October 11, 2017

By Donald Gilpin

Edward Felten, professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (WW), and Alan Krueger, professor of economics and public policy at WW, will serve on a new task force seeking to transform America’s labor market from one based largely on degrees to one based on skills. more

OLD MILL, NEW LOOK: A view of the interior of Isles’ Mill One facility, a historic mill in the final stages of renovation, that will serve as the home of the organization’s Social Profit Center. (Photo courtesy of Isles, Inc.)

By Doug Wallack

On Saturday, October 21, Trenton-based nonprofit Isles will hold its first ever Fall Fest fundraiser in the new Social Profit Center at Mill One in Hamilton. The event will feature food and drink from local restaurants and vendors, along with performances and works from area musicians and artists.  more

Breast cancer survivors, physicians, and others walked the runway October 6 at The Westin Princeton. The annual Lord & Taylor “In the Pink” fashion show benefits the YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center.

CALLING ALL PHS ALUMNI: Donna Wilkinson, PHS class of 1957, at her 60th anniversary reunion. Wilkinson’s daughter, Mia Sacks, PHS ’83, is co-chair of the alumni steering committee and a leading organizer of the newly formed PHS Alumni Association.

By Donald Gilpin

Looking to engage alumni, build a relationship with them, and at the same time benefit current students, the Princeton Public Schools District (PPS) is launching an alumni association for Princeton High School (PHS) graduates. more

ART AND LIFE: From his childhood behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria to a successful career in the restaurant business (starting at a resort on the Black Sea) to a new life in New Jersey as a painter, muralist, and designer, Cvetko Ivanov has come a long way to his porch on Vandeventer Street, where he stands amidst a selection of his original works. 

By Donald Gilpin

Artist Cvetko Ivanov can be found most Saturdays and Sundays surrounded by dozens of his paintings on the front porch of the Vandeventer Street house where he lives with his niece and her husband. From his easy-going, friendly demeanor as he talks to passers-by and other interested customers, it might be hard to guess that his life has taken more than a few dramatic turns.  more

By Anne Levin

Six years after it was first proposed, a 3-megawatt solar array is about to open at the closed municipal landfill on River Road. Officials will gather Thursday morning, October 12 at 11 a.m., for the ribbon cutting.

The project is a partnership between Princeton, Stony Brook Regional Sewage Authority, and New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures. It will supply up to 25 percent of the energy needs of the Stony Brook sewage facility on River Road. The municipality will receive a lease payment of $25,000 a year for the use of the site. more

“AFGHAN GIRL, 2001”: This photograph by Princeton Day School photography teacher Thatcher Cook is featured in the school’s Visual and Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9. An opening reception with the artists will be held on on Friday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents the Visual and Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more

“BELLE”: The collage paintings of Meredith Remz are on exhibit at Blawenburg Cafe in Skillman through January 5, 2018. Remz says she draws inspiration from contemporary and industrial design, as well as Mother Nature.

Meredith Remz debuts her work at Blawenburg Cafe in Skillman this fall with a solo exhibition of expressive collage paintings. The exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2018. It is is free and open to the public, child-friendly, and all art is for sale. more

By Stuart Mitchner

Movie actors are not always the most quotable beings. The value of their words depends not on substance or style so much as gossip potential, career-advancement, otherwise known as the publicity quotient. Then you have one-of-a-kind people like Robert Mitchum, who was born 100 years ago, August 6, 1917. Unless Mitchum has a ghostwriter named Hemingway slipping him gems, what he says fits perfectly with the big man dwarfing the screen at the Garden two summers ago in Out of the Past. Anyone who has seen Mitchum in that film or in other RKO noirs like Where Danger Lives will recognize him in these words — “Listen. I got three expressions: looking left, looking right, and looking straight ahead.” I hope Hemingway read that line before he died.  more

BY GEORGE: Princeton University football player Jesper Horsted races upfield last Saturday against visiting Georgetown. Junior star receiver Horsted made nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown to help Princeton rally from a 10-0 deficit on the way to a 50-30 win over the Hoyas. Princeton, now 3-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy League, plays at Brown (2-2 overall, 0-1 Ivy) on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the leadoff hitter for the Princeton University baseball team, Jesper Horsted looks to start rallies for the Tigers.

Doubling as a star receiver for the Princeton football team, Horsted displayed his ability to start a rally on the gridiron as the Tigers hosted Georgetown last Saturday. more

HEAD FIRST: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer (No. 23) heads the ball last week as PHS hosted WW/P-North. Senior midfielder Beamer scored two goals in the contest as PHS prevailed 4-0. The Little Tigers, who moved to 8-2-1 with a 2-1 loss at Ewing last Friday, are slated to play at Trenton High on October 12 and at Hopewell Valley on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Drew Beamer has grown into a top scorer for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

Having broken into the lineup as a defender in his freshman season in the fall of 2014, Beamer eventually moved into the midfield due to his athleticism and versatility. more

TARTAN PRIDE: Members of the Stuart Country Day School cross country team gather together after a recent race at Rosedale Park. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Sharon Song, Melanie Burgess, Diana Tian, Jasmine Hansford, and Kathryn Ix. In the back row, from left, are Miranda Maley, Alexandra Rounds, Sonia Mohandas, and Grace Sheppard. The Tartans have won 22 straight dual meets with their last defeat coming against Lawrenceville in 2014.

By Bill Alden

With talented frontrunner Casey Nelson graduating this past spring, the Stuart Country Day School cross country team figured to take a step back.

But featuring a mix of battle-tested veterans and talented newcomers, Stuart has continued to make strides. more

October 4, 2017

Boating enthusiasts took advantage of a beautiful fall day to get outside and enjoy a canoe trip on the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Princeton. Area residents and visitors share their favorite fall activities in this week’s Town Talk, and more photos are featured on page 20. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Anne Levin

In two separate incidents that occurred two days apart, two people were struck and killed by Amtrak trains near the Princeton Junction station.

The first, on Thursday afternoon, September 28, involved a Princeton High School sophomore and is believed to have been a suicide. The Crescent train 20 was on its way from New Orleans to New York when it struck the student at about 2:45 p.m., according to an Amtrak spokesman. The second incident took place Saturday evening, September 30, when Amtrak train 92 hit an individual at about 8:30 p.m. more

By Donald Gilpin

The six candidates who will be on the ballot for the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education election on November 7 presented their qualifications and shared their perspectives on the greatest challenges facing the district in the coming years in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) in the Municipal Building Monday night.  more

By Anne Levin

Princeton’s Planning Board last week voted unanimously in favor of an application to turn the former U.S. Post Office branch on Palmer Square into a restaurant. Triumph Brewing Company is expected to move from its current location on Nassau Street to the historic Palmer Square building. No official target date for the move has been mentioned.

“My client closed with the post office and is the owner of this building,” attorney Richard Goldman assured the planners, referring to California developer David Eichler, before the vote was taken. “He is committed to this project, and in a big financial way.” more

BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL: Littlebrook Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. It has also, along with John Witherspoon Middle School and Johnson Park Elementary, earned bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey’s Sustainable Schools program. (Photo courtesy of Princeton Public Schools)

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) have several causes for celebration this fall, with Littlebrook Elementary winning a Blue Ribbon School designation from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and Littlebrook (LB), John Witherspoon Middle School (JW), and Johnson Park Elementary (JP) all earning bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey’s Sustainable Schools program. more

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts presents F. Scott Fitzgerald: New in Bookstores & Now Playing, a discussion of recent work in print and on screen showcasing the legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton Class of 1917, with noted biographer and Princeton alumnus A. Scott Berg ‘71 and author and editor Anne Margaret Daniel *99, who received her PhD from Princeton. The talk is on October 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public. The event is presented as part of A Festival of the Arts at Princeton University to celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex on the Princeton campus, October 5 through 8.  more

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton Municipal Council last week approved, by a 5-1 margin, a revised proposal from J. Robert Hillier, architect, developer, and a Town Topics shareholder, to continue to rent rather than sell eight housing units in the Waxwood Building on Quarry Street in the Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J) section of Princeton.

“My goal has been to make as many affordable units as I can available to the widest number of residents and descendants of residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson Community,” Hillier said, pointing out that current tenants and other W-J residents would prefer the less-expensive option of rentals over purchases.  more

The English-Speaking Union (E-SU), Princeton Branch, will meet on Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. at The Kirby Arts Center at The Lawrenceville School. Free to E-SU members, the cost to attend is $10 for non-members.

Guest speaker Peter Ham’s talk is based on Catherine Bailey’s book, Black Diamonds and is titled The End Of It All: Wentworth House, The Fitzwilliams and the 1940s Labour Government. The talk describes the coda to the political and social forces set in motion by the Glorious Revolution and the 1689 Bill of Rights that Peter described in his earlier talk on the the English Landscape Garden movement, Politics in the Garden. more

All are invited to dress in their best costumes to join the Arts Council of Princeton for the Annual Hometown Halloween Parade on Friday, October 27 at 5:15 p.m. Attendees should meet at 5:15 p.m. on Palmer Square Green to enjoy the music of the Princeton University Marching Band before the parade will make its way through Downtown Princeton and end at the Princeton YMCA.  more

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what happens when you attend an apple tasting?

Come find out when an apple and pear tasting, along with other family-friendly events, will be held as part of a celebration of local food at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market on Sunday, October 8. The market is located at 111 Mine Street in Raritan Township and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. more

PRINCETON MEMORIES: The Facebook Group “I Grew Up in Princeton” is nearly 3,000-strong, and is particularly popular with those who recall the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. The group was honored by Princeton Council last month.

By Anne Levin

At a meeting of Princeton Council last month, the Facebook group I Grew Up in Princeton was honored by the governing body with a special Certificate of Appreciation. Administrators of the group were on hand to accept the certificate, which praises them “for their outstanding contributions to the Princeton community.” more

NEW AND IMPROVED: The Hun School’s $5.5 million renovation of its Middle School facilities is now completed. Light flows into the Buck Building, designed by Clarke Caton Hintz architects.

The Hun School has unveiled its most recent capital improvement with the renovation of the Middle School. Clarke Caton Hintz architects of Trenton designed the $5.5 million project, the Alexander K. Buck ’49 Building. more

QUALITY AND CONVENIENCE: “People are often more interested in renting today. They prefer not to have the upkeep and maintenance of owning a home.” Lou Carnevale (right), co-owner of The Residences At Carnevale Plaza, and Linda Fahmie, project manager, are very proud of this new opportunity for quality living in an inviting in-town Princeton location.

By Jean Stratton

Tired of cutting the grass, raking the leaves, and shoveling the snow? All the home repairs, continued maintenance — and all the rest? All these responsibilities of home ownership can be a burden as time goes by, and many people are looking into rental opportunities.

As one tenant who is enjoying the benefits of renting put it: “Just pick up the phone, and someone comes to take care of the problem. How nice is that!” more