May 11, 2016

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has rejected Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s (D-15) request to meet with representatives of the IAS Board concerning the Institute’s faculty housing project, “to discuss alternatives and a possible resolution of this controversy.”

Institute director Robbert Dijkgraaf, in his response Friday, stated that the legislators’ letter “seems to be part of a larger publicity effort to discredit the Institute and mischaracterize its project.” more

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Board Member photo: From Left to Right: Paula Chow (Gala Co-chair), Cheryl Goldman (co-chair), Emily Mann (Artistic Director), Victoria Hamilton (co-chair), Timothy J. Shields (Manager Director)

Photography by Erica Cardenas

On Saturday, May 7, McCarter Theatre hosted its annual Gala Benefit, that supports McCarter’s artistic and educational programs in Princeton. This year’s event was fashioned on the theme of Truman Capote’s 1960s “Black & White Ball,” with a silent auction, a post-concert party, music, and dancing.  more

Images of police in the news media and in the public imagination are often negative С depicting at best enforcement and at worst brutality. Think Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Ferguson С and so many other conflict locations throughout the country.

Princeton Chief of Police Nick Sutter sees vast changes in the nature of police work in the 21st century and the need for new approaches to the job.  more

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On Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., the Arts Council of Princeton presents the Goldberg Lecture in architecture featuring architect Shirley Blumberg. The lectures in architecture are held in memory of Bunny and David Goldberg. more

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DESTRUCTIVE INVADER: The emerald ash borer recently arrived in Princeton. It can potentially destroy all of the town’s ash trees. Princeton Shade Tree Commission and the town Council are preparing to propose a plan to combat the infestation of this beetle, which originated in Asia.

An infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB), a beetle that is killing ash trees in 25 states, has struck Princeton, demanding action by Municipal Council, the Princeton Shade Tree Commission (STC) and property owners. Since first discovered in Detroit in 2002, the invasive pests have killed hundreds of millions of trees in this country, that now includes an unspecified number in Princeton. more

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Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, the girls’ independent day school in Princeton, announces that Lynne Brum will join Stuart as the new director of institutional advancement beginning July 1.

Ms. Brum comes to Stuart from the Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she has been the director of development for the past four years.  more

In a deal announced last week, The Bank of Princeton is being merged into the Short Hills-based Investors Bancorp. The agreement provides a combination of stock and cash with a value of $154 million for Bank of Princeton stockholders. more

A little over a year ago, the morning after Donald Trump announced his candidacy, a Photoshopped image of his red-nosed circus-clown face filled the front page of the Daily News next to the massive headline CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ. A little over a week ago, the day after Trump won the Indiana primary and became the presumptive Republican nominee, the front page of the same newspaper showed a piggy-bank-sized GOP elephant in a coffin with the words “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of a once-great political party, killed by epidemic of Trump.”  more

Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond will be discussing his new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Based on years of embedded fieldwork, Evicted tells the story of eight families and their landlords in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers, and disproportionately for minorities. more

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Captain Leland Emerson will recount his life aboard a whaling ship and encounters with the infamous “Mocha Dick” as part of the Friends of the Lawrence Library’s Open House at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. For more information, call (609) 989-6920.

The Capital City Book Fair is a two-day literary explosion in downtown Trenton. Organized by Classics Books and the Trenton Downtown Association, the Book Fair will line the streets with authors and booksellers, and feature events including signings by Pulitzer Prize winning authors, a poetry slam, a literary-themed tour of Trenton, live music, Scrabble, and free books for Trenton kids. more

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“BIG FAT HAIRY DEAL”: The Hunterdon Art Museum’s basketry exhibition features creations made with unconventional materials like the hardware cloth, hair curlers, and cable ties that Emily Dvorin used in her basket, pictured here.

The works created by the 22 artists highlighted in the Hunterdon Art Museum’s (HAM) exhibition, “Interconnections: The Language of Basketry,” include everything from stapled paper to fabricated metal. Some employ found objects; others utilize clay, linen, or wire. Works range from a large interactive floor sculpture to a small intricate construction of metal and paper, but all are united by an inventive approach to an ancient craft. more

The Hunterdon County Historical Society announces a rare opportunity to view the quilt collection on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at the state-of-the art climate-controlled archive building located at 67 River Road in Flemington. Dana Balsamo, certified quilt appraiser and quilt historian will pull quilts from the collection to explore the fabrics, designs, and history of the textiles and their relationship to the County’s history.  more

The Princeton Festival, a multi-genre performing arts festival that runs from June 4 to June 26, features an opera by Benjamin Britten, a musical by Stephen Sondheim, two different kinds of jazz concerts, an organ recital, two Baroque orchestra concerts (1 with chorus), a contemporary ballet dance performance, and an oratorio accompanying a silent film.  more

The Second Annual Nassau Film Festival returns to Princeton’s Garden Theatre (160 Nassau Street) on Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Lew Goldstein, who co-founded the festival with Dan Bauer, got the idea to start the festival after noticing a gap in the Princeton film scene. “I felt there was a void for individuals who focused on short documentaries and short films. These are all remarkable films that deserve to be seen,” he says. more

May 10, 2016

See below for the May 9, 2016 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

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Does art imitate fashion or does fashion imitate art? You decide.

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May 4, 2016

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GOING FOR IT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player -Connor Fletcher, left, goes to goal in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Fletcher tallied two goals and three assists as PDS defeated South Brunswick 16-4 and improved to 9-1. The Panthers will start action in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded first and will host a quarterfinal contest on May 7 with the semis slated for May 10. PDS is also seeded first in the state Prep B tournament and will host a semifinal contest on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last three years, Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse star Connor Fletcher has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the area. more

 

RECONSIDERING WILSON’S LEGACY: A mural depicting Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first ball at a 1915 Washington Senators baseball game was removed on Saturday from Princeton University’s Wilson College dining hall, in accordance with the decision of Wilson College Head Eduardo Cadava and the recommendation of an undergraduate student committee. (Photos by Donald Gilpin)

A large mural depicting the image of Woodrow Wilson was removed Saturday from the dining hall of Wilson College at Princeton University, at the behest of Wilson College Head Eduardo Cadava.  more

As New Jersey public school students completed the 2016 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exams last week, the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education passed a resolution urging the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) to “withdraw its pending graduation requirement proposals.” more

At a meeting on April 25, Princeton Council voted unanimously to hire a consultant to take a hard look at residential zoning in the town. The priority of The RBA Group’s Neighborhood Character and Zoning Study will be the issue of teardowns, which are taking place in just about every area of the town. more

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CHANGING THE STREETSCAPE: The Avalon Princeton rental community is taking shape along Witherspoon Street, where Princeton’s hospital once stood. The 280-unit complex of apartments and townhouses, the subject of considerable pushback from area residents over the past few years, is planning to welcome its first tenants by late August, with full completion projected for a few months later.

The first units in the AvalonBay rental complex being built on the former site of Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street are scheduled to be available in late August. more

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GILL DISEASE: Gizzard shad from Lake Carnegie that were necropsied last week by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife were found to have a gill disease caused by a common protozoan parasite. (Photo Courtesy of Division of Fish & Wildlife)

The spring die-off of hundreds of gizzard shad in Lake Carnegie, noted by many residents over the past couple of weeks, is the result of a gill disease caused by a parasite known as “Ich” (Ichthyophthirius multifiliis), according to a pathology report issued Saturday by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife (F&W). more

In the six months since Sustainable Princeton, the Princeton Merchants Association and McCaffrey’s Market began a plastic bag recycling program, seven tons of plastic has been diverted from being dumped in landfills. This statistic was among several delivered to Princeton Council at its April 25 meeting during a report on the “Learn Your ABC’s” bring-your-own bag campaign that was launched to reduce the number of single-use disposable bags distributed in Princeton. more

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Palmer Square hosts the 10th annual Girls Night Out on Thursday, May 19 from 4-9 p.m. (rain date May 20). Exclusive promotions, sales, and discounts from many stores and restaurants on the square are part of the event, which this year will include a trivia contest. A Taste of the Square tent with food samplings will be open, and parking is free in the Chambers or Hulfish street lots. Admission is free, but those who register and pay $10 will be admitted to the GNO Lounge in the Nassau Inn, consultations by Salon Pure, and more.  more