October 10, 2018

By Stuart Mitchner

Early morning, early October, my wife and I are walking along the Delaware near Lambertville, the roar of the rapids so loud there’s no talking until we’re past the sound, heading south toward Washington’s Crossing. Downriver near Pennsbury Manor my paternal ancestors John and Sarah were indentured servants on William Penn’s estate, having come to America with him from England in 1682 on the good ship Welcome.

I’m mindful of my roots these days after unloading boxes of family photos, clippings, genealogies, old letters, and journals like my mother’s from the time she and my father took a cruise up the St. Lawrence to visit Barnhart’s Island, the home of her maternal ancestors. Just before she died, my mother, who grew up in river towns like St. Joseph, on the Missouri, and Smithville, on the Little Platte, told me, “Go down to the river.” My scholar father’s last words were “What’s on the agenda for today?” It would be hard to find two sentences more expressive of the differences between my parents and their families.  more

ITALIANATE AND GOTHIC: John Notman designed the original portion of this house at 86 Mercer Street, part of the Historical Society of Princeton’s 17th Annual House Tour on Saturday, November 3.

The Historical Society of Princeton’s 17th Annual House Tour is planned for Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six houses will be open for the event, which celebrates significant architecture and design in the community.

Each home is a distinct example of its own time and style. Visitors will observe modifications, redesigns, furnishings, and personal art collections during the self-guided tour. more

“FOUNDATION@50”: The new exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton celebrates 50 years of support by the New Jersey State Museum Foundation. The show features more than 60 objects, artifacts, and specimens that have been added to the museum’s collections over the past 50 years, runs through January 27, 2019.

The New Jersey State Museum has announced the opening of its new exhibition, “Foundation@50: Celebrating Five Decades of Support.” Since its founding in 1968, the New Jersey State Museum Foundation has provided vital support to the museum. The exhibition highlights more than 60 objects, artifacts, and specimens that have been added to the museum’s collections over the past 50 years through the support of the Foundation. It will be on view through January 27, 2019. more

Organist Stephen Buzard will lead a master class on Tuesday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m. and participate in the Sacred Music Lab at 6:30 p.m., in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. Sacred Music Lab is a worship service led by Westminster’s Sacred Music students and is open to the public. Admission is free. He will also present a recital in the Princeton University Chapel on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. more

By Kam Williams

Neil Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. Subsequently, the NASA astronaut never sought to cash in on his celebrity status. Instead, he eschewed fame and fortune and withdrew from the limelight in favor of sharing his experiences in the classroom as a college professor. He even discouraged biographers until he finally agreed to cooperate with James R. Hansen on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.

Published in 2005, the book has been adapted to the screen by Oscar-winning scriptwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight). However, the movie covers 1961 through 1969 — Armstrong’s early years in the space program — and ending with Apollo 11’s historic lunar landing. more

Hands-On: “My practice is different because I work one-on-one with the patient for an hour. I am focused on the patient’s goal, and we work together to achieve it.” Gianna Bigliani, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, founder and owner of Fluid Physio, is shown in the patient area where she provides individual treatments for each person.

By Jean Stratton

“I  wanted to spend all my time with one patient at each therapy session.”

Explaining why she decided to open her own physical therapy practice, Dr. Gianna Bigliani, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, owner and founder of Fluid Physio, points out the difference in her practice.

“The first thing you need to know about Fluid Physio is that we can help you much more quickly than what you expect. We are different than any other physical therapy practice because of our approach: a full hour of one-on-one specialized manual therapy treatment that will return you to pain-free optimal performance and function much faster than others.” more

GOOD RUN: Princeton University running back Charlie Volker heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Lehigh. Senior star Volker rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers rout the Mountain Hawks 66-7. Princeton, now 4-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, hosts Brown (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) on October 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Charlie Volker’s sprinting prowess has helped him earn Ivy League titles for the Princeton University track team.

In the fall, Volker’s blazing speed has resulted in him becoming one of the top running backs in program history for Princeton’s football team.

For Volker, his dual athletic focus keeps him sharp through the school year. more

Dustin Litvak sensed that it could be a tough trip for the Princeton University men’s water polo team when it headed to the Boston area last weekend.

“We played seven conference games in nine days. It is not ideal; it doesn’t give us a lot of time to prepare,” said Princeton head coach Dustin Litvak, who is in his first season at the helm of the program. more

STRONG FINISH: Princeton University men’s soccer player Gaby Paniagua goes after the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore midfielder Paniagua scored a second half goal to help Princeton defeat visiting Brown 2-0. The Tigers, who improved to 5-4-1 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy League with the win, were slated to play at St. John’s on October 9 before resuming Ivy play with a game at Columbia on October 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton University men’s soccer team controlled possession in the first half against visiting Brown last Saturday, Jim Barlow was aggravated.

Despite Princeton’s dazzling play, it had nothing to show for it as the rivals were locked in a 0-0 stalemate at halftime. more

By Bill Alden

Jackson Barletta prides himself on being a multi-faceted threat for the Hun School football team.

“It is good to be all around the field and just impact the team however I can,” said senior star Barletta, who plays receiver, quarterback, and defensive back for the Raiders.

Last Saturday against visiting Blair Academy, Barletta made an impact in the first half with his arm and legs, throwing a touchdown pass to Nicholas DeGennaro and then catching a scoring strike from Logan Clouse as the Raiders built a 12-0 halftime lead. more

SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro (No. 858, second from right) competes in a 2017 race. Last Saturday, senior star Pinheiro took third individually in the Boys’ Varsity C race at the Shore Coaches Invitational in Holmdel Park to help the Little Tigers place third of 27 schools in the team standings in the race. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the last several years, the individual brilliance of Alex Roth and and then Will Hare helped spark the Princeton High boys’ cross country team to county and state crowns.

This fall, a triumvirate of senior standouts, Acasio Pinheiro, Jackson McCarthy, and Tucker Zullo, have combined to make PHS formidable again. more

PLAYING SMART: Hun School boys’ soccer player Elijah Smarr controls the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Smarr chipped in an assist to help Hun defeat Blair Academy 3-0 in its Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) opener. The Raiders, now 5-4, play at the Hill School (Pa.) on October 13 before hosting Northern Burlington on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Hun School boys’ soccer team locked in a scoreless tie with Life Center Academy last week, Elijah Smarr had the ball on his foot near the goal.

But rather than firing away, Hun senior midfield Smarr saw teammate Amar Anand breaking free and slotted the ball to him and he found the back of the net.

“Jack Tarzy played me a nice ball in; I could have taken him on but I saw that Amar had a better angle so I just played it to him and he was able to put it away,” said Smarr of the score that came with 27:13 left in the half. more

FRONT OF THE PACK: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Siena Moran displays her form in action last year. Last Saturday, senior Moran finished seventh individually in the Girls’ Varsity B race at the Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park to help PHS place fifth of 19 schools in the team standings in the race. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having becoming a member of the Princeton High girls’ cross country team last fall after transferring from the American School of London, Siena Moran embraced the culture of her new program.

Improving by leaps and bounds, Moran became a star, taking sixth at the Mercer County Championship meet and placing 10th at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional.

PHS head coach Jim Smirk sensed that Moran was just scratching the surface, and that some offseason work would make her a force this fall. more

SET POINT: Princeton High girls’ volleyball player Gillian Hauschild sets the ball last Thursday as PHS defeated Hopewell Valley 2-0. Junior star Hauschild contributed three kills, four assists, two blocks, and one dig to help the Little Tigers prevail 25-10, 25-12. PHS, which moved to 13-4 with a 2-0 loss to Montgomery last Friday, is hosting Fairfield Prep (Conn.) on October 13 before playing at Florence on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gillian Hauschild is displaying her versatility this fall in her junior season for the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team.

After dominating on the front row in her first two seasons, Hauschild has added a playmaking role to her portfolio.

“We are running a 6-2 this year, which is a lot different than last year,” said Hauschild. more

By Bill Alden

Wesley Leggett scored 13 goals in the first 10 games this fall for the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team.

Last Wednesday, senior forward Leggett tried mightily to add to that total as PDS hosted Old Bridge, making a number of runs and generating some shots in the box but it was to no avail as the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtimes. more

October 3, 2018

The Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association hosted a community conversation on Saturday on the Princeton Public Schools referendum, which includes proposed renovations and possible expansion at Princeton High School. Participants discuss their feelings about the referendum in this week’s Town Talk on Page 6. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Donald Gilpin

“There is a perfect storm in Princeton,” said Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association (WJNA) Co-chair Leighton Newlin in introducing Saturday’s community conversation on the Princeton Public Schools referendum. “Many people are in distress with rising taxes, and at the same time the schools are in need.”

With the Princeton Board of Education (BOE) approaching a special session next Tuesday, October 9, by the end of which they intend to finalize the ballot question for a December 11 referendum vote, what that ballot question will include, and how it will be presented remain in doubt. more

By Anne Levin

In the second step of a process that would allow Princeton Theological Seminary to redevelop portions of its campus, the Princeton Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday, September 27 to recommend designating it as a redevelopment zone.

This tool would allow the town to be more proactive in planning, in turn giving the public a greater ability to provide input and be more involved in the process, according to Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza of the company LRK Inc., consultants on the project. Princeton Council voted last June to direct the Planning Board to study whether the campus should be designated as an area in need of redevelopment. more

PEACE WORKS: Ambassador Rick Barton introduced his new book and called for American ingenuity and a venture capitalist way of thinking to help foster peace throughout the world, in a conversation with graduate scholar Caitlin Quinn at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday.

By Donald Gilpin

In a talk at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) Monday, Rick Barton, former United States ambassador and now lecturer at WWS, called for innovative thinking, relying on American ingenuity to break our “losing streak” and make progress in international relations.

Promoting his new book, Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, Barton contended, “we are a country that is advantaged in the world, and we should be able to do more than we have been able to do” in helping to build peace in the world. more

“JEOPARDY” MAVENS: “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek and Princeton High School social studies teacher Kian Barry share a moment on the set during the July taping of a show that will air this Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. on ABC. (Photo Courtesy of Kian Barry)

By Donald Gilpin

Watching Jeopardy each evening is a ritual for many, particularly for families who enjoy learning, and showing off and testing their knowledge of just about everything.

This Thursday the local Jeopardy television audience will be especially large, as watch parties of Princeton High School students and recent graduates tune in to see their social studies teacher Kian Barry match wits with two opponents. At 7 p.m. on ABC, Barry will be seen introducing himself to legendary host Alex Trebek, and testing his knowledge of a wide range of trivia. more

By Anne Levin

With statistics suggesting that about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month — has become a key time for advocates of research, care, and advances in genetic testing.

Among them is Shannon Pulaski, a Millstone native who has written a book to help parents start a conversation with children about their family’s health history. Mom Genes, published in August by Cure Media Group, is a direct result of Pulaski doing just that with her 7-year-old twin daughters and 4-year-old son. more

“WONDERLAND”: Glitch artist Phillip McConnell and expressive pop artist Chris Ernst will collaborate via playing off each other’s unique styles in “The Remix,” running October 7 to 26 at Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury. An opening reception is Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Gourgaud Gallery, located in Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street in Cranbury, presents “The Remix,” an exhibit on view October 7 through October 26. A reception is Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item. This style is mainly seen in music, but applies to visual art as well. When two artists with vastly different styles seek each other out to create a new style of mixed media only one thing can come from it. more

By Stuart Mitchner

Trying to remember the last time I spent all day glued to the TV, the best I can do is September 11, 2001. Last Thursday my attention was focused on a 51-year-old stranger who was tenuously holding her own under the glare of the national spotlight. As she spoke shyly but unsparingly about the most traumatic moment of her life, I found myself pulling for her as if she were an old friend.

When the first half of the Senate hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh was adjourned, I searched online for the song I’d been thinking of during the cross-examination’s most stressful moments. All it took was typing in “Dear Christine,” by Klaatu, a Canadian group named after the traveler from another world in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Love songs like this one live and breathe with feeling and make you instantly emotional, particularly if you’ve just spent a supremely intense period of time empathizing with a woman named Christine.


By Nancy Plum

There is a lot of Leonard Bernstein in concert halls these days; in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the iconic composer’s birth, performers worldwide are participating in Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration. Princeton Symphony Orchestra joined the party this past weekend at Richardson Auditorium by devoting the opening concert of the 2018-19 season to music of the American legend. A clear sign of growth and success, Princeton Symphony Orchestra has expanded its classical series to two performances of several of the classical concerts this season. Saturday night’s performance (the concert was repeated Sunday afternoon) brought several of Bernstein’s more popular works to life, featuring two stellar solo performers. more

Princeton University Orchestra’s first concerts of the season are October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the campus. Ruth Ochs conducts the program, which features concerto competition winner Henry Peters ’20 on marimba.

On Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra presents the Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala on their United States tour, also at Richardson. Ivan Fisher, internationally known conductor, leads the orchestra. more