August 9, 2017

Saint Peter’s University Hospital of New Brunswick has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.  more

Tutors, class leaders, workshop leaders and other volunteers are needed to teach teenagers through the Princeton Learning Cooperative in the coming academic year. PLC provides an alternative to regular school.

Subjects in which volunteers are sought include writing, math, evolution, nature, marine biology, animal behavior, social activism, geography, debate, world religions, American sign language, Brazilian conversation, basic auto mechanics, drama, piano, and many others.  more

The lengthy approval process for the proposed move of Triumph Brewery from its current location on Nassau Street into the former U.S. Post Office branch on Palmer Square continued last week without a final ruling.

On August 3, Princeton’s Planning Board heard more testimony from the preservation architect, traffic consultant, attorneys in favor and opposed to the project, and some members of the public before deciding to continue the discussion at their September 28 meeting. An earlier hearing on July 13 was ended prematurely due to a power outage during a storm. more

Kara Richardson Whitely will be at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, August 9, at 6 p.m. to discuss her book, Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds (Seal Press $17), as part of the Library Live at Labyrinth Series.

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, says “In Gorge, Kara Richardson Whitely takes us where few have dared to go before: thrillingly up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and profoundly down to the darkest depths of food addiction. Kara is fearlessly honest and powerfully intelligent. I was moved and inspired by every page of this beautiful book.” more

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is presenting a discussion of Marie Winn’s book Red Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at 1635 River Road, New Hope, Pa.

When a pair of red-tailed hawks builds a nest atop a Fifth Avenue apartment house across the street from the model-boat pond, author Marie Winn and a cadre of fellow naturalists become hawk watchers. Join Naturalist Monica Flint to learn about the natural history of Central Park and beyond through the eyes of Pale Male, a very special hawk indeed. Book discussion will be followed by tour of the meadow.  more

WEEKEND GETAWAY: “We want people to have an experience here, and think of us on many levels. They can stay overnight at the Inn, dine in Royal T’s restaurant, or come for a special event. This is a great place for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, family reunions, and retreats.” Owners Kris Tomasulo, left, and Joseph Grande look forward to introducing many more visitors to The Mansion Inn and Royal T’s at The Mansion restaurant in New Hope.

If you’re looking forward to a break in your routine, a visit to New Hope, Pa., is always an inviting change of scene. Located right on the river, it offers a variety of dining, shopping, and theater opportunities in a very scenic and historic setting. more

SEW EASY: Alexa Cavalli of Montgomery works on an apron at the Pop In Space at 10 Hulfish Street. Ms. Cavalli is no newcomer to sewing, having even made a headband for her cat, but she was glad to exercise her skills in textiles on Monday.

Maria Evans, artistic director for the Arts Council of Princeton, had long had plans to host a makerspace — a collaborative workshop for all manner of tinkering, building, and fixing, the likes of which have been appearing in ever-increasing numbers across the country for roughly the past decade. Earlier this year, when the Arts Council was offered a large space in the Princeton Shopping Center, her hopes were on the cusp of realization; the large space, less than two miles from downtown Princeton, would be an ideal satellite location. more

“SEASHELLS BY THE SEASHORE”: Scenes such as this inspired the interpretations by Johnson Park School fourth-grade students now displayed on the Olivia Rainbow Gallery walls, along with actual shells brought into the classroom. “Seashells by the Seashore” is on view through September 6.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery presents a virtual seaside stroll in “Seashells by the Seashore” by Johnson Park School fourth-grade students, on view through September 6. For this exhibit, the young artists re-created the spirit of beachcombing along the Jersey Shore, while learning the science of shells.  more

PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP: Artist Oscar Peterson, right, offers hands-on instruction at a recent Hunterdon Art Museum plein air painting workshop. The Museum will be hosting another workshop on August 20 at 10 a.m. at the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Dvoor Farm.

Create art outdoors on the 40-acre Hunterdon Land Trust’s Dvoor Farm on Sunday, August 20 with the Hunterdon Art Museum’s Plein Air Painting workshop.

Artist Oscar Peterson will teach the techniques to start, establish, and finish a painting en plein air. Fundamental principles of capturing color, light, planes, and structure will all be covered. This workshop, which begins at 10 a.m., is for adults and teens ages 16 and up. more

Jeanne Moreau and Sam Shepard died in the same week, the playwright at 73 on July 27, the actress at 89 on July 31. Their obituaries were paired in the pages of the New York Times and Antonio Banderas posted their photographs side by side with his message on the Los Angeles Times remembrance blog: “thank you for enlightening us at 24 frames per second.”

In 2001 when Moreau was 73 she told the Times: “The cliché is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down. To me, life is going up until you are burned by flames.”  more

Community theater people and their fans are in for a treat as Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre presents an evening of entertainment and awards on Saturday, August 19 starting at 7 p.m. The 2017 Kelsey Awards is a unique event that celebrates and recognizes the best theatrical productions and performers from Kelsey Theatre’s 2016-17 season. The theater is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  more

BEES, BUTTERFLIES, AND HUMMINGBIRDS: The YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center has a new home on D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus, thanks to the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. Pictured, from left, are D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead, Ruta Smithson, Ashley Formento, Cass Macdonald, Paula Flory, and Judy Hutton.

The YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) has a new home on D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus, thanks to the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. A new sign, amid the plantings, heralds the presence of the BCRC and its mission of healing, as well as the partnership with D&R Greenway.  more

McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its 2017-18 season with its 7th annual community-wide Block Party, taking place on Wednesday, August 23 from 5-8 p.m. on the front lawn of McCarter’s Matthews Theatre.

College Road between Alexander Road and University Place will be closed for the event, which is free and open to the public. The rain date is August 24. more

BRONZE STAR: Olivia Hompe looks for the ball in action for England at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup last month. Recently graduated Princeton University player Hompe starred as host England took the bronze medal at the competition. (Photo From England Lacrosse, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Staying in the moment helped Olivia Hompe produce a lot of big moments for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team over the last four years.

Star attacker Hompe graduated from Princeton this June as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 282 points and top goal scorer with 195 goals and finished second all-time in assists with 87.  more

SO GOOD: Nassau Swim Club’s Sophia Burton shows her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Burton helped the Lemmings place third in Division 2 at the recently-held Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. Burton took first in the 12-and-under 100 individual medley and second in both the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It would be understandable if the Nassau Swimming Club Lemmings felt like they were in over their heads as they competed in the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last month.

The Lemmings were vastly outnumbered by many of the clubs on hand for the meet at the Community Park pool at Princeton on July 24 and 25. more

August 7, 2017

Photography by Erica M. Cardenas

The Annual James E. Cryan Memorial Tournament took place July 29 through August 5, 2017 at the Mercer County Tennis Center, located at 1638 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Established in 1965, the Tournament honors Mr. Cryan for his contributions to the sport of tennis in Trenton, NJ prior to his death from Hodgkins Disease in 1964 at age 42. more

August 4, 2017
Photo Credit: @garmin

Kids don’t have to have all the fun! Adults can enjoy the spirit of the fall season with tech gadgets, bikes, locks, and computer equipment to make that transition back to work, all the easier.

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August 2, 2017

Town Topics photographer Charles R. Plohn captured this moment as his wife, Weronika, and son, Charles “Boomer” Plohn, enjoyed shopping for sunflowers on Saturday at the Trenton Farmers Market in Lawrence Township. Shoppers identify their favorite Jersey summer produce in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Six candidates have filed to run for three available seats on the Princeton Public School Board in the November election, according to Mercer County Election Supervisor Bonnie Epps at Monday’s filing deadline.

Beth Behrend, Jenny Ludmer, Julie Ramirez, Jessica Deutsch, Michele Tuck-Ponder, and James K. Fields will be vying for the three-year, unpaid positions. There are 10 regular Board members, plus two student representatives. more

From Routine Screening to Advanced Diagnostic and Treatment Procedures

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University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has opened the Center for Digestive Health, giving patients streamlined access to high-quality, coordinated care that encompasses everything from general gastroenterology services to specialized diagnostic and treatment procedures. more

Reacting to a recent newspaper story in which Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert is quoted as possibly supporting the Princeton Public Schools’ bid to obtain the campus of Westminster Choir College, members of the Westminster community took to social media last week to express their dismay.

But Ms. Lempert said this week that her comments did not mean she is against keeping Westminster in Princeton. That is the outcome that members of The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton are hoping for, as Rider University, which has owned Westminster for 25 years, seeks a buyer for the Princeton choral academy and its 20-plus-acre campus. The school district is among the unnamed entities that have submitted offers. more

Reacting to a recent newspaper story in which Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert is quoted as possibly supporting the Princeton Public Schools’ bid to obtain the campus of Westminster Choir College, members of the Westminster community took to social media last week to express their dismay.

But Ms. Lempert said this week that her comments did not mean she is against keeping Westminster in Princeton. That is the outcome that members of The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton are hoping for, as Rider University, which has owned Westminster for 25 years, seeks a buyer for the Princeton choral academy and its 20-plus-acre campus. The school district is among the unnamed entities that have submitted offers. more

LAZING ON THE LAWN: There is a decidedly British bent to the Princeton University Art Museum’s Picnic on the Lawn this year, taking place Thursday evening. From “The Great Princeton Bake Off” to English country dancing, the theme is inspired by the museum’s current exhibit, “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum.”

Ever since the BBC debuted The Great British Bake Off in 2010, televised baking contests have grown in popularity across the world. There is The Great American Baking Competition. There are versions in Belgium, Estonia, Thailand, and Brazil, to name just a few locations. more

“COMMUNITY AND CARING”: New Littlebrook Principal Luis Ramirez looks forward to making connections with students, teachers, and the larger community. Princeton Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane described him as “a caring, energetic, and truly visionary instructional leader.” (Photo courtesy of Littlebrook School)

“I believe what stood out most to people who interacted with Mr. Ramirez throughout the search process is that he is a champion of children,” said Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane in announcing his choice for the next principal of Littlebrook Elementary School. more

At a special forum held at Princeton Public Library Sunday, July 30, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker discussed policy and answered constituents’ questions. Princeton Councilwoman Heather Howard served as moderator at the event held in the library’s Community Room.