August 26, 2015

book rev

Ten years ago this week, August 29, Katrina savaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Just under two thousand people died, with damages estimated at over a hundred billion dollars. Spike Lee in When The Levees Broke, David Simon in HBO’s Treme, and Dave Eggers in his book Zeitoun are among the artists who have done justice to the magnitude of the event and its troubled aftermath. You could say Walker Percy did justice to it before it happened. more

August 25, 2015

Sourland Pipeline

Hundreds of opponents of the proposed PennEast pipeline gathered at Veteran’s Park in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, Saturday morning for “March Across The River: Stop PennEast” –  a peaceful protest of the proposed PennEast pipeline.

The March began with a Lenni Lenape “Prayer to the River,”  then proceeded over the bridge across the Delaware river to a rally in the Municipal Park in Milford, New Jersey.  The one mile March and Rally featured several speakers including  Hopewell Township resident and Rider University Professor, Michael J. Brogan; Holland Township resident, Susan Dodd Meacham;  Bucks County representative, Kaia Elinich of Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline; Berks Gas Truth founder, Karen Feridun; Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum; and NJ Sierra Club Director and Lambertville resident, Jeff Tittel. more


Beginning on September 5, Terhune’s Van Kirk Road Orchard will be open for picking (weather permitting) every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The orchards will remain open through the month of October. Apple varieties include Early Fuji, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonomac, Jonathan, Liberty, McIntosh, Macoun, Red Delicious, and Stayman Winesap. To find out which varieties are ready for picking on any given day, call the Farm Store at (609) 924-2310. more

August 19, 2015


You don’t have to be a grandparent to join the eight-year-old program known as Grandpals, which pairs people aged 50 and up with young children. This coming school year, the program has expanded to all four of Princeton’s elementary schools. Some 90 Grandpals like Jan Johnson, shown here with Madison Charles and Ira Stone, now read weekly to more than 300 children from kindergarten through second grade, sharing a love of books and building relationships. On September 16 at 10:30 a.m., participants and those interested in joining can attend a session at the Suzanne Patterson building, 45 Stockton Street.  more

Post Office Page 1

The introduction of an ordinance that would convey easements on the property of the post office building in Palmer Square to its prospective new owners led to a spirited discussion at a recent meeting of Princeton Council. Members of the governing body said they want more information about what the California-based buyer, LCOR Ventures, is planning to put into the building that has been a fixture on the square since 1937. more

CHASING GREATNESS: Donn Cabral heads to victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the 2012 NCAA outdoor championships during his senior season with the Princeton University men’s track team. In late June, Cabral set a personal record of 8:13.37 in the steeplechase as he took second at the U.S. outdoor nationals. As a result of that finish, he will be competing for the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships which are taking place in Beijing from August 22-30. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)


Donn Cabral emerged as a rising star on the international track scene in 2012.

Cabral culminated his legendary Princeton University career by winning the NCAA outdoor championships title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase that June and then two months later he placed eighth in the event at the London Summer Olympics. more

Stop HungerAt the hundreds of Hunger Banquets held by the global organization Oxfam each year, participants might be served rice and water at one table and a gourmet meal at the next. It’s all the luck of the tickets they draw С a concept designed to demonstrate the gap between food choices for the rich, the middle, and the poor.

While the offerings at the Princeton Hunger Banquet on Sunday, September 20 won’t be as extreme, the idea is the same. The fundraiser is being held at Hinds Plaza by Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP), the two-year-old charity that provides aid to food-insecure families in town. Upon entering, participants will be given tickets directing them to a table serving a meal typical of a low, middle, or high-income family. more

Breaking McCarter

McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its 2015-2016 season with its 5th annual community-wide Block Party, taking place on Wednesday, August 26 from 5-8 p.m. on the front lawn of McCarter’s Matthews Stage. College Road between Alexander Road and University Place will be closed off to allow an expanded area for families to play, eat, and enjoy the day. This event is free and open to the public. more


At the American Youth Circus Festival In Portland, Maine this week, some 200 children from all over the nation are displaying their prowess at clowning, wire-walking, juggling, and other circus-related skills. Among them are 13 youngsters from Trenton Circus Squad, which debuted only a few months ago in a light-filled space at the old Trenton Wireworks Factory. more


HAPPY ENDING: Sam Pons, middle, rounds the track in the 10,000 at the 2015 NCAA outdoor championships in the final race of his senior season with the Princeton University men’s track team. Pons set a personal record of 29:17.54 in the race, taking ninth to earn second-team All-American honors.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)


During his high school track career, Sam Pons learned there was no quick fix when it came to success in running.

“I came to really appreciate it,” said Pons, a standout at South Pasadena (Calif.) High who was the California state champion in the 3,200 in 2010 and also won a state Division III cross country title. more

Mary Pat Christie

New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie recently announced the fourth annual “Heart of a Hero” scholarship program, a resource to help members of the military make higher education and career goals a reality. Last year’s recipients are shown here with Ms. Christie. Ten $5,000 scholarships are to be awarded in time for the coming school year, and the applications are due by Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m. more

Evergreen Forum“What is Time?” and “What’s So Great About Art?” are among the classes being offered this fall by the Evergreen Forum, at Princeton Senior Resource Center. Registration is open at the website, by mail, or in person at the Suzanne Patterson Building on Stockton Street. Telephone applications are not accepted.

“Religious Freedom, Sexism and Homophobia” will explore why “religious freedom” seems to be the defense of choice to claims of discrimination against women and the LGBT community. “Murderous New Jersey” will go beyond the state’s most famous murder cases (e.g., the “Minister and the Choir Lady” case and the Lindbergh “crime of the century” kidnapping) to investigate related developments, beginning with the invention of the electric chair and its role as a “Progressive” reform. Another course is “Advances in Medicine for Older Adults.” more

FLYING HIGH: Boston College receiver David Dudeck eludes a Penn State defender in action last December in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Dudeck, a former baseball and football star at the Hun School, made a 21-yard touchdown reception in overtime in the game as Boston College lost 31-30. Dudeck is currently in preseason camp for his senior campaign with the Eagles.(Photo Courtesy of Boston College Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Boston College Athletic Communications)


David Dudeck starred in baseball at the Hun School but he made it to Yankee Stadium last year as a member of the Boston College (BC) football team. more

Books Genius

Pick up Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts and chances are you won’t be able to put it down. Just out, the book already has a waiting list at the Princeton Public Library.

Its subject is the Princeton University mathematician, or “mathemagician” as he’s been called, who invented the cult classic Game of Life back in the 70s. The game, known simply as Life, demonstrates how complexity can come from simplicity, providing an analogy for all mathematics and everything in the entire universe. more

Art Lead

Fans of the California-born London transplant Kaffe Fassett should mark their calendars now for a new show coming to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown later this year.

“Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, U.K.” will open November 14 and continue through February 21, 2016. more

record rev

A chapter near the end of Neil Young’s autobiography Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider 2012) begins with him behind the wheel of his car “rolling down a California two-lane highway” listening to a group called the Pistol Annies, with “visions of the future and past” brewing in his “coffee-soaked mind.” I can relate to a driving-listening-to-music chapter because that’s how I bonded with his new album, The Monsanto Years (Reprise), in which he teams up with Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah and Lukas’s group Promise of the Real to put the Fear of Neil into corporate giants, with special attention to the one targeted in the title. more

Roxey Ballet

Kicking off its 21st season, Roxey Ballet stages its dance adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on October 23 through 25 and October 30 through November 1, 2015. Roxey Ballet’s Dracula interprets Stoker’s famed horror story through a complete sensory experience of movement, music, and spoken word with pyrotechnic, sound and lighting effects. Showcasing 14 professional dancers, the performances take place in the intimate, 72-seat Canal Studio Theater in Lambertville. more


The Early Childhood Music Program at Westminster Conservatory will host free demonstration music classes on Tuesday, September 8 and Saturday, September 12 on the campus of Westminster Choir College. The demonstrations will be led by Jennifer Garr, head of the early childhood music program, and members of the early childhood music department. Parents may participate in sample activities with their child in a real class setting and learn about musical progression from the earliest parent-child classes through the lower elementary school grades. more

August 18, 2015

Julien Labro

Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro is just one of the many refreshing surprises on the new PUC125 “Performances Up Close” Series. The 2015-2016 Princeton University Concerts season will consist of a total of 21 performances, including two special events, six pairs of PUC125 events, and the Richardson Chamber Players series. Tickets are on sale exclusively online at Patrons will be able to buy tickets by phone and in person as of Tuesday, September 8 (All concerts take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted).  more


D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its annual Fall Native Plant Sale, held outside the Johnson Education Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 11 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 12. The Nursery is located at One Preservation Place, south of Princeton, off Rosedale Road. No registration is required.  D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants that contribute to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. D&R Greenway nursery staff is available to advise the best choice of plants for gardening projects.  The Fall season is a great time for planting projects; planting can be done into early November. more

August 14, 2015

BN TownTopics

Seven-year-old Sinjin Scozzaro spends summers in Princeton visiting his grandmother, Arlene K. Scozzaro. Before heading home to Austin, Texas, this month, Sinjin wanted to do something to help children less fortunate than himself. So he set up a lemonade stand at the Princeton Farmers Market outside Princeton Public Library this week, raising $213.25 for Christines Hope Charity proving one is never too young to reach out and help others.

August 12, 2015

FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.

FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.

There aren’t many left anymore. Those familiar family-owned, independently-operated businesses that used to line Princeton’s downtown and streetscape are now largely part of its past, not its present.

Fortunately, Hinkson’s, The Office Store, continues to thrive. Quality products, personal service, a helpful, knowledgeable staff, and loyal customers are all part of the Hinkson success story. Its tradition and reputation have truly stood the test of time. more


It’s said that an encounter with a butterfly inspired William Blake’s poem “Eternity,” in which “he who kisses joy as it flies/Lives in eternity’s sunrise.” The joy-kissing balloon-chasing children Blake would say were “born to sweet delight” are having the time of their lives at Saturday’s Watershed Butterfly Festival. The poet, who died on this day in 1827, is remembered in this week’s book review. (Photo by Emily Reeves)