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West Windsor in review
Pageant queen Village Grande woman named executive director of state senior pageant
New mayor Hemant Marathe talks about the state of the township
BY MICHELE ALPERIN For Terry Meade, the threads of her life have come together in a surprising pattern that landed her in a totally unexpected place. Meade was recently named the executive director of the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant. Her volunteerism in the pageant’s service wing, the Cameo Club, has woven together her love of Broadway, dance and costuming; her job as secretary to Adrian Kantrowitz, who performed the first heart transplant in the United States; and her husband Mark’s near-fatal heart disease that led him to his own transplant. The transitional moment that brought together many of Meade’s life experiences happened in 2005. Mark, who had a history of serious cardiac problems, insisted on joining her in San Jose for the week-long 10th anniversary celebration of eBay, where she had been actively involved for many years. While there, he had a massive heart attack and went into cardiac arrest during their first night in the hotel. Fortunately she was able to get him to Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, where he had bypass surgery immediately. See MEADE, Page 10
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Jean Mauro, who spent 38 years in the music program at High School South (now retired), has been named the director of the new orchestra at Mercer County Community College. (Staff photo by Samantha Sciarrotta.)
Long-time HS South orchestra director begins anew at MCCC BY SCOTT MORGAN Retirement for Jean Mauro lasted about two months. In 2016, she walked away from her job leading the orchestra at High School South after almost 40 years, widowed and wondering what exactly she was going to be doing with herself. A phone call from Mercer County Community College answered a big part of that question. The college wanted Mauro to apply her orchestra-building skills to a new ensemble program MCCC wanted to open to the public.
It announced the formation of the ensemble—led by Mauro— last month. To understand why MCCC made that call, let’s set the Wayback Machine to 1978. The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District had one junior high and one high school then. The high school had a football team that wasn’t very good, but the band that played at the games was fairly formidable. The band had 70 or so members playing football game music; meanwhile, there was a student orchestra with all of three members.
Mauro was fresh to the district that year. She and her husband, Peter, had just moved back to Lawrence from their (separate) music teaching jobs in Iowa. “I was lucky when I got there,” Mauro said of WW-P. “They were in a growing phase.” Her part of that growth was to build the pint-sized orchestra into an actual orchestra, which meant borrowing and retraining some of those band members in new instruments. Mauro said she essentially made the orchestra an after school club. She combined high See MAURO, Page 12
West Windsor Mayor Hemant Marathe has spent the last month settling into his job as the township’s first new mayor since the early 2000s. In addition to steering the helm on day-to-day operations of the township, Marathe also faces a number of challenges in the community. First off, there’s a decision looming from Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson on the township’s affordable housing burden. The Fair Share Housing Center is arguing that the township needs to build almost 2,000 affordable housing units. The township decided not to settle with FSHC, as a number of other Mercer County communities have, gambling that the judge will decide on a significantly lower number. The future of the 653-acre Howard Hughes tract—the former site of American Cyanamid at the corner of Quakerbridge Road and Route 1—is also a concern for Marathe. The developer has proposed a plan that calls for a mixed-use development, which includes See MARATHE, Page 6
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Pastels by artist Mimi Zhong, pictured above, are on display at the Plainsboro Public Library in February as part of its celebration of Chinese New Year. At left is her painting, titled “Beach.”
Works by pastel painter at Plainsboro Public Library this month Artist Mimi Zhong will exhibit pastels at the Plainsboro Library Gallery in February through Feb 27. Her representational works include landscapes, still life, and portraits. A reception for Zhong was held on Feb. 10, which kicked off the library’s annual Chinese New Year festival. Zhong is originally from Taiwan, and is a graduate of National Taiwan University of Arts’ department of western art. She came to the U.S. in 1994, and worked for Taching Inc. for 14 years. Zhong returned to her artwork with zeal in 2005 after she was introduced to the pastel medium.
Now retired, she teaches painting to children and Chinese knotting to adults at the Mid-Jersey Chinese School. Zhong has shown her work in many juried shows, including the Pastel Society of America’s 40th Annual Exhibition. Her awards include the Flora Giffuni Memorial Award from The American Artists Professional League’s 87th Grand Annual Exhibition; the Jack Richeson and Co. Gold Brush Award and the Marquis Who’s Who in America Artist Reference Award from Audubon Artists 68th and 69th Annual Exhibitions; and honors from the New Rochelle Art Association’s exhibitions.
She is a member of Audubon Artists, The American Artists Professional League, and Taipei Pastel Association. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Feb. 17, the library will celebrate Black History Month with a performance by the Ewing-based Carol Watson-Johnson Dance Company performs. The presentation will chronicle the history of African Americans in the United States, from Africa to slavery through the civil rights era up to the election of Barack Obama. “The Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre is committed to serving our diverse community and the individual by provid-
ing exquisite training at all levels regardless of age or ability with deep concern for the whole student and the development of unique potential,” states the dance company’s Facebook page. The company, which was founded in 1990, offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop in all levels from preschool-adult. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Plainsboro Library. The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897.
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After all the busy hustle and bustle of holiday season starting with Thanksgiving, then Christmas and the New Year, most of us are ready to collapse into the quiet of deep winter. For we Chinese, such rest will remain elusive as we spent January readying for biggest celebration of the year—Chinese New Year! On Feb. 17, nearly 1.4 billion people, nearly 20 percent of the world’s population, will welcome in the Year of the Dog, according to Chinese zodiac. Traditionally the Dog is humankind’s best friend, a voiceless being that can understand our spirit just by reading our facial expression and gladly obey whoever is its master no matter your wealth or status. The sign of the dog is regarded as very auspicious in Chinese tradition. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of good fortune. To ensure happiness and prosperity for the coming year, all Chinese come together to celebrate as bountifully as they can-and this year will be no different. In order to celebrate The Year of the Dog, HX Chinese School at Plainsboro is planning an evening performance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. This event is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders/Office of Cul-
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ture & Heritage and the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State. The entire evening consists of various kinds of entertainment such as dancing, singing, musical instruments, Chinese kung fu, etc. Performances will feature Chinese culture and tradition displayed in all its diverse glory. HX Chinese School at Plainsboro is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization. Its mission is to teach Chinese to those who are either the offspring of Chinese immigrants living locally or non-Chinese who are interested in learning the language in levels K to 9th grade, as well as offering courses in Chinese culture/traditional activities. The school also offers Advanced Chinese and Chinese as a Second Language programs. Cultural programs include kung fu, tai chi, fencing, gymnastics, badminton, volleyball, wei qi (go), xiang qi (Chinese chess), math, traditional chinese musical instruments and arts and crafts. There are about 800 students cur-
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rently enrolled at PCS. It operates as a regardless of what they look like and A new school year brings a fresh regular weekend school starting at 1:30 where they come from. start—and Mathnasium is here to To quote Dr. King’s wife, “It is a day of p.m. and ending at 5:50 p.m. on Sundays help set the stage for success! interracial and intercultural cooperation at High School North. PCS has held Chinese New Year cel- and sharing… Whether you are AfricanOur unique teaching method is designed ebrations ever y year since 2005. Since American, Hispanic or Native American, to support students as they reach their that time the growing student body whether you are Caucasian or Asianfull potential and achieve their goals. 15th We’ll Through March and the interest in learning Chinese American... This is not a black holiday; helpitfill in the gaps, boost confidence, has increased so much that the annual is a people’s holiday.” and ultimately, make math make sense. It is our responsibility to bring all of New Year celebration at High School Together, weFirst can make this school Month withyear this ad North Theatre or even the McCarter our sisters and brothers to the table greater than Year-Round last year! Enrollments Theater is no longer big enough to to celebrate the great strides we have made in the past century and to plan for host the event. To accommodate the growing inter- future humanitarian efforts. Our unique teaching method is designed to support students as they reach their One example of such an achievement est, the school board decided to have the full potential and achieve their goals. We’ll help fill in the gaps, boost confidence, New Year Celebration at State Theater in is evidenced by the repealing of the and ultimately, make math make sense. 2017. Amazingly more than 1,600 people Chinese Exclusion Act—the first U.S. • Math Help & Enrichment restriction actTest on immigration based on attended the event. The high quality andHelp Homework Math • Test Prep race and class—after 61 years, on Dec. wonderful cultural enrichment this Help andevent Enrichment Prep brings to the surrounding communities 17, 1943. Let’s all make a date for the • Homework Help is immeasurable. It has become one of 2019 West Windsor Martin Luther King, the premiere yearly events in New Jersey Jr. Day celebration. Mathnasium of Plainsboro area. Now Enrolling All are welcome to join our Chinese Yan Mei Wang 609-716-6284 (MATH) for Spring New Year celebration for 2018. Please West Windsor www.mathnasium.com/plainsboro Mathnasium of [Location Name] Customer Info Here feel free to reach out at (732) 829-6755 Address Line 1 Address Line One or (732) 485-6759 for more information. Address Line 2 Address Line Two Julia Miceler West Windsor An article titled “HS South Goes Back Miceler is a volunteer at the HX Chi- to Court” appeared in the Feb. 1, issue of nese School. the WWP News. 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MARATHE continued from Page 1 retail, commercial and almost 1,976 homes, including about 400 affordable units. Marathe and his two council running mates during the election in November—Linda Geevers and Virgina Manzari—said they want to keep the site primarily commercial, as it is currently zoned. Marathe is also hoping to improve mayor-council relations—something that was a frequent problem for former Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh. A number of improvements to township infrastructure are a priority, as well as much-needed work on Route 1 by the state and Route 571 by the county. Bill Sanservino, editor of The News, sat down with Marathe on Feb. 2— almost exactly a month after he was sworn in—to talk about his plans for this year, as well as the rest of his term. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. *** Bill Sanser vino: Now that you’ve been in the job for about a month, how are you settling in? Hemant Marathe: One of the things I did was talk to Mayor Hsueh, and I talked to Gene O’Brien, who helped me with the campaign and is a former mayor. My style is to talk to as many people as possible and get as much input as possible. I’ve talked to a lot of township employees, people in various communities and people who have served on township committees to get an idea of what
is involved. I openly admit I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know everything about how the whole system works. But I’m trying. Most of this year’s budget was already set by the time I took office, but I still met with Joanne (Louth, township chief financial officer) and Marlena (Schmid, business administrator) about my vision for the township for the next four years. Sanser vino: Let’s talk about some ongoing issues that the township has been dealing with. What’s going on with the township’s affordable housing court case? Marathe: The township is still waiting for an opinion from the judge, and the longer it goes, the more I feel like the judge will just wait for the new governor to do something. It’s an absolute shame what is happening. West Windsor spent roughly $300,000 last year (in legal costs on the case) and $200,000 in the budget this year. So a half a million dollars just on legal costs, without a single home being built. West Windsor is just one small town in all of New Jersey. I’m sure millions and millions of dollars are being spent for absolutely unproductive work. The courts and the legislature should realize that the state is not growing residentially at 5 percent or even 10 percent. When you force a town to grow at 20 percent that’s completely unreasonable. The developer is jumping up and down now, but eventually if you keep building at 20 percent, half of them are going to go bankrupt. There’s no way that West Windsor
can grow at 20 percent, when the state is only growing at 1 or 2 percent. At some point there’s a breaking point, and the courts and the legislature need to realize that. If they want to make New Jersey affordable, they should have some sensible way of accomplishing that. No one here is against affordable housing. West Windsor has been doing its job even when COAH was nonexistent for eight years. That was a big disservice Gov. Christie did by not following that issue, because when we were first sued, the accepted consensus was that a town’s obligation was capped at 1,000 (units of affordable housing), because the legislature said so. Well, the state Supreme Court just threw it out. I for the life of me cannot understand why the legislators can’t just go back and clarify as to what exactly they meant and pass the laws. That’s their job. Rather than saying, “Hey, go fight it out in court.” Not a single person is being helped, and the people on the other side are being completely unreasonable. To expect West Windsor to build 1,900 affordable units, which you then multiply by five (because four market-rate units are built to subsidize every affordable unit), it’s completely unreasonable. For the life of me, I cannot understand why the court entertains such unreasonable numbers. That’s why the politics in this country is broken. That’s why the common person is so fed up. Because people keep talking without taking any action. Sanser vino: I have talked to a number of experts as well as local
officials. They all agree that the situation is a result of a total and compete lack of action by the governor and the legislature. What do you think? Marathe: Absolutely, and I’m really outspoken about it. I will say what’s on my mind, whether people like it or not. I’m being told, “Oh don’t say that, the court might get mad.” Let the court get mad. What is the court going to do? How are they going to punish West Windsor? They aren’t going to punish me. They can’t put me in jail, so instead they’re going to punish the common person in West Windsor? Not everyone in West Windsor is rich. The general consensus is, “you’re a rich town, you can afford it.” There are people in West Windsor that are hurting. There are people in West Windsor who would not consider themselves rich, and when you impose a burden on the town, everybody shares the same percentage wise. And West Windsor gets the short end of the stick in every matter. We don’t get enough school aid, we get imposed on other things. And there is going to be a point when people are going to say enough is enough. And then they’ll wonder what happened. People can only take so much. Sanser vino: The issue of affordable housing also has an impact on the Howard Hughes site. Based on how the court rules, it could affect how much, if any housing is built there. What is the status of the project? Marathe: I have scheduled a meeting
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with the Howard Hughes people. I would encourage them to look at developing that site so it doesn’t include much housing. I honestly believe that West Windsor cannot support more housing, and there’s already 350 more apartments coming at Woodstone (on Canal Pointe Boulevard and Wheeler Way). I was talking to the developer of Princeton Terrace and he told me that he has a 30 or 40 percent vacancy, and he said that the Mews has a similar vacancy. If there are so many vacancies in existing apartment complexes, what sense does it make to go and build another one? What we need to do is to generate more jobs to make people want to live here. New Jersey Transit doesn’t instill much confidence that it’s going to get people to or from a job in New York in less than an hour. That’s creating a problem. Only God knows whether the (Gateway) tunnel will ever be built, with the way the political football is being tossed around. New Jersey should focus on getting the jobs in state rather than depending on New York all the time. New York has not done any favors for us. They collect all the taxes from anyone who works in New York. So we should just band together and try to develop something on our side. I will work with them and talk to them to try to attract businesses to West Windsor, because we have a lot to offer. Sanservino: You spoke to a lot of people as you campaigned around town. What did residents say they want on Howard Hughes? Marathe: Nobody wanted housing I
can tell you that. Sanservino: So they want it to stay commercial, as currently zoned? Marathe: Right. That’s what it is right now and they would like to keep it that way and attract more businesses. Now, somebody told me that Costco was thinking about moving to this side of the tracks (on Howard Hughes) before deciding to build down the road in Lawrence. Sanservino: I heard the same thing. Marathe: I wasn’t mayor at that time, so I don’t know if it’s true, but that would have been something good because we get 100 percent of the traffic anyway. If anyone like that is interested in developing in West Windsor, I would certainly encourage them and talk to them. One of the things we had promised during the campaign was trying to make operations easier in West Windsor, and we are working on one or two things that I’m not ready to announce yet. But we would make it easier for people to come here and open up business. Sanservino: During the campaign you and your running mates said that, if elected, you wanted to bring on a business development director. Is that still the plan? Marathe: We want a person who essentially is an advocate for West Wind-
sor and not necessarily a full time job. Maybe a consultant. We have talked to one or two people to get an idea of how you can do these kinds of things, so I don’t have anything concrete to tell you, but we are still very much committed to finding someone who can be an advocate for West Windsor. Someone who tells people that we will help them through the process, what to do and that they’re very welcome here. A lot of companies want to move here. I have already been to two ribbon cuttings. A lot of health care facilities want to move here because the hospital is close by. In fact, we are ideal because we are in the middle of two hospitals—one in Hopewell and one in Plainsboro. Sanservino: In January, the planning board, which you now sit on as mayor, started a review of the township’s master plan. What’s happening with that process? Marathe: We have just finished the first review of the draft reexamination report and we have given it back to our planner, who is going to come back and give us a new version of the report. Everybody in town will have an opportunity to comment on it, and then we will give the planner instructions to finalize it. Then over the next 18 months or two years, we will look at the different
I would encourage them (Howard Hughes) to look at developing that site so it doesn’t include much housing.
elements of the master plan and try to develop them. Part of that is possibly looking at all the zonings in town to see if anybody is interested in doing certain projects on certain land, whether the township is interested in changing the zoning to make it possible. So that is part of the next 18 months. Like every other tract, the Howard Hughes tract will be looked at in that sense. But we will also go back and look at which applications came to the zoning board, which applications came to the planning board and whether it makes sense to change the zoning so those kinds of applications don’t have apply for any variances. Sanservino: In recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of businesses who are deciding to locate along Route 95 or relocate from this area due to traffic problems on Route 1. Experts and elected officials I’ve spoken to have recognized this problem. What are your thoughts on how to make this area more desirable for companies to locate? Marathe: I think we need to pay a lot of attention to Route 1. The state presented a plan to the township council and I supported it fully. It expands Route 1, making it wider. There are some people who oppose it, because they think no matter how much wider you make it, it will always get traffic. They would rather spend the money on mass transit. I don’t see mass transit on Route 1 happening in my lifetime. I may be pessimistic, but I don’t see that happening. See MARATHE, Page 8
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MARATHE continued from Page 7 I work in Piscataway. When I come home from work, Route 1 flows fine up to Plainsboro, and then as soon as you hit West Windsor it jams up all the way to Lawrence, and then it opens up. We are one of the places along Route 1 where you get the worst traffic. I am happy the state has found the money to expand Route 1, and from my understanding they are going to start the engineering work this year, and hopefully they can start in a couple of years to make it wider. That should solve West Windsor’s problem. The way I see it, this is the worst trait of Route One. Sanservino: What about the reconfiguration of Route 571 by the county in the downtown Princeton Junction area? Marathe: One of the people I met with after the election was Brian Hughes (county executive). They are moving forward, and I do expect something to happen within the next year to 18 months. Not the entire road, but at least part of the road. I understand that a previous council, and I forgot the year, passed a resolution agreeing to a plan for the road. The county is moving forward based on that resolution. I expect them to come to the township council to ask for approval certainly within my first term. I am optimistic that more businesses will move there, and it will be looking much nicer in four years than it is now. Sanservino: Over the years, and even on some councils that you have sat on, there has been friction between the council and the mayor/
administration. What would you like to do to make sure that communications are good? Marathe: Communication is a two way street and my style is very much different than Mayor Hsueh’s style. I’ve talked to the council, and I’ve told them I have an open style, I will share things with them. I won’t use the strongman kind of argument and say, “I don’t have to share those type of things.” If they disagree with me, then they disagree. All I ask is that they give me an up or down vote. If they don’t like it, then they don’t like it, and we move on with life. I plan to actively participate in discussions. The way I see things, a recommendation that administration puts forward is my recommendation, so I’m obligated to defend it if there’s any questions. I have told the township staff that it’s their job to convince me that what they’re proposing is best for the township, and then it’s my job to convince the council and the rest of the township that that’s what’s best for the township. I don’t want the township employees to get between the mayor and the council. I will be the one that will be saying why it needs to be done, why it’s a good thing. It’s not the job of the township employees to play defense for me. I’m perfectly capable of defending myself. Sanservino: Do you think the difference in communication styles between you and Shing is a result of your professional backgrounds? You have been a businessman, while Shing worked for the government his whole career?
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Marathe: It’s very much possible. I can’t comment why Shing feels the way he feels, but I’ve always felt like I can stand on my own, to do what is the best, in my opinion. I have always conducted myself so I don’t owe anything to anybody, simply so I can do what I think is the right thing to do. I don’t take things personally. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I always say that if two people agree 100 percent of the time, then one of them is not thinking. We all come with our own biases, because we come from different backgrounds. My job is to hear all the experts, take advice from everybody, and make a decision that makes sense to me. I’m not an expert in many fields, but I can always have a smell test. If it makes sense to me, then I will support it. I have no problem talking to anyone on any issue and try to figure out where they’re coming from. If you give me a better solution than what I think is best, then lets go and do that. That will help me with my relationship with the council. Two people can look at the same piece of data and think completely different than the other person. At the end of the day, if we disagree that’s perfectly fine. We will move on and find something else to work on. Sanservino: Are you going to be making any changes to township staff, especially with department heads? Marathe: No, I have not made any changes. A lot of people ask me if I’m going to be firing people. These are career employees and they’re doing the best they can. Sanservino: How important do you think it is for a mayor to trust his administrative staff? Marathe: It’s extremely important. Even in my time in the school board, over the years, I would ask a lot of questions. As time went on, I started to trust people more because you begin to develop a sense of how a person thinks, and you start to feel more comfortable giving your own opinion. So I think it’s very important for the mayor to trust the people who are working in the township and the township employees to know that the mayor is open to all the ideas, is open to hearing their opinions and trusting their opinions because they’re professionals.
I’ve done it for a number of years. I can understand the issues. If you explain to me what the problem is, I am smart enough to understand, and if I don’t understand then I will ask lots of questions until I understand in a rudimentary manner. If it makes sense to me I will support it and I will aggressively support it to council. It’s extremely important to have trust on both sides. They’re making the recommendations they are because they feel that that is the best decision to make. I don’t want anyone to tell me something because they expect that’s what I want to hear. They should never just tell me something because they think that’s what I want them to say. They should always give me their honest opinion in their true judgment. I hope the township employees can give me their honest opinion without holding back. Sanservino: Do you feel it’s incumbent upon you to make sure that council trusts township professionals? I ask, because it’s been an ongoing problem in the township over the years. Marathe: I do. I have had a lot of conversations with individual council members. One thing Shing didn’t let us do on council was talk to the employees directly, but I will. Now, each township employee gives X number of hours every week, and I don’t want the council to waste their time asking them questions every two hours. Then those are two hours they aren’t working for the taxpayers. Ask meaningful questions, not political questions. Don’t ask questions just to find ways to support your view. I told them they just need to let Marlena, the council president or me know that they are asking them questions. I will not go to any township employee and say, “No don’t answer their questions.” Sanservino: It will help them make an informed decision. Marathe: Oh absolutely. This is one of the things I always told people when they would come to me when I was on the school board. I told them that I know most of the employees who work for the school district. You may disagree with their opinions and their thinking, but you know that they have the best intentions at heart. I
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them to be. Last year was a really good year in that, if you want to call it a loss, we only ran a loss of about $25,000. That’s ideal. At the end of the year you should come out to be close to what you estimated your revenues and expenses to be. Not come out way ahead or way behind. That would be my focus. If I can get that done in four years and come to some level of surplus that everyone is comfortable with, and then use it for as little operating expenses a year as possible, then it would be a big success in my opinion. Sanservino: What are some of your priorities as you start your term? Marathe: The first thing is that the infrastructure needs fixing. After I got elected I spoke to a few people and the township engineer did point out that most of the roads were built in this town with a useful life of about 25 years. We went through a building boom in the early 1990s. My wife and I moved here in 1994, so I know we were building like crazy during that time. That’s when a lot of these roads were built then and they are reaching the end of their useful life. So it makes sense that we now need to spend more on our roads and sidewalks. In this budget we are increasing the amount we are spending. One long term project is the possibili of building an enclosed recreational facility in the area where the solar field was proposed at the municipal site (Marathe opposed the solar project on the Censoni Tract behind the Princeton Junction firehouse, and it was ultimately rejected by township council). I have already had a discussion with the rec commission. I know the West Windsor Soccer Association is interested in such a facility. So I would focus in my first term to get that project moving. This will be very useful to the township. We have a lot of kids, and we’re going to get more kids, and we don’t have as many recreational facilities as we should. I would talk to other associations, too, because it would be a multi-purpose facility. We already have parking here and the hours of usage will be different than the hours of usage for the municipal buildings. That’s in the preliminary discussion phase. Also, one of the things I have learned is that last year a company made a proposal to the Parking Authority to put solar panels on their parking lot at the train station. The mosque (on Old Trenton Road) is also starting to do solar tracks on their parking lot. So I have let it be known if there is any company that is interested in doing that in a municipal facility, I’d be very much interested in talking to them and getting that done. I think that will serve the township well, and serve the residents well. Sanservino: Is there anything else you’d like to say that we haven’t covered? Marathe: I would thank West Windsor residents for electing me. I’m really active on Facebook, but not everybody is on Facebook. If people have any concerns they can send a message to my township email address or reach out to me by phone at town hall. I try to answer every person back.
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West Windsor resident Terr y Meade has been named the executive director of the Ms. N.J. Senior America Pageant. Meade learned the ropes and tried to do as many showcases as possible—that first year she was required to repeat the routine she did in the pageant, but since then she has developed several more. In one of them she sings “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to her husband. “I explain his heart transplant story before I perform, no matter where we are,” she says. “It is a much larger arena to raise awareness, and I consider that my mission.” And people always stick around to tell their own stories and ask questions. The next year she was elected vice president of the N.J. Cameo Club, which she did for two years, and this year she was appointed to be executive director of the Ms. N.J. Senior America Pageant. The pageant, which is looking for diverse participants, is marketing itself with the tagline, “Is there a CROWN in your future?” Brooklyn-born Meade, 71, said she remembers her parents doing ballroom dancing since she was very young. “My father made every woman feel like she was Ginger Rogers,” she says, and in fact she chose to play “Dance with My Father,” by Luther Vandross for his funeral. She attributes her “fabulous and passionate love for music and dance” to her parents. It also translated also into a lifelong love of Broadway. “When I could save up enough money, I was at the theater. To this day, it’s what is in my heart.” As a youngster she studied tap and modern interpretive dance and recalls dancing as part of Sing—a competition between different classes at New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn. Each class would pick a theme and put on an original show, and her class was the first to win as both juniors and seniors. Meade did well academically and graduated from high school in 1963 at age 16, but decided to attend Nancy Taylor Business School in Manhattan and study executive secretarial science, expecting to soon marry Mark, who was her longtime boyfriend. They wed in 1965, and in 1971 moved to East Windsor, where they raised their children. The couple moved to Village Grande in 2000. Right after she graduated from secretarial school, Meade worked for sev-
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into North and South (South being the original campus), Mauro had nearly 80 string players alone. And by the time she retired in June of 2016, she left behind a program of almost 300 students—two symphony orchestras and one string ensemble. How did she manage to grow a trio into a collection of musicians larger than a lot of high school graduating classes? “I’m very good,” she laughed. “I am very organized.” On the way to building a massive music program, Mauro accompanied the orchestra to numerous venues around the country and around the world—Scotland, Austria, Hawaii, New Orleans, Montreal and Carnegie Hall to name a few. Of all the stops, though, her favorite was the orchestra’s 2007 trip to Russia. “That was really cool,” she said. “Really eye-opening.” For that trip, the school choir came along. And their tour guide brought in the Russian Ballet. For the performance, the ballet was flanked on one side by the musicians and on the other by the choir. This was in a castle, by the way. But while the setting was epic, the applause got Mauro the most. “They have a clapping pattern,” she said of Russian audiences. Applause begins in the same random way it does anywhere
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ley and a fi fth in the 400 free, and another team chemistry, and keep girls from freshman, Naomi Ho, was fourth in the a wide variety of swim backgrounds 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 IM. together. They took their job as capHeather Murphy and Lauren Chan were tains seriously while contributing as also key freshman additions to the cham- much as possible with their swims. Hu added depth to the breaststroke while pionship effort this year. Tarn moved from doing WW-P North scored fly to more of a sprinter, 199 points to pull away but their biggest contribufrom Hightstown, which tions may have come out had 153. Princeton was of the pool. third with 148 points. “One really big job for High School South placed captains is communicasixth with 116 points. tion between the team “To win it this year was and the coach, being in really special,” said WW-P the middle and trying to North head coach Todd pass on information from Robinson. “We had great each.” Hu said. “One senior leadership this thing that can make a year and had four or five team fall apart is not getreally talented freshmen ting the right information come in. Even though Tarn to the other swimmers. I at a meet like the county think Jacelyn and I did a meet, our club swimmers may score a preponderance of the good job of telling our teammates what points, over the course of the season you the coaches wanted without seeming too really need a stable of club and non-club overburdening.” They made sure that the Knights swimmers to complete a team and really have an opportunity to do something had the right attitude about the season. “Everyone comes to practice with special.” Keeping that Class of 2021 together a really positive attitude because we on the team will give North optimism always have that vibe between all the that its success will continue. The teammates that we feel like more of a Knights earned the top seed for their team this year,” Hu said. Tarn said that serving in her second section of the state tournament. As the top seed, the team received a year as captain, “I know better what to double bye to the public semifinals, and do and I have a better relationship with was set to compete on Feb. 12, after The all the swimmers. We always talk about our individual goals. We try to focus News went to press. “Even though we’re top seed, we on the little things. Towards the end of haven’t swam against many of these the season, it all came together and we teams,” Tarn said. “We’re going to try ended up accomplishing great things.” The Knights believed that they had our best.” The Knights have kept a positive out- the ability to win because of how their look all year as they built on each step regular season went. Tarn knew from of success. Just going undefeated was a experience how much better WW-P North was competing this year. significant achievement. “Swimming our big meets showed “During the season we had really difficult meets like Robbinsville and Hight- how good we could be,” she said. “Our stown, but we overcame that as a team,” biggest meets are South, Notre Dame, Hu said. “It was a pretty big accomplish- Princeton and Lawrence, and we got by each meet by several points, not just a ment to come out undefeated.” WW-P North was confident in its abili- little gap, but maybe 20 points. That let ties, but regular-season success does us know we were capable of achieving not always translate into MCC success. bigger things.” WW-P North did not toy with its reguThis year, the Knights have the depth to win dual meets and the talent to take lar dual-meet lineup much for the county counties. Aside from Zhang, their only meet. They kept their girls in the events top-three finish came from the 200 free- that they were best in and did not overthink matchups. Their resulting swims style relay. “It’s great to be a part of it and have earned enough points to win. “Going into the meet, looking at our everyone swim their best,” Tarn said. “Our team is very deep and we knew seeding, we felt we had a good chance we’d be getting fast swimmers, but we to score high,” Robinson said. “After didn’t know that we were capable of the trials, we looked at things again and it looked like if we swam to our places achieving a title. “In past years, we’ve done well in the we had a good chance of winning the regular season but in the counties we championship. Fortunately that’s how it weren’t high up in the team scoring. turned out for us.” In the end, it was the Knight girls celeThis year, winning all the dual meets set us up, and we knew we were capable of brating the loudest in front of their home fans. WW-P North sent its seniors out on winning the whole thing.” Hu and Tarn did their best to build top by making history.
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Pathan & Shyamli Rai. Two-story Colonial in Princeton Chase. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $734,000. 121 Commonwealth Court Unit#3 on Dec. 18. Seller: Arthur & Lily Louie. Buyer: Rui Wang. Condo in Canal Pointe. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. $306,500 (-$10,800). 1 Chaucer Court on Dec. 18. Seller: Brian & Eva Marie Schroeder. Buyer: Sanjay & Shalini Bhayana. Twostory Colonial in Waterford Estates. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $882,000 (-$63,900). 30 Monterey Drive on Dec. 20. Seller: Lynn Jarvis. Buyer: Angelica Maria Egoavil-Wong & Martin Johannes Geger. Two-story Colonial in Benford Estates. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. $640,000 ($9,000). 9 Honeyﬂower Lane on Dec. 21. Seller: Renee Goldstein. Buyer: Dennis & Miranda Warner. Ranch in Village Grande. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. $355,000 (-$10,000). 6 Cottonwood Drive on Dec. 28. Seller: Dhanraj & Kerry Persad. Buyer: Gregory Laine & Maryam Mellatdoust. Two-story Colonial in the Grand Preserve. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $869,000 (-$30,000).
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Honk!, Kelsey Theater, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. Witty musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Ugly Duckling.” $20. 8 p.m. Friday Dance Social, Jersey Dance, West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, 609-375-8468. jerseydance.com. $15. 7:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reading by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609497-1600. labyrinthbooks.com. Author of the debut novel, “Here Comes the Sun” reads from her work. 6 p.m.
Banjo Player Tony Trischka, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. princetonfolk.org. $20. 7:30 p.m. Friday Morning Bookies, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8901. mcl.org. “How It All Began” by Penelope Lively. 10:30 a.m. Knit and Crochet Circle, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609275-8901. mcl.org. 2 p.m. February Fun Friday, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609924-8777. artscouncilofprinceton.org. Art camp for children ages 5 to 10. Register online. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Defying Gravity: Songs of Journeys & Transformations, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-9248777. artscouncilofprinceton.org. A cabernet-infused performance with Sarah Donner and Mark Applegate, Matthew Campbell, and Rebecca Mullaney. Live music ﬁlled with drama, romance, and comedy. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. AARP Tax Aid, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro. lmxac.org. Free preparation of taxes. Registration required. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Black History Month Program, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609275-2897. lmxac.org. The Carol WatsonJohnson dance company of Trenton performs “From Africa to America.” 2 p.m. Honk!, Kelsey Theater, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. Witty musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Ugly Duckling.” $20. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. No Name Dance, Central Jersey Dance Society, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-945-1883. Dance lesson followed by open dancing from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. No partner needed. $15. 7:30 p.m. Ginger Coyle, Working Dog Winery, 610 Windsor Perrineville Road, Robbinsville. workingdogwinerynj.com. Live music. Free admission. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wii Bowling, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8901. mcl.org. 10 a.m. Chinese New Year Celebration, HX Chinese School at Plainsboro, State Theater, New Brunswick, 732-829-6755. Dancing, singing, musical instruments, Chinese KungFu, and other entertainment to celebrate Chinese culture. 7 p.m. Indoor Market, West Windsor Community Farmers Market, West Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Road. westwindsorfarmersmarket.org. Local produce, meat, eggs, and more. Live music by the Tritones, food
drive, and a upcycle t-shirt event with Girl Scout Troop 70052. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. T’ai Chi, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. Free. 10 a.m. Mother Bruce Storytime, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, West Windsor, 609-750-9010. barnesandnoble.com. Activities to follow reading. 11 a.m. Common Threads: Introduction to West African Drumming, Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. groundsforsculpture.org. Learn how to approach the drum, as we share the technique, styles, rhythms, and tempos while learning how to play in concert and connect with other drummers. $10. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Read and Explore: Fur, Feathers, Fluﬀ, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Read two stories and learn how animals keep warm in the winter. $7 per child. Register. 10 a.m. Camp College Information Session, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3311. mccc.edu/campcollege. Learn about the camps available this summer. Noon. to 2 p.m. Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Chocolate goods paired with Terhune wines. Noon. to 5 p.m. Science On Saturday, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, 100 Stellarator Road, Plainsboro, 609-243-2484. pppl.gov. “Looking Ahead A Split Second: How The Brain Learns Predictions In An Unpredictable World” presented by Sam Wang of Princeton University. 9:30 a.m. Love Them & Read Them Book Sale, South Brunswick Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction. sbpl.info. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Human Library, La Convivencia, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor. laconvivencia.org. Meeting to initi-
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Honk!, Kelsey Theater, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. Witty musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Ugly Duckling.” $20. 2 p.m. Family Aerial Yoga with Stacy Lamell, Honor Yoga, 3495 Route 1, Princeton, 609-9332900. honoryoga.com/princeton. $25 per family. 5 p.m. Author Discussion and Signing, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, West Windsor, 609-750-9010. barnesandnoble.com. Princeton author Kathryn Watterson leads a discussion and signing of “I Hear My People Singing,” a vivid history of life in Princeton told through the voices of its African-American residents. 2 p.m. Sunday Music Series, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Jerry Steele performs. Noon. to 4 p.m.
Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Chocolate goods paired with Terhune wines. Noon. to 5 p.m. Love Them & Read Them Book Sale, South Brunswick Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction. sbpl.info. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Legendary Leaders!, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-9248777. artscouncilofprinceton.org. Children ages 5 to 10 learn about inspirational leaders and create their own artwork in mixed media in this one-day mini-camp workshop. Register online. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cheese-U Class, Olsson’s Fine Foods, 53 Palmer Square West, Princeton, 609-924-2210. olssonsﬁnefoods.com/events. Mozzarella making. $35. Register. 7 p.m. English as a Second Language, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609275-2897. lmxac.org. Free weekly conversation class. 7 p.m.
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folkdance.org. Lesson followed by dance. Beginners welcome. No partner needed. $5. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. English Conversation Group, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8901. mcl.org. Practice English through informal conversation with other ESL learners. 10 a.m. Cheese-U Class, Olsson’s Fine Foods, 53 Palmer Square West, Princeton, 609-924-2210. olssonsﬁnefoods.com/events. Unexpected pairings. $35. Register. 7 p.m. Stamp Collecting, Hamilton Philatelic Society, Hamilton Library, Justice Samuel Alito Way, Hamilton. hamiltonphilatelic.org. Presentation by Tom DeLuca, a founding member and owner of Trenton Stamp and Coin Co. 7:15 p.m.
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The Theory of Relativity, Westminster Choir College, Yvonne Theater, Rider University, Lawrence, 609-896-7775. rider.edu/arts. A joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill. Preview performance. $9. 7:30 p.m. Information Session, CASA for Children of Mercer County, 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, 609-434-0050. casamercer.org. Seek-
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ing potential volunteer advocates to learn about the 30-hour training program. Court Appointed Special Advocates is a non-proﬁt organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Call to register for training session. 5:30 p.m. Intro to Mindfulness, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609275-8901. mcl.org. Learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lectures, guided mindfulness practices, reﬂections, and group discussions. 7 p.m. Weight-Loss Surgery: Is it Right for Me?, Hamilton Area YMCA, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton. princetonhcs.org/calendar. Free. Register. 6 p.m. T’ai Chi, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. Free. 5 p.m. Tea/Tour/Talk, Morven Museum, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144. morven. org. A 45-minute presentation by Joseph E. Wroblewski to learn more about Commodore Robert F. Stockton and what historians have called his “unceasing quest for fame and glory.” $10. Register. 11 a.m. Socrates Cafe, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. lmxac.org. Discuss the big questions of meaning and ex-
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The Theory of Relativity, Westminster Choir College, Yvonne Theater, Rider University, Lawrence, 609-896-7775. rider.edu/arts. A joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill. $25. 7:30 p.m. Historical Fiction Book Club, Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, 609-921-6748. princetonhistory.org. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. 6:30 p.m. Internet Security, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-2758901. mcl.org. Joshua Stone, owner of Princeton Tiger Tech, teachs you how to browse the Internet safely while taking the necessary precautions to stay virus-and malwarefree on all your devices. 7 p.m. Tech Help, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8901. mcl.org. Get one-on-one help with your gadget. Registration required. 7 p.m. Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Waste: Water Features in the Home Landscape, D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 609-924-4646. drgreenway.org. Presented by John Black, president of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey. Free. Register. 7 p.m. Eating Healthy on a Budget, Wyndhurst at Plainsboro, 900 Wyndhurst Drive, Plainsboro. princetonhcs.org/calendar. Tips on how to make your daily meals healthier while on a budget. Free. Register. 6 p.m. Discharged Home 101: Caring for a Loved One at Home Following a Hospital Stay, South Brunswick Wellness Center, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. princetonhcs. org/calendar. Learn what to ask before discharge and common issues that arise after taking a loved one home from the hospital. Free. Register. 7 p.m. George Washington’s Finest Hour, Prince-
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Maria Schneider Orchestra, McCarter Theater at Matthews, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. mccarter.org. “The Thompson Fields.” 8 p.m. The Theory of Relativity, Westminster Choir College, Yvonne Theater, Rider University, Lawrence, 609-896-7775. rider.edu/arts. A joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill. $25. 7:30 p.m. Moon Over Buﬀalo, Kelsey Theater, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. Comedy about two fading stars of the 1950s who have one last shot to make it big. $18. 8 p.m. Friday Dance Social, Jersey Dance, West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, 609-375-8468. jerseydance.com. $15. 7:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Justin Moore, Cure Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton. cureinsurancearena. com. Country musician performs with Dylan Scott. $29.75 to $49.75. 7:30 p.m. Julia Scotti, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency,
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CALENDAR continued from Page 21 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609987-8018. catcharisingstar.com. 8 p.m. Knit and Crochet Circle, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609275-8901. mcl.org. 2 p.m. Author Morgan Jerkins, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, West Windsor, 609750-9010. barnesandnoble.com. Author Morgan Jerkins discusses her book “This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America.” 7 p.m. AARP Tax Aid, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro. lmxac.org. Free preparation of taxes. Registration required. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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The Theory of Relativity, Westminster Choir College, Yvonne Theater, Rider University, Lawrence, 609-896-7775. rider.edu/arts. A joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill. $25. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, McCarter Theater at Matthews, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. mccarter.org. Meet and interact with a collection of life-like dinosaur puppets presented in an educational live theatrical performance. 3 p.m. Moon Over Buﬀalo, Kelsey Theater, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. Comedy about two fading stars of the 1950s who have one last shot to make it big. $18. 8 p.m. Apparition, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Voice and piano recital featuring George Crumb’s “Apparition” and Christopher Cerrone’s “I will learn to love a person.” $20 donation. 7:30 p.m. Rob Messina, Working Dog Winery, 610 Wind-
sor Perrineville Road, Robbinsville. workingdogwinerynj.com. Live music. Free admission. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Julia Scotti, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609987-8018. catcharisingstar.com. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dollhouse and Miniature Show and Sale, Hightstown Woman’s Club, Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, 320 North Main Street, Hightstown, 609-448-8388. Featuring 24 dealers. Refreshments, snacks, door prizes. $7 admission. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wine Tasting, The Princeton Corckscrew Wine Shop, 49 Hulﬁsh Street, Princeton. palmersquare.com. Meet and learn from winemakers. Free. Register. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. T’ai Chi, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. Free. 10 a.m. Three Centuries of African American Soldiers, Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton. barracks.org. Commemorating African American soldiers that helped shape our nation’s history with historians and reenactors representing the Harlem Hellﬁghters of WWI, 6th Regiment USCT of the Civil War, 369th Regiment portrayed by Ebony Doughboys, and others. $4 per person; $8 per family. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Storytime, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, West Windsor, 609-750-9010. barnesandnoble. com. Activities to follow reading. 11 a.m. Common Threads Book Club, Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. groundsforsculpture.org. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Free with park admission. 1 p.m. Wine Release Party, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Free sample of Terhune’s new wines, live music, and light fare. Noon. to 5 p.m. Book Sale, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. lmxac.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Moon Over Buﬀalo, Kelsey Theater, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. Comedy about two fading stars of the 1950s who have one last shot to make it big. $18. 2 p.m. Beneﬁt Concert, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor. bridgetoturkiye.org. The Central New Jersey branch of the Bridge to Turkiye Fund performs “From Western to Eastern Mediterranean” to raise money for the underprivileged children’s education in Turkey through Aziz Nesin Foundation Mathematical Village. 3 p.m. Purim Palooza, Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, 609-443-4454. bethel.net. Bounce and Play, crafts, games, DJ, and more. $20 per child ages 4 and up. Includes lunch. Register. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Music Series, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Larry Tritel performs. Noon. to 4 p.m. Wine Release Party, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Free sample of Terhune’s new wines, live music, and light fare. Noon. to 5 p.m. Book Sale, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. lmxac.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Max Boot, Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-497-1600. labyrinthbooks.com. History and author Max Boot discusses his book “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.” 6 p.m. Evening Book Group, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609275-8901. mcl.org. “The Great Bridge” by David McCullough. 7 p.m. Cheese-U Class, Olsson’s Fine Foods, 53 Palmer Square West, Princeton, 609-924-2210. ols-
sonsﬁnefoods.com/events. Stinky cheeses. $35. Register. 7 p.m. AARP Tax Aid, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro. lmxac.org. Free preparation of taxes. Registration required. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. English as a Second Language, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609275-2897. lmxac.org. Free weekly conversation class. 7 p.m.
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English Conversation Group, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8901. mcl.org. Practice English through informal conversation with other ESL learners. 10 a.m. Bollywood Dance, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-2758901. mcl.org. Choreographer Pooja Bindal leads a dance to Bollywood tunes. 7 p.m.
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Joshua Kotin & Susan Stewart in Conversation, Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-497-1600. labyrinthbooks.com. Discussion of Kotin’s book “Utopias of One.” 6 p.m. Intro to Mindfulness, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609275-8901. mcl.org. Learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lectures, guided mindfulness practices, reﬂections, and group discussions. 7 p.m. T’ai Chi, Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. Free. 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
Migrations Series: Neel Mukherjee and Jhumpa Lahiri, Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-497-1600. labyrinthbooks.com. As part of the Princeton Migrations Series, a community-wide investigation of the theme of migration taking place throughout the region, author Neel Mukherjee discusses “A State of Freedom” with author Jhumpa Lahiri. 6 p.m.
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CLASSiFiED HELP WANTED WE ARE LOOKING FOR A DENTAL ASSISTANT to join our orthodontic TEAM! Orthodontic experience is preferred. Must have Radiology License. CDA/RDA/COA required. The ideal candidate is energetic & enthusiastic w/a positive attitude & eager to learn. Great beneﬁts & working environment. Approx. 26 hours per week. Submit resume & salary requirements to info@BordentownBraces. com. Call 609-291-8555 with any questions. HIRING TEACHERS: Lightbridge Academy of
Plainsboro is currently accepting applications for early childhood educators to join our team. Looking for qualiﬁed and experienced applicants to ﬁll PT/FT and Floater positions. Must be dependable, have a great work ethic, minimum two years experience with children. Please send resume to plainsboro@ lightbridgeacademy.com.
TRANSCRIPTIONIST -work from home and learn digital court transcription. Income to $30/ hr. Paid 3 month training program. Work 6 hrs./day and 30 hrs./week, during
50 cents a word $10 minimum. For more info call 609-396-1511 business hours. Some overnight and weekend assignments. This isn’t for part-timers. Must have 4 year college degree, be a quick study, have digital audio (unzipping) experience, and have great grammar and proofreading skills. No exceptions. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Deitch at 609-8971200 between the hours of 12pm and 2pm.
HIGH ENERGY, UPBEAT INDIVIDUAL WANTED FOR PART TIME CLERICAL HELP.- Must be happy, responsible, and outgoing – prefer someone who enjoys organizing and administrative tasks. Call
COMPUTER PROBLEM? Or need a used computer in good condition - $80? Call 609275-6930.
JOBS WANTED A FRIENDLY HANDYMAN seeks small jobs. Let me help you with a variety maintenance and repairs around your home. Please call me at 609-275-6930.
A PERSONAL DRIVER seeking to transport commuters, shopping trips, etc. Modern, attractive
car. References provided. Less than commercial taxi services. E-mail to email@example.com or call 609-331-3370.
LEGAL SERVICES LEGAL SERVICES. House calls - Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Personal State and Federal Taxes - Call Bruce 609-799-4674 or 609-721-4358.
DO YOU HAVE AN ELDERLY PARENT OR LOVED ONE THAT NEEDS NURTURING COMPANIONSHIP FOR A FEW HOURS
A DAY? Do you need some time to catch up on things, or just give yourself a much-needed break, knowing that your elderly loved one is cared for? I live locally and do not work for an agency. Please contact Kim Monteiro, 732-284-6507.
INSTRUCTION PRO GUITAR, BASS, AND UKULELE LESSONS. Pop, rock, jazz, classical, etc. Home or studio, introductory lesson for $25. RDC Music, 609-346-2057. MUSIC LESSONS: Piano, guitar, drum, sax,
clarinet, voice, ﬂute, trumpet, violin, cello, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, uke, and more. $32 half hour. Summer Music Camp. Call today! Montgomery 609-924-8282. West Windsor 609-897-0032. www.farringtonsmusic.com.
OFFICE EQUIPMENT FREE OFFICE FURNITURE: Desks, chairs, ﬁling cabinets, cubicles, etc. Our ofﬁce is expanding, and moving to a new, larger location. Everything must go & everything is FREE. Call Rich Abrams for details & information, 609-731-5638.
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LIST 800K SOLD 760K
LIST 735K SOLD 725K
LIST 734K SOLD 734K
LIST 685K SOLD 683,500K
16 Taunton Ct. West Windsor. I LISTED AND I BROUGHT THE BUYERS.
3 Victoria Pl. West Windsor.
12 Haskel Dr. West Windsor.
10 Fairfax Ct. West Windsor.
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LIST 629K SOLD 640K
LIST 595K SOLD 590K
LIST 589K SOLD 580K
LIST 549K SOLD 549K
LIST 509K SOLD 506K
30 Monterey Dr. West Windsor.
36 Endeavor Blvd. East Windsor.
17 Melville Rd. West Windsor.
121 Rabbit Hill Rd. West Windsor. I LISTED AND I BROUGHT THE BUYERS.
14 Dunbar. West Windsor.
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LIST 419K SOLD 412K
LIST 429K SOLD 435K
LIST 359,900K SOLD 360K
LIST 350K SOLD 355K
11 Jasmine Dr. Burlington
164 Conover Rd. West Windsor.
368 Blanketflower Ln. West Windsor.
120 Tunicflower Ln. West Windsor. I LISTED AND I BROUGHT THE BUYERS.
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LIST 230K SOLD 230K
LIST 495K SOLD 495K
LIST 779K SOLD 800K
LIST 459,900K SOLD 440K
LIST 329,900K SOLD 325K
26 Topaz Ln. Hamilton
7 Princeton Pl. West Windsor.
5 Springhill Dr. West Windsor. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
89 Einstein. East Windsor. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
47 Temple Ct. Hopewell. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
LIST 264,900K SOLD 255K
LIST 262,500K SOLD 255K
LIST 399,900K SOLD 390K
LIST 649,900K SOLD 665K
15 Gregory Dr. Hamilton. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
11 Coral Dr. Hamilton. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
7 Plantation Way. Upper Freehold. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
10 Columbia Pl. West Windsor. I BROUGHT THE BUYER.
DIRECT/CELL: 609-903-9098 • OFFICE: 609-987-8889 DONNALUCARELLI25@GMAIL.COM 24THE NEWS | February 15, 2018
All stats from Trend MLS 2008 to 2/15/18.
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