June 26, 2024

Despite the excessive heat, the annual Princeton Pride Parade, sponsored by the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice (BRCSJ), made its way from the Municipal Building on Witherspoon Street to an After-Party at the Princeton YMCA on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of BRCSJ)

POST OFFICE NO MORE: The Triumph Brewing Company, relocated to the former post office building on Palmer Square, will be reopening this weekend after years of planning, renovation, and reconstruction. The main entrance is located where the post office loading dock used to be, on the opposite side of the building from the old post office entrance. (Photo by Anthony Stull Photography)

By Donald Gilpin

The former post office on Palmer Square is ready for its long-awaited rebirth as the Triumph Brewing Company, with reopening scheduled for this weekend, according to Triumph representative Eric Nutt.

It’s been a difficult birthing process since a plan for renovating the old post office was first presented to the Princeton Planning Board in 2017, but Nutt urges the hungry, thirsty, and/or curious to watch the triumphbrewing.com website for details about the reopening. It could be this Friday, he hinted, but certainly by the last day of the month on Sunday. more

By Anne Levin

A comprehensive community transit program study, focused on how the routes of Princeton’s mini buses can be more effectively used, was approved by Princeton Council at a meeting on Monday, June 24. A resolution to retain Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc., which the town has utilized in the past, was unanimously approved by the governing body.

The idea has been in the works for several years. The goal is to design a program pairing Princeton’s free Muni transit with services “not currently utilized in order to maximize access for all Princeton residents,” Deputy Administrator Deanna Stockton wrote in a memo to Council on June 18. “Consideration will be given to optimize service connections with Princeton University’s Tiger Transit.” more

By Anne Levin

With July 4 falling on a Thursday this year, celebrations of the holiday are being stretched into something more substantial than the traditional three-day weekend. In fact, the lead-up to Independence Day has been building, both locally and beyond, since Juneteenth observances were held a few weeks ago.

From fireworks in Skillman on Thursday, June 26 to a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Trenton on Monday, July 8 — the site, day, and time where it was first read in 1776 — there are many opportunities to celebrate the anniversary of the American colonies’ official separation from Great Britain 248 years ago. more

GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Amy Lin, Princeton High School senior and virtuoso pianist, center, celebrates her Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal award, presented to her at Carnegie Hall on January 14. Marvin Blickenstaff and Kairy Koshoeva, her piano teachers at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, join in honoring her. (Photo courtesy of Amy Lin)

By Donald Gilpin

There’s the old joke where the New York City tourist asks a man in the street who’s carrying a violin case, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician’s answer: “Practice, practice, practice.”

For rising Princeton High School (PHS) senior and pianist Amy Lin, the answer might be “practice, practice, practice,” but she also had to win the Gold Medal in the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) National Award, receiving the highest score in the country at the RCM’s top performance level.  more

By Anne Levin

Since Princeton passed a seasonal ban on gas-powered leaf-blowers in October 2021, prohibiting their use from May 16 to September 30 and from December 16 to March 14, most residents and landscaping companies have followed the rules and made the switch to less toxic electrical equipment.

But three landscapers and one property owner were recently cited for not complying with the regulations. According to the organization Quiet Princeton, which advocated the development of the ordinance, each were fined $250 and warned that a future violation could result in a $2,000 fine.

“These people are not the majority,” said Anthony Lunn, who with Phyllis Teitelbaum founded Quiet Princeton in 2016. “On the whole, observance of the law has been very good, and we are very fortunate in having the Community Compliance Officer Sandra Garrity, who has been going around and talking to landscapers.” more

THE PATHWAY TO COLLEGE: Since 1970 the 101: Fund has provided need-based college scholarships for Princeton High School graduates. This year’s 101: Fund all-volunteer board, pictured above, awarded scholarships to 30 PHS graduating seniors, and additional funding to support other recent PHS graduates in college. (Photo courtesy of 101: Fund)

By Donald Gilpin

In its 55th year of existence, the 101: Fund recently awarded scholarships to 30 Princeton High School (PHS) graduating seniors. In total the Fund will provide more than $176,000 during the next year to support recent graduates.

This was a record number of scholarship awards to new graduates, with many recipients being the first in their families to attend college.

The featured speaker at the June 10 awards ceremony was Kevin Lara Lemus, a former 101: Fund scholarship award recipient who is a recent graduate of the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) nursing program. He spoke about the significant help that the 101: Fund provided, both financially and through mentorship, during his college experience. more

By Stuart Mitchner

So the first thing I do is buy “Finnegans Wake” and I read a chapter and it’s GREAT and I dug it and I felt like — here’s an old friend!

—John Lennon

John Lennon came into the world on October 9, 1940, a little less than 100 days before James Joyce left it on January 13, 1941. That the singer songwriter from Liverpool and the writer from Dublin arrived and departed in such close proximity should be of no more earthly significance than the fact that Joyce died of natural causes in Zurich four decades before Lennon died violently in New York City. A month before he was murdered, Lennon made sure an image of Finnegans Wake appeared in a video for his song, “Just Like Starting Over.” A copy of the Viking edition is prominently displayed among Lennon’s possessions around 1:17 into the film.  more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Festival switched gears this past Thursday night to chamber music with a return visit from the popular ensemble The Sebastians, which draws its moniker from the middle name of towering Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Surmising that Bach might actually have been called “Sebastian” by his friends, the instrumentalists first came together with the goal of playing “mixed chamber music at a high musical level, with friends.” Twelve members of The Sebastians came to Princeton’s Trinity Church last Thursday night as part of Princeton Festival, performing music of their namesake, as well as Bach’s contemporaries. Demonstrating the range and capabilities of 18th-century strings, flute and harpsichord, the conductor-less chamber orchestra showed how Bach’s influence is still felt to this day.

Although German composer Georg Philipp Telemann was more recognized than Bach in his own lifetime, his music was overshadowed by other 18th-century composers until the early 20th century. Since then, his music has been recognized as equally complex and intricate as the more well-known Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Telemann’s Concerto in A Major for Flute, Violin and Cello was initially published in a collection known as “musique de table,” in the tradition of musicians performing while guests were enjoying a meal. The Sebastians began Telemann’s four-movement work gracefully, with David Ross’ Baroque flute providing a richer and more mellow sound than its 21st-century counterpart.

The combination of a slightly lower Baroque pitch, warm period instruments, and animated music seemed to bring down the temperature on a sultry evening as the ensemble created its own world of precise rhythms and tapered phrase endings. Joining Ross as Concerto soloists were violinist Daniel Lee and cellist Ezra Seltzer. All players watched one another well, with each soloist providing clean melodic passages. The second movement “Allegro” featured Lee and Seltzer in duet under extended trills from Ross. A courtly third movement showed Seltzer plying a wide-ranging cello line, while the light orchestration enabled the audience to hear Kevin Devine’s excellent harpsichord accompaniment.

Violinists Lee and Nicholas DiEugenio were showcased in Telemann’s Gulliver Suite for Two Violins in D Major, inspired by Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels. Throughout this narrative piece, Lee and DiEugenio frequently played in pure thirds, effectively bringing to life the Laputians and Lilliputians through fleeting passages played with precision and a bit of humorous acting at the close.

The Sebastians are known for Bach, and even with one Brandenburg Concerto cut from Thursday’s program, there was plenty of the Baroque master to enjoy. Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major was the only one of Bach’s set of six pieces that did not use violins; the composer scored the three-movement work instead to feature two violas da braccio, which were relatively new at the time and which were expertly played in this performance by Jessica Troy and Kyle Miller. The orchestration often juxtaposed the violas against two more familiar violas da gamba, stylistically played by Matt Zucker and Adrienne Hyde. The Concerto’s key of B-flat and the absence of violins kept the texture mellow, as Troy and Miller maintained a lively dialog with cellist Ezra Seltzer and the two da gambas provided a solid foundation to the sound. Cadences were short and clean, and phrases well tapered. The third movement gigue-like “Allegro” was chipper without being too fast, and was especially noteworthy for Seltzer’s nimble cello lines.

The closing Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major brought the strings of The Sebastians to the stage, with the resulting performance being energized and refreshing. Quick thematic passages were passed down the row of violins and then to the violas, and the instrumentalists showed uniform dynamic contrasts. The second movement “Adagio” was originally composed as only two notes, with the intention that players would improvise a bridge between the two faster movements. Violinist Lee provided a quick improvisation over the two harmonic chords, before the orchestra was off to the races again to close the concert in spirited 18th-century fashion.

“AN EVENING WITH SANTINO FONTANA”: The Princeton Festival has presented “An Evening with Santino Fontana.” Broadway and film star Santino Fontana (above) performed a program of highlights from musical theater and animated films. Fontana was accompanied by pianist Cody Owen Stine. (Photo by Princeton Symphony Orchestra staff)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

An Evening with Santino Fontana” has concluded the Princeton Festival’s season. The June 22 concert took place in the festival’s performance tent on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden.

A debonair baritone, Fontana entertained the audience with standards from Broadway musicals and one animated film. Pianist Cody Owen Stine accompanied the singer on all but one selection. In between songs, Fontana shared amusing anecdotes about his experiences performing onstage and in studios. more

HONOR FOR A PRINCETONIAN: Jane Cox, left, shown here with her daughter Beckett Alexander, was awarded the 2024 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play. (Photo courtesy Jane Cox)

On June 16, Jane Cox, director of Princeton University’s Lewis Center Program in Theater and Music Theater, won the 2024 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for her work on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s play, Appropriate.

This is Cox’s fourth nomination and first win. Appropriate received the Tony for Best Revival of a Play. Jacobs-Jenkins is a member of Princeton’s Class of 2006 and of the Lewis Center’s Advisory Council, and has taught in the Theater Program at Princeton. The production garnered a third Tony, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, for Sarah Paulson. more

As part of the last few days of the 2024 Princeton Festival, held on the grounds of Morven, the June 19 Juneteenth Celebration culminated in a concert honoring Black choral music conducted by Vinroy D. Brown Jr. Anchored by The Capital Singers of Trenton, singers from area choirs combined to lend their voices to Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass” and other choral selections. (Photo by Princeton Symphony Orchestra Staff)

Trevor New

West Windsor Arts will host Brooklyn-based musician, composer, and recording artist Trevor New on Friday, June 28, in the gallery of the arts center.

New, an electro-acoustic violist, is the creator of “Cohere Touch,” a unique technology that unites musicians and audiences from around the world with those in the room with him. At the event, classic and new music pieces will be performed by musicians beamed in from all over the world. New’s musical guests include Grammy nominees and musicians from groups that have performed with such artists as Madonna, Jon Batiste, Philip Glass, Katy Perry, and Midori.

The audience will be encouraged to dance and move in response to the music, allowing them to see in real time how their movements and sounds become part of the total experience.

“We believe that art should be for everyone, everywhere, and this show exemplifies how to make that possible,” said Aylin Green, executive director of West Windsor Arts. “When I saw one of Trevor’s shows, I was enthralled by the music and entertained by the interactive experience. His technology allows him to not only beam in musicians from around the world, not unlike Zoom concerts, but take it to the next level by immersing the live audience in a uniquely engaging concert. In other words, Trevor New is very talented and his performances are really cool. People of all ages will enjoy this show.” more

“PUG IN THE CITY”: This oil on canvas painting by Martine Marie White was named Best in Show at the “Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition & Sale,” on view through September 15 at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster.

The Center for Contemporary Art (The Center) in Bedminster has two new summer exhibitions on view through September 15.

The “Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition & Sale” showcases the diversity and creativity of The Center’s community of artists. The exhibition features 89 works of art across a variety of mediums including painting, pastel, charcoal, ink, collage, graphite, photography, sculpture, glass, mixed media, ceramics, and more. more

“CHAMPION”: This work by Richard Harrington is featured in “Captured Moments,” his joint exhibition with Ilya Raskin, on view July 4 through August 4 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. An opening reception is on July 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Artist Richard Harrington and photographer Ilya Raskin have announced the opening of their joint show, “Captured Moments,” on view July 4 to August 4 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. The exhibit features the artists’ work inspired by trips throughout the U.S. and the world.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.  more

“SUNDAES ON THE VERANDA”: The annual ice cream social hosted by the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie is on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Funds raised will be used to support programs offered by the museum.

Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie will serve up its annual “Sundaes on the Veranda” fundraiser on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition to all the classic toppings at this family-friendly ice cream social, attendees can choose a unique, artisan-made ceramic bowl to take home. New this year, sundaes are free for children age 6 and under who are accompanied by a paid adult; $20 for a sundae in a handmade ceramic bowl; and $10 for a sundae in a disposable bowl. Admission can be reserved in advance at ellarsie.org/sundaes, or paid at the door. more

DRIVING TO PARIS: Kareem Maddox drives to the hoop in a 2011 game during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Maddox made the U.S. men’s 3×3 team that has qualified to compete in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. (Photo by Stephen Goldsmith)

By Justin Feil

When Kareem Maddox started playing 3×3 basketball to further his playing career in 2017, he saw it in large part as an avenue to his Olympic dream.

That avenue had a speed bump when the United States and Maddox failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (that were held in 2021), but Maddox’s dream found a fast track three years later as a member of the U.S. men’s 3×3 team that has qualified and will compete in the Paris 2024 Olympics. more

WILL TO SUCCEED: Will Doran prepares to fire a shot in recent action for the Williams College men’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton High star Doran tallied 38 points on 20 goals and 18 assists this season, emerging as a star during his sophomore campaign for the Ephs. (Photo by Shiv Patel, provided courtesy of Williams College Athletics)

By Bill Alden

During his senior season for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team in 2022, Will Doran was the main man for the Tigers, leading New Jersey in scoring with 128 points on 55 goals and 73 assists.

Heading to Williams College that fall to start his college career with the Division-III program, Doran found himself as a member of the supporting cast for the Ephs, struggling to make an impact at the next level. more

HART AND SOUL: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Hart Nowakoski, right, looks to pass the ball in a game this spring. Junior Nowakoski led PDS is assists this spring with 25 and added 12 goals as the Panthers went 7-12 and advanced to the final of the Mercer County Invitational. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Making the final of the Mercer County Invitational, the ‘B’ bracket of the county tournament, wasn’t the goal for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team at the beginning of the season, but the tourney run proved valuable for the young squad.

“Being able to play in the finals was really good for us,” said PDS first-year head coach Nick Taylor, whose team fell 8-7 to Lawrence High in overtime in the MCI title game. “You look back at our season and where we are at — we have some returning guys that are going to play a lot of minutes next year, so it was great to have that experience this year.” more

By Bill Alden

Working a number of new faces into its lineup this spring, the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team saved its best for last.

PDS posted wins over Allentown and Ewing to wrap up regular season play and then topped St. Rose 5-0 in the first round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public South Jersey tournament. Facing second-seeded Morristown Friends in the quarterfinal round, the seventh-seeded Panthers battled valiantly as they tried to extend their season but fell 3-2.

“The match against Friends was on a knife’s edge until the end, Steven [Li] was neck and neck with his opponent at second singles,” said PDS head coach Michael Augsberger, whose team ended up with a final record of 10-8 this spring. “That was the deciding match. His opponent hit a drop shot that Steven ran after and he lost his balance. He had been dealing with a wrist injury and as he reached for the drop shot he fell and landed right on it. He played the rest of that match with it. In the second set he was up 2-1 and he played the rest of that set without a backhand. It was an incredibly tough decision that he made — he didn’t want to be the one to retire the match, that would end it.” more

RAISING CANE: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Danny Cano, right, looks to unload the ball in a game this spring. Senior star and Hobart commit Cano tallied 23 goals and eight assists this spring to help Hun go 8-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team went 8-9 this spring, the program made strides as it battled a gauntlet of high-powered foes.

“It was a successful season with the competition that we played — we put the best possible teams on our schedule that we could and for the most part competed in every single game,” said Hun first-year head coach Alex Lopes, whose squad faced Lawrenceville School, the top-ranked team in the nation, along with the Episcopal School (Pa), the Westtown School (Pa.), Gill St. Bernard’s, St. Augustine, and Academy of New Church (Pa.). more


YOUNG AND STRONG: Freddie Young Jr. goes up for the ball for YSU as it faced 1911 Smokehouse last Monday night at Community Park in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Former Princeton Day School and Trenton Catholic standout guard Young tallied 16 points to help YSU defeat Smokehouse 66-37 as it improved to 4-0. In other action on Monday, Novi Wealth Partners edged Jefferson Plumbing 63-62 in double overtime and Lob City topped Speed Pro 54-41. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Freddie Young Jr. wasn’t happy as his YSU team found itself in an 11-11 tie with 1911 Smokehouse last Monday night in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League.

“We came out here kind of lackadaisical,” said Young. “It should never have been an 11-11 game.”

With former Princeton Day School and Trenton Catholic standout guard Young triggering the offense, YSU went on a 16-0 run to seize momentum and build a 34-15 lead at halftime.

“We made the change, we stepped on the gas and we kept stepping on the gas,” said Young, who starred this winter for the Lincoln University men’s hoops team. “We kept going, kept going. We played defense and turned our defense into offense. It turned out to be successful.” more

HATS OFF: Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball player James Schiavone gets ready to bat in recent action. Princeton High rising senior Schiavone starred with his bat and arm last Sunday as Post 218 defeated Broad Street Park Post 313 13-9 to earn its first win of the summer. Schiavone went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs and then produced a strong relief outing, striking out five and yielding just one hit in 2.0 innings of work to secure the win. Post 218, now 1-12, was slated to play at Allentown on June 25 before hosting Trenton Post 93/182 on June 27 at Smoyer Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ending its 12-game losing streak this summer with a bang, the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team pounded out 17 hits as it topped Broad Street Park Post 313 13-9 last Sunday at Hamilton High.

Princeton High standout Travis Petrone led the hit parade for Post 218, going 4 for 5 with a double, one run, and three RBIs. Nate Nydick went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Nano Sarceno went 2 for 5 with a run and three RBIs. James Schiavone, Ray Nault, and Anders Hedin each contributed two hits in the win for Princeton. more

To the Editor:
I am a resident of Princeton, living every day with chronic pain. Like many other people in our community, I rely on cannabis for pain management, and a Princeton cannabis dispensary would make a big difference.

In addition, revenues from sales of cannabis will benefit our own community in Princeton. and businesses can provide local jobs and opportunities.

Nationally, the cannabis industry has been viewed as a way to provide reparation for communities affected by past wrongs.

However, two years ago, our town Council decided to table discussion on opening a cannabis dispensary. I believe it’s time we bring this vital issue back into consideration.

Please join me and contact the mayor and Council and urge them to reinitiate discussions and vote in favor of opening a cannabis dispensary in Princeton. The petition is at https://chng.it/ZYvkPDfFV7.

Joanne Marshall
Broadripple Drive

Eleanor Caithness Kuser

Eleanor Caithness Kuser died on Sunday, June 16, in Santa Barbara, CA, with her son, Emilio Madrid, by her side. She was 66.

The daughter of John Erdmann Kuser and Eleanor Caithness Will Kuser, she was born in Princeton Hospital, living first on Cedar Lane and later in the Columbus Boy Choir neighborhood on Galbreath Drive. Part of a scrum of five friends all through Johnson Park School, she moved on to Community Park and graduated from Princeton Day School in 1976 in a graduation dress she sewed herself. It was at Princeton Day where her natural artistry was discovered in life drawing, architecture, and especially in photography. Taught by Mr. Denby, her darkroom work was diligent; throughout the rest of her life, she continued to have a natural eye for composition.

Fluent in Spanish since attending a summer abroad program while in high school, Eleanor graduated from Occidental College in 1980, majoring in Hispanic Studies. After college she freelanced as a Spanish-English translator for attorneys at the Criminal Court Building in downtown Los Angeles. She continued to work after the birth of her only child, Emilio. They moved to Montecito and later Santa Barbara.

Adventurous, high-spirited and vivacious (nicknamed The Cruise Director by one of her mother’s friends), sometimes a ham in family photographs, and very athletic, she became a competitive figure skater through the Princeton Skating Club at Baker Rink. At age 10, she began training with a pro during summers in Aspen. She and others in the Skating Club continually won competitions in the Eastern Regionals; often the youngest, she frequently held the trophy in newspaper photos. She dropped figure skating in her mid-teens and with her high school best friend, Rhoda Jaffin, began the country’s first high school girls’ ice hockey team.  The two friends and the team were highlighted in a segment on Public Television. Soon other high school girls’ ice hockey teams were formed, including one at nearby Stuart Country Day School, and competitive games between girls’ teams began at the secondary school level.

Her enthusiasm, her inimitable laugh, and her beautiful photographs will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son, Emilio; two sisters, Olivia Kuser of San Francisco, CA, and Caryl Kuser of Princeton, NJ; and a brother-in-law, Alfred Bay of Palo Alto, CA. Linda Ryan, her first year roommate from Occidental College, took time away from her own family to drive up regularly from Manhattan Beach to help Eleanor.

Emilio is planning a memorial for his mother on the West Coast, possibly on Butterfly Beach in Montecito, her favorite place to watch the ocean and sunsets.

A lifelong moon-watcher, she always found a view of the full moon from a beach taking advantage of the coastal geography of Santa Barbara. She always began watching a few days in advance in case of inclement weather on the day of.

All love to you, sweet sister.


Kathleen Macdonald Bingeman

Kathleen Macdonald Bingeman, age 100, passed away on June 14, 2024 at her home in Skillman, NJ. Kathleen was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 19, 1923. She was raised in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, and Ottawa, Ontario. After graduating from high school, Kathleen earned a BA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and later earned a Master of Library Science at UCLA.

Kathleen was the older of two children born to John and Katherine Macdonald and was the beloved wife of the late Jonas Byron Bingeman for nearly 70 years. After meeting at Queen’s and marrying in 1948, Jonas and Kathleen enjoyed living in Minnesota, Louisiana, California, Virginia, and New Jersey while Jonas pursued his successful engineering career. During their years in Los Angeles, Kathleen worked for RCA Aerospace as a librarian and thoroughly enjoyed her professional career.

Kathleen was always very sociable and engaged in her communities. She particularly enjoyed volunteer activities that focused on her children, local libraries, and philanthropy. While living in Richmond, VA, she was a member of the Chesterfield County Library Board and a substitute teacher in the county schools. She also managed the Meadowbrook Country Club swim team for two years and traveled throughout the state for meets. While living in Convent Station, NJ, she volunteered at the Morristown Library and the Morris Museum. When the couple retired in Princeton, NJ, Kathleen was an active member and officer in several community organizations, including The Present Day Club, The Women’s College Club of Princeton, Nassau Presbyterian Church, and Springdale Golf Club.

In addition to her community activities, Kathleen enjoyed visiting family and friends, playing bridge and hearts, gardening, reading, and pursuing her passion for golf at 104 courses throughout the world.

Kathleen was a beloved mother and devoted to her children, the late Grant Bingeman (Ruthann), Leslie Sillinger (Glenn, late), John Bingeman, and Claire Hatten (Jimmie). She will forever be remembered by her treasured family, including grandchildren, Jeanette Ellefson (Eddie), Keith Bingeman, Jared Bingeman, Michael Sillinger, Chris Sillinger (Nancy), Angela Taylor, Michael Bingeman (Joyce), Courtney Weld (Thomas), James Hatten, and Ainsley Hatten, along with 25 great-grandchildren and countless other family and friends. Kathleen was predeceased by her husband, Jonas Byron Bingeman, and her brother, Ian Macdonald.

Kathleen donated her body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Barbara Johnson

Barbara Lamb Johnson, former Princeton resident and Town Topics Associate Editor, died peacefully on June 18, 2024 in Concord, Massachusetts, She was 92.

For Barbara, the features of a good life included a career as a newspaper reporter, a great love for the outdoors, rowing crew, leadership roles in community organizations, and importantly, raising her four boys.

Born March 8, 1932 in New York City to Horace Lamb and Beatrice Pitney Lamb, Barbara grew up in New Canaan, CT. At age 10, with asthma, she was sent to school in the dry climate of Arizona. Later she credited the years in Arizona, and time at Westover School, back East, with building self-reliance and discipline so important to her life.

In 1949 she enrolled in Vassar College. She married her first husband, Franklin Reeve, a year later, and soon they had two sons, Christopher in 1952 and Benjamin in 1953. The marriage ended in divorce. She moved to Princeton, NJ, to begin a new life and married Tristam Johnson in 1959, gaining four beloved stepchildren from Tristam’s first marriage. Two more boys, Jeffrey and Kevin, arrived in the early 1960s.

Barbara soon became actively engaged in the Princeton community. During her six decades there, she played important roles in many organizations, including Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, the Chapin School Parents Association, the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, Community without Walls, Friends of the Princeton Public Library, the Nassau Street School PTA, the Princeton Hospital Fete, Trinity Church of Princeton, and the Vassar Club of Central New Jersey.

In 1975, Barbara joined the reporting staff of Town Topics, a weekly paper in Princeton. She wrote and edited the music, theater, religion, and obituary sections, while also covering Township Committee, planning and zoning boards, and events at Princeton University. She particularly enjoyed the chance to write longer profiles of notable Princeton residents, including Svetlana Alliluyeva (Joseph Stalin’s daughter) and John McPhee.

She took pride in her accuracy in reporting. When she retired in 1997, the Township Committee and Planning Board both issued proclamations of appreciation for her work, and the Township Mayor held a retirement party in her honor.

At age 57, Barbara took up rowing on Princeton’s Carnegie Lake. She started in eights and progressed to single scull, winning the event for her age group at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, MA, in 1999, as well as a fine collection of medals from other events. She was selected by Princeton residents to carry the Olympic torch on part of its journey past Princeton to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

In younger years, Barbara yearned “to hike every trail and read every book.” She embraced an active retirement in the same spirit, traveling on Elderhostel trips, sometimes including grandchildren. She visited her children in Vermont, Martha’s Vineyard, and more far-flung locales including West Africa, Jerusalem, and Bali. She also continued to write in retirement, taking on several book-length projects. In 2016, she moved to Newbury Court retirement community, in Concord, MA. She spent her last years there, close by her sons and many of her grandchildren.

Barbara was predeceased by her son Christopher Reeve and by daughter-in-law Dana Reeve. She is survived by three sons and their partners: Benjamin Reeve and Katharine Sterling, Jeffrey and Lynsie Johnson, and Kevin Johnson and Linda Lynch; by four stepchildren: Kate Johnson, Tristam Johnson Jr., Thomas Laabs-Johnson, and Elizabeth Johnson; by 10 grandchildren: Matthew, Alexandra, Will, Sebastian, Julia, Trista, Conner, Theo, Lucy, and Annie; and by six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Lamb Crawford, niece Susan Crawford, and nephew Peter Crawford.

A celebration of her life will be held in Duvall Chapel at Newbury Court, Concord, Massachusetts, on Saturday, August 17, 2024, with a reception to follow at Newbury Court.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either of two organizations important to her: Friends of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 or Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, PO Box 330, Princeton, NJ 08542-0330.