February 21, 2024

By Anne Levin

Friday, February 23 is the last day to view the exhibit devoted to the Princeton Affordable Housing Map at the Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). The show is being unofficially ushered out with a special panel discussion being held in the building the evening before.

The past, present, and future of affordable housing in Princeton is the topic of the event featuring Fern Spruill, chair of the former Princeton Civil Rights Commission (CRC); Edward Truscelli, executive director of Princeton Community Housing; and Matt Mleczko, a Ph.D. candidate at the University, in a conversation moderated by Anastasia R. Mann, lecturer and founding director of SPIA. Admission is free and open to all. It begins with a reception from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the panel from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

While the exhibit is ending, the document that inspired it remains interactive and available online at spia.princeton.edu/events/princeton-affordable-housing-mapmore

TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION: Kopp’s Cycle, in Princeton since 1891 and on Spring Street since 1989, has been bought by Princeton Property Partners, which is looking for partners and planning to reignite the business while preserving Kopp’s proud tradition.

By Donald Gilpin

Kopp’s Cycle on Spring Street, the oldest continually running bike store in the country, has been bought by Princeton Property Partners (PPP). They are looking forward to a reopening this spring in time for the cycling season.

PPP has purchased the business and the property, and as it looks for possible partners in the enterprise, it will be making a few changes in carrying on the proud Kopp’s tradition that dates back to 1891. more

SCHOOL DAYS: A still from Frederick Wiseman’s film “High School,” which was shot at Philadelphia’s Northeast High School in 1968. The film is among the highlights of the upcoming “Real Life, Reel Representation” symposium at Rider University.

By Anne Levin

Since 2007, Rider University’s Department of Media Arts has been producing a film festival focused on specific themes. This year’s event, on February 28 and 29, is titled “Real Life, Reel Representation: The Art and (Personal) Politics of Nonfiction Film.”

Screenings and panel discussions are devoted to work by students and professional filmmakers, including the award-winners Ross McElwee, known for such features as Sherman’s March and Photographic Memory; and Frederick Wiseman, who created High School, City Hall, and numerous other works. McElwee is a guest speaker. more

By Donald Gilpin

James Li, 19, a Princeton University freshman and 2023 Princeton High School (PHS) graduate, died on the afternoon of February 16 after being struck by the Princeton Dinky shuttle train at the Faculty Road crossing.

The train, which left the Princeton University station at 2:14 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Princeton Junction Station at 2:19 p.m., “struck and fatally injured a pedestrian near Faculty Road,” according to NJ Transit Chief Communications Officer Jim Smith.

There were no injuries reported to the approximately 30 passengers on board. Service was temporarily suspended on the Princeton Dinky shuttle but has since resumed, and Faculty Road from Alexander Street to Washington Road was closed throughout the rest of the day on February 16. NJ Transit Police are leading the investigation.

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By Anne Levin

Just before Black History Month last year, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) was approached by the community service organization Rays of Hope about using the building on Paul Robeson Place to showcase a free event called the Live Black Museum. Happy to partner with other nonprofits, ACP director Adam Welch agreed to the request.

But he wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The event turned out to be so unique that Welch and colleagues didn’t hesitate to bring it back for this year’s Black History Month observance. The Live Black Museum, in which some 30 teenagers take on the personas of famous contributors to Black history and culture, returns Sunday, February 25 from 3 to 6 p.m.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

I was going to begin with some lines from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets — about “music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while the music lasts” — except that setting the passage as an epigraph would have been typographically unsightly, and the only thing it has to do with Billie Holiday is that I can hear her singing it, beautifully, in her special way, making new words of old words. I can also hear her singing of “something given and taken” from the same sequence, and of “selflessness and self-surrender” and “the moment in and out of time.”

It’s fun to imagine Lady Day enlivening Eliot as she did various Tin Pan Alley songwriters. You can hear her on YouTube singing “My first impression of you was something indescribably new” to words by Charley Tobias (“The boy who writes the songs you sing”) and music by Ukrainian-born Sam Stept — but first I had to skip an ad flogging Trump bobbleheads and the call to arms for a second American Civil War that follows it. more

By Nancy Plum

The Princeton University Glee Club, currently under the direction of Gabriel Crouch, has maintained a long history of collaborations with vocal artists and ensembles who come to Princeton to coach the chorus members and perform with the Glee Club in a joint concert. This past week, as part of its 10th anniversary “Glee Club Presents” series, the chorus invited to campus the professional American Spiritual Ensemble, which has sustained a mission of keeping the American Negro spiritual alive for more than 25 years. Founded and led by Everett McCorvey, the Spiritual Ensemble seeks to preserve what McCorvey called “folksongs of the Negro slaves” which were not only a source of comfort, hope, and faith throughout centuries, but also a clandestine form of communication. more

TACKLING THE CLASSICS: Scenes from “Swan Lake” and “The Sleeping Beauty” are “tutu ballets” on the program at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Harald Schrader)

Classic Beauty: An All-Tchaikovsky program featuring excerpts from Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, will be danced by American Repertory Ballet (ARB) at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, March 8-10.

“I have steadily watched every individual dancer continue to evolve and elevate their ballet technique, while simultaneously finding further texture and depth in their interpretation of iconic roles in the classical idiom,” said Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel. “This program offers both the ARB dancers and audiences a chance to enjoy renowned music and today’s classical ballet, with a skillful approach and truly expressive characterizations.” more

TRIPLE THE TALENT: The trio Time for Three (TF3) are on the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s program March 9 and 10 at Richardson Auditorium. (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

The trio Time For Three (TF3) will appear with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) at performances on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

They will perform Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ Contact, written specifically for the ensemble in 2022 and featured on the trio’s award-winning album Letters for the Future. Also on the program are Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov’s The Fire Dancer: Suite from the Ballet, inspired by an ancient Bulgarian spirit ritual, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, his ballet based on the Shakespeare classic. more

BROADWAY SONGS: Members of the Princeton Playhouse Choir in performance. The group will be at McCarter Theatre Center on February 24 at 7 p.m. (Photo by Resonance Vision)

“From Wind to Wonder!,” a concert by the Princeton Playhouse Ensembles of Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, on February 24 at 7 p.m., will unite music theater storytelling, performance, composition, arranging, direction, and choreography featuring the work and leadership of current students and alumni.

Taking place at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, the Playhouse Ensembles will be joined by several Broadway performers and musicians, including the genre-bending ensemble Third Reprise, Andrew Barth Feldman, Mykal Kilgore, and Kuhoo Verma. The concert program includes new student-written compositions alongside selections from the musicals Waitress, Wicked, In the Heights, West Side Story, Dear Evan Hansen, Sunday in the Park with George, Seussical, and more.  more

COMMUNITY CONCERT: A world premiere is among the pieces at the upcoming performance by the Westminster Community Orchestra, in the Cullen Center on the Westminster campus.

The Westminster Community Orchestra (WCO), conducted by Ruth Ochs, will present a concert titled “Miniatures” on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in Hillman Hall, in the Cullen Center, on the Westminster campus, Walnut Lane.

The program will feature the world premiere of Kathleen Scheide’s “Pluck” with The Guitars of Westminster Conservatory, Mark Johnstone, director. The concert will also include Westminster Conservatory students Cherie Xu, clarinet; Alison Varra, mezzo-soprano; and Julianna Wong and Tanvi Patil, sopranos.  more

“CHRISTINA FERNANDEZ: MULTIPLE EXPOSURES”: The artist’s contact sheet for her 1999 “Untitled Multiple Exposures” series is featured in her photography exhibition on view at Art on Hulfish through April 28  (Courtesy of Christina Fernandez)

Photographs by renowned Los Angeles–based artist Christina Fernandez exploring migration, labor, and gender are on view at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art on Hulfish gallery in an exhibition that reveals the multiple senses of “exposure” at play in the artist’s work.

“Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures,” on view through April 28, brings together photographs from across the artist’s 30-year career, illuminating the formal and conceptual threads connecting her most important bodies of work.   more

HISTORIC MILL: The Phillips’ Mill Community Association in New Hope, Pa., has been a home to artists since 1929. It will host an inaugural Members Art Show and Sale on the weekends of March 16-17 and March 23-24.

Phillips’ Mill Community Association in New Hope, Pa., is celebrating 95 years with a new Mill Members Art Show and Sale. The depth of the Mill members’ artistic talent will be on display for two weekends, March 16-17 and March 23-24, from 12-4 p.m. at the historic mill. This inaugural non-juried show is a salute to the visual arts creativity of Mill members and the member founders of Phillips’ Mill Community Association in 1929. more

“NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS”: “With HIP, there is a network to help people navigate the difficulties they have ensuring safe housing. We help them to realize that they don’t have to do it all by themselves. Help is there for them.” Lori Troilo, executive director, and Tom Pinneo, board chair of Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP), are engaged in helping to provide transitional housing for individuals in need.

By Jean Stratton

When the news of the day seems relentlessly negative, we tend to forget or may not even know of the many acts of generosity and kindness provided by individuals and organizations throughout the Princeton area.

One such organization is Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP), which focuses on helping those in need to find transitional housing and assisting them to build a better future.

A roof over your head! Such a basic need, and yet for so many, it is not something they can count on.

In a place like Princeton this is shocking — not a situation one would expect, and yet it is happening. Some people are homeless or at risk of homelessness, living temporarily in motels, in cars, or unsuitable and unsafe buildings. Fortunately, HIP is one of the organizations at the forefront trying to find solutions. more

CHIN UP: Princeton University men’s basketball player Caden Pierce leaps past a Brown defender in action last Friday night. Sophomore forward Pierce tallied 21 points with 12 rebounds to help Princeton defeat the Bears 72-63. A night later against visiting Yale, Pierce split his chin open chasing a loose ball in the first minute of the game and returned to the game to chip in 11 points and five rebounds to help the Tiger top the Bulldogs 73-62. Princeton, now 19-3 overall and 7-2 Ivy League, plays at Harvard on February 23 and at Dartmouth in February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Just seconds into the showdown between the Princeton University men’s basketball team and visiting Yale last Saturday night, Caden Pierce served notice of the intensity the Tigers were bringing into the clash.

Sprinting after a loose ball, Princeton sophomore forward Pierce launched himself face-first into the court in an attempt to get possession.

Pierce left the game holding his face in a towel as he got treatment behind a partition near the Princeton bench and returned later in the first half. more

BACK ON ICE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ian Murphy controls the puck in a game last season. On Friday, senior captain and star forward Murphy scored a goal as Princeton fell 4-3 to RPI. The Tigers, who posted a shootout win over Union last Saturday after the teams tied at 2-2 through regulation and overtime to improve to 8-14-3 overall and 6-10-2 ECAC Hockey, play at Yale on February 23 and at Brown on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ian Murphy has been banged up this winter for the Princeton University men’s hockey team, getting sidelined for five games due to injury.

But with Princeton heading into the stretch drive of the season, senior captain and star forward Murphy has battled through the pain to get back on the ice.

“I am closest to 100 percent that I have been in a long time, which is nice,” said Murphy. “I feel way better than I have in a long time. Being in game shape is a lot different, there is only so much you can do on the bike. Skating is way different than anything else. I have been dying out there a little bit. I am just so happy to be back.” more

HOT START: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Colin Burns heads to goal last Sunday as the Tigers hosted Monmouth in their season opener. Freshman attacker Burns made an immediate impact for Princeton, tallying four goals and three assists as the No. 11 Tigers prevailed 15-5 over the Hawks. The output by Burns tied the program record for points in the first game of a freshman season, matching Michael Sowers ’20 who also had seven on two goals and five assists in his first game in 2017. Princeton was slated to host Manhattan on February 20 before playing at No. 4 Maryland (3-0) on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matt Madalon sensed that his group of first-year players could make an immediate impact for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team.

“The freshman class is really talented, it is a really nice complete class,” said Princeton head coach Madalon of his crew of 12 newcomers, which was ranked No. 1 in Division I by Inside Lacrosse.

With Princeton’s season opener originally scheduled to be played at Monmouth last Saturday delayed to Sunday due to the snow that fell overnight and moved to Class of 1952 Stadium, the highly-touted Tiger freshmen made quite a debut before the home fans. more

COURTING SUCCESS: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Courtney Weber does the breaststroke leg in an individual medley relay race earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior star Weber placed first in the 200-yard IM and the 100 breast to help top-seeded PHS defeat second-seeded Manasquan 96-69 in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Group B sectional final at The College of New Jersey. The Tigers, now 13-0, will face Shawnee in the group semis on February 21 at Passaic Tech with the victor advancing to the final on February 25 at Rutgers University. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Courtney Weber is determined to compete hard this winter in her final campaign for the Princeton High girls’ swimming team, she has another major goal.

“It is my senior year, so I have been trying to focus on just having fun and keeping the fun in the swimming,” said Weber.

Last Thursday Weber had a lot of fun, placing first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke to help top-seeded PHS defeat second-seeded Manasquan 96-69 in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Group B sectional final at The College of New Jersey.  more

FAST FINISH: Princeton High boys’ swimmer David Xu displays his breaststroke form in a recent race. Last week, junior star Xu placed first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke as second-seeded PHS fell 96-74 to top-seeded Chatham in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North 2 Group B sectional final. The defeat left the Tigers with a 13-1 final record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden 

As the second-seeded Princeton High boys’ swimming team faced top-seeded Chatham in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North 2 Group B sectional final last Wednesday, it was round three in state tournament action between the powerhouses.

With PHS having lost to Chatham in the Public B state final in 2022 and in the sectional final last winter for its only two defeats in the last two seasons, the Tigers realized that they faced an uphill battle in the showdown of undefeated squads. more

SHOOTING STAR: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendan Beatty fires a shot in recent action. Last Friday, junior star Beatty scored two goals as 16th-seeded PHS fell 7-3 to 17th-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood in a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Public Soth Play-in round contest. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 5-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Princeton High boys’ hockey team having suffered five straight losses heading into its New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Public South Play-in round contest against Scotch Plains-Fanwood last Friday afternoon, the Tigers were viewing the state opener as a fresh start.

“We were hoping to re-set and see if we could get the wheels going again,” said PHS head coach Rik Johnson. “Unfortunately our numbers were down, I think we had 11, 12 skaters today.” more

GETTING A LEG UP: Princeton High wrestler Danny Monga, right, battles a foe in a bout earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior Monga took third at 120 pounds at the District 17 tourney at Middletown South to earn a berth to the Region 5 tournament this coming weekend at Franklin High. Monga will be joined at the Region competition by teammates Cole Rose (126), Blasé Mele (138), Christian Paul (157), and Kwabena Afrifah (285). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Danny Monga made the podium at the District 17 wrestling tournament on Saturday to earn a berth to the Region 5 tournament.

The Princeton High junior thought about quitting at times last season, his first year back on the mats since wrestling in sixth and seventh grade. He’s glad that he stuck with it to be among the five PHS wrestlers to reach regions that begin Friday with first round and quarterfinals and continue Saturday with the remainder of the tournament at Franklin High.

“It feels amazing,” said Monga after placing third at 120 pounds. “I feel like I got a lot better since last season. It was a goal I’ve had since last year. I’m excited to hit it before senior year.” more

FINE AND DANDY: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Sammy Dandy, left, battles for the puck in a game earliest this season. Last Wednesday, freshman defender Dandy contributed two assists to help second-seeded PDS defeat top-seeded Morristown-Beard 3-1 in the Librera Cup final at the Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown. The Panthers, now 11-5, will be competing in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Girls’ Ice Hockey State Tournament where they are seeded second and will host a quarterfinal contest on February 26 between the victor of the first round contest between seventh-seeded Kent Place and 10th-seeded Madison. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden
Having lost 6-0 and 5-0 to Morristown-Beard in two regular season meetings this January, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team was looking to flip the script when the rivals met in the Librera Cup final last Wednesday.

“We definitely wanted to play more of a possession game, we didn’t want them to have the puck,” said PDS head coach Jamie Davis. “We wanted to keep the puck away from our defensive end and keep it down at our offensive end. We tightened up our roster a little bit, especially on defense.” more

February 14, 2024

Rides in a two-seater carriage pulled by a light workhorse were among the activities on Saturday at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township. (Photo by Weronika A. Plohn)

By Donald Gilpin

In his eighth annual “State of the University” letter last month, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber described “a challenging political landscape” for universities with “increasingly virulent threats to academic freedom and institutional autonomy,” as he highlighted Princeton University’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity, free speech, and academic excellence.

In the wake of campus conflicts across the country, including protests, charges of Islamophobia and antisemitism, and congressional hearings leading to the resignations of the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard, Eisgruber pointed up a “healthier” campus climate at Princeton. He described that climate as “a credit to faculty, students, and staff who have searched for ways to communicate civilly about sensitive issues, to support one another, and to comply fully with Princeton’s policies that facilitate free speech in ways consistent with the functioning of the University.” more

By Anne Levin

Five years ago, Princeton adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve environmental quality, and enhance public health and safety. Closely involved in the plan is Sustainable Princeton, which delivered a progress report last Wednesday, February 7 at Princeton Public Library.

Christine Symington, executive director of the nonprofit, emphasized to those in attendance in person and on Zoom that the work that has been done since 2019 “is not ours necessarily, but is the result of many individuals putting together their ideas. We compile it and keep tabs on it. But this is not Sustainable Princeton’s Climate Action Plan. It’s the Princeton community’s Climate Action Plan.” more