Between April 28 and May 1, 2016, hundreds of thousands of people across the United States are expected to take a “stand” against racism and do their part to help advance the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and increase the collective impact in promoting racial justice and civil rights in the United States. Founded by the YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism™ has been a successful campaign at YWCAs across the country and is now a signature campaign of YWCA USA. more
Musical protest helps the Japanese “to voice what they cannot ordinarily express in words” according to Princeton resident Noriko Manabe’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford $27.95). It’s a formidable work: 433 pages, 35 pages of notes, a nearly 15-page-long bibliography, with web icons interspersed throughout the text highlighting links to pronuclear public relations videos, press conferences, music videos, extensive footage from anti-nuclear demonstrations and rallies, plus color photos on a companion website. more
MORVEN IN MAY JURIED EXHIBIT/SALE: These hand-spun wool tapestries were created by master tribal weaver Wence Matrinez, in collaboration with his wife, biomorphic painter, Sandra Martinez. The artists of Martinez Studio, based out of Door County Wisconsin, are just two of the 36 fine craft artists from around the country exhibiting at this year’s Morven in May craft show on May 7-8. (Photo From www.martinezstudio.com)
Morven in May, one of New Jersey’s most anticipated spring rituals, is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary, American-made fine craft. The museum brings together 36 professional fine craft artists from around the U.S., all working at the highest levels in their respective medium, including decorative and wearable textiles, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass, metal, and more. more
See below for the April 7, 2016 Planning Board Meeting.
Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.
Two of London’s leading luxury brands come together for a swoon-worthy collection of summer shoes
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
You can’t help but put your best foot forward in one of L.K. Bennett’s 20-piece limited edition shoe collection with Bionda Castana. The two London-based luxury brands have combined their fashion savvy to create a Spring/Summer 2016 limited edition shoe collection featuring six different silhouettes. more
DRAMA KINGS: Princeton University baseball players celebrate after they edged Dartmouth 2-1 in the opening game of a doubleheader on a walk-off double by senior Billy Arendt last Saturday in its Ivy League opener. The Tigers won the nightcap 9-8 on a walk-off single by Joseph Flynn in the 10th inning, overcoming an 8-6 deficit. On Sunday, Princeton kept rolling, sweeping Harvard, 4-1 and 14-5, as junior outfielder Nick Hernandez had six RBIs on the day. The Tigers, now 11-10 overall and 4-0 Ivy, will look to extend their five-game winning streak when they host Monmouth on April 6 and then resume Ivy play with doubleheaders at Yale on April 9 and at Brown on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
On one hand, Nick Hernandez would like to forget his sophomore season with the Princeton University baseball team. more
Referring to the library’s upcoming second-floor renovation in this week’s Town Talk, Executive Director Brett Bonfield mentions the “classic view of what a library is.” Other Town Talkers speak highly of the fireplaces, the “fantastic staff,” the Friends bookstore, and “a new director who seems to understand that libraries have to live in the 21st century.” (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
Princeton University will not remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from two campus buildings despite a recent outcry over his views on race. A trustee committee charged with examining the Wilson legacy announced Monday that there is a need for “an expanded and more vigorous commitment to diversity and inclusion at Princeton,” but the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Wilson College will retain his name. more
A group of residents from Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood has joined a lawsuit challenging tax exemptions for some buildings on the Princeton University campus. Originally brought by four Princeton residents, the suit now has 24 people listed as plaintiffs. more
Controversy locally and across the country continues to pursue the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Test as Princeton Public Schools (PPS) prepare to administer the 2016 PARCC, starting next Monday. Testing over the next three weeks may result in a more stringent assessment of the PARCC itself than of the student test-takers and their schools. more
READY FOR BATTLE: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight first varsity 8 shows its form. Last Saturday, the top boat defeated Navy by more than nine seconds to retain the Navy-Princeton Rowing Cup. The 4th-ranked Tigers clocked a time of 5:28.6 over the 2,000-meter course on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md. with the No. 10 Midshipmen coming in at 5:37.7. Princeton will face Columbia and Penn in Teaneck. N.J. on April 9 in the race for the Childs Cup. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)
Ending last season by competing overseas at the Royal Henley Regatta in England in July gave the Princeton University men’s heavyweight rowers a head start on the 2016 campaign. more
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT: Architect Steven Holl’s concept of integrating the surrounding landscape into the building, with plenty of natural light, was a major factor in the selection of his firm to design the new Rubinstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study. (Graphic courtesy of the Institute for Advanced Study)
Every ten years, The Institute for Advanced Study assesses the state of the campus and considers its most pressing issues. At the last review, the most outstanding need was identified: a new, 21st-century gathering space for the kind of social engagement and academic collaboration that makes this 86-year-old research community unique. more
Mohannad Darawshe, a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the State of Israel, will present the 28th Annual Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Lecture, “Inside Israel: Jewish Arab Relations Within a Regional Context” on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at The Jewish Center of Princeton. more
“GET A LEG UP ON LIFE”: Kristin Friberg, librarian at Princeton Public Library, loves her job and recommends a visit to the library to take advantage of its collection and its many other valuable resources. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)
“To Listen, to Engage, to Grow” — Kristin Friberg, Readers’ Services Librarian
Kristin Friberg has been a librarian at Princeton Public Library (PPL) for the past 11 years. According to Brett Bonfield, executive director of the library, “Kristin is an extraordinary librarian, a wonderful colleague, and terrific asset to our community. She clearly loves her work, takes pride in her ability to help people enjoy this great library and its outstanding collection, and brings other significant talents to our workplace as well. She’s a skilled, funny, and poetic writer and editor who helps the library tell its story through its blog and via Instagram, and, though she rarely needs to make use of this talent, at least during her desk shifts, she has a marvelous singing voice. The more I get to know Kristin, the more grateful I am for the work she does in our community’s behalf.” more
Princeton University has offered admission to 1,894 students, or 6.46 percent of the 29,303 applicants for the class of 2020. This was the University’s most selective admission process to date and the largest applicant pool in its history. more
Transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning — a large contingent of trans youth, along with their allies and an assortment of educators, will gather at Princeton Day School this Saturday, April 9 for the 2nd Annual New Jersey Trans Youth Forum (TYF), sponsored by HiTops and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network). more
Riding with HEART (Hunterdon Assisted Recreation and Therapy) is seeking donations for new and gently used horse tack, equestrian clothing, and barn supplies and equipment for its Saturday, April 9 Spring Tack Sale at its Pittstown farm at 639 County Road 513 in Hunterdon County. more
Sponsored by the Cotsen Children’s Library, in collaboration with Bedtime Math, Digitopolis, the mathematical kingdom from “The Phantom Tollbooth,” will be open for visitors in the Frick Chemistry Building on the Princeton University campus from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Full of hands-on exploration, demonstrations, games, challenges, and unexpected connections, Digitopolis is for both the mathphilic and the mathphobic. Recommended for children ages 4-10. For further information, contact Dana Sheridan: email@example.com.
Anne-Marie Slaughter will be speaking about her new book, “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family” on April 12 from 5 to 7:30 at Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. The talk is presented by The Women In Business Alliance. A ticket ($50 members, $65 future members) includes wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a copy of the book. For more information, contact Lorraine@Princetonchamber.org.
On Saturday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m., Bob Wells of Wells Tree & Landscape will lead an hour long walk beginning in the heart of Mapleton Preserve. He will offer basic ID techniques and explore the importance of trees to the environment and to our well-being, as well as the threats posed by climate change. Attendees should meet at Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Headquarters, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston.
The Women’s College Club of Princeton will celebrate its 100th anniversary at a high tea at the Chauncey Center on Sunday, April 10.
Nancy Weiss Malkiel, former history professor and former dean at Princeton University, will speak about young women and the decisions for co-education at elite colleges and universities in the United States. Treby Williams, executive vice president of the University, will also be present. more
It was around this time half a century ago that people began to suspect the Beatles of being the creation of supernatural forces. Had they signed a pact with Lucifer? The “more popular than Jesus” frenzy that led to the burning of their records in crazy America demonstrated that, yes, they were unthinkably, absurdly big. The “Paul McCartney is dead” madness caught fire for the same reason. Nothing less than mysterious death or divinity could explain the phenomenon; the resulting paranoia of disbelief had reached the “who really wrote Shakespeare?” level. All this cosmic commotion and they had yet to astonish the world with albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper and singles like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” “I am the Walrus,” and “Hey Jude.”
“Tomorrow Never Knows”
Fifty years ago today, April 6, 1966, when the Beatles began recording Revolver in EMI’s Studio Three at Abbey Road, a tall, elegantly handsome gentleman with no evident resemblance to Mephistopheles, and no pact signed in blood in his pocket, guided John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to the top of Mt. Revolver. more