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Volume LXXV, Number 43

Council Passes Ordinance To Ultimately Phase Out Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Arts Council Expands Tradition Celebrating Dia de los Muertos . . . . .5 Town, Gown Move Forward Together on Plans for Prospect Avenue . . . . .13 A Halloween Journey Through the Buffyverse . .17 NJSO Presents Digital Concert of “Prodigies” . . 18 PU Football Outlasts Harvard 18-16 in 5 OT Thriller . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Roth Leads the Way as PHS Girls’ Cross Country Wins County Meet . . . . . . . .30

PU Professor KeeangaYamahtta Taylor Wins MacArthur Grant . . . . 10 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors . .20, 21 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 24 Classified Ads . . . . . . 36 New to Us. . . . . . . . . . 25 Mailbox . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Music Review . . . . . . . 18 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . 35 Performing Arts . . . . . 19 Real Estate . . . . . . . . 36 School Matters . . . . . 12 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Topics of the Town . . . . 5 Town Talk . . . . . . . . . . 6

An ordinance banning the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers during summer and winter months was adopted unanimously by Princeton Council Monday night, capping 10 months of deliberations by several individuals, boards, commissions, and nonprofits involved in the effort. In a meeting that stretched longer than five hours, Council also heard testimony on the proposed rezoning of two parcels on the campus of The Hun School, and an application by Claridge Wine and Liquor to transfer its liquor license to the former location of Landau’s at 102 Nassau Street, where it would relocate. No final decisions were made on either proposal. Council also introduced an ordinance enabling the acquisition of a major parcel of open space (see accompanying story). Princeton was one of nine cities to be awarded a $55,000 Partners for Places grant last December to support work with the landscaping community to adopt practices that protect the health of both the landscapers and the environment. Work on developing an ordinance has been underway since then. Sustainable Princeton, Quiet Princeton, the Princeton Environmental Commission, and the Board of Health have been part of the effort, which was led by Councilmember Eve Niedergang. “This is an attempt to achieve an environmentally sustainable goal while simultaneously focusing on social justice and racial equity,” Niedergang said. “It’s been a long haul, but we’re here, and I think our project partners are happy to be here and excited about the outcome of moving this forward.” As part of the plan, the town will hire a code enforcement officer to help make sure landscapers are phasing out gaspowered in favor of electrical equipment. Up to two warnings will be issued before any punitive action is undertaken. “We want to ensure that this is used as an education rather than punitive opportunity,” Niedergang said. Councilmember Michelle Pirone Lambros asked if the current supply chain crisis would affect the purchase and delivery of electric equipment. Niedergang said that gas-powered equipment is permitted until the end of December, by which time the supply chain issues Continued on Page 12

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Open Space Parcel to Be Preserved At its meeting Monday night, Princeton Council voted to introduce an ordinance enabling the acquisition of the largest remaining tract of undeveloped land in Princeton. The 153-acre parcel, which has frontage on Province Line and Cherry Valley roads, will be preserved instead of turned into a housing development. The municipality recently announced its agreement with Bryce Thompson and Lanwin Development Corporation to buy the parcel for $8.775 million. Private donations, grants, and nonprofit partners from the New Jersey Green Acres program and Mercer County’s Open Space program, as well as monies from the municipal open space tax trust fund, are paying for the purchase. The acquisition saves some 4,000 trees that form part of an old-growth forest of oak, beech, and hickory trees that would have been destroyed. “Instead, those trees will continue to sequester an estimated 340 megatons of carbon annually, to help prevent flooding on Cherry Valley Road, and to provide habitat for songbirds and many other species,” wrote Wendy Mager, president of the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), in a message. FOPOS, The Watershed Institute, the

New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and the Ridgeview Conservancy were involved in a collaboration with the municipality, led by Councilmembers Eve Niedergang and Mia Sacks, and Municipal Administrator Bernie Hvozdovic. The acquisition is part of “Princeton’s Emerald Necklace,” an initiative that aims to connect open spaces throughout the town and provide greater access to a more diverse group of community members. The Lanwin tract has long been listed in

Princeton’s Master Plan as a property that should be acquired because of its environmental significance. The development company also owns a separate, 90-acre parcel on the other side of town bordering Herrontown Road, Herrontown Lane, and Mount Lucas Road. Lanwin wants to to put an affordable housing development, Thompson Woods, on three acres of the site, leaving the rest as open space. The application is still under review by the Regional Planning Board. Continued on Page 12

Early Voting Continues Through Oct. 31; Election Day is Next Tuesday, Nov. 2

In-person early voting, continuing through Sunday, October 31, was already in its third day on Monday at Princeton’s designated early voting location at the Princeton Shopping Center (PSC) to the left of the Bagel Nook. Foot traffic was light on Monday afternoon, but the five poll workers on duty reported that the turnout had been steady, that voters had mostly been coming in waves, and that they all seemed to appreciate the comfort, security, and the leisurely pace of the spacious location in the PSC, as well as the new voting machines using digital technology. Early voting will

be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Early voters can visit the PSC site or any of the seven other early voting sites in the county. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law in March making New Jersey the latest of dozens of states to have early in-person voting at centralized locations. Mail-in voting has also begun, and voters can still cast ballots the traditional way at the usual polling places on Election Day, November 2, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked Continued on Page 8

MAKING APPLE BUTTER: Heart to Hearth was at the Rockingham State Historic Site in Kingston on Saturday to show how it’s done from start to finish. Visitors observed the ongoing process throughout the day and helped with the stirring. Participants share what they learned at the event in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Weronika A. Plohn)


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Rider University will remove the name “Van Cleve” from an 18th-century house on its campus following the discovery that its namesake, Benjamin Van Cleve, supported slavery. The move follows the adoption of a resolution supporting the name change by Rider’s Board of Trustees on October 20. Van Cleve, a Revolutionary War veteran and statesman, held enslaved people as a private citizen and spoke out in support of slavery and strengthened restrictions on enslaved peoples as a New Jersey legislator around the turn of the 19th century. The house that had conventionally bore his name was part of the property Rider purchased in 1956 as it prepared to move its campus from Trenton to Lawrenceville. The renaming was recommended by the Task Force on Rider and the History of Slavery. Formed in the summer of 2020, the task force was charged with investigating Rider’s historical relationship and connection

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how the University can recognize and educate around this history. “Van Cleve’s support of slavery, both as a private citizen and a legislator, makes it inappropriate for Rider to continue having one of its buildings named after him,” said President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., and John Guarino ‘82, chair of Rider’s Board of Trustees in a joint statement announcing the name change. “Van Cleve chose to champion the institution of slavery even as other citizens in New Jersey awoke to the cause of abolition and the horrors of human bondage. Judged by the standards of his time or ours, Van Cleve’s actions and attitudes have no place in the Rider community.” The house has been used in various ways over the years, first as a student residence, then as the Admissions building and, since 1993, as the location for Rider’s Office of Alumni Relations. Moving forward, it will simply be called “Alumni House.”

on Route 206 on October 21. Rider also plans to install materials near the house that educate around this history and memorialize those who were enslaved.

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There are some who consider Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican version of Halloween. But the two autumn observances — Halloween on October 31, Dia de los Muertos on November 1 and 2 — couldn’t vary more in spirit. While they share a theme of death, Halloween is all ab out m is ch ief – m a k i ng, grisliness, darkness, and of

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“ T h e A r t s C ou n c i l of Princeton is honored to have hosted our community’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations for more than 20 years,” said ACP Artistic Director Maria Evans in a press release. “This year is extra special. We’ve expanded our offerings to include something for everyone — all ages, interests, and backgrounds.” While Dia de los Muertos originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America and in the United States. In 2008, UNESCO recognized the importance of the observance by adding it to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Evans singled out the Torres-Olivares family for their work preparing the festivities. Every year, they “make hundreds of sugar skulls, design and build our ofrenda (altar), and help plan the event,” she said. C elebr at ion s b e g i n at the ACP, 102 Witherspoon Street, on Thursday, October 28 with a free, inperson, family-friendly screening of Sugar Skull!, a bilingual, bicultural theater experience from McCarter Theatre that features musicians and dancers and is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Next, on Tuesday, November 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Trent Barnes, postdoctoral fellow in Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies, delivers a free lecture, “Indigienous Influences on Dia de los Muertos in Mexico.” Barnes’ research explores the art and architecture of Teotihuacan. Register at ar tscouncilof

A big community celebration is set for Saturday, November 6 from 3-5 p.m. at the Arts Council. Strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, folk arts and crafts, and a performance by Grupo de Danza Folklorica La Sagrada Familia are on the schedule, along with food. New this year is a public art installation at Dohm Alley on Nassau Street. Symbols of the holiday and traditional folk arts will be on display, with explanations of what each item represents. And throughout the month of November, an ofrenda will be installed for those who want to honor the memory of a lost loved one by adding a relic or favorite item. “A l t a r s a r e t h e m o s t prominent feature in the celebration because they show

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The Perinatal Bereavement Multidisciplinary Committee and the Maternity Services team at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell recently introduced the Rainbow Baby Program to help families who have experienced the loss of a child at or before birth. To better understand the journey of the families who experience this reality, there are several commonly used terms to describe babies born under these circumstances. A “sunshine baby” is a mother’s first child who is born healthy and free of complications, while the term “angel baby” indicates a child that is lost before or during delivery. The “rainbow baby” is a child born after an angel baby, embodying the light that follows the darkness of a storm and signaling hope for brighter days. The birth of a rainbow baby can prompt a range of emotions, from the joy to guilt and grief. “One of the most painful challenges often faced by families after the loss of a baby is the tendency of others to avoid talking about an angel baby. This program provides the space for families to include their Angel Baby in the birth of their Rainbow Baby. We piloted the program for a family in August 2020, and it was ver y well-received. Their feedback confirmed that the program can support the grief journey and promote healing for families,” said Joyce Merrigan, clinical specialist and chair of the Perinatal Bereavement Multidisciplinary Committee. As part of the Rainbow Baby Program, a printed rainbow is placed on the door of the mother’s room at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell to alert hospital staff entering the room of the complex emotions the family may be experiencing. Additionally, newborn rainbow babies receive onesies with a rainbow applique that reads “Handpicked for earth by my [brother/sister] in heaven.” The family can also choose to personalize the onesies with the name of the family’s angel baby. It is a Maternity Services tradition at Capital Health to provide every newborn with a hat, and thanks to the generous efforts of volunteers, r a i nb ow b ab i e s r e c e i ve handmade knitted hats and blankets made from multicolored yarns. Visit / maternity for more information.

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“I learned how to make a copper kettle by traditional methods from the Revolutionary War period. It’s complicated and difficult. The people who figured out how to do that impress me, and I am grateful to benefit from their handiwork.” —Martin Erhardt, Princeton

Miranda: “Well, it reinforced the different pace of life in Colonial times, and I just imagined the all-day, or two-day event of making apple butter and how that was entertainment in a time when there weren’t as many things to busy one’s self with. I’d love to travel back in time and try it out for a month or so.” Richard: “I’ve been to Rockingham several times in the past, but this is my first time being able to go inside the barn. It was very interesting to see.” —Miranda Hempel with Richard Delgado, both of Princeton

Karsten: “I learned that the kettle that is being used to make the apple butter is over 200 years old, and that it was seamed down the center and they arched the piece as a dish and welded it to the bottom of the cylinder. I learned that the Germans who first came to Pennsylvania used plum butter, but since there were not any plum trees here they started to use apples for their recipe.” —Karsten Hilpert, Nicole Hilpert, Bethany Hopta, and Jocelyn Hilpert, Princeton

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extensive background in public finance. His daughter and two sons all went through the PPS, graduating from PHS. Among other leadership roles in his 26 years of service to the community, McDonald, 61, served as Princeton University’s vice president for development for eight years. He has worked in a number of different areas during his tenure on the School Board, with a focus on district finance and facilities. New candidate Mara Franceschi, 50, is a financial analyst who has worked for more than 10 years in the financial services and asset management industries. She has volunteered extensively in the PPS, including four years as treasurer and then three years as president of the Johnson Park PTO. Her three children have attended JP, PMS, and PHS. New candidate Jeffrey Liao, 42, a graduate of Harvard Law School, worked as an intellectual property attorney in New York and Los Angeles before moving to Princeton in 2020 as the sole U.S. patent counsel for a multinational pharmaceutical company. He has a first-grade child at Littlebrook and a seventhgrader at PMS. He has emphasized the importance of keeping the schools open and safe during the ongoing pandemic, of maintaining excellence and fiscal responsibility in PPS, and enhancing inclusivity and civic participation by bringing his perspective as an Asian American to the BOE. The four PPS Board of Education candidates have been profiled in recent issues of Town Topics.

On the ballot for Princeton Council, unopposed and running for three-year terms, are Democrats Eve Niedergang, an incumbent, and community leader Leighton Newlin. Running for the state Senate in the 16th legislative district (which Includes parts of Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset counties) for the seat currently held by Republican Christopher (Kip) Bateman, who is stepping down at the end of the year, are Republican Michael Pappas and Democrat Andrew Zwicker. Pappas was Franklin Township mayor, 1983-84, a U.S. congressman, 1997-99, and has served as Bridgewater municipal administrator since 2020. Zwicker, a South Brunswick resident, has served in the state Assembly since 2016. He is head of science education at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. The race for two seats in the New Jersey Assembly representing the 16th district pits two Democrats, incumbent Roy Freiman and new candidate Sadaf Jaffer, against Republican challengers Joseph Lukac III and Vincent Panico. Freiman, an insurance executive and Hillsborough resident, has served in the Assembly since 2018. Jaffer, who would be the firstever Asian American woman or Muslim in the New Jersey legislature, is a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer in South Asian studies at Princeton University and the former mayor of Montgomery Township. Lukac, a U.S. Army veteran, Manville councilman, and a former school board

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PU Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Wins Prestigious $625K MacArthur Grant Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, historian, writer, and Princeton University professor of African American studies, has been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a “genius grant.” The prestigious award, bestowed this year on 25 scientists, artists, and scholars from across the country for their exceptional creativity, past accomplishments, and future potential, includes $625,000 in grants over a fi ve-year period, funds that the recipients are free to spend however they want. The MacArthur Foundation noted Taylor’s “powerful critiques of the political and economic forces underlying racial inequality” and her analysis of “the role of social movements in transforming society.” Eddie Glaude Jr., Princeton University African American studies professor and department chair, stated, “What wonderful news! This award rightly recognizes Professor Taylor’s pathbreaking scholarship that has shaped our understanding of the Black

Lives Matter movement and redefined how we think about the history of housing policy in this country.” Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber emphasized Taylor’s “bold and original scholarship [that] has established her as one of America’s most influential commentators on questions of race and social justice.” Taylor has written extensively on race and politics, Black social movements and organizing, and radical activism and politics. “Taylor brings her experiences as an activist and organizer for housing rights to her scholarship, combining deep understanding of the concrete manifestations of inequality — such as substandard housing, over-policing, and high unemployment — with fi negrained analysis and historical research,” according to the 2021 MacArthur Fellows Program. Taylor’s books include From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016) and Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate

Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership (2019), which was a fi nalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History. She is also the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (2017) and a writer and columnist for The New Yorker, as well as the writer of essays published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and Jacobin, among other media outlets. “With an ability to synthesize her scholarship into accessible and engaging talks, essays, and opinion pieces,” the MacArthur Foundation wrote, “Taylor is also a wellknown and trusted voice on such pressing issues as economic precarity, police violence, and the role of social movements in transforming society. Through her work in a variety of platforms, Taylor helps us understand why racial inequality in the United States is so devastatingly intractable while offering new visions of justice and democracy with the power to improve people’s lives.”

Taylor was appointed distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians in 2020, received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021, and is among the inaugural cohort of Freedom Scholars funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation. In an email earlier this week, Taylor reflected on how the award might affect her life and career. “It has the potential to allow your work to be seen and perhaps be seen by new and different audiences,” she wrote. Also, she continued, “The resources that are opened up as a result create new possibilities in my research and work. I don’t have to worry about applying for grants and such. I can just do my work.” Taylor is currently working on a book about the fracturing of Black America in the generation after the Civil Rights movement. “The development of class and political tensions within Black America after the cohering glue of Jim Crow and other forms of institutional racism and the fight against them satisfied one set of political demands but exposed the limitations of race unity,” she said. “I’m interested in how these dynamics expressed themselves through the long Reagan era from the late 1970s through the early 1990s.” Taylor received a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She joined the Princeton University faculty in 2014 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. —Donald Gilpin

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The Princeton Theological Seminary community held a library dedication service October 13 to name one of its most visible and revered buildings on campus after alumnus Theodore Sedgwick Wright, class of 1828, who was a prominent abolitionist and pastor. An unveiling of the entrance revealed “Wright Library” etched in stone. “Theodore Sedgwick Wright was extraordinarily courageous in his pursuit of justice, and his life still serves as an example for us all as we reflect upon how we live out our faith in society today,” said Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes. “Theodore Sedgwick Wright was a giant,” said Lisa Bowens, Ph.D. ’14, associate professor of New Testament, during her biographical presentation of Wright’s life. “He was a wellknown abolitionist, preacher, and pastor who was a part of a group of leading abolitionists of his day that included people such as Frederick Douglass, Daniel Payne, Samuel Eli Cornish, and David Walker.” Wright was the first African American to graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as the pastor of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church of New York City (formerly First Colored Presbyterian Church of New York City) from 1829 until his death in 1847. Wright was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society and served as chair of the New York Vigilance Committee, which worked to prevent the kidnapping of free African Americans. The service also included an opening prayer given by Tamesha Mills, MDiv candidate and moderator for the Association of Black Seminarians, and remarks were given by Michael Fisch, chair of Princeton Seminary Board of Trustees. The Rev. Dr. David Latimore, director of the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies, concluded the ceremony with a closing prayer. The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the new name led by John White, dean of students and vice president for student relations. The Princeton Theological Seminary Library is among the world’s most comprehensive theological research libraries serving both the Seminary and the global community. With over 1.3 million print and electronic books and journals in its general collections; a digital library (Theological Commons) of more than 150,000 resources; a robust Special Collections and Archives department of rare books, manuscripts, archives, cuneiform tablets, art, artifacts, and digital archival collections; as well as an inspiringly beautiful building, the library is a heavily utilized resource. The naming of the library is a milestone in the implementation of a multi-year action plan to repent for the Seminary’s historical ties to slavery.

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will hopefully be resolved. “I think it will be late May or June when the need for an alternative source will really come into play for those who want to use a blower of some kind,” she said. Several members of the public spoke in favor of the ordinance. Some advocated encouraging homeowners to leave some of their leaves and be less concerned about having a “perfect” lawn. Tammy Sands, chair of the Princeton Environmental Commission, said Council’s endorsement of the ordinance “will establish Princeton as a modern, progressive town that tackles local policy with enhanced approaches inclusive to all, and I include Mother Earth in this, as we strive for an equitably just, sustainable community.” The Hun School’s request to rezone two parcels on its campus from the R-2 residence district to the E-4 education district, which was

endorsed this month by the Planning Board, was challenged by neighbors who said the school’s objective is ultimately for more expansion. Attorney Richard Goldman, who represents the school, said that is not the case. Three members of Council voted in favor of the application, one voted against it, and two abstained. Municipal attorney Trishka Cecil asked for another day to determine whether a vote by Mayor Mark Freda would be necessary, or the matter should be taken up at another meeting. In the matter of the liquor license, some local business owners cited deliveries, traffic, littering, and other concerns as a reason for Council to either reject the application or postpone a decision. There were others who spoke in favor of the application. Council voted to table the proposal until more information can be obtained. — Anne Levin

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In a joint statement on the 153-acre site, Sacks and Niedergang said, “The acquisition represents a model public-private partnership to support the goals of Princeton’s Climate Action Plan. We are deeply grateful to the county, and to our community partners, for stepping up so quickly to ensure the future sustainability of our town. We are excited to preserve an important ecological resource in a way that is consistent with the smart growth principles guiding our development decisions.” Hvozdovic thanked the Thompson family “for making the conscious choice to work with the town and our open space partners to ensure that this unique parcel is protected.” He also



expressed appreciation to Wade Martin and to D & R Greenway, “who were instrumental in bringing the parties together.” Jim Waltman, executive director of The Watershed Institute, said preserving the property is key to the protection of fragile wetlands and streams, conser ving habitats for wildlife, and saving mature forests. “These forests are so impor tant because they soak up water and help prevent flooding,” he said. “This is a beautiful site, and preserving it is the right thing to do.” Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes said, “The county is pleased to participate in the purchase of this environmentally-sensitive property along the Princeton Ridge, ensuring its permanent preservation, a primary goal of the county’s open space trust fund.” A public hearing on the ordinance will be held at the Council meeting on Monday, November 8 at 7 p.m. — Anne Levin

A suggested donation is $10. Coalition for Peace Action Holds Annual Peace Conference Visit On Sunday, November 14 Punk Rock Flea Market from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the CoReschedules Opening Date alition for Peace Action will hold the 41st Annual Conference for Peace via Zoom. The conference is preceded by a Multifaith Service for Peace, featuring Sister Simone Campbell, longtime director of Network, the advocacy arm of Catholic Nuns in the U.S., best know for the “Nuns on the Bus” project, as the preacher. The service will be in person at 11 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel, and is free to the public who are vaccinated. It will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend. Other speakers are Princeton University Professor Rob Goldston, who will talk on “How to Avert the Coming Arts Race,” based on his recent article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; and former fighter pilot Richard Moody, who is now a peace activist with a book coming out on his transformation. Registration is necessary.

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PHS Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11, the Princeton High School (PHS) Philosophy Club, in coordination with Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.) junior Roshan Natarajan, hosted a youth culture exchange between students at Navajo Preparatory School in Farmington, New Mexico, and PHS. The event was attended by more than 40 PHS students during their lunch hour. Philosophy Club founders and Co-Presidents Nivan Dhamija and Maya Lerman and club adviser PHS English teacher John Bathke invited Native American students Watson Whitford and Yitnazbah Wauneka-Yellowhorse to share their perspectives on the federal holiday that had been signed into effect by presidential proclamation on October 8, 2021. Whitford, Wauneka-Yellowhorse, and their teacher Donna Fernandez opened the event with traditional introductions in Cree, Navajo, and Pomo, followed by Whitford’s views on the effects of colonization of the Americas and WaunekaYellowhorse’s observations on the impact of the nationally-celebrated Columbus Day holiday on Indigenous people. PHS students joined the discussion with questions about the biggest challenges facing Native American communities, the government’s role in restricting Indigenous identity through blood quantum laws, and how students like themselves can fight against the ongoing effects of colonization. The PHS students are looking forward to continuing the conversation and expanding the culture exchange in the future.

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New energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems installed in PPS schools could save the district more than $70,000 a year in utility costs. Community Park, Johnson Park, Littlebrook, and Riverside Elementary Schools all have new LED lighting throughout their buildings, including classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, restrooms, and offices, supported in part by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP). The new LED bulbs last twice as long as the old fluorescent lights and are more energy-efficient. “It’s a win-win,” said PPS Business Administrator Matt Bouldin. “Our staff won’t need to change bulbs nearly as often, and the district gets to lower its utility bill.” Other energy-saving improvements in the district include dozens of new HVAC units installed under the NJCEP’s Direct Install Program, replacing inefficient systems that were more than 15 years old. Hot water heaters have been upgraded, and several mini-splits and a heat pump have been replaced with energy-efficient versions. NJCEP’s Direct Install Program covered 80 percent of the cost of the district’s upgrades, with the district paying about $114,000 for a $571,000 project. “We applaud Princeton Public Schools’ progress on these improvements,” said Sustainable Princeton Executive Director Molly Jones. “Changing light bulbs and making HVAC upgrades may not be the first thing most of us think about when considering how to reduce our impact on the planet, but it has big implications.” She continued, “Two-thirds of our local greenhouse gas emission production comes from heating, cooling, and electrifying our buildings, so if every property owner made energy efficient improvements like these, they could lower their annual costs and help to reduce Princeton’s carbon footprint.” Small businesses and nonprofits are also eligible for the statewide Direct Install program. Princeton Public Library, Whole Earth Center, and Princeton Orthopedics are among the local organizations that have already taken advantage of this opportunity.

The mood at last Thursday’s October 21 Princeton Planning Board (PPB) meeting was celebratory, as University representatives, PPB, and community members discussed Princeton University’s updated Prospect Avenue plans. It was a striking contrast to the contentious atmosphere that had predominated in three previous meetings and many hours of hearings over the past four months. “I’m incredibly thrilled,” said PPB and Pr inceton Council member Mia Sacks. “Words escape me. How impor tant it is for us in Princeton to find ways to hear one another and listen and to find compromise in areas that were divided and to set a counterpoint to all the division in our country. I’m so glad that we were able to do it in this situation. It’s so important for town and gown to engage in dialogue, to engage with each other, to hear one another and to find compromise.” PPB chair Louise Wilson agreed. “I too did a happy dance when I saw this revised plan,” she said. “It’s an elegant solution.” She went on to thank members of the municipal staff and others who had helped to bring about the resolution. ”I am very grateful,” she added. “I was losing a lot of sleep. I know a lot of people were. This was really tough.” Until last week the University had not been able to make significant compromises in its plans to provide room for the entrance to its planned Environmental Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (ES+SEAS) complex by demolishing three Queen Anne Victorian houses and moving the former Court Clubhouse building at 91 Prospect into their place on the north side of Prospect Avenue. Just two days before last week’s meeting, however, Universit y officials, municipal planners, and representatives of the Princeton Prospect Foundation (PPF), which had been leading the growing chorus of objections to the University’s plan, were finally able to reach an agreement. The clubhouse building would be moved, and one of the Victorian houses would be moved to a nearby site, but no buildings would be demolished. In little more than an hour on Thursday evening, the PPB unanimously approved the University’s revised application for a zoning variance. According to an Octo ber 20 memorandum of understanding worked out between Sandy Harrison, Karl Pettit, and Clifford Zink representing the PPF, and KyuJung Wang, vice pr e s i d e nt for fac i l it i e s, Ronald McCoy, architect,

and Kristin Appelget, director of community and regional affairs, representing the University, the University will support the municipal designation of the Prospect Avenue Historic District, rehabilitate the three Victorian houses, apply to extend the boundary of the State and National Register Princeton Historic District to the north side of Prospect Avenue, and will work collaboratively on a design for the front of the ES+SEAS Theorist Pavilion that is compatible with the Prospect Avenue streetscape. Ev a M a r t i n , l o n g t i m e Princeton resident, French professor and a Princeton University graduate who had objected to the University’s original plans in earlier PPB meetings, praised the new plan as “the right thing to do, the reasonable thing to do, and also the aesthetic thing to do.” She went on, “I am grateful, proud, and relieved that my beloved alma mater does what it has taught me and its students to do: to listen, to learn, to give wherever we can, to cooperate, and to continue to seek better solutions. It honors our cultural and human heritage while prov iding the str uctures necessary for future scientific innovations.” David Kinsey, John Heilner, Kip Cherry, and James Bash, as well as PPF board members Z in k and Pettit, all of whom had raised objections over the past four months to the University’s original plan, spoke in strong support of the current agreement, thanking all involved in working out the compromise. Zink praised the “eloquent testimony from everybody who spoke” and everybody who participated. “Everybody has been so open, so open to communit y participation,” he said. “Thank you for that openness. We think there will be excellent long-term benefits for the community for preserving Prospect.” Zink, historic preservation consultant and author of an acclaimed book about the Princeton eating clubs, elaborated on his response to the situation in a letter in this week’s Mailbox on page 15. Municipal Planner Michael La Place, who described the University’s compromise as “quite a dramatic tweaking of the original application,” struck an optimistic note in summing up the many hours and months of difficult negotiation and planning. “What we’ve seen in this process is that the two Princetons have become one,” he said. “There’s one Princeton now with a shared set of concerns and ideas and creativity for what can happen on Prospect Avenue. It’s a winwin for town and gown.” —Donald Gilpin

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To the Editor, I fully endorse Mara Franceschi for election to Princeton’s Board of Education and invite you to take a closer look at her candidacy. If you want to minimize tax increases and care about the judicious management of funds, financial expertise is one of her strengths. Mara holds an MBA from Columbia and is a CFA charter holder. While serving on the Johnson Park PTO, Mara demonstrated her ability to manage finances well, building important reserves for the PTO. If you care about the environment, Mara is very concerned about the environmental footprint of the school buildings and operations and is aware of the long-term savings of investing in green infrastructure. If you want a hard-working candidate who will roll up her sleeves, Mara is a great example of someone who will always get the work done. Once, when the composting program was suspended at the schools, Mara brought her own green bin from home in her van to compost food waste from the school events. If you are looking for a candidate who will bring a collaborative approach to the Board, I strongly recommend Mara and know she will prioritize building relationships with all the members of the Board of Education for effective decision making. And, if you just care about the children, Mara is a candidate that knows what matters in the end is for the children in our town to have a great education while learning to be independent, resourceful, and good members of their community. Please join me in voting Column “F” for Mara Franceschi on Tuesday, November 2. OMAR H. TÉLLEZ Battle Road

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To the Editor: Since securing ballot positions in the June primary, we have been running as Democrats for Princeton Council — Eve as an incumbent seeking a second term and Leighton as a first-time candidate seeking to fill an open seat. Even though we are unopposed in the general election, we have taken nothing for granted and have been actively campaigning for your votes. We have walked and talked to voters in all neighborhoods in Princeton to get a sense of what people are thinking and feeling. We have taken time to be good listeners — no matter the subject. Over the last few months, as we have gotten to know To the Editor: Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) would like to each other better, we have realized that although we each thank all who participated in our virtual Fall Fundraiser have a somewhat different focus, we share a similar vision on October 16 with Dr. Bernice A. King. PSRC is grate- for Princeton and its future. That vision is captured in our ful to all our event sponsors, annual sponsors, donors, campaign slogan, “Smart Growth, Wise Choices.” participants, and community partners for making PSRC’s What does “Smart Growth, Wise Choices” really mean? Fall Fundraiser a success. It means we have a commitment to focused growth, includLaurel BRAND GUIDE It was aSchool thoughtful discussion and transformative eve- ing the development of affordable housing, in a walkable, ning with Dr. Bernice A. King at both our virtual VIP and bikeable town center with access to public transit while Main Event sessions. Dr. King, the youngest daughter of working to preserve our existing open spaces. This focus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, spoke brings with it the opportunity to build community and diversity, and sustaindynamically on racial justice,TEXT her parents’ LOGO legacy, and non- create energy, beauty, green space, ICON ability for our future. We understand that partnership with violence. the University and a shared vision of our future together is

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a critical component to building world class infrastructure in Princeton. We understand that a greater commercial and business footprint can mitigate the high cost of living in Princeton and its impact on low- and moderate-income residents. We recognize that issues of diversity, social justice, and equity are not buzz words, but necessary pillars of a just society. As we both witness the political landscape at the national level, we understand that now more than ever politics must be local. We’re running because we care about this community. There may be decisions or actions that lack wide appeal but know that our only motivation is to make Princeton, this community we love, the very best it can be. How can it be even better? Your involvement, your participation, and your vote. The more people we hear from, the more diverse voices, the better information we have and the better decisions we will reach. Now is the time to get involved: vote, join a committee or commission, send us an email, or attend a Council meeting and let us know your concerns. We invite you to join us. “Smart Growth, Wise Choices” is our slogan, but we hope you will adopt it and work with us to make it happen. EVE NIEDERGANG Forester Drive LEIGHTON NEWLIN Birch Avenue

Franceschi is Ready, Willing, and Able To Promote Constructive Policies for PPS

To the Editor: Mara Franceschi is a listener. At a time where there are so many crosscurrents of concerns and opinions regarding the educational choices and priority of a diverse, ever-changing community, listening ability is a priority for anyone charged with serving the public. Mara has listened and learned while serving as the Johnson Park Elementary School president for three years and its treasurer for four years. A chartered fnancial analyst with a master’s degree (MBA) from Columbia University’s School of Business, Mara is ready, willing, and able to promote constructive policies that will meet the needs of increasing student enrollment and budget pressures in the aging Princeton schools. She knows how important it is to maintain schools so that our students can thrive in a clean, safe, and healthy learning environment. Her children have attended Johnson Park Elementary School, Princeton Middle School, and Princeton High School. She has experienced firsthand the importance of a strong parent-teacher relationship. She has been the “new person” in school many times, in places that were culturally different. She embraces the importance of learning new cultures, having lived in three states and four countries. Mara will listen to diverse perspectives so that students not only welcome others but are welcome. I heartily support Mara Franceschi for the Board of Education. I will be confidently pulling the lever for her in Column F. ALBERT M. STARK Lovers Lane

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To the Editor: Thanks to the community’s efforts, the expertise of municipal staff, the Historic Preservation Commission’s resolve, and the Planning Board’s openness to community input, the iconic western section of Prospect Avenue will have a better future balancing its historic significance with appropriate changes. The Princeton Prospect Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of the Princeton Eating Clubs, and the ad hoc Save Prospect Coalition sought a balance of the University’s goals with sustaining the historic streetscape. The Save Prospect Petition that now has over 1,700 signatories, expert and impassioned testimony from local residents, eloquent letters to local media, and the press coverage were all key to convincing the University to alter its plans. The Memorandum of Agreement we negotiated with the University will have lasting impact. Instead of demolishing the three historic houses on the north side, the University agreed to rehabilitate them following the secretary of the interior’s Standards for the Treatment for Historic Properties. To protect Prospect Avenue from governmental encroachment, six months after moving Court Clubhouse and the house at 110 Prospect, the University will apply to the N.J. State Office of Historic Preservation and the National Park Service to extend the boundary of the State and National Register Princeton Historic District to the north side of Prospect to include the three houses, the relocated Court Clubhouse, and the 1911 Ferris Thompson Gateway and Wall designed by McKim, Mead, and White. At the rehabilitated Queen Anne Style house at 114 Prospect Avenue, the University agreed to consider marking the building as the first residence in America of Erwin Panofsky, whose work on iconography changed the study of art history. Regarding the landscaping in front of the future Theorist Pavilion, the University agreed to work collaboratively on a design that is compatible with the historic streetscape. And most importantly, the University agreed to support the municipal designation of the Prospect Avenue Historic District, first proposed in 1992 and recommended in the 2012 Princeton Master Plan, and which we restarted in presentations to HPC this past August. The goal is not to freeze Prospect Avenue in time, but to ensure that future changes respect its unique historic character and significance. We thank the University for its new openness to community dialogue and hope that it continues. We thank the municipal staff and the volunteer members of the HPC and Planning Board for their efforts in seeking the best results for the community. And we especially thank all the people who signed the petition, wrote letters, testified at the public hearings, and worked behind the scenes to promote a viable compromise.

Civic engagement works both ways — when a developer platform, we have no doubt that he will help make positive reaches out to the community to understand and act on and refreshing changes in this school district and the town. its concerns, and when the community reaches out to a YING LU, PHD developer with its knowledge of Princeton and its goal of BRENT GILES, PHD maintaining it as a fine place to live. This combination has Princeton Kingston Road worked successfully in the past, and is surely the way towards a better future. CLIFFORD W. ZINK Aiken Avenue To the Editor: Three years ago we enthusiastically endorsed Brian McDonald for a seat on the Board of Education, and we unequivocally do so again this year as he seeks to serve a second term. As actively To the Editor, engaged parents with children in Princeton Public Schools, we We are writing this letter to express our strong sup- remain confident in Brian’s abilities and appreciate his efforts port for the BOE candidate Jeffrey Liao. Ying met Jeffrey that have demonstrably moved the district forward. through his wife Kelly while volunteering on the Princeton Brian’s three years of service have been marked with hard Middle School PTO. Through our interactions with him and work and dedication, thoughtful planning, greater transparency his family, we have been very impressed by what an earnest in budgeting, enhanced fiscal responsibility, and clear steps person and a dedicated father Jeffrey is. Once he told us forward to ensure better experiences for students in the classthat one of his favorite hobbies is parenting! rooms. We commend him as well for his collaborative work with If there is one thing that people who don’t know Jeffrey the Board in hiring our new superintendent, Dr. Carol Kelley. should know about him, that is, he is a very empathic perWhile Brian served as chair of the Finance Committee, coson. Ying recently asked him: “As a father of two younger chair of the Facilities Committee, and now as co-chair of the children, why did you decide to run for BOE?” He told her newly combined Operations Committee, the district found that as a son of immigrant parents, he himself benefited hundreds of thousands of dollars of budget savings, and the greatly from a very good public education. He sees public residents have had two consecutive years of declining tax ineducation as a great opportunity equalizer; every student creases. Additionally, the district is one of only 16 in the state in our town deserves to benefit from the excellent educa- with a triple-A bond rating. District facilities are being much tion that Princeton public schools can provide. When we better stewarded, and we are grateful for Brian’s and the Board’s asked him about his vision on excellence, he said, “you commitment to proactive maintenance and planning to ensure know, I want my kids to be strong and happy learners. that Princeton school facilities are prepared for rising enrollExcellence education should include both academic rigor ments and the needs of 21st century pedagogical best practices. and socio-emotional well-being such that every student can What impresses us most is Brian’s commitment to public be happy, learning, and excelling to their fullest potential.” education, and to ensuring that every child has the opportunity Jeffrey is a very good listener. He often says that not to realize their full potential. He has insight into the challenges everyone learns the same way, and that the school needs that must be overcome to provide an equitable education for to understand every student’s learning needs in and beyond every child, and the ability and intellect to work closely with and the classroom. Through his campaign journey, Jeffrey has support Dr. Kelley to make changes where needed to strengthen reached out to many communities in town. He believes that our schools. a good model of education should be culturally responBrian’s record is clear, and we are grateful for his willingness sive so students from different backgrounds can all thrive. to continue expending time and effort in service to our comWatching him from a distance we are often amazed by how munity through a seat on the Board of Education. Whether you eager and capable he is to connect to different people. vote by mail, vote early, or vote on Election Day, please vote Jeffrey cares not only about the outcomes in the public for Brian McDonald in Column H. schools, he cares about taxpayers’ interests as well. A large TARA OAKMAN amount of town tax levy goes to Princeton public school Valley Road funding. Jeffrey said it is a priority for him to make sure NICOLE PEZOLD HANCOCK that taxpayers’ money is well spent. To him, financial acJefferson Road countability not only means getting the numbers right, but CARRIE ELWOOD to set the priorities of spending in a fiscally responsible Poe Road way. CHRISTINA WALDEN As Jeffrey puts it in his campaign message, “We are Dodds Lane in this for all of us, not only for some of us.” With his Continued on Next Page extraordinary listening and analytical skills, if given the

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PCRD Calls on Council to Protect Residential Neighborhoods From Parking Spillover

To the Editor: The Princeton Coalition for Responsible Development, or PCRD, is a nonprofit organization that was formed to advocate for and enable a more effective and collaborative approach to land use development and redevelopment in Princeton. A significant element of land use development relates to parking in support of the community and development being undertaken in town. For this reason, PCRD supports the efforts of to make all Princeton residents aware of the negative effects of the Princeton Parking Task Force’s proposed plan to lease commercial parking spots in residential neighborhoods. We are concerned that the town has granted variances to real estate developers without requiring the developers to assume the responsibility and bear the costs of addressing the transportation and parking demand created by their projects. The planned development of the former Post Office into a 300-seat restaurant, with no associated parking, is but one glaring example. Another is the 80–space garage for the 180room Graduate Hotel planned for Nassau Street. We call on the Princeton Council to protect residential neighborhoods from bearing the burdens that current and new development projects create. We are concerned that commercial parking for the new developments at the Princeton Shopping Center, Griggs lot, Graduate Hotel, Franklin lot, and Princeton Theological Seminary, to name a few, will create significant parking spillover into the adjacent neighborhoods. The proposals recommended by the Princeton Parking Task Force will set a precedent that makes this outcome all but certain. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Thousands of town councils around the country have protected residential neighborhoods for residential use through zoning and parking regulations and have required developers to pay their fair share to ensure tenants and customers have ready access to their buildings. One method that has proven successful is to grant a parking variance, but require the developer to set aside a certain amount of land in the form of a park, to be converted into parking if the project’s transit management plan fails to control spillover. These are ideas that can help Princeton maintain its sense of identity as a highly desirable town in which to live, work, and visit. There are undoubtedly other approaches that would be effective as well. In short, Princetonians need to educate themselves and participate in planning the town’s ongoing and future communitywide parking plans, lest they wake up one day to find their street converted into a town parking lot. JO BUTLER President, Princeton Coalition for Responsible Development Hibben Road

Offering Enthusiastic Support for Mercer County Question on Ballot

To the Editor: If you are a Mercer County voter wondering about the Mercer County Question on the ballot, let’s take a quick expedition together. Hop on a bike and join us as we ride north from Brandon Farms, our largest neighborhood. We’ll pass through the Twin Pines athletic fields, jointly developed by the Lawrence and Hopewell Valley municipalities and Mercer County, then pedal to the entrance of Mercer Meadows Park. We can then follow the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, tour the Pole Farm historic exhibit, join friends and family at the Rosedale Park picnic venue, fish for trout in the lake, or watch the dogs play in their park. We’ll soon pass the county equestrian stables and the educational gardens kept by Mercer Master Gardeners. On the other side of Mercer County, we could start at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market for some locallygrown produce, heading east to 2,500 acre Mercer County

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Park covering parts of West Windsor, Hamilton, and Lawrence. Nearby we can find preserved farmland and protected municipal open space From the Lee Turkey Farm in East Windsor to South Riverwalk Park in Trenton and from Baldpate Mountain in Hopewell Township to over a dozen preserved farms in Robbinsville, thousands of acres have been protected by the Mercer County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Tax. Along with other programs, over one acre of every four in Mercer County has been preserved ( Leveraged over the years through partnerships with state and local governments, private landowners, and nonprofit land conservancies, proceeds from the voter-approved tax have been used to preserve open space, farmland, and recreational areas across Mercer County. But even preserved land sometimes needs help. Destructive insects like the emerald ash borer and the spotted lanternfly ravage trees and crops and invasive plants like phragmites overwhelm native species to tip the natural environment out of balance. Extreme weather events damage structures like footbridges, trails, and even natural waterways. Under the current open space tax allocation formula, 70 percent of receipts are dedicated to land acquisition, 20 percent to develop park amenities and historic preservation, and 10 percent to stewardship activities such as habitat protection and forest management. The Mercer County Question on the General Election Ballot asks voters to make more funds available for park amenities and preservation (30 percent) and increase funding for stewardship activities (20 percent). Fifty percent of new proceeds would be dedicated to continued land acquisition. With the change, there will continue to be adequate funding for county land preservation efforts and acquisition grants to towns and local land conservancies. We enthusiastically support the Mercer County Question and encourage all Mercer County voters to support it as well. Vote “Yes” on the Mercer County Question to continue land preservation, protect our preserved lands, and make preserved lands more accessible to all of our residents. It is a gift to ourselves and all our future generations. VANESSA SANDOM Former Mayor, Hopewell Township Harbourton Ridge Drive, Pennington DAVID SANDAHL Former Deputy Mayor, Hopewell Township Dublin Road, Pennington

Princeton Needs to Get Serious About Preserving Its History, Architectural Integrity

teardowns from as many angles as possible, both within and without established historic districts. For example, we could follow other New Jersey towns and National Trust guidance and enact a general demolition review law — separate from historic preservation ordinances — to delay the razing of all structures over a certain age, regardless of known significance (see J. H. Miller, “Protecting Potential Landmarks Through Demolition Review”). A general demolition review law wouldn’t avert all destruction of lovely older homes, but it would ensure a months-long review process by the Historic Preservation Commission and could deter those seeking to make a quick profit. Princeton Council will soon be revising our Master Plan, and strengthening our preservation provisions should be central to that effort. For now, though, let us take a moment to celebrate this coming together of town and gown to preserve and restore Prospect’s Court Clubhouse and three historic Queen Annes. This compromise is the right and reasonable thing to do. It honors our cultural and human heritage while providing the structures and spaces necessary for future scientific collaborations and innovations. A Theorist Pavilion of the 21st century will soon look across the street upon Theorists’ Parlors of the 20th. Congratulations to the great many community members who made their voices heard in this process. They have mattered and continue to matter! ÉVA MARTIN ’06 Harrison Street

Books Lauren Davis Discusses New Novel Oct. 28

Lauren B. Davis will be talking about her new novel Even So (Dundurn Books) in a Library and Labyrinth Livestream event on Thursday October 28 at 7 p.m. She will be joined by novelist Sheila Kohler and special guest, Sister Rita Woehlcke. The book is set in Princeton and Trenton. To register, visit Literary Treats calls Even So, a “moving tale of sin, guilt, and redemption.” According to Winnipeg Free Press, the “third-person linear narrative is written in succinct, surefooted prose in the alternating voices of the two protagonists.” Davis is the author of The Grimoire of Kensington Market, Against a Darkening Sky, The Empty Room, Our Daily Bread, and The Radiant City. Kohler is the author of six novels, including Crossways, The Perfect Place, Cracks, and Children of Pithiviers. She has taught creative writing at Princeton University since 2008. Sr. Rita Woehlcke, Sisters of Saint Joseph, is the director of the SSJ Associates in Mission of Philadelphia. Her recent work was in spiritual direction, retreats and programs for personal and ministerial growth.

To the Editor: I was pleased to see the solution Princeton University worked out with the town saving three historic Prospect Avenue homes that had been proposed for demolition. Ironically, while the fate of those three Victorians was being discussed, a historically and architecturally significant home just down the street, at 164 Prospect, was bulldozed within a few short hours — without a single voice of protest. The home was a unique 1930s-era brick cape with a serpentine brick garden wall, charming outbuilding, dormer windows, and handsome woodpaneled study. Princeton’s mix of architectural periods and styles helps make it a special place. Permitting demolition of architecturally significant structures irreversibly erodes our neighborhoods and eradicates our history, home by home and block by block. How can the town continue to allow this? Homes like the gem at 164 Prospect Avenue are just not built anymore. The lack of stewardship is appalling considering the presence of a long-standing Historic Preservation Commission and a vocal populace that claims to care about preservation and architectural integrity. It is high time that Princeton gets serious about preserving its history and architectural integrity, as have many other New Jersey towns. As residents of a town we love, we ought to be able to summon the collective will to commit once and for all to historic preservation, with all of its benefits — and not just when the University is involved. Fund for Irish Studies TOM LEYDEN Hosts Talk on Heaney Princeton University’s Fund Prospect Avenue for Irish Studies presents “Seamus Heaney’s Late Poems,” a lecture by Nicholas Allen, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and To the Editor: As a Princeton alumna and longtime resident, I would like to Arts at the University of Georthank everyone in town and at the University who has worked gia, on Friday, October 29 at to achieve the Prospect Avenue compromise. I am grateful, 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Princproud, and relieved to know that my alma mater does what eton’s Visiting Leonard L. its professors teach its students to do: listen, work together Milberg ‘53 Professor in Irish Letters Fintan O’Toole will wherever we can, and seek better solutions. It is heartening to know that all four historic buildings in provide a welcome and introquestion, Court Clubhouse and the three Queen Annes of duction. The event continues Faculty Row, will be restored to their former and inspiring the 2021-22 series, which is beauty. It’s encouraging that the University heard the pleas virtual for the fall. The lecture of the surrounding community and its alums and pledged to is free and open to the public. support a local historic district on Prospect. It’s fitting that the Register at T h e Nob el P r i z e - w i n oldest buildings on the Avenue, the Victorians at 110 and 114, will once again be put to residential use and will be honored ning poet is one of several for their roles in Princeton’s history as homes of luminaries Irish writers covered in Aland sanctuaries to refugees. It’s reassuring that the University len’s latest book, Ireland, will work with stakeholders to develop a landscape design for Literature and the Coast: the new building at 91 Prospect that will be compatible with Seatangled, published in December 2020 by Oxford the avenue’s historic streetscape. Let’s not stop with this victory. At present, there is nothing University Press. The book residents can do to prevent teardowns of architecturally or is a study of the various and historically significant buildings (such as the fine brick house changing ways in which litat 164 Prospect) if they occur outside of a historic district or erature has drawn the Irish when no variance is required. But our future can be differ- coast in lines that shape the ent. We must refine and strengthen the historic preservation contours of cultural experiordinances already on our books and seek to address wanton ence. Dan MacCarthy of the

Thanking Everyone Who Worked to Achieve Prospect Avenue Compromise

Irish Examiner notes, “Allen fuses Irish literature and his own thalassography into an interdependent essence. Quite an accomplishment.” Widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century, Heaney (1939-2013) is a native of Northern Ireland who later lived for many years in Dublin. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism and edited several widely used anthologies. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” O’Toole’s books on politics include the best-sellers Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger and Enough is Enough. His books on theater include works on William Shakespeare, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Thomas Murphy. He regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and other international publications.

Rowing in the Gilded Age Subject of LLL Event

Librar y and L abyr inth Livestream will host an event on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. featuring William Lanouette, author of The Triumph of the Amateurs: The Rise, Ruin, and Banishment of Professional Rowing in the Gilded Age (Lyons Press). To register, visit labyrinthbooks. com. Midwest Book Review’s Jack Mason calls the book an “impressively detailed and informative sports history that is profusely illustrated with 40 black and white and color illustrations (including Thomas Eakins’s famous paintings of the Biglin brothers rowing on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in 1872).” Lanouette has been on staff at Newsweek, The National Observer and National Journal and was Washington correspondent for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His freelance writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Civilization, The Economist, The New York Herald Tribune, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post. This program is hosted by the Princeton Public Library and presented in partnership with the Princeton University Art Museum and Labyrinth Books.

“Making Everybody Matter”: A Halloween Journey Through the Buffyverse


eeling blue, in need of a lift, I drive downtown with Abbey Road on the stereo. I’m listening to “Here Comes the Sun,” the song hospitals played to celebrate survivors of the virus and the caregivers who saw them through. In just over three minutes, the Beatles have blitzed the blues. So have various Halloween yardscapes, the usual cobweb-curtained display of skeletons, tombstones, ghosts, witches and ravens, good dark fun, fear dressed up in jack ‘o lantern orange and gold for the kids and the big kids the adults are supposed to be “somewhere deep down inside.” Halloween has the big kid inside me thinking outlandish thoughts, like a paranormal birthday party for the Born on October 27th Club, featuring a poetry slam with the ghosts of Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath; the ghost of Erasmus reading from In Praise of Folly; a lecture on etiquette by the ghost of Emily Post; and a musical remake of Psycho, with the Minister of Silly Walks John Cleese as Norman Bates and the ex-president’s ex Marla Maples as Marion Crane. The problem is the main event, the stabbing in the shower, which surely even Stephen Sondheim couldn’t set to music. There’s only one director who could pull that off, and you’d still have to rewrite the film, put the Slayer in the shower, make Norman a vampire, and have Joss Whedon writing the words and the music, the way he did for “Once More, with Feeling,” the all-singing seventh episode from the sixth season of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), which is on every list of the best episodes in television history. As far as that goes, Whedon’s Buffy routinely makes similar lists of the greatest television shows ever. Seeing Is Believing It’s been a little over a month since I wrote about Buffy. At that time I was barely into season 3 of a 7 season series, a total of 144 episodes. My wife and I entered the Buffyverse doubting that we’d last till the end. At first we were carried along by the anythingcan-happen element in a high school built on the Hellmouth, not to mention the witty dialogue, and the lively ambiance created by the “Scooby gang,” Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and Xander (Nicholas Brendon), plus Buffy’s “watcher,” the deceptively dithery British librarian Giles (Anthony Stewart Head). It was around episode 6 in which Mr. Flutie, the Sunnydale High principal, is devoured alive in his office by a pack of students that we realized we were in for a long, strange ride. The extremes of the Buffyverse run from the sublimely silly to the totally savage, from homework and the prom to the apocalypse. And it’s fun! Like a thousand Halloweens! There are the inevitable lulls, the occasional cringe-making moments, but once you bond with Buffy and her pals, and later, with vengeful, soulful vampires like Spike (James Marsters) — whose character

arc goes from a mama’s boy poet in 1880s London to the most murderous of vampires (the killer of two vampire slayers) to the selfsacrificing savior who goes up in flames after destroying an army of demons and the Hellmouth itself — you’re ready for anything the show’s servers hand out. Another cosmically indispensable character is Anya, the ex-vengeance demon played with giddy charm by Emma Caulfield, who comes into her own (as do all the others) singing and dancing in “Once More, with Feeling.” Known as Anyanka in her vengeance-demon prime, she hung out with the original Count Dracula in 1579 and played her part at the Salem witch trials; here she is in her own words, which capture the longrange spirit of the series: “For a thousand years I w ielded the powers of the w ish. I brought ruin to the heads of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings. I was feared and worshipped across the mortal globe and now I’m stuck at Sunnydale High! And I’m flunking math.” The Essence of the Show Wr it i n g ab ou t Buffy’s best friend Willow Rosenberg a month ago, I suggested that she was probably the single most impressive of Joss Whedon’s creations, “with a style all her own, mixed with an endearing diffidence, although her abilities as a scholar of the occult inevitably lead to witchcraft.” Having seen all 144 episodes, I realize that what’s most impressive, the essence of the show, isn’t so much the characters as the relationships. Certainly no one goes through changes as spectacular as Willow’s. She may be cast as a shy, timid, out-of-it nerd by her classmates, but from the moment you see her, you know that she’s exceptional. When she smiles, you melt. She’s luminous. And somehow no one else seems to know it but you, Buffy, Xander, and Giles, who relies on her scholarly abilities and eventually on her genius for casting spells. Her soft-spoken timidity makes the impact of her eventual transformations all the more stunning. It’s a joy to see Willow go from the sweet, mousy pushover to the black-leather-skirted, highheeled femme fatale she becomes in one of the Halloween episodes. And part of the troubling terror of watching her drawn deeper into her witchcraft addiction is your

attachment to the original Willow you know is somehow always there. Xander the Victim Xander is another seemingly easy-to-read character. For the first few seasons, he plays the fool, the fall guy, the victim of absurd situations. Even so, he delivers his share of zingers and never more than when he and his vain, beautiful adversary Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) trade jibes and insults like the dueling lovers in Much Ado About Nothing. Xander the Hero Although Xander brings a white eveninggowned Buffy back to life with CPR on Prom Night, his most significant act of heroism comes when he alone is able to penetrate the maleficent spell that possesses Willow when she goes on a demonic vengeance rampage after her lover Tara (Amber Benson) is killed. No one can stop her, neither Buffy, nor Giles, both of whom she adores when she’s herself and mercilessly zaps as she becomes perhaps the series’ single most awe-inspiring manifestation of evil. And here comes boyish Zander, who has known her from early childhood, her oldest, closest friend, the only person in the world who knows she cried in kindergarten when she broke her yellow crayon and who disarms her with that simple fact, even as she’s shooting lightning bolts from her fingertips, throwing him through the air, knocking him down, slashing his face, ripping his shirt, and he keeps getting up, telling her he loves her. Every “I love you” drains more of her power, until she looks at her hands in disbelief, and finally breaks down in his arms. It may sound ridiculous, but this could be the most touching, not to say consequential love scene in the series. Now picture a musical tour de force based on these relationships, all in one way or another revolving around Buffy. Imagine the characters you’ve come to know and care about expressing themselves, suddenly, brilliantly, in song. It’s more than moving, it’s amazing. “Once More, with Feeling” Richard Harrington begins his July 2, 2002 Washington Post piece by pointing out that once again “one of the best shows on television isn’t getting the respect it deserves, the “Once More, with Feeling” episode from

Buffy the Vampire Slayer having been “accidentally” left off the Emmy nomination ballots, “another example of the lack of industry respect afforded one of television’s most consistently clever shows.” Harrington surmises that the TV academy was put off by the show’s title, which “lacks the gravitas” of The West Wing or Law & Order. “Or maybe the problem is the show’s fantastical premise, which smartly melds horror, comedy, satire and Gothic romance.” As Harrington observes, basing an episode on the notion that a demon’s spell has the characters singing and dancing while at the same time “revealing their innermost thoughts and darkest secrets in musical rhyme ... makes perfect sense in a Buffy universe, where demons’ spells continually undermine order, logic and the laws of nature.” After three months of voice and dance lessons, the cast “acquitted itself with surprising confidence,” Harrington comments. “It helped that the music was catchy, the lyrics so smart. The effort was equal to the challenge.” In her opening number, “Going Through the Motions,” Buffy dispatches vampires with “flawlessly choreographed kicks and stakings in the Sunnydale graveyard.” Harrington also singles out “I’ll Never Tell,” featuring “former demon Anya and stalwart Xander” as “a wonderfully clever take on a classic Broadway staple, the overlapping he-says/she-says duet: the lovers’ testimony transformed into a laundry list of things each finds annoying about the other.” At the end there’s “a triumphant ensemble number in which the show’s major characters affirm their purpose and rekindle their special bond, as well as a finale more melancholy than triumphant: ‘The battle’s done / and we kind of won / So we sound our victory cheer / Where do we go from here?’ “ “Making Everybody Matter” n a Hollywood Reporter interview on Buffy’s 20th anniversary, March 10, 2017, Joss Whedon says, “We really set out to make the first science fiction show on television that looked beautiful and not just spooky or campy. I wanted people to take teenagers seriously. There was a certain disregard for what people go through in that time. Speaking to that particular well of pain was important to me. And to make a feminist show that didn’t make people feel like they were being lectured to. There were shows that came before. I don’t want to be a drop of water pretending I’m the whole wave, but where that wave crashes, that’s our beachhead — empowering women and young people, and making everybody matter.” —Stuart Mitchner ——— The Script Book: Once More, with Feeling (Simon & Schuster 2002) includes complete, uncut dialogue, song lyrics, and a fullcolor photo insert. Originally published as a trade paperback, it was digitally available in January 2018.



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his season, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) has been putting its toes into the waters of live performance slowly, presenting concerts in select halls in the state while maintaining an online presence. The Orchestra will be returning live to Princeton after the first of the year, but area audiences were able to enjoy a high-quality digital performance by the Orchestra players last week. Led by Music Director Xian Zhang and joined by superstar violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martínez, NJSO launched an online concert of three composer prodigies: Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Henryk Wieniawski. Violinist Bell was a prodigy himself, debuting with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 14 and setting concert stages ablaze ever since with virtuosic technique and passionate musical expressionism. Bell and his wife, soprano Larisa Martínez, were a musical power couple during the last 18 months of the pandemic, exploring new arrangements of existing repertoire and creating imaginative digital content. In the NJSO concert, recorded at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in May 2021 and launched last Wednesday night, Bell and Martínez joined the Orchestra for two elegant concert arias by Mendelssohn and Mozart. Mendelssohn’s concert aria “Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro,” was part of a commission of Mendelssohn from the Philharmonic Society of London and was published after the composer’s death. Composed in the “scena and aria” form popular at the time, Mendelssohn’s work features a soprano conveying the text with violin obbligato. Mendelssohn often composed two melodic paths in the same piece, bringing them together toward the end, and this work was no exception. Against a subtle orchestral accompaniment, Bell began the violin part with grace and sensitivity. Singing from memory, Martínez performed expressively in a clear soprano tone, with an especially light and translucent top register well matched by the violin. The text, beginning with “Return, golden age, to the abandoned earth,” certainly has a connection to these times, and Martínez well captured both the words and Mendelssohn’s refi ned classical roots. As with Mendelssohn’s concert aria, Mozart’s orchestrally accompanied “Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!” was composed for soprano voice and obbligato instrument, with the oboe featured as contrasting musical color. Mozart wrote this aria for his sister-in-law and as an interpolation

into another composer’s opera in which she was performing. In the NJSO performance, Martínez was gracefully joined by oboist Alexandra Knoll to convey a text expressing a bride’s veiled love for another. Knoll began the work elegantly against delicate pizzicato strings while Martínez sang with an expressive Mozartian quality, drawing out the emotional pathos and confusion of the opening text. Knoll often echoed Martínez with short oboe segments, recalling a compositional technique held over from the Baroque era. Mozart often launched sopranos into the vocal stratosphere in his concert arias, and Martínez maneuvered the second section coloratura fireworks effortlessly. The pairing of concert arias by Mendelssohn and Mozart not only showed a connection between these two child prodigy composers, but also gave Martínez the opportunity to demonstrate both lyrical and coloratura singing. New Jersey Sy mphony Orchest ra followed the arias by two classical powerhouses with a third child prodigy — 19th century Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski. Trained in St. Petersburg and named violinist to the czar in his mid-twenties, Wieniawski was considered one of the great 19th century masters of the violin, and the tradition of violin playing which he established at St. Petersburg Conservatory influenced violin thinking and playing well into current times. Wieniawski’s 1862 Violin Concerto No. 2 shows the influence of classical forms, bel canto melodic contour and Hungarian folk tradition. his Concerto has long held a strong personal connection for Bell, who was clearly very familiar with the work from the outset. Conductor Zhang kept the music under wraps in the opening movement, supported by solos from oboist Knoll and flutist Bart Feller. Bell’s Romantic solo melody was well complemented by solo winds, as Bell effectively executed quickmoving passages, dramatic cadences and technically diffi cult double-stops. Within the piece, Bell led the shifts in musical style, while Zhang kept the Orchestra in steady accompaniment. A graceful clarinet solo by Pascal Archer led the ensemble to the second movement “Romanze,” in which Bell showed particularly sensitive playing. Throughout the Concerto, Bell and Zhang worked together to build musical drama, and Bell raced through particularly demonic passages in an improvisatory and virtuosic style to close the work in a high-spirited and joyful fashion. —Nancy Plum


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Virtual film tickets are $11, and an all-access pass is available for $95. Some films have a limited time frame for online viewing, and some are limited by geographic location. Tickets for in-person screenings must be ordered online through the theaters and will be available November 7. Campus screenings are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. All guests must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in theaters. The festival is sponsored by Rutgers’ Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and is made possible by a generous grant from the Karma Foundation. For more information or to purchase virtual film tickets, visit BildnerCenter.Rutgers. edu.

The opening night film is Wet Dog, a German drama that explores complex issues of cultural and religious identity for a Jewish-Iranian teen living in a largely Arab and Muslim suburb of Berlin. The film is based on Arye Shalicar’s autobiography Ein Nasser Hund, and Arye Shalicar will discuss the film on Zoom. The inperson screening of this film is scheduled at Rutgers Cinema on November 13 at 8 p.m. Other titles in the festival include Muranow, Marry Me However, Yerusalem: The Incredible Story of Ethiopian Jewry and others. The festival will feature online discussions with filmmakers. Visit for updates on speakers and a full schedule.


out the tri-state region and will be directed by Sarah L eClair. T he production will take audiences through all aspects of writing and performance development. Some playwrights will be exp er ie n ci ng t h e ir f ir s t professional reading production, while others have developed their scripts previously, yet making significant enhancements/modifications in preparation for the performance. Various scripts will differ in format, including excerpts extracted from longer bodies of work, through to being originally planned for the screen. By way of narration and professional, live performance, the production will expressly represent each writing woman’s creative “voice” as directed by LeClair. The playwrights are Mary Car penter, Jan Jalenak, WHAT WASHINGTON HEARD: The Practitioners of Musick will play music favored by George Kerri Kochanski, Meghan Malloy, Shelli Pentimall, and Washington in a virtual concert from Rockingham State Historic Site, his final wartime headJulie Zaffarano. quarters, on Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

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On Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m., the Rockingham Association presents The Practitioners of Musick in a virtual program, “Nothing More Agreeable — Music in the Washington Family.” In a document dated June 4, 1777, General George Washington wrote, “Nothing is more agreeable and ornamental than good music.” The Practitioners concert, with commentary, will explore the work of three select generations of the extended Washington family. The general, while a fine dancer and avid theatergoer, is not known to have played a musical instrument. Yet he and Martha, who had received harpsichord lessons, well understood the value of music and dance as a social grace and saw to it that the children under their care received a thorough musical education. The repertory for the concert is drawn from bound volumes of 18 th -century manuscript and especially printed sheet music directly associated with the Washington family sourced in Great Britain and the early Federal period in America. Music, singing and dance were also part of the enslaved and free Black experience expressing the daily life of labor and spiritual belief, and will be addressed as well. The Practitioners of Mus i c k , J o h n B u r k h a l t e r, English and small flutes, and harpsichordist Donov a n K l o t z b e a c h e r h av e

the auspices of the National Trust of Great Britain, the U.S. National Park Service, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Princeton University Art Museum among many other local, state, national, and international entities. This virtual event is sponsored by The Rockingham Association on behalf of Rockingham State Historic Site in Kingston, Washington’s final wartime headquarters in 1783, and is made pos sible w it h t he assistance of The William Trent House Association. To join the free program, registration is required at rockinghampom.eventbrite. com.

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and the opportunity to move this evening of holiday music and dance to their facility. Proceeds of the event will benefit The Roxey Ballet restoration and the Lambertville Historical Society. The holiday event is also b e i ng l ive - s t re a m e d for Julie Zaffarano those who want to watch from home. Music Mountain NFP strives to take playTheatre is located at 1483 NJ-179, Lambertville. Visit wrights, performers, and for more in- audience members alike through the latest theatriformation. cal work development process, thinking, style, and New Plays by Women approach. NFP provides a At Zlock Arts Center New Feathers Productions safe forum for playwrights (NFP) announces their first- to have their work publiever, all-female theatrical cally seen, heard, and reproduction, Women of a sponded to by supportive, Certain Age, Not Talking early adopting audiences to About Menopause, set for prepare such new theatrical Thursday, November 11 at work for larger audiences the Zlock Performing Arts and opportunities. Wit h all- season shows Center on the campus of Bucks County Community starting at 7:30 p.m., the NFP schedule offers two College in Newtown, Pa. primary ticketing options, general admission for $20, and a 6 p.m. VIP pre-show recept ion w it h reser ved theater seats for $30. The pre-show reception includes alcohol, non-alcohol beverages, and light fare. Special discounts include seniors (65+), Bucks faculty, staff, alumni and active military, veterans, and Bucks County Arts & Cultural Council members. In addition, current students receive free admission with valid ID. Sarah LeClair Visit for NFP will exclusively pro- more information and to duce the latest scripts by six purchase tickets.

T he Roxey B allet and the Lambertville Historical Society are teaming up to present “A Very Lambertville Holiday Celebration” on Wednesday, December 22 at 7 p.m. at the Music Mountain Theatre. This first-ever artistic collaboration between the two Lambertville nonprofits will feature curated selections from a decade’s worth of local holiday music, previously featured on the historical society’s annual CD. Dancers from the Roxey Ballet will tell the story of the river town and the holiday season. The Roxey Ballet Company’s Black Box Theater at Canal Studios on North Union Street was destroyed female/female-identifying Rutgers Jewish Film Festival during Hurricane Ida. Music select playwrights through-

Wednesday, Oct 27, at 8pm Princeton University Chapel Jazz Vespers is an interfaith experience of poetry, music, and quiet centering, featuring jazz clarinetist Audrey Welber, pianist Adam Faulk, and members of the Chapel Choir. Come to listen, to speak, and to rest. All are welcome.*

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Museum of Modern Art (MuMoK) in Vienna. An open house celebration and meet-the-artist event will be held on November 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. A panel feat ur ing t he ar tist and Princeton faculty Jess Rowland and Spyros Papapetros will be held virtually on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. Art@Bainbridge is located at 158 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit artmuseum.


“Stillness / Motion” Exhibit at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville

“EAR WIGGLER”: Conceptual artist Jesse Stecklow’s site-responsive works will be featured in “Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow,” on view November 6 through January 2 at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@Bainbridge gallery at 158 Nassau Street.

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From air samplers that record the microclimate to scale replicas of the rooms at Bainbridge House that spin on the quarter hour, Jesse Stecklow’s work investigates the ways in which both atmospheric and built surroundings affect our perceptions. In “Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow,” the L o s A n g e l e s - b a s e d a r tist explores the processes of perception and creativity through site-responsive installations at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@ Bainbridge gallery, located in a restored 18th-century home. The exhibition, on view November 6 through January 2, brings together works from five of the artist’s series — some newly commissioned — that interweave imagery, motion, and sound to heighten visitors’ attention to the ways in which our personal associations, memor ies, and perspec-

These installations engage both the macro and the particular, examining broad networks that govern environmental conditions, such as the American reliance on corn byproducts; systems of play, as in his series of anagrams; and a recollection of his grandfather’s ability to wiggle his ears. “Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow” is curated by Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell curator of modern and contemporar y ar t, and Alex Bacon, former curatorial associate at the Princeton University Art Museum. “With its strong architectural orientation, incorporation of recognizable ever yday materials, and deeply felt concerns about our environment that resonate now more than ever, the work of Jesse Stecklow draws on a long line of influential conceptual artists, with a vocabulary, wit and sensibility all his own,” said James



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Artists Jane Adriance and Debbie Pisacreta will exhibit paintings in an art exhibition entitled “Stillness / Motion,” running November 4 through December 5 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. “I find it thrilling to have this title for our exhibit,” said Adriance. “The contrast of stillness and motion seems to enhance and clarify each of our perspectives. The beauty of stillness in the paintings by Debbie, juxtaposed with my paintings of movement, captures and communicates our ability to look from many points of view. This contrast seems to make our perspectives richer, deeper, and clearer. Come dance or meditate or both.” Pisacreta continues to view the world through the

eyes of a seasoned plein-air painter. “I’m excited to see my work changing as I move closer to capturing the feelings I have when painting on location,” she said. “Even though I start by choosing scenes that feel peaceful, the decisions I make about what to enhance and what to leave out strengthen that feeling of serenity and stillness in the finished paintings.” This exhibit will include paintings from Monhegan Island in Maine, New York state, and Lambertville and the surrounding area. An online gallery of the paintings in t he ex hibit will be available to view at StillnessMotionExhibit. com beginning November 4. Artists’ Gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street in the heart of Lambertville. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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include bead crochet, bead embroidery, bead weaving, bead loom weaving, bead stringing, enameling, niobium metal work, precious metal clay metal work, metal work, wire weaving, and wire wrapping. Some of the jewelr y pieces in the exhibit are available for sale after the close of the exhibit on November 29. Par t icipating New Jersey artists are Emily Barbour and Joan O’Shaughnessy, Lebanon; Marti Brown and Kathleen vonWebern, Frenchtown ; Inna Dzhanibekova, Su san Fellin, Brenda Poston, and Debbie Vine, Flemington; Alice Heinzelman and L. Jean West, Annandale; Christina Herndon and Linda McKay, Califon; Linda Williams, Hampton; Kathy Corbo and Carol Lawrence, High Bridge; Anna Maria Petersen, Phillipsburg; Sue Powell, Clementon; Karina Sherman, Somerville; Kathryn Vernam, Ringoes; Victoria Watson, Bridgewater; and Diana Wilson, Stockton. Participating from Pennsylvania are Debbie Haydu and Marie Stackhouse, Easton. Individuals interested in beading, jewelry making or future membership in the DVBS are welcome to attend a meeting to get acquainted with the Society. The next meeting of Bead Society will be at 7 p.m. on the Tuesday, November 16 in the Raritan Township Municipal Court Building, One Municipal Court, Flemington.. For more information, call the Delaware Valley Bead Society at (908) 246-1231 or visit

The Hunterdon County Library will host a display of Class of 1976, director. “In the works of members of the dialogue with the distincDelaware Valley Bead Socitive historical spaces of ety (DVBS) from Tuesday, Bainbridge House, the inNovember 2, through Monstallation will highlight the day, November 29. Unique ecosystem of this emerging handcraf ted jewelr y and artist’s body of work.” fashion accessories created Stecklow approaches the by 23 DVBS members can exhibition as a series of inbe seen in the showcases terdependent room installaon the first floor of the litions and as a microcosm of brary at 314 State Route 12, the larger systems, seen and Building 3, in Flemington. unseen, that affect our exVisit for current periences. His work invites library hours. conversations on a broad The jewelry and beadwork range of subjects, from air techniques used to create quality and industrial agrithe 45 individual pieces culture to explorations of perception — such as how time and humor shape our understanding of our surroundings. T he exhibition creates a s equence acros s four galleries. In the entry gallery, a polished metal sculpture encases an air sampling device, which will capture data on the components of the atmosphere throughout the installation. This data, later sent to a lab for analysis, will provide source material for future sculptures. Other works grapple with how Stecklow engaged the distance between his Los Angeles studio and the galleries of Art@Bainbridge as pandemic precautions prohibited travel. Sculptures from a series that Stecklow calls Room Boxes, designed according to the building’s f lo or pla n, i n c or p or ate sound through the ricochet- “STILLNESS / MOTION”: “Lighthouse Keeper’s House” by Debbie Pisacreta, above, and “In Moing of a small ball, while vi- tion” by Jane Adriance, below, are featured in their dual art exhibition, on view November 4 brating sculptures of ears of through December 5 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. corn are set in fireplaces. Such works reinforce the humor present throughout the exhibition. “Stecklow works in the tradition of American humorists who, operating within the constraints of logic, use intellect and wit to make incisive observations about the world around us, and thereby make more acute our own attention to the conditions of our surroundings,” said Abbaspour. S te ck low re ceive d h is Bachelor of Ar ts from UCLA. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, as well as across Europe. In 2017 he was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. In March 2022, Stecklow will open a solo exhibition at the

“BUST OF SHEILA JOHNSON BRUTSCH” Alec Miller’s 1937 limewood work of Robert Wood Johnson’s daughter is now on view at Morven Museum & Garden on Stockton Street. Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Morven Acquires Portrait and his family resided at Bust of Sheila Johnson

Morven Museum & Garden was recently gifted a small bust of Sheila Johnson Brutsch (Robert Wood Johnson’s daughter) as a child. “Commissioned by Maggi and Robert Johnson in 1937, this portrait bust of their 3-year-old daughter gives a glimpse of what Sheila would have looked like during her childhood living at Morven,” said Elizabeth Allan, Morven’s curator and deputy director. The bust is on a Johnson desk and reflects the sweet relationship between father and daughter. Through oral histories it is known that the two shared breakfast together nearly every day during their tenure at Morven. The limewood bust with walnut base was created by Scottish woodworker Alec Miller, who made numerous trips to America to complete commissions of children. While in Princeton, Miller sculpted Sheila Johnson and her best friend Alice Byrd, whose parents had her likeness done at the same time.

Morven from 1928 to 1944. “Our newest acquisition is a great reason to visit Morven again, if you’re already a member, and an especially great reason to visit if you’ve never before,” said Jill Barry, Morven’s executive director. Morven Museum & Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 55 Stockton Street. For more information, visit morven. org.

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Local master potter Caryn Newman opens her studio to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for her annual holiday show and sale. Her recent ceramics will be available at the show, displayed outdoors. “Bowls of all sizes are my specialty and my favorite,” said Newman. Her utilitar ian pot ter y also includes cups, vases,

Area Exhibits Check websites for information on safety protocols. Ar t @ Bainbridge, 158 Nassau Street, has “Components in the Air / Jesse S te c k l o w” N ov e m b e r 6 through January 2. A r t i s t s’ G a l l e r y, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, has “Birds and Beetles” through October 31. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Arts Council of Prince to n , 102 Wit herspoon Street, has “Talk to Me” t h r o u g h N o v e m b e r 2 0. Ellarslie, Trenton’s City Mu s e u m i n C ad w a lad e r Park, Park s ide Avenu e, Trenton, has “Trenton’s Treasures: A Retrospective of Watercolors by Marge Chavooshian and Rober t Sakson” through November 14. Visit for museum hours and timed entry tickets. Gourgaud Gallery, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, has “Small Paintings” through October 31.

FALL ART PARTY: Princeton Makes, a new Princeton-based artists’ cooperative, will host its Fall Art Party on Saturday, October 30 from 12-4 p.m. at its studios and art market in the Princeton Shopping Center. Activities will include ornament making using acrylic paint pouring, a community art project, origami making, live music, and more. The event is free. For more information, visit Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, has “Bruce Beasley: Sixty Year Retrospective, 19602020” through January 9 and “What’s in the Garden” through August 1. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed tickets required. Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, has “Princeton and Women’s Suffrage” and other online exhibits, as well as the “Histor y @ Home” series. The museum is currently closed to the public. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa., has “It’s Personal: The Art of Robert Beck” through January 2, “Daring Design” through February 6, and “Miriam Carpenter: Shaping the Ethereal” through March 20.

Mercer Museum, 84 South Pine Street, D oyle s tow n, Pa., has “Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History” through April 10. M or p e t h C o n te m p o rary, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, has “Robert Beck: Recent Work” through October 31. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, has “In Nature’s Realm : The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenberg” through January 9 and the online exhibit “Portrait of Place: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints of New Jersey, 1761–1898.” Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Hope Arts Center, A-Space Gallery, 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope, Pa., has “Same Thing Only Different: New Paintings and Drawings by Charles David Viera” through October 31. Phillips’ Mill, 2619 River Road, New Hope, Pa., has “92nd Juried Art Show” through October 31. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Pr inceton P ublic Libra r y, 65 Wit herspoon Street, has “Love Thy Nature” and “Looking Micro, Seeing Macro: Pressed Flower Art” through January 3. Small World Coffee, 254 Nassau Street, has works by Shorty Rose through November 2.

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and serving pieces. “Adding handmade objects in your daily rituals around food, family, and the home enhances these experiences.” Newman works in both stoneware and porcelain clays. Her large works provide a focal point in any home décor. Willowood Potter y was featured at HomeFront’s ArtJam pop-up gallery in Palmer Square, Princeton this year, and has been selected for the juried Trenton Cit y Museum’s “Ellarslie Open” for several years. The Willowood Potter y studio is located at 7 Willowood Drive, Ewing, open for the sale week-end and by appointment. Masks and social distancing required. For more information, call (609) 203-7141 or visit

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12 p.m. : “P r i n c e ton’s Gargoyles and Grotesques,” walking tour at Princeton University, sponsored by the Historical Society of Princeton. 5:30 p.m.: “Celebrating 50 Years of Photography,” lecture by Princeton Art Museum Curator of Photography Katherine A. Bussard, live via Zoom. Artmuseum. 6 -7 p.m.: Sugar Skull watch party, at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street. Collaboration with McCarter Theatre. Celebrating Dia de los Muertos. In-person, family-friendly screening. Free but registration required at 7 p.m.: Screening of Poltergeist at Hopewell Theater,

5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. Part of Halloween “Fright Fest.” Friday, October 29 7: 3 0 a .m .-2 : 3 0 p.m . : Virtual NJ Conference for Women, presented by Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. Networking, speakers, breakout sessions, prizes, raffles, and more. 4:30 p.m.: “Seamus Heaney’s Late Poems,” presented by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University. Virtual webinar with Nicholas Allen of the University of Georgia. Registration required. 5 :15 - 6 p. m . : A n n u a l Hometown Halloween Parade, beginning on the green at Palmer S quare and making its way to the Princeton Family YMCA. 5:30-6:30 p.m.: NonProfitConnect Impact Awards, honoring Shirley Satterfield, ProBono Partnership, and Investors Bank. Desserts provided by The Gingered Peach. 7: 3 0 p.m . : “ H a n d i n Hand,” a virtual and in–person benefit concert with the glee clubs from Princeton, Yale, and Harvard universities. Princeton club performs at Richardson Auditorium. Free. Advance tickets at 8 p.m.: Screening of The Shining at Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. Part of Halloween “Fright Fest.” Saturday, October 30 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Fall Family Fun Weekend at Terhune Orchards, Cold Soil Road. Barnyard animals, adventure barn, hay bale and corn mazes, pony rides, play area, live music, pick-yourown apples and pumpkins, and much more. $11 online. 12-2 p.m.: Fall Music Series at Palmer Square presents SunDog Country. 12-4 p.m.: Fall Art Party at Princeton Makes, a new Princeton-based artists’ cooperative in the Princeton Shopping Center. Or nament making, community art project, origami making, live music, and more. Free. 1:30 p.m.: Screening of The Witches at Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. Followed by 4 p.m. screening of Beetlejuice. Part of Halloween “Fright Fest.” Sunday, October 31 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Fall Family Fun Weekend at Terhune Orchards, Cold Soil Road. Barnyard animals, adventure barn, hay bale and corn mazes, pony rides, play area, live music, pick-yourown apples and pumpkins, and much more. $11 online. 10 a.m.: HomeFront Halloween-themed 5K and 1 mile run/walk at 502 Carnegie


Center. Kids’ activities, live music, Halloween-decorated Trunk or Treat cars giving out candy. Proceeds benefit HomeFront activities for local homeless or needy children. 12-5 p.m.: Masquerade Parade at St. Michaels Farm Preserve, Hopewell, presented by D&R Greenway. Drive-thru holiday festival with a theme “Birds, Bats and Bugs…Oh My!,” held rain or shine. Pre-register at Timed tickets are $25 per carload and support land preservation. 1 p.m.: Halloween-themed car illon concer t outside of Princeton University’s Graduate Tower. Free, rain or shine. Music from films Har r y Potter, G ame of Thrones, The Exorcist, Pirates of the Caribbean, and TV shows; plus Chopin, Satie, and Grieg. Free. 2-5 p.m.: Corazon Latino/ Dia De Muertos/Halloween Celebration, with trick-ortreating around town, in front of New Br unsw ick Per for ming Ar ts Center, 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. Free. Monday, November 1 7 p.m.: “Princeton’s Gargoyles and Grotesques,” virtual program on some of the architectural details at Pr inceton Universit y, sponsored by the Historical Society of Princeton. Tuesday, November 2 6 and 9 p.m.: Pianist / composer Conrad Tao with tap dancer Caleb Teicher at Richardson Auditorium, part of Princeton University Concerts “Up Close” series. $10 - $40. Puc.princeton. edu. Wednesday, November 3 6 and 9 p.m.: Pianist / composer Conrad Tao with tap dancer Caleb Teicher at Richardson Auditorium, part of Princeton University Concerts “Up Close” series. $10-$40. Thursday, November 4 7:30 p.m.: Princeton Symphony Orchestra appears at McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place. Rossen Milanov conducts; Shai Wosner is piano soloist. $25-$90. Friday, November 5 8:30-10 :30 a.m.: Trenton Economic Development Series: “Building Communities, Building Opportunities,” in-person panel discussion about new projects in the pipeline, presented by Princeton Mercer Chamber at Cooper’s Riverview, 50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton. Princetonmercerchamber. org. 3-4 p.m.: Outdoor Drum Circle at Lawrence Headquarters Branch of Mercer County Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township. Led by Ange Chianese. Register at (609) 883-8292 or email Sunday, November 7 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: “Swingin’ Sinatra Sunday,” at the Nassau Inn, Palmer Square.

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EXTRA SPECIAL: Princeton University football players Jeremiah Tyler, left, and Cole Aubrey celebrate after sacking Harvard quarterback Jake Smith last Saturday. Senior linebacker Tyler led the defensive charge with 12 tackles as Princeton outlasted visiting Harvard in a clash of undefeated teams, winning 18-16 in five overtimes. In the win over the Crimson, Tyler had 12 tackles, 10 solo, leading all tacklers. He also picked up two pass break ups and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Tigers, now 6-0 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, play at Cornell (1-5 overall, 0-3 Ivy) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) like we should have made plays.” On Saturday, the Tigers made plays all day in containing Harvard. “They had good players, we just had to execute,” said Tyler. “We had to dig deep. We had to have some heart, show some class and perseverance.” Princeton showed that perseverance as it outlasted the Crimson in the topsy-turvy overtime. “The mood was ‘oh we have got another one, we have another one,’” recalled Tyler. “Let’s keep grinding, let’s not lose our intensity. Let’s keep going forward. It was just patience, patience is a virtue. You need it to get through tough times.” Princeton head coach Surace knew that a loss would be tough to swallow for either team in the heated rivalry “This game between our two teams, somebody was going to leave disappointed in a great way,” said Surace. “I grabbed all of their players after the game that I could to congratulate them. We have been in some donnybrooks with them. I don’t know, that might be as good a game we have played.” It was an uphill battle as the Princeton offense sputtered for much of the game. Ti g e r q u a r t e r b a c k C o l e Smith three four interceptions and was sacked seven times while the rushing attack generated only 50 yards. “We didn’t do as well as we would have liked in the red zone,” said Surace. “We had a lot of negative plays. They got us on a few

great calls. It is two really good teams. I didn’t think it would end like this but I knew it was going to be a game. They are really good up front and we struggled in some areas we have been getting better at.” Fortunately, the Tiger defense played really well. “I thought we tackled well, we ran to the ball,” said Surace. “We couldn’t get first downs on offense, we were on the field the whole second half, that was frustrating.” Surace pointed to Tyler as a catalyst of that unit. “Every game he plays so hard,” said Surace. “In these moments against great players, he matches up. I thought he was terrific.” The disputed OT timeout by Surace turned out to be pivotal moment in the drama. “I tried getting their attention, they are locked in so I literally just went on the field to get the referee,” said Surace. “I didn’t know what else to do. I was past the numbers; what are they going to do, call a penalty on me for calling a timeout? I am trying to get somebody’s attention. We had that happen earlier in the year and I didn’t get in the picture. When they reviewed it, they couldn’t find me. I was far enough today on the review; I told the defensive staff through the phones, get the next call, we are good.” In the view of Surace, the team’s resilience kept it in the picture as it struggled to overcome the Crimson. “Other than when they felt they lost the game, they never hung their heads,” said Surace. “Even the offense through their struggles; Cole and the

guys up there were good. It was a tough day, we weren’t blocking well and we weren’t protecting well. They are a tough defense, they are one of the best defenses against the run. Collin [Eaddy] is fighting for yards, there is not much there.” While Princeton didn’t score an offensive touchdown, it did find the end zone on a blocked punt in the third quarter as Liam Johnson deflected the ball and Cash Goodhart recovered the ball in the end zone. “Mike Mendenhall does such a great job on special teams,” said Surace, whose team will look to keep on the winning track when it plays at Cornell (1-5 overall, 0-3 Ivy) on October 29. “We put so much into special teams and he really had some good plans this week. Will Powers’ punting flipped field position when we weren’t moving the ball. Little things like that really helped us.” Tyler, for his part, pointed to team unity as the thing that made the difference for the Tigers. “I love my team so much and this game, you see how the culture you were trying to bring was so hard, you have two classes of freshmen,” said Tyler. “As a leader on the team, you have to bring everybody with you. Everybody has to buy in, in their own way. We came together, never flinched and kept moving forward even though some things were going up and some things were going down. We stuck by each other and we just kept finishing and finished strong.” —Bill Alden

Knotted in a 1-1 tie at Harvard in an Ivy League showdown last Saturday, the Princeton Universit y field hockey team made adjustments in the fourth quarter and threw everything it could into overtime. But the 14th-ranked Tigers could not score a gamewinner before ultimately falling 2-1 to the 12th-ranked Crimson on penalty strokes. Harvard converted its first three strokes while Princeton’s first three strokes were all stopped. “We’re not par ticularly strong at them,” said Tiger head coach Carla Tagliente. “It’s not like we haven’t trained them. We have, but what I’ve seen out of us at practice, we haven’t shown that we’re really good. I wasn’t really confident going into it. We were pushing everything we could going into overtime to try to get the result before that happened.” It is the first time in six years under Tagliente that a game has gone to a shootout following two scoreless overtimes. Princeton’s loss in a battle of Ivy League unbeatens makes the postseason a long shot. Princeton saw its five-game winning streak snapped as Harvard improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the Ivies while the Tigers slipped to 8-6 overall, 4-1 in Ivy play. F o l l o w i n g Tu e s d a y ’s scheduled game against Monmouth, Princeton would need to win at Brown on October 30 and then defeat Columbia on November 6 while Harvard would have to lose twice in Ivy play for the Tigers to get the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Otherwise, they would have to hope for one of eight atlarge spots. “I’ve looked at it, and it would have to be a miracle,” said Tagliente. “B ecause t he Big Ten did so well, they’re going to scoop up most of the spots and the ACC will get a couple. It’s a tight race for last spot between us, Virginia, and Boston College. I think we’re a hair above Virginia and a hair behind BC. I just don’t see how we’ll get ahead of BC with what they have left and what we have left. But anything can happen. If the committee doesn’t go strictly by criteria, maybe.” Princeton is 16th in the October 24 RPI rankings. Boston College is 14th and Virginia is 17th. Harvard moved to 11th. After taking Sunday off, Princeton looked to bounce back in preparation for its October 26 game against Monmouth. “I’m sure there’s still a lot of disappointment and a lot of reflection,” said Tagliente. “How they react and how they bounce back, we’ll see in next few days, in the next few weeks. It’s definitely tough. My message to them is this is where we’re at right now.” Princeton got off to a great start Saturday at Harvard. The Tigers scored in the first quarter when they had a 4-1 advantage in penalty corners. It was a broken corner play in which they scored. Sam Davidson

stayed with the broken play and sent the ball toward the goal where Sammy Popper redirected it into the goal for a 1-0 lead. “Sometimes with a broken corner, it’s hard to have a plan for what to do,” said Tagliente. “They were set in their defensive corner structure and we had two players standing in front of the goalie. Sammy Popper just happened to be standing there and tipped it around the goalie. It was a little bit of luck in that situation and fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.” The Tigers still had a lot of possession, but didn’t create as many opportunities in the second quarter. Harvard evened the game before halftime, and neither team could manage a goal for the remainder of regulation and two overtimes. Princeton outshot Harvard, 11-8, and held a 7-3 edge in corners. “We tried to move some things around and see if we could get something without going into overtime, and I think it created a little bit more chaos and we weren’t retaining possession very much,” said Tagliente of the fourth quarter. “ We h a d t h r e e r e a l l y strong corners overall. I thought we really dominated them in overtime, we just had nothing in the tank for some of our counterattacks. If it was a game won on possession time, we would have won by a lot, but it’s not. You have to put the ball in the net.” In the shootout, Princeton had no luck with all three of its strokes while Harvard scored its first three to pick up the win. “They had a game already with UConn that they lost in shootouts earlier in the season,” said Tagliente. “It helps when you have one under your belt. It’s a lot of pressure on individual players, and it’s not our strength. It’s definitely something we need to look at and train more of.” Training had been paying off for the Tigers. After starting the season 3-5 following a loss to No. 3 Rutgers on September 26, the Tigers earned five straight wins. It started with an Ivy win over Yale, then momentum built with an overtime victory over No. 18 UConn. Wins over Dartmouth and Cornell preceded a 3-2 overtime win over a Penn State team on October 17 that is fifth in the RPI rankings. “We’ve really improved in

all areas,” said Tagliente. “Defensively we’ve cleaned up a lot and we’re playing really solid defense and pressing with our strikers. It’s not like we didn’t get opportunities early in the season with UNC and Louisville and Duke. We were putting over 20 shots on the board, we just weren’t converting. I think our execution in the circle is just a lot better, our corner execution is a lot better. We’re getting better in all areas.” She attributes much of t h at to t h e e x p e r i e n c e gained in the tough game in the early season. Gabby Andretta, Hannah Davey, Ali McCarthy, and Sammy Popper are the lone starters who had significant playing experience from 2019. Seven other starters and those that come off the bench gained in the early going this year. “ We were iron ing out some big kinks early in the season, ones that you probably would have ironed out in the previous spring normally,” said Tagliente. “We were having to live through those growing pains early in the season. Just getting over that and getting some games under our belt, we have a ton of new players playing, not just the freshmen and sophomores. Seven of our 11 starters are either freshmen, sophomores, or juniors like Ophélie ( Bemelmans) and Sam Davidson, these guys that didn’t really play in 2019. It’s a significant number of players to get broken in and brought up to speed.” Beth Yeager has gotten up to speed quickly. The freshman added her 16th goal of the season against Penn State to build on her program record for freshmen. “She’s a special player,” said Tagliente. “I think if we were a little deeper and could sub her out a little more and had a stronger cast around her, she’d probably have even more. She’s been doing a lot and carrying big load and not getting much of a break. She’s a very unique, very rare player. It’s not a fluke for sure.” T he defense, too, has grown significantly over the season. Andretta, Davey, and either Sam Davidson or Autumn Brown are the back three. They knew they could not give up much to Harvard, which has a stingy defense, and the Princeton defense gave the team a chance with a strong effort. “There have been big improvements from them, not just the back three but collectively on the defensive

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FIRING AWAY: Princeton University field hockey player Gabby Andretta fires the ball upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior defender Andretta spearheaded a strong performance in a lost cause as 14th-ranked Princeton fell 2-1 to 12th-ranked Harvard in a game decided on penalty strokes after the teams tied 1-1 through 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Tigers, who moved to 8-6 overall and 4-1 Ivy League, play at Brown on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) side,” said Tagliente. “Same with the Penn State game and same w it h Cor nell. They’ve been playing very, very good. I’m hoping things continue. The defense hasn’t been the issue in some of these closer games down the stretch. It’s really been we’re getting great opportunities. We’re just not finishing. If we could be a little more opportunistic in these games, the spreads would be a little bigger.”

Princeton is looking to continue to gain experience as well as wins to finish out the regular season. Even if the year ends without a postseason bid to the NCAAs, the Tigers know they have taken strides to become a more dangerous team. “This whole team is back next year; there’s a lot to play for in the long run,” said Tagliente. “To get shortsighted and get bent out of shape about


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Lacking the Firepower that Helped 2020 Team Dominate, PU Women’s Hockey to Be Feisty As it Gets Back on Ice When the Princeton Univer sit y wom en’s hockey team was last in action in March 2020, it rode a highpowered offense for its first ECAC Hockey championship and was poised for a big run in the NCAA tournament. Princeton averaged 3.7 goals a game that winter and set a program record for wins as it went 26-6-1, only to see the season abruptly halted due to the pandemic. Subsequently, the 2020-21 campaign was canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. With the Tigers returning to the ice this weekend with games at Yale (2-0) on October 29 and at Brown (0-1-1) on October 30, it will bringing a gritty mindset. “It is a very different team and we have to have a different personality; we are going to have a little bit of a different style of play,” said Princeton head coach Cara Morey. “We probably don’t have that potent high- end offense without Sarah [ Fillier], Carly [Bullock], and Cla ire [ T homp s on ] who were scoring goals for us. We might have to be a little more disciplined and focus on the d-zone a little bit more. The games might be lower scoring. We are just going to have to know that we might have to have a different identity.” While the Tigers may not be scoring as many goals, its players are thrilled to be back in action.

“Everyone is so happy to be back and so excited,” said Morey. “Grateful is one of our core values, but it really resonates right now. They appreciate things for sure on a different level.” T hat appreciat ion has been reflected in a commitment to conditioning. “The fitness testing in the preseason was the best we have ever seen so now we have to figure out if that will translate to the ice and the games,” said Morey. “They look in really good shape, so the question is going to be like hockey shape. Game shape is totally different. They are definitely ready to go but we scrimm age d aga i n s t R ive ter s and you could tell that they hadn’t played a lot of five on five in the last 18 months. We have a prett y young team.” Morey is really good year from junior forward Maggie Connors, who tallied 22 goals and 25 assists in the 2019-20 campaign. “Maggie looks great, she is just so fast, so dynamic and so offensively threatening,” said Morey. “I do think she almost overplayed a little at the beginning because she feels this sense of responsibility to really step up in the role. She is going to find her way, we have moved her around a bit, giving her different people.”

Senior captains Sharon Frankel (nine goals, 16 assists) and Shannon Griffin (6 goals, 6 assists) along w ith junior Kayla Fillier (one goal, two assists), and senior Sarah Verbeek will be providing a veteran presence at forward. “Sharon and Shannon are great, they look like veterans,” said Morey. “Frankel is Frankel, you always know what you are going to get from her, nothing less than 100 percent effort. The kid just goes and goes. Griffin has maturity in her game. She is scrappy but she knows when to go, she knows where to go. We have Kayla who just provides awesome leadership, she is so quiet but everyone looks to her for that calming leadership presence. Sarah is back after being out two years. She is a really strong power forward and is doing what we need her to do.” A quartet of freshmen, Sarah Paul, Mia Coene, Grace Kuipers, and Ellie Marcovsky, figure to make a big contribution. “Sarah is elite, her shot is better than anyone’s I have seen,” said Morey. “It is so hard and so accurate, her release is lightning quick. Her shot is heavy, even if it hits the goalie it is going to go in, she is just so strong. Mia is looking awesome, she is just a 200-foot player. She works all over the ice, she is a little bit like Frankel that way but a

bigger version. Grace has a lot of offensive instincts. Ellie, who we got from Robert Morris, is just a sneaky little player.” On defense, junior Mariah Keopple (five goals, 11 assists), sophomore Stef Wallace (two goals, four assists), and junior Solveig Neunzert (two goals, seven assists) should provide some good work this winter. “Mariah looks great, she is so fit, she knows the game and she manages the puck well,” said Morey. “Stef looks awesome, she can carry the puck from end to end and people seem to bounce off her. Solveig was in Germany and she was playing a little there so the transition has been a lot easier for her than the others.” Fre s h m a n defe n s e m a n Dominique Cormier appears to be making a smooth transition to the college level. “Dom is going to be excellent,” said Morey. “She has got really great instincts, she was with Team Canada, We are expecting her to step up and fill big minutes.” At goaltender, senior Rachel McQuigge (1.51 goals against average, .933 save percentage in 2019-20 ), junior Cassie Reale (1.00 GAA, .933 save pct.) and freshman Jennifer Olnowich have the ability to step up between the pipes. “All three have done a great job this preseason,” said Morey. “Cassie worked her butt off all summer and came in ready to go. Rachel has got the most experience for sure. Jen was s u r pr is i ngly go o d aga i n Riveters. We hadn’t seen

SHARPSHOOTER: Princeton University women’s hockey player Maggie Connors fires a shot in a 2019 game. Junior forward Connors figures to be the go-to-goal scorer for Princeton as it gets back in action after its 2020-21 campaign was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Tigers will head north to start the season, playing at Yale on October 29 and at Brown on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) her in two years because of COVID. We have confidence in all three that they can play. I don’t know that they will but it is good to know that they can.” Morey is confident that her team will give a good effort every night. “They are great, they are just so eager to play,” said Morey. “We are going to design our game plan to this group and their skills and streng ths. T hey are going to be a fast, feisty, hardworking team.”

With other teams having started their season, Morey knows her players can’t be too feisty as they return to action this weekend. “Ever ybody els e is al ready playing so we are kind of getting antsy,” said Morey. “Controlling your emot ions a nd excitem ent is going to be one of the big factors. We want that to feed into it and be excited but we have got to stay in control.” —Bill Alden

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As the Princeton University men’s hockey team has hit the ice to get back in action after the 2020-21 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, Ron Fogarty is seeing a heightened intensity from his players. “The enthusiasm and the appreciation is evident with our guys, just how they are at the rink and how the practices are,” said Princeton head coach Fogarty, who guided the Tigers to a 6-20-5 record in 2019-20 and a sweep of Dartmouth in a best-of-the ECAC Hockey opening round playoff series before the season was halted due to the pandemic. “They are full of emotion. It has been great.” With Princeton playing at Army West Point (1-5-1) in its season opener on October 30, the Tiger players will be looking to translate that emotion into success on the ice. “Everyone is working so hard because they understand this is one of the biggest years,” said Fogarty. “You have an opportunity to step in and play a different role or gain a scoring role or goaltending or defense.” With senior defenseman Matthew Thom (three goals and six assists in 2019-20) serving as team captain and senior forwards Luke Keenan (seven goals, 11 assists) and Christian O’Neill (five goals, five assists) assuming the alternate captain roles, Fogarty likes how the team is coming together. “We have 10 seniors, it is a big group; Thom, Keenan, and McNeill have done a tremendous job of bringing two classes together to be part of the team,” said Fogarty. “It is difficult just bringing in one class and getting them up to speed. They have done a great job with the sophomore and first-year guys.” Keenan and O’Neill have been leading a group of forwards that is a work in progress at this point. “We have been mixing and

matching lines, we have 14 forwards and we will have a better sense after Army,” said Fogarty. “We may not have the top skill guys like the Veronneaus [Max Veronneau] and Kuffners [Ryan Kuffner] but the overall skill level is very good. It is still a lot of things up in the air. We will have to see.” Senior Finn Evans (four goals, three assists), sophomore Adam Robbins (two assists), sophomore Nick Seitz (two assists), and freshman Jack Cronin have been looking good in preseason play. “Finn looks really good, we are going to have him on more of an offensive role,” said Fogarty. “Over the past scrimmages, he has done well. Adam and Nick took a year off and played junior hockey, they have looked stronger because of another year of playing when a lot of people weren’t. We have Jack who did a great job two years ago in the New England prep league. Hopefully, he can continue his scoring ways. He produced at that level.” Fogarty will be looking for defensemen Thom, senior Mark Paolini (four goals, seven assists), junior Pito Walton (one goal, five assists), and freshman Noah de la Durantaye to produce along the blue line. “Hopefully they continue on the offensive side, Mark was he last player to score for us against Dartmouth in the overtime game,” said Fogarty. “We are returning a lot of players from that power play unit. Pito is looking to have a good year. We have 10 defensemen back there with the new guys. Durantaye looks really good for us, he will be a promising piece of the puzzle as a freshman.” At goaltender, senior Jeremie Forget ( 2.79 goals against average, .912 save percentage in 2019-20 ), junior Aidan Porter (3.99 GAA, .862 save pct.), and freshman Ethan Pearson are vying for time.

“The two returning goalies look good,” said Fogarty. “It is tough because you don’t have any reference points from the past year. You have to see what they are like in real competition.” In order to compete better this winter, the Tigers will be taking a more aggressive approach all over the ice. “We are going to go to more of an attack style this year,” said Fogarty. “Every year, you talk about puck possession and protection. We want to have a very agg re s sive forecheck ing team that creates turnovers and more of an offensive zone-minded team where we can manufacture goals and possession. We want to get it in deep in the zone and work the opponents’ defense, that has been our focus for this year.” That attack mentality has been taking hold in preseason action. “The scrimmages have been good with learning points on what we need to work on,” said Fogarty. “Our forecheck is looking good, the guys have been working on it and it has been pretty smothering the majority of the time in the three scrimmages.” Fogarty and his players are primed to have a memorable time this weekend on their trip to West Point. “I am even more excited about the pregame festivities,” said Fogarty. “We are going to have an opportunity to have General Mark Milley come in and visit and talk, with him being a Princeton alum. Our guys are looking forward to that. Just being on that campus is pretty spectacular, we are looking forward to walking around.” Once the puck drops, Fogarty will be looking forward to seeing his guys return to action. “I like this team a lot,” said Fogarty. “It is a team that is striving to get better every day since September 1 when we started skating. I am excited for this year.” —Bill Alden

ON POINT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Christian O’Neill heads up the ice in a 2019 game. Senior forward and alternate captain O’Neill is looking for a big final season with the Tigers. Princeton, which had its 2020-21 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, returns to action by playing at Army West Point in its season opener on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

PU Sports Roundup Princeton Men’s Soccer Defeats Harvard 4-1

Kevin O’Toole had a huge game to help the Princeton Un iversit y men’s soccer team defeat Harvard 4-1 last Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. Senior star O’Toole tallied three goals and an assist as the Tigers moved to 8-5 overall and 4-0 Ivy League to stay atop the league standings. O’Toole was later named the Ivy Player of the Week. P r inceton w ill resu me league play when it hosts Cornell on October 30.

PU Women’s Volleyball Edges Penn 3-2

Elena Montgomery starred as the Princeton University women’s volleyball team edged Penn 3-2 (25-13, 2514, 21-25, 30-32, 16-14) last Friday night in Philadelphia, Pa. Junior Montgomery had a match-high 22 kills to help the Tigers improve to 13-3 overall and 7-1 Ivy League. In upcoming action, Princeton plays at Harvard on October 29 and at Dartmouth on October 30.


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Princeton Rowing Teams Excel at Head of Charles

The women’s lightweight 8 provided a highlight as the Princeton University rowing teams competed in the famed Head of Charles regatta last Sunday in Boston, Mass. The Tiger lightweight crew covered the three-mile course on the Charles River in a winning time of 16:37.25, 16.9 seconds ahead of runner-up Georgetown. That group featured several rowers from the 2021 National Championship boat, including Sarah Polson, Kalena Blake, Rebecca Mays, Lily Feinerman, and Bonnie Pushner. The rest of the boat included Cecilia Sommerfeld, Anella Lefebvre, Daisy Devore, and Margaret Murphy

race in 19:34.39, trailing winner MIT (18:39.19) and runner-up. Boston University (19:16.17). The Princeton women’s open varsity 8 also had a big day, finishing second in 15:48.09, trailing only Stanford (15:41.37). The squad’s second boat in the race took 12th in 16:40.55. T he Tiger open coxed 4 placed eighth overall in 19:00.16 and sixth among collegiate squads. The Princeton men’s lightweight team earned two topfive finishes at the regatta with its top 8 taking third in 14:43.49 in a race won by Yale in 14:30.96 with Cornell placing second in 14:39.75. The second Tiger 8 finished fifth in 14:48.28. T h e P r i n c e t o n m e n’s heavyweight team had two boats secure top-10 finishes at the Head of Charles on Sunday. The Tiger coxed 4 f i n is h e d f if t h over a l l (16:20.68), but third among colleg iate teams behind Dartmouth and Cornell. Princeton’s top 8 secured eighth place (14:23.35), trailing Washington, Dartmouth, Yale, Har vard, Syracuse, Brown, and Northeastern. The Tiger rowers are next in action on November 7 when they host their Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie.


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George Caras led the way as the 12th-ranked Princeton University men’s water polo team defeated Biola University 15-5 last Sunday in San Jose, Calif., to wrap up a California swing. Sophomore Caras scored three goals for the Tigers, now 19-6. Princeton heads to New England next weekend to resume Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) action, playing at Harvard and MIT on October 30 and at Brown on October 31.

SAVING GRACE: Princeton University women’s soccer goalkeeper Grace Barbara boots the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and former Princeton Day School standout Barbara made seven saves to earn the shutout as Princeton edged Harvard 1-0. Tatum Gee scored the lone goal of the contest, chipping a shot over the Harvard keeper with 12:34 left in the second half. Gee was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. The Tigers, now 12-2-1 overall and 4-1 Ivy, host Cornell on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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With Roth Surprising Herself In Taking 2nd Overall, PHS Girls’ Cross Country Team Wins County Crown

Robin Roth didn’t feel particularly confident as she got ready to compete for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. “Coming into today, it was ‘hopefully I don’t cry.’ It has not been my week,” said PHS junior star Roth. “There is a lot of stress w it h t h is b ec aus e L aw renceville is so good. Freshman year we were supposed to win, it was supposed be really close between us and Allentown and we got fourth and that was a big thing for us. We had a lot of pressure in the county meet.” Overcoming those doubt s, Rot h e n de d up having a great day, placing second individually in a time of 19:10.89 over the 5,000-meter course. Roth’s heroics helped PHS w in the team title as it posted a score of 57 with Lawrenceville placing second at 85. She was followed closely by junior teammate Lucy Kreipke, who posted a time of 19:26.86, with Tiger sophomore Kyleigh Tangen coming in sixth in 19:30.54. “I felt so good, I was in the back woods and I was wow, I am doing this,” said Roth. “I feel good, I am running fast. This course plays to my strength because there is that downhill in the middle.

I usually get engaged in the middle when I put my head down and I am jogging but with the downhill and all of the people, I feel pressure to still run.” For Roth, coming in second was a good feeling. “It is really awesome, we had just found out that the guys lost by one point,” said Roth. “It was a little like we have to show them what we are worth.” A f ter hav ing a s t rong outdoor track season as a sophomore, Roth found herself struggling a little bit this fall. “Last spring I was running pretty well and this year, it really wasn’t coming together,” said Roth. “I am very happy that I was able to make it work.” Roth was very happy to see PHS win the team title. “MileSplit has this ranking thing and we weren’t even ranked at the beginning of the season,” said Roth. “We were expected to be bad, we graduated four seniors. This means we are still in the game, we can bounce back. When I was turning the corner I said to myself, I had this mantra, ‘I am strong, I am fast and I am resilient.’ I think resilience has been a big thing for the whole team because there is still a lot of uncertainty with COVID, people having to quarantine, people

ROCKING ROBIN: Princeton High girls’ cross country junior star Robin Roth heads to the finish line at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Roth placed second individually in the girls’ varsity race to help PHS take the team title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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getting sick, and people getting hurt.” In reflecting on the first county crown since 2006 for his girls’ program, PHS head coach Jim Smirk credited his runners with showing a special resolve. “We have been hunting for our identity all season, there have been ups and downs,” said Smirk. “Coming into the season, nobody really had an eye on us. We are a good, quality program that year after year puts together a good team. I think our girls started to realize that, like ‘hey wait a minute, we are pretty good.’ We started to work towards that.” Roth displayed her quality as she rose to the occasion at the county meet. “We know that Robin has been good for a long time and I think where she is maturing is understanding that,” said Smirk. “Seasons are develop mental. Each phase of the season requires a different level of focus and intention if you want to race at the level that you want to get to. I think she is starting to put that together. She is really maturing as a competitor and maturing as a leader.” The competition between Kreipke, Tangen, and Roth has benefited the Tigers. “With Lucy, Kyleigh, and Robin, it has been a constant rotation up front; it has been a lot of fun,” said Smirk. “As one of them finds success, the other two step up. So it has really been a nice team bond there.” For Smirk, finally tasting success again at the county meet was sweet. “It is only the second county championship the girls have won in my 16 years coaching here,” said Smirk. “We have been more successful at the sectional level there. It means a lot, we won our first one with a bunch of upstarts that no one really knew about at the start of the season. It feels the same way here. I am super proud of these girls. They saw a pretty loaded Lawrenceville Prep team; they didn’t have their top girl today [Charlotte Bednar], but they are still good. Robbinsville was in the mix. There are no teams out here that are really slouches. Everyone brings something to the table that can change the dynamic of the race.” Smirk believes his squad is poised for a dynamic performance at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 6. “We are going to see teams that are built a lot like the teams we saw today, good up front with some depth challenges. We will have to race well and put together a better team effort because that is how you get better and that is what we are going to do.” Roth will be bringing a lot more confidence into the sectional. “We are looking to the sectional,” said Roth. “It is dif ferent people because we are one of the biggest schools. Our county is really good this year so it means a lot that we were able to win and I was second. That is very impressive.” —Bill Alden

PHS Boys’ Cross Country Takes 2nd at County Meet As Kenny Pushes Through Leg Pain to Lead the Pack

Andrew Kenny came to the starting line of the boys’ varsity race at the Mercer County cross country championship meet last Friday afternoon with his right calf wrapped in pink tape. While Princeton High junior star Kenny had tweaked his calf just days before the meet, that didn’t keep him from assuming his frontrunner role for the Tigers. Ken ny clocked a t ime o f 15 : 5 4 .47 o v e r t h e 5,0 0 0 - m e te r c o u r s e a t Washington Crossing Park to take fifth individually. “Even though my calf was burning for almost the whole time, I pushed through,” said Kenny. “I still raced amazing, it was a PR.” Even t hough t he PHS squad pushed hard collectively, it fell just short of winning the team title, losing by one point to WW/PNorth, 52-53. Junior Zachar y D eng was t he nex t finisher for the Tigers, taking eighth in 16:28.47. Senior Kento Nakaya placed 12th in 16:35.14 with junior Marty Brophy finishing 13th in 16:41.95. In reflecting on his race, Kenny said the course was suited to him. “My start and my downhills I am really strong at so I really worked those two downhills,” said Kenny. “But also the hill wasn’t really too bad of a hill. I just pushed at that so I could relax.” Kenny has put in some extra work in emerging as the team’s frontrunner. “It is really just my summer training, I was at about 40 miles a week,” said Kenny. “I am more of an 800 guy in track and lower in mileage so 40 was a big leap for me. I put in a lot of work over the summer. When preseason came, I kept that up.” W hile PHS was disap pointed to fall short of the count y crow n, Kenny is pleased with how the team has progressed this fall. “ We have b e e n doi ng amazing,” said Kenny. “The back four have been running in the pack, they all work together.” PHS head coach Jim Smirk tipped his hat to WW/P-North and its coach, Brian Gould. “He has a group of great kids, they work incredibly hard,” said Smirk. “We didn’t execute the way we know we are capable of and they took advantage of that.” In Smirk’s view, Kenny’s injury may have knocked his squad off stride. “We got a little shook, t h in k ing A ndrew is not ready to go,” said Smirk. “We tried to take a little too much on ourselves and we need to be a little more confident as a team. We are a good, strong team and we need to compete that way.”

With PHS set to compete in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 6, Smirk hopes that his squad will use the experience from last Friday to compete better in that meet. “T here are lessons to learn, we have big championship races coming up,” said Smirk.

“I think time-wise they ran well but I think competitively there is another level for them.” Kenny, for his par t, is primed to run hard in the sectional. “I am super excited, I want to get my payback,” said Kenny. “I want to beat all of the guys that beat me.” — Bill Alden

PHOTO FINISH: Princeton High boys’ cross county star Andrew Kenny, right, edges Shaurya Srivastava of WW/P-South at the Mercer County cross country championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Kenny finished fifth individually to lead the way for PHS as it placed second in the team standings, one point behind champion WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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Sophia Lis is determined to make the most out her final postseason run with the Princeton High girls’ soccer team. “I want to stay on this team for as long as possible,” said senior star and Lehigh-bound Lis. “It has been so great, it has been such a fun year.” Last Thursday, Lis had a lot of fun, tallying two goals and four assists as third-seeded PHS defeated 14th-seeded Ewing 7-0 in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. “We have been looking forward to the MCTs starting and the states,” said Lis. “It is great to be here and already off to a good start.” The Tigers showed great balance in the win as Casey Serxner tallied two goals and two assist with Holly Howes scoring two goals and Megan Rougas chipping in one goal and an assist. “We have really been working in practices a lot,” said Lis. “I feel like we have the chemistry off the field, that is really showing on the field. We have done so many dinners, we just went to Conte’s and a whole group dinner there. Everyone is such great friends, we all want each other to score.” Lis displayed her connection with sophomore Serxner, assisting on her two goals as PHS jumped out to a 2-0 lead. “We know each other well from playing together last year,” said Lis. “I am really glad that is showing off this year.” After assisting on the first

three goals of the game, Lis found the back of the net with 22:11 left in the first half. In the second half, she got her second goal of the contest with 30:00 left in regulation. “I am definitely trying to work on my shot accuracy but also with me getting more shots. I want to make sure that my team does the same,” said Lis. “We work well as a unit to make sure to get the final product no matter what.” Lis kept burying shots, scoring the lone goal as PHS edged sixth-seeded Hun 1-0 in overtime in the MCT quarterfinals last Saturday. On Monday, Lis found the back of the net again but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 3-1 to second-seeded Hopewell Valley in the county semis and moved to 15-2. With PHS slated to start play in the state tournament next week, Lis believes that the Tigers will show resilience. “I think our reaction to the first loss of the season made me happy,” said Lis, referring to a 3-2 regular season defeat to HoVal on October 5. “It was tough, we really wanted to go all the way undefeated but obviously things like that happen in soccer. We know we can recover, we can come back when the other team is in the lead.” PHS head coach Dave Kosa is proud of the way his team has come together this fall. “We are enjoying our journey and everybody is enjoying one another out there, it is really fun to watch,” said Kosa. “All of the girls are trusting, supporting and communicating

with one another. It is a great feeling.” The Tigers displayed that trust on offense in the win over Ewing. “That is something we practice on each day. We love to set one another up, we love to make great passes to one another,” said Kosa. “They just feed off of one another. Our team is so unselfish. It is awesome to see when they are really clicking like that, and they were today.” Kosa credits Lis with playing in key role in getting PHS clicking. “Sophia is such a great kid, she is a great person,” said Kosa. “The fact that she wants to see everybody do well and understands that just makes us better.” Kosa is confident that PHS will keep doing well as it heads into the final weeks of the season. “It is just the fact that we are all coming together, I think we are playing our best soccer right now,” said Kosa. “It is just a matter of going out and playing hard every day and being ready and making sure that our minds are right. If we are like that then whatever happens, happens.” Lis believes that the Tigers will play hard to the end. “I think the keys are just fi nding each other in the field,” said Lis. “We need to keep combining, always look to goal, and keep working as a unit.” — Bill Alden


Senior Standout Lis Saving Her Best for Last, Helping PHS Girls’ Soccer Make MCT Semis

FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Sophia Lis displays some fancy footwork last Monday as third-seeded PHS played second-seeded Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. Senior star and Lehigh-bound Lis scored a goal but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 3-1. PHS, now 15-2, is next in action when it starts play next week in the state tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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Playing Hard to the Final Second in Overtime Thriller, PDS Field Hockey Falls 5-4 to Lawrence in MCT Final When the Princeton Day School field hockey team played at Lawrence High in late September, it turned out to be one of the most dramatic games of the fall. Playing under the lights, a scrappy PDS squad upset previously undefeated Lawrence 4-3 on a fourth quarter goal by Lily Ryan in the September 24 contest. Last Thursday night, the foes met again on the same fi eld in the Mercer County Tournament fi nal and they outdid themselves, producing a championship game for the ages. T he third-seeded Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the fourth-seeded Cardinals on goals by Jadyn Huff and Tessa Caputo. After Lawrence responded with a goal from Princeton University-bound superstar Talia Schenck, who recently set the state record for goals in a season as she passed the 100 mark, the Panthers took to a 3-1 lead at halftime on a second goal by Caputo with eight seconds left in the second quarter. “It was a good start,” said Farlow. “It was come out aggressive, play possession

and play our game, that is the whole game plan.” I n t h e t h i r d q u a r te r, Schenck scored two goals to even the game at 3-3. With 21 seconds left in the fourth, Schenck found the back of the cage to make it 4-3, seemingly closing the deal. But rushing down the field en masse, PDS got the ball in the circle and Panther senior star Ally Antonacci pushed the ball into the goal with :00.1 left just before the fi nal horn went off to knot the contest at 4-4 and force overtime. In OT, PDS had some chances but Schenck came through, getting an assist as Caroline Rotteveel slipped the ball into goal to give Lawrence a 5-4 win. In Farlow’s view, a key sequence in the contest when a Panther player was carded for 10 minutes midway through the third quarter, putting the Panthers on their heels as the Cardinals had a one-player advantage. “Being down a player for 10 minutes in a championship game puts you at such a disadvantage,” said Farlow. “I thought that our kids did great despite that.”

THRILLING FINALE: Princeton Day School field hockey player Ally Antonacci, right, battles a Lawrence High player for the ball in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday night. Senior star Antonacci tallied a goal and an assist in the contest as third-seeded PDS fell 5-4 in overtime to fourth-seeded Lawrence. The Panthers, who fell to 13-4 with the defeat, are next in action when they compete in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public North sectional where they are seeded fourth and will host fifth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in quarterfinal contest on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Farlow liked the way her players dealt with the challenge of containing Schenck. “She is tough, we know that but our whole game plan was to keep our feet moving and keep our stick in it,” said Farlow. “I think we played as well as we could.” Antonacci played very well in the defeat, ending up with a goal and two assists. “Ally was all over the field tonight, she is an amazing player,” said Farlow. “She is an underrated player, she has been great.” PDS also got good efforts from goalie Frances Bobbitt, midfielder/forward Huff, and defender Franny Gallagher. “I was happy with Frances in goal, I thought she played tremendously well,” said Farlow of Bobbitt, who made 11 saves in the game. “We have a new goalie coach this year, Tia Brown, she has done a tremendous job with Frances. Jadyn Huff had a great game. I was very happy with Franny Gallagher on defense.” With the Panthers slated to play in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) NonPublic North sectional where they are seeded fourth and will host fi fth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in a quarterfi nal contest on November 3, Farlow is confi dent that her players will keep doing a good job. “We have won with no time left on the clock; we play until the end of the game until the ball goes in and the whistle blows,” said Farlow. “Our girls have battled this year, we play the full 60 minutes.” — Bill Alden

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With Junior Star Huff Hustling All Over the Field, PDS Field Hockey Stunned PHS in MCT Semis Jadyn Huff and her teammates on the Princeton Day School field hockey team weren’t intimidated as they faced undefeated Princeton High in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week. “We came with same mentality that we had at Lawrence because they had also been undefeated for a long time,” said PDS junior star Huff, referring to the Panthers’ 4-3 win over Lawrence on September 24. “We just really pushed and we really wanted to take them out just as we did Lawrence. It is just living in that moment.” Huff provided a big moment with 6:32 left in the first quarter, firing a blast off a penalty corner that was tipped into the goal by Ally Antonacci to give PDS a 1-0 lead. “We practice a lot with our corners and I know she will be there and she could just touch it,” said Huff. “That is exactly what happened, our chemistry is on the next level.” Taking the 1-0 lead into the second half, the Panthers had to hold off an onslaught from a determined PHS squad that controlled possession in the third quarter. “It was a little nerve-wracking at times but we kept our composure,” said Huff. “We didn’t get frantic or anything. We played our game, we controlled the controllables.” Midway through the fourth quarter, PDS took control of the contest as sophomore Tessa Caputo found the back of the cage and the Panthers never looked back on the way to a 2-0 triumph. “It was a great feeling of relief,” said Huff, referring to Caputo’s goal. “We have to keep playing and pushing hard but we know it will be over soon.” For Huff and her teammates, making the MCT final for the first time since 2018 was a special moment. “We haven’t been there in a

while it is a great accomplishment,” said Huff. “I am just so happy that I can play with these guys.” Emerging as a go-to player for PDS this fall, Huff has been looking to give more to her teammates. “I would say stepping up, talking to my coach about what we need to work on to be better,” said Huff. “I play with Princeton Field Hockey Club. It is helping a lot. Being around the coaches there and the players, it is amazing.” PDS head coach Heather Farlow credits Huff with making an impact all over the field for the Panthers. “Jadyn is our catalyst for offense and she gets us out of trouble on defense,” said Farlow. “She had phenomenal play just all around.” Coming into the clash with the high-powered Tigers, PDS was ready to push PHS. “The mindset was that we were the underdog and we had nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Farlow. “The pressure was on them, they were the ones with the undefeated record. We figured

we would score early and try to test them.” Seeing her squad pass that test meant a lot for Farlow. “It is so exciting, we didn’t have any expectations coming out of COVID,” said Farlow, whose team went on to fall 5-4 in overtime to fourthseeded Lawrence in the final. “You just don’t know what to expect. We were just hoping to have a winning season, and this is just icing on the cake.” In reflecting on her squad’s run to the county final, Farlow credited her players with showing a battling spirit. “It is confidence, just one game to the next feeling like we can compete with anybody,” said Farlow. “You have to respect every opponent, and we have played some tough opponents this year. We have definitely been tested.” In Huff’s view, the late surge by the Panthers is the product of a total team effort. “I would say trust, it is let everybody play their part,” said Huff. “Whatever they need to practice on, they practice on it and progress will make perfection.” — Bill Alden

ON THE BALL: Princeton Day School field hockey player Jadyn Huff hits the ball in action last week in the Mercer County Tournament. Junior star Huff contributed an assist as third-seeded PDS upset previously undefeated and second-seeded Princeton High 2-0 in the MCT semifinals on October 19. Two days later, Huff contributed a goal as the Panthers fell 5-4 to fourth-seeded Lawrence in overtime in the county final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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After going undefeated last fall in her freshman season for the Princeton Day S chool g irls’ cros s country team in a campaign abbreviated by COVID-19 concerns, Emily McCann has enjoyed testing herself against tougher competition in 2021. “Last year, there were not many big races, the first few invitationals this year got me in the mindset,” said McCann. “This is insane. It was over whelming how many people there were. I am used to it now.” Utilizing that experience, McCann placed eighth in the girls’ varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Cros sing Park. McC an n clocked a time of 19:42.36 ove r t h e 5,0 0 0 - m e te r course, helping PDS finish 11th in the girls’ team standings. “I knew the first mile was going to be really fast,” said McCann reflecting on the race. “It is all downhill and the field is really good. I was ready to have it be a sub 6-minute mile. I didn’t want there to be much strain but that is exactly what I did. The first mile felt really

good. I think I was 10th there. I stayed with them the whole time.” McCann was pleased with the final result. “This is only my third time running under 20, so that is definitely very good to progress forward,” said McCann. In making progress, McCann has upped the intensity of her workouts. “My teammates have definitely pushed me a lot more in workouts and I have been doing workouts a lot harder,” said McCann. “I have stayed the same in mileage, about 30 miles a week. We have been doing a lot of interval work and a lot of hill work which is definitely helpful for this course. That helped me a lot.” McCann’s work on the ice has also helped her conditioning as she juggles ice hockey with running. “We practice three times a week and then we play on the weekends,” said McCann, who plays for the Princeton Tiger Lilies club program and the PDS girls’ hockey squad. “I have cross country to 5:30 sometimes and then I have hockey later in the night. Hockey is more speed with fast, little bursts and

MAKING STRIDES: Princeton Day School girls’ cross country sophomore star Emily McCann heads to the finish line at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. McCann placed eighth individually in the girls’ varsity race, clocking a time of 19:42.36 over the 5,000-meter course. PDS finished 11th in the girls’ team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

then this a lot of cardio. They help each other.” PDS head coach John Woodside is impressed by McCann’s development this fall as she has built on her big freshman season. “Emily ran well; she feels like she has more in there but that was her best time,” said Woodside. “Last year she was learning every time she ran. She really didn’t know what she was doing, she was figuring it out. This year she came in with a plan and she trained much harder. Her mileage is higher but it is not even that, the workouts are better. She knows what she is doing now. She listens, she does what she is supposed to do to get ready. She is really ready for some big things.” In Woodside’s view, his girls’ squad is poised to do some big things. In the county meet, sophomore Harleen Sandu took 36th in 21:29.22 while junior Maddie Weinstein placed 68th in 23:24.86. “If I go back to last year, we were undefeated but it was a weird year because we didn’t have championships,” said Woodside. “Ever ybody didn’t field a team and a lot of kids didn’t run. The girls were tremendous last year. This year, weirdly enough, they are even a little bit better but the competition is better too They did well. I had many best times and season bests today.” As for the Panther boys, they used the county meet as a springboard for the upcoming state Prep B and Non-Public group meets. Sophomore Arun Patel led the way for the PDS boys’ last Friday, taking 52nd in 18:17.30 with senior Will S u n com i ng i n 68t h i n 18:37.49. “The kids stepped up, most of them ran their best times,” said Woodside. “Our top 5 average was 20 seconds better than it had been all year and for the first time they were at 19:00. We will keep training we are going to be ready in two weeks.” Patel and Sun have been s tepping up all fall for the Panthers. “Arun has emerged as our top runner and he has really pushed himself hard,” said Woodside. “He trained over the summer and he got the guys out training together. That is an important step. Will is a senior and he has been with me for four years. He has really come a long, long way. He was a 22 minute runner when he first started; he was 18:37 today so that is very impressive. I think he has more in there. The guys want to improve as we go towards the championships and this was a step in that direction.” Looking ahead to the state meets, Woodside believes all of his runners are primed to excel. “Everybody is really energized,” asserted a smiling Woodside. “We are ready to go, we are so fired up for the championships. McCann, for her par t, is fired up to keep getting better. “I just want to thank my coaches,” said McCann. “They see my potential and then they push me really hard.” — Bill Alden

Utilizing Unselfish Approach in Stretch Drive, Hun Boys’ Soccer Eyeing MAPL Championship Pat Quirk liked the way his Hun School boys’ soccer team was playing as it approached tournament time. “We were stating to click and play really well together,” said Hun head coach Quirk. “It is really selfless soccer, we emphasize making the extra pass in the box and the guys have been buying into that.” The Raiders clicked in state Prep A opener, posting a 4-2 win over Blair on October 19. “We got off to a pretty good start against them. We knew that if we could play soccer we could put a bunch of pressure on them, which is what we like to do,” said Quirk who got two goals from Mass Verduci in the win with Osman Bayazitoglu and Adhityan Tamilselvan adding one apiece. “The kids stuck to game plan well. Hector [Suriel] was hurt so we didn’t play him. Mass kind of stepped in and played the role. He put two in the back of the net, it was nice for him. It was a good confidence builder. He can create stuff for himself, he has gotten pretty strong on the ball. It is just getting him to put it on the frame — he has a very powerful shot.” Two days later, in first round of the Mercer County Tournament, eighth-seeded Hun played well at both ends of the field in defeating ninth-seeded Lawrence 3-0. “C onor Fr yk hol m a n d John Balian got their first goals of the year; I look at our scoring sheets and it is all over the place, it is awesome,” said Quirk, who also got a goal from William Zeng against the Cardinals. “A couple of guys have a bunch, but there are a bunch of guys with one or two and a bunch of guys with assists. We scored in the first two minutes against Lawrence, which was very helpful for sure. That gets you rolling, but the defense locked it down. Ayden Isbirian got a nice shutout there, he has been playing pretty big.” Advancing in both tournaments was important for the Raiders. “It is always on our list of things to do; host a Mercer County game and host a state game as well,” said Quirk. “It is definitely one of our goals every season, to advance in both is great.” Hun’s MCT run was halted last Saturday when it fell 5-0 to top-seeded Pennington and moved to 9-5. “To beat them, you are going to have to play your best game and they are going to have to be off a little bit,” said Quirk, whose team had lost 3-2 in overtime to Pennington on September 22 in a regular season contest. “In the first game, they were probably off a little bit. They were probably a little more prepared for us. Maybe they knew what to expect from us, they knew we were going to come out hard. We had a good 21 minutes and then we gave up a couple goals before half. It was 3-0 at one point and we had a PK and I think that could have turned it around a little bit but their goalie

made a great save.” The Raiders will get another shot at powerful Pennington as the foes will meet in the state Prep A semifinals on November 1. “Our kids played well, it is not like we played poorly. We couldn’t finish our opportunities and they are a good side,” said Quirk. “They had nothing to be ashamed about, they played really hard. It is just refocus a little bit and just be committed to 100 percent of what we want to do.” As Hun heads into the final weeks of the season, it is focused on winning Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) crown. “We are really eyeing that MAPL championship this year, that has been our goal all year,” said Quirk, whose team is 3-0 in MAPL action and plays at Steinert on October 27 and at league foe Peddie on October 30. “Peddie is on Saturday;

STARK REALITY: Hun School boys’ soccer player Tyler Stark controls the ball in a game earlier this fall. Junior defender Stark has shored up the back line for Hun, helping it advance to the state Prep A semis and the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Raiders, who fell 5-0 to Pennington last Saturday in the MCT quarters to move to 9-5, play at Steinert on October 27 and at Peddie on October 30 before getting a rematch against Pennington in the Prep A semis on November 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)





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from what I understand they have a pretty solid back line and have two center backs that are pretty good. It will be a good battle for sure.” Quirk has been getting some very good play from senior A.J. Torres, sophomore Joey Bucchere, and junior Tyler Stark. “A.J. has done a really good job in the back; Joey doesn’t get on the score sheet often but he is a motor in there,” said Quirk. “Tyler has been playing center back for us and he has been great.” The squad’s scoring prowess has fueled its successful stretch drive. “The amount of goals we have been scoring has been huge, it is a big difference from the past,” said Quirk. “We have a lot of guys scoring; our style of soccer has been awesome. It is what we have been trying to play forever — keeping it on the floor, making the other team make mistakes, and going at teams, not sitting back anymore.” — Bill Alden


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Hun Fo o tb a l l : C ont i n u i n g to roll, Hun defeated the Cheshire Academy (Conn.) 41-7 last Sat urday. T he Raiders, now 6-0, play at the Peddie School on October 30. F i e l d H o c ke y : C om ing up short in a defensive battle, Hun fell 2-0 to Lawrenceville School last Saturday. The Raiders, who moved to 6-7-1 with the defeat, were scheduled to play at Princeton Day School on October 27 and at Peddie on October 30. Cr o s s C o u n t r y : Er ic Scully set the pace as the Hun boys’ squad placed sixth at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washing ton Crossing Park. Junior Scully finished 11t h indiv idually in t he boys’ varsity race, covering the 5,000-meter course in a time of 16:31.17. The Hun girls came in 13th at the meet with junior Sophia Burton leading the way as she took 29th in 21:01.55.

Lawrenceville Football : Playing well on both sides of the ball, Lawrenceville defeated the Kent School (Conn.) 28-0 last Saturday. The Big Red, now 3-3, play at the Hotchkiss School (Conn.) on October 30.

Boys’ Cross Country: Thomas Atkinson led the way as Lawrenceville placed third in the team standings at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Senior Atkinson finished 14th individually, posting a time of 16:45.03 over the 5,000-meter course. Girls’ Cross Country: Nisha Malik ran well as the Lawrenceville took second in the team standings at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Sophomore Malik finished ninth individually, clocking a time of 19:46.57 over the 5,000-meter course.

Girls’ Soccer: Morgan Kotch scored the lone goal as top-seeded Pennington edged fifth-seeded Notre Dame 1-0 in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Monday. The Red Raiders, now 13-2-2, w ill face second-seeded Hopewell Valley in t he MCT final on October 28 at Hopewell Valley.

Baranski provided highlights as PDS placed third in the state Prep B tournament last week. Zhou advanced to the third singles final while Zhang and Baranski made the final at first doubles. Zhou fell 6-2, 6-0 to Montclair Kimberley Academy’s Amara Bhatia in the final while Zhang and Baranski lost 6-1, 6-0 to Katie Chung and Katie Nossa of MKA in their championship match. In the team standings, PDS had seven points in taking third with champion MKA piling up 14 and runnerup Pennington coming up Boys’ Soccer: Losing a with eight. nail-biter, third-seeded PDS fell 2-1 to second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in the state Prep B semis last Monday. The Panthers, now 7-11, will be competing in the New Jersey Field Hockey: Unable to State Interscholastic Athget its offense going, secletic Association (NJSIAA) ond-seeded PHS fell 2-0 to Non-Public state tourney. third-seeded Princeton Day Girls’ Soccer: Jess HolSchool in the Mercer County lander starred in a losing Tournament semifinals last cause as seventh-seeded week at Lawrence High. PDS fell 2-0 to second-seedThe Tigers, who fell to 13-1 ed Hopewell Valley in the with the setback in the OcMercer County Tournament tober 19 contest, will now quarterfinals last Saturday. compete in the North Jersey S o p h o m o r e g o a l ke e p e r Group 4 sectional. PHS is Hollander made eight saves seeded fifth in the sectional as the Panthers moved to and will host 12th-seeded 8-6-2. In upcoming action, Scotch Plains-Fanwood in a fourth-seeded PDS will be first-round contest on Octoplaying at top-seeded Rutber 28. gers Prep in the state Prep Boys’ Soccer: Richard B semis on October 27 with Wegmann came up big as the victor advancing to the title game on October 29. third-seeded PHS edged In early November, the Pan- sixth-seeded Steinert 1-0 thers will start action in the in double overtime last SatNJSIA A Non-Public state urday in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. tourney. Wegmann scored the lone G irls’ Tennis : Singles goal of the contest for the star A my Z hou and t he Tigers on an assist by Nico doubles team of Sophie Carusone. PHS, who moved Zhang and Josephine to 10-2-2 with the win, was slated to play second-seeded Notre Dame in the MCT semis on October 26 with the victor advancing to the title game on October 28. Girls’ Volleyball: Lois Matsukawa starred as PHS defeated Pennsauken 2-0 (25-13, 25-17) last week. Matsukawa had three digs, six assists, and four service points for the Tigers in the October 19 contest as they improved to 13-6. In upcoming action, PHS will be competing in the Central Jersey Group 3 sectional where it is seeded fifth, and will host 12th-seeded Montgomery in a first round contest on October 29.



Pennington Football : Max Gibbard had a huge game as Pennington defeated the Peddie School 54-39 last Saturday. Gibbard made six receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns as the Red Raiders improved to 3-3. Pennington hosts the Academy of the New Church (Pa.) on October 30. Boys’ Soccer: Sparked by Ryan Yang, top-seeded Pennington defeated eighthseeded Hun 5-0 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Saturday. Yang tallied two goals and an assist to help the Red Raiders improve to 13-1-1. Pennington was slated to face fourth-seeded Hopewell Valley in the MCT semis on October 26 with the victor advancing to the title game on October 28 at Hopewell Valley.

for the Vikings. Kobe Smith and Jaxon Carter also added a touchdown apiece in the win. For the Jets, Leo Miele, and Aitan Duncan each ran for touchdowns with Ryan Von Roemer throwing a TD pass to Lee Miele. The Alizio Sealcoating Broncos defeated the McCaffrey’s Packers 33-20. For the Broncos, Jaden Bar tley ran for a score, and Ezra Lerman threw touchdown passes to Will Arns, Ari Rosenblum, Nolan Maurer, and Bartley. For the Packers, Quinton deFaria threw touchdown passes to Neil Nair, Michael Bess Jr., and Milo Molina. In other action, the Sunoco Steelers defeated the Greenleaf Painters Raiders 30-27. In Juniors ( ages 8 -10 ) games, the La Rosa Chicken Ravens topped the Princeton Global Black Steelers 33-13. Alex Spies starred for the Ravens, accounting for four touchdowns. He threw TD passes to Jack Bailey and Jasper Weiss, had a touchdown catch, and returned an interception for a TD. James Carter and George Rieger rushed for touchdowns on the Black Steelers. The Osteria Procaccini Chiefs tied the Christine’s Hope Raiders 14-14. Shail Besler threw a TD pass to Theo Henderson and Teddy Dugan had a 15yard TD run for the Chiefs. Cooper Casto triggered the offense for the Raiders with touchdown passes to Mateo Mawson and Sebastian Murdoch. The Petrone Associates Broncos defeated the Princeton Global Jets 14-0 as Leo Miele rushed for one touchdown and threw for another in the victory. In other action, the Corner House Packers defeated the DZS Clinical Steelers 12-6.

Princeton Recreation Department Names Marrolli Assistant Director

Joe Marrolli is returning to the Princeton Recreation Department as its assistant director of recreation, the

department said last week. Since May, 2017, Marrolli has served as director of recreation and senior services for the Township of Pember ton. In t hat role, Marrolli focused his effor ts on improving and m a i n t a i n i n g To w n s h i p parks and facilities, as well as facilitating a variety of engaging programs and events for t he com munity. Prior to working in Pember ton, Mar rolli was a program super visor for Princeton Rec Department from February of 2011 to May of 2017. During that time, Mar rolli honed his skills working on various programs, including Dillon Yout h B asketball, Yout h D ay C a m p, Te e n Tr ave l Camp, men’s Adult Sof tball ; and men’s Platfor m Tennis. He also assisted with community events such as PASDA Swimming and Diving Championships and Community Night Out.

Wilberforce School Runners Excel in County Cross Country

Competing in the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park, the Wilberforce School cross country team produced a superb effort. Junior Jeremy Sallade led the way for the boys, placi ng 10 t h overa l l i n the boys’ varsity race in a time of 16:30.72 over the 5,000-meter course, with sophomore Caleb Brox taking 16th in 17:00.80. The boys’ squad took 11th of 18 schools in the team standings. As for the Wilberforce girls’ team, freshman Gwen Mesereau finished 20th individually in 20:37.96 with freshman Adeline Edwards coming in 23rd in 20:42.69. T he squad placed si xt h of 14 schools in the team standings.


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Lois Dodd and Eve Aschheim Thursday, November 4, 5:30 p.m. The artist Lois Dodd joins Eve Aschheim, artist and lecturer at the Lewis Center for the Arts, to discuss Dodd’s imagery, framing and compositional adjustments, attention to light, and the geometry and abstraction she incorporates into her work.

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Field Hockey: Lily Harlan starred as top-seeded Stuart defeated Pennington 4-0 in the state Prep B semifinals last Friday. Junior Harlan scored two goals to help the Tartans improve to 11-3-2. Stuart hosts second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the Prep B champi- SERVING IT UP: Princeton High football player Everaldo Servil onship game on October 27. battles for extra yardage in recent action. Last Saturday, senior receiver Servil made five receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown as PHS defeated Cinnaminson 16-6. Tiger quarterback Jaxon Petrone also had a big game, hitting on 12 of 21 passes for 209 yards and one TD. PHS, now 2-6, plays at Lawrence High on October 29 in its regular season finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. This program, including live closed-captioning, is made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation. Lois Dodd (born 1927, Montclair, NJ; active New Jersey and Maine), Two red curtains blowing (detail), 1980. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of the artist. © Lois Dodd / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY

In games last Sunday in the Senior Division (ages 11-13) of the Princeton Junior Football League (PJFL), the Tamasi Vikings defeated the UOA Jets 38-20. J.J. Carter and Langsdon Hinds each scored two touchdowns

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Harvard Law School (Class of ’56). After graduating, Joa n a nd Wa lly to ok a freighter and explored the African continent for several months. This was the first of many travel adventures during their lives that took them to interesting places like the Amazon, Peru, China, Japan, Antarctica, and New Zealand. After Law School, Wally started a 28-year-long career with the AT&T & Western Electric during an amazing period of technology growth at Bell Labs. He spent many years working out of the Bell Labs office on Carter Road. He retired as the Bell System’s Chief Patent Attorney in 1984. Joan and Wally raised three children, Susan, Will, and Stuart as they moved around with the Bell System including stops in Yonkers, NY, and Alexandria, VA. In 1964, they moved to Princeton ( Philip Drive, 19641977), where they raised their three children. The also lived in Greensboro, NC (1977-1984). While in Princeton, Wally was a member of the Nassau Gun Club, where he was President from 1975-1977. Wally was also very involved


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to Turkey with Dummerston friends. In 2015, Winnie chose to move from Dummerston to Bradley House in Brattleboro, “so I can walk to the library.” She spent six happy years at Bradley House where she was grateful for the care and attention of the dedicated staff. Mrs. Vogt is survived by a son, Henry Theodore Vogt and his wife, Susan Shea, of West Brookfield, VT; a daughter, Ginna Vogt, of Shelburne, MA; a granddaughter, Persephone Rose Hernandez-Vogt; a step g r a n d d au g hte r, C a m i l l e Clasby; three great-grandchildren, T homas, Sam, and Josselyn Clasby; two cousins, Roger Sorg and Rev. Carolyn Raffensperger; and seven nieces and nephews, and their families, Bill Stoltzfus, Philip Stoltzfus, Winnie Host, Rebecca D i n e e n , J o h n T i m ot h y, Kathleen, and Maureen Devlin. Her sister, Janet Sorg Stoltzfus, died in 2004. Mrs. Vogt will be interred in a private ceremony in the Vogt family plot in the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, NJ. A service of celebration and remembrance will be held next year at the Dummerston Cong regat ional Church. Gifts in Mrs. Vogt’s memory may be made to Bradley House, 65 Harris Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301 and the Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, D u m mers ton, V T 05346. To share a memor y or send condolences to Mrs. Vogt’s family please visit



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JOES LANDSCAPING INC. OF PRINCETON Property Maintenance and Specialty Jobs Commercial/Residential Over 45 Years of Experience •Fully Insured •Free Consultations Email: joeslandscapingprinceton@ Text (only) (609) 638-6846 Office (609) 216-7936 Princeton References •Green Company HIC #13VH07549500 06-09-22 HOME REPAIR SPECIALIST: Interior/exterior repairs, carpentry, trim, rotted wood, power washing, painting, deck work, sheet rock/ spackle, gutter & roofing repairs. Punch list is my specialty. 40 years experience. Licensed & insured. Call Creative Woodcraft (609) 586-2130 07-21-22 I BUY ALL KINDS of Old or Pretty Things: China, glass, silver, pottery, costume jewelry, evening bags, fancy linens, paintings, small furniture, etc. Local woman buyer. (609) 9217469. 10-06-22 BUYING: Antiques, paintings, Oriental rugs, coins, clocks, furniture, old toys, military, books, cameras, silver, costume & fine jewelry. Guitars & musical instruments. I buy single items to entire estates. Free appraisals. (609) 306-0613. 06-30-22 TOWN TOPICS CLASSIFIEDS GETS TOP RESULTS! Whether it’s selling furniture, finding a lost pet, or having a garage sale, TOWN TOPICS is the way to go! We deliver to ALL of Princeton as well as surrounding areas, so your ad is sure to be read. (609) 924-2200 ext. 10; tf ESTATE LIQUIDATION SERVICE: I will clean out attics, basements, garages & houses. Single items to entire estates. No job too big or small. In business over 35 years, serving all of Mercer County. Call (609) 306-0613. 06-30-22 WHAT’S A GREAT GIFT FOR A FORMER PRINCETONIAN? A Gift Subscription! Call (609) 924-2200 ext 10; tf

WE BUY CARS Belle Mead Garage (908) 359-8131 Ask for Chris tf YARD SALE + TOWN TOPICS CLASSIFIED = GREAT WEEKEND! Put an ad in the TOWN TOPICS to let everyone know! Call (609) 924-2200 ext. 10 classifi DEADLINE: Tues before 12 noon tf GARAGE SALE EXTRAVAGANZA! Lots of items for the home & entertainment, kids toys, sports gear & a multitude of antiques & collectibles. Saturday October 30, 9am-2pm. Rain or shine. 115 Montadale Drive, Princeton. Bring cash-No early birds. 10-27 HALLOWEEN USED TOY DRIVE: R+K=Smiles Toy Recyclers is having a used toy drive on 10/31 from 9am-1pm at 64 Mason Drive. Give us your gently used games, toys & puzzles & receive a Halloween treat! Please no stuffed animals or dolls. 10-27 PRINCETON-GRACIOUS STUDIO APARTMENT on estate with magnificent gardens. Seeking tenant who will be in residence only part-time. Elegant furnishings, big windows, built-in bookcases & cabinetry, walk-in closet, kitchenette, large bath, AC, WI-Fi. Very private, separate entrance, parking. Great as an office, too. (609) 924-5245. 08-11-tf

HOUSECLEANING: Experienced, English speaking, great references, reliable with own transportation. Weekly & bi-weekly cleaning. Green cleaning available. Susan, (732) 873-3168. I have my own PPE for your protection. 09-08-8t CAREGIVER/ LIVE-IN ASSISTANT: Independent with 10 years of experience. Trustworthy, Polish woman with car & basic communicative English, is looking for full-time job. Please text Mira (215) 983-3201. 09-22-6t ROSA’S CLEANING SERVICE LLC Offering professional cleaning services in the Princeton community for more than 28 years! Weekly, biweekly, monthly, move-in/move-out services for houses, apartments, offices & condos. As well as, GREEN cleaning options! Outstanding references, reliable, licensed & trustworthy. If you are looking for a phenomenal, thorough & consistent cleaning, don’t hesitate to call (609) 751-2188. 10-06-4t HOME HEALTH AIDE: 25 years of experience. Available mornings to take care of your loved one, transport to appointments, run errands. I am well known in Princeton. Top care, excellent references. The best, cell (609) 356-2951; or (609) 751-1396. tf

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CREATIVE WOODCRAFT, INC. Carpentry & General Home Maintenance

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MOORE’S CONSTUCTION HOME IMPROVEMENTS LLC carpenter • builder • cabinet maker complete home renovations • additions 609-924-6777 Family Serving Princeton 100 Years. Free Estimates

CARPENTRY–PROFESSIONAL All phases of home improvement. Serving the Princeton area for over 30 yrs. No job too small. Call Julius (609) 466-0732 tf HANDYMAN–CARPENTER: Painting, hang cabinets & paintings, kitchen & bath rehab. Tile work, masonry. Porch & deck, replace rot, from floors to doors to ceilings. Shelving & hook-ups. ELEGANT REMODELING. You name it, indoor, outdoor tasks. Repair holes left by plumbers & electricians for sheetrock repair. RE agents welcome. Sale of home ‘checklist’ specialist. Mercer, Hunterdon, Bucks counties. 1/2 day to 1 month assignments. CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED, Covid 19 compliant. Active business since 1998. Videos of past jobs available. Call Roeland, (609) 933-9240. tf HOUSECLEANING: Professional cleaning service. Experienced, references, honest & responsible. Reasonable price. Call Teresa (609) 424-7409 for free estimate. 09-29-6t EXPERIENCED ELDER CARE for your loved one. Compassionate caregiver will assist with personal care, medication, meals, drive to medical appointments, shopping. Many local references. Call or text (609) 977-9407. 10-27-3t PRINCETON HOUSE FOR SALE: 4-5 bedrooms, 3½ baths, in-law suite, Western Section, 1 acre. All renovated. Detached garage. Walk to train & University. Call (609) 216-0092. 10-27-3t KARINA’S HOUSECLEANING: Full service inside. Honest and reliable lady with references. Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Call for estimate. (609) 858-8259. 10-27-4t JOES LANDSCAPING INC. OF PRINCETON Property Maintenance and Specialty Jobs Commercial/Residential Over 45 Years of Experience •Fully Insured •Free Consultations Email: joeslandscapingprinceton@ Text (only) (609) 638-6846 Office (609) 216-7936 Princeton References •Green Company HIC #13VH07549500 06-09-22 HOME REPAIR SPECIALIST: Interior/exterior repairs, carpentry, trim, rotted wood, power washing, painting, deck work, sheet rock/ spackle, gutter & roofing repairs. Punch list is my specialty. 40 years experience. Licensed & insured. Call Creative Woodcraft (609) 586-2130 07-21-22 I BUY ALL KINDS of Old or Pretty Things: China, glass, silver, pottery, costume jewelry, evening bags, fancy linens, paintings, small furniture, etc. Local woman buyer. (609) 9217469. 10-06-22

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A small, progressive church in Princeton needs an organist/pianist to play for worship services on Sundays & other special occasions, as well as to conduct a choir when Covid permits. Call Carol at (609) 658-4221 or email resume to 10-13-3t

A startup software company based in Princeton seeks a dynamic sales professional to help us with our software sales. Please email resume to 10-27-2t

NEED A MENTOR/ CARETAKER for a very sweet, young, disabled man in our non-smoking Princeton home, 12-6pm M-F. Must have own car & be vaccinated. Teaching experience preferred. Please send a resume or cover letter to lcutler6@ 10-27-3t

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30 Years of Experience!

Antiques – Jewelry – Watches – Guitars – Cameras Books - Coins – Artwork – Diamonds – Furniture Unique Items I Will Buy Single Items to the Entire Estate! Are You Moving? House Cleanout Service Available!


Daniel Downs (Owner) Serving all of Mercer County Area

Put an ad in the TOWN TOPICS to let everyone know! Call (609) 924-2200 ext. 10 DEADLINE: Tues before 12 noon tf

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GARAGE SALE EXTRAVAGANZA! Lots of items for the home & entertainment, kids toys, sports gear & a multitude of antiques & collectibles. Saturday October 30, 9am-2pm. Rain or shine. 115 Montadale Drive, Princeton. Bring cash-No early birds. 10-27 HALLOWEEN USED TOY DRIVE: R+K=Smiles Toy Recyclers is having a used toy drive on 10/31 from 9am-1pm at 64 Mason Drive. Give us your gently used games, toys & puzzles & receive a Halloween treat! Please no stuffed animals or dolls. 10-27

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Great location on Madison Street. Gracious home with elegant architectural details. This 3 bedroom and 1 ½ bath home has a surprisingly open floor plan. Large eat-in kitchen and adjacent laundry. Has central air conditioning. The 20 x 42 foot unfinished third floor has creative possibilities for an additional bedroom/office plus storage. Parking for three cars in the rear of the property. Easy walking distance to the university, shops, and center of town. $999,000.

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53 Walter Street Ewing Township, NJ 08628 (Off Parkway Ave/Scotch Rd Exit & I-295) *Greenwood House Health Care and Homemaker Program made possible by the generosity of Shirley & Harold Silverman. **Greenwood House Hospice was established in memory of Renee Denmark Punia.