau Presbyterian Church. After the talk, guests gathered at Hinds Plaza for a book signing and cocktails followed by a silent auction and dinner.  more

September 14, 2016


The St. Paul Parish memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks resembled a field of flags, some 3,000, each bearing a placard with the name of a person lost on that day. The 15th anniversary commemoration was arranged by the church together with the Princeton Knights of Columbus. Saturday’s special prayer service included the color guards of the Princeton Police and Fire Departments and color guards of the Knights of Columbus. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

There was good news for the second year in a row at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Toast to Tourism Awards, held Tuesday morning at The Boathouse overlooking Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park.

Brian Tyrrell, Stockton University professor and CEO of Travel and Tourism Research and Training Associates, said during a presentation of his 2016 Economic Impact Study of Tourism in the Princeton and Mercer Region that activity in the area continues to be on the rise. more

At a public hearing Monday night, Princeton Council voted to adopt an amended ordinance related to cutting down trees and shrubs. Originally introduced this past July, the ordinance was amended and passed 5-1, with Patrick Simon voting against the measure as presented. more

Calling for a “revolution in values,” in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Princeton Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. told a standing-room-only audience on Monday that white supremacy, in the form of a belief that white lives are worth more than others, prevails in this country.  more


THE SEARCH IS ON: The Arts Council of Princeton, where a Fall Open House was held last weekend, is one of two non-profit organizations looking for a new executive director. The deadline for applications was last Friday. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Last Friday was the official deadline to apply for the leading jobs at two of the town’s key non-profit groups. Both the Arts Council of Princeton and Sustainable Princeton are looking for new executive directors, as Jeff Nathanson and Diane Landis, respectively, move on to other challenges. more


Martha Friend

Mark Eastburn at Riverside and Martha Friend at Littlebrook are two of five New Jersey finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. They are also the kind of elementary school science teachers who would make anyone want to start kindergarten all over again. They love the adventure of science, and they love working with young children.  more