April 11, 2018

By Donald Gilpin

Engineering and the arts will interweave in a variety of venues and manifestations April 12-13 on the Princeton University campus in a series of performances, panel sessions, and a keynote address by American sculptor and fiber artist Janet Echelman. The event is presented by Princeton University’s Council on Science and Technology (CST) and is co-hosted by Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and by the Lewis Center for the Arts. more

Fox & Roach Charities’ Princeton Junction office recently made a charitable contribution to Anchor House in Trenton. The funding supports services for runaways, and abused and homeless youth. Kim McNear, Anchor House executive director, is pictured third from left with, from left: Ben Thornton, director of outreach services; Kathy Drulis, of Anchor House Foundation; Kassie Erb, Fox & Roach Charities president; Princeton Junction sales associate and charity representative Virginia Santana-Ferrer; Anchor House shelter case manager Todd Wilson; and Anchor House business manager Karen Stettner.

Cornerhouse Behavioral Health, in conjunction with the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance and the Princeton Police Department, will hold a forum, “Vaping, What YOU Need to Know,” on Monday, April 30, 7-9 p.m. at Witherspoon Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street.

The program is designed to educate middle and high school parents, children, and other members of the community about what is happening in the world of e-cigarettes, or vaping. Linda Richter, director of policy research and analysis at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, is the guest speaker. A panel discussion and question and answer session will follow her talk. more

Hun School senior Ellie Briggs holds a satisfied customer of Operation Smile’s surgery center, which repairs cleft lips and palates in Bogota, Colombia.  Briggs has visited Bogota three times, traveled to an Operation Smile student leadership conference in Rome, and raised nearly $2,000 for the charity at Hun. (Photo Courtesy of The Hun School)

Hamilton Jewelers will hold its annual event geared to brides and grooms on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. Ronnie Ross, brand ambassador for The Knot, will meet and greet couples to give advice and pointers about wedding planning.

In addition, Hamilton will be offering a $500 American Express Gift card with the purchase of an engagement ring of $5,000 or more, and 20 percent off all wedding bands for these two days only. Attendees are invited to get a complimentary couples portrait valued at $150. Champagne and truffles while be served, and guests will also receive a set of crystal champagne flutes with their purchase. They will also be registered to win a Samsung 65” Smart TV valued at $1,499, and will receive gifts from partners such as Metropolis Spa & Salon, Viburnum Designs, Grounds for Sculpture, Janet Makrancy, and more.  more

Something is happening in Memphis, something is happening in our world— Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968

By Stuart Mitchner

In the speech he delivered the night before the day he died, Martin Luther King imagined taking a “mental flight” across the Red Sea “through the wilderness on toward the promised land” to Greece and Mount Olympus, the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, then to Wittenberg and Martin Luther, to Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and to the 20th century, “the bankruptcy of the nation,” and Memphis, Tennessee. more

“OUR TOWN — PRINCETON”: Carolyn Scott’s photographs will be featured from Sunday, April 15 through Friday, April 20 at the Center of Theological Inquiry, 50 Stockton Street, Princeton. The exhibit is a celebration of the people at the heart of Princeton, with personal histories of migration.

Scottish artist Carolyn Scott will present her photographs of the diverse community of Princeton in a week-long exhibition at the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) from Sunday, April 15 to Friday, April 20, opening each day at the Center’s Luce Hall, 50 Stockton Street, from 1 to 4 p.m. more

DIGITAL ART: Photographs by Cranbury digital Camera Club members are on display through April 27 at the Gourgaud Gallery at Cranbury Town Hall. The organization concentrates on digital photographic techniques and methods.

Photos from Cranbury digital Camera Club (CdCC) photographers are on display at the Gourgaud Gallery, located at Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street in Cranbury, through April 27. The photos selected by the photographers for the show depict various themes and subject matter. The photographers are from Cranbury, Hightstown, Monroe, West Windsor, and other communities in Central New Jersey. Their work has been on display at various galleries throughout New Jersey.  more

By Kam Williams

It is 2045, a time when the planet has devolved into a desolate dystopia that is a combination of pollution, overpopulation, poverty, corruption, and global warming. Most of humanity lives in slums where they escape their misery by disappearing, via virtual reality, into the Oasis, a parallel universe co-created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance) and Ogden Morrow (Simon Pegg). Halliday is now in control of Oasis and Morrow is no longer associated with the firm.

The picture’s point of departure is an unrecognizable Columbus, Ohio, that is a devastated metropolis that has been reduced to a wasteland of vertical “stacks,” i.e. mobile homes that are piled  on top one another. We meet Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), who is an orphaned teen who has been taken in by his Aunt Alice (Susan Lynch).  more

Eve Niedergang, candidate for Princeton Council, will officially kick off her campaign on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. at a rally in Tiger Park on Palmer Square. The public is encouraged to attend.

Niedergang, whose campaign motto is “Building Community Together,” is committed to actively engaging with Princeton residents to better understand their concerns and to work together to solve the issues that challenge all Princeton residents. Priorities include ensuring that Princeton is welcoming and affordable for all, identifying sensible growth solutions to address Princeton’s affordable housing needs, and maintaining Princeton’s commitment to environmental sustainability. more

MIGHTY MIKE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Michael Sowers looks for an opening in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star attackman Sowers matched his single-game career-high of nine points, tallying four goals and five assists to help Princeton defeat Stony Brook 16-8 and snap a three-game losing streak. The Tigers, who moved to 4-5 with the win, were slated to play at Siena on April 10 before hosting Dartmouth on April 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Michael Sowers was playing in just the 24th game of his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team when the Tigers hosted Stony Brook last Saturday, the 5’8, 165-pound dynamo already looms large in program history.

As a freshman, Sowers set a Princeton single-season record with 82 points on 41 goals and 41 assists in 15 appearances. more

THE RIGHT STUFF: Princeton University softball pitcher Allie Reynolds fires a pitch last weekend as the Tigers hosted Dartmouth in a three-game set. Freshman Reynolds earned a shutout as Princeton posted a 6-0 win in the first game of the weekend. The Big Green went on to win 8-6 and 12-1 in the final two games. The Tigers, who moved to 5-20 overall and 3-6 Ivy League, play a three-game set at Yale next weekend with a doubleheader on April 14 and a single game on April 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University softball team, its loss to Dartmouth in the second game of a three-game set with the Big Green last weekend served as a microcosm of a rough start to the 2018 campaign.

The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning in the contest on Friday and then, after surrendering three runs, battled back to make it a 3-3 ballgame heading into the fourth. Dartmouth, though, answered with two runs in the top of the next frame and added one each in the last three innings to pull away to a 8-6 win. more

MAKING WAVES: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity crew shows its form in a race this spring. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat defeated Penn and Columbia to win the Childs Cup. The Tigers, now 6-0, face Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. on April 14 in the race for the Compton Cup. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

In building the Princeton University men’s heavyweight rowing squad into one of the deepest programs in the nation, Greg Hughes has focused more on instilling a work ethic than stockpiling athletes.

“It is not just about your talent and ability, it is about development,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes. “It is one of those intangible things about sports that we as a society learn. It doesn’t come down to a one-off or just getting lucky. Consistent, steady, day-to-day hard work over time will yield results.” more

CENTRAL PARK: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Alex Park heads upfield in recent action. Last Thursday, junior attackman Park scored two goals to help PHS defeat Pennington 10-2 as it earned its first win of the season. The Little Tigers, who moved to 1-3 with a 6-3 loss at Monroe on Saturday, are slated to host Montgomery on April 14 before playing at WW/P-North on April 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having scored a total of six goals in losing its first two games this season, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team was looking to break out when it hosted Pennington last Thursday.

“We are just working to come together on offense,” said PHS junior attackman Alex Park. more

ATLANTIC ADVENTURE: Oliver Crane celebrates in Antigua this past January after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville who is headed to Princeton University, rowed the 3,000-mile journey in 44 days, and at age 19, became the youngest person to ever row solo across the Atlantic.

By Bill Alden

It took a while for Oliver Crane to develop a passion for rowing.

“I first experienced crew at Mercer Rowing Club in eighth grade, but I didn’t really row much then,” said Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville.

“All through middle school my main sport was ice hockey, but I ended up getting five concussions so I couldn’t do contact sports anymore. I ended up doing cross country and rowing at Peddie and fell in love with rowing after that.” more

April 9, 2018

Enter for a chance to win tickets to The Second Annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival.  
PRIZE: 2 winners will be randomly chosen. WINNER NUMBER 1 will receive: TWO tickets for the Opening Night Event on Thursday, April 12, 2018, and WINNER NUMBER 2 will receive: TWO tickets for the Closing Night Film on Sunday, April 15, 2018. 


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The Second Annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival organizers are thrilled to announce this year’s opening night feature film is BLAZE (2018), co-written and directed by Ethan Hawke, starring Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, and Charlie Sexton. 

BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact his songs and death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze’s profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey.

JTIFF will present 93 films from 17 countries, eight world premieres, 16 East Coast premieres, 30 Pennsylvania premieres, and eight Lehigh Valley premieres on a 30-foot screen. The selections were culled from more than 750 submissions of every genre and subject – from gritty underground and experimental fare to bigger Hollywood level films.

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April 4, 2018

Saturday’s Princeton Battlefield Clean-Up Day, sponsored by the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Sierra Club (Central New Jersey Group), was a big success. Four teams of volunteers helped with brush, stick, bamboo, and invasive plant removal. The volunteers are shown in front of the newly-restored Thomas Clarke House, witness to the 1777 Battle of Princeton. (Photo by John Lien)

By Anne Levin

Last week’s announcement that the transfer of ownership of Westminster Choir College from Rider University to Beijing Kaiwen Educational Technology Company is taking longer than expected came as no surprise to those who have been opposed to the move. University President Gregory G. Dell’Omo’s letter to the school community said that the $40 million deal is behind schedule, meaning Rider will continue to run Westminster for the next school year. more

By Donald Gilpin

Andrew Weber, former assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, and two student leaders for gun safety, Princeton High School senior Dziyana Zubialevich and Princeton University freshman Ben Bollinger, will be featured at a Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) gathering on Sunday afternoon, April 8, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on Cherry Hill Road.  more

By Anne Levin

Not so many decades ago, the town of Princeton was surrounded by farmland. While much of that rural acreage is now home to housing developments and office parks, some open space still remains. And Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) wants to keep it that way.

At the organization’s annual meeting on Sunday, April 15, Mark Brownlee of ArcheWild will address the topic with “Investing in our Land: Deriving Real Economic Value for Ourselves and our Community.” Brownlee, principal and head ecologist of the ecological restoration company and native plant nursery, will outline the options for maintaining the parcels that remain, while possibly realizing some financial benefit. more

BOG TURTLE BILL: From left, Riverside fifth grader Vita Moss-Wang, John Witherspoon sixth grader Avi Weiss, Senator Kip Bateman, and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker prepare to testify in support of making the endangered bog turtle New Jersey’s official state reptile. (Photo Courtesy of SenateNJ.com)

By Donald Gilpin

The bog turtle (glyptemis muhlenbergii), one of the smallest and rarest turtles in North America, is on its way to becoming the first state reptile, if a bill promoted by Princeton Public School students and their teachers and sponsored by State Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman becomes law. more

DOING REAL SCIENCE: The seven students in PDS’s new REx science research experience program have all been accepted into summer internships at some of the top university science labs in the country. From left, the students are Angela Talusan, Jacob Tharayil, Walter Emann, Lydia Wu, Eleanor Myers, Raina Kasera, and Elsie Wang, with their teacher Carrie Norin.

By Donald Gilpin

Researching climate change pressure on marine ecosystems, or lung function in 9/11 first responders, or protein design and antibiotic resistance, or memory and learning and Alzheimer’s disease, or liver cancer and cancer immunotherapy in the setting of some of the top university science laboratories in the country do not sound like typical high school science class experiences.

They’re not, but they are among the internship experiences that the seven Princeton Day School (PDS) juniors in Carrie Norin’s new REx Program are looking forward to this summer.  more

By Anne Levin

The four authors who will speak at the Salon on Stockon literary festival on April 13-14 have one major thing in common: war.

British journalists Sally Magnusson, Neal Ascherson, Lynne Olson, and Christopher Dickey — prominent authors all — have each covered wars, and lots of them. So it made sense for the organizers of the third annual festival to present them together, in an event that begins Friday evening, April 13 and continues throughout the following day, at the Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) on Stockton Street. more

“COMBO MEAL”: A mixed media oil painting by Carley Hall is one of many pieces now displayed at the “Visual Arts Student Exhibition” in the Gallery at Mercer County Community College. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Visual Arts students at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) display their varied talents as the Gallery at Mercer presents its annual “Visual Arts Student Exhibition.” This exhibit, which features the best works by MCCC students, runs through Thursday, May 3. It is free and open to the public.  more

NIGHT LIGHTS: “Photography has a universal way of connecting people. Photography opens up your world,” believe Alan Kesselhaut and Barbara Cuneo, owners of Princeton Photo Workshop. They are shown in a night shot at Sydney Harbor in Australia. (Photo by Alex Kesselaar)

By Jean Stratton

“Everyone may have a camera, but not everyone knows how to see,” explains Alan Kesselhaut. “A famous photographer once said, ‘The pictures are out there. We have to learn how to see them.’”

Adds Barbara Cuneo, “A good photographer has to notice.”

They should know!

Owners of Princeton Photo Workshop, Kesselhaut and Cuneo opened their firm in 2013, after a successful career in the construction business. more