September 21, 2016

There is always an air of freshness at the start of a new musical season — the night air is crisp with the coming of autumn and audiences are eager with anticipation of what the new season will bring. Princeton Symphony Orchestra began its 2016-17 season a bit early this year with a concert last Thursday night which was definitely a breath of fresh air — and an approach to Antonio Vivaldi which Princeton audiences likely have not heard before. more

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) has hired Stephanie Schwartz as Curator of Collections and Research. Ms. Schwartz joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as research assistant and admissions associate. more

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These miniature medical personnel are among those likely to attend the Millhill Child & Family Development’s “Harvest Your Health” fair on Friday, September 30 from 2-6 p.m. at 101 Oakland Street in Trenton. The interactive event is designed to increase health awareness by providing health screening, activities, educational material, and resources for the community and is free to county residents. Among the 25 vendors are Greenwood Farmers Market, Isles, Henry J. Austin Health, Mercer Street Friends. Face painting and activities for children will be available. Millhill is collecting donations of hygienic items to be distributed during the fair. New donations of everyday essentials can be dropped off through September 26. For information contact info@millhillcenter.org.

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FAVORITE FELINE: “I’d recommend getting a cat to anyone,” says George Smith, owner of Smith’s Ace Hardware & Housewares in the Princeton Shopping Center. “It’s great having Dusty in the store. He keeps the mice away, and everyone loves him.” Dusty, shown in one of his favorite perches, is the new “star” at the popular store. (Photo by Jean Stratton)

Family-owned and operated, Smith’s Ace Hardware & Housewares has been a favorite with customers since its opening in the Princeton Shopping Center in 2002.

Owner George Smith and his brothers are proprietors of four other hardware stores, including the original Yardville Supply Company opened by the Smith brothers’ grandfather. Yardville Supply is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. more

September 20, 2016

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SAFETY NET: Princeton University star senior safety and tri-captain Dorian Williams, center, poses with fellow captains, senior quarterback Chad Kanoff, left, and senior running back Joe Rhattigan. The trio of standouts will be looking to come up big when Princeton kicks off its 2016 campaign by hosting Lafayette on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dorian Williams learned the ropes from two different spots on the field during his first two seasons with the Princeton University football team. more

September 19, 2016

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Photography by Erica Cardenas

Beyond Words, the annual fall gala hosted by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library took place on Saturday, September 17. This year’s special guests were Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who spoke at Nassau Presbyterian Church. After the talk, guests gathered at Hinds Plaza for a book signing and cocktails followed by a silent auction and dinner.  more

See below for the September 15, 2016 Princeton Planning Board Meeting.

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

September 16, 2016

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Your morning coffee will taste even sweeter in one of these fun mugs. 

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September 14, 2016

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Photo Credit: @thefryecompany

Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.

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The St. Paul Parish memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks resembled a field of flags, some 3,000, each bearing a placard with the name of a person lost on that day. The 15th anniversary commemoration was arranged by the church together with the Princeton Knights of Columbus. Saturday’s special prayer service included the color guards of the Princeton Police and Fire Departments and color guards of the Knights of Columbus. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

There was good news for the second year in a row at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Toast to Tourism Awards, held Tuesday morning at The Boathouse overlooking Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park.

Brian Tyrrell, Stockton University professor and CEO of Travel and Tourism Research and Training Associates, said during a presentation of his 2016 Economic Impact Study of Tourism in the Princeton and Mercer Region that activity in the area continues to be on the rise. more

At a public hearing Monday night, Princeton Council voted to adopt an amended ordinance related to cutting down trees and shrubs. Originally introduced this past July, the ordinance was amended and passed 5-1, with Patrick Simon voting against the measure as presented. more

Calling for a “revolution in values,” in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Princeton Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. told a standing-room-only audience on Monday that white supremacy, in the form of a belief that white lives are worth more than others, prevails in this country.  more

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THE SEARCH IS ON: The Arts Council of Princeton, where a Fall Open House was held last weekend, is one of two non-profit organizations looking for a new executive director. The deadline for applications was last Friday. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Last Friday was the official deadline to apply for the leading jobs at two of the town’s key non-profit groups. Both the Arts Council of Princeton and Sustainable Princeton are looking for new executive directors, as Jeff Nathanson and Diane Landis, respectively, move on to other challenges. more

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Martha Friend

Mark Eastburn at Riverside and Martha Friend at Littlebrook are two of five New Jersey finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. They are also the kind of elementary school science teachers who would make anyone want to start kindergarten all over again. They love the adventure of science, and they love working with young children.  more

The Princeton branch of the English Speaking Union has scheduled its monthly talks on Samuel Johnson, Jane Austen, and other literary figures at the Lawrenceville School’s Kirby Arts Center beginning September 25. On that day, three scholars will discuss their experience at The Globe Theatre in London and at Edinburgh University. more

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The Princeton University Latino Graduate Student Association will host Poet Laureate of the United States Juan Felipe Herrera in conversation on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Carl A. Fields Center on the University campus. The free public event is co-sponsored by Campus Conversations on Identities, Program in Creative Writing, Council on the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages, Program in Latin American Studies, Carl. A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, Department of English.

 

book-revGene Wilder’s recent death has revived Young Frankenstein — not that Mel Brooks’s classic 1974 travesty of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) by way of the James Whale/Boris Karloff film (1931) needed reviving. You could stop strangers on the street in Princeton or any university town anywhere and soon find someone who could quote you a favorite line or describe a favorite scene. Even so, for all those who have not already revisited the 1974 film, it will be shown again on October 5 in a special one-night-only presentation in more than 500 theaters nationwide, with a “live introduction” by Mel Brooks.

A Bizarre Course

What takes Young Frankenstein to a level beyond the gags is Gene Wilder’s kindly, horny, out-of-it Dr. Frankensteen. While a stranger on the street may not be able to name the actor who played the monster (Peter Boyle), no one is likely to forget his loving, fatherly creator. In the new Rutgers University Press book, Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives, there’s an image of a blissed-out Wilder cuddling his “emotionally needy creation”; his expression is the other side of rhapsodic, he might be Chopin caressing the score of a nocturne or listening to the music of the spheres. Co-authored by Lester D. Friedman and Allison B. Kavey, Monstrous Progeny may be the most thorough exploration of the bizarre course the Frankenstein myth has taken since Mary Shelley conceived it 200 years ago this summer. Besides tracing the stagings and filmings through the years, the book looks at “laff riots” like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, biological mutation movies like The Fly, reanimation films (Re-Animator and sequels), cyborg films (RoboCop), robot movies (Blade Runner and A.I.), and more. more

On September 8, Community Options of Princeton opened its second Red Ribbon Academy, located at 2230 Camplain Road in Hillsborough.

The Red Ribbon Academy is a state-of-the-art medical special needs adult day program with a combination of tender loving care, therapy integration, and fun adapted activities. The program provides quality medical, therapeutic, and recreational support to medically fragile adults with developmental disabilities. more

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The University League Nursery School (ULNS) has a new home. On September 6, Cindy Schenthal (ULNS Director) and Jim Levine (ULNS Board of Trustees Member) cut the ribbon to celebrate the school’s move from its original location, since its founding in 1949, to a new address on the grounds of the Jewish Center of Princeton at 457 Nassau Street. While this move offers new opportunities for ULNS, the school’s 67 year commitment to the Princeton community — a preschool education building self-confidence and independence — has not changed.

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ILLUSTRATED LECTURE AT TRENT HOUSE: Archivist and photographer Gary Saretzky will present an illustrated lecture on 19th century New Jersey-based photographers at the Trent House Museum on September 24. Pictured here is Edward H. Stokes. He was a photographer in Trenton and is one of the subjects of the lecture. He also resided at the Trent House for many years. His son donated the Trent House to the City of Trenton to be used as a museum.

Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, more than 250 lived or worked in Mercer County, most of them in Trenton. In a slide lecture, Gary D. Saretzky will profile these pioneers, including Edward H. Stokes who lived in what is now the William Trent House, and discuss them within the larger context of New Jersey photography in the 19th century.  more

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BARNS AND BEYOND: This painting by Lisa Walsh titled “Red Barn, Winter,” is representative of the artworks that will be on sale at the Annual Art Show and Sale at the historic Parsonage Barn in Cranbury. The exhibit features many paintings of the barns located on the site where the show will take place, as well as other Cranbury scenes.

Watercolorists Unlimited will host their annual Fall Art Show and Sale at the historic Parsonage Barn on Cranbury Neck Road, one block away from Main Street in Cranbury, on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.  more

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SWINGING SOUNDS: “It’s an exciting milestone year for JazzFeast,” says Palmer Square Marketing Director Anita Fresolone, who oversees the planning of this very popular open air jazz festival. Prominent jazz musicians will be on hand, as will an array of various cuisines from Princeton area eateries. 

The 25h annual JazzFeast will be held on the Green and the west side of Palmer Square from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, rain or shine. more

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Acclaimed Irish actress Lisa Dwan will give a talk entitled “Performing Beckett” on Friday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2016-17 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public. more

McCarter Theatre Center will renew its annual tradition in December of 2016 with a reimagined version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. As part of this new theatrical endeavor, McCarter is looking for a new group of young actors ages 5 to 13 to form this year’s Young Ensemble.

Sign-Ups for A Christmas Carol Young Ensemble Auditions will be held at McCarter Theatre Center on Wednesday, September 14 from 3 to 6 p.m.  more