September 23, 2015

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

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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. 

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

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

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Despite a financial crisis which has landed the American Boychoir School (ABS)  in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, classes at the choral academy began this week at the school’s new location in Hopewell. Some 32 boys are enrolled, including eight new students, at the Rambling Pines camp, according to a September 10 report to supporters of the organization by Rob D’Avanzo, the Chairman of ABS’ Board of Trustees. That figure is down from 50 students, as reported on the ABS website last spring. more


HAPPY CAMPERS: Princeton University football senior co-captains, Matt Arends, left, and Seth DeValve enjoy a light moment as the players took a break from preseason camp earlier this month for the program’s media day. Arends is moving to outside linebacker from safety this fall as the Tigers look to shore up their defense after giving up 28.7 points a game in 2014 in going 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League. The Tigers open their 2015 season by playing at Lafayette on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Arends found a home in the secondary during his first three years with the Princeton University football team. more

Affordable housing webThe future of affordable housing in Princeton was the topic of a standing-room-only public meeting of Princeton Council and the town’s Planning Board in Monument Hall last week. The lengthy discussion included numerous comments from members of the public as well as questions and suggestions from the governing bodies themselves.

The town wants to hear the public’s opinions on the issues covered in a document on housing goals written by a Princeton Community Master Plan subcommittee of the Planning Board, planning director Lee Solow said during his presentation. Mr. Solow stressed that the document is not final. more


COMMUNITY ACTION: Princeton University freshmen taking part in the annual community service program preceding their orientation week visited a variety of locations in town and across New Jersey. One group even got to do some drumming with some residents at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Attending Princeton University and living on its leafy campus could leave students with an insular view of life. But the University’s Community Action program wants them to know that there is another world outside the “orange bubble.” During the week before freshmen orientation, the 11-year-old program offers new students a chance to learn community service skills and put them to work. more

Senior Living

A year after Princeton was designated an Age-Friendly Community (AFC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Association for Retired People (AARP), Princeton Senior Resource Center Executive Director Susan Hoskins says it’s time for each sector– business, civic, academic, health services, non-profit – to insure that the “age friendly” description is meaningful and lasting.  more


TAYLOR SWIFT: Princeton High girls’ soccer Taylor Lis races up the field in action last fall. Senior midfielder and tri-captain Lis should be a top offensive weapon for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers were slated to get their 2015 season underway by hosting Robbinsville on September 15 and playing at Hamilton on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High girls’ soccer team boasting a slew of battle-tested players, Val Rodriguez sees a maturity around her squad. more

Peter SingerRandy Cohen will interview philosopher, author and Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer for his public radio program, “Person, Place, Thing,” Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m., at Princeton Public Library. During the program, guests are asked to speak about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful rather than about themselves.

Mr. Singer has been called the world’s most influential living philosopher and, in 2014, was third on the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute’s ranking of Global Thought Leaders. He is known for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. Mr. Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, most recently, “The Most Good You Can Do.” His works have appeared in more than 30 languages.  more

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“INTIMATIONS”: This oil on linen by painter Audrey Ushenko will be among those on display in her solo exhibit at the Rider University Art Gallery called “In Natural Habitat” from September 24 through October 25.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “In Natural Habitat” featuring the work of Audrey Ushenko from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, October 25. The exhibit will include an opening reception on Thursday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. more

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On drives from Indiana to New York City before the Interstate, my parents took U.S. 40 east, which brought us into the hilly outskirts of Pittsburgh at night. It was the most vivid moment of the trip: the red-orange glow of steel mills against the dark sky, the smoke-hazed aura around the glow, the balmy summer air, the excitement of seeing that vision lighting up the sky. The moment was marked by the metallic scent of industry, like the aroma of pure power, which is what I seemed to be breathing again in “Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection” at the James A. Michener Art Museum.  more

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IT’S A MAD, MAD WORLD: Alice spends time with a tea-drinking mouse and other wondrous creatures in an original musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, presented by the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre on Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are available at or by calling (609) 570-3333.

Kaleidoscope Theatre at Mercer County Community College present the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre, located at MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  more


ON THE BALL: Hun School boys’ soccer player Alex Semler chases down the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Semler has been a mainstay on the back line for the Raiders since his freshman season. Hun gets its 2015 season underway this week by playing at Morristown-Beard on September 15 and at the Life Center Academy on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ soccer team, the 2015 season couldn’t come soon enough. more

September 15, 2015

Half Marathon

The 2015 Princeton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 4 starting at 7 a.m. Registration is still open though spaces are limited.

The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place and travels through some of Princeton’s most noted landmarks including Princeton Battlefield and the Institute for Advanced Study. The race typically attracts around 1,500 runners and several thousand spectators.  more

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all God’s creatures, St. Paul Catholic Church will host the Blessing of the Animals by pastor Monsignor Joseph Rosie on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the parish lawn, 214 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton. This annual tradition welcomes pets and their families. Recent participants have included dogs, cats, hamsters, and even rabbits. All are welcome to attend.

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September 14, 2015

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The 8th Annual Hopewell Tour Des Arts will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, working and professional artists in the Hopewell area will open their studio doors to the general public. 29 artists will participate in this year’s event. The tour begins at the Hopewell Train Station in Hopewell Borough where guests can pick-up maps (maps can also be found in-town at Brother’s Moon restaurant or online at

September 11, 2015

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HONORING THOSE WHO ARE GONE: At Rider University in Lawrenceville today, September 11, military students conducted a flag-lowering ceremony while the Student Government Association presidents joined Rider president Gregory G. Dell’Omo to place a memorial wreath in honor of lives lost. Westminster Choir College student Thomas Lynch performed the national anthem as part of the remembrance event.

View additional images from the event, below. more