September 16, 2015


Montgomery High School cheerleaders capturing the spirit of community excitement at Sunday’s Montgomery FunFest. Held at Princeton Airport, the event featured more than a hundred booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, games of chance, and live music by the bands GoodWorks, Acoustic Road, Fitz and the Cats, Dangerous New Highs, Perfectly Sharp, and The Shaxe. Participants report on the fun in this week’s Town Talk. For a cross-section of images from the event, see page 22. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)


THREE’S COMPANY: Princeton University quarterbacks, from left, sophomore John Lovett, junior Chad Kanoff, and senior Kedric Bostic pose together during the program’s media day earlier this month. The trio are competing for playing time and each figures to see action this fall. Princeton, which went 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League last fall, kicks off its 2015 campaign when it plays at Lafayette (0-2) on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Slipping to fourth place in the Ivy League standings last fall after sharing the title in 2013 with Harvard, the Princeton University football team headed to Asia this spring to begin a hoped-for climb up the league standings. more

McCaffreys webYou might say McCaffrey’s has got you coming and going these days. A sizable renovation of the front of the store, due to be completed in about two weeks, has meant that entrances and exits periodically need to be reassigned to accommodate workers and their stockpiles of wood amid the store’s displays of pumpkins and other seasonal fare. In addition to the work at McCaffrey’s, EDENS, the Shopping Center’s owner, has plans to refurbish the parking lot and other stores during the coming months. The goal, EDENS says, is to update the look of the Center. more

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Despite a financial crisis which has landed the American Boychoir School (ABS)  in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, classes at the choral academy began this week at the school’s new location in Hopewell. Some 32 boys are enrolled, including eight new students, at the Rambling Pines camp, according to a September 10 report to supporters of the organization by Rob D’Avanzo, the Chairman of ABS’ Board of Trustees. That figure is down from 50 students, as reported on the ABS website last spring. more


HAPPY CAMPERS: Princeton University football senior co-captains, Matt Arends, left, and Seth DeValve enjoy a light moment as the players took a break from preseason camp earlier this month for the program’s media day. Arends is moving to outside linebacker from safety this fall as the Tigers look to shore up their defense after giving up 28.7 points a game in 2014 in going 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League. The Tigers open their 2015 season by playing at Lafayette on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Arends found a home in the secondary during his first three years with the Princeton University football team. more

Affordable housing webThe future of affordable housing in Princeton was the topic of a standing-room-only public meeting of Princeton Council and the town’s Planning Board in Monument Hall last week. The lengthy discussion included numerous comments from members of the public as well as questions and suggestions from the governing bodies themselves.

The town wants to hear the public’s opinions on the issues covered in a document on housing goals written by a Princeton Community Master Plan subcommittee of the Planning Board, planning director Lee Solow said during his presentation. Mr. Solow stressed that the document is not final. more


COMMUNITY ACTION: Princeton University freshmen taking part in the annual community service program preceding their orientation week visited a variety of locations in town and across New Jersey. One group even got to do some drumming with some residents at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Attending Princeton University and living on its leafy campus could leave students with an insular view of life. But the University’s Community Action program wants them to know that there is another world outside the “orange bubble.” During the week before freshmen orientation, the 11-year-old program offers new students a chance to learn community service skills and put them to work. more

Senior Living

A year after Princeton was designated an Age-Friendly Community (AFC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Association for Retired People (AARP), Princeton Senior Resource Center Executive Director Susan Hoskins says it’s time for each sector– business, civic, academic, health services, non-profit – to insure that the “age friendly” description is meaningful and lasting.  more


TAYLOR SWIFT: Princeton High girls’ soccer Taylor Lis races up the field in action last fall. Senior midfielder and tri-captain Lis should be a top offensive weapon for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers were slated to get their 2015 season underway by hosting Robbinsville on September 15 and playing at Hamilton on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High girls’ soccer team boasting a slew of battle-tested players, Val Rodriguez sees a maturity around her squad. more

Peter SingerRandy Cohen will interview philosopher, author and Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer for his public radio program, “Person, Place, Thing,” Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m., at Princeton Public Library. During the program, guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves.

Mr. Singer has been called the world’s most influential living philosopher and, in 2014, was third on the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute’s ranking of Global Thought Leaders. He is known for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. Mr. Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, most recently, “The Most Good You Can Do.” His works have appeared in more than 30 languages.  more

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“INTIMATIONS”: This oil on linen by painter Audrey Ushenko will be among those on display in her solo exhibit at the Rider University Art Gallery called “In Natural Habitat” from September 24 through October 25.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “In Natural Habitat” featuring the work of Audrey Ushenko from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, October 25. The exhibit will include an opening reception on Thursday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. more

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On drives from Indiana to New York City before the Interstate, my parents took U.S. 40 east, which brought us into the hilly outskirts of Pittsburgh at night. It was the most vivid moment of the trip: the red-orange glow of steel mills against the dark sky, the smoke-hazed aura around the glow, the balmy summer air, the excitement of seeing that vision lighting up the sky. The moment was marked by the metallic scent of industry, like the aroma of pure power, which is what I seemed to be breathing again in “Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection” at the James A. Michener Art Museum.  more

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IT’S A MAD, MAD WORLD: Alice spends time with a tea-drinking mouse and other wondrous creatures in an original musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, presented by the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre on Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are available at or by calling (609) 570-3333.

Kaleidoscope Theatre at Mercer County Community College present the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre, located at MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  more


ON THE BALL: Hun School boys’ soccer player Alex Semler chases down the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Semler has been a mainstay on the back line for the Raiders since his freshman season. Hun gets its 2015 season underway this week by playing at Morristown-Beard on September 15 and at the Life Center Academy on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ soccer team, the 2015 season couldn’t come soon enough. more

September 15, 2015

Half Marathon

The 2015 Princeton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 4 starting at 7 a.m. Registration is still open though spaces are limited.

The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place and travels through some of Princeton’s most noted landmarks including Princeton Battlefield and the Institute for Advanced Study. The race typically attracts around 1,500 runners and several thousand spectators.  more

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all God’s creatures, St. Paul Catholic Church will host the Blessing of the Animals by pastor Monsignor Joseph Rosie on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the parish lawn, 214 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton. This annual tradition welcomes pets and their families. Recent participants have included dogs, cats, hamsters, and even rabbits. All are welcome to attend.

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September 14, 2015

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The 8th Annual Hopewell Tour Des Arts will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, working and professional artists in the Hopewell area will open their studio doors to the general public. 29 artists will participate in this year’s event. The tour begins at the Hopewell Train Station in Hopewell Borough where guests can pick-up maps (maps can also be found in-town at Brother’s Moon restaurant or online at

September 11, 2015

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HONORING THOSE WHO ARE GONE: At Rider University in Lawrenceville today, September 11, military students conducted a flag-lowering ceremony while the Student Government Association presidents joined Rider president Gregory G. Dell’Omo to place a memorial wreath in honor of lives lost. Westminster Choir College student Thomas Lynch performed the national anthem as part of the remembrance event.

View additional images from the event, below. more

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Author Joyce Carol Oates returns to Labyrinth Books of Princeton on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in celebration of the publication of her new memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age. This event is free to attend and open to the public. more

September 10, 2015

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To celebrate the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester and an exciting new year of programming at the Princeton University Art Museum (including the opening of Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection) students and the greater Princeton community are invited to the seventh annual Nassau Street Sampler. Visit the PU Art Museum galleries and taste what local restaurants have to offer while enjoying musical performances by some of Princeton’s most beloved student groups. more

September 9, 2015


Architect William A. Potter’s Richardsonian Romanesque Alexander Hall looms in the background as students gather for the beginning of a new school year. Students discuss their expectations in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Childrens Book Fest

It’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

“It” is the Princeton Public Library’s annual Children’s Book Festival, which will be held this year in Hinds Plaza on Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

This year is particularly special: it’s the festival’s 10th anniversary, and Youth Services Librarian Allison Santos, who has been its guiding hand since its inception, “can’t believe it. Over the years the event just continues to grow, and this is our biggest event yet.” Some 105 authors and illustrators will be participating, reported Ms. Santos, coming from as far away as Australia (“we’ve gone international,” Ms. Santos said happily) and as close as Brooklyn, (the “hub of children’s literature”).  more


BIG BEN: Princeton University men’s soccer goalie Ben Hummel stretches out to thwart a foe in a game last season. Last Friday,  6’6 Hummel stood tall, making two saves as Princeton rallied to beat St. John’s 2-1 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Tigers head south to play at Florida Gulf Coast University on September 10 and at Florida International on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s soccer team hit the field at St. John’s last Friday evening in its season opener, the players were anxious to see where they stood. more

Page 1 ConstructionConstruction of the AvalonBay rental community at the former site of Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street has been temporarily halted due to the presence of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the site.

“In response, AvalonBay took additional samples and has sent them out for further testing,” reads a press release from Princeton’s municipal administrator Marc D. Dashield. “The results are expected within two weeks.”

Work on the 280-unit apartment and townhouse complex stopped a few weeks ago, and stockpiles of dirt and materials have been covered with plastic sheeting. The site is being wet down each day. more

School Teachers

The school year may have started on September 8 for Princeton Public School students, but teachers and staff were up and running well before that.

On Wednesday, September 2, for example, teachers and staff gathered for an opening convocation led by Superintendent Steve Cochrane. It was a great day,” he reported afterward. “The teachers and staff returned with new contracts, but also with new excitement and a new sense of purpose.” more