March 16, 2016

On March 28 at 6:30 p.m., more than 200 singers will gather on the Mayo Concert Hall stage at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) campus in Ewing. TCNJ students will perform alongside five high school choirs from Japan who all come from the region affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The performance is part of Project Hand-in-hand, which aims to support the recovery of the Japan disaster by using music to support cultural exchange and communication. This will be the fourth time in five years that TCNJ has partnered with Project Hand-in-Hand.  more

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HAPPY ENDING: Princeton High girls’ swimming star Madeleine Deardorff displays her butterfly form in a race last season. Senior star Deardorff ended her PHS career on a high note earlier this month, combining with classmate Brianna Romaine, junior Melinda Tang, and sophomore Abbey Berloco to win the 400 freestyle relay at the Meet of Champions. The quartet clocked a time of 3:28.60 in winning the event, just .28 seconds short of the meet record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though it was the last swim of her Princeton High career, Madeleine Deardorff didn’t let emotions get the best of her as she stood in the blocks for the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay final last month at the Meet of Champions. more

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.12.16 AMPrinceton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Executive Director Marc Uys returns to his musician roots when he performs live at the PSO’s Spring Chamber Concert Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Uys, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and soprano Mary Mackenzie will perform works by composer and former Princeton University professor Edward T. Cone, IAS’s Artist-in-Residence Sebastian Currier, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Written nearly 50 years apart, Cone’s Duo for Violin and Harp and Currier’s Night Time are significant contributions to the repertoire, reflecting the influence of Béla Bartók’s compositional symmetry and rhythmic manipulation upon their individual styles. Also on the program is Saint-Saëns’ Violons dans le soir, based on the eponymous poem by Anna Elizabeth Mathieu.

Prior to joining the PSO, Uys was concertmaster of New York City-based Arcos Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. He collaborated with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod in the duo Clockwise, touring South Africa performing premieres of newly commissioned works by 10 South African composers. In 2007 he led performances of Philip Miller’s RewindA Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony, including its world premiere in Cape Town and U.S. premiere in New York.  more

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This artwork by Nadini Chirimar entitled “City Journal” is apart of the Indo-American Arts Council’s seventh annual “Erasing Borders 2010: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora.” The piece is a 44×66 inch mix of drawing, woodblock printing, gold leaf, collage, and embroidery on Japanese Kozo paper.

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MURDER LURKS: Mollie (Jessica Bedford) finds herself in the midst of a deadly intrigue, in an isolated old manor house, cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded by an odd assortment of complete strangers, one of whom is a murderer, in McCarter Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” the longest running play in the history of English theater. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opened in London in 1952, and 64 years later, after more than 25,000 performances, it is still playing, by far the longest running show in theater history. Though McCarter’s current rendition of the classic murder mystery will run only two more weeks, until March 27, the high-energy, captivating Matthews Theatre production displays vividly the lasting appeal of this show. Whether you’re a whodunit aficionado or not, this show with its eight finely drawn, deftly presented characters and its rich visual appeal is highly entertaining from start to finish. more

This season, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director, Rossen Milanov, have dedicated programming to the creativity of women, and this past Sunday afternoon’s performance at Richardson Auditorium featured one of the more creative artists on the music scene today. Composer Caroline Shaw, who doubled as violinist soloist in her own Lo for Violin and Orchestra, crossed many genres of music as both composer and performer. These multiple genres of music thoroughly permeated her three-movement work, which was effectively played by the Princeton Symphony. With movements delineated by tempo markings rather than titles, Lo seemed to be semi-autobiographical, showing bits and pieces of many composers whom Ms. Shaw has credited with influencing her own creativity.  more

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The first African-American expedition to climb Denali, North America’s highest peak, is the subject of An American Ascent. The film is being screened Saturday, April 2, as part of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival at Princeton Public Library. Now in its tenth year, the festival features a line-up of more than 25 acclaimed films with filmmakers and other speakers presented over the course of 7 days. For a complete list of festival films, and updates on speakers, see princetonlibrary.org

March 11, 2016

See below for the March 17, 2016 Planning Board Meeting.

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

See below for the March 16, 2016 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

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

March 10, 2016

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Chef Max Hansen has announced plans for a 25,000-square-foot new catering venue in an old farmhouse on Carter Road in Hopewell. The $7 million project geared to weddings, corporate events, and catered affairs is scheduled to open by the summer of 2017. The project will create some 100 full-time jobs.

The location will also become the headquarters for Mr. Hansen’s entire operation. For the past 25 years, Max & Me Catering, Max Hansen Caterer, and Max Hansen Carversville Grocery in Bucks County have served the area. more

March 9, 2016

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The Route 206 stone masonry arch bridge over Stony Brook, New Jersey’s oldest bridge carrying highway traffic, re-opened — no trucks — Sunday, after the New Jersey Department of Transportation completed emergency repairs, including the colorful portable dam that was installed around the footing of the bridge. Extensive permanent reconstruction will be required, with designers and engineers looking ahead to imagine what might be traveling over that bridge between now and 2240. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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The historic stone masonry arch bridge over Stony Brook south of town on Route 206 re-opened Sunday evening after almost two weeks of emergency repair work by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT).  The truck detour will remain in place until the bridge is fully restored.

DOT officials, engineers and Historic Preservation Commission members are already moving ahead with plans for permanent reconstruction of the 1792 bridge, with an emphasis on strength, safety, durability, and a sensitivity to history.   more

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SAVING GRACE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse goalie Ellie DeGarmo makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star DeGarmo recorded 12 saves as Princeton started its Ivy League campaign by topping Dartmouth 11-5. The No. 6 Tigers, now 4-0, play at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-1) on March 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After seeing just 24 minutes of action during her freshman season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team in 2014, goalie Ellie DeGarmo started last spring on the bench. more

The Institute for Advanced Study continues to move forward with its 15-unit faculty housing project on seven acres of land adjacent to Princeton Battlefield, despite renewed calls to halt construction С this time from “The Save Princeton Coalition,” a newly-created group of nine organizations.

The Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS), along with the Washington D.C.-based Civil War Trust (CWT), which has offered to purchase the disputed property for $4.5 million, has opposed the project from its inception, and last week they joined with seven other groups in forming a coalition of historic preservation and conservation groups and sending a letter to the Institute’s Board of Trustees, urging that IAS “cease its development plans and pursue alternate building locations for the faculty housing project.” more

At a special meeting of Princeton Council Thursday evening, March 10, the governing body introduced an ordinance that, if passed, would make the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood a historic district. The measure next goes to the Planning Board, and could return to Council for a public hearing and vote on April 11.

If passed, the ordinance would please the many residents who want to honor the historical significance of the neighborhood and keep developers from tearing down existing buildings to put up new ones they feel would not fit in with the existing streetscapes. But for those who have invested in some of those properties, the issue is more complicated. more

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CRACKING THE CODE: A screening and discussion of “CodeGirl,” a documentary about teams of high school girls all over the world who develop apps to solve problems in their communities, is among the upcoming events at the Princeton Public Library’s History of Science series.

It was a chat with her uncle, who happened to have been her middle school science teacher in upstate New York, that gave Princeton Public Library’s Humanities Programming Coordinator Hannah Schmidl the idea for a series of events focused on the history of science. more

Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey is hosting an educational event focused exclusively on metastatic breast cancer on Saturday, April 9, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Cancer Treatment Centers of America sponsor the session, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The agenda will include presentations on advances in metastatic treatment, social and psychological issues affecting metastatic patients (including stress reduction), and diet and nutrition.  more

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it’s going to take a village to save them,” Michael De Leon, founder of Steered Straight, former drug addict and prison inmate, told the audience of about 120 in the Princeton High School Auditorium last Wednesday night.

“Don’t believe it’s not your kid,” said Mr. De Leon.  “Don’t believe it’s not your family.  Don’t believe it’s not in your backyard—because it is.” more

Princeton University Professor Imani Perry pleaded guilty in municipal court Tuesday, March 8, to speeding and driving while exceeding her out-of-state driving privileges. On February 6, Ms. Perry was pulled over for driving 67 miles per hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone on Mercer Road, and was arrested because of an outstanding warrant. more

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New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno spoke to a packed house at The Nassau Club of Princeton last Wednesday. “Go, pitch, fight” is her motto to promote economic development in New Jersey. She convinced Subaru to build their new headquarters in Camden and has visions of the city becoming the next Jersey City.  more

On Saturday, March 12, Howell Living History Farm’s big workhorses will be drafted for pony ride duty.

Riders will not sit on saddles or ride bareback, but will sit atop a fully harnessed, three-quarter-ton workhorse. The horses won’t mind, according to the farmers, since giving rides is easier than pulling the plows and wagons used to run the 130-acre “living-history” farm.  more

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Mark Doty will be the featured speaker at the People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos annual benefit, “Notable Words: An Evening Honoring Keith Wheelock” on March 11. The evening of readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Nassau Club, Princeton.

Proceeds from the event will go to the reading and discussion program, which is offered in English or Spanish for adults and young adults who have had limited opportunities to experience the “transformative power of great and enduring literature.” more

BOOK PIC51i+IIjLn0L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_-1Patrick K. O’Donnell, a bestselling military historian and the foremost authority on America’s elite fighting units, will discuss his new book, Washington’s Immortals (Atlantic Monthly Press $28) on Monday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at a benefit for The Princeton Battlefield Society at Princeton’s Metro North Grill, 378 Alexander Rd.

For $50 per person, guests will receive an autographed copy of Mr. O’Donnell’s newly released book, appetizers, and a complimentary ticket for wine/beer. The author will talk about his book and answer questions. The novel is seen through the eyes of the Maryland Regiments, whose actions at key battles from Brooklyn, Trenton to Princeton, and from Cowpens to Yorktown, “changed the course of American history.” Grounded in “an unprecedented access to unpublished primary sources and personal accounts,” Washington”s Immortals presents, “for the first time, a Band of Brothers-style account of the Revolutionary War.”

O’Donnell is a bestselling military historian and the critically acclaimed author of 10 books, including Beyond ValorDog Company, and First SEALs. He served as a combat historian in a Marine rifle platoon during the Battle of Fallujah. An expert on espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency, he is a frequent contributor to several prominent national publications.  more