December 19, 2018

HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Littlebrook kindergartner Eric Costello displays clothing and supplies he helped to gather for families in need at HomeFront. When Eric went home and told his mother all about HomeFront she immediately stepped up to help, purchasing a dozen new holiday outfits sizes 2T-3T.  (Photo courtesy of Melissa O’Donnell)

By Donald Gilpin

Over the past year, Littlebrook Elementary School (LB) has become the go-to provider for emergency needs for children and families at HomeFront (HF), helping to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty. more

By Anne Levin

Susan Hoskins

Princeton is paying tribute this week to Susan Hoskins, who steps down at the end of this month after 17 years as executive director of Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC). Hoskins was honored by Princeton Council at its meeting Monday night, and PSRC will celebrate her at an open house farewell on Thursday, December 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited.

“In this era of identity politics when many groups are focused on their own special interests, it is refreshing to honor a person and an organization that work every day to benefit every Princetonian while simultaneously helping to sustain and advance our invaluable generational diversity,” Councilman David Cohen said in a tribute to Hoskins. “Thank you, Susan.” more

‘GURU OF NATURAL GARDENING’ AND FRIEND: Friends of Princeton Open Space and The Garden Club of Princeton will host An Evening with Ken Druse at the Friend Center, Princeton University, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), a nonprofit devoted to preservation and stewardship of land in Princeton, and The Garden Club of Princeton, a charter member of The Garden Club of America, will host An Evening with Ken Druse, at the Friend Center, Princeton University, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Writing in The New York Times, Anne Raver called Druse “the guru of natural gardening.”

A lecturer, award-winning writer, photographer and author of 19 garden books, Druse will discuss his 2015 book, The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change. According to Druse, “The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

When I started on Crosby, I was inclined to believe a lot of the terrible things I had read about him,” Gary Giddins admits in a recent interview on “My proposal focused on a performer who personifies warmth to his public but is cold to his intimates. I started to do interviews and got a different sense of him….Crosby was not a saint, and I never wanted to write about a saint. He was a good and valuable man and I enjoyed the time I spent with him. He wasn’t a perfect artist, but when he rose to the occasion, he was a great one.”

In Bing Crosby: Swinging On a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 (Little Brown), the occasions Crosby rose to were immense. Until he sang “White Christmas,” still the best-selling single in history, the holiday was for all purposes the emotional province of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. At the same time, World War II was so seismically historic you could say that the occasion rose to Crosby, lifted him up, transforming an entertainer into “living folklore.” more

PDS STEAM EXHIBIT: Digital and physical displays of student-created shoes are one of many STEAM projects on display at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School now through January 11.

An exhibit of STEAM-based student innovations is featured at Princeton Day School’s Anne Reid ‘72 Art Gallery through January 11. The Gallery is open to the public and all are welcome to explore the exhibit during school hours on days when classes are in session.

User-centered design thinking is at the heart of the innovations on display, which were developed to solve real-world challenges and user needs in multiple STEAM courses offered at PDS (along with a few independent projects submitted by students). The School’s STEAM faculty team has developed a curricular approach that relies on facilitating students to empathize with end-users and their challenges, desires, and needs, then ideate possible methods and solutions, prototype ideas into physical or digital form, and test their designs to observe, collect feedback, and refine their efforts. more

The Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium has announced a new partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University for the Black Maria Film Festival’s 38th annual Festival tour in 2019.  This new partnership will include the premiere screening at Princeton University on February 9, support for the tour of the festival, and multiple opportunities for students to engage with the festival and its filmmakers.

Black Maria Film Festival attracts and nationally showcases the work of independent film and video makers. The festival is a project of the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent nonprofit organization. The festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, New Jersey. more

HOLIDAY LOOK: “We take a lot of time with our clients to consult about their style and what they are looking for. And not just with our new clients — but with everyone. We have a talented, knowledgeable staff, completely trained in every aspect of hair and skin care.” Larissa Leary, managing partner and advanced education director of La Jolie Salon & Spa, looks forward to introducing even more clients to the salon’s many services, and to helping them get ready for the next holiday party.

By Jean Stratton

La Jolie Salon & Spa is ready and waiting to give you the perfect look for an upcoming holiday party or event. Whether it is for a new cut or color, special updo, facial, or makeup application, the talented staff at this longtime salon can ensure that you will look your best.

In addition, gift card opportunities are available for all services and products, at all prices, and are a wonderful holiday remembrance. It can be a very thoughtful way to remember someone on your list and introduce them to the benefits available at this all-purpose salon. more

LATE RUSH: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, senior guard and co-captain Rush hit a three-pointer in the waning seconds to give Princeton a 60-57 win over visiting Marist and their fourth straight victory. The Tigers, now 5-7, play at St. Francis-Brooklyn on December 19 and at Hartford on December 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As a freshman benchwarmer for the Princeton University women’s basketball team in the winter of 2015-16, Gabrielle Rush would have had trouble imaging the situation she found herself in last Saturday evening.

With Princeton locked in 57-57 tie against visiting Marist in the waning moments of regulation, senior guard and co-captain Rush got the ball at the top of the key with an opportunity to be a hero. She responded by swishing a three-pointer with 28 seconds left that proved to be the difference as Princeton won 60-57 to earn its fourth straight victory and improve to 5-7. more

DRAMATIC START: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich puts up a shot last Friday as PHS hosted Hopewell Valley in the season opener for both teams. Senior forward Dyevich came through in the clutch for the Little Tigers, hitting a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and then draining another three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to give PHS a dramatic 44-43 win. Last Monday, Dyevich tallied 16 points as the Little Tigers defeated South River 44-33 to improve to 2-0. PHS plays at East Brunswick on December 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Catherine Dyevich struggled offensively for the first 31 minutes of the game as the Princeton High girls’ basketball team hosted Hopewell Valley last Friday in the season opener.

PHS senior forward Dyevich had just four points as the contest headed in the final minute of regulation.

Finding her shooting touch at just the right time, Dyevich drained a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation to knot the game at 37-37 and force overtime. In the extra session, Dyevich came through again, lofting a three-pointer that swished through at the buzzer to give the Little Tigers a 44-43 win as she got mobbed by her teammates in the middle of the court.

Dyevich didn’t see her heroics coming since she was out of synch for most of the evening.

“I was off throughout the whole game, it was a very slow start,” said Dyevich. “It means a lot for me, I wasn’t expecting to bring it back. I had been trying to make it up on the defensive end and bring it there and get a lot of rebounds.”

With PHS trailing HoVal 37-34 in the last moments of regulation, Dyevich got the ball and knew she had to take a shot.

“At that point there were eight seconds left and I was wide open at the three,” said Dyevich. “I was thinking we are down by 3, I have got to shoot it.”

As overtime wound down, the Little Tigers found themselves in a 43-41 hole and instinct took over again for Dyevich.

“Even though it was less than a minute left, we still kept with it,” said Dyevich, who ended up with 10 points on the evening.

“I didn’t even realize how much time was left on the clock; Coach [Dave] Kosa yells from the bench, ‘look Cat.’ I got the ball and it was ‘I need to shoot this’ and I did. I didn’t think it was going in, and then I saw it. I had an inkling.”

As PHS hit the court for the opener, the team was shooting for a big night. “Going into it, we were so pumped, we were so ready to play,” said Dyevich, noting that this is her last season of basketball as she is headed to Cornell where she will compete for its women’s rowing program.

“Since we lost only one player, Taylor [Stone], I think we were ready to bring it. It is our senior season, the four captains. [Erin Devine, Anna and Olivia Intartaglia and Dyevich] and Ella [Kotsen] as well. We really wanted to bring it and win our home opener.”

In order to pull out the win, the Little Tigers had show resilience. “We just never gave up, that is something we are working on this year,” said Dyevich, who got 16 points as PHS topped South River 44-33 last Monday to improve to 2-0. “It is just staying confident and knowing what we are capable of and that we can do it if we believe in ourselves.”

PHS head coach Dave Kosa credited his team for maintaining its self belief.

“It was just a matter of us staying in it and making sure that we do the little things,” said Kosa.

“We had a couple of mistakes at the end. We put ourselves in a position where we are are up by two and all of a sudden they are up by two. We just had to respond and we just hit big shots.”

Kosa tipped his hat to Dyevich for making the big shots. “We have a couple of girls who can score that ball; today Catherine picked us up,” said Kosa, who got 12 points from Devine with Anna Intartaglia tallying six. 

“She had a big shot to tie it in regulation and then the big shot at the end. It wasn’t how we drew it up, but we are just trusting one another.”

In Kosa’s view, PHS made a statement with the win over HoVal. “If we compete, we can do great things,” said Kosa, whose plays at East Brunswick on December 22.

“We are getting better. I was happy that we were opening up against Hopewell because it shows us where we are at. It is a tribute to the girls’ hard work and commitment. Now we have that first one under our belts. We are trying to elevate ourselves to a certain level. This is a good stepping stone to do that.”

Dyevich also views the triumph as a sign that the Little Tigers can take things to a higher level this winter.

“Usually we start our seasons out with a slower team that we think we are capable of beating,” said Dyevich.

“This was a test, especially as our first game. We won both of our scrimmages but we didn’t know how those teams were. It was an awesome win, I am so happy.”

—Bill Alden

boy’s 200 IM

GOOD TENNANT: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Owen Tennant heads to victory on the 200 individual medley last Thursday against WW/P-South. Sophomore star Tennant also placed second in the 100 breaststroke in the meet as PHS fell 100-70 to the Pirates. The Little Tigers, who dropped to 3-1 with the loss, host Nottingham on December 20 in their last meet before the holiday break. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Owen Tennant and his teammates on the Princeton High boys’ swim team were fired up for their matchup against visiting WW/P-South last Thursday.

“We were excited but we knew that this was going to be difficult, knowing that South had some good swimmers,” said sophomore star Tennant. “We just wanted to get out there and do our best and have fun.” more

SHINING SEA: Hun School boys’ basketball player Andrew Seager heads to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, post-graduate forward Seager scored 23 points to help Hun defeat Perkiomen School (Pa.) 53-37. The Raiders, who moved to 4-4 with the win, host Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 19 before going on holiday break. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Andrew Seager enjoyed a superb career for the Ocean Township High boys’ basketball program, but he decided that spending a year at the Hun School for a postgraduate season would help him hone his skills for the college game. more

SHARPSHOOTER: Hun School girls’ basketball player Kennedy Jardine heads upcourt in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Jardine scored 13 points, including four 3-pointers, in a losing cause as Hun fell 76-44 to Padua Academy (Del.). On Monday, Jardine scored 18 points to help Hun defeat Germantown Friends (Pa.) 49-35. The Raiders, now 3-4, were slated to play at George School (Pa.) on December 18 and then return to action by hosting the Blair Academy on January 9.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When Kennedy Jardine drained a 3-pointer to pull the Hun School girls’ basketball team into a 30-30 tie with visiting Padua Academy (Del.) early in the third quarter last Saturday, it looked like the contest was going to be a nail-biter.

But Padua responded with a 15-2 run to break the game open on the way to a 76-44 victory. more

TALKING IT OVER: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball first-year head coach Liz Sharlow and freshman guard Elle Anhut confer during a game earlier this season. Last Monday, Anhut scored five points in a losing cause as PDS got edged 23-20 by Willingboro. The Panthers, now 1-7, are next in action when they host Hightstown on January 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team fell 23-20 to visiting Willingboro last Monday, Liz Sharlow viewed the effort as a step forward in her young squad’s development.

“I think as a whole we are definitely growing,” said first year head coach Sharlow, whose squad dropped to 1-7 with the loss.

“I don’t think at the beginning of the season we would have been in that game, so I am proud of them for fighting hard.” more

December 12, 2018

Thursday evening marked the fifth night of Hanukkah and the Annual Menorah Lighting on Palmer Square. The event, led by Rabbi Adam Feldman and Cantor Jeff Warschauer of The Jewish Center of Princeton, also featured holiday food and live music. Participants share their favorite Hanukkah gifts in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)



By Donald Gilpin

Princeton voters passed a $26.9 million Princeton Public Schools facilities referendum bond yesterday by a vote of 2,186 to 1,613, according to unofficial results at press time. Provisional ballots have not yet been counted.

Though fewer voters turned out for this one-question, “yes” or “no” vote than for the November 6 election, there has been a significant show of interest in the community over the much-debated proposed renovations and upgrades to the Princeton Public Schools (PPS). more

By Anne Levin

Travelers on New Jersey Transit (NJT) know all about delays, cancellations, aging trains, and not enough engineers to run them. And local commuters, faced with the ongoing suspension of Dinky train service between Princeton and Princeton Junction, are all too familiar with the agency’s woes.

According to a recent announcement by NJT, some relief may be in sight. Last week, the agency revealed plans to launch a “customer focused communications initiative.” The new effort “focuses on addressing customer needs, providing more timely information, and improving all customer touchpoints including announcements, station and facility conditions, and the onboard experience.” more

By Donald Gilpin

Tanya Talaga, journalist and author of the recent bestseller Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, told the stories of the seven fallen feathers and how she had come to write a book about the seven indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario between 2000 and 2011.  more

KEEPING THE NEIGHBORS IN MIND: Princeton Theological Seminary’s plan to redevelop portions of its Princeton campus is being explored in a series of neighborhood meetings, two of which were held December 8 and 10. The school wants to add more housing to its Tennent campus.

By Anne Levin

Residents of the neighborhood bordering Princeton Theological Seminary attended two recent meetings regarding the school’s proposal to redevelop sections of the campus located on Stockton Street, Library Place, Hibben Road, and Edgehill Street. Organized by an ad hoc committee of Princeton’s Planning Board studying whether the Seminary’s Tennent campus should be declared an area in need of redevelopment, the gatherings were designed to hear input from neighbors as well as to provide information. more

PDS Wins Green Restaurant Award

The Princeton Day School (PDS) campus food service has been awarded the highest rating of four stars from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). PDS is one of only three secondary schools and 30 restaurants in the country to achieve the four-star status. 

“We started the qualifying process in 2011,” said PDS Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, “and everyone has worked hard to make our food services more sustainable according to GRA standards.”

Cutler noted that Flik Independent School Dining Director Brian Mochnal, Chef Mason Irving, the Flik staff, and PDS Building and Grounds “have been amazing partners in this endeavor.” She emphasized PDS’ progress in the areas of water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable durable goods and building materials, sustainable food, energy, reusables and environmentally preferable disposables, chemical and pollution reduction, and transparency and education.

Pen Pal Project Connects Waldorf Students with the World

Waldorf School of Princeton (WSP) students have joined a global initiative to connect with over 1,000 Waldorf Schools all around the world. Students are writing and designing unique postcards to send to each of their sister schools around the world.

The halls of WSP are decorated with postcards from other participating schools alongside a map that marks the origin of each card. Each postcard contains an illustration or anecdote that communicates something about the students, telling or showing something about their country, community, or values.

“This has been an inspiring exercise for the children,” said WSP Arts Teacher Pamela Shafer. “They are gaining an awareness of something larger than themselves, understanding their place in history and the history of the school. When they see the pins on the map they feel connected to their peers around the world.” 

The postcards will be completed and mailed to all the schools in time to kick off the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education in 2019.

St. Paul Eighth Grader Wins Holocaust Essay Contest

St. Paul School of Princeton (SPS) eighth-grader Claire King has been named a winner in the Fifth Annual Holocaust Essay Competition, sponsored by Fegelson-Young-Feinberg Post 697 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

King, who read her essay at the recent awards ceremony, received her honor from Allan Silverberg, chair of the Holocaust Remembrance program. The essay reflected on the childhood experiences of Holocaust survivor Daniel Goldsmith, who spoke at SPS last spring as a culmination of the SPS Holocaust Studies Program.

Wilberforce School To Host Author of Book on Marijuana

Alex Berenson, former New York Times reporter and award-winning novelist, will be at the Wilberforce School in Princeton Junction on Thursday, January 31, as part of a speaking tour and book-signing event focusing on his new book Tell Your Children the Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.

Revealing links between teenage marijuana use and mental illness and violence, the book warns about the impact of the recent legalization of marijuana in nine states. New Jersey might legalize marijuana in the near future.

Morgan E. Bunting married Samuel C. Finnell IV on September 22, 2018, in Nantucket, Mass., at the First Congregational Church, followed by a reception at Sankaty Head Golf Club. The bride’s parents are Robert L. Bunting, Jr., of Westfield, N.J., and Dana L. Bunting of New York City. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. (Molly) Samuel C. Finnell III, of Skillman, formerly of Princeton.

The bride is a 2013 graduate of Villanova. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Princeton High School and a 2011 graduate of Bucknell. He earned a master’s degree in real estate from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. The bride is an investment analyst at TIFF, The Investment Fund for Foundations. The groom is an associate director at Bentall Kennedy, a real estate investment manager. Attendants included PHS classmates Emory Long, best man; Ned Konin; and David Giancola.

The couple resides in Boston, Mass.

By Donald Gilpin

Joining the distinguished ranks of Princeton University’s four 2019 Rhodes Scholars were three recent winners of Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in the U.K., four Schwarzman Scholarships for study in Beijing, a Mitchell Scholarship winner who will be studying in Ireland, and a Rangel Fellowship winner for graduate work in international affairs.

Princeton 2017 alumnus Ararat Gocmen and seniors Jonah Herzog-Arbeitman and Myrial Holbrook have been named Marshall Scholars for 2019, members of a group of 48 chosen from more than 1,000 applicants. more

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins

By Donald Gilpin

Among the memorable experiences Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins has had in his five-plus decades as a spiritual leader, the 13 years he spent at The Jewish Center of Princeton rank high. Elkins was the congregation’s rabbi from 1992 to 2005, a period he is detailing in a memoir that is part of a book to be released next year.

“I met an amazing number of very world-class people during that time, both in the congregation and in visitors to the congregation,” Elkins said during a phone conversation from his home in Jerusalem, where he moved three years ago. “These were people of very high intelligence. They knew I was an expert in my field, just as they were experts in theirs. But it was challenging, because I had to be on a very high intellectual level and I worked very hard at that.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

The first thing you see when you walk into Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment at the Princeton University Art Museum could be called an act of war. Or you could downgrade it to a metaphor for climate change like the one recently used by scientists comparing greenhouse gas emissions to “a speeding freight train.” However you frame the dynamic, it happens as your eyes move from the majesty of Albert Bierstadt’s Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite (ca. 1871-73) to Valerie Hegarty’s travesty Fallen Bierstadt (2007). According to an online video narrated by Hegarty, she painted her own version of the Bierstadt and then, in effect, blew it up, leaving a hole in the bottom half, the remains scattered in a pile of papier-mâché debris on the gallery floor that museum aides have to occasionally rearrange. The artist says her intention was to simulate “acts of entropy, as if maybe the painting went over the falls and was left to decay.”


“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Performances are underway for “A Christmas Carol.” Directed by Adam Immerwahr, the play runs through December 29 at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. Bob Cratchit (Jon Norman Schneider, second from left) and Mrs. Cratchit (Sharin Martin, back right) celebrate with their children, played by members of the young ensemble (from left): Alexander Perez, Ethan Chang, Romy Johnson, and Alicianna Rodriguez. (Photo by Mark Garvin)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

A Christmas Carol has returned to McCarter Theatre. To fully experience this annual production, audiences should arrive well before curtain time. Dressed in costumes that evoke Dickensian London, adult members of the community ensemble circulate the lobby. They are eager to discuss a model of the set, or to serenade anyone who will join them in a spirited rendition of “Jingle Bells.” more

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a series of showings of dances, new choreography, and visual artworks created by students during the past semester on December 12 and 14 and January 17 in various locations in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. All performances are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, December 12 at 1 p.m. in the Forum, there will be a presentation from “Introduction to Contemporary Dance,” taught by Alexandra Beller. In this course, students tried on various identities within dance — mover, creator, performer, writer, historian — in an attempt to learn holistically about contemporary dance. Following at 3:15 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater there will be a presentation from “The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices,” a popular studio course taught by Dyane Harvey-Salaam that introduces students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. more