December 31, 2014

2014 in Photographs

 Pr Garden TheaterNEW OPERATORS, NEW STYLE: Princeton’s Garden Theatre, the only movie house in town, got a new lease on life when it was taken over by Renew Theaters, a non-profit organization that runs three other historic community theaters. Owned by Princeton University, the theater upgraded to a digital system with new screens and sound, while switching to a menu of main attractions, special family and community-oriented events, discussion groups, and screenings of old films, some to live music. The National Theatre Live brings performances on screen, direct from the London stage.

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PRINCETON’S NEWEST RECRUIT: The Princeton Police Department welcomed its newest officer, K9 Harris, whose keen sense of smell is now an additional tool in the Department’s efforts to keep Princeton safe. The (then) 16 month old Czech Shepherd is shown here with from left: Lt. Robert Toole, Police Chief Nicholas Sutter, Lt. Sharon Papp, Lt. Robert Currier, Lt. Christopher Morgan, and handler Corporal Matthew Solovay. The new K9 Unit is part of the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Task Force. Besides helping to find missing and/or endangered persons, K9 Harris uses his skills to track suspects and detect explosives. He is also becoming a star of police community outreach efforts. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Police Department)


COMMUNIVERSITY: These sidewalk artists participating in the annual Town and Gown celebration hark back to the original Communiversity, which began in 1974 as the Art People’s Party, then held on the grounds surrounding McCarter Theater, and dedicated in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


OLYMPIAN EFFORT: Some 3,500 athletes converged on Mercer County for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in June. After a rewarding first day of competition, Pennsylvania delegation members Tamika Newkirk, Katie Grohotolski, William Quinn, and assistant coach Tim Damiani waited for the bus back to their quarters at the College of New Jersey. (Photo by A. Levin)

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PRINCETON’S NEW SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: Steve Cochrane, shown here at his desk in the administrative offices of Princeton Public Schools, began 2014 by meeting numerous individuals and groups within and beyond the school district after replacing Judy Wilson as superintendent in January. Among others on a dizzying list, he met with nursery schools, religious groups, former mayors and council members, teachers, parents, nurses, aides, custodians, student groups, and police. It was all part of his strategy to promote listening and learning. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)


NOW YOU SEE IT: The former Princeton Hospital building was finally scheduled for demolition after a controversial developer’s agreement allowing the buildings to be torn down was approved by Princeton Council in August. AvalonBay began removing buildings at Witherspoon Street and Franklin Avenue in preparation for a rental housing complex that has been the subject of much debate over the past three years. (Photo by Linda Arntzenius)

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LAST CALL: The Silver Shop, the oldest store on Palmer Square, closed its doors in the fall. The store first opened in 1937 and was known for its collection of treasures not only of silver jewelry, but of antiques and objects. The last of the gems were auctioned at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.


PASSING OF A PRINCETON PHILANTHROPIST: The November 14 death of William H. Scheide, shown here with his wife Judith McCartin Scheide, marked the end of an era in Princeton. The 100-year-old expert on Bach and rare manuscripts was extraordinarily generous to several organizations in town, some of which bear his name. Mr. Scheide was among several prominent Princeton residents who died this year. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)


PROTESTING RACIAL INJUSTICE: A march by more than 350 students, faculty, and staff from the Princeton Theological Seminary on Monday, December 8, included a stretch of Nassau Street, where protestors lay on the ground for 4.5 minutes to symbolize the 4.5 hours that the body of black teenager Michael Brown was left on the street in Ferguson, Missouri after he was shot by a police officer last August. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Theological Seminary)


NEW TRAIN STATION TAKES SHAPE: Passing motorists on Alexander Road saw the starkly modern Dinky depot and Wawa market, designed by architect Rick Joy, emerge as part of Princeton University’s Arts & Transit project. As the buildings took shape, members of Save the Dinky, Inc. continued their fight to establish that the abandonment of the former, historic station building and right of way was unlawful. (Photo by Linda Arntzenius)