September 30, 2015

Weston Cookbook

Jersey Shore native and culinary educator Rachel J. Weston, author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table,” will host the first annual cookbook swap at the Princeton Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, October 1. The event offers an opportunity for participants to trade in their cookbooks, recipes, food articles or magazines for new recipes while checking out fresh local ingredients at the market.

book rev

Chrissie Hynde’s Reckless: My Life as a Pretender (Doubleday $26.99), which entered the N.Y. Times non-fiction best-seller list in 7th place this week, is a gutsy rock and roll memoir whose sales have undoubtedly been boosted by online chatter surrounding the author’s account of a sexual attack and her repeated refusal to blame her attackers. Now she finds herself, as she slyly puts it in a recent Washington Post interview, “a leading authority on rape.”

In the same interview, she says, “I wouldn’t expect most people to do some of the stuff I did. But then again, most people don’t get to be a rock star, either. We have to walk the plank.” In her case, walking the plank meant going to a biker “party” with a shipload of sexist pirates and suffering the consequences.  more

Theater Topic Web

ATWOOD’S RETELLING OF THE ODYSSEY: Director Trent Blanton discusses Rider University’s production of “The Penelopiad” with Marissa Girgus, who portrays the title role of Penelope. To learn more and to order tickets, call (609) 896-7775 or visit

Rider Theatre will present Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville from October 7 through 11. A preview performance will be Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., and performances will be Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. The production, directed by Trent Blanton, will be performed by Rider University students.  more

Opiate Page 8 WebOver the past ten years, statistics show that New Jersey has experienced a 700 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions. September is nationally recognized as Recovery Month. For this reason, the Mercer County Division of Addiction Services and Mental Health will co-host a dinner and discussion event on Thursday, October 8 at 5 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, located at 3100 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton.

Presenters will discuss the evolution of prescription drug abuse and tangible steps that friends and family members can take to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. Participants will also be educated on local resources that have the ability to provide the life saving medication, Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose and prevent death. more

September 29, 2015

See below for the September 17, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

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

See below for the September 16, 2015 Board of Adjustment Meeting. 

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

September 23, 2015


Authors and their young readers are having fun at the Princeton Public Library’s Children’s Book Festival on Hinds Plaza Saturday. In this week’s Town Talk you can find out what they discovered and which authors they connected with. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


FAST START: Princeton University football player Dre Nelson speeds upfield in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, senior running back Nelson rushed for 116 yards on eight carries with one touchdown to help Princeton roll to a 40-7 win at Lafayette in its season opener. It was the Tigers’ first opening day win since 2006 when it edged Lehigh 14-10. Princeton hosts Lehigh (2-1) on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Locked in a scoreless tie at Lafayette after the first quarter last Saturday, it looked like the Princeton University football team could be facing another rocky opening night as it kicked off its 2015 campaign.

Having lost eight straight openers, Princeton has struggled coming out of the gate, fighting an uphill battle as it takes on teams like Lafayette, who had two games under its belt. more


By about November 1, Princeton’s branch of the United States Post Office (USPS) should be relocated to the rear of the former West Coast Video store at 259 Nassau Street. But the fate of its longtime home on Palmer Square has yet to be finalized, according to information provided at a public hearing during a meeting of Princeton Council on September 15. more


Princeton Council has tabled an ordinance that would have set new rates for the Spring Street Garage behind Princeton Public Library. At a meeting on September 15, the governing body decided further investigation is needed before a vote is taken on the measure, which proposes eliminating the library’s policy of two hours free parking for cardholders and replacing it with one hour free parking for all. more

AvalonBay-300x156Officials in Princeton are still waiting to learn the results of testing regarding contamination at the construction site of the AvalonBay rental community on Witherspoon Street. Piles of dirt have been covered up and are being wet down daily, and activity has ceased while testing is done regarding the presence of PCBs and PAHs, revealed earlier this month.

“We have not received an update today,” municipal administrator Marc Dashield said on Monday afternoon. “However, we anticipate that we will receive some information sometime this week.КWe continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.” more


FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton University field hockey player Maddie Copeland prepares to send the ball up the field in recent action. Last Sunday, senior striker Copeland, a former Stuart Country Day and Peddie School standout, scored three goals to help Princeton defeat American University 5-1. The Tigers, who improved to 2-3 with the win, were slated to play at Maryland on September 22 before starting Ivy League play with a game at Dartmouth on September 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite having not scored a goal in the first four games of the season for the Princeton University field hockey team, Maddie Copeland was primed to make an impact as the Tigers hosted American University last Sunday. more

book rev

Photo by Tom Grimes

After walking in a daze down the brightly-lit aisles of McCaffrey’s, stunned by Monday’s New York Times obit, I find myself in the same check-out line where I last spoke with the poet C.K. Williams, who died at home in Hopewell Sunday. When he and his charming wife Catherine lived on Moore Street, I used to see him often at McCaffrey’s. He was hard to miss. At 6’5, he loomed over everyone else. We would shake hands and I would think how good it is to live in a town where you can shake hands with a great poet while pushing a shopping cart at the market. Life in Princeton …. more

Stuart School 2

MAXIMIZING THE LIGHT: The new Upper School library at Chapin, part of a $13.2 million two-year building project, provides flexibility, many opportunities for collaboration, exciting new technology and lots of light. (Photo Courtesy of Chapin School)

Major new construction projects just completed at Stuart Country Day School and Chapin School have created new environments for students, teachers and administrators.

Chapin Upper Schoolers (grades 5-8) arrived on September 8 to find a new, two-story, 14,000-square-foot addition, including classrooms, a library, technology lab, offices, meeting rooms and a learning commons complementing a similar building completed a year ago for the Lower School. more


SERVICE ORIENTED: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Sam Servis surveys the action in a game earlier this season. Senior midfielder and co-captain Servis has been a steadying force for Stuart this season. The Tartans, who fell to 0-5 with a 4-0 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday, host Blair Academy on September 23, WW/P-S on September 26, and Hun on September 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team has gotten off to a 0-5 start this season, Missy Bruvik is far from discouraged.

“I think what is exciting is that we have kids who are learning and each game we take something from it,” said Stuart head coach Bruvik. more

Battlefield Ribbon

PRESERVING A PIECE OF HISTORY: The acquisition of the 4.6-acre D’Ambrisi property and its annexation to Princeton Battlefield State Park was marked September 16 with an official
ceremony presided over by, from left: Battlefield Society president Jerald Hurwitz, Senator Kip Bateman, New Jersey Park Service Director Mark Texel, Mayor Liz Lempert, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. (Photo by John Lien)

The addition of a privately owned property next to Princeton Battlefield State Park opens up new possibilities for investigating its history. The annexation of the former D’Ambrisi property, which was celebrated with an official ceremony and ribbon-cutting last week, makes land that played a vital role in the Battle of Princeton more accessible to researchers and the public.  more

Art Topic 1

This photo of Rockefeller Center titled “Prometheus” is one of 30 black-and-white photographs by Richard Trenner that will be on display in his gallery, “A Tale of Three Cities: Photographs of New York, Philadelphia, and Princeton.” The photos will be on display until October 11 at Gallery 353 located at 353 Nassau Street.

Music Sibyl

In a program titled, “Songs of the Sybil,” the Gallicantus Renaissance Vocal Ensemble will offer the only existing complete setting of the 12 Sibylline prophecies as composed by Orlande de Lassus, paired with works by the celebrated “Sibyl of the Rhine” Hildegard von Bingen, as well as new compositions by Princeton University professors Dan Trueman and Dmitri Tymoczko. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. General admission is $25 ($10 for students with proof of ID). To order, call (609) 258-9220 or visit

Lindsey Ferrentino     Playwright Patricia McGregor     Director Tim Brown     Set Design Dede Ayite     Costume Design Jiyoun Chang     Lighting Design Jessica Paz     Sound Design Caite Hevner Kemp     Projections Vincent T. Schicchi and Thomas Denier

DANGEROUS LIAISON: Silva Vaccaro (Dylan McDermott) pursues his seduction of Baby Doll (Susannah Hoffman), as passions for vengeance and love coincide, in Tennessee Williams’s  “ Baby Doll,”  adapted for the stage by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through October 11. (Photo by Richard Termine)

Baby Doll Meighan, 19-year-old virgin wife of middle-aged Archie Meighan, lies provocatively sucking her thumb in her tiny bed as the lights rise on McCarter Theatre’s American premiere production of Baby Doll, adapted by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann from Tennessee Williams’s “scandalous” 1956 movie. more

September 21, 2015

Lindbergh Morven

“Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age” opens at Morven Museum & Garden on November 13, 2015 and runs through October 2016. This will be the first large-scale exhibition to explore the vices and virtues of the prominent couple.  more

September 18, 2015


On Sunday, September 20, Palmer Square will host their 24th annual JazzFeast. The open-air festival features performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and showcases cuisine from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the Palmer Square Green. All musical performances are free to attend. more

September 17, 2015

See below for the September 15, 2015 Princeton Council Meeting. 

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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