November 16, 2016

In response to widespread post-election concerns, confusion and fear — both locally and globally — Princeton Public Schools (PPS) sent out a letter to families on Monday, ”affirming the values of our school district.”

“While none of us yet know how the politics and policies of our country will change,” stated the missive from superintendent Steve Cochrane, board president Andrea Spalla, and board vice-president Patrick Sullivan, “we stand together to assure our students and our community that our beliefs and goals — grounded in the principles of our democracy — will remain constant for the Princeton Public Schools.” more

NAMI Mercer paid tribute to Madeline Monheit at the 15th annual “Night Out with NAMI” benefit on November 6 at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton. This year’s gala event featured the return of renowned pianist Dr. Richard Kogan who performed “Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime — Music and the Mind.”

Madeline Monheit was the fifth recipient of the organization’s highest honor — the NAMI Mercer 2016 Pillar Award — in recognition of her 12-year contribution to NAMI’s mission through volunteerism, leadership, advocacy, and charitable giving. more

Princeton Council and Mayor Liz Lempert issued a statement Tuesday on the recent presidential election. Developed by Council member Heather Howard, the statement expresses support for local residents worried about intolerance as a result of the victory of Donald Trump, and provides information on how to get help.

“In the aftermath of one of the most divisive and fractious elections in our country’s history, it is important for us to come together as a town and recommit ourselves to the values of inclusion, diversity, and opportunity,” the declaration reads. “Much progress can happen at the local level, and we all have a role to play in continuing to shape our community as a place of welcome, and supporting our neighbors in need.” more


New York Times Op-Ed Columnist and PBS Commentator David Brooks will speak at Princeton Seminary at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 in the Iain R Torrance Atrium, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 25 Library Place in Princeton.

Mr. Brooks will engage in a public conversation with Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes about covenant, community life, and the social fabric that ties us together. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Parking is available in the lot behind the library. more


Poet and scholar Esther Schor will discuss her book Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language (Metropolitan $32) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 at Labyrinth Books.

According to Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree, “Esther Schor’s lovely book describes how a tenacious group of people have dedicated themselves to an optimistic vision of harmony. It is a meditation not only on Esperanto, but on idealism itself, and it is written with resonant clarity, abiding kindness, and great compassion.” more


“What will become of us?” — PJ Harvey

In PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, the music lifts you up even as the words bring you down. To paraphrase Michelle Obama, when the lyrics “go low, the music goes high.”

During the weeks leading up to the election, I was listening day in day out to Hope Six without fully registering the words. In the election aftermath, Harvey’s dark vision of devastated war zones and the mean streets of Washington D.C. makes timely sense. more


“SUNFLOWER GLASS”: Karen and Geoff Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio, located outside of Stockton, are working on many new ideas with their fused and stained glass for the Covered Bridge Artisans Studio Tour and Sale. Karen continues to develop her fused dimensional botanical panels, adding many species of fish into her work. Her newest art form is creating Birch Tree groves in fused glass. Geoff is exploring his hand-painting images that go into their collaboration of the ‘Patchwork’ Series windows. He also delights in making stained and beveled glass border treatments that compliment and finish Karen’s fused glass.

The Covered Bridge Artisans Annual Studio is a self-guided event located in Southern Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The 22nd annual holiday studio tour will take place in six professional artists’ studios in the Lambertville, Stockton, and Sergeantsville areas with 11 guest artists at the Cultural Arts Center in Sergeantsville. The event will take place November 25, 26, and 27, 2016. It will run from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday.  more


“OLD BARN”: Carl Geisler’s photograph, “Old Barn” will be in the juried exhibit, “Farms, Barns and Bridges” at the D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center from November 18 through December 16.

Farms, Barns and Bridges, a juried art exhibit, is on view at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, through December 16. There will be an opening reception, Friday, November 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sales of original paintings benefit D&R Greenway’s mission of preserving land and inspiring a conservation ethic. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Please call ahead to confirm availability at (609) 924-4646, or visit

November 15, 2016

See below for the November 14, 2016 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

November 14, 2016
Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director Jeff Nathanson with artist Paul Henry Ramirez

Photography by Erica Cardenas

Dining by Design, the Arts Council of Princeton’s signature annual fall gala, was held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township on Saturday, November 12. This year’s theme, Eye Candy, was inspired by the art exhibit Rattle by Paul Henry Ramirez on view in Grounds for Sculpture’s West Gallery. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live modern dance, Party Boards, a multi-course dinner catered by STARR Events, and an exciting live auction. The choreography and direction of the dancers was the work of Dawn Cargiulo Berman, director of The Pennington Studio for Dance and the Creative Arts. Berman engaged dancers from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and Pilobolus Dance Theater to be a part of the evening. The event proved to be a major success, raising funds for the Arts Council of Princeton’s many community programs including their scholarship fund, which benefits local students.


November 9, 2016


Delicious additions to any holiday gathering. 




Liz Lempert

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert was elected to a second four-year term in Tuesday’s race over Republican challenger Peter Marks. Ms. Lempert, a Democrat, earned 7529 votes, while Mr. Marks got 2709, according to unofficial results at press time.

In addition, voters elected Democratic Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller and newcomer Tim Quinn, also a Democrat, to two Council seats. Ms. Crumiller and Mr. Quinn, who were unopposed, will serve three-year terms. more

As the dust clears from bitterly contested U.S. elections, prominent Middle East scholars and policy experts will gather Thursday at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) to discuss what the election results mean for the Israeli-Palestine peace process.

Guest speakers at the 7 p.m. forum in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall will include Shai Feldman, director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and Khalil Shikaki, political science professor and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, Palestine. more


Princeton fans celebrating Chicago’s first World Championship since 1908 include, at the center of the big W, organizer of the gathering Professor of Public and International Affairs Stanley N. Katz, and next to him Princeton University President and 1988 Graduate of the University of Chicago Law School Chrisopher Eisgruber. To top it off, the big W was flown above Nassau Hall. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Amidst widespread calls for changes to Princeton’s current zoning regulations, the Neighborhood Character and Zoning Initiative  (NC&ZI) Task Force has been hearing from different elements of the community as it prepares recommendations for both short-term and longer-term fixes.

In commenting on plans for introducing a proposal for preliminary ordinances to the municipal council on November 14, task force member and Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert noted the importance of both immediate action and longer-term work on zoning regulations. more

United States' gold medalist Kayla Harri

Photo Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages

Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison will come to Princeton on April 27 to be honored by Womanspace for her efforts to shed light on child sexual abuse through her “Fearless” Foundation. The two-time medalist in Judo will be given the 23rd annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award at an event be held at the Westin.

Ms. Harrison made history at the 2016 Olympics in Rio by winning her second gold medal by any American (man or woman) in the history of the sport of judo. Her first gold medal was won at the 2012 London Olympics.  more


The nonprofit Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center (IYCC) will celebrate its grand opening with an open house and full day of complimentary classes on Saturday, November 19. The studio is in Princeton Shopping Center.

Mayor Liz Lempert and other local officials are expected at the ribbon-cutting, where there will be refreshments from local eateries. In keeping with the yoga tradition of ‘seva’ (selfless service) all open house visitors will receive a special gift of a full week of free unlimited yoga classes. The studio will be the first in Princeton to offer aerial yoga. more


CHANGING HANDS: It will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner when Main Street Cafe becomes a branch of PJ’s Pancake House, scheduled to open early next year. It’s the end of an era at the popular cafe, but some elements of the menu will be kept on, say its new operators.

Main Street Cafe, a fixture at Kingston’s main intersection on Route 27 since 1984, is closing at the end of this month to make room for a branch of PJ’s Pancake House. The new restaurant/bakery, run by the Gretalia Hospitality Group, is scheduled to open in February 2017 after an extensive renovation. more


The Spirit of Princeton Committee invites the community to honor the nation’s veterans, as well as those young men and women still actively serving in the military, by attending the Princeton Veterans’ Day ceremony, Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the All Wars Monument, located at the intersection of Mercer and Nassau Streets.

The program will feature keynote speaker Roger Williams, Secretary of the Princeton Battlefield Society. He will talk about the importance of honoring all veterans — including those who fought in the American Revolution. more

What’s going on inside the “black box” of pre-K education? High quality pre-K programs seem to play an important role in improving later outcomes, particularly for children from more disadvantaged families, but what produces such wide variations in impact? What’s the best way to train teachers to be effective in these programs? And what are the key components of a high-quality program?

Last month Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) and the Brookings Institution, a research and policy organization based in Washington, D.C., examined the effectiveness of pre-K education in the fall issue of the journal The Future of Children.  more


The portrait of Turgenev was painted in 1872 by Vasily Perov

I’ve been looking at a photograph of the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, who was born on this day, November 9, in 1818. What interests me about the photo, which isn’t clear enough to be reproduced here, is the unorthodox pose. He’s seated with one leg tucked under the other with a book propped on the thigh of the tucked-under leg. There’s a suggestion of amusement in his expression that seems to say, “Hello, whoever you are, let’s agree about the absurdity of humans striking poses and be comfortable together in the moment. We’re all in this together.” more


Visit the Terhune Orchards Pie Sampling Weekend on November 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will be able to sample a wide selection of pies and place orders for upcoming holiday celebrations.

Pre-ordered pies may be picked up at the farm store on Sunday, November 20 and Monday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day) from 9 a.m. to noon. more


Library Live at Labyrinth will present biographer Reiner Stach and translator Shelley Frisch in a discussion of Kafka: The Early Years, (Princeton University Press $35) on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m.

According to Princeton faculty member and author of Lambent Traces: Franz Kafka Stanley Corngold, “Kafka: The Early Years completes a masterful trilogy. One feature puts it at light-years’ distance of superiority to anything previously written about Kafka’s early years: Stach had unique access to Max Brod’s notebooks, part of a celebrated cache of documents bearing on his friendship with Kafka. Far more fully than any other Kafka biographer, Stach gives us what Hegel calls ‘the concrete vitality of the full individual.’” more


The Princeton Clergy Association warmly welcomes all to the annual Community Thanksgiving Day Service at Princeton University Chapel from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, November 24.

A Thanksgiving tradition for over 65 years, the service is open to the Princeton area community. Many faiths and traditions are included in leading the service.  more