October 5, 2016

The Princeton Health Department and Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) will hold their annual flu immunization clinic and health fair on Tuesday, October 18, at the Suzanne Paterson Building from 1-6 p.m. Make-up clinics are on November 7, 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room at 400 Witherspoon Street, and December 7, 4-6 p.m. in the main meeting room at 1 Monument Drive.

There will be no out-of-pocket costs for the Flu/TDap vaccine administered to Princeton residents with health insurance coverage stipulated on the www.princetonnj.gov/health website. However, consent forms must be completed (www.princetonnj.gov/health/index.html), which enables the health department to bill the healthcare providers. The health department will also provide flu shots to anyone under insured or uninsured. more

books_1Dan-el Padilla Peralta, the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin $27.95) will be reading from his book at Labyrinth on Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m.

Says Publishers Weekly: “Part memoir, part confessional, and part coming-of-age tale, Peralta’s story holds several truths on the road through loss, sacrifice, and achievement to gaining his slice of the American dream.” Kirkus Reviews calls Undocumented “An impassioned and honest memoir… Underscores the need for comprehensive immigration reform.”

As a boy, Dan-el Padilla Peralta came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and the father returned home. While Dan-el was only in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. He, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where his only refuge was the meager library.  more


Ronald C. White, author and fellow at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California, will speak about his new biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 7. James M. McPherson, professor of history emeritus at Princeton University, and bestselling author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize, will respond. more

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber is expected to be the first witness in a property tax case scheduled to go to court in Trenton this week. The University is being sued by Princeton residents who are challenging the tax exempt status of several of its properties.

The issue is being watched closely by educational institutions and non-profits. The lawsuit, which dates back four years, says the University should pay taxes on the buildings it rents out for private functions. The suit also maintains that the school shares profits with professors on some of the patents they receive and the research they conduct. Lawyers for the school have argued that the buildings serve its educational mission and should therefore be exempt. more

The recent news that Governor Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Speaker Vincent Prieto have reached an agreement on funding for New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund means that work may finally resume on stalled road projects across the state.

But completing one of those projects, the reconstruction of Valley Road, remains on hold while the 23-cent increase in the gasoline tax awaits approval. more


 “LAKE AGNES”: Robert Zurfluh, a member of the Cranbury Digital Camera Club, took this photo of Lake Agnes, which is located in Colorado.  The Club will have their photography on display at the Gourgaud Gallery from October 2 until October 28.

Photos from Cranbury digital Camera Club (CdCC) photographers are on display at the Gourgaud Gallery. The gallery is located at Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street (the old schoolhouse) in Cranbury from October 2 to October 28. more


“BEE KEEPER’S HOUSE”: Joseph Barrett’s exhibition “Alluvial Years” is on display at the Silverman Gallery in New Hope until October 30. Pictured here is his 22 x 22 inch oil on canvas. 

Now until October 30, artist Joseph Barrett has his work on display at the Silverman Gallery in Bucks County. His exhibition, “Alluvial Years,” is a compilation of his most recent works alongside paintings done over the last 25 years. The exhibition title refers to the subjects he has painted along the Delaware Valley.   more

D&R Greenway and the Green Hour Radio continue the discussion series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges, with “Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century,” Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and State Senator Bob Smith (17th Legislative District) will discuss environmental policy goals and both the opportunities and obstacles to achieve them.

The event follows up on the first talks in the series, “Exploring the Outcome of 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21)” and “The Future of Energy in Our Region.” Former Governor Whitman championed and signed legislation to create the Garden State Trust, the state’s first stable funding source for the preservation of open space, farmland, and historic sites. more


The Midtown Men (4 cast members from the original show Jersey Boys) will perform at the State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick on Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m. The group promises to thrill crowds with renditions of the songs that defined the 60s. The Midtown Men include Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer. To purchase tickets, visit www.statetheatrenj.org or call (732) 246-7469.

October 3, 2016


Photo Credit: @red_clay_soul

Crisp fall days match perfectly with plaid prints. 


October 1, 2016


FORWARD PROGRESS: Princeton University men’s soccer player Greg Seifert tracks down a ball in a game last season. Senior star Seifert, who was recently moved to forward from defense, tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 3-1 last Saturday for its fourth straight win. The Tigers, now 4-2, play at Villanova on September 28 before hosting Dartmouth on October 1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Greg Seifert distinguished himself as a dependable, rugged defender for the Princeton University men’s soccer team in his first three seasons with the program.

Seifert played in 43 games for Princeton from 2013-2015, making 23 starts, including 13 last season.


September 29, 2016


Photo Credit: @saipua

October calls for a different mood, entirely.



Studio Japan of Kingston will hold their Annual Open House, October 8-23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Featuring traditional Japanese furnishings, TANSU cabinetry, pottery, and decorative folk arts, anyone interested in Japanese culture is encouraged to attend. The museum itself is a Sukiya tea culture inspired building reconstructed from a historic post and beam barn. Established in 1982, Studio Japan serves as the museum and conservation workshop of Ty and Kiyoko Heineken, the authors of TANSU: Traditional Japanese Cabinetry. Studio Japan is located at 110 Main Street (4505 Rte. 27 North) in Kingston, NJ.

The event is free to attend. To learn more visit www.tansucabinetry.com or call (609) 683-0938. Questions can be directed to ty@tansucabinetry.com.

September 28, 2016


One of the author/illustrators at Saturday’s Children’s Book Fair on Hinds Plaza inscribes a copy of her book for a young reader. Favorite books are discussed by festival participants in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The town of Princeton has embarked on two groundbreaking solar energy projects С one with the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority on River Road and the other with the Princeton Public Library С that could potentially bring financial rewards, save on energy bills for the participating partners, and promote sustainability by investing in renewable energy.  more


The Lambertville Historical Society will hold their 34th Annual Autumn House Tour on Sunday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured homes range in type from an 1877 second-empire Victorian to a simpler c. 1850 brick row house with extensive interior renovations. The additional sites include an early 19th C. Greek Revival Church and an 1877 19th C. Eclectic/Victorian style commercial property. The tour is self-guided. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour) and can be purchased at the Marshall House (60 Bridge Street in Lambertville), various retailers in downtown Lambertville, and online at www.LambertvilleHistoricalSociety.org. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available on the day of the tour. For more information, call (609) 397-0770 or email info@LambertvilleHistoricalSociety.org.

At a meeting on Monday, September 26, Princeton Council voted to introduce an ordinance to re-establish a Civil Rights Commission, which previously existed in Princeton but was discontinued 18 years ago. more

Residents and town officials are all in agreement about the need for repairs and infrastructure renovations on Bank Street. The narrow, single-block thoroughfare, tucked away off Nassau Street between Bayard Lane and Chambers Street, needs electrical, telephone, and cable lines placed underground, and the street, curbs, sidewalks, and sewage system all require extensive upgrades. more



Acclaimed dancer/choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy brings her solo work They Rose at Dawn to the Berlind Theatre on October 23 at 3 p.m. In this solo work, women are depicted as carriers of ritual. Navigating inner and outer worlds, they invoke a sense 
of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. more

The Princeton Adult School (PAS) will kick off its 2016 lecture series on Monday, October 10 at 8 p.m. in the Friend Center Auditorium, William and Olden Streets, with Princeton University Philosophy Professor Gideon A. Rosen speaking on “Ethics, Politics and Social Media.”  more


A FEAST FOR THE SENSES: Mountain Lakes Preserve is the setting for a four-part series of workshops focused on the way nature inspires creativity. Professionals from the worlds of food, perfume, graphic design and poetry will lead the sessions.

On Fran McManus’s regular walks through the Mountain Lakes Preserve, she often ponders the relationship of the natural world and creativity. Nature, she has come to realize, can inspire ideas in ways that are not always immediately apparent. more

Princeton University’s campus plan for the next 10 years won’t be released until next summer. But last week University administrators provided a glimpse of the document under development at a meeting of a Princeton Planning Board subcommittee. The presentation will be repeated on Wednesday, October 5 at a municipal meeting in West Windsor.  more

Browse through thousands of gently used books from a variety of genres at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Annual Used Book Sale on October 11 through 15 in the Seminary’s Whiteley Gymnasium (at the corner of Hibben Road and Stockton Street). Proceeds support seminary libraries in developing nations and provide Princeton Seminary students with scholarship funds for travel courses.  more

book-revHerman Melville died 125 years ago today in a three-story brick townhouse at 104 E. 26th Street in Manhattan. The makeshift bomb that shook the same neighborhood a week and a half ago exploded a short walk away at 23rd and Sixth Avenue. Virtually unread and unremembered on September 28, 1891, Melville’s most famous work ends, in effect, with an explosion: “then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.” The actual last words of Moby Dick, however, are less epic than domestic as a ship named Rachel searching for “her missing children” only finds “another orphan.”

The orphan, of course, is Melville, the metaphorical survivor of his most ambitious work, a castaway on the desert island of his obscurity sending the civilized world messages carried like “notes in a bottle” across two centuries and the ocean of the internet.

In Andrew Delbanco’s Melville: His World and Work (2005), the author is seen as “a living presence in the larger culture,” not only “good for thinking about” but one of the “select company” of writers who “continue to be good for thinking with.” Since his literary revival in the mid-20th century, there have been, according to Delbanco, “a steady stream of new Melvilles, all of whom seem somehow to keep up with the preoccupations of the moment: myth-and-symbol Melville, countercultural Melville, anti-war Melville, environmentalist Melville, gay or bisexual Melville, muticultural Melville, global Melville.” more

Visit Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) for the 12th Annual Festival of the Guild for Early Music on Sunday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performances by regional ensembles include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American music in both vocal and instrumental forms.  more