December 9, 2015

At what she billed as her final appearance before Princeton Council on Monday evening, December 7, Princeton Public Library’s outgoing director Leslie Burger described the renovation project planned for the library’s second floor and told Council it is being paid for almost entirely by private funds.

The $3 million project designed to reimagine and reconfigure the middle floor is being financed 94 percent by private gifts and pledges raised between last June and September, with the remaining six percent coming from previously approved capital funding from the town, Ms. Burger said before introducing the project’s architect, Andrew Berman. Mr. Berman, whose firm is based in New York City, has done work for the New York Public Library and other libraries. more

Kevin Wilkes

Kevin Wilkes, Chairman of Princeton Future Council, addresses a gathering of community residents in the Public Library Community Room last Saturday, as they work together towards the improvement of “one of the most beautiful towns in America.”

Not yet “in an advocacy role, we’re still in a listening role,” Kevin Wilkes, Chairman of the Princeton Future Council explained to about 60 community residents gathered last Saturday in the Public Library Community Room.

Mr. Wilkes promised that Princeton Future would be in a “recommendation role” by next spring,” but Saturday’s meeting focused on presenting “the results of what we heard from you two weeks ago and offering suggestions on how we might move forward together.”  more


SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Karlie Lund, left, gets position in the crease last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman star Lund tallied a goal and two assists in a five-minute stretch in the second period as the Tigers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Big Green 4-1. Lund, the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for November, leads the Tigers with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists. Princeton, which has posted four straight wins in improving to 9-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 ECACH, hosts Penn State for a two-game set on December 11 and 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the span of five minutes of action last Saturday, Karlie Lund of the Princeton University women’s hockey team displayed the skills that have made her one of the top rookies in ECAC Hockey this winter. more


TELLING THEIR STORIES: Taking part in a panel discussion at Princeton Public Library as part of The Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Stories Project are, from left: Mildred Trotman and Michele Tuck-Ponder, seated; and Joseph Moore, Yina Moore, and moderator Marc Dashield, standing behind them. Not pictured: Lance Liverman.

For Mildred Trotman, it was an unpleasant experience with Princeton’s school system that made her think about getting into politics. For Lance Liverman, it was an awareness of some discontent among his fellow citizens that propelled him into public service. more

Profiles in Educ

NEVER A BORING DAY AT PHS: Susi Murphy presides over her Princeton High School classroom, where testing and technology take a back seat to literature, learning, writing and life.

It’s the last class of the day on Friday afternoon at Princeton High School — winter break still more than two weeks away. This is not the time in the day, the week, or the school year when students are likely to be most energetically, attentively engaged in the learning process or most excited about the academic subject matter offered by their teachers.

Susan Murphy’s class is an exception. Her Contemporary Literature gathering of juniors and seniors is discussing The Keep, a complex psychological novel set in a medieval German castle. more


HOT COFFEY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey goes after the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Coffey scored two goals to help PDS top Montclair Kimberley Academy 4-0. Last Monday, he chipped in a goal and an assist as the Panthers edged Hun 3-2 to improve to 3-0. PDS will take part in the Albany Academy (N.Y.) Tourney from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Tyler Coffey, his freshman season with the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team last winter turned into a bit of a nightmare. more

Since founding “redefy” nearly three years ago to help teenagers recognize and redefine cultural stereotypes, Princeton Day School junior Ziad Ahmed has dined at The White House alongside President Obama and shared ideas with prominent social activists from across the globe. This Sunday, December 13, he is back on his home turf with an event at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center.

“#The Generation of Now” is a collaboration with Not in Our Town Princeton and the University’s Muslim Life Program. Some 200 people — 120 of whom are students — are expected to attend the afternoon of panel discussions, presentations, and workshops designed to inspire teenagers and community members to become engaged in social justice activities. more

Chamber of Commerce

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce bestowed its annual Business Leadership Awards on December 2 at a gala held at the Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana. Left to right: Peter Crowley, president and CEO, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; Richard Coyne, partner, WithumSmith+Brown, Business Leader of the Year; Connie Mercer, executive director, HomeFront, Community Leader of the Year; Al Maghazehe, president and CEO, Capital Health, Business Leader of the Year; Marlyn Zucosky, partner and director of interior design, Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, Entrepreneur of the Year; Kristopher Grudt, executive director, Princeton National Rowing Association, Innovator of the Year; Joshua Zinder, principal, Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, Entrepreneur of the Year; and John Thurber, chairman, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Photograph of Ernest Hemingway at the Finca Vigia in 1952 posing in front of Waldo Peirce’s oil portrait of the author in 1929. (The Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

The best news I’ve heard lately is that Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast has become a bestseller in France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. With sales surging, copies of his bittersweet celebration of life and art in the City of Light are appearing among the flowers and candles in makeshift memorials honoring the victims. The title in French, Paris est une fête, has become a trending hashtag on Twitter.  more

PU Art Museum

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the Princeton University Art Museum will unveil “Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape.” Showcasing masterpieces by artists from Constable to Turner to Monet — working in Britain, the exhibition offers new insights into the cultural history of Britain as it became the world’s first industrial nation late in the 18th century. This oil on canvas by Claude Gelee titled “Landscape with St. Philip Baptizing the Eunuch, 1678” is among the artworks that will be on display. 


ROSY OUTLOOK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Rose Tetnowski brings the ball up the court in a game last winter. Senior guard Tetnowski will be counted on to provide leadership and production this winter for Stuart. Tetnowski and the Tartans came up big last weekend as they won the George School (Pa.) Invitational, defeating the Solebury School (Pa.) 48-30 in the opening round on Friday before topping Calvary Christian 54-27 in the title game on Saturday. Stuart, now 3-0, plays at Villa Victoria on December 9 before hosting Princeton Day School on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking the helm of the Stuart Country Day School girls’ basketball team last winter, Justin Leith aimed to have his players show a deeper commitment to the game.

As Leith looked ahead to the 2015-16 campaign, he believes that his approach is resonating with his players. more

NTU All Good Dogs

PET PALS: “We offer love and attention to dogs 24/7 in a cage-free kennel alternative. And, we bring peace of mind to dog owners, who know their animals will have the best of care.” Carole Lini, owner of All Good Dogs, is proud of the staff members shown in the photo holding two of their canine charges.

Does your dog need a home away from home? Is he or she becoming a “pooch potato”? Too much rest-time and not enough play-time and exercise? With so many people working out of the house today, that special canine companion may experience all of the above and be lonely as well.

Fortunately, Princeton area dogs have a happy alternative: All Good Dogs, which operates two nearby facilities, one in Plainsboro and one in Lawrence, as well as a third in Cherry Hill.  more

McGukianFilm director, writer, and producer Mary McGuckian will discuss her recent film, The Price of Desire, about Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray, on Friday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.

The film, which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year, is set substantially in and around Gray’s most abiding work, the villa E.1027 at Roquebrune Cap Martin in southern France, now recognized by many as the first fully fledged modernist house ever constructed. The drama explores the controversial events and details surrounding Le Corbusier’s effacement, defacement, and eventual erasure of Gray’s authorship and ownership of the one of the most important houses of the 20th century.

Gray is regarded as a cult figure among collectors of her work. This film is part of the Eileen Gray Project (2014-15), which includes a companion documentary, Gray Matters, by Marco Orisini, as well as a series of limited edition Eileen Gray Project Portrait Prints by Julian Lennon, and various other projects designed to bring Gray’s life and work to the public’s attention.  more

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) presents Sarah Donner in a Holiday Soiree on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in the ACP’s Solley Theater at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street.

Donner is known for her bright musical melodies and ballads. She will be joined by guitarist and vocalist Amanda Duncan and Chris Q. Murphy. Tickets are $12 ($10 for ACP members, students, and seniors).

Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages. For more information, visit or call (609) 924-8777.


Art Evening

“SOFT EVENING”: Gail Bracegirdle’s watercolor pictured above is among the works by the Artists’ Gallery’s 16 artists who will be exhibiting at the Gallery’s annual holiday show “Small Works in a Small Town.” The exhibit runs from Thursday, December 10 until Sunday, January 31, 2016 during which time patrons can purchase smaller artworks that make perfect holiday gifts.

The Artists’ Gallery’s (AG) 20th annual holiday exhibition, Small Works in a Small Town, runs from Thursday, December 10 until Sunday, January 31, 2016. The show predominately features smaller artworks by the gallery’s 16 artists that are perfect for holiday gifts. An Open House with the artists will be held at the gallery, located at 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville on Saturday, December 12 from 1 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. more

December 7, 2015


The faces of children tell you all you need to know about the beauty of the Palmer Square tree the moment the lights came on Friday night. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

See below for the December 6, 2015 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

December 3, 2015

See below for the December 3, 2015 Planning Board Meeting.

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

December 2, 2015

At a lengthy and often emotional meeting of Princeton’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Monday evening, a consultant to the municipality recommended that the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood be designated a local historic district.

A standing-room-only crowd including neighborhood residents, architects, and local officials packed the main meeting room at Witherspoon Hall to hear a presentation by Wise Preservation Planning, the Chester Springs, Pa. company hired to survey the area that has been home to the town’s African American community and other ethnic groups for generations. Following an informative presentation by longtime neighborhood resident and historian Shirley Satterfield, the HPC opened the floor to members of the community. more

Describing last week’s two heroin arrests as only the “tip of the iceberg,” Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter is certain this problem “is not going away any time soon.”

“People are turning to heroin because of the price,” Mr. Sutter said. “There has been a huge spike in the cost of pills, prescription pain killers, and heroin is a cheaper alternative. It has become the second most popular street drug after marijuana.”

Princeton Police made two arrests last Tuesday, November 24 at a John Street residence: Jordan Walden, 22, of Princeton for possession with intent to distribute С also possession of marijuana, cocaine, and prescription legend drugs; and Laura Sliwa, 19, for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. The drug distribution charges were within 1000 feet of school property and within 500 feet of a public park and public housing. Both were taken to Mercer County Correctional Center, with $225,000 bail for Mr. Walden, $10,000 bail with a 10 percent posting option for Ms. Sliwa.  more

Bainbridge House, the historic building that has served as home to the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) since 1967, is being turned into an arts-focused information center and gathering space. The circa 1766 house at 158 Nassau Street will also be home to new administrative space for the education staff of the Princeton University Art Museum, the University announced Tuesday.

The Historical Society, which has been renting the building from the University for $1 a year for several decades, is relocating to Updike Farmstead on Quaker Road. Currently closed, the HSP will reopen on January 6 at Updike Farm. The organization has been dividing its operations and exhibits between the two locations since purchasing the six-acre farm in 2004. more


LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT: The steps of The Nassau Inn are among the sites around town that will be aglow on Monday night in honor of the 14th annual Communites of Light campaign, which benefits Womanspace. Kits are still available for those who want to join the tribute.

At dusk on Monday, December 7, rain or shine, Princeton streets, driveways and walkways will glow with light from rows of luminaria. These votive candles anchored by sand and encased in brown paper bags have become a tradition that has a message.

“They are a symbol of hope,” said Lauren Nazarian, director of development for Womanspace, the Mercer County organization that helps women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. “We want people to know we are here, that our services are available. And it’s a fundraiser for us as well.”

Womanspace’s 14th annual “Communities of Light Peace Begins at Home” campaign was officially launched last October. Kits that cost $10 and have the organization’s logo are available, while virtual luminaria are also for sale. Raoul and Carlo Momo of the Terra Momo Restaurant Group are the honorary co-chairs of the current campaign. Both are active in the local community. more


TAKING FLIGHT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian, right, battles a Rider player for the ball as the teams met last week. Senior star and tri-captain -Tarakchian poured in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Princeton top the Broncs 78-59 in the November 24 contest. Over the weekend, Tarakchian starred as the Tigers headed to her native California and won the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles by beating UC-Irvine 83-42 in the opening round on Friday and then defeating Seattle 85-48 the next day in the title game. The Tigers, now 5-1, host Michigan on December 6 and Monmouth on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Annie Tarakchian suffered through a rare off night when the Princeton University women’s basketball team lost at Seton Hall to see its 32-game regular season winning streak come to an end.

The senior star and tri-captain hit just 1-of-11 shots from the floor and had three points as the Tigers fell 71-64 to the Pirates in the November 19 contest.

As Princeton hit the court last week for its next game at Rider, Tarakchian was chomping at the bit to get back into action.

“It was frustrating last game, honestly I just wanted to get back out there and play another game because not having a game for a while after a rough one makes you think about it longer,” said Tarakchian, a 6’0 native of West Hills, Calif. more

AM Slaughter

WOMEN MEN WORK FAMILY: Anne-Marie Slaughter, speaking at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, looks for revolutionary changes in the workplace and in society to bring about equality and fulfillment for men and women in the next phase of the women’s movement. (Photo by Sameer Khan)

Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the State Department under Hillary Clinton, called for a “new social contract,” to complete “the second half of the women’s movement” in a speech Monday at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she had served as dean from 2002 to 2009.

“We’ve made enormous progress, but we still have a long way to go,” she told the crowd of about 200 (female-male ratio about 4:1) mostly Princeton University students and faculty with a small contingent from the larger community.

Advocating a focus on care, men, public policy, and collective action, Ms. Slaughter explained how her thinking on the subject of gender equity, work, and family has changed since her 2012 Atlantic Monthly piece “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” became one of the most widely read and hotly debated articles in the magazine’s history.  more

Hillary Chute and Richard Dienst will be at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, December 15 at 6 p.m. to discuss Ms. Chute’s new book Disaster Drawn, about the ways in which graphic narratives document the disasters of war.

Investigating how hand-drawn comics have come of age as a serious medium for engaging history, Disaster Drawn explores the ways in which graphic narratives by diverse artists, including Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco, document war. Ms. Chute demonstrates why, even in the era of photography and film, people understand hand-drawn images to be among the most powerful forms of historical witness of war. more