May 15, 2019

“I DIDN’T DO IT”: Centurion Founder Jim McCloskey (left) stands with The Savannah Three — from left, Kenneth Gardiner, Dominic Lucci, and Mark Jones — last year when they were finally freed after 26 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. At a family gathering on Saturday, May 11, Centurion celebrated the 63 men and women it has freed from death row or life sentences. (Photo courtesy of Centurion)

By Donald Gilpin

Centurion, a Princeton-based organization working to exonerate innocent individuals in prison, celebrated the 63 men and women it has freed from death row or life sentences at a family gathering at The Westin in Princeton Forrestal Village last Saturday, May 11.

Founded in 1983, Centurion was the first institution in the world dedicated to the vindication of the wrongly convicted. Staff, volunteers, attorneys, families, and friends joined to honor and listen to several exonorees and their lawyers tell their tales of imprisonment, survival, and freedom.

“Buckle up. Here we go,” said Centurion Executive Director Kate Germond, as she welcomed the gathering of 150 and introduced the speakers who would be telling their stories.

Germond described the celebration as “the culmination of Family Gathering weekend, our annual tradition when we bring our exonerees together for a few days of healing, support, and, of course, celebration. Our entire family of exonerees is renewed and bolstered by time spent with the only other people who understand what they’ve been through — each other.” more

By Anne Levin

Despite pouring rain, it was standing room only Monday evening at Princeton Public Library, where author Lynne Olson spoke about her best-selling book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler, published earlier this year by Random House.

Interviewing the prolific Olson, who was making her third appearance at the library, was William Storrar, director of Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry. The story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade is almost unbelievable — but it’s true. Born into privilege, the glamorous young mother of two headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II.

“She did so much to help the Allies win the war, but nobody really knows about her,” said Olson, a former journalist whose previous books include Citizens of London, A Question of Honor, and Last Hope Island. “She was the head of the largest and most influential Allied spying organization, and the only woman. I thought, ‘Why in the world didn’t I know about her? What little I learned made me what to know more.” more

CELEBRATING INCLUSION: At Community Options’ recent ceremony honoring Jovani Rodriguez, Patricia Pavlovsky, and Allen Reigert, those on hand were, from left: Paula Nessler, director of supported employment, Community Options; Assemblyman Dan Benson; Rodriguez, senior food service worker, Aramark; Pavlovsky, assistant program manager, Community Options; Reigert, director of food services, Aramark; Richard Freeman, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton; Hamilton Township Council President Jeff Martin; Scott Crass, constituent services director for Senator Linda Greenstein; and Svetlana Repic-Qira, regional vice president, Community Options.

Community Options, Inc. presented three awards to individuals for outstanding achievements and for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Jovani Rodriguez, Allen Reigert, and Patricia Pavlovsky received awards during a ceremony at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

Rodriguez had been a volunteer at the RWJ Hospital in Hamilton for three years through the Community Options STEP21 program. His consistent work ethic and dedication as a volunteer was recognized by Reigert, director of food services for Aramark at RWJ Hamilton.

He recruited Rodriguez to come work for him once he completed STEP21. Working alongside job coach Pavlovsky, Reigert went the extra mile to hold the position for Rodriguez. Both he and Pavlovsky worked to ensure that everything was set up for him to begin working as soon as possible. Today, Rodriguez is a senior food service worker and continues to make great strides towards his independence. more

By Stuart Mitchner

The massive crossbow that felled a dragon in the final season of Game of Thrones was meant as “an homage to Leonardo da Vinci,” the show’s weapon designer told IndieWire. The “outer shape” of the scorpion has the “exact same look” as Leonardo’s drawings.

After watching the vengeful Mother of Dragons lay waste to King’s Landing on Mother’s Day, I knew it would be a challenge to launch a column about the man who died 500 years ago this month, May 2, 1519, without at least mentioning that apocalyptic spectacle, however absurdly out of proportion it is next to the pop song based on Leonardo’s most famous creation. Surely the fire and fury of HBO’s sensational series is a better fit with the 21st century than the legend that Nat King Cole’s manager strenuously advised him not to record “this off-beat thing about an old painting.”

When “Mona Lisa” was released in May of 1950, it went to the top of the charts, was number one for eight straight weeks, and dominated the hit parade for the rest of the year. The plaintive hymn to “the lady with the mystic smile” was heard over radios and on jukeboxes in bars and diners around the country.

While the banal fate of Leonardo’s masterpiece may conjure up the old “turning over in his grave” trope, evidence that he accepted art’s susceptibility to the lesser realities can be found in Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster 2017). The final words in Leonardo’s hand appear on “what may be the last page of his notebooks,” where after drawing four right triangles and fitting rectangles into each and making note of what he’s trying to accomplish, he abruptly “breaks off” to explain why he’s putting down his pen: “Perché la minestra si fredda.” 

Isaacson reimagines the event, “our last scene of him working”: Leonardo’s cook is in the kitchen, other members of the household are already at the table while “he is still stabbing away at geometry problems that have not yet yielded the world very much but have given him a profound appreciation of the patterns of nature. Now, however, the soup is getting cold.” more

“SKYLIGHT:” Performances are underway for “Skylight.” Directed by Emily Mann, the play runs through June 2 at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. Kyra, a schoolteacher (Mahira Kakkar, left) attempts to rekindle her relationship with restaurant entrepreneur Tom (Greg Wood), but differences in lifestyle and ideology have caused them to grow apart. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

McCarter Theatre is concluding its season with Skylight. In this literate play by David Hare, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis unexpectedly is visited by her former lover, restaurant entrepreneur Tom Sergeant, and by Tom’s teenage son Edward. Tom and Kyra attempt to reignite their relationship, but find that differences in their ideologies and lifestyle choices may make them incompatible. This engaging production is directed by Emily Mann, McCarter’s artistic director.

Skylight premiered in the West End in 1995, and opened on Broadway the following year. A 2014 West End revival transferred to Broadway, winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

At the end of a winter day, Kyra, who is in her early 30s, arrives home at her flat in London, and empties a shopping bag containing ingredients for a spaghetti dinner. She is surprised to see the 18-year-old Edward, an intense young man who is taking a year off between high school and college, standing in her doorway. Although the encounter is awkward, it is clear that Kyra and Edward know each other well. She invites him in and turns on a rather ineffective electric heater. more

ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: Ruth Ochs is the conductor of the Westminster Community Orchestra when it pairs with the Westminster Community Chorus, led by Sinhaeng Lee, at a concert May 17.

Westminster Community Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Ochs, and Westminster Community Chorus, conducted by Sinhaeng Lee, will present a concert titled “Remember Her Name” on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. in the Princeton Meadow Church and Event Center in West Windsor. more

THAT’S SHOW BIZ: At last year’s “Making of a Musical” program by the Princeton Festival, teens aspiring to theatrical careers learned inside tips from Michael Dean Morgan, who was directing the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” This year’s participants will learn and observe the show “She Loves Me,” which the festival stages next month.

By Anne Levin

Last year, the Princeton Festival held a special workshop for high school students interested in musical theater. Seven teenagers attended the three-part, interactive program, getting professional advice on singing and auditioning, and learning the ins-and-outs of navigating the business.

Word has gotten out. Twice the number of students have signed up for this year’s “Making of a Musical,” with a few junior high school students added to the mix (enrollment is still open). The participants will attend an initial workshop May 25, focused on singing; a technical rehearsal of the Princeton Festival’s production of She Loves Me; and a final dress rehearsal before the opening on June 4, where they will have a chance to talk with the creative and production teams.

“It’s the big Broadway thing,” said Gail Blache-Gill, a singer and director who leads the program. “The kids see so much about ‘showbiz’ on TV, on YouTube, and social media. So they want to be in musicals, but they’re not seeking the right path. We help them.” more

“MOON RADIANCE”: This painting by Oscar Florianus Bluemner is featured in “The Color of the Moon,” on exhibit at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., June 1 through September 8. It showcases more than 60 works that illuminate the relationship between art and lunar science.

On view June 1 through September 8 at the James A Michener Art Museum, “The Color of the Moon” showcases more than 60 paintings and works on paper that illuminate the long and enduring relationship between art and lunar science. The exhibition, featuring loans from museums and private collections throughout the U.S., coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when American astronauts traveled across the skies to step onto the pitted surface of the moon in July 1969. more

BEST BUDDIES: Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine star as colleagues and friends in the satirical comedy film “Isn’t it Romantic.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers)

By Kam Williams

Natalie (Rebel Wilson) is a dynamic young professional trying to make her mark on Manhattan. But between a fledgling professional career and a dating life that isn’t faring any better, the Australian architect is close to bottoming out.

It’s a miracle her optimistic spirit hasn’t been crushed, since she was raised by an emotionally-abusive mom (Jennifer Saunders) who said she’d never amount to anything. more

COMPASSIONATE CARE: “Our focus is non-surgical orthopedics. and interventional pain management. The first step is the treatment of any problem is an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis. This begins with a full history of the problem, and extends to physical examination and sometimes imaging and other studies. An important point is that pain is not an inevitable bi-product of a chronic condition, injury, or aging.” Grant Cooper, MD, fourth from left, co-director of Princeton Spine & Joint Center, is shown with fellow physicians, from left, Marco Funiciello, DO; Jason Kirkbride, MD; Zinovy Meyler, DO; Ana Bracilovic, MD; Zachary Perlman, DO; and Scott Curtis, DO. In the background are the Center’s staff members.

By Jean Stratton

Oh, my aching back!”

As well as knees, shoulders, necks, hip, hands, and feet — and all those other parts that can hurt. Whether the result of injuries, over-exertion on the tennis or basketball court, soccer field, ski trails, or chronic conditions, pain, especially constant pain, can be disruptive to one’s daily life. In worst cases, it is all-consuming, interfering with attention to work, family, and overall lifestyle.

Alleviating musculoskeletal pain through non-surgical treatment is the specialty of Princeton Spine & Joint Center. Established in 2008 by Dr. Grant Cooper and his wife and colleague, Dr. Ana Bracilovic, the Center now has two offices, located at 601 Ewing Street and 256 Bunn Drive.

A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Cooper attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed his residency in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York. He completed a fellowship in spine and musculoskeletal rehabilitation medicine at the Spine Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. more

DRAWING ON HER EXPERIENCE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Elizabeth George, right, controls the draw as Princeton defeated visiting Wagner 19-7 last Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Two days later, senior star attacker George scored six goals to help the seventh-seeded Tigers defeat Loyola 17-13 in a second round contest. Princeton, now 16-3, will play at second-seeded Boston College, 20-1, in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Two years ago, a torrential downpour hit Class of 1952 Stadium as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Cornell in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Princeton star Elizabeth George was undeterred by the conditions, scoring four goals, including the last two of the game, as the Tigers prevailed 11-9.

Last Sunday, a chilly downpour greeted the players as seventh-seeded Princeton hosted Loyola in a second round contest of this year’s NCAA tourney.

History repeated itself as senior attacker George thrived on the damp day, scoring six goals to help the Tigers earn a 17-13 win over the Greyhounds. By virtue of the triumph, Princeton, now 16-3 and riding an 11-game winning streak, will play at second-seeded Boston College, 20-1, in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 18. more

STANDING TALL: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse goalie Connor Green, middle, gets ready to clear the ball against Notre Dame in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday. Senior goalie Green made 10 saves to help PDS rally from a halftime deficit to edge the Irish 7-6 and win its fourth straight county crown. PDS ended the spring with a 13-3 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Connor Green found himself in an unfamiliar position as the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team faced Notre Dame in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday evening.

With PDS having rolled to victory in the last three MCT finals, senior goalie Green yielded three unanswered goal to start the game as upset-minded Notre Dame jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

“Literally everything that could have gone wrong for us went wrong, and everything that could have gone right for them went right,” said Green. “This is a situation we haven’t really been in before, being down in a championship game.”

While the top-seeded Panthers rallied to knot the contest at 3-3 early in the second quarter, they were outscored 3-1 by the Irish over the last 9:02 of the quarter to fall behind 6-4 at intermission in the game played at WW/P-North. more

SEEING RED: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Mariana Lopez-Ona races upfield against Allentown in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week. Senior star Lopez-Ona tallied four goals and three assists as second-seeded PHS defeated third-seeded Allentown 14-8 in the May 7 contest. Two days later in the final, Lopez-Ona had three goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 13-7 to top-seeded and three-time county champion Lawrenceville. PHS, now 15-2, will be looking to rebound from the loss to the Big Red as it competes in the NJSIAA Central Group 4 sectional tournament where it is seeded first and slated to host a quarterfinal contest on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team trailed two-time defending champion Lawrenceville 7-2 heading into the second half of the Mercer County Tournament final last Thursday, Mariana Lopez-Ona and her teammates weren’t about to give up.

“We knew that we could play better than we were putting it out there,” said Tiger senior standout Lopez-Ona.

“We started out really individualistically. We knew to get together and play together and we showed what we could be in that second half.”

With Lopez-Ona tallying two goals, PHS reeled off four unanswered goals in the first six minutes of the second half to narrow the gap to 7-6 in the game played at WW/P-North. more

LYING IN WAIT: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Lila Doran controls the ball in recent action. Junior defender Doran helped second-seeded PHS defeat third-seeded Allentown 14-8 in the MCT semis last week. The Tigers fell 13-7 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the title game on Thursday. In upcoming action, PHS, now 15-2, will be starting play in the state tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Despite having posted two wins over Allentown in regular season action, the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team knew it had to tighten things up when they foes met for round three in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week.

“I think the energy going into the game was incredible; we knew playing a team three times is really tough,” said Doran, noting that both of the PHS wins had been by one goal, 12-11 on April 30 and 16-15 on April 11.

“Communication was definitely a key part of that. We were telling each other where we are on the field at all time. We really focused on the crease game because we were getting beat a lot there in the previous games.” more

SEE HER RUN: Princeton High runner Siena Moran shows her form in a cross country race. Last Saturday, senior Moran came up big at the Mercer County Championships last Saturday at Steinert, winning the 800-meter run, the 1,600, and helping PHS win the 4×400 relay. The Tigers finished second in the team standings to WW/P-North. The PHS boys also had a big meet, taking a close third behind champion Nottingham and runner-up WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although neither the Princeton High girls’ or boys’ track squads placed first in the team standings at the Mercer County Championships last Saturday, PHS produced some of the finest performances of the meet.

The unheralded Tiger girls’ team placed a strong second to powerful WW/P-North in the meet held at Steinert High, paced by junior Colleen Linko, the winner of the 200 and 400-meter races, and senior Siena Moran, who prevailed in both the 800 and 1,600. The pair also helped the 4×400 relay to victory.

PHS totaled 101 points in the competition with WW/P-North piling up 120 in winning the title. more

ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Members of the Stuart Country Day School track team celebrate after they won the state Prep B outdoor track championship meet at Newark Academy earlier this month. Stuart piled up 150 points in winning its second straight Prep B outdoor crown with Villa Walsh coming in second at 98.

By Bill Alden

Things didn’t start well for the Stuart Country Day School track team as it competed in the state Prep B championship meet last week.

Stuart junior star Alex Ottomanelli false-started in the 400 meter hurdles, the first event of the meet, to get disqualified and cost the team some valuable points.

Instead of sulking at that misfortune, the Tartans used it to fuel them to greater heights at the meet, which was held on May 6 at Newark Academy.

“Everybody rallied around the fact that we are going to have to step up,” said Stuart head coach Len Klepack. “It was a rallying point for everyone to do a little bit more.” more

By Bill Alden

Jack Erbeck wasn’t going to let lack of rest keep him from starring on the mound for the Hun School baseball team as it hosted Trenton Catholic Academy in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Wednesday.

“Coming off a four-day rest is very tough,” said senior standout Erbeck, who had pitched a shutout in Hun’s 2-0 win over Seton Hall on May 3. “I battled; I kept my pitches down and I was throwing first pitch strikes.”

Showing toughness, righty Erbeck held eighth-seeded TCA hitless through five innings, striking out eight, walking three and leaving with top-seeded Hun leading 4-1.

“I had to trust my stuff and work off my curve ball as well and my off speed pitches,” said Erbeck, who went went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI to help his cause. “I had to trust my defense behind me and I got the job done.” more

COOL CAT: Hun School softball player Abby Zucatti takes a swing in recent action. Last Friday, junior center fielder and co-captain Zucatti went 1-for-3 with an RBI double as Hun fell 5-3 to the Blair Academy. A day later, Zucatti picked up three walks and scored a run as the Raiders defeated Hopewell Valley 5-1 to improve to 9-5. Hun will competing in the state Prep A tournament this week where it is seeded third and slated to play at second-seeded Lawrenceville in a semifinal contest on May 14 with victor advancing to the title game on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Abby Zucatti’s heroics with her bat and glove helped spark the Hun School softball team as it waged a valiant fight against powerhouse Blair Academy last Friday.

With Hun trailing the Buccaneers 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, junior center fielder Zucatti lashed a double to the fence to drive in Gigi Venizelos, who led off the inning with a single.

“I have been working really hard with hitting; I have been changing my swing a little bit just to make sure I get hard contact so I had confidence,” said Zucatti, noting that she had shortened her swing. more

May 8, 2019

Town Topics recently invited elementary school children to create an ad for their favorite Princeton-area business. Seven-year-old Gabrielle, a first-grade student at Orchard Hill Elementary School, was the favorite artist with her “ad” for McCaffrey’s Food Markets. Click “Read More” to see artwork from the runners-up. more

By Anne Levin

At a meeting of Princeton Council Monday evening, the governing body voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that, if adopted, will make much-demanded changes to the meter rates and times in downtown Princeton. A public hearing on the issue is May 28.

The meters that currently allow two hours of parking will be changed to three hours, and parking at all three-hour meters will be $1.75 an hour. The two-hour meters currently cost $2.25 an hour, while the three-hour meters have been $1.50 an hour. Fifteen-minute and 30-minute meters will continue in some locations. The 10-minute grace period that was part of the town’s old parking system will not be installed at this time.

All-day parking spots that were 75 cents an hour will be raised to $1 an hour. And in the Dinky train station lot, all-day parking has been upped from $4 to $5. These upward adjustments make the changes revenue-neutral. Merchants have complained that their businesses have suffered since the town installed new meters and raised rates late last year. more

CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Ashley Hightower (far left) and Antoine Newlin (far right) delivered the questions and moderated, as the four candidates for Princeton Council — (from left) Adam Bierman, Michelle Pirone Lambros, Tim Quinn, and Mia Sacks — shared their visions for the future of Princeton at the First Baptist Church Saturday morning in a forum sponsored by the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association.

By Donald Gilpin

The four candidates for Princeton Council — Adam Bierman, Michelle Pirone Lambros, Tim Quinn, and Mia Sacks — squared off last Saturday morning in a two-hour forum sponsored by the Witherspoon-Jackson (WJ) Neighborhood Association at the First Baptist Church on John Street.

Looking ahead to the Democratic primary on June 4 and the general election in November with two Council positions open, the candidates shared their visions for the future of Princeton. They focused on issues such as what smart growth means for Princeton; the town’s commitment to diversity and the displacement of African American residents; the town’s relationship with Princeton University, with the Princeton Public Schools, and with Mercer County; an economic development plan for WJ; and a Master Plan for Princeton. more

By Donald Gilpin

GreenFest, a community celebration of sustainable living, will take place in the Princeton Shopping Center courtyard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 11.

Sponsored by Sustainable Princeton (SP), the event will include more than 30 sustainably-minded local businesses and will feature continuous live performances on stage, sustainable art-making activities, a thrift store sustainable fashion show, a live animal wildlife presentation at 2:30 p.m., and more.

There will be an opportunity to ride electric bikes provided by FiField Electric Bicycles and to test drive a variety of electric vehicles — Tesla, Honda, Chevy, and others. Mermaid Brizo will visit from 12-2 p.m. to share information about water quality and pollution with children and their families.  more

MUSEUM IN THE MAKING: A group of residents and artists hope to turn Highland Farm, the former home of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and currently a bed and breakfast, into a museum of his work. An art exhibit and fundraiser at the Doylestown, Pa., property is May 16-18. (Photo courtesy of HammersteinCenter.org)

By Anne Levin

In the Bucks County, Pa., farmhouse where Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the lyrics for musical theater classics Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The King and I, plans are underway to establish a museum and education center devoted to Broadway history, Hammerstein’s career, and his years entertaining such fellow notables as James Michener, Richard Rodgers, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, and Stephen Sondheim.

But making the museum a reality takes money. To help raise the $2 million needed to purchase the property, the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County and the nonprofit Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center will hold three events at the farm, May 16-18. “The Art for Oscar” is an exhibit by 50 artists, showcasing works in various media inspired by Hammerstein’s life and work. On May 18, the property will be open to the public from 12-4 p.m. more

PHS Students Win 2019 Euro Challenge

Competing against 24 other high schools from across the country at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last week, Princeton High School students won the final round of this year’s Euro Challenge, demonstrating their financial literacy and specific knowledge of countries in the euro area.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North placed second out of more than 90 teams of ninth- and 10th-grade students from 15 states participating overall. Each team delivered a presentation on the economic situation of the euro area and then focused on an economic challenge facing one of the 19 euro area countries. Finally, teams had to answer questions from a panel of judges to showcase their grasp of economic issues and policy trade-offs.

The winning teams received monetary awards provided by the Moody’s Foundation, and the first- and second-placed teams will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C. to present solutions to the embassy of the country they researched.

The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and is managed by Wise (Working in Support of Education), with sponsorship by Moody’s and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as program advisor. more

By Donald Gilpin

Highlighting its slogan, “Our history is our foundation; our strength is our diversity,” Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J) neighborhood will be sprucing up and celebrating its rich culture and history on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.

Co-sponsored by the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, Witherspoon-Jackson Development Corporation, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association,  W-J Welcome Weekend activities will include clean-up and beautification as well as yard sales, open houses for viewing, music, and displays by various groups.

The kickoff event will take place at Studio Hillier on Witherspoon Street Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m., with breakfast followed by the unveiling of historic  plaques and the 20th Historic District Heritage tour. Longtime resident and Princeton Housing Authority Chair Leighton Newlin noted that this will be the culmination and celebration of the W-J neighborhood becoming Princeton’s 20th Historic District in April 2016.

W-J Historian Shirley Satterfield will lead an historic tour of the neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. more