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Morven Series Spotlights Grand Homes, Gardens . . . . . . 5 Nader, Justice Advocates to Share Views at Forum . . . . . . 10 Council Approves Consulting Contracts, Gets Update on Senior Center . . . . . . . 14 Lewis Center Presents Online Production of Unbecoming . . . . . . . . 18 PU Men’s Hockey Alum Davis Excited To be Coaching at Alma Mater . . . . . . . . 28 Zullo Helps Spark PHS Boys’ Hockey to Win in Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

This Week’s Book Review Marks Mozart’s 265th Birthday . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors . .20, 21 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 24 Classified Ads . . . . . . 37 Mailbox . . . . . . . . . . . 16 New to Us . . . . . . . . . . 26 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . 35 Performing Arts . . . . . 19 Police Blotter . . . . . . . 11 Real Estate . . . . . . . . 37 Religion . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Topics of the Town . . . . 5 Town Talk . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Princeton Seminary Sells Tennent Roberts Campus To Local Developer Princeton Theological Seminary is under contract to sell its Tennent Roberts campus to Princeton-based development firm Herring Properties. Founder James Herring said that while plans are still in the early stages, he is leaning toward the construction of apartments, or possibly condominiums, the majority of which would be market rate but a percentage of which would be affordable housing. The Seminary spent more than a year considering a project to build new student apartments on the campus. After extensive planning, proposals, and meetings with neighborhood residents, the school announced in November 2019 that it would not proceed with the project. As part of the plan, the campus was designated a redevelopment zone, which proponents said provides for more control over design specifics than the traditional zoning process. But during neighborhood meetings, there was pushback from some residents who were concerned about density and increased traffic. “When the Seminary decided to no longer seek construction of new student apartments on its Tennent Roberts campus last fall, we then reassessed our campus master plan and made adjustments in keeping with the priorities and vision for our community,” said Executive Vice President Shane A. Berg in a statement. “The Seminary will continue to house students on its main campus in Princeton and at the Charlotte Rachel Wilson apartments in West Windsor for the foreseeable future, as well as lease and sell excess real estate. The Tennent Roberts complex is under contract with Herring Properties, a potential project in the very early planning stages. The Seminary’s focus is on continued efforts to restore and renew other buildings on our main campus to enhance our life together and foster spaces where a sense of community can flourish.” An architect has yet to be selected for the project. “We want to build something that is very appropriate for the neighborhood, the site, and for the town,” Herring said on Monday. “I grew up here, my businesses are here. I’m on the board of McCarter Theatre and am very involved in the community. I certainly will build something I can be proud of. The Seminary had a very challenging time coming up with an open form design, and we’re Continued on Page 11

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COVID-19 Vaccine Shortages Continue to Frustrate Many frustrated residents of Princeton and elsewhere in New Jersey are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccination, and government officials, health care workers, and businesses are possibly even more frustrated and anxious to see the state’s residents vaccinated. But the state’s vaccination clinics cannot get enough doses, and most individuals trying to schedule appointments by phone or online are told to wait. “Please be patient with this process and do not call or email asking about appointments,” Princeton Mayor Mark Freda and the Princeton Council wrote in their Monday, January 25, newsletter. “Currently, there is a severe vaccine shortage. The Princeton Health Department has the resources to hold clinics and vaccinate residents as soon as the vaccine is available.” The local health department receives vaccines through Mercer County, which receives vaccines from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). In a Tuesday, January 26 email, Princeton Press and Media Communications Director Fred Williams added, “We are all still grappling with the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines. We are just as disappointed in the rollout as anybody. But without a supply of vaccines, we must focus on limiting exposure to the disease

by continuing to message the benefits of COVID-19 safety measures while being prepared to participate in the distribution efforts when more vaccines arrive.” As of the morning of January 26, the NJDOH reported 605,397 doses administered in New Jersey (523,008 of those were the first of two necessary doses), 15,072 doses administered in Mercer County. The goal is for New Jersey to vaccinate 70 percent of its adult population, about 4.7 million people, by the end of June. In his January 22 COVID-19 email update, Mercer County Executive Brian

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New Counseling Suite To Boost Wellness As PHS Faces Challenges of Pandemic

As Princeton Public Schools (PPS) continue to navigate the challenges of hybrid education in the COVID era, renovation and construction projects, funded by a 2018 facilities referendum, are moving forward with a focus on the post-pandemic return in person of all students and staff. With extensive renovations in the works, Princeton High School (PHS) will see four new classrooms, an educational commons area, a new grab-and-go dining

option, and reimagined counseling and athletics spaces. Counseling in many schools throughout the country has been changing significantly in recent years, said PPS School Counseling Supervisor Kristina Donovan in a January 25 phone interview, and the pandemic has created additional challenges as well as opportunities. Donovan sees the new construction Continued on Page 10

BRAVING THE COLD: A pair of joggers didn’t let the chilly weather stop them as they got some exercise alongside the D&R Canal in Princeton on Sunday afternoon . Residents and visitors share the healthy habits are that carrying them through the winter season in this week’s Town Talk on page 6 . (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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LAST CALL FOR PHOTO CONTEST: Professionals, amateurs, and students are invited to take their best shot of the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve and enter a favorite photo by January 31 in the Friends of Princeton Open Space annual photo contest, “Give Thanks To Nature.” For details visit fopos.org or email photos@fopos.org.  (Photo by Linda Park)

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If there was ever a time for armchair travel, this is it. The pandemic has turned Morven Museum & Garden’s “Grand Homes & Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series” into watch-from-home Zoom events. That makes ogling the opulent estates and learning their distinctive histories, from a favorite couch or, yes — armchair — an actual reality.

Now in its third year, the four-part series will take v iewers to mansions on Long Island’s Gold Coast; Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachuset ts ; and the 18 th century Glebe House in Connecticut with a garden created by famed horticultural designer Gertrude Jekyll. The theme is “The Woman of the House.”

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“The women we’re talking about weren’t necessarily the people who bought the houses, or were their primary owners,” said Morven Executive Director Jill Barry. “But they were the ones who made the biggest impact. When you think about Morven, for instance, it was Helen Ham ilton Sh ields Stockton [credited for writing and speaking extensively to promote Morven’s significance] who was very much the one who did so much, in her era. Even though the boys always seem to get the credit.” The illustrated series begins with Lyndhurst Castle, which overlooks the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. Howard Zar, executive director, will speak. Designed in 1838, Lyndhurst is considered one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Noteworthy occupants include railroad tycoon Jay Gould and New York City Mayor William Paulding. “T he interesting t hing about the women at Lyndhurst is that in many ways, they ruled the roost,” reads a press release about the series. “The initial mansion was funded by Maria Rheinlander, William Paulding’s wife. In an unusual turn of roles, she provided the money and her husband and son did the design and furnishing work.” Zar will also discuss the wife of Lyndhurst’s second owner, who was left to manage the estate when he died five years after they moved in. The Jay Gould family owned it the longest, and daughter Helen Gould was a noted philanthropist and NYU law school graduate who made some interesting changes to the estate. Next, on March 11, architectural historian and lecturer Gary Lawrance presents “Harbor Hill & Beacon Towers: Long Island Gold Coast

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AND THE WINNER IS: New Hope resident Trish Herlan, who accepts her “Basket of Magic” prize from Amy Coss of the Sojourner shop in Lambertville. Herlan won the basket of gift certificates totaling over $200 from Lambertville merchants after completing the “Hunt for Magic” which involved residents, visitors, and the business community. Also pictured are Jane Wesby (back left), president of Delaware River Towns Chamber (event sponsor), Herlan’s husband Greg, and Lisa Stephens of Lambertville Trading Company, a participating merchant. (Photo by Eric Rounds)

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The Princeton-based Burke Foundation awarded $2 million in the four th quar ter of 2020 to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey working to improve prenatal and child health. New Jersey has one of the country’s worst records for child health and well-being, especially among underre s ou rce d com m u n it ie s, despite being one of the wealthiest states in terms of per capita income. The Burke Foundation seeks to improve this situation by funding the most prom ising and transformative programs and policies that foster the health, well-being, and resilience of children and families in the state. The Foundation believes that addressing these disparities requires investment in high-quality, scalable programming that prioritizes young children and families. Investments in the earliest years promote better health outcomes in the short term and provide significant social and economic returns in the long term. These new grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to supporting nurturing, responsive relationships between caregivers and young children to foster health, wellbeing, and resilience for a lifetime. “We are very proud to help fund new initiatives that will give parents, caregivers, and

guard the healthy development and bright futures of New Jersey’s children,” said James Burke, president of the Burke Foundation. “And we are especially pleased that all of these programs are ev idence - bas ed and community-centered.” The strategic grants a w a r d e d b y t h e B u r ke Foundation since September 2020 support solutions across the maternal and child health and early childhood development ecosystems, including $500,000 to Trenton Health Team to launch this evidence-based model for all parents who deliver at Capital Health, where most women in Trenton give birth. The pilot aims to serve about 1,900 families over three years and improve care coordination and health outcomes at a population level. In addition, the Foundation has awarded $300,000 to Centering Healthcare Institute as part of a multiyear initiative; $91,722 to Reach Out and Read New Jersey; $200,500 to the Reinvestment Fund and Child Care Connection to conduct a mapping analysis of supply and demand for child care in Mercer County; a $300,000 grant to Mount Sinai Parenting Center; $180,000 to the Foundation for Educational Administration ; and $200,000 to Montclair State University’s Center for Autism and Early Childhood.

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Ralph Nader: “Pessimism Has No Function”; Justice Advocates To Share Views at Forum

When he was a Princeton University undergraduate in the early 1950s, Ralph Nader would always hitchhike down Washington Road to Route 1 on his way back home to Connecticut for vacations. “I wanted the adventure of meeting new people and listening to them,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “Almost everyone who picked me up was an expert in something. I loved that.” Nader has sustained that curiosity, intellectual energy, and affinity for expertise in the seven decades since that time, as an indomitable consumer advocate, author of more than 20 books and numerous articles, and regular syndicated columnist over the past 50 years. He currently issues daily tweets, and hosts a podcast and radio program. Acclaimed by Life, Time, and The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential Americans, he has run for president of the United States in four different elections. His 1965 best-selling Unsafe at Any Speed: the Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile prompted increased automobile safety standards that “have averted 4.2 million auto deaths over the past 55 years,” according to Nader’s website, nader.org. On January 30 at 11 a.m., Nader will be featured in a virtual brunch and talk via Zoom, “Restoring Civility and Bringing Social Justice to American Life,” sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. Sharing their vision of a more just, egalitarian, and united America along with Nader will be Richard Cordray, former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama; Princeton author, lawyer, and consumer advocate Carl Mayer; and Andy Shallal, artist, activist, and founder of the cafe and cultural events venue Busboys and Poets. Shallal will prepare select dishes from Nader’s recent The Nader Family Cookbook, in which Nader shares the cuisine of his Lebanese upbringing, along with stories about how his parents taught him social justice in the kitchen. In his introduction to the cookbook, Nader wrote about his mother: “To her food was a daily occasion for education, for finding out what was on our minds, for recounting traditions of food, culture, and kinship in Lebanon, where she and my father were born.” Nader’s recent initiatives have focused on climate change and current political issues, “restoring our Constitution,” “rebalancing the separation of powers,” as he described it. His two

books about former President Trump, written in collaboration with Mark Green, include Fake President: Decoding Trump’s Gaslighting, Corruption, and General Bullsh*t (2019) and Wrecking America : How Trump’s Lawbreaking and Lies Betray All (2020). Nader, 86, who is looking forward to the end of the pandemic so he can return to his advocacy in person, noted that in early February 2020, before the COVID lockdowns began, he visited 102 offices on Capitol Hill in one day. “I was going to apply for The Guinness Book of World Records,” he said. “You have to do in-person advocacy. You’ve got to walk into offices and connect with them, because they don’t return calls any more. Everything is emails and impersonal.” Amidst the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and what he described as “the wreckage” left by the Trump administration, Nader continues to reject the possibility of pessimism. His attitude, he said, dates back to his days at Princeton. “When I was a student at Princeton I had to confront the issue of pessimism,” he said, “so I went into Firestone Library. I was pretty dispirited about the state of the world. It was the Cold War, and we could have had a nuclear exchange.” He continued, “So I read all the philosophers I could get on pessimism, led by Schopenhauer, and I wasn’t convinced. W hy wasn’t I convinced? Because pessimism has no function. It has no purposeful consequence and it’s an intellectual indulgence, to withdraw you from civic engagement in order to have a higher significance for yourself. So ever since then, I’m only optimistic. Then we have to fill in the blanks.” W h e n a s ke d w h at h e thought would be the most important facet of his legacy, the accomplishment that historians would most often cite 50 or 100 years f rom now, Nader didn’t mention auto safety or the preservation of the environment, or the curtailment of corruption in Washington. He chose a different issue. “That one person can make a difference,” he said. He continued, “The bigger problem is: can a lot of people working together make a difference? That’s harder. We have all kinds of heroic people in our history. Whistleblowing is an ethical effort. I managed to take whistleblowing from being just a disgruntled employee and a snitch to someone who takes their conscience to work every day.” He went on to recall the f irst wh ist leblower con ference in history that he

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we found and we’re going to turn it around.’ Marker reports so they don’t get tainted by the spillover and blamed for the wreckage and the dismantling and the corruption and suppression and destruction of the civil service that Trump was involved in.” Nader’s second recommendation for the executive branch was that they respect the balance of power and the separation of powers, obeying Congress if there are subpoenas, requests for oversight or testimony, and “not starting wars that aren’t declared and so forth.” Nader stated that he is hopeful that Biden’s presidency will be successful, “only in the sense that he’s got an easy act to follow,” and went on to urge Biden to confront the corporate dominance of the country. “He has to put corporate abuses on the front table,” Nader said. “He’s got to propose st reng t hening cor porate crime enforcement budgets, to update and expand the federal corporate criminal code, and enforce anti-trust laws. He has to protect consumers and workers with better enforcement and better institutions.” Expressing some doubt that Biden could or would take on all those challenges, Nader concluded, “We’re a corporate-dominated society, the corporate state. I don’t know if Biden is up to that challenge because he comes from the corporate arena — known as the state of Delaware.” One accomplishment in his legacy that Nader is especially proud of is the Princeton Alumni Corps (formerly Princeton Project 55), created in 1989 by alumni of his class at Princeton University and designed to place Princeton students in postgraduate and summer civic action organizations. More than 1,000 graduates and students have been placed in paid fellowships and internship programs throughout the country. The Alumni Corps, with its headquarters at 12 Stockton Street, has continued to expand its partnerships with numerous nonprofits, “developing leaders, building community, and creating and deepening social impact,” as its website states. “We were tired of going back to Princeton and just being asked for money at alumni gatherings,” Nader said. “We wanted to do something. We started it at our 35th reunion, and we would go back a lot. Pretty soon we got the biggest applause by far at the reunions P-rade. We would be regaled by people who had found jobs in wonderful organizations and developed lifetime occupations.” Digital tickets for the 11 a.m. Saturday, January 30 fundraising event are available for $65 at princetonlibrary.org/support-us. Participants will receive copies of C or d r ay’s n e w b o ok Watchdog: How Protecting Consumers Can Save Our Families, Our Economy, and Our Democracy and Mayer’s Shakedown: The Fleecing of the Garden State. Copies of Nader’s cookbook can be ordered through Labyrinth Books at (609) 497-1600. —Donald Gilpin

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with its carefully planned design as an important tool in meeting those challenges. “What really excites me is that student wellness is one of our core values here, and now we’re going to see that in the architectural design,” she said. She described how the counseling area, which now stands completely gutted, had been put together piecemeal over the years with “little fixes,” temporary walls constructed, and offices cut in half to make more offices. “It’s what happens in many older buildings,” she said, “but it kind of lost the mission and value of ‘students first.’ So we have worked with a team of architects and stakeholders since 2018 to put my vision of a studentsfirst counseling center into reality.” Donovan noted that the new counseling suite would include quiet-down spaces for students. “In the past when students were having a moment when they were really upset, where could they go in the school?” She said. “Unfortunately they would hide in bathrooms or in a hallway for everyone to see. Now they’ll have a private room where they can calm down and have things like bean bag chairs, board games, and coloring books and different activities to help center them.” The new design includes a separate entrance for parents and a waiting area where they will be greeted. “This will streamline it so that everybody feels seen and heard and welcomed,” said Donovan. New conference rooms will be bright, welcoming, flexible spaces that can be adapted for meetings of different sizes, with offices strategically placed to provide access to counseling and child study team services. “We will use light very purposefully,” she added, to take advantage of the tall windows to bring light to the conference rooms and offices. Donovan looks forward to completion of the renovations by the end of summer, “ready for fall 2021 with a whole new counseling suite to meet the needs of the students.” She plans to send out a survey to students this spring to ask them to suggest particular additions they’d like to see in the suite. “Mental health books? A meditation area? Particular kinds of lighting? I’ll use a lot of student feedback to customize the design once the major construction is done,” she said. Pandemic Counseling Donovan described some of the issues involved in working with students who are struggling in the pandemic. Her counselors have been “about 10 times busier than usual,” she said. “They’re overwhelmed right now. That’s a testament to my counseling department. They’re doing everything they can to meet the needs of our students and it’s overwhelming.” She went on, “We’re going to need to move towards a trauma-informed program to respond to the effects of the pandemic. Even if the student wasn’t directly affected, there is overarching

Kristina Donovan secondary trauma in our community and our country that we’re going to focus on.” She noted that all the school counselors are trained in mental health issues and that the counselors and the entire faculty have recently been trained in trauma-informed practices. She added that school counseling had been undergoing significant changes long before the pandemic. “There really didn’t used to be that focus on the socialemotional aspect, and that has really changed,” she said. More recently, Donovan noted, there has been a shift in attitudes towards and acceptance of virtual counseling and tele-health. The counselors are all looking forward to having all the students back in school and coming into the guidance offices, but she pointed out some benefits to virtual interactions. “Students who normally wouldn’t be comfortable coming in, there’s now a way to connect with them and they can maintain their privacy,” she said. She continued, “Now with a click of a button they can access their school counselor. In some cases it has increased accessibility, and taken away any stigma because other students don’t see the student walking down to a counseling office. They’re in the privacy of their own home. There have been some benefits I’m very happy about.” D onova n ref le c te d on other possible benefits to emerge from the pandemic. “Something that’s come out of COVID is that everybody has had a moment to take a breath and to look at their lives and maybe assess what’s important and what isn’t,” she said. “Something that we’ve realized is really important is human connection. Trying to maintain that human connection while being remote in the spring and now kind of alternating through our building in a hybrid fashion has been challenging, but not something that we’ve shied away from.” Donovan described a number of programs and initiatives that her department has implemented in the past year, emphasizing that the counseling department is “constantly trying to innovate and meet the needs of our families. Also to make sure that every child has an advocate here, and that they’re known and seen and heard.” She looks forward to some semblance of “normal” in the newly designed counseling suite by next fall. “Our offices have always been busy,’ she said. “The counselors will enjoy having all the students back and coming in constantly.” —Donald Gilpin


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going to spend our time coming up with something really good.” The site’s designation as an area in need of redevelopment “allows us a great ability to design a project that takes advantage of all its surroundings,” Herring added in an email, mentioning open spaces, trees, and an attractive entrance on Route 206. He also listed “a com mu n it y wa l kabi l ity within Princeton Town Center and to public transpor tation, an affordable apartment component that would be the first ever approved in the western side of Princeton, large tax revenue from a site that has never been on the tax rolls, and no bonds or land subsidies from Princeton municipality, state, or any other agency.” Herring Properties owns several units in Princeton as well as office buildings and warehouses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Herring founded the company, which is based at 281 Witherspoon Street, in 2000. “We are in the process of putting the team together for this project,” Herring said. “Then, we will start evaluating the layout of the site, trees, and the roadway, and work within that to start to lay out the concept designs for the project. We are interested in building something that will contribute to the gateway into Princeton. Done well, with good open spaces, it will be a terrific site.” —Anne Levin

In recognition of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 402 years of racism in this country, RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers School of Public Health have joined others around the nation to declare that racism is a public health crisis and that Black Lives Matter. In an effort to ensure a more equitable and just world for Black and brown people, the two organizations developed a call to action in the form of a pledge, which has been adopted by groups that include academia, government, business, and community‐based organizations. “Racism hurts the health of communities by depriving people of the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. It is the fundamental cause of health disparities that are inextricably tied with poverty, inadequate housing, under-resourced and thus, underperforming schools, police brutality, mass incarceration, food deserts, food swamps, unemployment or underemployment, wage disparity, stress, poor access to health care, and violence, all of which are substantial barriers to health equity,” reads a statement from the two organizations. “In order to achieve health equity, eliminate health care disparities, and create more vital communities, we must identify and address racial injustices,” said Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. “We must fearlessly commit to listening, confronting policies, systems, and

holding conversations that lead to actionable change.” The pledge outlines collaborative steps that organizations must take in order to move towards an antiracist and more equitable world. “Pledge signatories will uplift the voices of people of color to ensure unique perspectives are interwoven into the fabric of our organizations; identify, evaluate, and revise internal processes, practices, policies, and behaviors that fail to promote an antiracist culture; in so doing identify and utilize appropriate tools to help evaluate, measure, and monitor the administrative and clinical decisions, including but not limited to Racial Equity Indices; and leverage our investment assets and capital projects to support the built environment and minority-owned business sustainability in the Black and brown communities in which both facilities reside,” the statement reads. “As anchor institutions within our communities, we must lead the way in addressing racial and social inequities that impact the health and well-being of our diverse communities,” said DeA nna Minus -Vincent, senior vice president, chief social integration and health equity strategist for RWJBarnabas Health. The pledge, which was initially signed by Halkitis, Minus-Vincent, and Ernani Sadural, MD, director of Global Health at RWJBarnabas Health, will also be signed by local organizations that have also expressed a unified commitment to

mantling systemic racism. Pledge signatories will work to enlist local organizations committed to fighting social injustices including, but not limited to the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Equal Justice U.S.A., New Jersey Citizen Action, and New Jersey Policy Perspective that work to eliminate inappropriate use of force in law enforcement, systemic incarceration of Black males, health care disparities, and economic inequalities in the Black community.

Collegiate Pageant to Be Held at Hyatt Regency

The inaugural Miss New Jersey-New York Collegiate USA Pageant will be held at the Hyatt Regency Princeton March 20. Young women ages 13-29 can participate in collegiate and high school divisions. All contestants receive a college scholarship sponsored by Marymount University and the opportunity to win additional cash scholarships and awards. The Miss Collegiate USA Organization is a nonprofit organization determined by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The annual national pageant celebrates and rewards young women who are college-bound, current degree seekers with higher education exposure, or seeking help to pay student loan debt with career opportunities, cash, and college scholarships. The pageant aspirations are to recognize and incentivize young women to receive scholarships for higher education, and become positive role models, all while building a strong sisterhood.

National event to be held this summer in Greenville, South Carolina. Winners of the state pageant will receive the official state crown, rhinestone- embroidered state banner, entry fee into the national pageant, a cash scholarship, a prize package, and eligibility to compete in the inaugural 2021 Miss Collegiate USA/Miss High School National Pageant. That event is an opportunity to win a $40,000 college scholarship to Marymount University, $5,000 cash scholarship, and many other awards. In 2021 the organization anticipates awarding over $500,000 in scholarships, cash, and awards. In addition, a university fair is scheduled during the week of the national pageant. Visit misscollegiateusa.org/universityfair for information about that event. Apply for the pageant at misscollegiateusa.org/njnypageant. For more information, visit misscollegiateusa.org.

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On January 11, at 8:49 a.m., a resident of State Ro ad r ep or te d t h at h i s fe n ce, w it h t wo B lack Lives Matter signs on it, was splattered with orange paint. The estimated damage is $300. The detective bureau is investigating the incident. On Januar y 7, at 8 :17 a.m., a resident of Jefferson Road repor ted t hat someone placed a sign that read “traitor” in green ink on his front lawn. A shamrock, that is usually associated with the Irish culture, was drawn next to the word. The detective bureau is investigating. On Januar y 7, at 7:21 p.m., a resident of Juniper Row reported that someone tricked her into believing he was a federal law enforcement official and deceived her into sending him $16,000 worth of gift card codes.

Police Blotter On January 12, at 11:54 a.m., a caller reported that forced entry was made into a classroom she rents on Vandeventer Avenue. The suspect stole $2,500 worth of items. On January 11, at 2:02 p.m., a woman repor ted that a check she wrote for $9,800 was taken out of a U.S. Mail postal box on

Correction The page 1 story in the December 30, 2020 issue of Town Topics erroneously indicated that Princeton Consignment on Spring Street was among the businesses that had closed due to the pandemic. The store is, in fact, open. “We are open for business and going strong w ith racks of lovely clothes,” said owner Beth Censits. “I love being a part of the Princeton business community and a resident.”

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make sure we use every dose we do receive.” The Princeton Monday newsletter from mayor and Council recommended three strategies for finding and registering for a COVID vaccine (no promises of being able to avoid frustration or to make an appointment): 1) Pre-register on the New Jersey vaccine registration portal at covidvaccine.nj.gov or call (855) 568-0545 for customer service phone support. If you pre-register the NJDOH will email you when it is time to schedule an appointment. 2) Review a list of the NJ COVID-19 vaccine locations, also at covidvaccine.nj.gov. Some of these clinics have their own registration portal where you might be able to register. 3) Sign up on the Princeton COVID-19 Vaccination Registration/Screening Tool at princetonnj.gov. The municipality reports that there are currently more than 20,000 individuals on their waitlist. Individuals will be contacted in the order received based on their eligibility. Since mid-January eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination

in New Jersey has included all residents over 65, smokers, and anyone from 16 to 64 with a qualifying medical condition, as well as health care personnel, long-term care residents and staff, and first responders. T h e P r i n ce ton H e a lt h Depar tment on Monday, Januar y 25 repor ted 14 new cases in Princeton in the previous seven days, far below the highest seven-day total of 39 recorded in December, and 46 new cases in the previous 14 days, a significant decline from the high of 66 recorded last month. There were 45 active positive cases in Princeton. Williams noted that New Jersey’s second COVID-19 wave had peaked, according to the NJDOH dashboard, but he added, “There is still a lot we all must continue to do to see things like case numbers and positivity rates subside.” The New Jersey transmission rate declined Tuesday to 0.92 from 0.94, with any number below 1 signifying a decline in the spread of the virus. —Donald Gilpin

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Lambertville House Tour Now Available Online

Those who missed the self-guided walking tour of the 20 sites on last fall’s “L amber t v ille T hen and Now” exhibit can now experience the tour virtually. Lambertville was incorporated as a town in 1849 and as a city in 1872. From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, the ferry, the canal, the railroad and the Old York Road stagecoach route all contributed to its development and industrialization. The historic exterior images on the virtual tour date from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, and include factory buildings, mansions, a theater, stores, halls, and more. The virtual tour has been updated to include a modern image next to the historic image of the site. Viewers can also read a bit about the history of each site. Some of the buildings have barely changed in over 150 years, some have changed a great deal, and some no longer exist. The online tour can be accessed at lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org/thenandnow.

The Princeton Adult School ( PAS ) is offering predominately online and a few in-person COVID-safe classes this spring. A total of 152 courses are being taught. The lineup, which is detailed in the 40-page catalog, includes such titles as Up Close and Personal : Africa, Nineteenth Century America Through the Prism of Five Extraordinary Elections, and From Village to Tow n : T he Tra nsfor ma tion of Princeton between

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Council Approves Consulting Contracts And Gets Update on Senior Center

At its meeting on Tuesday evening, January 19, Princeton Council approved several contracts for consultants, but voted against a proposed contract for a community Wi-Fi project. The governing body also heard a report from the executive director of Princeton Senior Resource Center about how the organization has coped during the pandemic, and its hopes for expansion and renovations in the near future. A report from Enterpr ise F leet Management about a comprehensive program proposed for the town was also delivered. The bid for the Wi-Fi project, which would provide coverage to residents of affordable housing, was rejected because the paperwork provided by the company, Andrena, was incomplete. Marc Dashield, the town’s administrator, said the bid was the only one received.

“They didn’t have the certificate we need, so we have to reject it by law,” he said. “We are looking to rebid the project, and will be reaching out to this firm again to make sure they’re available.” Council voted to add a third alternate to the affordable housing board, which has seven regular members. It was noted that alternates only vote when there isn’t a full quorum, but they can participate in discussions. The governing body ap proved a contract for a consultant to write the weekly newsletters put out by the mayor and Council, at $75 an hour. The newsletters are distributed by Access Princeton. A $12,000 contract with planner Carlos Rodrigues was approved for an investigation into whether the Princeton Shopping Center should be declared an area in need of redevelopment. The

area to be studied includes North Harrison Street, Terhune Road, and Clearview Avenue. The Council also approved $30,000 for the firm Heyer, Gruel & Associates, to fund a preliminary look into whether the Maple Terrace site on Franklin Avenue should receive similar designation as an area in need of redevelopment. The town’s police department will receive $108,351 for new mobile data equipment, updating the terminals in officers’ cars. The existing terminals are not compatible with the new camera system being installed in vehicles, nor with the body-worn cameras the department has been adopting, Council members said. In his presentation, Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) Executive Director Drew Dyson told Council that though the building closed last March, it had

shifted to online presentations within two weeks and currently has more than 5,000 registrations for online programs. “When I tell people now that we operate a virtual senior center, [they say that] most of the senior centers in New Jersey have closed,” Dyson said. “Our tech department has been extraordinary. Some of them are seniors themselves. We have taught Zoom to over 800 people.” PSRC will always have a virtual footprint from now on, Dyson said, even after the pandemic ends and events can be held in person. Overcrowded at the Suz an ne Pat ters on Center b eh i nd Monu m ent Ha ll, PSRC is currently renting additional space at Lawr e n c e v i l l e P r e s b y te r i a n Church and elsewhere. A 12,000-square-foot building on Poor Farm Road has been purchased and is currently being renovated for classroom space. Administrative offices and space for

exercise programs will remain at the Suzanne Patterson Center, Dyson said. In the short term, PSRC is envisioning a renovation in the $250,000 range. A larger project, if funded, would address space for social gatherings, renovate the kitchen and bathrooms, and address environmental efficiency. There were plans in place several years ago to add on to the Suzanne Patterson Center, but there wasn’t space for parking and 90 percent of PSRC’s clients drive to the site, Dyson added. Council is currently considering the usage of several public buildings in town, including Monument Hall and Witherspoon Hall, to be addressed in the overhaul of the master plan. PSRC’s facilities are just one part of those considerations. “This is not about our very strong commitment to the senior center or in some way stepping back from financial commitment,” said Councilwoman Eve Niedergang.

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“The issue is how much of that money should get spent on renovations. We will focus on that next week.” A r e p or t on “Fac i l it y Planning/Monument Hall/ Suzanne Patterson Center/ Public Works” was listed on the agenda for Council’s January 26 meeting, which was held after press time. —Anne Levin

Mercer County Clerk’s Holiday Drive Delivers Record Donations

The annual holiday drive held by the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, benefiting area charities, delivered a record amount of monetary donations this year to local animal shelters. County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and her staff annually collect toys and clothing for the Children’s Home Society. They also collect pet food and pet supplies, as well as monetary donations, for the Trenton Animal Shelter and EASEL, the Ewing animal shelter. Money can also be directed to other local shelters upon request. Contributions come from staff in the clerk’s office, the Mercer Count y courthouses, and the public. Items are then distributed by the clerk and her staff. The office delivered over $1,000, along with pet food and supplies, to the Trenton Animal Shelter, and a large amount of dog and cat food and animal supplies to EASEL. They also delivered over $500 in monetary contributions, along with toys and clothing, for the Children’s Home Society before the Christmas holiday. “If the public puts their trust in you to serve them, your service should extend beyond your official title,” said Sollami Covello. “Of course, this would not be possible without those generous souls and businesses who donated to help our local charities. By collecting toys, clothing, pet food, and money, we hope to make the holidays brighter for the children in need and for those forgotten holidays during the winter months.” This year, the office noted a rise in monetary donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Children’s Home Society has offered many services to vulnerable families including women’s health services, clinical and behavioral counseling, educational opportunities, and more. For further information, visit chsofnj.org. B ot h E A S E L a n d t h e Trenton Animal Shelter are committed to reducing the euthanizing of homeless animals in Mercer County. They are also accepting donations and volunteers. For more information, visit EASEL’s website at easelnj.org or call the Trenton Animal Shelter at (609) 989-3254.

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will not be offered this tax season at any site in Mercer County. However, AARP is offering an alternative this year called the AARP Alternative Tax Preparation program (ATP). The ATP program provides direct taxpayer access to free online tax software for this year’s taxes as well as video and/or phone assistance with a cer tified AARP tax assister. Rather than doing the tax return for taxpayers, certified AARP tax assisters help taxpayers prepare their own online returns. As of January 22, taxpayers can get more information about the Alternative Tax Preparation program at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide. Once the COVID-19 pandemic ends, the Tax-Aide program intends to resume preparing tax returns at A $10,000 HONOR: Nunana Honutse, a Rider University senior, Mercer County sites next has won a scholarship for Future Supply Chain Leaders. Honu- year. tse is the second Rider student to win the honor.

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Rider University senior Nunana Honutse has earned the John Galt Solutions’ $10,000 Scholarship for Future Supply Chain Leaders. The global supply chain ma nagem ent major was selected out of 135 undergraduate students. Honutse is the second Rider student to win the honor. Senior Lillian DeMarco became the first student to win the award in 2019. Honutse says the award came as a welcome surprise during a particularly difficult year. “I was not expecting to win this scholarship because I have received a lot of rejections this past year, so imagine my surprise when I received the call,” she said. “Working two jobs while going to school full time is stressful, so I am grateful to the John Galt Foundation for recognizing me and awarding me with this scholarship.” J o h n G a l t S o l u t i o n s’ CEO Anne Omrod said the scholarship committee was particularly impressed with Honutse’s dedication to her education. “Her hard work, combined with her academic dedication to supply chain and passion for making a positive difference in the world, made us certain that granting this scholarship would help a gifted and compassionate student achieve her goals,” Omrod said. Honutse has numerous goals for her future. Foremost, she hopes to use her background in supply chain to make a difference in her home country, Ghana, where food insecurity runs rampant. She dreams of one day building a food bank or community center for those in need. She also strives to offer similar scholarship opportunities for students in the future. “My goal is to eventually become a business owner and company executive, to create a scholarship fund to help students, and to use my platform to provide a voice for minorities, especially Africans like myself who are often marginalized,” she said.

management dur ing her last year at Mercer County Community College. After her adviser introduced her to the field, she quickly found her passion for it and transferred to Rider. “One of the things that I love about supply chain is that it has a combination of different majors,” she said. “It is a very diverse field that includes other disciplines such as marketing and finance. My interests in supply chain are what drove me to pursue a minor in business analytics because technology and supply chain go hand in hand.” Honutse said Rider has prepared her for her future in supply chain management. She credits her professors, coursework, events with industry professionals and leadership opportunities through Rider’s Global Supply Chain Association. “At Rider, I am not just a shadow in the bunch; I am seen and listened to,” she said. Already on her way to beginning her professional career, Honutse has secured a full-time job offer from Amazon after graduation as an area manager. She also has plans to begin studying for her master’s degree in the fall.

YMCA Launches Program Of Winter Activities

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Princeton YMCA now has a tent, space heaters, and temporary lighting on the field through March to extend afternoon hours for activities. “Winterpalooza” will offer outdoor basketball clinics with coach JJ from Princeton University, field games and more with Derek Moorehead, Teen Strength Outdoor Boot Camp, and other physical and social activities under the tent. The aim is for younger members to have ways to stay active, connected, and engaged with each other during the most challenging months of the pandemic. Swim lessons and other indoor activities will continue, with safety protocols in place. For more information and registration, v isit pr incetonymca.org.

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To the Editor: Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, Princeton Council declared racism a public health crisis through the passage of resolution 20-195 on June 8, 2020. Council noted the need for “assessments of internal policies and procedures to ensure racial equity” in all municipal work. Over the summer and fall, a Civil Rights Commission (CRC) ad hoc committee worked diligently on creating a Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) Toolkit, which was presented to the Council on December 14, 2020, to a positive reception. As suggested at the Council meeting, we look forward to the Toolkit being presented to municipal department heads. The ad hoc committee was comprised of two community partners, Afsheen Shamsi, a former CRC commissioner and Linda Oppenheim, a Not In Our Town Princeton board member, as well as two CRC commissioners, Jean Durbin and Surinder Sharma, and myself, CRC chair. During the process, the committee consulted with Joanne Parker, Fern and Larry Spruill, Karen Hernandez-Granzen, and Anastasia Mann. Discrimination is rooted in unchecked bias. Racial Equity Impact Statements (REIS) are one way of addressing the implicit bias that exists in everyday work. The REIA Toolkit is a series of questions or REIS designed to confront bias

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Reminding Community to Be Conscious About Choices, As They All Have Local Implications

To the Editor: I moved to Princeton almost 12 years ago; part of what I immediately embraced about this community was its texture. We are nestled here in the heart of New Jersey, surrounded by great population density, and yet it is possible to know our neighbors, to have relationships with local businesspeople, to greet fellow community members in the streets. I likewise embraced the physical texture of our community, including a walkable downtown, an old fashioned outdoor shopping center, and the ways in which the campus of a great research university abuts and engages its downtown center — rather than being banished to the edges, as is so often the case. This is a community in which town and gown are interwoven, in which the edges of each blend in dynamic ways. For my part, the Museum I lead has been a part of the blurring and blending of those edges. Historic Bainbridge House on Nassau Street became a gallery venue for our Museum in September 2019 as an intimately-scaled destination for residents, visitors, and students alike. The opening of a satellite Museum Store followed in November 2019 as a further way of integrating this particular cultural entity into the fabric of the town around us. The public health crisis of the past ten months and the financial challenges that have ensued clearly remind us how fragile this fabric can be. Storefront vacancies sadly abound, reminding us that many of our local entrepreneurs operate on a shoestring of profitability even in good times.

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But these same months also make clear that this fabric has tensile strength: We CAN be here for each other synergistically through difficult times. The Spring Street mural currently in place reminds us to “Love Local.” In times like these, we must BE the community we want to inhabit. We must be conscious about our choices, since every choice has implications. It is easy to regret the closing of a beloved retailer or restaurant. But unless we wish to occupy a landscape bereft of that rich mix, we must ensure that our actions align with our sentiments. Let’s all act on those feelings and buy local, support local, and indeed love local. JAMES STEWARD Director, Princeton University Art Museum Board member, Princeton Merchants Association

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Compatible Spirits: Finding Mozart and Chekhov in Their Letters You cannot imagine how enchanting the music sounds from a box close to the orchestra! —Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) to his wife If we are not together now, it isn’t you who are to blame, but the demon that filled me with bacilli and you with love for art. —Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) to his future wife esides listening to Mozart and reading Chekhov this week — both born in January, the composer on the 27th, the writer on the 29th — I’ve been reading their letters, which are enlivened by the same buoyant spirit, along with a shared understanding of the human comedy in relation to life and love and nature, the joys, temptations, and excesses of existence. As I read, I kept imagining how two such sympathetic spirits might have viewed one another in the context of their work, the music Mozart might have discovered in Chekhov and the literature Chekhov might have drawn from Mozart. So I decided to compare some letters from their middle twenties as well as letters to their wives later in life. Chekhov was 27 when he wrote the letter below, dated April 25, 1887. A Cossack Wedding Writing to his sister Maria after revisiting his birthplace, Taganrog, on the Black Sea, Chekhov sorts through “many discordant impressions” as he recalls the events of the previous day, “a real Cossack wedding, with music, women caterwauling, and a loathsome drinking bout. ... I acted as best man, and was dressed in a borrowed frock coat, with fearfully wide trousers, and not a single stud on my shirt. In Moscow such a best man would have been kicked out, but here I looked smarter than anyone. ... I saw a lot of wealthy marriageable girls, but I was so drunk the whole time that I took bottles for girls and girls for bottles. Probably owing to my drunken condition the local maidens found me witty and satirical!” Meanwhile, “apparently in obedience to a local custom, the newlyweds kissed every minute, kissing so vehemently that every time their lips made an explosive noise, I had a taste of oversweet raisins in my mouth, and got a spasm in my left calf. ... I can’t tell you how much fresh caviar I ate and how much local red wine I drank. It’s a wonder I didn’t burst.” If Mozart were scoring it, the wedding feast would be a scherzo followed by the moody andante of an overnight wait between trains at a place called Zvyerevo: “I had to sleep in a second-class railwaycarriage on the siding. I left the car to relieve myself and it was miraculous out there: the moon, the boundless steppe — a desert with ancient grave-mounds — the silence of the tomb, and the cars and rails standing out boldly against the dim sky —

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a dead world. It was a picture one would not forget for ages and ages.” Flirting with a Baroness Mozart was 26 in October 2, 1782, writing to the Baroness von Waldstätten, the wealthy friend and patroness who had hosted his and Constanze’s wedding feast. After a burlesque of fulsome introductions (“Dearest, best, and fairest, golden, silver, and sugared, most perfect, and precious, highly esteemed Baroness!”), he admits to being “a very happy — and at the same time, a very unhappy — man! Unhappy since the day I saw your ladyship so charmingly coiffée at the ball, for my peace of mind is now gone! Naught since then but sighs and groans! During the remainder of the ball I did not dance — I leapt! Supper was already ordered but I could not eat — I fed! At night, instead of slumbering softly and sweetly — I slept like a dormouse and snored like a bear! and I wager that it was the same with your ladyship. You smile? You blush? You do! I am indeed happy; my future is made. But, who is this taps me on the shoulder? Who peeps into my letter? Oh, oh, oh — my wife! Well I love her and having got her at last, I must keep her. What is to be done?” At this point in his performance, Mozart quote s s om e do ggerel about a woman and a pint of beer, and “if your Ladyship could send me a pint this evening you would be doing me a great favor. For my wife has longings — but only for beer prepared in the English manner! My Constanze who is an angel of a wife and I who am the model of a husband, both kiss your hands a thousand times.” Mozartian Chekhov would surely be amused by the creative energy driving Mozart’s flirtatious monologue, in which he casts himself, the Baroness and his wife as characters in a giddy farce. While Chekhov’s Cossack wedding feast and Mozart’s ball might be musically reimagined in the spirit of The Magic Flute, the most haunting image in the two letters, of Chekhov staring in wonder at the moonlit steppe, is worthy of a Mozart piano concerto, at the moment the pianist pauses, and the full orchestra swoops down to take possession of the melody. Chekhovian There’s a passage in a July 7, 1791 letter from Mozart to Constanze, written half

a year before his death, that suggests a Chekhovian moment. Constanze is in Baden recovering from an illness probably due to a miscarriage (only two of their six children survived infancy). In Vienna, Mozart writes, “You would never believe how long the time seems to me since I left you! I cannot describe my feelings — there is a kind of emptiness which hurts me sharply — a kind of longing, never ceasing, because never satisfied, but persisting, nay increasing, from day to day. When I think how merry we were together in Baden — like children! And what sad, weary hours I live through here! Even my work gives me no joy, because I am accustomed to break off from time to time and exchange a few words with you ... If I go to the clavier and sing something from the opera [The Magic Flute], I have to stop — my emotions are too strong.” Another such moment can be found in W.J. Turner’s biography describing the visit of a friend in the winter of 1791 who found Mozar t and Constanze dancing up and down in his work room. A sked whether he was teaching his wife dancing, Mozart replied, “We are making ourselves warm because we are very cold and have no money for fuel.” Playwright and Actress Imagine the opera Mozar t could compose around the romance of Anton and Olga, married only three years before his death, and Chekhov’s prenuptial letters from Yalta to his “wonderful little actress” when Olga was playing Elena in the Moscow Art Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. In a letter from September 1900, responding to an accusation of “hardheartedness,” he writes, “you wish and expect some kind of explanation, some sort of lengthy conversation carried on with grave expressions on our faces and with momentous conclusions to be drawn. But I don’t know what to tell you, except the one thing I have repeated ten thousand times and will probably continue to repeat for a long time to come, i.e., that I love you — that’s all. If we are not together A who LIFESTYLE! now, it isn’t you are to blame, but the demon that filled me with bacilli and you with love for art.” The letter ends, “Don’t be cross with me, dear one, don’t be blue, be a good girl. What’s new in the theatre? Please write.”

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he Lewis Center for the Arts is presenting the first full production of Unbecoming, a new play by Princeton University alumna Emma Catherine Watkins. The play is inspired by the true story of Lady Charlotte Guest (18121895), the Victorian aristocrat who became the first person to translate the Mabinogion — a Medieval collection of Welsh stories that originated from oral traditions — into English. Unbecoming, which employs a playwithin-a-play format, has two protagonists: Guest, and Blodeuwedd, a central character in the last of the “Four Branches” of the Mabinogion. The legend of the “fairest, and most graceful” woman — whom the magician and warrior Lleu Llaw Gyffes conjures out of flowers to be his wife, but transforms into an owl as punishment for infidelity — is juxtaposed against a somewhat fictionalized depiction of Guest, whose husband tries to mold her to Victorian conceptions of an ideal wife. Guest is given a strong portrayal by Paige Elizabeth Allen, who also is the production’s dramaturg. After Allen discovered Unbecoming through a development workshop hosted by Princeton University in January 2020, she and director (and cast member) Eliana Cohen-Orth proposed the project to the Program in Theater, as their senior theses. The production was developed in collaboration with Watkins. The pandemic necessitated that the production, intended to be performed live, instead be filmed for online broadcast. (It also required particular versatility from all of the student artists. Production designers also perform, and actors portray multiple roles.) The artists lived together as a quarantine pod, in an off-campus house. The performance was filmed in their backyard. The video makes clear that Unbecoming, with a character conjured from flowers, is well suited to open-air venues. After the opening credits we see an outdoor garden, which Set Designer Isabella Hilditch has furnished with a bed and a desk. The ensemble dances to Delaney McMahon’s ethereal piano music — using expressive movements (choreographed by Allen) that are both graceful and acrobatic — while carrying drapes to obscure one of the performers. Eventually the drapes are removed to reveal Blodeuwedd. Charlotte is about to give birth, and it is through gasps of pain that she establishes a central theme with this rather defensive assertion: “It is entirely appropriate for me to translate the Mabinogion, this collection of ancient Welsh tales, into the English language … I’m quite sure there are others — scholars, Welshman — who could accomplish all of this with more ease and grace. But as of yet, none of them has.”

She gives birth to a boy. Citing orders from her doctor to rest, she asks a servant, Susanna (portrayed by Hannah Wang), to look after him. Charlotte now is alone with a vision of Blodeuwedd (Nora Aguiar), whose story she resumes translating. The literary translator and the mythological creation stare at each other, their hands touching in a moment of spiritual bonding. This is interrupted by the appearance of Lady Charlotte’s Welsh husband, John (portrayed by lighting designer Naomi Park). After Charlotte hastily hides her papers in a clumsy attempt to convince John that she is not working, he presents her with a gift: The Wives of England. Sarah Stickney Ellis’ book is personified by the prim and imperious Wife of England. The character is portrayed by Cohen-Orth, who blends prissy delivery of dialogue with dainty, disapproving body language, to give the production one of its most entertaining performances. The Wife of England, who intermittently recites passages from the book for which she is named, also gets one of Noelle Quanci’s best costumes, which is enhanced by a parasol. Aided by Minjae Kim’s sound design, and Halle Mitchell’s musical direction, McMahon provides a rich musical score that distinguishes each character. The

Wife of England is given delicate violin music, while Blodeuwedd is accompanied by a mysterious choral piece. At a party in London, Charlotte has an uncomfortable conversation with two haughty aristocratic women, Lady Beatrice (Park) and Lady Mary (Eliyana Abraham), who make a show of fanning themselves, and disapproving of everything from a “vulgar” waltz to John’s ironworks business. (Their relationship to Charlotte is not entirely clear.) The encounter is interrupted by the appearance of Tegid (Wang), a struggling author and Welsh scholar who once tutored Charlotte. As they dance Tegid offers to proofread Charlotte’s Mabinogion translation. Back home in Wales, Charlotte continues working. Blodeuwedd fixes her with an intent, slightly disapproving, gaze. Later, after the Victorian family has gone to bed, the Mabinogion characters continue to interact. Blodeuwedd ‘s lover, Gronw (Wang), pointedly removes the outer part of Blodeuwedd’s “velvet curtain” costume, remarking, “Lady Charlotte has never been one for nuance and subtlety.” Charlotte and John’s oldest daughter, Maria (Abraham), enters and interrupts a work session. Breaking the wall between the play’s two worlds, Maria looks directly at Blodeuwedd and asks, “Who’s that?”

“UNBECOMING”: The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater is presenting “Unbecoming.” Directed by Eliana Cohen-Orth, the video will be available online, to view for free, through January 31. Above: Lady Charlotte Guest (Paige Elizabeth Allen, center) is torn between Victorian societal expectations personified by the Wife of England (Eliana CohenOrth, left) and ambitions to complete a translation of the “Mabinogion,” which includes the tale of Blodeuwedd (Nora Aguiar, right). (Photo by Cathy Watkins, for the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University) The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater’s production of Unbecoming is available to view online, for free, through January 31, 2021. To learn more about the play, or view the production (and the online discussions featuring the creative team), visit arts.princeton.edu/video-performance-unbecoming.

Charlotte tells an eager Maria a somewhat bowdlerized version of the story. John walks in as Charlotte describes to Maria the segment in which Llew (Park) transforms Blodeuwedd into an owl. John harshly voices doubt as to the appropriateness of Maria hearing the story, as well as the extent to which Charlotte’s understanding of the Welsh language, history, and folklore equips her to translate the story with authenticity. During one of two online panel discussions about the play (currently available on the Lewis Center’s website), Angela V. John (co-author of a biography of Guest) asks why John is portrayed as being so unsupportive of Charlotte’s work. Allen reveals that as the script developed, John evolved from being just a “source of conflict and patriarchy” to a character who asks “‘Who has the right to tell this story?’” She explains, “John is — in this version — trying to defend his Welshness,” Watkins adds that John personifies scholars who dismissed Guest’s work, and acknowledges that the real John Guest perhaps is not “portrayed in the most historically accurate way.” But it is an effective device that permits the playwright to dramatize both sides of an issue that recently has been at the forefront of performing arts criticism and practice. In the play, Blodeuwedd contradicts John’s objections. In a beautiful exchange of dialogue, she reveals that although she initially has shared John’s doubts about Lady Charlotte, she is impressed by her determination and affinity: “You learned my language; I learned yours…. You are not like the men who have told my story before, Charlotte. That is why I want you to tell it.” Charlotte may not be Welsh, but as a woman she can bring an as yet unheard perspective. Though Blodeuwedd adds, “You cannot tell it until you have listened.” She then tells Charlotte her own (darker and more violent) version of her story. This sequence is presented via shadow puppetry that is given some eerie lighting by Park. Cohen-Orth casts the multiple roles in a (gender-bending) way that highlights juxtapositions inherent in the script. Park portrays John Guest and Llew, the controlling husbands; while Wang plays Gronw and Tegid, who offer the women an escape from that control. he performances, and Cohen-Orth’s staging, deftly finesse rapid transitions from one world to another. Hopefully Unbecoming, a play that examines the responsibilities that past and present generations have to one another, will have a rewarding future when theatrical works again can be performed live. —Donald H. Sanborn III

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VIRTUAL VIRTUOSITY: Aleisha Walker, a member of American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, will perform in “Escapades” as part of a two-night festival on American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel. (Photo by Jojo Mamangun)

LUTENIST AND MORE: Daniel Swenberg plays rarely heard early music on January 31, in a concert presented by The Dryden Ensemble. The group is doing three virtual performances this season. had in mind was not what spreading the joy of makThe Dryden Ensemble Presents Virtual Concerts most people think of today. ing music,” said Gregory

T he Dr yden E ns emble presents three virtual concerts in the coming weeks. Named in honor of John Dryden, the English poet laureate whose words inspired Baroque compos ers including Purcell and Handel, the Dryden Ensemble specializes in performing music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. On Sunday, January 31 at 4 p.m., lutenist Daniel Swenberg will be featured in Extraordinary Tunings, a recital of rarely heard works from 1620-1650. On Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m., Lisa Terry will present a lecture-recital entitled “Leycester Lyra Viol Lessons.” The ensemble will celebrate Bach’s birthday on Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. with a streaming of their live concert of Bach’s St. John Passion, recorded on March 13, 2020. Swenberg has spent the pandem ic explor ing t he repertoire known as “Les Accords Nouveaux ou Extraordinaire.” It has been one of his few joys during these difficult days. It is a mysterious and almost unknown world, for lutenists and audiences alike. From 1623-1638, a series of lute publications featured revolutionary extraordinary and new tunings — departing from the traditional Renaissance tuning or “vieil ton.” Eventually, the lute’s tuning settled into a standard baroque lute tuning: the d minor or “Nouveau accord ordinarie.” Terry, in her Valentine’s Day recital, plays the bass viol “lyra-way,” with melodies and chordal accompaniment just like a lute with a bow, in these 17th century lessons collected by English gentleman Peter Leycester. The program includes typical baroque dance movements like allemandes, courantes and sarabandes, a few settings of folk songs, and some engaging character pieces named after folks such as “Guilllim,” and “Mr. and Mrs. Daniels.” The March 21 streaming of Bach’s St. John Passion is a rare oppor tunit y to hear the work in a rendition Bach might recognize. The St John Passion is a choral work — but the choir Bach

Bach performed the Passion with a choir of just eight singers, t wo singers per part, and those eight singers sang all the solo parts as well, including that of the narrator or Evangelist. This is exactly how the Dryden Ensemble scored their performance of the Passion. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit drydenensemble.org. Ticket prices range from $10 to $50.

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Petipa, Alexei Ratmansky, Brendan Saye, Antony Tudor, and Rostislav Zakharov. Company members gathered last fall for a “ballet bubble” at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT, and at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, New York, following protocol to protect against the pandemic. The performances were filmed at Kaatsbaan. They highlight the studio company’s mission to develop the next generation of ballet dancers, choreographers, and audiences. On February 9, the festival will open with a mix of classic and neo-classical works, along with Studio Company premieres and a world premiere. Lovette, who is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, choreographed La Follia Variations just before the

“The repertoire in these programs, which ranges from classical and neoclassical to modern works, reflects ABT’s commitment to cultivating both innovative new choreography and a promising new generation of dancer,” said Radetsky.“We all feel deeply fortunate to have safely gathered in our ballet bubble. The opportunity to train, create, and perform in person once again, after a long period of isolation and during a crucial point in our young dancers’ artistic development, was a gift. We are grateful as well for the privilege of working with choreographers like Hope, Lauren, Amy, and Brendan, who animated our studios — in person and virtually —with artistry and imagination.” For more information, visit abt.org.

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have both been longtime members of the Ar tists’ Gallery in Lambertville, and they have had a lot of opportunities to see each other’s work hanging side by side. “This joint show was originally scheduled for June of 2020,” said Har r ing ton. “However, due to the pandemic, the Artists’ Gallery was closed during that time. Alla and I have been looking forward to when we could exhibit our work in the gallery. I think everyone has been looking for ward to 2021, and February has me looking forward to warmer weather and longer days.” Podolsky received formal

art training as a child in the Ukraine and continued her art education in the United States at Moore College of Art and Design. She graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She received a master’s degree in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1999. Harrington has worked as an illustrator for over 40 years and is a professor at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. The Ar tists’ Galler y is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Visit lambertvillearts.com for more information.

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The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers has announced vir tual programs for the new year while the museum building remains closed to the public and in-person events are suspended until further notice. The free film series The History of Russian Design cont i nue s on T hu r s day, January 28. The 20-minute episode on Zoom will be followed by a live Q&A with Julia Tulovsky, curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli, and Alexandra Sankova, director of the Moscow Design Museum, the co-curators of the Zimmerli exhibition “Everyday Soviet: Soviet Industrial Design and Nonconformist Art (1959-1989),” which is now a virtual exhibition on Zimmerli at Home. Learn more and register at zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu. Express your creativity and fight off cabin fever with Saturday Sparks Adult Art Workshops. Tom Rutledge returns with watercolors on January 30 and April 17 (each session has a different theme), and Wes Sherman introduces a new medium, oil pastels, on March 13. Each workshop costs $30; discounts are available for Zimmerli members or multiple sessions. No experience is necessary, but seating is limited. Visit go.rutgers. edu /artclasses for details and to register. The Zimmerli, Windows of Understanding, and Rutgers Global present Art After Hours on February 2. The Zoom program focuses on a listening session of “The Moral Responsibility of the Ar tist,” James Baldwin’s speech at the University of Chicago in 1963. It is followed by a panel of brief personal reflections from Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members about the intersections of their art and social practice, as well as a live Q & A. Featured speakers include Frederick Curr y, Marc Handelman, He at her Har t, Mar s ha l l Jones, and Jo-El Lopez. Find details at Zimmerli at Home Virtual Events and view recordings of previous events on videos. The program is part of this year’s Windows of Understanding public art project, now in its fourth year of pairing artists with organizations to bring attention to positive strides being made by local social justice initiatives. Works are on

view at venues throughout New Brunswick, Highland Park, and Metuchen through February 28. Two of the Zimmerli’s favorite interactive art-making exper iences for families and young artists resume on Zoom this winter and spring. Art Together, which offers free family art activities, meets on February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1. Register up to the program start time at go.rutgers.edu/ arttogether. Recordings of previous meetings are posted on Zimmerli at Home. The next session of Art Adventures begins February 16 and meets virtually over eight Tuesdays. Open to artists of all skill levels between the ages of 7 and 14, these afterschool classes explore a variety of mediums and methods. For details and registration, visit go.rutgers. edu/artadventures. This spring, the Zimmerli partners with Sisterwork, a New Brunswick start-up committed to addressing intergenerational poverty in New Jersey, for the new s er ies BLOOM : E xplore Grow th and Self-Expression Through Art. Sessions are free and open to the public, who are invited to participate in any or all of the workshops, which take place on February 13, March 13, and April 10. Each session inv ites par ticipants to engage with artwork in the Zimmerli’s collections through mindfulness, movement, and community narratives. Registration is not required. Workshops are conducted with both English and Spanish instruction. Visit Zimmerli at Home Virtual Events at zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu for details and Zoom information.

Area Exhibits Check websites for information on safety protocols. Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, has “A Clear Light” through January 31. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. lambertvillearts. com. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, has “Travels: Domestic and aBroad” through January 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. artscouncilofprinceton.org.

D & R Greenway L and Trust, One Preser vation Place, has the ongoing virtual galleries “Trail of Breadcrumbs: Nature in Fairytales” and “Portraits of Preservation: James Fiorentino Art.” The center is currently closed to the public. drgreenway.org. Ellarslie, Trenton’s City Museum in Cadwalader Park, Parkside Avenue, Trenton, has “The Conversation Continues” and “On the Forefront: Trenton’s Junior 1, 1916,” both in the museum and online. Visit ellarslie.org for museum hours. Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, has “Rebirth: Kang Muxiang,” “Bruce Beasley: Sixty Year Retrospective, 1960-2020,” and other exhibits. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed tickets required. Indoor buildings are closed to the public. groundsforsculpture.org. Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, has “A Virtual Tour of Hamilton’s Princeton” and the “History@ Home” series. princetonhistory.org. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa., has “Syd Carpenter: Portraits of Our Places” through February 28, and “Fern Coppedge: New Discoveries” through April 18. The museum reopens to the public on February 5. michen- “YELLOW BALLOON”: This painting by Alla Podolsky is part of “Looking Forward,” her dual erartmuseum.org. exhibit with Richard Harrington, on view February 4 through February 28 at the Artists’ Gallery Morven Museum & Gar- in Lambertville. den, 55 Stockton Street, has the online exhibit “Portrait of Place: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints Of New Jersey, 1761–1898.” Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 908.359.8388 a.m. to 4 p.m. morven.org. 741 Alexander Rd, Princeton • 924-2880 Route 206 • Belle Mead Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, has the ongoing virtual exhibits “When Women Vote — The Old Barracks and the Anti-Suffrage Movement” and “Necessary and Proper for the Public Good.” The museum is temporarily closed to the public. barracks.org. Princeton University Art Museum has the online exhibits “Looking at 17th -Century Dutch Painting,” “Life Magazine and the Power of Photography,” “The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder,” and more, along with many online events. The museum is currently closed to the public. artmuseum.princeton.edu. West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, has ”Harmony Art Show” online and by appointment through February 26. westwindsorarts.com.

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Calendar Wednesday, January 27 4-5:30 p.m.: Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber holds virtual Business After Business, a networking event. Princetonmercer.org. Thursday, January 28 1-3 p.m.: The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber presents the Central Jersey 2021 Real Estate Forecast with keynote speakers. Princetonmercer.org. 7-8 p.m.: “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918: The Story and Lasting Impact.” College of New Jersey Professor Rita King leads this virtual discussion. Sponsored by Mercer County Library System. Registration required. Mcl.org. Friday, January 29 On demand through January 31: Virtual concert by the Buskaid Soweto String E nsemble, presented by Princeton Symphony Orchestra. “Brilliant Baroque to Cool Kwela,” including works by Mozart, Bruch, and Princeton-based composer Julian Grant. $ 5. Princetonsymphony.org or (609) 497-0020. Saturday, January 30 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Science on Saturdays series from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory presents “From Studying the Sun to Searching for Dark Matter to Fighting COVID-19,” with Princeton University Professor Cristian Galbiati. Pppl.gov. 10 a.m.: “Ice Harvest,” at Howell Living Histor y Farm, 70 Woodens Lane,

Hopewell. Learn about tools and technology that made ice harvesting a successful business at the turn of the century. Visitors, who must wear masks and be socially distanced, can try to use the ice saw on the pond. Howellfarm.org. 11 a.m.: Friends of Princeton Public Librar y host Ralph Nader and Richard Cordray in conversation with Carl Mayer via Zoom. Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets, w ill prepare dishes from Nader’s new cookbook. $65 including books from Cordray and Mayer. Princetonlibrary.org. Sunday, January 31 1-3 p.m.: “How the Vacuum Tube Created the Age of Electronics,” Zoom talk by Jonathan Allen, presented by the College of New Jersey’s Sarnoff Collection. Davidsarnoff.tcnj.edu. 4 p.m.: “Little Books and Big Ideas in the 17th Century.” Presented virtually by Princeton University Library. With Jennifer Larson, professor of classics at Kent State Universit y. Libcal. princeton.edu. Monday, February 1 Recycling Wednesday, February 3 1 p.m.: “This Old House,” new virtual series presented by Princeton Senior Resource Center. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water. $10. Psrc.org. Thursday, February 4 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers Market Winter Market, Franklin Avenue lot. Princetonfarmersmarket.com. 12 p.m.: Chocolate-making demonstration by Robinson’s Chocolates; via Zoom. P re s e nte d by P r i nce ton

Senior Resource Center. Princetonsenior.org. 7-8:30 p.m.: Poetry Circle: Winter Poems. Online program presented by Mercer County Library System. Discussion of poems by Wallace Stevens, Tomas Transtromer, Robert Frost, Emily Bronte, Pablo Neruda, and several others. Mcl.org. Friday, February 5 1 p.m.: Virtual screening of 4 Little Girls, presented by Princeton Senior Resource Center in recognition of Black History Month. Free but registration required. Psrc.org. Saturday, February 6 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Science on Saturdays lecture series from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Adam Ruben, author, “Public Perception of Science: Lesson from a Dead Sheep.” Pppl.gov. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. : We s t Windsor Winter Farmers Market, at Meadow Road lot of MarketFair mall, U.S. Route 1. wwcfm.org. 7 p.m.: Princeton Nursery School holds a virtual fundraiser, “A Starry Starry Evening.” CNBC’s Brian Sullivan will interview executive director Rose Wong; singersongwriter Carly King will per for m. Pr incetonnurs eryschool.org. Monday, February 8 7- 8 : 3 0 p. m . : M e r c e r County Library System presents Monday Night Book Group: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, by Cokie Roberts. All welcome to read and discuss. Mcl.org. Wednesday, February 10 1 p.m.: “This Old House,” virtual series presented by Princeton Senior Resource

Center. Mount Vernon. $10. Psrc.org. 7 p.m.: Pissi Myles hosts Online Trivia Night with a Valentine’s Day theme, virtual event presented by State Theatre NJ. $5. To sign up, visit STNJ.org/trivia. Thursday, February 11 2-3 p.m.: Introduction to American Sign Language, online presentation from Mercer County Library System. Becky Selden-Kelly is the instructor. Mcl.org. Friday, February 12 11:45 a.m.: FYI Seminar: “Your Most Important Documents: What to Keep and What to Toss,” presented by Princeton Senior Resource Center. Free but registration required. Psrc.org. 1 p.m.: Discussion with Sushama Austin- Collins, founding director of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary. Presented by Princeton Senior Resource Center. Free but registration required. Psrc. org. Saturday, February 13 9:30 a.m.: Science on Saturdays lecture series from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Slobain Duffy, “Virus Host-Shifting: Insights from Laboratory Experimental Evolution.” Pppl.gov. Monday, February 15 Recycling 8 p.m.: Washington Crossing Audubon Society presents “Sex, Science, and the Way We Bird Today,” free online presentation by Rick Wright. Visit Contact.wcas@ gmail.com for a link. Space is limited. Tuesday, February 16 3 p.m.: Princeton Senior

Resource Center holds a monthly meeting to discuss elder justice issues and elder abuse prevention. Psrc.org. Wednesday, February 17 5 p.m.: Princeton University Public Lectures and Partners present “Ayad Aktar, Faisal Devji, and Sadia Abbas: Money and War, an American Conversation.” Free via Zoom. Labyrinthbooks.com/events. 6 p.m.: Princeton Public Library board of trustees meeting, via Zoom. Princetonlibrary.org. Thursday, February 18 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers Market Winter Market, Franklin Avenue lot, Princeton. 5:30 p.m.: “In Nature’s Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh,” virtual opening and reception and curator walk at Morven Museum. Free but registration required. Moven.org. 7-8 p.m.: Mercer County Library System presents online program, “Abandoned Ruins on Public Lands in New Jersey: Forgotten and Unknown Pasts.” With aut h or a n d p h oto g r ap h e r Kathleen Butler. Mcl.org. Friday, February 19 1 p.m.: Discussion with Kermit Moss, interim director, Center for Black Church Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary, on the historical, emotional, and educational role the church has played within the Black community. Presented by Princeton Senior Resource Center. Free but registration required. Psrc.org. Saturday, February 20 10 a.m.-1 p.m. : We s t Windsor Winter Farmers Market, at Meadow Road

lot of MarketFair mall, U.S. Route 1. wwcfm.org. Tuesday, February 23 6 p.m.: Labyrinth Books presents Adam Jentleson in Conversation with Sam Wang and Julian Zelizer. “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy.” Free Zoom event. Labyrinthbooks.org/events. Thursday, February 25 6 p.m.: Labyrinth Books presents “Left Pasts, Left Fut ures : Peter Cov iello, Gustavus Stadler, and Kyla Schuller in Conversation.” Free Zoom event. Labyrinthbooks.org/events. Friday, February 26 11:45 a.m.: FYI Seminar: Introduction to Feldenkrais, which is based on principles of physics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. Presented by Princeton Senior Resource Center. Free but registration required. Psrc.org. Saturday, February 27 9:30 a.m.: Science on Saturdays from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Tracy Drain, of NASA, “Mars Exploration Program.” Pppl.org. Sunday, February 28 2 p.m. Signs of Spring Walk w it h hor ticult ur ist Louise Senior, at Morven, 55 Stockton Street. $10 ($5 for Friends of Morven). Social distancing observed; wear water resistant shoes. Morven.org. Monday, March 1 Recycling

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ope and love are on display at the HomeFront Pop-Up Shop at 31 West Broad Street in Hopewell. This is truly an example of looking out for others and helping them in times of need. Located in the storefront belonging to Jim Baxter of Baxter Construction, the new shop has a story to tell.

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Since founding his company in 1981, Baxter has helped clients enjoy the comfort of their homes for nearly 40 years. He understands the importance of family and relationships, and how COVID-19, with its accompanying struggle and suffering, has intensified the focus of the home as a safe haven. He was shocked when he watched a TV news broadcast before Thanksgiving, and saw a very long line of cars all waiting at a food pantr y in nor ther n New Jersey. Almost Serpentine “It was incredibly long and winding, really almost serpentine,” he recalls. “At first, I didn’t know what was happening, and then I realized they were there for food. One of the people interviewed said that they had never expected to be in such a situation. One father said he had lost his job, and the family needed food.” Some people see a need and do nothing; others see a need, and don’t know what to do. Then, there are those who try to address the need.

The impact of seeing such difficulty, and especially during the Thanksgiving season, compelled Baxter to take action. “I wanted to help somehow,” he explains, “and it happened that the first floor showroom of my building was going to be empty. It’s a double store front with lots of space, and I thought maybe in some way I could put it to use to help people. “I discussed it with my colleague Elizabeth Wislar, and we talked about who could benefit from it. She had friends at HomeFront, and reached out to them. So we fixed up the space, put in some new lighting, and got it ready in about a week.” It became a perfect match, and Baxter offered it to HomeFront free of charge. Shelter and Skills Since its founding in 1991, HomeFront has worked to end family homelessness in central New Jersey by breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the provision of shelter and skills for a selfsustaining life, it provides hope for those who often feel hopeless. HomeFront has developed a sophisticated network of supportive housing and social services for very low income households who are either homeless or at high risk of becoming so. Recognized as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, HomeFront ensures that 90 percent of every dollar raised is dedicated to programs that directly help clients. “The work of HomeFront is multi-dimensional. We do much more than provide shelter,” explains founder and director Connie Mercer. “Our programs and activities are designed to help

families experiencing homeless- ness gain skills for selfempowerment and develop a vision of a better future for them and their children.” One of the ways HomeFront supports this transformation is through ArtSpace, the organization’s therapeutic art program. This is a special place where the creative process becomes a tool for self-expression, critical thinking, and problem-solving that can change the lives of the artists. A s t h e Po p - U p S h o p moved forward, with a preChristmas December opening, it became not only a showcase for art, but also a resource for the public to find a variety of items at very reasonable prices. “The majority of monies raised at the Pop-Up Shop going to HomeFront come from donated items from individuals,” explains HomeFront volunteer and curator Anne Battle. “A small percentage comes from artists whom we find throughout the country, who agree to participate in our art shows, along with emerging artists from our HomeFront’s ArtSpace program.” Community At Large Cus tomers w ill f ind a very inviting setting, filled with an eclectic variety of artwork, vintage and new items, including furniture, collectibles, small decorative pieces, dishes, bird houses, costume jewelry, scarves, and tote bags. Attractively displayed, all the items have been donated by individuals. “This is a wonderful way that the community at large c an le ar n ab out Home Front,” notes volunteer and curator Anita Trullinger. “I’m hoping that by coming

HELPING HANDS: “People can come and get something really nice for a very reasonable price, and all the funds go to HomeFront to benefit their clients.” Shown from left are volunteers and curators at the HomeFront Pop-Up Shop in Hopewell. Also pictured is Jim Baxter, owner of the building. Front row: Betty Smith, Anita Trullinger; Back row: Ruthann Traylor, Baxter, and Anne Battle. here, someone might realize they have things in the attic they can donate, or they may be downsizing. And perhaps by coming here, and seeing what we are doing, they might become involved with HomeFront themselves.” The art on display consists of original work by HomeFront artists, as well as that of professional artists in the area. “The art has been very popular with customers,” reports HomeFront art director Rut han n Traylor. “Also, mid-century modern

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furniture has been a favorite of younger people, and really everything across the board has been very wellreceived.” A m o n g t h e f u r n i t u r e, chairs, tables, chests, and beds are available, as is a sofa. The colorful scarves and tote bags, created by the HomeFront artists, have also been in demand. In addition to the items for sale, there is a section of food and supplies specifically designated as gif ts for HomeFront clients. “Non-perishable food, such as canned goods of all kinds, cereal, pasta, etc. are needed,” says HomeFront volunteer and curator Betty Smith. “Personal hygiene items, including tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, and diapers for all ages are all greatly needed.” Highly Successful “People have been very generous,” adds Battle, “and even if they don’t buy anything, we have a donation jar, where they can leave a monetary gift.” “Customers have been ver y suppor tive in many ways,” points out Traylor. “They are all ages, and are coming from all around the area, including Hopewell, Princeton, and Pennington. It has been highly successful, and has really exceeded our expectations.” Because of the very reasonable prices — anywhere from $5 to $500 (for larger pieces of furniture ), the items leave the shop very quick ly. T here are even small chairs for $10. “Because of this, we really need the donations to keep coming in,” says Battle. “We appreciate it if people send us a photo of the item they wish to donate, or they can also stop by and show it to us. Of course, everything has to be in very good condition, and something we think will be popular with customers.” With the virus still surging, the volunteers at the Pop-Up Shop are very careful about

safety precautions regarding sanitation, safe distancing, and wearing of masks. Customers adhere to all the rules, as they enjoy browsing through the intriguing space, and nearly all leave with a purchase. “The community has been incredibly supportive, and people really all seem to be very happy that we are here,” says Smith. Valentine Hearts The shop’s windows, with a variety of items on display, including groupings of suspended Valentine hearts, tempt customers to come inside. Also, the large outdoor sign, made and donated by Jim Baxter, is another handsome attraction. In addition to the many items within, every Saturday outside the shop a representative from Sprouts, t he mobile f lower tr uck business, offers flowers for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the sales goes to HomeFront. “Being able to get flowers in winter is very appealing,” points out Trullinger. “We are open Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4,” says Battle. “Our current plan is to be here through the last weekend in February, but we may stay even longer. The week of February 14 is very important to us, as it starts the week of Hope for HomeFront.” As for Jim Baxter, who set all this in motion, he couldn’t be happier with the result. “It feels good to help, and this was an opportunity to help. HomeFront is a wonderful organization, with wonderful people accomplishing so much good. When we started, we didn’t know just what to expect, but it has been a real success. I am very happy to be a part of it.” or more information on the shop and HomeFront, visit the website at homefrontnj.org. —Jean Stratton

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Having Starred, Served on Staff for PU Men’s Hockey, Davis Excited for New Role as Tiger Assistant Coach

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ommy Davis helped the Princeton University men’s hockey team turn the corner during his senior season with the Tigers in 2016-17. After Princeton went a combined 9-46-6 in the previous two years, defenseman Davis starred as the Tigers improved to 15-16-3 and won a first-round ECAC Hockey playoff series in his final campaign. “I am proud about a lot of things and a lot of teams that I played with but I think what always stands out to me is my senior year and how we sort of finally found our rhythm,” said Davis, a 6’2, 185-pound defenseman from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., who ended up with six goals and 15 assists in 96 appearances for Princeton. “It was a really tough first year with Ron (head coach Ron Fogarty), Dex (assistant coach Brad Dexter), and Stavs (assistant coach Stavros Paskaris). The second year, we were a lot better but it didn’t really get reflected in the win column. Then that last year we were a respectable team. We were .500 or thereabouts, we won a playoff series, and we came really close to winning another one. I felt like we set the stage for the next year.” The next winter, Princeton went on to win the ECACH tournament while Davis headed north and starred

at Providence College in his remaining year of college eligibility, tallying a goal and 10 assists as the Friars advanced to the finals of both the Hockey East tourney and NCAA East Regional. “That was an awesome year, I was able to go to grad school that got paid for and get housing for me and my family right off campus,” said Davis, referring to his wife Annabeth Donovan, a former Tiger field hockey star, and their two young daughters, Esme and Adeline. “There was an opportunity to compete for a league championship and a national championship.” After earning his MBA at Providence, Davis returned to Central Jersey, taking a job teaching and coaching at Princeton Day School and also serving as the director of operations and then volunteer assistant coach for the Tiger men’s hockey team. Now, Davis will be looking to help Princeton get back on the winning track, recently getting hired as a full-time assistant coach for the Tiger program which went 6-205 in 2019-20 and had this season canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. For Davis, getting the chance to work even more closely with head coach Fogarty and top assistant and

now associate head coach Dexter inspired him to apply for the job after Paskaris left the program. “Being on the staff the last two years, getting to know those guys more on a personal level rather than just being their player was a ton of fun,” said Davis. “It was kind of a no-brainer to throw my hat in the ring for the job. I am really happy that I was lucky enough to get the nod. Those guys have been around the game so long, they have such an unbelievable knowledge of the game. I am really excited to learn from them and be able to use my experience from being on the other side to help the whole team.” Over the last two years, Davis gained a lot from his experience coaching at PDS and working with Panther head coach Scott Bertoli, a former Princeton University men’s hockey standout in the late 1990s. “It was fun; I came in from college hockey with college hockey drills and high level stuff and you have to adjust to younger ages,” said Davis, who was the head coach of the middle school team and a varsity assistant in addition to teaching and working in admissions. “Learning how to coach different age groups was a lot of fun. Getting the experience of being an assistant coach for one of the best

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STICKING WITH THE PROGRAM: Tommy Davis, right, battles for the puck in a 2017 game during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. Over the last two years, Davis has been teaching and coaching at Princeton Day School and also serving as the director of operations and then volunteer assistant coach for the Tiger men’s hockey team. In late December, Davis was promoted to the role of full-time assistant coach for the Tigers. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

high school coaches in the state and then being able to turn around and use what I picked up from him as a head coach was really, really nice. Scott is awesome.” While Bertoli will miss having Davis on his staff, he believes the young coach can thrive at the college level. “Tommy is passionate about it, working there in a volunteer capacity the last couple of years,” said Bertoli. “It is great for the program. For me it is a little different. I fully support that program so I think it is a wonderful opportunity but it was a tough loss for us at the time.” Before Davis took that opportunity and made the commitment that comes with coaching at the college level, he needed the OK from his wife. “With our experience at Providence, that solidified the fact that we knew we could handle some travel,” said Davis, noting that the couple now has three children with a son, Tommy, having been born last year. “We had that experience before so that was big. At the end of the day when we just talked about it, she

knew this was where my interest lay. She was supportive and we felt like we could make it work.” Davis is ready for the workload that comes with being the second assistant. “The less experienced assistant is usually the one who logs the most travel and does a lot more of the recruiting,” said Davis. “Obviously it is always a staff decision in terms of recruiting. I will be involved in scouting. In the past, Stavs ran the penalty kill and had a hand in the power play so I may do that.” While starting his new role in a pandemic restricts his interaction with the players, Davis feels a comfort level based on the time he has already spent with the program. “It has been a challenge for everyone,” said Davis. “This would be a lot more daunting and challenging if I didn’t have a relationship with the guys and the staff already. It is a little bit easier that way but with that being said, I haven’t met the freshmen. I am excited to meet those guys. I think most of them are coming back.” With Princeton students coming back to campus for

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the spring semester, Davis is looking forward to working with guys at Hobey Baker Rink. “The plan is that we will be getting on the ice with them, there is a whole protocol in phases and I have to research it,” said Davis. “Everyone has a slightly different manifesto. I think it is phase two when we can get on the ice with small group work if there are no positive tests or whatever. Then if everything goes well and all of the groups are cleared and there are no positive tests, eventually phase four is full team practice with physical contact and stuff like that.” As Davis starts his career as a full-time assistant, he is planning to be in college coaching for the long haul. “I have learned from other people that plans change; I am taking it one day at a time,” said Davis. “I think that is where my heart is right now. I haven’t done the entire grind yet but I have done the volunteer and the ops job. My ultimate goal is to be a head coach someday.” —Bill Alden

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Former Princeton University men’s hockey star Eric Robinson ’18 came up big for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they defeated the defending Stanley Cup champs Tampa Lightning 5-2 last Saturday. For ward Robinson tallied a goal and an assist in the win and was chosen as one of the three stars of the game. Those were the first points of the 2021 campaign for Robinson, who has seen action in all six games for Columbus (2-2 with 2 overtime losses).

Tiger Women’s Hockey Players Make Canada Training Camp

Princeton University women’s hockey standouts, Claire Thompson ’20 and Sarah Fillier ’23 are taking part in Hockey Canada’s training camp in Calgary, Alberta, as the national team evaluates players ahead of the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in April in Nova Scotia. Thompson, a native of Toronto, Ontario, finished her Tiger career standing fifth among defensemen on Princeton’s all-time scoring list with 87 career points on

2 PU Men’s Volleyball Alums Competing in Pro Ranks

Two r e c e nt P r i n c e to n University men’s volleyball alums, George Huhmann ’20 and Cody Kessel ’15, are making an impact in the professional ranks. Huhmann plays for Knack Roeselare, which is located in Roeselare, Belgium. The club plays in two leagues — t h e B e l g i a n Vo l l e y ball League and the CEV Champions League. This is the equivalent of Premier League Soccer, but for volleyball. While the team has battled injuries and the issues that come with COVID-19, it is 11-1 in the Belgian League and still has the opportunity to make some noise in the Champions League if it can stay healthy.

In his junior season for Princeton, the 6’11 Huhmann, who hails from St. Lois, Mo., produced one of the greatest individual campaigns in program history, getting selected as the Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Player of the Year, and the EIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player. He was named to the EIVA All-Tournament Team and made All-EIVA First Team. He was also chosen as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-America. Kessel, for his part, is in his second season with Berlin Recycling Volleys and the team plays in two leagues — the Volleyball Bundesliga, the top professional league in Germany, and the CEV Champions League, the top competition for men’s volleyball clubs in Europe. Overall, Kessel has been playing pro for six years. During his Princeton career, Kessel, a 6’5 native of Colorado Springs, Colo., became the first Tiger men’s player to earn an AVCA All-America honor, getting chosen as a second-team selection. As a senior, Kessel ranked third nationally in points per set (5.12) and fourth nationally in kills per set (4.25). He earned firstteam All-EIVA honors that season and capped his career with 1,175 kills.

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ICE BREAKER: Olivia Sheppard controls the ball during her career with the Princeton University women’s soccer team. Sheppard ’20, a midfielder/defender who helped the Tigers win two Ivy League crowns, will continue her soccer career with Iceland’s UMF Afturelding for the upcoming season, the club said last week. Sheppard, who hails from Delta, British Columbia, was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in a 2018 season that saw the Tigers win the Ivy title for the second straight year. She played in 66 games for Princeton during her career, starting 56. Sheppard has also been a part of Canada’s U-20 national team program. She is joining other recent Tiger alumna competing in the pro ranks overseas including Jesse McDonough ‘17 at Havre Athletic Club in France and Mimi Asom ‘19 with Benfica in Portugal. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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With Sophomore Star Zullo Providing Spark, PHS Boys’ Hockey Tops Hamilton 8-3 in Opener C o op er Zu l lo a n d h is teammates on the Princeton High boys’ hockey squad were frustrated early on as they faced the Hamilton combined team last Friday at Mercer County Park rink in their season opener. PHS fell behind 1-0 as Hamilton goalie Trevor Malik repeatedly thwarted the Tigers. “That was kind of a slow start for us; we hope to get the first goal but their goalie was really standing on his head today,” said sophomore forward Zullo. “We were talking on the bench and we were saying once we get a few, they will keep coming in.” With 9:05 left in the first period, Zullo got the first goal for PHS in the contest against Hamilton which includes players from Hamilton North, Nottingham, and Steinert. “Austin [Micale] had a shot that was deflected,” recalled Zullo. “I got it right at my feet and closed my eyes and shot the puck.” With teams knotted in a 2-2 tie midway through the second period, PHS reeled off four unanswered goals and never looked back on the way to an 8-3 victory. “ T h e y s t ar te d g e t t i n g tired, it was the first game

of the season wearing these masks,” said Zullo, who had a pair of assists in the outburst. “I think we outworked them, it was a good start for the team.” Zullo worked well with senior star and captain Colm Trainor, who tallied three goals and an assist in the win. “I love playing with him, he is like a mentor,” said Zullo. “He is a big kid and he moves the puck really well. He is really fast and keeps me on my toes.” After a strong freshman season, Zullo is determined to take things to a higher level this winter. “Coming into the season, I was saying to myself that I just want to get better myself as well as the team and keep working,” said Zullo. “I think that after today we just have to keep moving and keep going uphill.” PHS has enjoyed working with new head coach Dave Hansen. “Dave has been really good and it has been a really good start for the team,” said Zullo of Hansen who is succeeding Joe Bensky. “The systems are a little bit different. One thing I like about coach is that he gave us the freedom to do what we wanted. So at practices,

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we were talking and we decide what we wanted for the team. It worked out.” Hansen, for his part, enjoyed his debut at the helm for the Tigers. “I was happy about the commitment that the guys had today,” said Hansen, who was the head coach at Madison High the last 17 seasons. “In the first period, their goalie played very well. He is a great goalie and it was hard to get it past him. I kept saying to bring pucks to the net and good things happen. They kept shooting; they weren’t getting discouraged by anything. It was a great win.” In t r igger ing t he s ec ond period outburst, PHS t weaked its approach to solve the Hamilton goalie. “What I was trying to have the guys do was have the goalie go side to side and having our guys moving their feet,” said Hansen, who also got two goals and an assist from junior John Zammit with junior John O’Donnell chipping in a goal and an assist and freshman TT Zhao scoring his first career goal. “We opened up the zone and created good scoring oppor tunities, finally we were going side to side and getting those rebounds in on the backdoor.” Hansen credited Zullo and Trainor with setting the tone in the offensive zone. “They play very well together, they are very talented hockey players,” said Hansen.

“Their hockey IQ is pretty high. They are looking to pass the puck, sometimes too much. It looks good on the ice.” The top PHS defensemen pair of senior assistant captains Micale and Patrick McDonald also looked good in the win. “Their hockey IQ is also high,” said Hansen. “Their heads are always up, looking to pass the puck. The puck moves faster than skates do and the way they move the

puck really showed today.” With the Tigers slated to face Lawrence High on Januar y 27 at the MCP rink, Hansen is looking for his team to build on its performance against Hamilton. “We didn’t get any scrimmages, this was our first game,” said Hansen. “Usually you have two or three scrimmages so we are just trying to get the lines together. I think we did a good job tonight.”

In Zullo’s view, PHS should get things together even better on offense as the season unfolds. “We have to put this behind us; it is a win but we have to keep going forward,” said Zullo. “I don’t know if we will face many goalies like that. The more shots we get, we will be putting more pucks in the net.” —Bill Alden

OPENING SALVO: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Cooper Zullo, right, battles in the crease against the Hamilton combined team last Friday at the Mercer County Park rink. Sophomore forward Zullo tallied a goal and two assists to help PHS pull away to an 8-3 win in its season opener and first game under new head coach Dave Hansen. In upcoming action, the Tigers are slated to face Lawrence High on January 27 at the MCP rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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When the Hun School boys’ hockey team finally hit the ice last week to start training for an abbreviated 2021 season, the players weren’t just looking to sharpen their skills. “You come to school on your alternating days, you have a mask on, you stay away from everybody, you go home and there is no social interaction,” said Hun head coach Ian McNally. “It has taken a toll on that part. I think they are just happy to be in a place where they are the hockey program, whether they are playing in a league or not.” With Hun playing a limited schedule with no Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) action, McNally is ruing the lack of postseason play. “We only graduated a handful of kids; it comes and goes in waves when you are good and when you are average,” said McNally, who guided the Raiders to a 9-14-2 record last year, advancing to the Mercer County Tournament final and the MAHL semis. “This is unfortunately taking away one of our good years because we are looking pretty strong. Across the board, we should be pretty strong with two lines, a couple of sets of defensemen, and both of our goalies are returning as well.” The Raiders return some blue-chip offensive players in the pair of senior stars Charles Lavoie and Elliott Lareau from Quebec along with sophomores Elian Estulian and Mark Gall. “Lavoie and Lareau are back,” said McNally of his two standouts who formed a potent one-two punch for the Raiders last year. “Estulian broke out a little bit last year as a freshman. He showed some glimpses of offensive ability last year even as a young kid. He is a big kid so he doesn’t look the part of

an inexperienced kid. We will see if he is able to take the next step up offensively and be one of our goal scorers. Mark Gall is also returning.” Senior Will Banford and junior Riley Frost are back from injury and should add firepower as well. “Will came in new last year and unfortunately, in the first or second week, he broke his finger and wasn’t able to get cleared to play until the last week of the season,” said McNally. “He missed most of the season so he is chomping at the bit to even play for Hun. We will lean on him too because he will be a senior. We had a similar situation with Riley Frost, he is a good little forward. We played a great game at PDS and he got banged up. It was the same thing, he was out for the rest of the year. We haven’t really seen what he can do. He could be a good scorer for us too.” On defense, senior Eddie Evaldi should be a very good two-way performer for Hun again this winter. “Eddie has played more defense than forward for us even though he grew up playing forward,” said McNally. “He has a skating ability whether he is a trained defenseman or not. He can get himself to the right spot. Even if he gets beat, he can get back to make up for it. He can skate the puck up and lead us out of the zone. He naturally has the skill set to play defense. I think he likes it because he can see the whole ice. The way he plays, he could literally stay on the ice the whole period and he probably wants to. Playing on defense gives him a little more leverage in that regard.” Hun boasts some good depth in its blue-line unit. “We have Nick Dimatos returning and he is one of the better defensemen around

right now,” said McNally, who is also welcoming back junior Ming Yuan and junior Christian Clover on defense. “He has grown every year and as a senior now he is as good as they get. We have got some newcomers, we have a couple of new junior defensemen which is nice because we were hurting there. We have Josh Ouellette from Quebec and Paul Dumas another kid from Quebec.” At goalie, junior Jack Borek and sophomore Stephen Chen give Hun some good experience. “Jack was with varsity all of last year; we needed Stephan to play JV but he also deserved a couple of starts,” said McNally. “One of the last games of the year was against Holy Ghost, it was their senior night and it was this awesome game at Grundy. Stephen played that game for us and did well. They will both be returning as varsity goalies.” With Hun starting its 2021 season by hosting the Pingry School at the Ice Land Rink on February 1, McNally believes the team can enjoy a special season even without the opportunity for postseason play. “In the 10 years I have been here, we haven’t had a ton of our games be league games; we have been part of leagues that were a small part of our schedule,” said McNally. “Typically 80 percent of our games are just games that we schedule so in that way it won’t be all that different from other years. We will have a miniseries with PDS. We are going to play them three times which is exciting. We will finish our last two games against them so for the kids that will be their local championship. This would have been a banner year, hopefully we still get the chance to feel success.” —Bill Alden

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Starting in early December, the sound of squeaking sneakers, bouncing basketballs, and whistles could be heard emanating from the Hun School tennis courts on weekday afternoons. With indoor sports banned in New Jersey for the last four weeks of December due to COVID-19 concerns, the Hun boys’ basketball team took its preseason training outside. W hile braving the elem e nt s w as cha l le ng i ng, R a ider he ad coach Jon Stone credited his players with pushing through the situation. “For all of us coaches and for all of these sports this year, we are starting with a lot of firsts,” said Stone. “That was certainly a first, practicing outside, socially distant with masks on the tennis courts. I can’t say I have done that before. We made the best out of a tough situation; we tried to get done what we could get done.” Getting back into the gym on January 16 proved to be a joyful moment for the Raiders. “The minute they walked into the door they were hooting and hollering, as was I,” said Stone, who guided Hun to a 12-14 record in 201920 and a spot in the state Prep A semis. “It was just great.” Maintaining that upbeat approach w ill be key in dealing with the inevitable scheduling changes that will result from working through COVID-19 concerns. “The mood is great, they are super excited,” said Stone, whose team is slated to start its 2021 season this week by hosting Christian Brothers Academy on January 26 and Princeton Day School on January 29.

“I told them we have certain games scheduled now and those might change. We have had five changes already and we haven’t played a game yet. We could wake up one morning and not be able to play and then the next day play someone else. They seem to be OK with that and prepared for that.” Stone is excited to have junior stars Dan Vessey and Jack Scott returning in the backcourt. “Dan and Jack both have tremendous work ethic, high basketball IQs, and the ability to shoot the ball,” said Stone. “They bring us a lot of stability and great experience from last year. We are certainly glad they are playing for us. As much as they have a lot of similarities, they also have a lot of differences too and they do complement themselves very well too.” The team’s X-factor will be the athletic senior Kelvin Smith, who can excel all over the court. “If you consider starting spots, he starts at the three (small forward), he will handle the ball plenty as well as be off the ball,” said Stone, noting that post-graduate Randall Brown will also be seeing action at guard and forward. “He is literally the one who can play every position on the floor for us. He is also our best defender so he can guard any position for us.” In the frontcourt, juniors Isiaha Dickens and Toby Thornburg are poised for a big season. “They will give us some great leadership and experience up front. Both have improved,” said Stone, who will also utilize sophomore Ethan Gross at forward. “Isiaha is a terrific passer, he has a point guard’s

mentalit y in a for ward’s body. Toby is just so high energy and versatile himself with the strength and the soft touch ability. He can shoot it as well.” Hun is welcoming a trio of newcomers, A nt hony Aririguzoh, Tijmen Suijker, and Andrew Lancaster, who should also make an impact in the paint. “Anthony is 6’7, he brings tremendous length, athleticism, and versatility; he can play multiple positions,” said Stone of Aririguzoh, whose older brother, Richmond, just finished a stellar career for the Princeton University men’s hoops program. “He is young and is going to continue to get better. He is a terrific person. We have Tijmen who is from the Netherlands. He is 6’10 and can play inside-outside. He has really great touch and is a great shooter. He also has great length and the ability to rebound and block shots. We also have Andrew, he is 6’5.” While the 2021 schedule will be limited, Stone believes that just being indoors on the court will be a plus for his players. “We are just happy to be in the gym and practicing at the moment,” said Stone. “If that is all we can do, that would be a big win compared to where we were. Obviously we are hopeful to play games too and we will take as many as we can get. Every day we get to play, whether it is a practice or a game, we will consider it a blessing. We can’t be too worried too much about the opponents we play or the league or the state tournament as long as we get to play. We may wind up playing some teams three or four times.” —Bill Alden

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APPLYING PRESSURE: Hun School boys’ basketball player Dan Vessey, right, puts on the defensive pressure in a game last winter. Guard Vessey emerged as a shooting star last year for Hun and is primed for a big junior season. The Raiders are slated to start their 2021 season this week by hosting Christian Brothers Academy on January 26 and Princeton Day School on January 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)


Last winter, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team produced an historic campaign, winning its third straight state Prep B title and advancing to the Mercer County Tournament final for the first time ever. Having posting a 21-7 record and emerging as one of the top teams in the state despite having an upper school enrollment of approximately 160 students, tiny Stuart won’t be able to sneak up on anybody this season. “The girls are on alert that we have a target on our back so the way to counteract that is to outwork them and to treat it the right way,” said Stuart head coach Justin Leith. “That is part of the learning curve, it is not like we are an established New Jersey powerhouse for the last 15-20 years where there is a knowing there. We are in the infancy of being established so we have to come out every single game like it is the championship because

that is how people are going to be playing us. That is a good thing, that is how you get better.” Stuar t features a ver y good point guard in senior Nia Melvin. “Nia has been our MVP the last three years and, of course, she looks great,” said Leith of Melvin who tallied 12 points and had five rebounds to help Stuart defeat Life Center Academy 57-44 last Friday in its 2021 season opener. “She has definitely come a long way as far as her leadership. In the last couple of days in practice, I have never seen her so loud. She is getting on people, she is motivating. It is really exciting to see her really come into her own like that in her senior year.” Another senior who has come into her own is star guard Aleah James. “Aleah was our most improved player last year and has continued to improve,” said Leith. “I have never seen a kid

A-GAME: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Aleah James heads to the hoop in action last season. Senior guard James figures to be a key performer this winter as Stuart looks to build on a superb 2019-20 season that saw it win its third straight state Prep B title and advance to the Mercer County Tournament final for the first time ever. Last Friday, James scored 12 points as Stuart topped Life Center Academy 57-44 in its 2021 season opener. In upcoming action, Stuart hosts Sinai Christian Academy on January 27, plays at Life Center on January 29, hosts Paul VI on January 30, plays at Trenton Catholic on February 1, and hosts Princeton Day School on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

since I have been coaching that has shown a large improvement and a consistent improvement every year of her high school career. She is everything that you want as far as putting the time in. Every day she is in the gym getting shots up. It is a testament to her; she has not accepted that she is good enough. S he cons ta nt ly wants to get better and it has happened. She is finishing, she is shooting, and she is one of our best players.” Junior Lauren Klein, who is returning from a leg injury, and sophomore transfer Kyla Glasser-Hyman give the Tartans depth in the backcourt. “Lauren is back, she is 100 percent; I have never seen a kid ignore such a significant injury right away when she was cleared 100 percent,” said Leith. “In that first practice, she hesitated once during a boxout drill and I haven’t seen any hesitation since. She is right back to where she was. We have a transfer from Hightstown in Kyla. She was Hightstown’s leading scorer and was on one of the AllCVC (Colonial Valley Conference) teams. She is from Japan and has only been in the U.S. for two and a half years. She is really going to help us.” At forward, seniors Ariel Jenkins and Laila Fair will lead the way. “They are both looking great, I think it is always nice when the commitment has taken place because they become more comfortable in their game,” said Leith, noting that Jenkins is headed to Georgetown to play for its women’s hoops team and Fair is going to St Joseph’s where she will be joining its basketball program. “They are not worried about impressing, they are just worried about making the right play. Their skillsets have improved. Most of the girls didn’t play AAU so they haven’t played in games since last March. They have been able to work on individual skills which you are able to see. It is just meshing the two.” In terms of meshing the two stars, Leith will be utilizing their complementary skills. “Laila is long, is athletic and can stay in front of people; she is more of a three (small forward) or a four (power for ward ),” added Leith. “Ariel is more of a five (center). She can shoot the three-pointer a little bit and she showed that last year.

They both have different games but they complement each other. Ariel really loves to have her back to the basket. Laila can do that as well but she will also face you up and drive by you. They play AAU together so they have played with each other and they pass really well to each other and play the high-low.” Two other seniors, Catherine Martin and Molly Lagay, provide leadership and athleticism. “Catherine is the heart of the team with her energy; she is an aggressive-minded leader,” said Leith. “Molly is a tremendous leader as well. Molly is going to Tulane and Catherine is going to Cornell; that speaks to their commitment on the academic side. They are both three-sport athletes and so pleasant to be around.” Leith is hoping that Stuart will have a chance to go for a fourth straight Prep B crown but even if it doesn’t, he will be pushing his players to keep up their intensity as the program looks to maintain its momentum. “The last we spoke with the ADs, it looked like we had enough teams for a Prep B tournament even if it is just four teams; we might still have that so fingers are crossed,” said Leith, whose team hosts Sinai Christian Academy on January 27, plays at Life Center on January 29, hosts Paul VI on January 30, plays at Trenton Catholic on February 1, and hosts Princeton Day School on February 2. “It is one day at a time and learn. First and foremost we are lucky to be out there but we still have to treat it the same way. We are going to be playing tough teams this season like we always do. We don’t know if we are going to get shut down, so we have to always be at our best and see what happens.” —Bill Alden

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opener. Junior star Rebak tallied both goals for PHS in the contest. On Monday, Rebak scored another goal as the Tigers fell 5-1 in a rematch with the Panthers. In upcoming action, PHS Princeton Athletic Club is scheduled to face Mor- Holding Membership Sign-up ristown-Beard on February The Princeton Athletic 1 at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Club ( PAC ), a nonprofit Morristown.

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time members of the Princeton Jewish Center. After spending 50 years at their home in Princeton, Art and Harriet moved to Windrows five years ago where many of their long-term friends resided. Art leaves behind his wife of almost 69 years, Harriet; three children and their spouses: Rick and Jackie Fein (Mission Viejo, CA); Doug and Debbie Fein (Chapel Hill, NC); and Karen and Paul Kelly (Princeton). He was a loving and devoted grandfather to Jarrett, Micaela, and Naomi Fein and Skylar, Jillian, and Colton Kelly. Art also leaves behind his sister Ellen Shishko, nieces and nephews, many cousins and close friends. In Ar t’s later years he often ended conversations with his children and grandchildren with one of his mantras, “Enjoy Life.” He recently said, “I lived the life I wanted. No regrets.” He will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Art’s favorite charities: Doctors without Borders, Feeding America, or the Sierra Club.

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favor of attending the University of Rochester, where she received a BS/RN degree. She met her future husband, Jack Cooper, while both were serving as counselors at Silver Bay Camp on Lake George, NY. They married in the summer of 1951 and settled in Schenectady, NY, where Jack was pastor of State Street Presbyterian Church, and, subsequently, the first General Presbyter of the Albany Presbytery. All four of their children were born in Schenectady. In 1964, the family moved to New Jersey, for Jack to establish the Center for Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. Jean obtained the necessary certifications to become a school nurse, and in 1966 she began a 17-year career as a school nurse in the Montgomery Township Schools. She retired when Jack retired from the Seminary, and they were able to travel, to spend summers at their “Playhouse” in Vermont, and to visit with their beloved grandchildren. They moved to Pennswood Village in 2000, where they enjoyed a wide range of activities and the company of their many friends. Predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Jack Cooper, and her brother, Donald G. Ritchie, Jean is survived by her four children: Dawn Rosso, Deborah Kruesi, John Cooper, and Ruth Sawin; her son-in-law, Mark Rosso and daughterin-law Rhonda Cooper; and five grandchildren. A memorial service and life celebration will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

volunteered with the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. Terri loved to read books, and belonged to a book club with her good friends in the Princeton Walk neighborhood, where she lived since 1990. She also liked swimming with a group of friends called the Mermaids. She is survived by her two sons, Nicholas and Thomas Choman ; four grandchildren, Sarah, Christie, Matthew, and Nicholas Choman; her sister, Maryann Biemuller; and many nieces and nephews. T hey and many of her other relatives and friends will greatly miss her caring, giving, and beautiful spirit. A funeral mass was held at St. Paul Parish in Princeton on Friday, January 22, 2021 followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery. Please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) in her memory. Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

John Franklin Harper June 14, 1932 – January 23, 2021

Joh n’s t wo p os t- A r my jobs were at Philadelphia National Bank and Gulf Oil. In 1960, John was hired by Princeton University to help with its $53 million campaign and following the completion of that effort stayed on to work in the Princeton Development Office. In 1966 he resigned to join two colleagues to form a fund-raising and public relations firm in NYC. In 1972, John formed his own fundraising firm, John F. Harper and Co., which focused on some of the finest independent schools and colleges along the East Coast. He served as ’54 Class Agent, 25 th Princeton Reunion Class Chair, and VicePresident and President of the Class of 1954. John played the ukulele and was a member of the “Buster Lewis” all male joke club in the 1980s. John and “Margee” were married in 1987 and worked together in John’s firm until 1992. Since then they have volunteered with local nonprofit organizations. John was a founding member of the Pacific Southern Model Railroad in Rocky Hill and built from “scratch” his own H-O gauge model railroad at his home, which he operated for many years. He was President of the Nassau Club from 1996-1998 and Treasurer thereafter until 2007. He also served on the Boards of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and Delaware Raritan Greenway. John is survived by his wife, four children, his sister, Priscilla, and her husband, Charles, and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by Katherine Johnson Harper and Nancy Bailey Harper. We will all miss him terribly. We are most grateful to his caretakers for the past seven years, Louis Semexan, Steve Mathelier, Benedik Louis, and John Hyppolyte. There will be a graveside service, in the Harper family plot, in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, NY. Donations may be made to Delaware Raritan Greenway, One Preser vation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540. Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

John Franklin Harper of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Penn Medicine – Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, NJ. He was born June 14, 1932 in Newburgh, N Y, and attended Kent School in Kent, CT. John married Katherine Johnson in 1953 when he was a senior at Princeton University. After graduating in 1954, having served in ROTC, the Army sent him to Ft. Sill, OK, and then on to Ft. Lewis, WA. John and Katherine had Teresa M. Choman four children, John F. Jr., Teresa M. Choman, 85, Jay Meredith, Carolyn ElizaContinued on Next Page died peacefully on Janu- beth, and Katherine Clark. ary 18, 2021, at Princeton Hospital after a valiant fight against COVID-19. Born in Toronto, Canada, Teresa was raised in Pennsylvania, and her home town was Schuykill Haven, where her parents Nat and Pauline Burachock owned a florist shop. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bohdan “Dan” Choman, in 2012; they were married for 57 years, and had two sons and four grandchildren. Terri, as she was called by family and friends, was an elementary school teacher for 20 years in Oradell, New Jersey, before moving to Princeton, where she was a substitute teacher for several more years. She also Featuring gifts that volunteered at Princeton are distinctly Princeton Hospital for many years, helping staff and patients at the front desk and in the library. NEW PRODUCTS Terri was quite active at ADDED WEEKLY! her parish, St. Paul’s of Princeton, where she was a member of the Knitting Ministry and Rosary Club. www.princetonmagazinestore.com She and her husband also

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alike commented that he was a great leader, a mentor, a friend, and an outstanding physician. Art loved being a physician and often said he never “worked” a day in his life. Art absolutely cherished Harriet. Their lifelong love affair, mutual respect, and teamwork have served as a model for each of their children’s long and happy marriages. They nurtured and enjoyed close long-term friendships. To all who knew him — friends, family, coworkers — he was the epitome of a “mensch” and was loved and respected, not just for his many accomplishments, but for his kindness, his ability to listen and lend a hand, and to connect with practically anyone. He had a zest for life, a wonderful sense of humor, and was a true adventurer. Art’s insatiable curiosity lead him to travel the world with Harriet, often to lesser explored destinations, always returning with spectacular photos and stories. Art was an eternal optimist whose ready smile and playful nature were incredibly endearing. He delighted when engaging with his family, especially during the summers when the family would gather in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Art’s close extended family was very important to him, and he enjoyed all the gatherings over the years, especially Thanksgiving and Passover with the cousins. Following retirement in 2004, Art’s thirst for knowledge led him to take a variety of interesting and challenging courses at Princeton. Art and Harriet were long


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Sybil L. Stokes

Sybil L. Stokes, 89, died of complications from COVID-19 on December 31, 2020. She lived in the Princeton area for more than half her life. Born in Brooklyn, Sybil was the daughter of Samuel and Sadie Langbaum and the younger sister of Lawton and Stanley. A bright, bookish girl, she graduated as valedictorian of Lafayette High School in 1949. She attended Cornell University on a Regents scholarship, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year, and graduated in the Class of 1953. She then went to Yale University, to pursue graduate study in Political Science. There she met Donald E. Stokes, a fellow graduate student. The two married in 1955. As an interfaith couple, they had two ceremonies, one Jewish, the other Quaker. Sybil and Don began their married life in Ann Arbor, where they both worked at the University of Michigan and raised their two daughters, Betsy and Sue. Sybil conducted research at the Institute of Public Administration and co-founded the Center for Continuing Edu-

cation of Women. Her political activism included serving as President of the county chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, campaigning for Democrats, and participating in various civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activities. Sybil attended the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting for nearly 20 years. In 1974, Sybil moved to Princeton when Don became Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Many of the School’s faculty and administrative staff became her dear friends. She worked at the Educational Testing Service, eventually directing the SAT program, and as Director of Grants Management for the State of New Jersey’s Health and Human Services Department, from which she retired in 1992. In retirement, she pursued her passions for literature, the Times crossword, and social justice, tutored for L iteracy Volu nteers, and served on the board of Child Care Connection. She traveled the world with Don until his death in 1997 and later with her family and her friends. She moved to Stonebridge retirement community in 2010, where she chaired the Program Committee for several years. Sybil is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Stokes (Mesut B. Çakır) of Princeton and Susan C. Stokes (Steve Pincus) of Chicago, f ive g ra ndch i ldren, a nd three great-grandchildren. To honor Sybil’s memory, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends of Trenton (mercerstreetfriends.org) or the ACLU of New Jersey (aclu-nj.org). A celebration of Sybil’s life is planned for the future.

Shinobu Asano Shinobu Asano, affectionately known to everyone as “Dink,” died peacefully at her home in Princeton, NJ, on January 18, 2021 at the age of 93. Dink was born to George and Hisae Yamamoto on July 17, 1927 in San Jose, California, where she spent much of her childhood. Her high school years were spent in a WWII Japanese Relocation Camp. A young woman ahead of her time, Dink pursued a college education, graduating from Temple University with a degree in business. Soon after, she met, fell in love, and married Dr. Akira “Aki” Asano. They moved from Philadelphia, PA, to Princeton, NJ, where they raised their family. Dink was employed in a variety of capacities over her lifetime including as a house girl, a classroom aide at Miss Mason’s School, an administrator/manager with the Princeton Tennis Program, and ultimately as an administrative assistant at Princeton University. Bright, witty, and energetic, Dink enjoyed reading, gardening, socializing, and playing tennis. Din k was preceded in

death by her mother and father, her husband Aki, her sister and brother-in-law Yuri (George) Nishimura, her brother and sister-in-law Ayao “Al” (Helen) Yamamato, and her brother Kinzo Yamamoto. She is survived by her sons David of Easton, CT, and Gary ( Debra) of Marquette, MI; her granddaughters Megan and Mallory; her brother Tetsuo (Hiroko) Yamamoto; and many nieces and nephews. The family has decided to postpone memorial plans at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in her name to either The Michigan Dental Association Foundation (www.foundation.michigandental.org) or to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT (www.maritimeaquarium.org/donate).

Hannah Marcia Schussel Hannah Marcia S chus sel (née Schulz) was born on the first day of spring, March 20, 1950 in Jamaica, Queens. On Januar y 15, 2021, after telling her husband “I love you,” she succumbed to heart failure at the University of Pennsylvania hospital. She was 70 years old. Hannah, daughter of Morris and Natalie Schulz, grew up in Great Neck, New York, and developed a passion for retail at a young age, spending many

days in her grandfather’s appliance store, Plesser’s. Every Saturday of her childhood, Hannah walked to temple with her beloved father and her younger sister, Anita. She attended Nassau Community College and Hoftstra University, earning her Masters in Special Ed, but quickly found her passion in sales, first wholesaling bras and girdles for Playtex. She then sold radio ad space for WKTU, the hottest rock station in Manhattan. And for a short, glorious year, she and her lifelong friend, Marcia, ran a personal correspondence service called Ghost Writers. Hannah’s gift was knowing her customers. Upon moving to Princeton with her two young daughters, she and her husband opened Toys...the Store, the first of its kind on Palmer Square. They ran the shop successfully for seven years, at one point opening a second location in Pennington. Through her daughters’ acting, Hannah became involved with McCarter Theatre Center, and she later created McCarter’s first and only gift shop, serving as buyer, merchandiser, and manager of a network of volunteers. Her next venture was Hannah!, an accessories boutique that showcased her unique sense of style. Most recently, Hannah was the Assistant Manager for BCBG’s MaxAzria store in Lord & Taylor at Quaker Bridge Mall, delighting in giving her clients personal attention, and in wearing her paycheck! Hannah dressed impeccably in black, and the jangling of her bangles always announced her. She was constantly seeking her next entrepreneurial venture, as long as it left time for: dates with her husband, visits to the beach, sushi, Italy, everything her grandchildren

said or did or drew, The Young and the Restless, The Rolling Stones, watching her daughter Madeline on TV, film openings and weekly movie dates, traditions and holidays, cooking multi-course meals, fashion and design, celebrity gossip, tequila, the gym, and keeping in touch with friends and family. She was the consummate cheerleader and the fiercest protector of everyone she loved. She had no patience for rudeness, negativity, or wire hangers. She was vivacious and colorful, and optimistic to the last minutes of her life. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 44 years, Sandy Schussel; her daughters Madeline Blue Schussel and Stefanie (Schussel) Todd; son-in-law Nathan Todd; grandchildren Penelope and Levi; her sister Anita (Schulz) Goldman and family; her mother-in-law Rita Schussel; her in-laws Buddy Schussel, Rick Schussel, and sisterin-law Jodie (Schussel) Cohen and their families; all of her favorite cousins; her lifelong friends; and many fans. A private funeral and burial was held on Tuesday, January 19 th at Floral Park Cemetery in South Brunswick. Our sincerest thanks to Rabbi Robert Freedman for a beautiful service and for bringing so much light to her in her last few months of hospital stays. Thanks also to the Star of David Funeral Home, and to the staff at Penn Medical in Princeton and Philadelphia. We plan to celebrate Hannah the way she deserves to be celebrated next year. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Hannah’s honor at ht tps ://memories.net / timeline/hannah-schussel94890#.YAhkjdSwbnQ.link.

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“Thank you so much, Heidi. You have been the best, and we will recommend you to anyone we know! You were responsive, “Home is where the heart can honest, logical, unflappable, and very professional!”

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