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Underneath the Arches:

Exploring the Lintels, Portals, and Tunnels of Princeton University


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64 TENOR ON TRACK

UNDERNEATH THE ARCHES BY ILENE DUBE

BY ANNE LEVIN

Exploring the lintels, portals, and tunnels of Princeton University

Princeton-raised Jonathan Tetelman is one of opera’s rising stars 44

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ANXIETY IN THE CORONAVIRUS ERA

VOICE OF THE DELAWARE

BY WENDY GREENBERG

BY LORI GOLDSTEIN

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Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum advocates for environmental rights

Area mental health experts offer advice for managing stress 52

BOOK SCENE

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BY STUART MITCHNER

Going places between covers is the best therapy

THE EXTRAORDINARY LEGACY OF OSWALD VEBLEN

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BY DONALD GILPIN

Celebrating his many gifts to Princeton — in woodlands and mathematics, for town and gown 30

JERSEY SHORE OCEAN RESCUE LIFEGUARDS BY TAYLOR SMITH

Well trained and ready to serve 64

STEP BACK IN TIME AT TYVAN HILL

FASHION & DESIGN

BY LAURIE PELLICHERO

Mansion in May 2020 Designer Showhouse and Gardens presents “Splendor in September” 38

ON THE COVER: Holder Tower, Rockefeller College, Princeton University. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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| FROM THE EdiTOR Bob Hillier and I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the efforts of our dedicated staff for publishing Princeton Magazine and Town Topics Newspaper throughout the pandemic. We persevered during the worst of the shutdown with the support of our valued advertisers and devoted readers. Together, we are Princeton Strong! Bob and I would also like to congratulate Charles Plohn for his promotion to Advertising Director of Witherspoon Media Group. Charles is a lifelong Princetonian and in addition to his marketing expertise, he is a talented photographer. The cover image of Holder Tower was taken by Charles, along with several photos in an article about the arches of Princeton University. Ilene Dube’s story explores the namesakes, legends, and traditions tied to these magnificent arches. The James Johnson Arch in East Pyne Hall is of particular importance, given the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the globe. Johnson was a runaway slave from Maryland in 1843 when he found his way to Princeton and worked as a janitor at Nassau Hall. A student from Maryland recognized and reported Johnson, resulting in a trial for his extradition. He dramatically escaped re-enslavement when the great-granddaughter of John Witherspoon purchased his freedom for $500, which he eventually repaid. After a fire destroyed the original Nassau Hall, Johnson lost his job and students raised $100 so he could start a business. He opened a used clothing and furniture store on Witherspoon Street and sold fruit and candy to students from a wheelbarrow he pushed through campus until his death in 1902. Alumni and students paid for his burial at Princeton Cemetery and his gravestone is engraved with an epitaph which pays tribute to Johnson as “The Students Friend.” Donald Gilpin’s article about Oswald Veblen is another story which ties Princeton’s history to current-day events. Veblen was a brilliant mathematician who brought Albert Einstein and other Jewish scholars to Princeton at the outbreak of World War II. He played a prominent role in founding the Institute for Advanced Study and acquiring land for the Institute Woods. Veblen was an advocate of refugee scholars and believed the Institute should accept scholars based on merit, without regard to religion, race, nationality, or gender. Veblen married an avid gardener and they lived in a cottage off Snowden Lane where they tended the woodland trails. The property became Princeton’s first nature preserve and is currently being restored by Friends of Herrontown Woods. Jumping to a present-day advocate, Maya van Rossum is the official Delaware Riverkeeper and has spent 25 years protecting the river and its watershed. She is a licensed environmental attorney and a published author on

Photography by Charles R. Plohn

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the subject. During Lori Goldstein’s interview, van Rossum speaks passionately about launching a Green Amendment movement to advance constitutional environmental rights across the country. The natural beauty of the Delaware River is a calming antidote to a changed and uncertain new reality. Learn from the experts about other ways to improve mental health and reduce coronavirus anxiety in Wendy Greenberg’s article. Opera star Jonathan Tetelman spent the first few weeks of the pandemic sheltering in his parents’ house in Princeton. Anne Levin interviewed Tetelman about growing up in Princeton and his positive experiences at the American Boychoir School. His European and Buenos Aires concerts were canceled, and he spoke to Anne of his eagerness to return to the stage and a live audience. Thank goodness the beaches at the Jersey shore are open for a much-needed reprieve! Before diving into the surf, read Taylor Smith’s article on what it takes to be a member of the Beach Patrol. These ocean rescue lifeguards need to be in top physical condition and complete 75 hours of training in swimming, deep water diving, and running. They are required to pass written tests and become CPR-AED certified and aquatic medical first responders. If you have been dreaming about owning a beach house, check out the WellDesigned Life pages for inspiration. Those more inclined to dream of a country estate will enjoy Laurie Pellichero’s article about the “Splendor in September” Designer Showhouse and Gardens featuring Tyvan Hill, an elegant mansion built in the 1920s. Bob Hillier and I hope you enjoy the summer, stay safe, and remember to shop local. Thank you,

James Johnson standing at his table and wheelbarrow, circa 1881. (Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library)

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Underneath the

Arches EXPLORING THE LINTELS , P ORTALS , AND T UNNELS OF P RINCETON U NIVERSITY By Ilene Dube

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everal years ago, during a summer rainstorm of biblical proportions, I found myself trapped on the Princeton University campus. My car was parked on University Place, and, wading through eight inches of water, I saw that all the arches on the western side of campus had become waterfalls. Foaming liquid rushed down the stairways, like Princeton’s own Niagara Falls. I sought shelter in the University Store, but the combination of the air conditioning and my

now-soaked clothing made my teeth rattle, so I found a spot under an awning outside where I had a front-row seat to Blair Arch. It, too, had become a waterfall. Built in 1897, Blair Arch was at one time a gateway to the University — vintage photographs show the Dinky station located on the lawn in front of its grand staircase. I have heard a cappella groups performing in Blair Arch, their sound resonating against the stone, and Blair Arch is where many a bride and groom, dressed in white lace and black

tails, pose for wedding photographs. I wasn’t alone under the awning. About 25 people had gathered beneath the makeshift shelter, and I was beginning to feel like an intruder. Suddenly the rain let up and water stopped flowing from the mouth of the arch. A young couple appeared at the top of the steps to the gothic structure. Several of the folks who had been under the awning jumped out with video cameras as the young man under the arch dropped to his knees and opened a tiny box. The woman’s

A view of Alexander Hall through the Blair Arch, Princeton University. Photo courtesy of the Collection of The Historical Society of Princeton.

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Blair Arch. Photo by Charles R. Plohn.


hands went to her face, as if in disbelief — you could see her lips mouthing “oh my god.” Several more colluders appeared on the steps carrying big letters spelling out, “Will you marry me?” Two of the men under the awning introduced themselves as the fathers of the bride and groom. I congratulated them, assuming the young woman did say “yes.” One of the most beloved spots on campus, Blair Arch was designed by the Philadelphia-based architectural firm Cope and Stewardson, considered masters of the Collegiate Gothic style, and was featured prominently in the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001), starring Russell Crowe as Nobel Prizewinning economist/mathematician John Nash and Jennifer Connelly as physicist Alicia Nash. Other films featuring the iconic architectural element include Scent of a Woman (1992) and several commercials, as well as a magazine ad for Rolls-Royce. Blair Hall, the University’s first Collegiate Gothic dormitory, was a gift of John Insley Blair (1802-1899), a trustee of Princeton from 1866 to 1899. At one time Blair was president of 16 railroads and was reputed to own more miles of railroad rightof-way than any other man in the world. Having the Dinky traverse right up to the foot of Blair Arch, though convenient for boarding, was not without its flaws. The puffing engine parked below kept students awake at night and the soot from its smokestack blew into their rooms. In 1918 the railroad station near the foot of the steps was moved a quarter mile south. (In recent years, the track was further shortened to accommodate the Lewis Center for the Arts.) Blair Arch’s beauty has caught the eye, if not the lens, of many an artist including John Taylor Arms (1887-1953), whose etching is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection, and Thomas Wood Stevens (1880-1942), in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

An archway at Pyne Library. Pyne Library is now known as the East Pyne Building. Photo courtesy of the Collection of The Historical Society of Princeton.

It has been said that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ghost prowls near Blair Arch; it is mentioned twice in his novel This Side of Paradise and once in Emotional Bankruptcy.

FORM AND FUNCTION

“Since ancient times, the use of arches, vaults, and domes in masonry construction allowed engineers and architects to design structures that would span greater distances and cover larger areas,” says Princeton University Architect Emeritus Jon D. Hlafter. “The most expressive and impressive use these engineering tools became symbols of great achievements (triumphal arches) and great aspirations (the U.S. Capitol). In addition, impressive archways have been used to mark special entrances or portals to special places, like medieval castles and churches as well as Oxford and Cambridge Colleges. “As an architect and campus planner at Princeton, I became very interested in how archways came to mark and even symbolize entrance and passage here,” continues Hlafter. Blair Arch symbolized Princeton’s aspirations to be regarded in the same class as Oxford and Cambridge. FROM ONE ARCHWAY TO ANOTHER

One of the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic is how it enables us to be grateful for, and FitzRandolph Gate. Photo by Charles R. Plohn.

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was largely symbolic in the early years. It was kept closed and locked except at graduation or P-rade until the Class of 1970 ensured that the FitzRandolph Gate would remain open to the town and the world beyond it. Their class motto, “Together for Community,” is inscribed in the east pillar of the gateway. There’s actually a system of connection between the arches. “Pyne Library (now East Pyne) was constructed with two smaller archways in sequence to continue and mark the route into the center of the campus from a public street (William Street),” says Hlafter. “A series of archways through Holder and Campbell halls into the inner campus mark an entrance from Nassau Street, while somewhat less focused archways along University Place provide campus access to important campus pathways at Lockhart Arch and at the smaller of Blair’s two archways. While seldom serving as places of entrance by the general public, several archways at Whitman College (a 21st-century example of the Collegiate Gothic style) do provide architecturally enhanced passage to and from courtyards.” Henry Hall. Photo by Charles R. Plohn.

find beauty in, the things that surround us. Not that many of us took for granted the University campus, often cited as the prettiest in America, but the plethora of arches, creating connections on campus, adds to that beauty. One of the first buildings visitors to campus see, when approaching from the Washington Road Allee, is the boathouse. Its broadly arched windows,

reflected in Carnegie Lake, echo the arches of the nearby stone bridge. During Hurricane Irene, the boathouse arches were diminished by four feet when water from the lake flooded the building. Though not an arch, FitzRandolph Gate, designed by legendary architectural firm McKim, Meade and White, is the official entrance to the University. Erected in 1905, its use as an entrance

DOUBLES AND TRIPLES

Rothschild Arch — actually, a double set of pointytopped passageways — dedicated in 1930, was designed by Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942), whose work included New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine and parts of Princeton’s Trinity Church, as well as the Princeton University Graduate College, Cleveland Tower, and the Princeton University

The Boathouse. Photo by Charles R. Plohn.

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Chapel. The pair of arches connect the Chapel to Dickinson Hall. The Rothschilds, for whom it was named, were the owners of Abraham & Strauss, at one time a major department store in Brooklyn, N.Y. Henry Hall and Foulke Hall are joined by a set of three arches, opening to University Place. They provide a campus entrance from Dickinson Street on the west. 1879 Arch marks campus access to and from Prospect Avenue on the east and is best known for its gargoyle, “Monkey with a Camera,” carved by Gutzon Borglum, who went on to carve Mount Rushmore. (It should be noted that Borglum, according to the Washington Post and Smithsonian magazine, had ties with white supremacy organizations and aligned himself with the Ku Klux Klan.) Prospect Street is framed by the arch, where two stone tigers are perched. Nearby is McCosh Arch, with a gargoyle of a football player sprinting toward an end zone. “For me, 1879 Arch conjures up a remembered rite of passage,” recollects Hlafter. “For most of the 20th century, the route of the annual Reunions P-rade passed through that portal on its way to a public review by spectators along Prospect Avenue. Members of the senior class would ‘fall in’ at the end of the line of march as it passed through the archway. I still remember passing through that archway in 1961 as THE moment when my classmates and I joined the ranks of Princeton alumni.” Hlafter was saddened by the change that rerouted

Robertson Hall. Photo by Charles R. Plohn.

the P-rade through the heart of the campus to the playfields, largely along Elm Drive, “far from my remembered event of passage at 1879 Hall,” he says. “I felt that the new alternate of marching under a wind-blown arch of orange and black balloons on the fields was a diminished experience for both seniors and alumni. Consequently, I prevailed on the architect of Bloomberg Hall, completed in 2004, to incorporate a passageway to the playfields from Elm Drive. As a result, each senior class now passes through a modern portal before taking part in the modern tradition of rushing onto the field for review by the president and alumni.” The cloister-like arches connecting Holder, Madison, and Hamilton halls, at Rockefeller College, were shown in scenes from the movie Admission (2013, from the book by former Princeton resident Jean Hanff Korelitz, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd) as well as in Ralph Lauren commercials. Most recently the easternmost arch in East Pyne Hall was renamed for James Collins “Jimmy” Johnson, a former enslaved man who worked on campus for

Holder Hall. Photo by Charles R. Plohn.

more than 60 years until his death in 1902. In recommending the arch be named for Johnson, the Naming Committee said “we believe his story should be brought to the attention of future generations of Princetonians by associating his name with an arch that looks out on the places where he befriended students and sold his wares, but also one that looks out at the statue of John Witherspoon, one of the first nine Princeton presidents, all of whom were slaveholders at one point in their lives. Johnson’s experiences with Princeton students, both being turned into authorities as a fugitive slave and being befriended and defended, reflect the complex history on our campus with African Americans and with the institution of slavery.” Arches are a hallmark of Collegiate Gothic architecture, a style with roots in the Medieval Gothic style that was popular in the early 1900s, but not all arches are of the Collegiate Gothic variety. The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs’ Robertson Hall, designed by Minoru Yamasaki and completed in 1965, is like a modernist Greek temple with long tapering columns that form a series of arches. Although an official tour of the University arches could not be found during the pandemic, when the University is closed, one can see arches everywhere: at Murray-Dodge in the center of campus, at the entry to Firestone Library, in the tower atop Richardson Auditorium, and at the entry to and inside of the University Chapel. If walking under an arch brings good fortune, then there is lots to be had during a stroll through the campus. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The Arches of Princeton, Princeton University, 1989. A Pictorial History of Town and Campus by Greif, Gibbons, & Menzies, Princeton University Press, 1967. Princeton University: An Architectural Tour by Raymond P. Rhinehart, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.


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VOICE OF THE DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER MAYA VAN ROSSUM ADVOCATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS BY LORI GOLDSTEIN PHOTOS COURTESY OF DELAWARERIVERKEEPER.ORG

Maya van Rossum and her son, Wim.

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s the Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum is the voice of the Delaware River as well as the leader of a staff of attorneys, scientists, grassroots organizers, and 25,000 member advocates who comprise the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN). Whenever she speaks, her voice is passionate, energetic, and confident. She is also the author of a landmark book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment, in which she argues that since existing environmental laws have failed us, each state must protect its inalienable right to a healthy environment with a Green Amendment to its constitution’s Bill of Rights. And she has launched a national Green Amendment movement to advance constitutional environmental rights across our country. The first time I heard van Rossum speak publicly was at a Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) meeting in December 2019. The DRBC is the agency charged with managing the Basin’s water resources. The governors of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, plus a representative from the federal government, form the Commission, with the objectives of protecting water quality and a sustainable water supply. At the meeting, she and some 100-plus fellow activists, dressed in neon-green shirts and headbands that said “No PennEast,” were there to protest the controversial PennEast pipeline

DRN advocates along the banks of the Delaware, after their protest against the PennEast pipeline during a DRBC meeting.

that would run beneath Pennsylvania and cross the Delaware into New Jersey. Each activist had three minutes to read a portion from a 16-page community comment. When DRBC Director Steve Tambini referred to their “prepared script,” van Rossum grabbed the microphone to say she strongly objected to his attitude toward their

Maya van Rossum speaks at an anti-fracking rally.

commentary, which represented the serious concerns of community members in both states, some of whom had traveled five hours by bus. How does she speak with such feistiness and authority? As the Delaware Riverkeeper for more than 25 years, van Rossum “protect[s] the

Delaware River and its watershed, 13,539 square miles of land spanning ... Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.” A licensed environmental attorney, she commands respect with her expertise as the community-appointed custodian of this domain. Beginning with the East and West branches in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the Delaware forms a natural border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey until it meets tidewater at Trenton, then flows through Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington, and ultimately, after its 330-mile journey, empties into the Atlantic Ocean. American Rivers, a national advocacy organization, named the Delaware River its 2020 River of the Year. This honorary designation celebrates its great progress and ongoing work towards clean water and river restoration. In The Green Amendment, van Rossum explains the countless threats to animal, plant, and human life. The chapter “Living in the Sacrifice Zone” describes the plight of the Atlantic sturgeon, a genetically unique fish found nowhere in the world except the Delaware River. Prized for its eggs, the sturgeon made “the Delaware the caviar capital of North America” in the 19th century; now it is on the federal Endangered Species list, with only 300 spawning adults left. As noted in the book, “Dredging and deepening of the Delaware River’s main navigation channel to accommodate larger ships take a significant toll on the species.” While water quality in the River has improved over the years, there are still many concerns. Fish SUMMER 2020 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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such as shad and striped bass fare better than the sturgeon but are not back to the historic numbers of the early 1900s. In the chapter “Fracking Away Our Future,” van Rossum writes that the Dominion fracking company informed Southwestern Pennsylvania farmer Terry Greenwood that while he had property rights to his land, he didn’t have mineral rights. Dominion constructed two industrial fracking wells so close to his groundwater wells and pond that his cattle started dying at unprecedented rates and the well water was so contaminated it resembled iced tea. The property value of his farm was drastically reduced, but more importantly, he had an early death at age 66 due to brain cancer. Pennsylvania — like West Virginia, Ohio, and New York — has a robust fracking industry that’s highly damaging to our health and environment, says van Rossum. Using excessive amounts of water and chemicals to pressure-release natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, fracking companies rob communities of fresh water, have contaminated drinking water beneath the surface, and produce wastewater that contains carcinogens and radioactive materials. Fracking is a significant source of methane, a climate-changing gas more dangerous than carbon dioxide, especially when we look forward 20 years, the time we have left to make needed change, she notes. To help the reader understand why so many communities are in environmental crisis, van Rossum’s book explores how current environmental laws focus too much on permitting pollution rather than preventing it. She traces the history of the Green Amendments, which currently exist in the state constitutions of only Pennsylvania and Montana. Pennsylvania’s amendment, Article 1, Section 27, was written in 1971 by legislator Franklin Kury. “For 49 years, we had this great Green Amendment language in the constitution but legally there was no benefit for the people of Pennsylvania, because according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, it was just policy,” says van Rossum. “The way I describe policy is, policy is good advice; you can take it or you can leave it, and in Pennsylvania they left it.” It wasn’t until 2012, when attorney Jordan Yeager litigated on behalf of the DRN and seven Pennsylvania towns against the notorious Act 13 — a seeming giveaway to the fracking industry — that it was found to be unconstitutional according to the Green Amendment. Van Rossum maintains that our right to a healthy environment is as inalienable as our rights to freedom of speech and religion. She also cautions that such well-intentioned laws as the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act have not protected us sufficiently. She implores us to “turn our attention now to constitutional rights” to better enable us to succeed “where even the most elaborate and well-intentioned legislation has failed.”

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In New Jersey, there is currently bipartisan support for a Green Amendment in both the Assembly and the Senate, with Democrat Linda Greenstein and Republican Kip Bateman as the Senate’s co-sponsors. What this bipartisanship shows and “what I believe is one of the powers of a Green Amendment, is that it does span all political parties, all communities, all ethnicities, all income levels — because we all need clean water and clean air to have healthy lives,” says van Rossum. “So it’s hard for a legislator to come out and say ‘I don’t believe in your child’s right to clean water and clean air,’ and that’s literally what they’d have to do if they choose not to support a Green Amendment.” Van Rossum exhorts us to “change our constitutions, to recognize that our right to life, liberty, happiness, and a clean and healthy environment far outshadows the rights of others to pollute for profit.” The DRN has achieved a moratorium on any new fracking in the watershed, but there are countless imminent proposals, such as the PennEast pipeline, which would adversely affect Hunterdon and Mercer counties. “New Jersey has long thought of itself as an environmental leader, passing strong laws to protect New Jersey’s environment,” she says. In September 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration battled against PennEast, winning a Third Circuit court decision that said New Jersey had sovereign immunity; PennEast could not seize the land under the principle of eminent domain. The company has appealed to the Supreme Court and convinced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to declare that the circuit court misinterpreted the law. PennEast countered by dividing the project into two phases — one in Pennsylvania, the second in New Jersey — but in 2014, the DRN set a precedent with the Northeast Upgrade project, proving “segmentation” of this kind was illegal according to the National Environmental Policy Act. The DRN is going through the steps right now to challenge the legality of PennEast’s segmentation. PennEast is also trying to get out from under the authority of the DRBC, which “has clear authority to regulate the pipeline.” According to van Rossum, another serious environmental threat is the proposal for the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility to be located in Gibbstown, New Jersey, on the Delaware. It would involve the transportation of highly explosive LNG by truck and by rail, through densely populated areas, to Gibbstown where it would be loaded on ships for export to nations overseas. “There are a lot of people that live in the Delaware River watershed, between Gibbstown and Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, where this gas is fracked,” says van Rossum. “We know from experts that it’s very dangerous to transport gas that way, especially since the railcars still operate under 50-year-old standards. The facility is already a contaminated site, what will it mean for the water quality of the Delaware River? LNG ships going up and down the river would be another hazard for species like the Atlantic sturgeon.”

“New Jersey is a beautiful state,” says van Rossum. “It has been a leader on so many environmental fronts. It now has the opportunity to be the first state to pass a modern-day Green Amendment and help lead our national movement.” She notes that any New Jersey resident can get involved. The Green Amendments for the Generations website, forthegenerations.org, where the book is also available, provides many paths to learn more and a forum to voice one’s support for the passage of a Green Amendment in New Jersey. While safeguarding the Delaware River watershed is her primary role, van Rossum is also an itinerant environmentalist. If you look at her monthly calendar on the Delawareriverkeeper. org or forthegenerations.org websites, you will see that it is filled with webinars and virtual speaking engagements across the country, which she would normally do in person. She is particularly excited about her alliance with activists in New Mexico interested in advancing a Green Amendment in their state, where the fossil fuel industry reigns supreme. “The level of positive energy is off the charts,” she says. “Every conversation ends with ‘what can I do to make this happen now?’ The fossil fuel industry is sucking up and contaminating the limited amounts of water. Indigenous communities [Native Americans] are being particularly hard hit. The heavy bootprint of the fossil fuel industry is a primary driver for their interest in a Green Amendment.” In Vermont, Senator Christopher Bray, impressed by van Rossum’s presentation, has taken the lead, issuing a Green Amendment proposal in February 2020. Coincidentally, her 23-year-old daughter, Anneke, a Vermont Law School student, is leading the grassroots campaign. I jokingly suggested she might want to think about cloning herself. Van Rossum is bent on securing Green Amendments in all 50 states, leading to a national movement for a federal Green Amendment. She has also inspired Green Amendment proposals in New York, West Virginia, and Maryland. When asked about how her interest in the environment began, van Rossum, who grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania, says, “I often played in the creek near my home, and my mom didn’t mind that I was always bringing home wounded animals. She also instilled in me the sense of what is right versus what is wrong: when you see an injustice, you intervene. Nature does not have a voice, so it is up to us to protect it.” There is no lack of injustice, or energy, in Maya van Rossum. Wherever she speaks, she says she gets the same reaction. “People become excited about the idea that a Green Amendment can involve them in the decision-making process in the beginning, where they have the greatest impact — before pollution and any other environmental harm occur,” she says. “The reality that they are the ones that can drive that change by advancing a Green Amendment, that the power is genuinely with the people — they’re excited by that.”


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The Extraordinary Legacy of

Oswald Veblen

Celebrating His Many Gifts to Princeton — in Woodlands and Mathematics, for Town and Gown

By Donald Gilpin Photographs courtesy of the Institute for Advanced Study

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(Photo by Wilhelm Johann Eugen Balschke from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, 1936.)


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his June 24 marked the 140 th anniversary of the birth of Oswald Veblen. Veblen’s Princeton legacy – at Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the town – has been monumental, and now, through the Friends of Herrontown Woods (FOHW), Princeton is preparing to deliver a gift in return. FOHW, a nonprofit, volunteer-led cultural and environmental organization, is eager to honor the legacy of Veblen and his wife Elizabeth as it continues to restore and preserve the 95 acres of Herrontown Woods, now Herrontown Arboretum, that the Veblens donated to Mercer County in 1957 and 1974, with Princeton receiving it by transfer from Mercer County in 2017. The FOHW, which will soon sign a formal lease with the town, is moving forward in assembling a team of architects, builders, and volunteer workers to formulate plans for repairs to the Veblen House and Cottage. They are also creating an outdoor exhibit on Veblen using the boarded-up windows of the house as exhibit space, a “Windows into the Past” to tell stories about the Veblens, who moved into what came to be known as the Veblen House in 1941. Veblen, his extraordinary achievements, his legacy, and its lessons for today were the basis of Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber’s 2020 State of the University letter to the community in February. Eisgruber highlighted Veblen’s contributions to the world of mathematics and the world-famous Princeton University Department of Mathematics, Veblen’s influence in the founding of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and bringing about its location in Princeton rather than Newark, and his accomplishments in bringing hundreds of refugees to IAS, Princeton, and other U.S. universities in the 1930s.

His story, Eisgruber wrote on “The President’s Page” of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, “not only illuminates Princeton’s past but also illustrates how today’s actions can shape the University for decades into the future.” Describing Veblen as “a faculty member with tremendous vision and constructive energy” who “probably did as much as anyone to reform and improve this University,” Eisgruber emphasized Veblen’s “humanitarian courage” in his insistence on bringing refugees, like Jewish emigres Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, and Eugene Wigner, to Princeton, “to the great benefit of this University and our country.” Eisgruber continued, “At a time when anti-Semitism and nativism are on the rise, we need to remember the principles he exemplified.” In his State of the University report, Eisgruber cited Veblen’s “critical role in rescuing Jewish scholars from persecution in Europe.” He noted, “Veblen worked with the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars to accommodate refugees at Princeton and elsewhere in the country. The scholars whom Veblen helped bring to Princeton included professors of mathematics, physics, economics, and art history.” The FOHW “Windows into the Past” exhibit, to be mounted in the coming months, will expand on these stories of Veblen’s life and more. It will feature photos and narrative from Veblen’s Norwegian ancestry and his boyhood in Iowa in the 1880s and 1890s to his prominent role in the Princeton University Department of Mathematics and in the founding and growth of the Institute for Advanced Study in the 1920s and 1930s. It will also focus on his leadership in founding Princeton’s open space movement and the impact of his rich legacy in the present.

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Veblen returned to Princeton University in 1919, was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences that same year, and quickly rose to become an advocate for mathematics and research mathematicians. The status of European university mathematicians at the time was generally higher than that of Americans, and the European faculty members had lighter teaching loads and more freedom to focus on research and advanced students. Mathematics at Princeton continued to rise in national and international prominence, with the department becoming one of the leading math departments in the country, but there was no math building, and most Princeton mathematicians had no offices and worked from home. Veblen, who had traveled extensively in Europe and observed universities in Germany and elsewhere, believed strongly in the value of personal interaction, intellectual dialogue, and a community of scholars. He pushed for Princeton to create a home for its math department. The necessary funds were donated as a memorial to Dean Fine, who had been struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle on Nassau Street in 1928, and it was decided that Fine Hall, rather James Alexander, Albert Einstein, Frank Aydelotte, Oswald Veblen, Marston Morse. (Photographer unknown, from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, mid 1940s.) than a wing added to the physics building, would be a separate building. Veblen took over the planning of the new Fine Hall. “While Fine Hall proved itself to be a building of exceptional utility, FROM IOWA TO PRINCETON the most striking feature was its opulence,” wrote Batterson. “Lavish oak paneling, carved figures, and fireplaces were incorporated throughout. It Veblen, born in 1880, grew up the oldest of eight children in a Norwegian was all Veblen’s doing. He believed that mathematical research was a high immigrant family in Iowa City, Iowa, where his father was a professor of calling and that scholars deserved comfort and consideration.” physics and mathematics at the University of Iowa. Veblen graduated from All research faculty members received offices, and there was a spacious the University of Iowa at age 18 then taught for a year before going to library, a common room, and a professors’ room. There was also 24-hour Harvard University for a second undergraduate degree. He went on to the access and daily afternoon teas, designed to promote study and interaction. University of Chicago, where he studied with the renowned mathematician At the dedication ceremony when Fine Hall opened in 1931, Veblen E.H. Moore, earned his doctoral degree, and remained for two additional stated that Princeton and other research universities “are beginning to feel years of study, teaching, research, and writing. the necessity of providing centers about which people of like intellectual Veblen came to Princeton University in 1905 to join the mathematics interests can group themselves for mutual encouragement and support, and department and immediately began work with another young instructor, where the young recruit and the old campaigner can have those informal and Luther Eisenhart, and Dean of the Faculty Henry Fine to advance the cause easy contacts that are so important to each of them.” of mathematics at the University and throughout the country. Fine Hall was renamed as Jones Hall in 1971 when a newer math “The year 1905 marks the beginning of Princeton’s ascendance to building was constructed. world-class mathematics standing,” wrote Steve Batterson in a May 2007 As Eisgruber wrote in his State of the University letter, “Oswald Veblen American Mathematical Society journal article on “The Vision, Insight, and understood that people are the heart and soul of a great university, and he Influence of Oswald Veblen.” “Veblen’s fingerprints immediately appear all also understood that thoughtfully designed buildings can stimulate the over the University’s successful efforts to recruit promising young talent.” collaborations, activity, insights, and friendships that animate a scholarly Veblen was also making progress on his work on projective geometry, a community. His vision for the old Fine Hall, and its timely completion, project that culminated in a classic text on the subject. He was promoted to attracted brilliant thinkers to Princeton and forged a scholarly legacy that full professor in 1910, as his status grew rapidly in the world of mathematics. remains vibrant almost a century later.” At the onset of World War I, Veblen’s focus shifted to the war effort. “This career move illustrated his modus operandi,” wrote Batterson. “Veblen AN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND GRADUATE EDUCATION was a visionary with an unusual capacity for implementation and realization of his ideas. In this case he wanted to utilize his skills to benefit the Army.” As Veblen was planning Fine Hall in the summer of 1930, he learned He enlisted when the U.S. entered the war in 1917. During his college that the Bambergers, who had sold their department store chain to the Macy years in Iowa he had won prizes in sharpshooting, as well as math, and Company just before the 1929 stock market crash, had donated $5 million he brought those skills together in service to the war effort as he assumed to fund the creation of an institution devoted entirely to graduate education charge of experimental ballistics at the new Aberdeen Proving Ground in and research. Maryland. With the help of other young mathematicians he had helped Louis Bamberger and his sister Carrie Fuld were set on Newark for the to recruit, Veblen worked on understanding and predicting the flight of location of the Institute for Advanced Study, but Abraham Flexner, who artillery shells and bombs, a ballistics project that has been cited as an had been chosen to direct the institute, was attracted to Princeton, a site important step in the development of computational mathematics and the originally proposed to him by Veblen. computer — an endeavor that Veblen was to take up again in the 1930s The two men had long envisioned such an institute, and Flexner was when he helped bring to Princeton the computer pioneers Alan Turing and ready to begin his institute with mathematics. Fine Hall, headquarters of John von Neumann. Princeton’s golden age of mathematics, became the home of the Institute

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Veblen at the International Congress of Mathematicians at Harvard University. (Photographer unknown, from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, 1950.)

Elizabeth Veblen serving tea. (Photographer unknown, from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, undated.)

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for Advanced Study for its first years, until the building of the Institute’s Fuld Hall in 1939. The IAS opened in 1932 with Veblen and Albert Einstein its first members, but Veblen’s persistent advocacy did not end there, as he selected most of the original faculty and took charge in selecting the land in western Princeton on which the Institute currently resides. A New Home for foreigN ScHolArS

In 1957, the Veblens donated the first 81 acres of Herrontown Woods to Mercer County, and it became Princeton and Mercer County’s first nature preserve, a place “where you can get away from cars and just go walk and sit,” Veblen wrote. In 1958 the Mercer County Parks Commission was created. After Veblen and his wife moved into what is now known as the Veblen House in the woods of eastern Princeton, he would give talks about the geometry of trails, and the next day he would be clearing poison ivy from the towpath, said FOHW President Steve Hiltner, a botanist, naturalist, musician, and writer. “He did his best thinking chopping wood. Veblen, the ‘woodchopping professor,’ not only valued walking in the woods but also led his colleagues on workdays to keep the trails open.” Hiltner continued, “He saw synergy between the intellectual and the physical. There was a hands-brain-mind link that made him so productive.” Hiltner noted how Einstein would visit Veblen in the cottage on Saturday afternoons, and they would spend the afternoon “discussing things, getting away from the Institute, experiencing a simpler life.” Oswald Veblen died in 1960. When Elizabeth Veblen died in 1974, an additional 14 acres, along with the house and cottage, became part of Herrontown Woods bequeathed to the county. Over the years the property became increasingly neglected, with the Veblen House and Cottage boarded up and the trails overgrown, until 2013 when a few local nature enthusiasts and artists began clearing trails. The Friends of Herrontown Woods, inspired by the Veblen’s legacy, became an official nonprofit, and, as Hiltner noted, “their beloved Veblen house and Herrontown Woods are again becoming a place for people to gather and explore.”

When Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933, distinguished scholars were forced to leave many of Germany’s most prominent universities. The timing was perfect for Veblen and Flexner’s recruitment efforts. Einstein, who had been targeted by the Nazis in Germany, was joined in 1933 by Hermann Weyl, mathematics luminary at the renowned Mathematical Institute at the University of Gottingen, and John von Neumann, a famous young mathematician of Hungarian origin who was a visiting professor at Princeton University at the time. Over the next few years, they were joined by Paul Dirac, Wolfgang Pauli, logician Kurt Godel, algebraist Emmy Noether, topologist Anna Stafford, and many other visiting scholars. Veblen continued to persuade Flexner, in following the founding principles of the IAS, to accept scholars purely on the basis of merit, without regard to religion, race, or gender, embracing the finest mathematicians from around the world. He went on to propose the creation of a committee to raise funds to support refugee scholars and undertook a campaign to find positions in the United States for newly unemployed German scholars whose lives tHe towN tAkeS owNerSHiP were in danger. As the turbulence in Europe grew, When the town of Princeton took ownership Flexner, at first reluctant, eventually joined of the property in 2017, resolving years of Veblen in the New York City-based Institute discussion about the fate of the land and of International Education’s Emergency buildings, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert Committee in Aid of Displaced German described Herrontown Woods as “one of Scholars (later renamed to include all foreign the jewels of Princeton’s park system.” She scholars) to assist scholars fleeing Europe. noted that the Veblen property had “gone Veblen used his influence at Princeton, mostly untended for decades,” but praised the his European contacts, and his stature in work of FOHW in restoring it. “We’re very the international mathematics community to fortunate to have the enthusiastic volunteers lead in the relocation of mathematicians in The Veblen House in Herrontown Woods. (Photos courtesy of the Friends of Herrontown Woods) of the Friends of Herrontown Woods, who the United States, often prevailing against have already done extensive and exceptional elements of anti-Semitism and xenophobia that were prevalent on campuses maintenance work on the network of trails and stream crossings,” she said. Hiltner emphasized Veblen’s achievements. “We’ve come to treasure being a throughout the country. part of Veblen’s legacy, and we want to tell people about it and about what one “That Veblen was able to succeed in these humanitarian endeavors was likely what earned him the unusual appellation statesman of mathematics,” person can do,” he said. “Veblen saw the connections between geometry and woodland trails, between intellect and nature.” wrote Batterson. “Indeed, Veblen’s bold diplomacy created manifold pathways The FOHW, about to sign a five-year lease on the property for a nominal sum, that decisively improved the plight of mathematicians and elevated American is making plans for ongoing stewardship of the land and restoration work on the research.” buildings, which, in addition to the house and cottage, include a barn, a corn One of Veblen’s important links to the European academic community was crib, and a garage. Recent accomplishments of the FOHW volunteer naturalists Owen Richardson, a Nobel Prize winner in physics from England who had met and gardeners include trail construction and improvements, the expansion of Veblen when they were both teaching at Princeton in the early 1900s. Veblen and a botanical garden, the creation of a meditation garden, and construction of a Richardson’s sister Elizabeth were married in 1908. boardwalk. Elizabeth loved gardening and hosted meetings of the Dogwood Garden “The house and cottage provide a broad profile of cultural history from the Club. At Princeton University, and later at the IAS, she helped establish the early 20th century, from the hardscrabble farmers who built the cottage to the tradition that remains to this day of afternoon tea that brought scholars together economic and intellectual elite of the Whiton-Stuarts and the Veblens. Tying it to exchange ideas. The numerous daffodils that she planted around the Veblen all together is Oswald Veblen, who loved both intellectual endeavors and outdoor House in Herrontown Woods continue to thrive. work,” said Hiltner. PriNcetoN’S firSt NAture PreServe “Veblen was a visionary and a humanitarian and he had persistence,” Hiltner added. “He very quietly made a lot of things happen. He valued Without Oswald Veblen, Princeton would have neither Herrontown Woods nor mathematics and he also valued mathematicians. And he saw beyond the Institute Woods. Making lists of parcels of land for the Institute to buy as he mathematics to care about the world in general and about the town of was making lists of scholars and institutions to hire them, Veblen persuaded the Princeton as well as the University.” IAS of the need to give back to the community and the wisdom of buying more than 600 acres of land along the Stony Brook in the 1930s.

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Tyvan Hill, a 10,000-square-foot U-shaped brick and stone mansion, was designed by prominent New York architectural firm Peabody, Wilson & Brown for John Wesley Castles Jr. and his wife, Dorothea Bradford Smith Castles. Built between 1928 and 1929, it features details such as a bell tower, curved staircase, elegant paneling and moldings, and an outdoor pool and pool house. There is a mystery to how it got its name, but it is thought that it was named as such by the Castles after a visit to the village of Tywyn in Wales. As to why it was chosen as this year’s showhouse, Katie Nolle, president of WAMMC, says, “The Women’s Association is always searching for a ‘worthy’ mansion with wonderful history, and Tyvan Hill more than fits our expectations. The whole property, including the gorgeous grounds, provides a spectacular site for our premier fundraiser.” Kathy Ross, “Splendor in September” cochair, notes that “in addition to its architectural pedigree, its beautiful rooms, manageable size,

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“We are very grateful that Tyvan Hill’s owner agreed to extend our lease through October in order for us to be able to present Mansion in May 2020 as “Splendor in September,” says Pat O’Connor, the event’s co-chair. “What’s more, we are humbled and thrilled that each and every one of our remarkably talented interior and landscape designers have stayed with us to enchant you with their combined over 50 design spaces. Without these designers’ remarkable commitment to Mansion in May and our cause, we could not have carried this event forward into September.” “Each and every one of our designers had been working since early 2020 to create wondrous spaces for our visitors to enjoy when the pandemic shut us down in March,” continues O’Connor. “When approached about completing their designs for our September event, not one of them hesitated. This Mansion has truly been a labor of love for all involved and we can’t wait to welcome our guests to our mansion on the hill to enjoy the dramatic exterior spaces adorning its 22 acres as well as the unique and impressive design inspirations of its rooms.” All proceeds from this year’s Mansion in May Presents “Splendor in September” event will benefit the expansion of the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. “The expansion of the facilities will

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Gala concert with Krisitine Opolais in Moscow. (Photo by Alexandra Muravyeva)

And on Tetelman’s website, there is this quote from the New York Times: “The pera star Jonathan Tetelman spent the first few real treat, however, came in the Duke sung by the tenor Jonathan Tetelman…. weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic sheltering at The guy’s a total star.” his parents’ house in Princeton. Only a month Adopted when he was 7 months old, Tetelman doesn’t know if his musical before, he had sung lead roles in La Traviata talent is genetic. But he always loved to sing, and remembers his mother singing and La Boheme on the stage of London’s Royal to him when she put him to bed each night. When he was 8 years old, he attended Opera House. a local summer program led by well-known local vocal music teacher Paul Upcoming European engagements for the 30Chapin, who told Tetelman’s parents their son had a unique, natural ability. year-old tenor were being canceled. But Tetelman, Chapin suggested they look into Princeton’s American an American Boychoir School Boychoir School. graduate who was born in Chile and raised in Princeton, didn’t “I went to a summer program there, and then entered seem fazed. “It’s nice to spend some time at home, relaxing, the school the following year. I just loved it,” Tetelman doing my taxes,” he said at the time. said. “Just being in that atmosphere — singing with them, A month later, Tetelman was back at his apartment in New rehearsing with them, and then performing with professional York, waiting for things to settle down and clearly feeling more orchestras and going on tours all over the world at a young restless. “I was supposed to go to Italy, Warsaw, Germany, and age — it was amazing. And it was like a family. I loved the Seattle, but those dates have been canceled,” he said. “And camaraderie, and made lifelong friends.” now Tosca in Buenos Aires was just canceled, with the next While at the school, Tetelman was one of a few boys scheduled performance not until August. It’s very difficult for chosen to sing on The Lost Christmas Eve album by the freelance artists, and so many others around the world, who Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The album went gold, earning the aren’t able to work during this pandemic, and have no other seventh- and eighth-graders Gold Records. means of support for themselves and their families.” As he matured, Tetelman was “diagnosed” as a baritone. Judging by reviews he has been receiving in publications “I didn’t really have the high notes yet because of my across the globe, this interruption in Tetelman’s schedule technical inability as a young singer,” he said. “Baritone just shouldn’t pose much of a problem once the music world felt more natural. And I wanted to be like those lower voiced returns to some semblance of normal. guys. I thought that was cooler.” “In this production we were lucky to have the Tetelman’s teacher at the Manhattan School of Music extraordinary tenor Jonathan Tetelman, a young figure who Jonathan Tetelman (Photo by Stephen Howard Dillon) was Maitland Peters, the chairman of the voice department. already receives excellent reviews and begins his career in It was with Peters that Tetelman began to realize he was more suited to a higher the great theaters,” reads a review in the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. vocal range. “His presence on stage is difficult not to compare to the young Jonas Kaufmann “He was always eager to learn and went from a young kid who liked to sing of the 2000s, just before being today’s superstar, with a voice in the transition to a consummate artist,” Peters wrote of Tetelman in an email. “He never missed from light to dramatic-lyrical repertoire.” a lesson, and always was curious, diligent, and eager to learn. While he started as From GB Opera Magazine: “His voice, bright and luminous, projects itself a baritone it became clear after a few years of establishing a solid vocal technique clearly into the room, with lively lyricism but without tenoristic caricatures that he was destined to be a tenor. We trained carefully and consistently to develop of any kind.” summer 2020 PrINCeTON mAGAZINe

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La Boheme, Royal Opera House. (Photo by Tristram Kenton)

Tosca, Teatro Regio Torino. (Photo by Edoardo Piva)

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Gala concert with Krisitine Opolais in Moscow. (Photo by Alexandra Muravyeva)

a solid technique that would last a lifetime. I told him that his fame would come Tetelman told himself that if he hadn’t started singing professionally in a about the age of 30 ... and it has! He is perhaps the most talented young man year, he would go into real estate. “After six months, I got an agent, and after I have worked with in 40 years of teaching at the highest level! I am so proud and one year, my first Met (Metropolitan Opera) contract,” he said. Since then, he has honored that I was able to teach him for those formative years. He is a wonderful performed nationally and internationally. Last season, he sang in San Francisco and creative artist and I am certain will go on to have a tremendous career.” and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He performed with the Komische Oper The transition to tenor continued when Tetelman was a graduate student at Berlin, the English National Opera, the Opera del Teatro Solis in Uruguay, and the Mannes College of Music. “I officially became a tenor when I was about 26,” the Wurth Philarmoniker in Kunzelsau, Germany. Most recently, he sang in he said. “I really started to understand what it meant. Moscow and London. I noticed that I was gaining the technical ability for a It was in London last year that Tetelman and higher register.” his girlfriend, famed soprano Kristine Opolais, sang There was more study after graduate school. together at Buckingham Palace. A fundraiser for the Tetelman trained in the Young Artist Programs, which Royal Opera House hosted by Prince Charles, the are similar to residency training programs, at Opera event brought 250 guests for dinner and a performance North, the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Gulf Shore by the couple of the love duet from Tosca. Opera, and the International Vocal Arts Institute, where “It was just amazing,” Tetelman said. “We were he began working with two of the top vocal teachers in this huge, gorgeous room. I’ve never seen anything for opera performers, Mark Schnaible and his wife, like it. And then we attended the dinner. We got to Trish McCafferty, based in New York City. “They meet Prince Charles, and he was so nice and very have been guiding me and my voice development for appreciative. It was really a thrill.” the past four years,” Tetelman said. “I would not be Equally thrilling was getting the chance to perform where I am today without the unconditional support with Opolais, a full lyric and dramatic soprano. “We they have given me — just like family.” bring out the best in each other, which is why we But the relentless work became too much. really like to sing together,” Tetelman said. “We do Tetelman stepped away, trading his vocal studies for a it three or four times a year, but would like it to be stint as a DJ at a Manhattan club. closer to five or six. There are a lot of moving parts This “quarter life crisis,” as he jokes, lasted three involved; a lot of back scratching and politics that years. But living paycheck to paycheck got old. “I just we’re not in control of. But whenever we get a chance La Boheme, Komische Oper Berlin. (Photo by Axel Lauer) kind of woke up a little bit and realized this was not really the work I wanted to to sing together, it’s heaven.” do in the future,” he said. “And I missed singing. I knew I had an ability and Once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, Tetelman’s busy schedule I had already invested so much time. So I shut myself in my apartment, worked of globe-hopping from opera house to concert hall is sure to resume. It isn’t an as a waiter, and spent all my time listening to old records.” easy life. He also saw his voice teacher once or twice a week. “Basically, it was what “You have to have talent, but also focus, focus, focus, and you can’t give up,” you would do in a conservatory, but in a six-month period,” he said. “It was he said. “You have to push yourself. It’s not just a hobby. A lot of blood, sweat, like singing on steroids. The concentration was there this time. I knew the goal. and tears are poured into it. It’s not worth it if you don’t have the passion.” I actually could see it, rather than have somebody else tell me this was what it could be like. I had focus.” summer 2020 PrINCeTON mAGAZINe

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asleep and staying faster. We don’t have that now. This situation is y the time you read this, we may be asleep, eating more new for everyone.” in a different phase of the constantly or eating less, or “It makes perfect sense that we are anxious,” evolving health and social upheaval experiencing less says Ross. “There is a lot to be anxious about. We brought on by the coronavirus pleasure in activities will be dealing with the issues a long time. There (COVID-19) pandemic: lost jobs, that they normally are horrific situations. I would be concerned if I school and business closures, caring for the sick, and enjoy, such as music, heard people were NOT anxious. The question is, grieving for those we lost. reading, exercise, or how can we deal with anxiety in out-of-control But no doubt the long-term mental fatigue will family time. They situations?” remain, and, we have been warned by experts, the also look for shifts in Uncertainty breeds anxiety, according to mental insidious virus probably will remain as well. For habits such as changes health experts. many, the anxiety and stress are real, but manageable. in the use of nicotine, “This is a time of great uncertainty, and For others, support is needed. alcohol, and caffeine; anxiety tries to demand Area mental health an increased level of certainty, which is experts — many of irritability; or mood not possible,” says whom have shifted to swings that can include unexplained bouts of sadness Rachel Strohl of Stress video sessions, such or anxiety. Another warning sign, he notes, is if a and Anxiety Services of as HIPAA-compliant person who has typically been active socially, either New Jersey, based in East telehealth, or offer basic face-to-face and/or on social media, withdraws from Brunswick. “It is helpful landline phone guidance social involvement. to recognize that it’s — are ready to help. He suggests that if you notice that people you okay to feel the uncertainty, In a March care about are showing any of these signs, you “reach while acknowledging the interview, Dr. Frank out to ask if you can be of support to them,” and also difference between facts A. Ghinassi, president and feelings. It is important consider supporting disadvantaged or vulnerable and CEO of Rutgers populations. that people learn the skill University Behavioral of realistic thinking, as Health Care (UBHC), InformAtIon overloAd? opposed to positive or and senior vice president negative thinking,” notes of the Behavioral Stay informed, but balance it, suggests Ross. “You Strohl. Health and Addictions don’t want to get saturated. One way to manage all the Service Line at RWJ When Is support information is to use reliable sources. Otherwise, our Barnabas Health, needed? brains can get overwhelmed. At times of heightened referred to anxiety Dr. Frank a. Ghinassi, presiDent anD CeO OF rutGers university BehaviOral health Care. stress our bodies can also become overwhelmed emanating from the Belinda Seiger, counselor and at times go into fight or flight mode. Too much then-new coronavirus as and director of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment cortisol in the body can lead to heightened anxiety or “anticipatory stress.” depression so we need to make sure we find ways to But that was then. Now the stress is long-term and Center of Princeton, has herself stated in an online introduction that anxiety is a part of being human, shift our bodies and our minds back into relaxed mode “reactive to the realities of the pandemic,” he says. “but when worry, panic, or obsessive thoughts and when we become stressed. Taking breaks, going for “The two- to three-week period of initial lockdown compulsions take over, you need new strategies to walks, talking with friends or was a hallmark,” he says. “Many people have left get back to living your life, not family, practicing mindfulness, their normal routines for that long before in their battling your brain.” etc., can bring our blood lives, for vacation for instance, but we are now past Anxiety, she explains, pressure back to normal.” that timeframe. In week seven, you don’t know if you “is a natural response to Strohl suggest that it is are on mile seven of a 10-mile race, or of a 26-mile feeling threatened. Anxiety “important that we rely on race; there are no mileposts.” and fear are natural responses the proper channels to get There are few studies on this type of mental to have, but it’s important our information regarding fatigue secondary to a pandemic response of this to distinguish these real this pandemic.” For example, duration, he notes, because this has not happened concerns from our tendency follow the CDC guidelines at this scale since the flu pandemic of 1918. But the to ruminate and obsess about regarding how to stay healthy further we are from “normal daily life,” the more things that are out of our control. and minimize risk. The chance individuals will experience difficulty in Focusing on strategies to deal information is constantly coping. with our concerns, rather than changing and being updated, “One of the main current differences now are that engaging in worrying, can so she recommends staying on there very few people in New Jersey who don’t know help us manage our anxiety in top of the most reliable news someone, personally, who has tested positive for the uncertain times like this.” sources. virus and that has changed the level of experienced Ghinassi of Rutgers UBHC, “However, too much stress,” says Ghinassi. where a national call center intake of information can be provides mental health support, Is AnxIety normAl? overwhelming. It is important indicates that no one should to set limits on the amount be discouraged from seeking “This is different from September 11 [2001],” says of time each day that you help. “If someone thinks it Whitney Ross, executive director of Princeton’s are taking in information Whitney B. rOss, exeCutive DireCtOr OF trinity COunselinG serviCes might be a good idea to call, Trinity Counseling Services (TCS), which provides related to coronavirus. The they should call rather than wait licensed professional counseling services. “The information can be stressful, and until their symptoms worsen,” he says. Professionals country and world had a spotlight on a small area, it is important to take news breaks. This can include at the UBHC Call Center look for changes in routine and supported New York City and its victims. It was limiting your time on social media, watching the activities of daily living, such as difficulty getting helpful to the victims’ families, and the recovery was news, or listening to the radio.” summer 2020 PrINCeTON mAGAZINe

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out through the mouth) two to three times a day. It can help to slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and psychologically center us.

“Self-care is essential during this time,” notes Strohl. “Everyone’s self-care may look different. Make sure you do the re-entry StrategieS things that make you feel good and feed your passions.” As lockdowns and social We can all benefit, distancing policies loosen, she says, “from exercising notes Ghinassi, re-entering regularly, whether in the will also be stressful for many house on an exercise app on individuals. the computer, or outside for “In this pandemic we have walks and bike rides; eating more questions than answers,” healthy to avoid emotional he says. “There is infection eating, and enjoy the splurges safety in social isolation. We in moderation; and relying don’t know about communityon religion or spirituality, wide immunity, post-COVID-19 whether your religious positive status just yet, and there organization is live streaming are some international reports Rachel StRohl, StReSS and anxiety services or you take the time to SeRviceS of new JeRSey. that some individuals who have pray individually.” tested positive, and recovered, can Most importantly, she adds, become positive a second time.” “connect with others. Social distancing is unnatural. At this point, there may be some We need our friends, family, and community support. unsureness, say the experts. Students Many people have reported that despite social can be anxious about returning to distancing, a positive outcome has been the ability to school, and adults’ working rhythm connect with people near and far through the use of has been disrupted. face-to-face technology. Set up a dinner party with “It’s a normal process to feel friends on the computer where everyone sits and eats somewhat ambivalent,” says Seiger. together. Set up an online book club or online hang out with a group of people that you miss seeing due to “There are so many unpredictable aspects to returning to life.” the quarantine.” She suggests thinking ahead What can be helpful in uncertain times is to create and realizing that there is no perfect some kind of certainty by creating a schedule, says way to do this; none of us have ever TCS’s Ross. A daily schedule, says Ross, “provides had to re-enter our lives following a structure, a framework, safety. When you have a period of social distancing. “Expect schedule, it’s a basic framework for your day. And when we transition back, it’s easier to do that if we’ve to feel somewhat anxious or stressed, continued to have a beginning, middle, and end to our and realize that this is a normal part of the re-entry process. Both getting support and giving it to others days.” during this experience will help us realize that we are Ghinassi offers the following tips: not alone.” People should establish new To try to reduce school anxiety, regular routines in this time of says Ross, “parents need to think of quarantine, with an emphasis on a modeling, to show we are following regular bed time, and a “new normal” the rules, self-isolating, washing sleep/wake cycle. hands. When our government leaders Being at home has changed say it’s safe to go back to school, it the way we eat – when working should translate that ‘we won’t do or schooling at home we are now anything unsafe for you.’ Children always just a few steps away from look to grown-ups and will take their the refrigerator. It is important to cues from us.” re-establish a regular, and healthy, How long anxiety continues eating routine. depends on the individual, Ross says. Engage in regular physical “I think people will be anxious about activity, at least three days a week. being in crowded spaces, and will Walking, for example, on a regular stay on top of facts and figures. It basis, with appropriate social goes back to structure. Kids who are in pajamas all distancing and precautions, is a great stress reliever. day will have a harder time. “ Set up a regular schedule of socializing, using Now is the time to plan. “It’s important to social distancing and/or virtual platforms, to replace the social contact we normally enjoyed as a byproduct put your strategies in place now,” Seiger says. “And remember, imperfect management is okay of work and school. at this time. Revise your personal expectations for Borrowing from meditation and yoga . . . practice slow, deep, circular breathing (in through the nose and yourself. If our expectations are too high – if you

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think you have to look great, have a clean house, run a great home school – it’s sometimes enough just to do the basics like get dressed, obtain food, and get it on the table, not to mention deal with financial pressures and manage the stress. Prioritize. If expectations are too high, or unrealistic, that will lead to stress. You are probably not going to be at your very best now. There will be a chance to catch up later.” “Pay attention to kids’ mental health and anxiety, acknowledging that they are picking up on adult stress, and make these times as comforting and gentle for them as possible,” Seiger continues. “Perhaps playing family games or building a fort, telling stories, or seeing family or friends online will make the lockdown a bit more positive and even create some pleasant memories.” Initially, says Strohl. “we can expect a transition period into the new normal. There may be a heightened level of caution and fear while we are reintroduced to larger crowds again. However, it is essential that we do not let fear run our lives, but rationality. Again, follow the trusted medical guidelines at that time. People may continue to have increased hygiene and take increased precautions than they may not have done previously.” “It is expected that most people will reacclimate to society with a normal level of fear,” she adds. “If a person is struggling with increased distress or functional impairment, he/she should consider working with a mental health professional to challenge the excessive anxiety. In addition, it will be important to grieve the losses of events, opportunities, unemployment, and so on that occurred because of the pandemic and related quarantine. It is important to process the sadness and disappointment and learn to accept a new reality.” KindneSS and gratitude

Now and throughout the “new normal,” the experts recommend kindness and gratitude. “Research shows that small acts of kindness and gratitude can be transformative to our mental health,” says Ross. “We are still connected, even if people are alone. We bring people into our homes in other ways. We are finding ways to be energized, and to find vitality. So many people are struggling, have lost jobs, health, lost family members. But there are important moments, too, where connections are made, for which people are grateful, and those moments will help preserve us.” Ghinassi offers these words of hope, “While most people will naturally find the 2020 pandemic stressful, now more than ever it is important to remember that, by and large, humans are remarkably resilient and very often find ways to tap into internal strength and resilience during very challenging circumstances, and can draw additional support and strength from their natural social networks.”


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Princeton. 609.288.8110; actprinceton@gmail.com. Mental Health Association of New Jersey. 877.294-HeLP (4357); mahnj.org. National Center for Peer Support at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care: • Care2Caregivers: Peer support for those caring for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, or a related disorder. 800.424.2494; care2caregivers. com. • Cop2Cop: 24/7 confidential peer support for New Jersey law enforcement officers and their families. 866.267.2267; njcop2cop.com.

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Princeton Resources, from the municipal site: princetonnj.gov/ resources/addiction-counselingmental-health-services-princeton. Rutgers Behavioral Health, Access Center: 800.969.5300; ubhc.rutgers.edu. Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, East Brunswick. 732.390.6694; stressandanxiety.com. Trinity Counseling Services 609.924.0060; trinitycounseling.org.

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’ve just returned from an online adventure, one of those therapeutic expeditions available to aging- and sheltering-in-place columnists writing about, in this case, self-help books geared for seniors like himself. I’m leading with Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully (BlueBridge $19.95) because the cover image of a hand resting on an open book looks good on the same page with the cover and subject of Harold Bloom’s How to Read and Why (Scribner Touchstone $17), and its suggestion that people “ultimately” read “to strengthen the self.” The cover on The Gift of Years definitely aroused my curiosity. Like any traveler in the realm of rare books, I’d go a long way online to identify that charismatic, centuries-old volume, but since no amount of Zooming gives me a clue, my only choice is to discover as much as I can about the painting itself. Who painted it, where and when, and who does the hand belong to? My virtual quest takes me to a seaside town in Cornwall, near Penzance, home of Gilbert and Sullivan’s pirates and the gallery displaying the portrait (Mrs. Forbes, the artist’s mother), painted in 1910 by Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947). Seen in full, the picture tells another story. While the cover image of hand and book suggest a patina of graceful aging befitting the title, the seated woman’s melancholy expression seems ironically at odds with a book called The Gift of Years. A closer look at her hands and it’s clear that they’re more accustomed to hard work and rough weather than graceful aging and rare volumes like the one in the painting. It’s easier to imagine “Mrs. Forbes,” a French woman born Juliette de Guise who married “an English railway manager,” as a character from a novel of the period, like Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives Tale or E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End. Forster came to mind because he’s quoted in Chittister’s introduction: “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is

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waiting for us.” Once again curiosity sets me searching. Which novel does that come from? Or is it from an essay? And how do I know it’s actually from Forster? Soon I find myself at a Google crossroads, one path leading to 1907 and Forster’s novel The Longest Journey, the other taking me to 1949, where the same quote about letting go is attributed word for word to Joseph Campbell, who wrote about mythological journeys in The Hero of a Thousand Faces. Apparently, Campbell’s followers have staked his claim to a sentence he found in Forster. And who set all this mental traveling in motion? An author whose community review on Goodreads portrays her as “a Benedictine sister who was voted the most inspirational woman alive in a 2007 survey.” A SEUSS SURPRISE

It was a joy to see something by Dr. Seuss on the list of self-help titles for seniors. You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children (Random House $17.99) will resonate with fans of another Seuss oldster, the Lorax, and his lament for the truffula tree. If you’re looking for longevity, “you can live to 103 in Fotta-fa-Zee,” as long as “you chew nuts from the Tutt-a-Tutt Tree.” Richard Farr’s amazon.com review says the book “follows ‘you’ (an elderly gent in a suit and white moustache) through a physical check-up in some fiendish geriatric clinic. You are measured, prodded, and subjected to all the medical indignities familiar and unfamiliar to the elderly. ‘You must see Dr. Pollen, our Allergy Whiz, who knows every sniffle and itch that there is ... He will check your reactions to thumbtacks and glue, catcher’s mitts, leaf mould, and cardigans too. Nasturtiums and marble cake, white and blue chalks, anthracite coal and the feathers of hawks.’ The blurb on the back says it all: ‘Is this a children’s book? Well ... not immediately. You buy a copy for your child now and you give it to him on his 70th birthday.’”


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In an interview on bookbrowse.com concerning how he came to write How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom mentions being deluged with mail from people saying how pleased they are that he’s “writing about literature for the common reader.” As a result, he became aware of a need that he felt “highly qualified and highly driven to meet” for “a self-help book, indeed, an inspiration book, which would not only encourage solitary readers of all kinds all over the world to go on reading for themselves, but also support them in their voyages of self-discovery through reading.” When asked how reading great literature can provide an alternative to the standard self-help books, Bloom singles out the stories of Chekhov because they have “the uncanny faculty, rather like Shakespeare in that regard, to persuade the reader that certain truths about himself or herself, which are totally authentic, totally real” are being demonstrated “for the very first time.” It’s not that either author “created those truths,” but that “without the assistance of Shakespeare and Chekhov, we might never be able to see what is really there.” By now you may have noticed that my therapeutic adventure has been about finding interesting ways to avoid generic brain games and nutrition manuals and coloring books that have no redeeming visual value, particularly those coyly patronizing items designed for the second childhood of old age. One relatively tolerable example of the genre is Elena Bogdanovych’s My Sweet Home: Coloring Book for Seniors, with its cartoon-cozy cover of a living room with baby blue easy chairs, flowers on the table, and a fire in the fireplace. The homey image is followed by a briskly clinical introduction pointing out that coloring can “elicit feelings of peace, relaxation, and enjoyment, help individuals suffering from dementia, decrease blood pressure and heart rate, improve motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and muscle control while acting as an easy means of self-expression.”

DR. SHAKESPEARE

When I need some enlightened companionship for my frequent visits to Dr. Shakespeare, I still go with Harold Bloom’s The Invention of the Human. Call it what you will, Bloom’s Chicken Soup for Aging Readers of the Bard, it’s a far more substantial restorative than anthologies like How to Read and Why and its sequel Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children. Reading Bloom, you always feel that Shakespeare is an approving presence whose characters are alive in the narrative of the time, any time, even the pandemic spring of 2020. In fact, King Lear and the Fool make an appearance in Lynn Casteel Harper’s just published On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult $26). One of Shakespeare’s most enticing mind games, a brainteasing challenge for the storm-blown old mad king in all of us, Lear is among the forces that give On Vanishing its “idiosyncratic energy,” and “the unexpectedness of its focus,” as Parul Sehgal observes in a recent New York Times review. Thus Lear’s “last lingering companion, the Fool,” offers what caregivers require, according to Harper, “loyalty, steadfastness, wit.” Wait, hold it, stop the music. Isn’t Lear’s last companion Cordelia, his once estranged, now beloved daughter, the cathartic source of his derangement, the epicenter of his dementia? Anyway, the Fool mysteriously disappears after Act III. Where did he go and why? Or maybe Cordelia’s the Fool in disguise? The actress who played both parts in last year’s New York production should know: “The Fool is famously difficult as a part,” says Ruth Wilson. “He speaks in riddles and his jokes are 400 years old.” For seniors or anyone else in need of nutrition for the mind or therapy for the imagination, what could be better than the solving of difficult parts and riddles and disappearing caregivers?

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arden State residents have a nostalgic fondness for the Jersey Shore. lifeguards also undergo 24 hours of training, including physical and medical conditioning, before the start of each new summer season. Each lifeguard is CPRThose 127 miles of Atlantic coastline extending from Sandy Hook AED certified and all lifeguards are trained as aquatic to Cape May bring to mind long, hot, thrillfilled days riding waves, building sandcastles, medical first responders. dining on seafood, enjoying sweet treats, and braving According to Lifeguard Certification NJ (njparksand amusement park rides on the boardwalk after dark. A key forests.org/parks/docs/2019-LG-ocean-manual.pdf), candidates must be able to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes component of the Jersey Shore experience is the ocean itself, or less, pass an open water test, deep diving tests, a written and with that comes Beach Patrol units, which function as a highly elite team of ocean rescue lifeguards. exam, and a running test, which may be conducted on a track. During the summer season, all on-staff lifeguards are Each town has its own ocean lifeguard program. For example, since the 1940s, Sea Bright’s beaches have asked to maintain peak physical condition through daily training sessions that usually take place before their 9 a.m. been surveyed and guarded by Sea Bright Ocean Rescue start time. (SBOR). SBOR responds to emergencies covering 4 miles The full United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) of public ocean. During the summer of 2015, SBOR pulled program includes kayak skills, rescue boards, and scanning over 100 people from the Atlantic Ocean and prevented “well over 1,200 dangerous incidents,” as noted on www. the surf, along with instruction on how to deal with spinal seabrightnj.org. These rescues included emergency medical injuries, heat stroke-related illnesses, missing persons, Photo courtesy of usla.org. aid, underwater search, and recovery operations. drug-related incidences, drownings, rip tides, undertows, inclement hurricane conditions, sharks, jellyfish stings, and more. New Jersey lifeguards are on duty daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Memorial So, what is involved in rookie screening? Day and Labor Day weekends. Each lifeguard rookie completes over 75 hours of The 2020 SBOR application requires an extensive tryout, physical assessment, rigorous testing and training to earn a place on the ocean rescue team. Returning

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Top, Long Branch, New Jersey - May 3, 2020: Aerial view of Jersey Shore beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. (shutterstock.com)


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and interviews. Applications are submitted through the shore town’s individual municipal employment websites (such as Sea Bright Borough Employment at seabrightoceanrescue.com). Applicants should also bring copies of their prior lifeguard and/or medical certification, including CPR, First Aid, or EMT. Rookies who pass the initial screening must complete a 24-hour online medical responder course, undergo over 40 hours of comprehensive ocean rescue training, obtain thorough medical clearance by a physician, and pass the borough’s challenging ocean rescue and river rescue testing process. No matter which Jersey Shore town one seeks to file an application with, all Beach Patrol teams in New Jersey adhere to the requirement guidelines set down by the United States Lifesaving Association, which serves as America’s nonprofit association of beach lifeguards and open water rescue. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in aquatic environments through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and beach safety. Summer 2020 is undoubtedly unique due to the ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Jay Gillian of Cape May County’s Ocean City said that while it may not be “business as usual” this summer, “there will be summer.” Ocean City has also purchased 100,000 face masks to hand out to visitors. Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero recently announced in the Asbury Park Press that his town is making an effort to widen public beaches for the 2020 season to encourage social distancing efforts on the sand. Spring Lake’s beaches are now open daily, but badges must be purchased in advance and sales will be closed once daily limits are reached. Access points to the beach require that masks be worn. Bathrooms are also open with new cleaning

protocals and social distancing guidelines. Badges are required at Point Pleasant Beach. Similar to other shore towns, daily badges will be available until max capacity is reached. In Ocean City, some restrictions will be placed on tents and canopies to reduce crowding on the sand. Hand sanitation stations have been set up along the boardwalk and at beach entry points. In Brigantine, beaches will be fully staffed through Labor Day weekend. This year’s team is 86 working guards, both male and female. The Asbury Park boardwalk has one-way travel arrows indicated in both directions and benches have been removed. Daily beach passes can be purchased the night before for the following day on the Viply app (viplypass.com/asburypark). Police will be monitoring crowds and enforcing social distancing guidelines. A beach badge is required for entry at Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. Only a limited number of daily wristbands will be sold each day on site and through the Viply app (viplypass.com/new-jersey-beach-badges/). There will also be limited public restroom access. Badges are currently required in Bay Head and Harvey Cedars. Swimming is allowed and social distancing will be enforced. Visitors to Mantoloking may be required to head north or south on the beach to enforce social distancing. Lifeguards will be present. COVID-19 precautions for lifeguarding professionals are less certain, but the lifeguard stations and towers are sure to be sanitized and kept clean. All of this season’s lifeguards will be asked to follow the guidelines set forth by their individual municipality to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and lifeguard professionals. Thankfully, tourists can expect to see the Beach Patrol units ready and waiting to serve, care for, and rescue those in need. To learn more, visit www.usla.org. summer 2020 PrINCeTON mAGAZINe

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