December 21, 2016

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD: Derrick Wilder, a natural-born performer and teacher, spent many years dancing professionally before taking over the Lawrenceville School dance department, which has flourished under his leadership over the past 11 years.

Derrick Wilder, who came to Lawrenceville School in 2005 as director of dance, became chair of the performing arts department (including dance, theater, and instrumental and vocal music) two years ago. Under his leadership, the dance program has flourished and grown rapidly over the past 11 years, with a range of ballet, modern, and jazz classes for students of all levels, a host of student-led dance companies, and an abundance of performance opportunities, most notably the fall musical and the annual Spring Dance Concert. Before coming to Lawrenceville, Mr. Wilder enjoyed a successful career as a dancer, choreographer, administrator and dance educator.  more

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of 19-year-old Wonshik Shin, a Princeton University sophomore. Mr. Shin was found dead in his dormitory room at Forbes College on Sunday, December 18.

At press time Tuesday, the cause of death had yet to be determined by the Mercer County Medical Examiner’s office. more

REMEMBERING THE BATTLE: Re-enactors dressed as American soldiers celebrated the Battle of Princeton last January.  Beginning on the night of January 2, 2017, a week of living history events, sponsored by the Princeton Battlefield Society, the Princeton Historical Society, Morven Museum, and others will commemorate the 240th anniversary of the historic battle and related events. (Photo by Meredith Barnes of Molly Picture Studio)

At this point in 1776, still in the early days of America’s war for independence, American troops were installed in winter quarters at Valley Forge, but General Washington was already planning his Christmas night crossing of the Delaware and attack on British headquarters in Trenton that would lead to the pivotal Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. more

A new traffic signal at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Great Road is now in operation.

“This new traffic signal will help drivers make safer turns and help provide a safer pedestrian and bicycle link, connecting the Mountain Avenue path to the Johnson Trolley Line path,” said Mayor Liz Lempert. more

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Let me not mar that perfect dream…. — Emily Dickinson

The four-line poem ends with the Belle of Amherst planning to “so adjust my daily night” that the perfect dream “will come again.” The far from perfect dream that follows has been adjusted to permit me a dreamer’s freedom of movement regarding time, space, life, death, and documentary authenticity. The main thing to know is that many of the celebrated somebodies and occasional nobodies who come my way happen to have been born in the year 1916.  more

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole urged a Woodrow Wilson School forum on “Racial Justice and Policing in America” to pursue “equity and social justice,” embrace reform, and engage in active community policing. (Photo by Egan Jiminez)

TREASURES FROM THE MINOR WHITE ARCHIVE: This picture of two women, taken in 1949 in San Francisco, is among the thousands of images in the archive available on Princeton University Art Museum’s website.

The recent announcement that more than 5,000 images and related material by American modernist photographer Minor White are now available through the Princeton University Art Museum’s website was welcome news, and not just for those already familiar with Mr. White’s groundbreaking work. more

“NATURE’S POTPOURRI”: What do branches, pinecones, roosters, multicolored frogs, perky perched birds, plunging feeding birds, and intricate insects have in common? These natural objects have been transformed into art by students of “Art Collabortions!” in their multi-media exhibit, “Nature’s Potpourri,” on view through January 13. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Hawkins at D&R Greenway Land Trust)

D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Nature’s Potpourri, an exhibit of multi-media works by Heather Barros’ Art Collaborations! students in D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, on view through January 13, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call (609) 924-4646 or visit www.drgreenway.orgmore

 

The musical holiday season would not be complete without Handel’s Messiah, which can always be heard in the Princeton area at this time of the year. In this 275th anniversary of the work’s composition, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presented their annual Princeton performance of this popular work last Friday night to a full house at Richardson Auditorium. Joined by four vocal soloists and the Montclair State University Singers, a chamber-sized NJSO performed a quick-moving Messiah that featured an innovative and creative interpretation by guest conductor George Manahan. more

DAUGHTER DAYS AT GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE: Elise Vannerson (foreground) and Ben Michael (background) play Jerusha and Jervis in “Daddy Long Legs” at George Street Playhouse until December 24, 2016. George Street is offering their “Daughter Days” package on select performances. The package includes buy one, get one free tickets, hot chocolate and candy bar intermission, and the opportunity to go on-stage after the show. “Daughter Days” seeks to promote the importance of female education and creative expression. For tickets, call the box office at (732) 246-7717 or visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org. (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)

Weaved throughout the musical romance of Daddy Long Legs, currently on stage at New Brunswick’s George Street Playhouse, are messages promoting the importance of education and the empowerment of young girls and women. So what better way to share those ideals this holiday season than with a special “Daughter Days” package for select performances of Daddy Long Legs December 22 and 24. Daddy Long Legs is appropriate for daughters ages 10 through 100.  more

December 16, 2016
Photo Credit: @esstockholm

These field jackets for women will never go out of style. 

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December 14, 2016

That’s Gabriella Milley of Feltsu (Artesanía en fieltro) at last weekend’s Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. People who were at the show discuss their favorite things in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Princeton Charter School’s (PCS) December 1 proposal to add 76 students next year has reignited a battle with Princeton Public Schools (PPS) over limited available resources, but it’s not a simple conflict.

Each side has expressed sincere respect for the other side, along with a strong sense of shared concerns and goals and a desire to work positively together. As both sides have pointed out, however, the state’s school funding formula may inevitably pit the two entities against each other.  more

Institute for Advanced Study

A 21st-century battle of Princeton, which has raged on at least since 2003 when the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) first announced its plans to build faculty housing on land adjacent to the Princeton Battlefield State Park, seems to be finally drawing to a close, with Monday’s announcement of an agreement between the IAS and the Civil War Trust (CWT), through its Campaign 1776 initiative to protect Revolutionary War battlefields.  more

See below for the December 14, 2016 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

 Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.

Princeton campus of Westminster Choir College

News that Westminster Choir College (WCC) of Rider University may be moved to Rider’s Lawrenceville campus is not sitting well with students and alumni of the prestigious music school, who want to keep it in downtown Princeton. more

YUM: Wildflour Bakery is among the vendors at this season’s Winter Market, which opens Thursday, December 15 in the Community Room of Princeton Public Library. What started as a small offshoot of the April-November market is now bustling with vendors who vie for a spot to sell their wares. (Photo by Megan McKeever)

Not long after he debuted the Princeton Farmers Market in two parking lots of the old Wild Oats market on Nassau Street, Jack Morrison got a phone call from Leslie Burger, former director of the Princeton Public Library. She had a suggestion. more

Local Democrats are ready for action, as they face a daunting array of important issues.

About 150 residents of Princeton and surrounding communities gathered at the Suzanne Patterson Center behind Monument Hall on Stockton Street Sunday evening to voice their concerns and to help the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) plan strategies for political action. more

Black Violin, a strings-playing hip-hop duo, recently brought their unique sound to the Hun School of Princeton. “They were unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said Hun student Delia Lawver ’17, of the band. “They made the violin really cool and modern, and had the whole school up and dancing.” Violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, did a 15-song set for the Hun community as part of the School’s Centennial Speakers Series. The duo, who are classically trained musicians, have performed with Alicia Keys, the Wu-Tang Clan and other stars. They also have collaborated with music world luminaries such as Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty. For more information, go to blackviolin.net.

Last June, Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) announced it was pursuing a partnership with Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania’s health system. This week, the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees voted for the plan, following approval from the Penn Medicine Executive Committee and the PHCS Board. All that remains to finalize the deal is approval by state and federal authorities. more

McCarter Theatre is proud to announce its reimagined production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Directed by Adam Immerwahr, A Christmas Carol runs from now through December 31 in the Matthews Theatre. Boasting a gigantic list of Broadway, regional and international credits, the cast of A Christmas Carol features returning McCarter veterans Jessica Bedford (The Mousetrap), Warner Miller (Antony & Cleopatra), Lance Roberts (Sweet+Hot), and JD Taylor (The Understudy). They are joined by first-time McCarter artists Elisha Lawson, Anne L. Nathan, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, A.J. Shively, Sue Jin Song, Greg Wood, and Frank X. Pictured above are Zachary McDevitt, Warner Miller, and Liam McKernan. Purchase tickets online at www.mccarter.org or call (609) 258-2787. (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)

For the past 41 years, Princeton Airport will host Santa Claus on the day of Christmas Eve. Santa is scheduled to arrive at the airport on Route 206 at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 24. Parents are advised to bring children prior to that time. more

END OF SEMESTER DANCE PERFORMANCES: The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a series of showings of new choreography created by students and choreography learned during the past semester on December 14 through 16 and on January 23 in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio and 3rd Floor Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street and New South Dance Studio. All performances are free and open to the public. (Photo Credit: Larry Levanti)

Princeton University students will perform choreography learned and new student choreography created during the fall semester on December 14 through 16 and January 23 in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio and 3rd Floor Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street and New South Dance Studio. more

Nine women who embody the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women will be inducted into its list of honorees. The event will take place March 9 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

The fundraising evening celebrates the achievements of women from the greater Princeton area who have made significant contributions to their professions, communities, educational institutions, or organizations, and whose accomplishments reflect the YWCA’s mission. more