July 17, 2024

To the Editor:
As a concerned 30-plus year Princeton resident, a design professional, a father of two, and a neighbor to the Princeton Seminary, I have reviewed the public information supporting the proposed ordinance and offer the following summary of my concerns over rushing the approval of the Seminary Property Redevelopment Ordinance:

Unique Development: The redevelopment plan includes multifamily dwellings separated by Hibben Road, presenting unique challenges compared to other developments in Princeton.

Shared Spaces: Residents will need access to shared amenities, potentially leading to the addition of a new crosswalk near the existing one at Hibben and Stockton.  more

To the Editor:

On Monday, July 8, the Princeton Council introduced an ordinance to adopt a redevelopment plan for the Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) property on Stockton at Hibben Road. The properties were formerly the home of Tennent-Roberts Halls and Whiteley Gymnasium, late 19th century buildings that were demolished in 2022 in anticipation of a sale to Herring Properties, the contract purchaser. To date, PTS is still the owner of record.

The last open meeting to address the potential redevelopment was held on October 17, 2023, where the group representing Herring Properties presented a plan that included the construction of 238 units on the site, 20 percent of which would be affordable. Several comments from the audience followed the presentation. more

To the Editor:
During the hottest day of the year, we threw the coolest Pride. Princeton’s Sixth Annual Pride Parade and After-Party on June 22 was everything our community needed and deserved, a true celebration of queer joy, as meaningful as it was inspirational and fabulous!

Thousands of us marched, sashayed, and rolled through the beautiful Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood on our way to an empowering and entertaining After-Party at the YMCA. We couldn’t have asked for better syncopation for our mobilization than the wonderful Empress Winter Guard! Thank you to Lt. Ben Gering and the entire Princeton Police Department for showing support and keeping us safe, along with Keshon and Mike at the YMCA for so warmly welcoming us to your gorgeous green space. Much love and respect to our Grand Marshal Walter Naegle, Sen. Andrew Zwicker, Mayors Mark Freda (Princeton) and Reed Gusciora (Trenton), Mercer County Executive Dan Benson, Princeton Council members, and trans-activist Miles Gorman for marching with us in solidarity at the Parade and sharing inspirational remarks at the After-Party.  more

Jane Russell Dennison

Jane Dennison a longtime resident of Princeton, New Jersey, and then later Skillman and Duxbury, MA, died Sunday, June 30 at the age of 100 a week after attending her 100th birthday party with her family.

The daughter of John Burnett and Lucille Harvey Russell of Wilkes-Barre, PA, she was raised there and later in Farmington, CT. She attended the Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, and upon graduation from Garland Junior College in Boston, she moved to New York and worked in advertising before moving to Bermuda to marry Sam Wharton. The marriage ended after two years and Jane became a single mother of 2-year-old son, James. She stayed in Bermuda, and with an enterprising friend founded Bermuda Cottages, a tourist accommodation competing with the hotels by renting the homes of Bermudians frequently absent on business or vacation. The venture became and remains a very successful component of Bermuda’s tourist business today.

She moved to New York for her son’s schooling and in1957 she met and married Charles P. Dennison. In 1959 they welcomed their daughter Anne and moved to Washington, DC, so that Charles could take on an appointment to the U.S. Office of Education and later at the State Department. In 1961 their daughter Laura (Lolli) was born. Jane thrived on the fringes of government, and she took an active volunteer role in several organizations, particularly the American Field Service’s major annual Washington visit program bringing to Washington all its British commonwealth grantees attending schools in the U.S.

The family returned to Princeton in 1966 as Charles commuted to New York for jobs in the U.S. Department of Education and later as Executive Director of the English-Speaking Union. Jane’s artistic and community interests joined in volunteer work for the Princeton University Art Museum and in her decisive role in saving Guernsey Hall, the now historic home of the Marquand Family. Jane formed a corporation to purchase it and turn it into a six-apartment condominium. The project survived with landmark designation and remains a landscape feature on the border of Marquand Park.

Jane was a founding member of the Friends of the YWCA, a group that raised money to support the organization, and in 2014 was given The Waxwood award, a lifetime achievement honor for the decades of volunteer service she had given to the YWCA. A member for most of her life, Jane credited the YWCA with helping her feel settled each time her life felt unbalanced.

Jane was collector of American women artists of the late 18th and early 19th century. In 1981, Jane became a founding member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, the only museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women artists.

Jane was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in New York, the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda, and a member of the Present Day Club in Princeton. She and Charles were members of the Nassau Club, Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and Springdale Golf Club.

She was an avid tennis and bridge player, loved travel and her garden, and read voraciously. Jane worked hard on her relationships with friends and family and it showed as she had legions of lifelong friends who were treated to her quick wit and wicked sense of humor.

Jane is survived by her son James D. Wharton and Mary Hutchinson of Jamestown, RI; Anne Dennison Fleming and her husband Steve of Duxbury, MA; and Laura (Lolli) Dennison Leeson and her husband Robert of Marblehead, MA. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Robert Charles Leeson Mace and his wife Jaclyn, William Russell Fleming, Nathaniel Hazard Leeson and his wife Katey, Christopher Wright Fleming, and Annabelle Hope Leeson.

A memorial service for Jane will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 3 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution in her name, please consider the Friends of the YWCA, Princeton, New Jersey.

David Erdman

David Erdman, adored and adoring husband of Eleanor (Ellie) Crosby Erdman, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2024 at the age of 94. The fourth of five sons of Lucy Kidder Bulkley and Dr. Charles R. Erdman Jr., David lived in Princeton, NJ, Edgartown, MA, and Rockland, ME. His father, Dr. Erdman, was a prominent professor of Political Science at Princeton University, two-term mayor of Princeton Borough, and Commissioner of Economic Development for the State of New Jersey.

David was educated at Miss Fine’s, Princeton Country Day School, Phillips Exeter Academy (Class of 1949), and Princeton University (Class of 1953) where he was a member of Cottage Club and the 1953 Princeton Championship Hockey team. Upon graduation, David served abroad in the U.S. Army. He spent his career in the aluminum industry, culminating as Sales Manager for New Jersey Aluminum.

David is predeceased by his parents and brothers, Harold, Charles, and Peter. He is survived by his wife Eleanor Crosby Erdman and a broad and loving family of children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his younger brother, Michael Erdman of Avon, PA.

In 1960, David married Eldred Eve Pearce (deceased) in England. They had three children: Charlotte Eve (Peter) Rizzo, Jon (Nathalie) Erdman, and Jane (Charlie) Abrahams, and seven grandchildren: Meredith, Hilary, Matthew, Alexander, Hadley, Eryn, and Riley.

In 1980, David married Eleanor Crosby Sinclair of New York City, who remained his wife for 44 years. His stepchildren include Jay (Sherry) and Ian (Stephanie) Sinclair. He was also a loving grandfather to Ian and Stephanie’s children, Parker and Clay Sinclair.

A passionate and accomplished sailor, David spent many summers on Martha’s Vineyard, followed by decades living harborside in Rockland, ME, with his wife Ellie and their beloved Westies.

David’s family would like to thank his many devoted friends and tireless caregivers for all of their support during his final years.

Lois Young

Lois Dickason Young, a beloved mother, grandmother, and visionary leader, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2024, at the age of 88. A longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, Deer Isle, Maine, and Penney Farms, FL, she leaves a legacy of compassion, dedication, and service that touched countless lives across the globe.

Born in Burma to missionary parents, Lois was an adventurer from the start. She attended the Kodaikanal International School in India from an early age. She attended The College of Wooster and Case Western University School of Nursing and earned her master’s degree from Columbia Teachers College. Lois supplemented her education by working at Camp Green Lake, in Wisconsin. While waiting tables there, she spied a tall busboy with a welcoming smile. It didn’t take long for Lois and Jack to realize they were meant to be. They married during the winter break of their senior years in college in December 1957.

Jack, it turns out, had as much (or more) of an adventurous streak. The newlyweds spent their “honeymoon” as fire lookouts in a mountaintop cabin in Glacier National Park. Thus the stage was set for a lifetime of wonder.

In the late 1950s Lois was a visiting nurse to underprivileged new mothers in Harlem. While raising her three children, Jennifer, David, and Charles, she (and Jack) attended Riverside Church and were active in civil rights protests. Later, her attention turned to Vietnam War protests. She was always standing with and speaking out for those less fortunate.

Lois’ life was so accomplished that it cannot be done justice within the boundaries of this notice. She was a nurse to the underprivileged. As a visionary, nationally recognized educator, and school leader, Lois co-founded the Newgrange School and coordinated countless professional development conferences that opened the doors for a better understanding of learning different students. Once retired (but not done working), she became involved with the Prison Literacy Project at Trenton State Prison where she taught inmates to read. Finally, Lois was reunited with her birth country, Burma (now Myanmar), where she helped to start Cetena Educational Foundation, a foundation dedicated to teaching English to local people throughout the country. As a part of this work, Lois and Jack led trips to the amazing sites in-country for more than 20 years.

Lois’ faith in God was important to her. She was particularly involved and an active member at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

A leader. A supporter of others. Lois could talk to anyone (and often did!) and find something interesting to report. She was a connector and intensely interested in helping others to succeed. As one of her former colleagues said, “Lois Young was one of the sweetest nicest people that I’ve ever met in my life, but she was also one of the toughest and her legacy still lives.”

For all of her professional accomplishments, Lois’ true joy came from her family. Her family; Jennifer and Jim Suddath, David and Melaina Young, and Charlie and Georgann Young, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her “happy place” was the family home on Deer Isle, Maine, where she baked, sewed, and painted rocks with her family.

Services to celebrate Lois’ life are yet to be planned. For those who feel inclined, donations may be made to Cetana Educational Foundation, online at cetena.org/donate or by mail to: Cetana Educational Foundation 487 Jefferson Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

July 11, 2024

A release from the Municipality of Princeton notes that on July 9, at approximately 9 a.m., Princeton Recreation staff observed a brown bat alive and moving on the ground near the Community Park School Playground. Princeton Animal Control Officer Jim Ferry took possession of the bat and submitted it for testing at the New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratory. On Wednesday, July 10, the bat tested positive for rabies. Currently, no human exposures are known. Anyone who may have been in physical contact with this bat is highly recommended to notify the Princeton Health Department for guidance and/or seek medical treatment.

Rabies is a fatal viral disease that can be prevented by avoiding contact with animals that may be rabid. If a person has significant exposure, getting vaccinated right away can also prevent disease. Rabies can be spread from the bite or scratch of a rabid animal, or when the animal’s saliva contacts a person’s mouth, eyes, or an open sore.

Rabies poses a real threat, especially to unvaccinated domestic animals. According to the release, this incident should remind pet owners to ensure their animals are up to date with rabies vaccinations. Rabies occurs throughout New Jersey, including Princeton. Skunks, foxes, raccoons, groundhogs, bats and unvaccinated domestic animals can also develop rabies. In Princeton, approximately three to six animals per year test positive for rabies. Human rabies cases in the United States are rare. more

July 10, 2024

A representative from Cedarville Farms in East Windsor assists a customer at the Trenton Farmers Market in Lawrence Township on Sunday. Founded in 1939, it is New Jersey’s oldest continuously run farmers market. Shoppers discuss their favorite summer produce in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Grace Roberts)

By Anne Levin

At a meeting Monday evening, July 8, Princeton Council introduced an ordinance to adopt the redevelopment plan for properties at Princeton Theological Seminary. A public hearing on the plan, which calls for construction of 238 apartments, 20 percent of which would be designated affordable, is scheduled for the next meeting of Council on July 22.

As outlined in the 41-page proposal prepared by Kyle McManus Associates of Hopewell, the plan’s aims include utilizing smart growth principles “to achieve better planning outcomes for the community,” providing “higher density, compact development in close proximity to downtown and transit to reduce auto dependence and support greenhouse gas reductions consistent with the Princeton Climate Action Plan,” establishing a multi-family development within walking distance of downtown, providing better on-site stormwater management, and improved safety for drivers, among additional goals.  more

By Donald Gilpin

Registration is open for the YWCA After-School Program (ASP) for the 2024-2025 school year at Community Park, Johnson Park, Littlebrook, and Riverside elementary schools, and also for students who attend Pre-K at Y locations.

The program is available for students from Pre-K through grade 5, with teachers from the Y providing services on school days from 3 to 6 p.m.

To secure a space in the program, parents are encouraged to register before mid-August. Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis with some schools filling up faster than others.

The ASP includes 30 minutes of outdoor play, weather permitting, and indoor activities such as gym time, crafting, storytelling, games, and dancing. Students will also be provided with homework help and a nutritious afternoon snack. more

By Donald Gilpin

Reflections on Paul Robeson, the Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J) neighborhood, and the future of Princeton, along with community gatherings and sports, will highlight this year’s Joint Effort Safe Streets Summer Program, starting on August 2 and continuing through August 11.

“It’s always important for the community to come together,” said Joint Effort (JE) founder and organizer John Bailey. “And it’s even more important now because we have lost our way. On the national level and on the local level we have lost our way.”

The annual program will include social, athletic, and cultural events; the presentation of numerous awards; and three discussions with community leaders on hot topics facing Princeton.  more

REVIVING A NEIGHBORHOOD: Led by Kean University, the Coalport Neighborhood Revitalization Planning Project will work to revive the Coalport section of Trenton. (Photo courtesy of Kean University)

By Anne Levin

A new project to revitalize a once-thriving section of Trenton has been launched by Kean University. The Coalport Neighborhood Revitalization Planning Project, focused on an area in the capital city’s North Ward, is funded by a two-year $750,000 federal grant, and is led by the university’s John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research and Michael Graves College School of Public Architecture.

As the project develops, teams from the two entities will engage with local residents of the neighborhood to gather input and guide the plan. Coalport “became distressed after factors such as redlining drove investment away from the area, leaving behind abandoned buildings and an underserved community,” reads a release from Kean University. “Along with addressing housing and economic opportunities for residents, the Coalport project aims to increase access to improved public spaces and build connections to adjacent communities for additional opportunities.” more

By Anne Levin

Richard Veit

As the home of Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte, the Point Breeze estate in Bordentown has been a local point of interest since Bonaparte, the exiled King of Spain, lived there from 1816 to 1839. The 60-acre property, which once included some 2,200 acres, was preserved by D&R Greenway Land Trust, the State of New Jersey, and the City of Bordentown in 2020.

Relics found at the site during multiple architectural digs are the subject of a presentation in celebration of Bastille Day on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Richard Veit, professor of anthropology at Monmouth University, will talk about the history of the site and the artifacts he has unearthed. Some of them come from the days of Lenape hunters; others are more recent, from the last century.

Veit is a member of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. At the Bastille Day event, he will weave together the stories of two digs that connect Point Breeze to France, through the Bonaparte family. In partnership with Divine Word Missionaries — which owned the property from 1941 to 2020 — and D&R Greenway, Veit led excavations around the site of Bonaparte’s first mansion and behind the gardener’s house. Some of the artifacts he has exhumed are on display at the Discovery Center, located in the former gardener’s house.

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By Donald Gilpin

Steve Kornacki, NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent, will be part of a conversation at the Princeton Public Library (PPL) on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. A celebrity on election nights with his magic board, a large interactive screen that presents election data at his command, Kornacki is a timely visitor to Princeton at this particularly volatile juncture in U.S. politics.

Kornacki will be talking with John Mooney, founding editor of NJ Spotlight, in the hour-long event hosted by Ingrid Reed, policy analyst and former director of the New Jersey Project at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics, who worked with and mentored Kornacki when he spent three years in New Jersey reporting on state politics for a website and co-hosting a weekly show on News 12 New Jersey.

“Steve has visited the Princeton Public Library for the past few years and has drawn a large crowd each time,” Reed wrote in an email. “I expect him to do that again because he is an insightful person whose career began in New Jersey, and he can provide unique perspectives on our state in relation to national issues.”

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By Stuart Mitchner

I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.

—Henry David Thoreau, from Walden

Late the other night, I saw an insect moving with difficulty across the damp white surface of the kitchen sink. A closer look revealed that it was a firefly, laboring, going nowhere, disoriented, too weak to blink its light, so I offered it a ride on a brand-new green scouring pad, opened the door to the deck, and watched it blink its light and take flight. Only when it met an answering light and the two were in orbit did I read the news of the day into the moment. And since this rendezvous occurred on the night of July 4, a week after the debacle of the debate and the subsequent media feeding frenzy, a pair of innocent fireflies became Biden and Harris.

What can I say? Such things happen when nature intrudes on an Independence Day column about two heroes of the holiday, Henry David Thoreau, who began his two-year-long stay at Walden Pond on July 4, 1845, and Walt Whitman, who published Leaves of Grass on July 4, 1855. more

By Nancy Plum

Audiences usually identify the saxophone with such jazz and blues superstars as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, but New Century Saxophone Quartet has shattered that image. For more than 30 years, this ensemble has shown that four saxophones can well match the pitch and dynamic range of a string quartet, amassing an impressive repertory for this combination of instruments along the way. The four members of New Century Saxophone Quartet brought their combination of “skillful artistry and down-home fun” to Richardson Auditorium last Tuesday night as part of the 57th season of the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts series. Performing music spanning more than 270 years, the Quartet well demonstrated the saxophone’s abilities to emerge from smoky jazz clubs to the forefront of the classical concert stage.  more

FROM THE IVORY COAST: Grammy award-winner Dobet Gnahoré performs on July 13 at 8 p.m. at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center in the first of two Blue Curtain concerts this summer. (Photo by Lumar Studio 3)

Blue Curtain, a Princeton summer tradition, returns to Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater with two free concerts in July. The first concert has been moved from Pettoranello Gardens to the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center at Franklin Avenue and Walnut Lane in anticipation of extreme heat.

Grammy Award-winner Dobet Gnahoré appears on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Hailing from Coté d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Gnahoré is known for her vocal and dance talents as well as her color style sense. She appeals to fans of Angelique Kidjo, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangaré and other divas of African music. She is currently on tour with concert stops in New York City, Berkeley, Ca.; Vancouver, Canada; and Princeton to support her newest album Zouzou.   more

Princeton Summer Theater’s season continues this summer with Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years. The show runs through July 21 at Princeton University’s Hamilton Murray Theater.

The musical tells the story of a five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress. With a storytelling twist — his tale moves forward, hers backward — the show explores love and ambition. The actors Julien Alam and Kate Short are both graduates of Princeton’s Class of 2023. Alam, an actor based in New York, has worked on both stage and screen, including everything from Shakespeare to sitcoms. He earned a B.A. at Princeton, where he studied English, theater, classics, and humanistic studies, and is currently pursuing an MFA at NYU. He recently appeared at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective, Under St. Marks, and will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this summer.  more

STRING SESSION: Members of the Balourdet Quartet will perform a free concert at Richardson Auditorium on July 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The Balourdet Quartet will be the final concert of Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts’ 57th Season in Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus on Monday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. They will offer works by Mozart, Al-Zand, and Beethoven. Princeton University’s own Ruth Ochs will once again provide commentary.

The Balourdet Quartet earned the 2024 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award. With more than 70 concerts per season, they are currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and are recent graduates of the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program. more

“NJ FRESH”: The Arts Council of Princeton recently unveiled a new Spring Street mural by Sofia Schreiber in collaboration with LiLLiPiES Bakery. It is the Arts Council’s 13th mural at that location. (Photo Courtesy of Arts Council of Princeton)

Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) recently unveiled a new community mural in downtown Princeton titled NJ Fresh. Designed and painted by artist Sofia Schreiber, the illustration-style public art piece can be found on Spring Street on the side of Village Silver.

For her mural, Schreiber was inspired by the vibrancy and variety of fresh fruit abundant in New Jersey in the summertime. She said she was also thinking about Wayne Thiebaud’s delicious looking paintings and Eric Carle’s equally scrumptious illustrations in one of her favorite children’s books, The Very Hungry Caterpillarmore

“INNER CITY”: This work by Emery Williams is part of “Philotechnic Transformation,” on view in the Education Gallery at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton through August 25. An opening reception is on Friday, July 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Now through August 25, Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is featuring an indoor art exhibition curated by the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and the Trenton Community A-Team (TCAT).

Entitled “Philotechnic Transformation,” the exhibition at GFS spotlights the positive effect that creating art can have on people’s lives. Each piece represents a broad palette of concepts, emotions and inspirations and offers the viewer a glimpse into the individual artist’s life and creative process.  more

“HARMONIES”: Paintings by Aida Birritteri are on view at David Scott Gallery, in the offices of Berkshire Hathaway at 253 Nassau Street, through August 18. An artist reception is on Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

David Scott Gallery, in the offices of Berkshire Hathaway at 253 Nassau Street, presents “Harmonies,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Aida Birritteri, through August 18. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“This exhibition showcases Birritteri’s exquisite use of color, as well as her ability to move seamlessly between representation and abstraction in a variety of mediums, said curator David Scott. “Her skilled hand is evident in the gesture of her brushstrokes, boldly and intuitively marking her textured surfaces.” more

GOOD KALL: Emily Kallfelz competes in the U.S. women’s 4 in action this spring. Kallfelz, a 2019 Princeton grad, will be making her debut in the Olympics later this month when she rows in the 2024 Paris Games. (Photo by Row2k, provided courtesy of USA Rowing)

By Justin Feil

Emily Kallfelz had a great excuse to miss Princeton University Reunions in this May.

The 2019 Princeton graduate was in Lucerne, Switzerland, securing a spot in the U.S. women’s 4 boat to row in the Paris 2024 Olympics, no small achievement given her ups and downs over the last five years.  more

NET GAIN: Jonathan Gu prepares to hit a backhand in action this spring during his freshman season for the Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis team. Former Princeton High star Gu posted a 9-7 overall record in singles and 1-3 in doubles during his debut campaign for the Tartans. (Photo provided courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University Athletics)

By Bill Alden

While Jonathan Gu struggled a bit individually as he started his college career with Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis squad, he was buoyed by support from his teammates.

“I wasn’t playing too well in the fall, it was a new feeling playing college tennis and just being on a team environment,” said Gu, a former Princeton High standout who won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) state singles title in 2022 and came in second a year later as a senior. “It is really different from high school where everybody is on a team but at the same time we all have our own responsibilities. In college, everybody is cheering as much as they can, everybody is really energized. In high school, it is more individual.” more

FORCE FIELD: Members of the Wilberforce School girls’ track team 4×800 relay quartet are all smiles after they took 10th overall at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet last month at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Pictured from left, are Laura Sallade, Maria Madigan, Gwen Mersereau, and Eve Szeliga. (Photo provided by Lois Szeliga)

By Bill Alden

Although the Wilberforce School girls’ track team only had six runners this spring, that didn’t keep them from accomplishing a lot.

The Wilberforce girls took seventh out of 18 schools at the Mercer County Championships and then took third at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public B championship meet. more

On Thursday, July 4, our Fourth of July Jubilee theme was Civic Season, a national program of activities helping us to us better understand our past and shape the future.

On behalf of Morven Museum & Garden, we thank the outstanding group of community partners who shared our vision of adding this important educational component to the celebratory activities: Historical Society of Princeton, Paul Robeson House of Princeton, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, Princeton Academy of Art, Princeton Public Library, RevolutionNJ, YWCA Princeton, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society.

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To the Editor:
The worrisome trend of demolishing historic buildings within Princeton’s designated historic areas has been accelerating. A few recent examples in the Mercer Hill Historic District include the demolition of all siding and windows of an 1830s vintage home next door to the Barracks on Edgehill Street, and the demolition of all siding and replacement of windows of a historic home at 44 Mercer Street — a notable gateway to Princeton on the corner of Alexander and Mercer Streets. more