Volume LXXIV, Number 47
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Pages 22-24 Sibling Duo From UK to Make Virtual Princeton Debut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Mills + Schnoering Architects Named AIANJ Firm of the Year . . . . . . . .8 Arts at PPS Flourish, With Creative Responses to COVID-19 . . . . . . . . . 10 McCarter Presents Online Festival of The Work of Adrienne Kennedy . . . 14 PSO Concludes Fall Virtual Season With Stellar Violinist . . . . . . 15 PU Coaches Focusing On Team Culture After Winter Season Canceled . . . . . .26 PHS Girls’ Cross Country Makes History with Sectional Crown . . . . . .28
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A “Teachable Moment,” As Princeton Works to Rename Middle School In the ongoing response to a stormy conflict that arose last summer over the name of the former John Witherspoon Middle School (for now Princeton Unified Middle School), Princeton Public Schools (PPS) is undergoing a year-long “teachable moment,” involving students at all levels and engaging the whole community in the process of renaming the school. The culmination of the first phase of this project will take place this Friday, November 20, with a webinar panel discussion led by Princeton High School students and alumni, as they initiate a dialogue about the process of renaming and the social justice issues at stake. A highlight of Friday’s webinar will be the presentation of suggestions and research prepared by US History I students under the guidance of social studies teacher Katie Dineen. Among the proposed new names that have arisen from school policy meetings, meetings with alumni, and conversations with the Historical Society of Princeton so far are John Lewis, Betsey Stockton, Paul Robeson, Silvia DuBois, Shirley Satterfield, Albert Einstein, Michelle Obama, John Witherspoon, and Arthur Tappan, as well as Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Powhatan Renape Nation, Ramapough Indian Nation, and Princeton Unified. Emphasizing the “organic nature” of the “constantly evolving” process, Middle School Principal Jason Burr noted that other names may be added as the discussion continues. “A seventh grade student all on her own put together a compelling argument for Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” he said. “Based on her argument and the strength of her interest she has been invited to be part of the process on Friday, the only middle school representative. She stood out in the crowds and took a stand, so she’s going to be involved in this.” To confront the problem of a school named after Witherspoon, who, though a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the sixth president of Princeton University, was also a slave owner and opponent of abolition, the PPS Board of Education (BOE) in August charged Interim Superintendent Barry Galasso with the job of mobilizing a task force to develop the renaming project. Galasso and the PPS team have gone far beyond just changing a name. “It’s
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COVID Case Numbers, Hospitalizations Rise The Princeton Health Department reported on Monday, November 16 “a steady influx of new cases” over the weekend, with 18 new COVID-19 infections in the past week, 30 in the past two weeks, and 14 active positive cases in Princeton. New case numbers over the past weeks are the second highest in Princeton since the first-wave peak in early May. “The majority of these cases have stemmed from organized travel sports and household contacts associated with those cases,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser. Noting New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent tightening of restrictions on gatherings, Princeton Press and Media Communications Director Fred Williams added, “The governor’s recent changes limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 150 are due to contact tracing data that show public and private gatherings/parties/celebrations have played a role in our community spread of COVID-19.” In his Tuesday press briefing, Murphy also warned about the harmful effects of fatigue over COVID-19 restrictions, and he mentioned the possibility of another
state shutdown to combat the spread of the virus. “The rise we are currently experiencing is not likely to peak any time soon,” Williams continued. “As was the case with our spring and summer holidays, we have again experienced a spike in cases, this time subsequent to celebrating Halloween. The trend is expected to continue with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s celebrations all occurring within a six-week time span.”
Williams warned that Thanksgiving travel plans and traditions of family gatherings could lead to more cases. He pointed out that many colleges and universities are allowing students to stay on campus during holiday breaks, as well as providing testing and quarantine facilities for students who are traveling. Both Grosser and Monday’s Princeton COVID-19 Update from Mayor Liz Lempert and Princeton Council emphasize that the Continued on Page 7
Council Considers Creation of Electric Vehicle Charging Station Ordinance At its meeting on Monday evening, Princeton Council heard a report on the creation of an ordinance to allow the installation of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the municipality. The governing body also approved two ordinances and voted to introduce several others, most of which have to do with the continued effort to harmonize codes of the former Borough and Township that existed prior to consolidation seven years ago. Police Chief Chris Morgan delivered a brief report on activities
during September. A report on electric vehicle charging stations by Anne Soos, a member of the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC), drew mostly enthusiastic responses from Council members, with a few reservations and suggestions for changes before the charging station concept is brought back to Council for a public hearing, probably early next year. Because transportation is responsible Continued on Page 7
HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK: Representatives Emma and Vincent Traylor stand in front of HomeFront’s pop-up information and donation drop-off center at 63 Palmer Square . The center will be open on November 20 from 4 to 7 p .m . and November 21 and 22 from noon to 5 p .m . For more on the week’s events, visit homefrontnj .org . (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
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A FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER: Pianist Isata and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, members of a famous musical family from the UK, will perform as part of Princeton University Concerts’ online season. A virtual visit with their parents and a “watch party” complete with afternoon tea are also planned.
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album, Romance, entered the UK classical charts at No. 1 when it was released in July 2019. She has a busy concert career, performing as a solo artist, chamber musician, and in duos with Sheku and other members of the family. Both artists have performed nationally and internationally. “They’re just groundbreaking in every way,” said Seltzer. “We don’t have very many superstars in the classical music field. But at least in Europe, they’re stars. They just released, as a family, a recording of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. It’s pretty stunning.” The November 29 event can be viewed as a “watch party,” which encourages patrons to view the concert at the same time. Local restaurants and catering companies offer food. The performers’ Britishness has inspired PUC to partner with The Simple Stove, a local catering firm, to provide an afternoon tea service. The concert stream will remain available for ondemand viewing until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. Participating is free, but registering in advance is encouraged. Visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org. While the pandemic has allowed PUC to get the Kanneh-Masons on the series, the organization, which normally presents events in the University’s Richardson Auditorium, has been struggling. After holding an outdoor event in August, PUC was hoping to do more in September and October. But the campus has been largely shut down. “We are doing the best we can,” said Seltzer. “We have a big decision in front of us about what kind of programming we’ll deliver starting in January. We framed fall as anything we did was a gift to the community. We haven’t charged for anything. But having literally no income is just not sustainable. We’re trying to think about it, and we’re so dependent on what the University does in terms of access. They’ve been incredibly supportive in recognizing the value of what we do. But nothing is open.” An ongoing project, a digital residency with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, will continue through the season. Plans for more programming are underway. “It’s too early to talk about them,” said Seltzer. “But we’ll continue to do watch parties. And we’re really, really hoping to develop something in person, either outdoors or whatever. Stay tuned.” —Anne Levin
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for almost one t hird of greenhouse gas emissions, the state of New Jersey has set some ambitious five-year goals regarding electric vehicles and charging stations, Soos said. The PEC has been researching the best way to meet those goals, supporting them in conjunction with Princeton’s climate action plan and master plan. Following the lead of ordinances that have been created in other municipalities, including North Brunswick, the PEC made some recommendations including requiring large retail establishments, office developments more than 2,000 square feet, restaurants, theaters, hotels with more than 50 rooms, and new multi-family buildings to have a certain percentage of available charging stations. There was some pushback from Council members about an idea to allow charging stations in front yards. The idea of offering incentives to businesses to install charging stations was considered. Mayor Liz Lempert, who will no longer be in office when the ordinance is put together, suggested that members of the PEC consult with Derek Bridger, the town’s zoning officer, to make sure it follows municipal guidelines. Also at the meeting, Council approved an ordinance to create an affordable housing zone at 375 Terhune Road, for a development of 30 homes, 20 percent of which are affordable. Planning Officer Michael L aPlace reported that the Planning Board reviewed the ordinance and determined it is consistent with the goals of the town’s master plan. The first of the eight ordinances to be introduced establishes provisions for bicycle parking. The second is focused on lowering the
speed limit to 25 miles per hour on a section of Terhune Road, where an increase in bike and pedestrian traffic is expected once the new housing development is in place. Ordinances that had to do with harmonization of the codes were related to salaries and compensations; fees for various licenses; parades and special events; banners and advertising in the public right of way; and other issues. Public hearings for all of them are scheduled for the December 7 Council meeting. In his police report, Morgan said the pandemic rema i ns a maj or concer n within the department. “Our number one concern is to keep the police department healthy,” he said, adding that four officers are currently quarantined. Protective equipment and self-assessment logs are in place, and the department meets twice weekly with Health Officer Jeff Grosser. The department has continued to see a rise in applications for firearms. “All municipalities are expe riencing the same thing,” Morgan said. “We tend to see a rise during an election year.” Last year, there were 60 such requests; by the end of this year more than 300 will likely have been made. Morgan also reported that recruiting for new officers has begun, with close to 140 applications already logged. The department is hoping to get applications from local people who might be interested. Interviewing should start in the next few months. Now in its seventh year, the depar tment’s annual coat drive has resulted in almost 1,000 donations to be distributed to local families in need. “This will be the most successful drive we’ve ever had,” Morgan said. “But we still want people to bring coats, hats, and gloves in good condition.” —Anne Levin Available for Lunch & Dinner Mmm..Take-Out
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safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to “keep it safe and small,” by limiting your gathering to people in your immediate household. “Do you have a student traveling home from college? ” the Update asks. “The Board of Health has detailed guidance on limiting the risks of contracting and spreading COVID during travel and returning home. Students are urged to get tested on campus and get tested again upon returning home.” Murphy reported on Tuesday, November 17, that there were 2,320 patients hospitalized in New Jersey with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, an increase of 205 in the previous 24 hours and the highest total in nearly six months. New Jersey’s transmission rate as of Tuesday was 1.42, the seventh consecutive day of increases and the highest transmission rate since August 3. A rate of 1.42 means that every 100 infected people will spread the virus to 142 others. In an email message Tuesday, November 17, Grosser
discussed the plans for a vaccine, after the recent news of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine, nearly 95 percent effective in a preliminary analysis. Just a week earlier Pfizer had reported that their vaccine was more than 90 percent effective. “So now we are looking at two vaccines that are really quite effective, which should see distribution in December and January to health care workers,” Grosser wrote. “This news should serve as hope for Princeton, although it’s necessary to understand we are still months away from widespread distribution of the vaccine.” Poi nt i n g ou t t h at t h e Princeton Health Department participates in weekly vaccine distribution planning meetings with local, county, and state officials, Grosser added, “Vaccine safety and confidence and approval by the general population will need concentrated efforts, and it is not a given that everyone will want this vaccine. There is concern over the speed of its delivery and development. As a town, we must continue to trust science and listen to our experts on the vaccines available and
the population at greatest risk of severe complications from COVID-19.” In its recent memo on “How to Best Navigate the Surge,” the Princeton Board of Health (PBH) urges, “Get tuned up” and “Don’t share your air.” “If you have one or more ch ron ic con d it ion s t hat might make you more susceptible to severe COVID-19, ‘tune up’ as much as possible,” the PBH advises. The PBH further recommends not to delay in managing chronic conditions — such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic lung or kidney disease — perhaps via telemedicine or a safe clinic visit; get your flu shot; and exercise, eat right, and sleep well —“now more than ever!” As far as not sharing your air is concerned, the PBH says, “If you can ‘bubble’ — that is stay in a small group with minimal outside exposures —do so this winter.” And both the PBH and Williams remind everyone to take extra care with the five basics: wear a mask, keep your distance, outside is better than inside, wash your hands, and avoid crowds. “The rest of the fall and this winter will be difficult,”
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Mills + Schnoering Architects of Princeton Awarded Industry Honor
Coming up on its 10th anniversary, the Princeton firm Mills + Schnoering Architects (M+Sa) has been honored by the American Institute of Architects New Jersey (AIANJ) with an especially welcome designation: Firm of the Year. “This is very exciting for us,” said Meredith Bzdak, a partner with Michael Mills and Michael Schnoering. “We have a terrific legacy behind us, but we’ve grown some more in the last 10 years and have taken on some projects that we think are wonderful. We’ve expanded more nationally and have been incredibly lucky, doing the kind of projects we love. The decade has sped by.” Those projects are cultural, civic, and educational. While M+Sa is known for historic preservation, it is not limited
to that. “We like to consider ourselves a full-service design firm,” said Bzdak, an architectural historian by training. “We do have a very strong specialization in historic preservation, and that is a design discipline. We see it all under the same umbrella.” M+Sa’s civic portfolio includes accessibility and safety renovations at the Statue of Liberty, and documentation and assessment of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Washington Monument. Cultural projects range from the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington, D.C., to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. The firm is credited with restoration and design work on several educational buildings, including portions of Nassau Hall on the campus
of Princeton University. “We really honor and love our ongoing relationships with organizations like Princeton University,” said Bzdak. “It’s been a long, long collaboration that we still feel really special about.” The partners are also partial to their renovation of the University of Pennsylvania’s Hill College House dormitory in West Philadelphia, a landmark mid-century residence hall by Eero Saarinen. The firm restored the original design by the famous architect, while updating all of its interior spaces and performance systems. “This was a phenomenal project, because the client was doing a wonderful thing for a modernist landmark,” said Bzdak. “It encompassed everything we like to do — being able to make it accessible,
PRESTIGIOUS AWARD: The renovation, restoration, and expansion of the Civic Theatre in Allentown, Pa., is among the projects for which Mills + Schnoering Architects has been recognized as AIANJ Firm of the Year. (Photo by Mills + Schnoering Architects/Aislinn Weidele)
and to show it can still have the same sparkle as when it was built, but be really usable. People can now circulate properly, and all of the Saarinen design intentions are still intact.” Current work includes the Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “It will be a performing arts center when it’s complete,” said Bzdak. “It also includes an 1880s building that is attached. It will be pretty transformative for the downtown when it’s complete.” M+Sa is also currently working to rehabilitate and renovate the home and offices of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History.” A new museum at this National Historic Site will document and interpret the legacy of the historian and activist whose scholarship helped to inspire the intellectual fervor of the modern civil rights movement. M+Sa currently employs 18 people at its Forrestal Center offices. All are still on the payroll despite the pandemic. “Everybody in this field is experiencing a downturn in the industry,” said Bzdak. “We have survived, though. Everybody is still working — mostly from home except for a few on a staggered schedule. Architecture is so collaborative, and it’s really a challenge to do it this way. But we’ve had relatively few glitches.” The Firm of the Year award will be presented by AIANJ during its annual AIA New Jersey Installation and Awards dinner. “It’s especially gratifying and a great honor to receive an award from our professional organization and our architect peers,” said partner Michael Mills. —Anne Levin
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more than renaming,” Galasso said. “‘Renaming’ would not do it justice. It’s a full educational engagement project.” The goal for Galasso and the BOE is to involve students throughout the district in coordination with the schools’ programs in racial literacy and social justice education. “The final result should evolve from the students and the communityat-large with opportunities for engagement of the whole Princeton community,” said Galasso. The BOE resolution, passed in August, requires a permanent name to be chosen by June 2021, with the name change seen as a symbolic first step that needs to be accompanied by continuing changes in the schools’ curriculum and in the community to help eliminate racism and promote social justice. Burr described Friday’s upcoming webinar as “an exciting venue for these kids to share their projects and alumni to share their thoughts on this question.” He continued, “The dialogue will serve as an entry point to the conversation for middle school students to be introduced to this.” A website is being developed where students and community members can
rev iew the names being considered and “cast a vote” for a particular individual. PHS students’ projects will be linked to the website so that visitors can view presentations on the potential choices. In the coming weeks and months, middle school students will work in teams developing arguments in favor of particular names. The teams will prepare short Ken Burns-style slideshow documentaries, presenting their findings and reasoning first to classmates, then to the Princeton Unified Middle School community and interested members of the larger community, and later to fifth graders now in the elementary schools. “The fifth graders will be the next group that comes here and the first sixth graders under the new name,” said Burr, describing “the structure by which we have older k ids br ing ing t he younger kids into the conversation.” H ig h l ig ht i ng t h e hard work and leadersh ip of Dineen and PHS Educational Media Specialist Jennifer Bigioni, Burr added, “They have created a space for our ninth grade students to really engage with this important civics lesson. Friday’s discussion is going to unite PHS students and alumni in this important dialogue.” —Donald Gilpin
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A f ter t h e ir s u cce s sf u l opening outdoors, instrumental and choral groups will transition to Phase 2 on November 23, moving indoors. PPS did not opt for heated tents with side walls, which would have blocked air flow and ventilation. The performers under the tent are situated on straightline grids, instead of the more traditional per formance space arcs so that the aerosol germs travel away from the musicians. T he more t ha n 1,70 0 specially-made masks, created by costume designer and McCarter Theatre Costume Manager Cindy Thom, include surgical-style facial masks with flaps and small slits for the wind instruments and singers’ masks with extra space around the mouth to accommodate breathing and articulation. Percussion and string musicians wear regular masks. Lenihan noted Thom’s effective interactions with the students. “We have a great relationship with her, and she’s done wonderful work,” he said. “It’s been a great experience for all of us.” The PPS musicians have gone through several different mask prototypes, with students suggesting adjustments based on their ideas and experience with the masks. Thom was able to fabricate the new prototypes rapidly to accommodate the students’ needs. Lenihan is confident that the school ventilation systems will be working to full capacity to maintain a safe environment as the choral and band students move indoors next week. “The district is working to make sure there are enough air changes per hour to create safe spaces for our kids to rehearse,” he said. Lenihan praised the accomplishments of the performers and faculty. “We’ve been pleased so far — not the same as we would be doing in a traditional environment, but we’re making the best of a difficult situation,” he said. “I applaud all of our students and teachers for rising to the challenge.” L enihan repor ted t hat drama, dance, and visual arts classes have continued to meet in a hybrid model. The PHS black box theater has been gridded in eightfoot squares to keep performers socially distanced. Most classes are limited to 12 students or fewer, and some students are working remotely from home, with teachers addressing t he needs of both virtual and in-person groups. The visual arts studio has installed plexiglass dividers to separate students. In a professional development session earlier this week, teachers were learning digital photo techniques and preparing to present virtual art shows. Emphasizing the importance of the arts at PPS in the midst of the pandemic, Lenihan noted, “Certainly there are feelings of nervousness about this new world that we’re living in, but it’s really exciting and really heartwarming to see the students playing to gether, singing together, and making art together.” —Donald Gilpin
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Rober t Woo d Joh n s on Un iver s it y Hospita l (RWJUH) Hamilton has recently partnered with The College of New Jersey’s S chool of t he A r ts and Communication to expand upon the hospital’s existing Holistic Healing programs at its Cancer Center by designing innovative online music therapy experiences for cancer patients. This fall, nine TCNJ students are taking a course entitled User-Centered Musical Design, offered jointly by the Departments of Music and Interactive Multimedia. Alongside Associate Professor Teresa Nakra, they are working together to design an app for musical exploration that cancer patients can use while taking chemotherapy infusions. “TCNJ students have a great capacity for creativity and innovation, and I see my role as helping them to unlock their own potential,” said Nakra, who also serves as the coordinator for TCNJ’s interdisciplinary minor in music technology. “With all of the disruption and suffering that COVID-19 has caused, it has also provided us with a real-world design challenge: how to provide high-quality, engaging, online experiences for patients going through a real health emergency. I hope that my students will come away from this experience with a new appreciation for the positive impacts that they can make in another person’s life. I also hope that the patients will derive hope and a real benefit from our students’ interventions. I’d like to continue to work on this project and promote TCNJ’s mission to empower our students to sustain and enhance their local community. The new music technology minor at TCNJ is one mechanism now available to help us realize that mission.” “The arts and sciences are often seen as two contrasting disciplines. There has, however, been an increasing awareness of the ‘ar t of medicine’ and a realization that health is influenced by a wide range of factors, many of which fall outside the conventional boundaries of medical science,” said Diane Grillo, vice president, health promotion at RWJUH Hamilton. “I am thrilled RWJUH Hamilton is collaborating with The College of New Jersey and their students to further explore the benefits of music on healing for our cancer patients. This is truly a unique opportunity to learn how music can calm anxiety, perhaps ease pain and provide a diversion during chemotherapy or other cancer treatment.” This fall, the students are working on the app together as a team of coders, user experience researchers, and asset designers, including musicians and visual artists. The app portrays the Grounds for Healing at the hospital, and includes functions for musical engagement. The team is inves t igat ing t rad it ional methods of music therapy and conducting informal user test ing of t he app through surveys and inter views. The eventual goal is to roll out a full pilot program in collaboration with patients and staff.
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Local businesses immediately stepped up to donate goods or services. When local businesses needed help, individuals who could donated to the businesses’ Go Fund Me accounts. The township set up the Princeton Small Business Resil- To the Editor: The Friends of the Princeton Public Library would like to iency Fund with help from the University and other groups. We at Miya Table & Home created shirts and bags to show thank everyone who joined us on November 7 for the first evePrinceton township pride and to raise money for the resil- ning of our Beyond Words 2020. The conversation with David iency fund. When we approached other business owners to Remnick, Henry Finder, and Elizabeth Kolbert was engaging help spread the word, they did so without a moment’s hesita- and thought-provoking — ranging from climate change to the tion. Groups of students and faculty offered their services for role of the media in public discourse to the politics of the day. 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ere’s something about your old friend Ronnie,” says my wife as she hands me the Arts section of Thursday’s New York Times. In the photograph above Adam Nagourney’s article on the new Showtime docu-series The Reagans (“Parsing the Seeds Reagan Sowed”), my “old friend” is looking almost as villainous as he does playing a crime boss who arranges murders and abuses his mistress in Don Siegel’s The Killers. How did the Gipper and I get to be friendly? And if we’re such pals, why did I vote for Carter in 1980 and work the phones for Mondale in ‘84? More to the point, why did I spend the last half of the 1980s following the highs and lows of his film career and his presidency? The simple answer: we had a fictional relationship. I was working on a novel about the owner of a rundown New Jersey “movie palace” who was writing a series of letters to a newly elected president. My fictional alter ego was Lucas St. Clair, an ex-minor league ballplayer who’d inherited a movie house and planned to run all 53 of Reagan’s films beginning with an election week showing of Knute Rockne All-American. Thanks to Ted Turner’s purchase of the Warner archive, scores of old Reagan movies had been turning up on TNT and TCM. I taped them all, the good, the bad, and the merely mediocre, including comedies like She’s Working Her Way Through College where Ronnie performs a dynamite drunken professor scene and Bedtime for Bonzo in which he plays straight man to a monkey. I took a special interest in problematic roles like the epileptic biochemist in Night Unto Night, the well-meaning alcoholic playboy in Dark Victory, and the double amputee in King’s Row who wakes up to the reality crying, “Where’s the rest of me? ” That cry of horror from a small town ladies’ man would become the signature line of his movie life (along with “Win one for the Gipper”), as well as the title of his 1965 autobiography. That a future president would tag his life story with such an out-of-left-field title intrigued me, especially given that the author was running for governor of California the year the book was published. Reagan’s fixation on that surreal moment of existential mutilation is among the quirks of character that make him so devious a subject (“as strange a fellow as any of us had ever met,” according to his son Ron’s memoir, My Father at 100). Think of it: this is the role and the film he considered a career highlight, even to the point of showing King’s Row at the White House, to friends, staff members, and visiting heads of state.
Dear Gipper Dated “Election night 1980,” and signed “Your movie conscience,” the first Dear Gipper letter is part pep talk, part critique: “Today’s showing of Knute Rockne All-American played to a packed house on a Tuesday, usually the slowest day of the week. I wish you could have heard the cheering when the Gipper blazed across the screen. You’re not in it that long but oh my what an entrance, what a run, and a death scene (get out your handkerchiefs) right up there with Garbo’s Camille! And that first moment when Rockne asks you, the unknown freshman, if you want to carry the ball, and you give him a sly ghost of a grin and say ‘How far?’ and then off you go running it for 80 yards through an astonished varsity. That was it, that was your moment, your big break, you were on your way and you knew it and maybe you even knew it was going to take you in directions no one could have imagined (look at you now); maybe that’s what gives you the air of a doomed prince amid all the jocks and moms and priests and schmaltz the brothers Warner crammed into their big pious All-American wet dream. That run could have been the story of your Hollywood career. But you blew it, you let the bastards shoot you down. Incredible to imagine, but rumor has it you passed up a chance at Bogart’s part in Casablanca. Then came the war and that was it. You gave yourself up to routine assignments, most of it mindless junk, and then politics!” The Killers The next letter is dated Dec. 9, 1980, a day after the murder of John Lennon. Ruefully noting the doubly unfortunate coincidence, that The Killers, the film being shown that week (his name on the marquee in big black letters above the black-lettered title) happened to be among those Reagan wished he’d never made, St. Clair assures the president-elect that it seemed best to get that one out of the way before he actually took office: “And how can I not show it when it’s one of the best things you ever did? Far from being an embarrassment, it shows where you might have gone as an actor. You could have played Sam Spade or Duke Mantee, a star from the dark side, the city that never sleeps; you’re so good as the embodiment of absolute human
corruption, so tight-lipped, so relentless, it makes me wonder if maybe you wouldn’t have been too grim for those roles. Even Bogart lets a ray of light show, a hint of joy in the playing, but you keep it cold and tight right down to the moment Lee Marvin drags his bleeding carcass across the living room of your suburban mansion and shoots you dead: silently (all the killings in that grim flick are done with silencers), and so there you were again on the news the night of the shooting at the Dakota with the same bite-the-bullet gangster’s grimace on your face as you fend off an impertinent question from some news hound.” And there he is again in the aforementioned Times photograph giving with the same if-looks-could-kill glare, a battery of mikes ranged in front of him like loaded weapons. The image underscores the message of director Milt Tyrnauer’s The Reagans, that while passing as a jovial, consensus-seeking “mor ning in A mer ica” conservative, Reagan actually “paved the way for Trump” and the fall of the Republican party. Of all the things said about him by Leslie Stahl, Jonathan Alter, Ron Reagan Jr., and various other talking heads in Part One ( “The Hollywood Myth Machine”), the lines that came closest to my sense of the man (my fictional f r iend ) were “Nobody ever figured him out,” “He created his own reality,” and “He trained himself to ignore the negative and accentuate the positive.” I keep coming back to the passage from Ron Jr.’s book, about his father’s tendency to “go wandering somewhere in his own head” and how he and his siblings, “if they were being honest, would agree that he was as strange a fellow as any of us had ever met,” but not “darkly strange, mind you. In fact, he was so naturally sunny, so utterly without guile, so devoid of cynicism or pettiness as to create for himself a whole new category of strangeness.... I often felt I had to check my natural sarcasm and sense of absurdity at the door for fear of inducing in him a fit of psychological disequilibrium.” A Stranger’s Light During this long bumpy ride through a post-election no-man’s land, I’ve been returning to something that happened when I was in seventh grade. My parents and I were driving home from a visit to friends in Illinois, it was night, and we were on a hilly,
dangerously unfamiliar two-lane state highway when our headlights stopped working — suddenly we’re in free fall, lost in space, veering around in total darkness, my father frantically struggling with various switches (“I can’t see a thing”), my mother going “oh my god,” as a car shows up directly behind us, too close, on the verge of rear-ending us, but no, they’re slowing down, flashing their headlights, then giving a swift short toot on the horn that says, “We’re with you, use our light.” So their light became our light. On a road we didn’t know, they saw us through several miles of steep hills and treacherous curves, two cars with one light, holding the balance in motion, even as impatient drivers blew blaring and honking past us. The stranger’s light stayed with us until we pulled into a gas station, and only then did they leave us, driving by with a friendly farewell honk. hat was before interstates and cell phones, red states and blue states. Even in an era when being helped by strangers wasn’t all that uncommon (out of gas, battery dead, whatever), this particular act of kindness was hard to forget. At the time, we had Indiana license plates. I don’t remember where the stranger’s car was from, most likely Illinois. Imagine a similar situation on November 18, 2020. We’d be OK with plates from the Hoosier state, but what if the car behind us had been from New York or California? Would they have bothered to go out of their way for some yahoos demented enough to vote for You Know Who, clueless inhabitants of the land of the fly in Pence’s snow white hair? Or, assuming the New Yorkers fit the tried and true liberal profile, they might have shared their light. But say we had New York plates and the car behind us was from a deep red state like Louisiana or Oklahoma. To up the ante, suppose we had Biden/Harris or Black Lives Matter bumper stickers. What then? Would the best we could hope for be a bang-bang-bang blasting of the horn as they blew arrogantly past us? Or would they ever so accidentally on purpose give us a friendly nudge off the road into the abyss? Or how about my old friend the Gipper? He’s from Illinois. Back in the day he may even have driven on that same stretch of road. They say he saved as many as 77 lives when he was a lifeguard. I’d like to think he’d have done the right thing, at least before he ran for office. In The Reagans, when someone asked him if he was a politician, he said, “No, I’m an ex-actor.” —Stuart Mitchner The fictional letters to Reagan originally appeared in somewhat different form under the title “Pitch and Catch” in the Winter 1989 issue of Raritan: A Quarterly Review.
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McCarter Presents Online Festival of “The Work of Adrienne Kennedy”; Round House Theatre’s “He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box” Begins Series
cCarter is partnering with the Round House Theatre (which is in Bethesda, Maryland) to present an online festival, The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence. The four-part series debuted Saturday, with Kennedy’s one-act play He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. In a press release, McCarter’s Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen praises Kennedy as “an African American woman … who broke convention in the face of traditional barriers that prevented a much-deserved spotlight.” Round House Theatre’s Artistic Director Ryan Rilette adds that Kennedy’s plays are “beautiful, poetic conversations on race and power that are just as necessary now as they were fifty years ago.” Kennedy has won multiple Obie Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement (2008). She has been commissioned by companies such as the Public Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. In 2018 she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. McCarter’s press release notes that her plays are “taught in colleges throughout the country, in Europe, India, and Africa.” He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box depicts a young couple separated by disparate racial backgrounds, as well as distinct physical locations. Dual train rides become journeys in which each discovers the other’s troublesome past. The play had its world premiere at Theater for a New Audience in 2018. Round House Theatre’s 2020 video production is staged by Nicole A. Watson; the director of photography is Maboud Ebrahimzadeh. Watson’s direction gives the production the look of a staged reading. The characters, Kay and Chris, are on a bare stage, placed behind music stands. Round House Artistic Assistant Agyeiwaa Asante reads the stage directions, which establish the setting: “Montefiore, Georgia. June 1941.” The play begins in a “boarding school for colored.” A pair of hands is seen holding a model of the school building. Kay is a 17-year-old student at the school. She is portrayed by Maya Jackson, whose performance blends a sweet earnestness with quiet but probing intensity. As the play opens, Kay is watching the school play, Christopher Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris, from the top of a stairwell. Asante continues to read the stage directions. “The door of the storeroom opens, revealing the interior: clusters of panoramic photos … as well as piles of old books, large ‘white/colored’ signs,
old desks, a radio, and two train cars: one designed for white people, one a Jim Crow car.” Visual effects designer Kelly Coburn deftly compiles these images into a rapidly flickering collage, which has the look of a vintage film. Darron L. West’s sound design blends foreboding original music with period recordings. “Barely visible is … a replica of Montefliore, Georgia,” Asante adds. “Emphasized on the far left of the replica is the red brick train station.” Kay holds a toy train car in her hands, while Chris holds a model of the station. Kennedy’s script is layered and intricate. Watson’s staging reflects this, aided by Coburn’s effects. Maps and pages of books are superimposed over the characters. This is an astute visual exploration of one of the play’s themes: the extent to which the words and schemes of our ancestors become an indelible part of our existence. When Kay is not in school she lives with her grandmother, in a house that has been bought for them by the family for whom the grandmother works as a servant. Kay’s father was a white author. Her mother, who was African American, reportedly shot herself in the head when Kay was a baby. Chris, who is the same age as Kay,
works in a building next to the school’s storeroom. We learn that his mother has just died. He also reveals that he wants to be an actor, and he is about to leave for New York. He is given a role in Noel Coward’s operetta Bitter Sweet; he already is somewhat familiar with the show, as he and Kay happen to have attended the same screening of the film version, though their seats were segregated. Michael Sweeney Hammond’s portrayal of Chris infuses the character with a sturdy, debonair demeanor. Hammond’s performance mixes haunted introspection with an inescapable air of superiority befitting Chris’s privileged background. Hammond is haughty and slightly menacing in his dual role as Harrison. The script states that Kay and Chris “have known each other all their lives.” Before Chris departs for New York, and Kay leaves for Atlanta University, Chris proposes; Kay accepts. Chris promises to write to her. A plot element from Bitter Sweet influences their plans, as they dream of moving to Paris. Chris and Kay write to each other, but their letters are scarcely romantic. Instead, both characters disseminate details of their disturbing family history. What emerges is a fraught duet containing parallel monologues. We learn that
“HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX”: Round House Theatre, in association with McCarter Theatre Center, is presenting a prerecorded video of Adrienne Kennedy’s “He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box.” Directed by Nicole A. Watson, the video will be available online through February 28, 2021. Above, Kay (Maya Jackson, left) and Chris (Michael Sweeney Hammond) exchange letters that reveal disturbing family histories. (Video still courtesy of Round House Theatre) Round House Theatre’s production of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box will be available to view online through February 28, 2021, as will the three other plays that are being presented as part of The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence. For tickets, festival passes, and further information visit mccarter.org.
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when Chris was a boy he accompanied his father on a trip to Berlin, where the Germans admired America’s methods of segregation. We also catch hints that Kay’s mother’s death may have been a murder rather than a suicide. It is this latter revelation that gives the play its title (which echoes a plot point in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Kay writes about a rumor that her father returned from a trip to Cincinnati with her mother’s heart in a box. This is another theme that is astutely developed by the staging. As we hear Kay’s dialogue, we remember the image of the model train in her hand, and realize that the trains are boxes that, metaphorically, encase the characters’ hearts. Kay and Chris are drawn to each other, but they are separated — both by the trains taking them to their respective physical locations, and by the culture of their time and place. We sense that their world — the American South of the 1940s, which (as a radio broadcast reveals) soon will be immersed in World War II — will not permit them to be together. This is confirmed by the play’s abrupt, violent ending. Societal interference with Chris and Kay’s relationship is foreshadowed by the plays that Kennedy mentions and quotes. Bitter Sweet’s protagonist is a lady who is torn between her place in society (which includes a rich fiancé), and her love for a poor musician. In The Massacre at Paris, whose pithy dialogue Harrison quotes at length, there is an unlikely marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant. Forced separation, of course, is a theme that carries heightened resonance during the pandemic. Theater companies are unable to present material for live audiences, so they are continuing to seek ways to offer material online. Watson’s production of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is filmed as a stage presentation, but takes advantage of elements that video has to offer. A filmed production of a play, whose characters inhabit disparate cultural backgrounds, combines two distinct avenues of performance. he Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence will continue on November 21 with Sleep Deprivation Chamber (co-written with Kennedy’s son, Adam P. Kennedy); Ohio State Murders (December 5); and the world premiere of Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side (December 12). —Donald H. Sanborn III
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chose one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most well-known works for unaccompanied violin, but one which included some of the most intricate music the composer wrote. Bach’s Partita for Violin #2 in D minor, BWV 1004 was structured in a five-movement dance format common in Bach’s time. The concluding chaconne is a four-bar melodic ground bass repeated 64 times over which the upper strings spin a continuous series of variations in a close to 15-minute movement. Vähälä began the work dramatically, as if making a statement that the music has arrived. Playing on a 1780 Giovanni Batista Guadagnini violin, Vähälä wellhandled the technical challenges of the piece, with flying figures and running passages as the music became more complex, and played as if she had all the time in the world to perform this piece. Eighteenth-century works in this genre may well have been played on an organ with multiple keyboards or by ensembles with multiple instruments, but Vähälä brought out all the musical effects on a single violin, adding a bit of Romanticism with the use of rubato and by stretching cadences. Although composed in 1884, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite pays homage to Bach’s era in its structure as a set of dance movements. Norwegian writer Ludvig Baron Holberg, for whose bicentennial the work was composed, was a contemporary of Bach and Handel, and Grieg chose to honor the writer with a French Baroque period suite. Originally composed for piano and later transcribed for strings by the composer himself, this piece is a five-movement set of dances heavily laden with French Baroque musical devices. The Princeton Symphony players presented the galloping prelude with crisp dotted rhythms and a teasing first violin part. The graceful and courtly “sarabande” featured an elegant solo melody from cellist Robert Burkhart, with Burkhart and violist Griffin providing fluid duet passages. The players kept rhythms precise throughout the work, closing the Suite with a brisk and playful “rigaudon,” based on a 17th century French folk dance. s Princeton Symphony Orchestra closes its fall “virtual season,” the Symphony has managed to maintain a high-quality artistic experience within an unusual framework. Thanks to imaginative camera work, audience memb ers cou ld watch t he players watching the conductor perhaps learning a bit about string technique in bowing and fingering, and at least a portion of the ensemble was able to present live music. The Symphony’s calendar for the spring includes a return to live performances — one can only hope. —Nancy Plum
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r inceton Sy mphony Orchestra presented the sixth and final concert in its fall “indoor/outdoor” classical season this past Sunday afternoon by digitally launching a virtual performance led by the ensemble’s Assistant Conductor Nell Flanders. Flanders, recently named to this position with the Symphony, led members of the Symphony’s string sections in a performance also featuring noted violinist Elina Vähälä. With the orchestral portions filmed at Princeton’s Morven Education Center and Vähälä’s Bach solo recorded at the Church of St. Olaf in the southern Finnish town of Sysmä, Flanders and the 11 string players of the Symphony presented a concert which was a tribute to both the Baroque era and early 20 th -century America. Born in America’s Deep South at the turn of the 20 th century, composer Florence Price emerged from the violent racial atmosphere of the time to become a musical pioneer whose music has only recently begun to receive much-deserved attention. Much of Price’s repertory was lost after her death, but was rediscovered in an attic of an abandoned house in rural Illinois. Price composed her 1929 String Quartet only as a two-movement work, and it is thought that this piece was not heard between Price’s death in 1953 and a performance in 2015. In Sunday afternoon’s concert, Princeton Symphony presented the second movement andante moderato, rooted in the vocal spiritual tradition. T h e s t r i ng player s of P r i n ce ton Symphony began Price’s String Quartet movement with a lush melody they could really sink their musical teeth into, as Flanders conducted with broad strokes without a baton to emphasize the richness of the melodic material. This was the kind of music in which the players could load up on vibrato, however the ensemble resisted this temptation and played with a lean yet rich sound, especially in a viola sectional solo from Stephanie Griffin and Emily Muller. Flanders milked the movement’s rubatos well, and although this work was composed in a turbulent time period, the broad melodic passages were full of hope and opportunity. Violinist Elina Vähälä was born in the United States, raised in Finland, and has appeared with orchestras worldwide while maintaining a strong commitment to music education in Finland. The Viuluakatemia Ry violin academy, which she founded in 2009 in Finland, serves as a master class-based educational initiative for talented young Finnish violinists. Vähälä was supposed to have appeared with Princeton Symphony this season in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, but instead presented a pre-recorded performance from a small church in the lake region of Finland. For this performance, Vähälä
Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present a series of free virtual Holiday Pops performances from December 5-20. Information about accessing these events can be found on the ensemble’s website at princetonsymphony.org.
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BAH, HUMBUG: Jefferson Mays plays Ebeneezer Scrooge in a filmed version of “A Christmas American Repertory Ballet Carol,” benefiting George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick and other regional theaters afAfter an extensive search, fected by the pandemic. (Photo by Chris Whitaker) American Repertory Ballet (ARB) announced November Arden, adapted by Mays, “As not-for-profit theaters 16 that Ethan Stiefel will be“A Christmas Carol” Film to Benefit Theaters Susan Lyons, and Arden, continue to produce and come its new artistic direcGeorge Street Playhouse and conceived by Arden and present high-quality virtual tor beginning July 2021. and producer Hunter Ar- Tony Award nominee Dane content, we are honored to “This appointment marks nold have announced that Laffrey, the filmed version is participate in this nation- a wonderful new era for our based on the 2018 producwide opportunity to stream a special filmed version of organization,” said Board Charles Dickens’ A Christ- tion which made its world one of the holiday’s favorite Chair DonnaJean Fredeen. mas Carol, starring Tony premiere at Los Angeles’ titles, A Christmas Carol,” “We believe Ethan Stiefel’s said Kelly Ryman, manAw ard - w i n ner Jef fer s on Geffen Playhouse. unparalleled expertise and “George Street Playhouse aging director of George innovative vision will bring Mays, will be released worldwide on Saturday, November is thrilled to join producer Street Playhouse. “Theaters American Repertory Ballet 28. This streaming video Hunter Arnold on this na- throughout the nation are into an exciting new chapter. event will benefit George tionwide event,” said George offering this virtual produc- We are delighted to welcome Street Playhouse as well as Street Playhouse Artistic Di- tion which promises to bring him, and look forward to other community, amateur, rector David Saint. “These are cheer to all who see it.” supporting his leadership.” Mays said, “A Christmas and regional theaters across extraordinary times and the the country which have been opportunity to present a vir- Carol was my first experidevastated by the pandemic. tual version of this acclaimed ence of living theater. My Directed by two-time Tony performance is exactly what mother and father would Award nominee Michael we need this holiday season.” read it out loud every year. My father would tell the story with clarity and humanThinking of selling ity, while my mother, eyes ablaze, would transform into your home? Call me! the characters, from the torJUDITH BUDWIG tured Jacob Marley, to little Sales Associate Fan and the entire Cratchit Cell: 609-933-7886 | Office: 609-921-2600 email@example.com family. Both, in their ways, created magic. And now here we are, aspiring to bring this magic to people across the country during Ethan Stiefel this challenging time.” Stiefel began his profes“My theater career began sional career at age 16 33 Witherspoon St, Princeton NJ 08542 when I was a 10-year-old w ith the New York Cit y Texan playing Tiny Tim in Ballet where he quick ly Autumn is here, clean without fear! the Midland Communit y rose to the rank of princiTheatre production of A pal dancer. He was also a Chr istma s Carol,” s a id principal dancer with Ballett Arden. “In a time when Zürich and American Ballet theaters and arts workers Theater (ABT) where, in across the country are in July 2012, he gave his final great need, bringing a story performance. Serving the Princeton area for over 25 years that celebrates the power “I am very fortunate to Residential Cleaning of creativity, community, Fully Insured again have the oppor tuRenata Z. Yunque, owner/manager For immediate attention, call and our shared humanity is nity to become an artistic humbling.” the Princeton Renata for all 609-203-0741 Arnold said, “Due to COVyour housecleaning needs. firstname.lastname@example.org ID-19, the country’s theaters
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As a choreographer, Stiefel created a new staging of The Nutcracker for the UNCSA. He choreographed a one act comedic ballet, Bier Halle, and collaborated with Johan Kobborg on choreographing and producing a new production of Giselle for the R NZB. In 2013, Giselle was adapted into a feature film, directed by Toa Fraser, and was selected for screening in the NZ International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Giselle was restaged and performed in 2015 at the Opera National Bucharest.
Submissions Being Sought For Annual Film Festival
Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF), a signature Princeton Public Librar y event featuring films and f ilm maker presentations which explore sustainability and environmental issues. The festival will be presented in two main sessions in 2021 with special screenings taking place throughout the year. Entries received by January 15 will be considered for both the all-virtual session in April, and the festival’s second session in October. The October session will also be presented in a virtual format but will feature some live events if restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. The submission deadline for the October session is July 15. An entr y form and additional information about PEFF is available at princetonlibrary.org/peff. There is no fee to submit a film for consideration. The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is under the direction of Susan Conlon and Kim Dorman whose focus is to present films with local, regional, and international relevance. Screenings are free and made possible through funding from the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, The Whole Earth Center of Princeton, and others.
CARILLON CONCERTS CONTINUE: On November 22, Princeton University’s carillonneur Lisa Lonie, shown here with the instrument in Grover Cleveland Tower at the Graduate College, will perform musical tributes to Sean Connery, Alex Trebek, and a crowd favorite – “Imagine” by John Lennon. The concerts start at 1 p.m., are free, and are performed rain or shine through the holidays. The grounds surrounding the Cleveland Tower afford many opportunities to socially distance. Visit gradschool.princeton.edu for more information. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Lonie)
McCarter Cancels Shows Through June of 2021
CHOREOGRAPHY DURING COVID: Senior Ysabel Ayala interacts with Henry Moore’s sculpture “Oval with Points” on the Princeton campus while rehearsing a solo work she created that will be among the pieces presented in “Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined.” (Photo by Jonathan Sweeney)
Princeton Dance Festival “Reimagined” This Year
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University presents Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined, a virtual edition of its major annual concert exploring dance in the COVID era through new works, November 23 at 8:30 p.m. and December 3-5 at 8 p.m. Professional choreographers Peter Chu, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Dean Moss, Silas Riener, and Olivier Tarpaga have worked with Princeton dance students to explore the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site-based work, and music. Each evening is a completely different and unique experience followed by a question and answer session with the choreographers. The Dance Festival is free and open to the public with registration required for each performance. Pre-recorded content will be closed captioned and live performances and conversations will be open captioned. Along with the entire global dance community, the Program in Dance is exploring the challenges of dance in a socially distanced world. Work over the past semester culminates in the Dance Festival to consider how dance artists can create new methods of dance and choreography for the online environment that reimagine frontiers of physical practice and the choreographic space. Participating students are currently taking their Princeton courses online from throughout the U.S. and abroad. “The creativity and commitment of our faculty choreographers to meet the challenge of choreographing and teaching virtually has b e e n as tou n d i ng,” s a id Susan Marshall, director of the Program in Dance. “They and our extraordinary students responded with innovation and resilience to the limitations and potentials of dancing physically apart while virtually collaborating and learning together. These performances are powerful testimony our st udents’ resolve to grow and flower creatively despite these trying times. Please join this far flung
community of dancers as they come together for what promises to be an amazing series of performances.” On November 23, Chu and his students present We l c o m e H O M E : T h e Princeton Series, a thoughtprovoking yet playful journey that evokes the viewer’s spatial perception. Viscerally charged with moving imagery, Welcome HOME celebrates raw, curious, and honest communication. The program on December 3 features Emergence and Discovery: Digital Dance Portraits led by Francesca Harper. The project facilitates collaborative construction and the development of 10 short, personal films allowing movement, filmmaking, images, text, music, and discover y in natural and industrial habitat to be accessible and serve as inspiration. The films ask: as dance artists emerge from isolation and reshape their lives, how do they preserve the moment? This existential question has been translated into art. On December 4 works led by Lazier and Moss are featured. In Site Dance Lazier and her students ask: Where can dance happen and what can it do? The students will share site-based performance projects built from research into t heir com munities. Each project traces different intersections of personal, cultural, and geographic stor ies w it h movement, dance, and performance. In Live & Surreal: Lucy Sirrs, sophomore Sirrs was mentored by Moss in creation of a video dance project inspired by women’s historic struggle for reproductive rights and the surreal artwork of Martha Rosler. The piece portrays Sirrs’ exploration of her desires, her pride, and her courage through the lens of her childhood bedroom. The Festival concludes on December 5 with work led by Riener and Tarpaga. Riener, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, leads a project in hybrid dance experiments blurring natural, virtual, and augmented environments. Rooted in Merce Cunningham Technique, students studied, practiced, and performed
Due to the ongoing pandemic, McCarter Theatre has canceled all performances through June of 2021. The decision was announced last Thursday in an email to patrons and supporters. “We are so very grateful for the kind notes and generous support that we continue to receive every day,” reads the email. “Your good wishes lift our spirits as we navigate these extraordinary times and patiently wait until we can safely welcome you back into our spaces. In light of current public health recommendations, we believe it is wisest to cancel the live performances that we had planned to bring you from February through June 2021.” McCarter is developing a touchless ticketing experience for use when the theater reopens. “Top-level cleanliness, smart social distancing, and the exquisite joy of live performance will all be ready when government guidelines change,” reads the email. During the shutdown, the theater center has been offering online performances and educational events. In lieu of the annual run of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the theater has created a gift box that can be ordered online. Visit mccarter.org for information.
Boheme Opera NJ Has Virtual Series
Boheme Opera NJ is virtually presenting its Lecture Performance Series at Monroe Township Library starting Wednesday, November 18 at 1 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Monroe Twp. Patrons of the Arts in collaboration with the Monroe Twp. Cultural Arts Commission. All events in this Zoom-based series are available free to the public via monroetwplibrary.org and will take place Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The first of the four episodes is The Path from Opera to Broadway. This features music from Carmen, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, South Pacific, Girl Crazy, and more, starring soprano Brynn Terry, soprano Rebecca Shorstein, and baritone Charles Schneider. The second episode, on December 2, is A Night in Vienna, with music of Johann Strauss, Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml, Kurt Weill, and others, also starring three singers, soprano Eve Edwards, mezzo-soprano Eva Kastner-Puschl, and tenor Vinny Beck. The third episode, on December 9, Unique Broadway, features music from West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof,
Trouble in Tahiti, Yentl, and New York pianist Keith Chammore, while headlining five bers. Boheme Opera principal and In addition to the Monroe supporting cast artists. Twp. Library virtual Zoom series, Boheme Opera NJ has been busy with its other virtual programming, much of which highlights productions, singers, and professionals from a 31-year history. Although live performances are currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boheme Opera NJ has a rich chronicle of main stage and outreach events. To date, the Company has completed the first two of its podcast series, Rebecca Shorstein as well as the first three in a The final episode, Decem- series of educational streamber 16, is Giants of Broad- ing events and is now preparway. This features solos and ing more events in both series. duets from Rodgers and These can be accessed via boHammerstein and Lerner and hemeopera.com. Loewe, including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Westminster Conservatory The King and I, My Fair In Concert at Nassau The next virtual WestminLady and Camelot. Returning to Boheme Opera NJ’s vir- ster Conservatory at Nassau tual stage are soprano Brynn recital will be released at 12:15 Terry, soprano Rebecca Shor- p.m. Thursday, November 19 stein, and baritone Charles as a video embedded in the Nassau Presbyterian Church Schneider. website (nassauchurch.org/ westminster-conservatory-recitals). The recital will feature Westminster Conservatory faculty member Erik Allesee in a program of favorite short works for piano. Allesee will perform the Prelude in C-sharp Minor, op. 3, no. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff; three works by Claude Debussy comprising the Arabesque no. 1, La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), and Claire de lune; and Brynn Terry Boheme Opera NJ Manag- five works by Frederic Choing Director Sandra Milstein pin – the Valse op. 64, no. Pucciatti is the pianist for 1; Fantaisie-Impromptu op. most of these virtual perfor- 66; the Etude op. 10, no. 12; mances. Accompanying Shor- Nocturne in E-flat major, op. stein in her solo selections is 9, no. 2; and the Polonaise in A-flat, op. 53.
Allesee grew up in Florida and started piano lessons at the age of 9. While in high school he participated in numerous recitals and competitions in southwest Florida. He twice won the Southwest Florida Concerto Competition, which awarded him the opportunity of performing with the Fort Myers Symphony. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory in 1994. He continued his studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he earned a master’s degree in 1997. Allesee is the former head of the piano department at Mercer County Community College, where he taught many of the school’s private and group piano lessons for 15 years. He currently gives lecture recitals in central and southern New Jersey in addition to teaching piano lessons to all ages at the Westminster Conservatory of Music. In addition to the Westminster Conservatory at Nassau streamed performance, he will perform a full-length recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 as part of the Westminster Conservatory Faculty Series. This recital will be live-streamed from the Cherry Brook Arts studio in Princeton, and can be viewed on the Conservatory’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ westminsterconser vator y /live. A new We s t m i ns ter Conser vator y at Nassau video will be available on the church website at 12:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The artists on December 17 will be flutist Jill Crawford and violist Marjorie Selden.
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excerpts from Cunningham dances spanning over 50 years of choreography for stage and camera. In tandem students created new work for an evolving digital platform by adapting and misusing some of Cunningham’s methods: scores for chance procedures, indeterminacy, fixed and mobile camera perspectives, layers of structural complexity, and animation. Out of Sync is a hybrid dance work/video choreographed remotely by Tarpaga in collaboration with his dancers with music composed and performed by Tim Motzer on guitar, Daniel John T. Johnson on table, and Tarpaga. For Zoom registration links, visit arts.princeton.edu.
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Artworks, Trenton’s visual arts center, has unveiled a collab orat ive four-panel mural in solidar it y w ith the goals of justice and racial equity advanced by the Black Lives Matter movement across the country. Each panel is executed in a black and white palette by a different artist, based o n t h e i r i n te r p r e t a t i o n of images taken by Trenton photographer Habiyb Shu’Aib during the summer Black Lives Matter protests in Trenton. The artists are Quentin “Kwenci” Jones, Jonathan “Lank” Conner, and Roy Hay nes, all of Trenton, and Andre Trenier of Bronx, New York. The panels were framed into a cohesive whole, with lettering, by Trenton artist Wills Kinsley. “At a time when our nation is in the throes of change, we at Artworks wanted Trenton residents to have their own public artistic expression of solidarity with the goals of justice and racial equity advanced by the Black Lives Mat ter movement,” said Artworks Executive Director Lauren Otis. “We knew that expression could best be executed by the talented artists in our midst, particularly Black artists. I knew they would create something memorable. What they have executed is beyond compare, strong, beautiful, unflinching, yet filled with hope, a call to action, and a call for change.” The public mural is installed on the side of the Artworks main gallery building at 19 Everett Alley in downtown Trenton. Funding for the project came from the I Am Trenton Community Foundation and ContentTrenton, in addition to Artworks funds designated for public art projects.
BLACK LIVES MATTER: This collaborative four-panel mural can be found on the side of the Artworks main gallery building at 19 Everett Alley in downtown Trenton.
oil on canvas piece, Glitch. The exhibition, an outgrowth of a partnership between the college and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission dating back to the mid-1990s, accepted 27 pieces from 21 artists. The show was organized by Gallery Director Alice K. Thompson, juried by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, a mixed media artist, and sponsored by Blick Art Materials. According to Thompson, it was initially feared that the exhibit would be one of the many events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We decided to forge ahead and celebrate the arts at a time when we arguably need it most,” Thompson said. McCubbin was appreciative of the flexibility of the artists and the Gallery to put on a virtual awards presentation, as well as the sense of intimacy the works created when displayed together. “The awarded works spoke to me, on some level, of the isolation and disorientation of our current moment,” said McCubbin. “Sun Spot’s quiet, intimate pencil marks drew me repeatedly to consider the upside of isolation.” She added, [Janet Purcell ’s ] “The Moment in Time’s play f u l v i g n e t te is also a reminder of our detrimental isolation from our environment. And Winners Announced the fractured perspective For MC Artists Exhibit Tiffany Fang of Princeton of Glitch is a reminder of took home Best in Show our mental state when isoat the 2020 Mercer Coun- lation turns on us.” ty Artists Exhibit, hosted by The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) on Thursday, October 29, for her graphite-onpaper piece, Sun Spot. The show was held virtually using online conferencing. A n ot h e r n ot ab l e w i n n er w as MCCC a lu m na and 2019 Best in Show awardee Megan Serfass of Princeton Junction for her
The show’s full list of w i n n e r s i n c l u d e s S k ull Drawing (Conte’ crayon on paper) by Larry Chestnut of Ham ilton ; Bahamian Magic (oil on board mounted canvas) by Carlo Fiorentini of P r i n c e ton ; D ialo g ue 2 (acrylic) by Shahla M a n s o u r i of H a m i l to n ; Autumn Starfish (acrylic o n c a nv a s ) b y W i l l i a m Plan k of L aw rencev ille ; Hippo (automotive paint on Masonite ) by Megan Uhaze of Hamilton ; Sun Spot (graphite on paper) by Tiffany Fang of Princeton; The Moment in Time (mixed media) by Janet Purcell of East Windsor; Glitch (oil on canvas) by MCCC alumna Megan Serfass of Princeton Junction ; and Rooted ( digital ar t on paper), a self-por trait by Danielle Rackowski of Hamilton. The Galler y at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is funded by Mercer County Community College w it h add it ional suppor t through a grant from the Mercer Cou nt y Cu lt ural and Heritage Commission. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, email gallery@ mccc.edu.
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“SUN SPOT”: Tiffany Fang of Princeton won Best in Show for this graphite-on-paper work at the 2020 Mercer County Artists Exhibit, hosted by The Gallery at Mercer County Community College. The show was held virtually this year.
are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. lambertvillearts.com. D & R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, has t he ongoi ng virtual galleries “Trail of Breadcr umbs : Nat ure in Fairytales” and “Portraits of Preservation: James Fiorentino Art.” The center is currently closed to the public. drgreenway.org. Ellarslie, Trenton’s City Museum in Cadwalader Park, Parkside Avenue, Trenton, has “The Conversation Continues” and “On the Forefront: Trenton’s Junior 1, 1916,” both in the museum and online. Timed tickets required. ellarslie.org. Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, has “Bruce Beasley: Sixty Year Retrospective, 19602020,” and other exhibits. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed tickets required. Indoor buildings are closed to the public. groundsforsculpture.org. Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, has “A Virtual Tour of Hamilton’s Princeton” and the “Histor y @ Home” ser ies. princetonhistory.org. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa., has “Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and the Ecology of Water” through January 10, “Syd Carpenter: Portraits of Our Places” through February 28, and “Fern Coppedge: New Discoveries” through April 18. The museum is now open to the public. michenerartmuseum.org. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, has “Dreaming of Utopia: Roos evelt, New Jers ey” through January 24 and the online exhibit “Portrait of Place: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints Of New Jersey, 1761–1898.” Fest ival of Trees, with timed ticketing, runs through January 10. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. morven.org. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, has the ongoing virtual exhibits “When Women Vote — The Old Barracks and the Anti-Suffrage Movement” and “Sampler Collection.” The museum is now open to the public. Advance tickets are required. barracks.org. Pr inceton Universit y Art Museum has a virtual tour of “Life Magazine and the Power of Photography” along w it h many online events. The museum is currently closed to the public. artmuseum.princeton.edu.
Wednesday, November 18 10 a.m.: “Regardez L’Art,” introduction to French vocabulary through discussion of paintings. Brigitte AflaloCalderon is the instructor. Registration required, no fee. Princetonsenior.org. 1 p.m.: Central NJ Nonprofit Council: Pandemic Partnerships, presented via Zoom by Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. Panel discussion bet ween area business and nonprofit leaders. Princetonchamber.org. 6-7 p.m.: “Paths to Success” online series sponsored by Princeton Family YMCA, for students grade six and up. Matt Roseborough, EMT and firefighter, s p e a k s . s u r v e y m o n ke y. com/r/B77YKFF. Thursday, November 19 9:30-11 a.m.: Social Coffee via the Y WCA Princeton Area Newcomers and Friends, via Zoom. Visit ywcaprinceton.org/ for more information. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers Market, Franklin Avenue parking lot, 46-80 Franklin Avenue. Music by Darla Rich Jazz. All customers must wear masks. princetonfarmersmarket.com. 12 p.m.: Women in Development roundtable, “Making, Growing and Maintaining Connect ions Dur ing 2020 and Beyond,” presented virtually by Karen Hollywood, director of corporate and foundation engagement at Grounds for Sculpture. Register at widmercer.org. 12:15 p.m.: Westminster Conser vator y at Nassau presents pianist Erik Allesee in a program of favorite short works, via Zoom. Nassauchurch.org/Westminster-conservatory-recitals. 12:30 p.m.: “Restaurant, Re t a i l a n d C o m m e r c i a l Business Design in a Po s t- P a n d e m i c Wo r l d ,” presentation and discussion by AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee with architects Joshua Zinder, Bruce D. Turner, and Stacy Kliesch via Zoom. Aia-nj. org. 1 p.m.: Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Museum Series presents Asian Art Museum of San Francisco tour, via Zoom. $10 Docentled, followed by question and answer session. 3 p.m.: Healthcare Decisions Workshop. Learn to talk to family and friends about wishes for end-of-life care. Facilitated by Dave Roussell. Registration required, no fee. Princetonsenior.org. 5 p.m.: “Business After Business” virtual networking, sponsored by Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. Register at princetonchamber.org. 5 p.m .: T he Suppers Programs presents a webinar, “Squash for the Holidays,” with Kim Rizk via Zoom. suppers@wildapricot. org. 6 p.m.: Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week free virtual discussion, cohosted by HomeFront and Princeton Public Library. Homefront.org. 7 p.m . : “O n l i n e L i v e with Richard Kind,” fundraiser presented by Greenwood House. Hosted by
Saturday, November 28 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 26th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans studio tour, online this year. Dates through December 19. Coveredbridgeartisans.com or (609) 397-1535. Sunday, November 29 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 26th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans studio tour, online this year. Dates through December 19. Coveredbridgeartisans.com or (609) 397-1535. 1:30 p.m.: “Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra,” Zoom talk tracing the history of the conductor’s time with the orchestra at the behest of RCA’s chairman David Sarnoff, presented by the College of New Jersey’s Sarnoff Collection. Free. Tcnj.edu. Wednesday, December 2 2 p.m.: “Navigating the Path to Startup Success,” panel discussion presented by Foundation for Health Advancement and Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs. Registration required. Princetonbiolabs.com. 6-7 p.m.: “Paths to Success” online series sponsored by Princeton Family YMCA, for students grade six and up. Ramon Basie, business consultant, speaks. surveymonkey.com/r/ B77YKFF. Thursday, December 3 1 p.m.: Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Museum Series presents “Gettysburg Battlefield, Untold Stories,” via Zoom. $10 Docent-led tour followed by question and answer session. 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber presents the 2020 Business Leadership Awards Gala, virtually, in categories of Business Leader, Entrepreneur, Innovator, and Community Leader. Email Warrie@princetonmercer.org for more information. 5 : 30 - 8 p.m. : Fe s t iv a l of Trees at Mor ven, 55 Stockton Street. “Winter W o n d e r l a n d ,” o p e n i n g party. Exhibit runs through January 10. Visit morven. org for tickets. Saturday, December 5 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.: Holiday Wreath Workshop presented virtually by Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preser ve. $55 members, $65 non-members. Register by November 30. Bhwp.org. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 26th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans studio tour, online this year. Dates through December 19. Coveredbridgeartisans.com or (609) 397-1535. 7 p.m.: The second event in the Princeton Public Librar y’s “Beyond Words” virtual fundraiser features CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers, author of the memoir My Vanishing Country. princetonlibrary.org/beyond words. Sunday, December 6 2 p.m.: Online wreathmaking workshop with Kevin Bullard of Bullard Horticulture Ltd., sponsored by Lawrenceville Main Street. $30. L awrencevillemainstreet.com. Monday, December 7 Recycling Tuesday, December 8 5:30 p.m.: “Expressing the Passions of the Soul: The Study of Human Emotions in Art and Science.” Talk presented by Princeton University Art Museum, via Zoom. Artmuseum. princeton.edu.
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Nick Liberato of Netf lix “Restaurants on the Edge.” Greenwoodhouse.org. 7:30 p.m.: “Two Prophets Speak Truth to Power,” with Rabbi Eric Wisnia. Second of a two-part series, sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton. Free virtual event, register at email@example.com. Friday, November 20 11: 45 a.m. : Pr inceton S enior Resource Center presents a seminar, “Stroke Awareness and Prevention,” led by Phil Tran, stroke coordinator with Penn Medicine Princeton Health. Registration required, no fee. Princetonsenior.org. 1-9 p.m.: Morven’s Holiday Pop-up Craft Sale. $10 includes admission to the Festival of Trees. Jewelry, wearables, ceramics, basketr y, wood, metal, and mixed media. 55 Stockton Street. Participants must be masked. Morven.org. 3 p.m.: Virtual tour of HomeFront headquarters, part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Free. Homefrontnj.org. 4 -7 p.m.: HomeFront’s pop -up infor mation and donation drop -off center is at 63 Palmer Square, as part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Showcases art from local and HomeFront artists, to benefit homeless families. Artjamnj.org. 4:30 p.m.: Author Patrick Radden Keefe delivers a talk on “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland,” presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. Free, open to the public. Arts.princeton.edu. Saturday, November 21 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: West Windsor Communit y Far mers Market, Vaughn Drive Lot, West Windsor. 10 a .m .- 6 p.m . : M o r ven’s Holiday Pop-up Craft Sale. $10 includes admiss i o n t o t h e Fe s t i v a l o f Trees. Jewelry, wearables, ceramics, basketry, wood, metal, and mixed media. 55 Stockton Street. Participants must be masked. Morven.org. 11 a.m.: Virtual tour of HomeFront headquarters, par t of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Free. Homefrontnj.org. 12-5 p.m.: HomeFront’s p op - up i n for m at ion a n d donation drop - off center is at 63 Palmer Square, as par t of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Showcases art from local and HomeFront artists, to benefit homeless families. Artjamnj.org. Sunday, November 22 12-5 p.m.: HomeFront’s pop -up infor mation and donation drop -off center is at 63 Palmer Square, as part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Showcases art from local and HomeFront artists, to benefit homeless families. Artjamnj.org. 2 p.m. : Vir t u a l O p e n House at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. Princetonacademy.org. Monday, November 23 Recycling Friday, November 27 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 26th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans studio tour, online this year. Dates through December 19. Coveredbridgeartisans.com or (609) 397-1535.
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CAPE MAY CHRISTMAS: Six full weeks of holiday tours and experiences are the focus of Victorian Cape May Christmas, a series of festive tours and events beginning Friday, November 20 and running through New Year’s Day. With COVID-19 precautions in place, the town will offer open-air trolley rides, music, the 47th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour (virtually), walking tours, breakfast with Santa, and more. For information, visit capemaymac.org.
Old York Cellars Celebrates Beaujolais
In France, the third Thursday of every November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, celebrating the release of the first wines of the season with wine tastings, parties, music and festivals. Old York Cellars, located in Ringoes, is continuing to bring this tradition to the Garden State this year by releasing their 2020 BeauJerséy Red, BeauJerséy White and BeauJerséy Rosé wines on Thursday, November 19. BeauJerséy Nouveau Day is Old York Cellars’ celebration of the end of their successful 2020 harvest. The winery has four days of celebrations at their three locations in Ringoes, Bridgewater Commons Mall, and Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrenceville. The celebration kicks off at their vineyard in Ringoes at 12 p.m. November 19 with the release of the
three BeauJerséy wines and the first tasting, which will be featured on Facebook Live. Their wine makers will deliver the wines to their Bridgewater Commons Mall Wine Shop and their Quaker Bridge Mall Restaurant and Wine Shop for tasting and purchase at those locations at 5 p.m. The celebration will continue through Sunday, November 22 at each of the locations. The winery will have live music, wine tasting flights served tableside, and large tented and outdoor areas of socially distanced seating. Their Quaker Bridge Mall restaurant will have a special BeauJerséy menu created by in-house Chef, José Diaz. Full details of all of the events are available on the Old York Cellars website calendar and reservations can also be made at oldyorkcellars.com/Events/Calendar. Nouveau wines are bottled
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the background and experience of its owner. A graduate of Princeton High School and Middlebury College, Tom Pinneo earned an M.A. in Eastern Asian studies from Stanford University. New Direction “For a time, I had in mind to become a professor of Chinese philosophy,” he recalls. “I was drawn to the Taoist philosophers Lao Tzu and, especially, Chuang Tzu, who believed, ‘What you know in the world, you learn from doing.’” This view led Pinneo to set forth in a new direction. “To a restless grad student,” he explains, “they spoke about the limits of language and the possibility of a life centered around a skill. I had always been interested in architecture and building, so I took their 2,500-year-old advice, and went off to the North Bennett Street School in Boston, where I focused on learning about carpentry. “I think that the seed had actually been planted when I worked for a local builder during summers while I was at Princeton High School. I got a taste of what it was like to read a two-dimensional plan and then stand back at the end of the day, and see that you’d realized that plan in three dimensions in rafters and studs. “By contrast, and as fulfilling as it was, grad school was too much just in my head, and it became evident to me that I wasn’t cut out to be a professor. The Taoists, in effect, gave me permission to chart a different course.” After leaving Boston, Pinneo worked for different builders in the Princeton area before starting his own company in 1996. “And while my Chinese has faded,” he notes, “my trajectory says something about a construction company that does things a little differently. We are transparent, process driven, and collaborative.
“I had to learn a lot,” he adds, “but I am very comfor table asking for help and learning from those who have more experience. I knew who to ask, and I was able to assemble a great group of specialists. We have a full-time staff of nine, including carpenters, and also great subcontractors — foundation workers, plumbers, electricians, etc. I have benefited from the experience and expertise of others.” High Quality The firm, which works on a full range of sizes and styles of residential projects, is known for its high quality results and complete attention to every detail. “Wherever you are in the development of the project, we are ready to be a resource to you and your architect to help find the right materials, iron out construction details, or explore options,” explains Pinneo. “We’re not architects, but we’re good partners in the design intent and we’ve got a stable of subcontractors and vendors behind us to find answers.” T heir projects include historic renovations; new construction; modern alterations to existing, often traditional, structures; as well as transformations of barns into habitable homes. Examples include a Princeton “tree street” Victorian which received a “burst of modern” in the form of a light-filled, two-story stucco and cedar-clad addition. Large expanses of floorto-ceiling glass and a blue stone patio with a terraced basement access reorient the house to the back garden. A Hodge Road home acquired an updated look with steel windows, lead-coated copper, large format floor, and handsome wall tile. Interior and exterior were tied together with a smooth flow of line and form. Landmark Home Historic renovations have unique considerations, with reference to a respect for the past. A Mercer Street Neoclassical home was built in 1896-97, burned down in 1903, was rebuilt in the same style after the fire, and was then largely untouched for the first century of its existence. Pinneo’s work entailed a gut renovation, two additions, construction of a three-car garage, and the relocation of an outbuilding for use as a pool house. Period molding on both the interior and exterior as well as custom millwork blend old with new; oak paneled elevator, and new mechanical systems all bring this landmark home into the 21st century. A project on Aunt Molly Road in Hopewell includes
an addition to a 1980s house. A master bedroom suite (bedroom/bath/walkin closet) and sunroom are currently under construction, as are renovations to existing rooms, including a home office. Home offices, in particular, are in demand these days, as more people work from home. This has increased during the virus, and will no doubt continue. The company has remained busy during COVID-19, reports Pinneo. “People have been leaving the city and moving to the suburbs, including Princeton and the area. We have been working w ith those who want to renovate or add on to their new house.” Bath and kitchen remodeling are important projects, he adds. These are notable spaces for updating and expansion.
Clients want their home to be a comfortable expression of their lifestyle, points out Pinneo. And they also often want the renovation or addition, even with the updates reflecting 21st-century advances, “to look as if it has always been there.” Modern Style He notes that a more modern style is becoming popular with many clients who often want stainless steel, glass, and sleek finishes. “You can also have a traditional frame with modern fixtures inside,” he explains. “Also, we always look for opportunities to inject sensible energy-efficient solutions, ranging from insulation to solar to geo-thermal.” Projects can take anyw h ere f rom f ive or s i x months to two years depending on their size and complexity. Also, in the case of large-scale, complex jobs, the work can be done incrementally, over time. Costs may range from $150,000 to a few million dollars.
“When we begin negotiations, I will point out that a project may fall into ‘such and such a range,’” explains Pinneo. “We have financial transparency throughout. We emphasize this, and we show ever y thing line-byline. “During construction, we keep things on track with a dedicated project manager on-site every day, weekly meetings, tight financial controls, and our Golden Rule of never starting additional work without written approval. We start our project with a realistic schedule, and check in weekly. “Getting it done 100 percent is often a homeowner’s fear. We finalize the project with a homeowner walkthrough, and we don’t leave until the punch line is complete.” Multiple Projects Pinneo Construction’s projects are seen throughout the Princeton area and beyond, and many long-term clients have often had multiple projects with the company.
“We are also now seeing second generations, adult ch ildren of our or ig inal clients,” says Pinneo. “In addition, we have a lot of international clients, who live in Princeton and the area. Word-of-mouth has been very important to us.” Tom Pinneo looks forw a r d to c o nt i n u i n g t h e work he loves. As he says, “There is real satisfaction in building something. And I enjoy working with the homeow ners, architects, and our team. I like the com mu nicat ion and collaboration. “Most of all, we want to be authentic. For us, it is about transparency, process, and collaboration. Our clients believe in our authenticity and our ability to provide high quality architect design driven projects.” or further information, call (609) 921-9446. Website: www.pinneoconstruction.com. —Jean Stratton
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BETTER BUILDING: “We do everything from historic renovation to modern glass and steel projects. As we near a quarter of a century of restoring, adding on to, and building some of Princeton’s most distinguished homes, the gratification that comes from collaborating with area architects remains as strong as ever.” Tom Pinneo (far right), co-owner with Chris Myers (second from right), of Pinneo Construction, is shown with the Pinneo team at a recent project.
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After Ivy League Cancels Its Winter Sports Season, PU Coaches Focused on Maintaining Team Cultures
ormally by midNovember, fans would have already been flocking to Jadwin Gym and Hobey Baker Rink to take in Princeton University basketball and hockey games. As of last November 17th, there had been three hoops games played at Jadwin and five hockey games at Baker in the early stages of the 2019-20 campaign. But these aren’t normal times, and last Thursday the Ivy League Council of Presidents canceled winter sports for league schools during the 2020-21 campaign, thereby leaving Jadwin and Baker empty this season along with Dillon Gym, DeNunzio Pool, the Stan Sieja Fencing Room, and the Jadwin Squash Courts, among other venues. In addition, the presidents announced that the league will not conduct competition for fall sports during the upcoming spring semester. Lastly, competition for spring sports is postponed through at least the end of February 2021. In reaching the decision, which was unanimous, the presidents said that “regrettably, the current trends regarding transmission of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent protocols that must be put in place are impeding our strong desire to return to intercollegiate athletics
competition in a safe manner.” While Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson was disappointed when he learned of the decision, it didn’t come as a surprise. “It is a real tough news all the way around,” said Henderson. “I am completely supportive and understanding of President Eisgruber’s a n d M o l l i e ’s [ P r i n c e t o n Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan] hard work to go through all of the different steps to try to make this happen. I know the University and the leadership took a look at all of these options. This was not out of the blue. Even over the course of the summer, I was preparing the guys for something like this but even so when the news came, it was a little bit of a jolt.” The news was a jolt for two seniors, Ryan Schwieger and Jerome Desrosiers, who are enrolled in school this year and won’t get to have a final season at Princeton. “One of my favorite parts of the job is the way you get to connect with the guys on the team over the course of four years,” said Henderson, noting that two other rising seniors, Elijah Barnes and Charlie Bagin, took the year off from school. “Senior year is a really special year and those two
guys are our leaders and role models for others on the year. I am really disappointed for them. They are entering into the transfer portal and will both have a fifth year of eligibility. They will be able to play somewhere next year.” Princeton men’s hockey head coach Ron Fogarty was hopeful of having a season but knew it was a long shot. “I was somewhat optimistic, seeing other schools finding ways to return to practice or to play,” said Fogarty. “But with us not having students in the classrooms, it led me to realistically believe that we weren’t going to be back. It was going to take a lot more time to return to play. You have to bring people back from out of country and out of state. Any school that went back in had an initial spike and they had to quarantine again.” Like Henderson, Fogarty has been working with his players to help navigate them through the situation. “I have been in contact with the captains and our leadership group since March,” said Fogarty, noting that four seniors, Colin Tonge, Ryan Ferland, Reid Yochim, and Jake Paganelli, remained enrolled for this school year and that he is working closely with them to find a place to play next year through the transfer portal.
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“We have been speaking. We had a couple of breakout Zooms with the team monthly so we have been staying in contact. The part of it that was more palatable was that the entire Ivy League was shut down. If it was just our school and other schools were playing, that would be a very hard pill to swallow.” Princeton Director of Athletics Samaan acknowledged that the cancellation was a tough pill for everyone to swallow. “I am deeply saddened for our student-athletes who steadfastly desire a return to representing Princeton University in competition,” said Samaan in a statement. “Within Princeton Athletics, our passion and dedication to each other remains the same. While we are not preparing to compete this winter, we continue to prepare our young men and women to achieve, serve and lead. Our mission of education through athletics persists, strengthened by the knowledge that when the moment arrives and it is appropriate for us to return to competition, our Princeton Athletics family will do so with renewed spirit and a continued commitment to excellence in all we do.” Henderson, for his part, is working hard virtually to maintain team spirit. “We try to do a weekly team Zoom and then some smaller groups,” said Henderson. “They are all on Zoom pretty regularly with school so we are making the conversations normal. We have tried to make our team culture about being honest with each other, checking in and really caring about one another. It is harder over Zoom but we have tried to keep that going.” While things may not be back to normal this spring, Henderson is hopeful that he may get to do some in-person work with his players. “The president mentioned in his address to all of us that they were hopeful of getting some students on campus in the spring semester,” said Henderson. “If we have some of them here, that is the first step to get them back into a structured environment even though the campus is going to be very different than what we have been used to since last March.” Fogarty concurs, seeing value in getting even some limited on-ice work in the spring. “We are just hoping that we can get students back on campus for the spring,” said Fogarty. “We can get the ice in and at least do some training in the spring so we are developing and getting ready for the next season.” In the meantime, Henderson is focused on keeping his players in an upbeat frame of mind. “These guys are being asked, like all of the student athletes in the Ivy League, to do something that no one else has really ever had to do,” said Henderson. “There is a disruption so it is just trying to be positive. If I would say anything it is having a positive attitude the
LOST WINTER: Princeton University men’s basketball player Richmond Aririguzoh goes up for a lay-up in a 2019 game against Penn before a throng at Jadwin Gym. There won’t be any crowds at Jadwin this season as the Ivy League Council of Presidents said last Thursday that they have canceled winter sports for league schools during the 2020-21 season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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next season and the preparation starts now.” When Fogarty does get into the next season, he will be bringing a different perspective. “I miss being around the guys,” said Fogarty. “It makes you realize that even if you lose a game or have a tough week, it is a lot better than what is going on right now.” —Bill Alden
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Tiger with 755 points, 437 rebounds, 117 assists, and 53 blocks. Along with his individual accolades, Aririguzoh was also par t of the Tigers’ 2016 -17 team that went 14-0 in Ivy League play, won the Ivy League tournament, and made it to the NCAA Tournament.
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Princeton University wrestlers Patrick Glory ‘23 and Matt Cover ’23 each earned All-American honors at the UWW (United World Wrestling) U23 and Junior Nationals event hosted by USA Wrestling that wrapped up in Omaha, Neb. last Sunday. Glory, who was named the Ivy League Wrestler of the Year last winter as a sophomore to become Princeton’s first such honoree since 1986, made the quarterfinals of the U23 men’s freestyle 57 kilogram (125 pounds) draw to earn the All-American recognition. Glory was also Princeton’s first Hodge Award finalist since the award started in 1995. Also in the U23 men’s freestyle event, Travis Stefanik, a first-team All-Ivy honoree as a sophomore last year, made the quarterfinals at 92 kg (202 pounds), and Marshall Keller, Princeton’s EIWA entry at 141 pounds last year as a sophomore, made the round of 32 at 70 kg (154 pounds). Cover qualified for AllAmerican status after he made the semifinals of the top weight division, 125 kg (275 pounds), in the junior men’s freestyle draw. Other Tigers in that event included Grant Cuomo, who made the round of 16 at 74 kg (163 pounds) and was an NCAA qualifier last year as a sophomore, Nate Dugan, who made the round of 16 at 79 kg (174 pounds) and is a sophomore this year, and Jack DelGarbino, who made the round of 16 in the top weight class and wrestled for Princeton last year as a freshman. In the U23 Greco-Roman WHAT MIGHT’VE BEEN: Princeton University women’s basket- event, senior Leonard Merball player Carlie Littlefield looks to unload the ball in a game kin made the semifinals at last winter. Senior point guard Littlefield is one of 25 players 67 kg (147 pounds). recently named to the 2021 Becky Hammon Award Watch List. Presented by Her Hoop Stat, the award honors the top mid-ma- JUNCTION jor women’s player in the country. Over her first three seasons BARBER with the Tigers, Littlefield, a 5’9 native of Waukee, Iowa, tallied 1,021 points, 358 rebounds, 255 assists, and 135 steals. SHOP She earned first-team All-Ivy League honors each of the last 33 Princeton-Hightstown Rd two seasons. However, in wake of the Ivy League’s decision Ellsworth’s Center to cancel winter sports competition for its schools during the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns, Littlefield won’t (Near Train Station) get the chance to go for the award. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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PHS Girls’ Cross Country Earns Historic Sectional Crown As Senior Medvedeva Savors Program Coming Full Circle Yana Medvedeva felt an extra push being a senior as she competed in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ( NJSIA A) Central Jersey Group 4 sectional cross country championship meet at Thompson Park last Saturday. One of four seniors in the Princeton High girls’ lineup, Medvedeva closed out the Tigers scoring in 22nd place as PHS put its first four finishers in the top 10 to win their first CJ Group 4 sectional crown in school history. “It feels so good,” said Medvedeva after a seasonbest 20:55.70 clocking. “It’s amazing. I’m a senior so it’s a really full circle moment. Two years ago, we couldn’t even qualify out of the section. I still can’t really believe it.” The Tigers’ depth allowed them to edge a strong Montgomery team that had the top two individual finishers in the race. As for PHS, Charlotte Gilmore, a senior, led the way in fourth place in 19:32.50. Freshman Kyleigh Tangen – the lone newcomer to the Tigers’ top seven from a year ago – placed sixth in 19:59.30 and sophomore Lucy Kreipke was seventh in 20 : 04.50. Sophomore Robin Roth closed well for 10th place in 20 :16.70. Medvedeva was 22nd, Sofia Dacruz was 33rd, and Emma Lips was 38th. It added up to a 49-54 win over runnerup Montgomery. Hunterdon Central was third with 100 points. “We knew the race was going to come down to how tight our pack was,” said PHS head coach Jim Smirk. “Robin coming in 10th there and making a big move late definitely helped. Yana was out the back at the mile mark. She really started to climb the ranks from a mile forward. We didn’t have the math right at the finish, but we felt good.” The girls had to wait for the official results to be announced. That moment didn’t come until after the PHS boys raced and took f if t h. S ophomore Mar t y Brophy led the way for the Tiger boys, taking 14th in 17:11.10 with senior Jacob Bornstein finishing 27th in 17:25.80. The young Tiger
boys’ squad had 137 points in taking fifth with Hunterdon Central just ahead in fourth with 121 points. South Brunswick won the title with 57. W h i l e B o r n s te i n , t h e team’s lone senior, had hoped for a better finish, he still made a big impact on the squad. “I don’t think Jacob had the day he wanted, but his efforts led to a big step forward for our team,” said Smirk. “It’s a pretty young team. I’m really happy with what they accomplished. They had some things they considered unfinished business for this season, and that’s a good thing. They’re hungry and they want to do the work. They see bigger and better things for themselves moving forward, a lot because of Jacob’s leadership. It wasn’t the most successful day we could have had, but it was an important day for us to have to lay the groundwork for future success.” Future success was all that was on the minds of the PHS girls after they placed seventh in the sectional in 2018. The Tigers jumped to third last year, their best finish since coming two points from a sectional crown in 2016. Their last sectional title came as a Group 3 school in 2014. “We were the team nobody was looking at,” said Smirk. “We were the team that had the chance to do something special mov ing for ward. T hen COV I D h it and it definitely threw a wrench in the works, but to the girls’ credit, they kept doing the work and running the part of who they are – their identity. So at the 11th hour, when we got our season back, the focus was on continuing to grow the team and being the best we could be and letting everything else fall into place.” P H S’s s e a s o n w a s i n jeopardy midway through the summer due to COVID concerns but their motivation began to return when the shortened season was approved. The Tigers held virtual pasta parties, they got together as frequently as possible over Zoom and they looked at workouts as opportunities, not chores. “We’ve really capitalized
on forming a strong team bond and team culture, not just teammate bonds, but friendship bonds and knowing all your teammates are going to do everything they can to help contribute to your success and knowing you have that role to contribute to theirs,” said Medvedeva. “It makes everything so much more exciting and showing up to meets so much more exciting.” The Tigers ended up making the sectional a thriller. PHS entered the meet confident that they had a chance, but it took some gutsy racing over the second half of the race to secure the historic title. Seconds decided their fate. Kreipke was just seven seconds ahead of the next finisher, Roth was only four seconds better than 11th place, and Medvedeva was less than a second ahead of the next finisher and only eight seconds ahead of Montgomery’s fifth runner. “I passed a couple people on the uphill definitely,” said Medvedeva. “On that last little sprint around the baseball field, that was a very stressful part of the race. It was super muddy and there were a lot of people trying to pass each other. I thought Montgomery was right behind me, and I think she was, so I was really focusing on not letting the green pass me. I was completely zoned in. I don’t know how many I passed, but I know I passed a couple on the last mile.” Medvedeva and the Tigers gained confidence from a late workout at Thompson Park in which they emphasized the final stretch of the race. It also helped her to know it was PHS’s final race. It pushed her through the final stretch. “It was a really strong feeling of now or never to just finish the race a little faster than you thought you could have,” said Medvedeva. “It was our last one.” It was the same feeling for four of the senior girls led by Gilmore, who continued to climb in her sectional finishes. She took her first topfive sectional finish Saturday. “She’s been for a long time our low stick,” said Smirk of Gilmore. “She’s been the runner who day in and day out pushes the lead. Having her there today doing that was a big part of our success. It’s a feedback thing. She does that and has a lot
PACK MENTALITY: Members of the Princeton High girls’ cross country take off in a race this fall. Last Saturday, PHS utilized the depth in its pack to place first in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Jersey Group 4 sectional championship meet at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Pictured are Yana Medvedeva (left rear), Emma Lips (left foreground), Lucy Kreipke (middle), Kyleigh Tangen (hidden in the back), Sofia DaCruz (front right), and Robin Roth (far right). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
of success and that feeds the girls who are running behind her to challenge themselves more and they take some pressure off her and let her run better. I think that’s what we saw today – Charlotte ran a good solid consistent race, and underneath that some girls took some really solid risks late and gave us the chance to be successful.” Medvedeva gave the squad a strong finish to their scoring, having started running in seventh grade at her parents’ urging and emerging as a reliable contributor throughout her career for PHS. “S h e’s a lw ays b e e n a strong stick-to-it kind of kid, definitely the kind of kid you want in your four or five spot,” said Smirk. “No matter how bad it gets, they’re going to keep powering through and that’s exactly how she ran. Early on the race went out pretty strong. She was a little out of the pack. A lot of other runners would have gotten a little squirrelly, or a little loose and tried to do too much, and she stuck to her guns and started working up through the pack and put herself in a good position, and from there ran really consistently. That’s really been the hallmark for her, that very reliable and very tough athlete on our team.” It helped that so many PHS runners had years of experience in the sectional environment, and wanted to go out on top. With seniors making up more than half of their top seven, there was extra motivation built in. “I t hin k it’s def initely changed the mindset,” said Medvedeva. “We’re a pretty tight squad – the top seven. It’s kind of sad to think it’s our last year, it’s our last chance. I think it definitely motivated everyone a lot more, especially the seniors and also the sophomores and Kyleigh, the freshman, just to think it’s our last opportunity as a group to seal the deal. It definitely motivated us a lot.” The win completed a year that began with great uncertainty but went as well as could have been imagined. The Tigers were unbeaten through the regular season to lead up to their penultimate moment. “The thing that impressed me the most wasn’t their work ethic,” said Smirk. “Their work ethic has been great for a long time. It was their patience. They were very willing to be patient and continue to work knowing that every day we got to train together, every race we got was another great opportunity we didn’t have as of mid-August. They really took advantage of that and bathed in how good it was to be together and enjoyed that together.” The PHS runners made the most of their chances together, accomplishing history in the end. The sectional crown is something that the Tigers worked for years to make a reality. “It’s this feeling that we know we got it,” said Medvedeva. “Nobody can really believe it yet. We’re hoping on getting some type of outdoor dinner celebration going on next week. Hopefully that’ll happen.” —Justin Feil
PHS Field Hockey Fights Hard to the End, But Falls to Hillsborough in Sectional Quarters With its season on the line, the Princeton High field hockey displayed its battling spirit. Trailing sixth-seeded Hillsborough 1-0 in the waning moments of the Central West B sectional quarterfinals, third-seeded PHS generated three penalty corners right before and then after the buzzer. While it looked like the Tigers scored on the third corner as the ball apparently trickled into the cage, a violation was called and PHS got a penalty stroke. Olivia Weir took the shot but it was turned away by Hillsborough goalie Niyati Ramanathan and the Tigers saw their 2020 campaign end with a disappointing 1-0 defeat. PHS head coach Heather Serverson liked the way her squad scrapped at the end but wished that intensity had been more constant. “Clearly when they realized that this might be our last game, they picked it up a bit,” said Serverson, whose team posted a final record of 8-2. “They fought to the end, they did ever ything they could. We needed to do that for a larger duration of the game.” Serverson acknowledged that Hillsborough played aggressively throughout the contest. “I think Hillsborough did a better job than we did of moving to the ball,” said Serverson. “They really played like they wanted possession and we were being more reactive.” While the PHS defense was solid, Serverson acknowledged that it could have played sharper. “I wish we could have played team defense a little bit better,” said Serverson, who got four saves from junior goalie Frankie deFaria with junior defender and co-captain Grace Rebak making several key clears in the circle. “We didn’t really play as a unit and I think that is where they found the gaps. They played right through us.” Although the loss stung, Serverson was grateful that her players got to compete
this fall, given that there were doubts that PHS would have any games due to COVID-19 concerns. “I said let’s just be thankful that we had a season, I think it is an amazing thing to have had it,” said Serverson. “Considering the fact that we are only graduating three players, it was definitely a great building season.” That trio of seniors, which included co-captain Shoshi Henderson, Hailey Hawes, and Supansa Levine, helped build an upbeat attitude around the team. “T hey did a great job leading in a very awkward season, it was hard,” said Serverson. “They are not seeing each other in school and they are only coming out for practices. They did a great job keeping a positive tone and really making sure everyone felt like a unit.” With a strong group of returning players that features juniors Olivia Weir, Grace Rebak, Frankie deFar ia, Stella Matsukawa, Erin Kiesewetter, and Aleena Inayat a long w it h s oph om ore s Hannah Christopher, Kayla Christopher, Erin Cooke, and Gianna DiGioacchino, Serverson sees a bright future for the program. “Hopefully we lear ned from the lessons that we experienced this year,” said Serverson. “Next year will be the third year together for this group. Hopefully we are able to make some magic at that point.” This year, PHS enjoyed some magic moments on a daily basis by just getting a chance to be on the field. “We had so much fun in the practices, just being together and seeing them,” said Serverson. “We do a lot together out of season and we didn’t get to do any of that. I hadn’t really seen them since February and normally we see each other at least once a week and they are playing in Super 6s leagues. It was strange not seeing each other. I think that was probably the biggest highlight, getting to be together.” —Bill Alden
HOLDING THE FORT: Princeton High field hockey goalie Franke deFaria, left, and Grace Rebak thwart a foe in recent action. Last Monday, junior deFaria made four saves in a losing cause as third-seeded PHS fell 1-0 to sixth-seeded Hillsborough in the Central West B sectional quarterfinals. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 8-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
For Gunnar Clingman, producing a breakthrough season as a junior in 2019 put him on course to become one of the top runners in the history of the Princeton Day School boys’ cross country program. Leading the pack for PDS, Clingman made steady improvement throughout that fall, culminating by taking second at the state Prep B state championship meet, clocking a time of 16:53 over the 5,000-meter course at the Blair Academy. “I had run a 17:40 as a freshman, that was a oneoff day, it was an outlier; my first race as a junior was two seconds off of that,” said Clingman, who took up running as a middle schooler. “That was kind of ‘wow.’ I was progressing race by race and I kept going until the states. I went into states with a really good mindset. I talked myself up to that so when I went out with Charlie [Charlie Koenig of Montclair Kimberley Academy] in the state race, I stayed up with him. He ended up taking me, he was a very strong runner. That was the moment where I was ready to keep going.” With COVID-19 concerns leading to a limited 2020 season and the cancellation of state prep or county championship meets, Clingman turned his focus to the PDS pack. “I didn’t have the state meet this year so it became less about me and more about who can we use this year to build the team,” said Clingman. “It was a disappointment for everybody because as a team we saw ourselves in a much stronger place this year.” PDS ended up emerging as a strong team, going 4-3 and performing well in both the XC 7-on-7 Invitational at Thompson Park on October 24 and its Home Prep Invitational a week later. “This is the strongest team we have had in my time here,” said Clingman. “We didn’t know what opportunities were going to present themselves because we had a long time of training before we started racing. We were going into everything pretty blind until we started to hit our stride.
I would say we got more than we could have asked for from this season. It was extremely successful given the circumstances. If this had been a completely normal year, I couldn’t tell you what our prep time would have looked like.” Clingman and classmate Ben Bigdelle helped bring the Panthers together before the season even started, organizing team workouts over the summer. “Myself and Ben started to gather everybody around, not so much in person at first but eventually we did group up in smaller, distanced gatherings in August,” said Clingman. “We would meet at Rosedale Park. We had great turnouts for that. We knew it was different, a lot more people were showing up. We had a lot of freshmen showing up which was really encouraging.” Building on those workouts and ex t ra t rain ing through the Run-Fit coaching group, Clingman set PDS course records on two occasions this fall, clocking a 17:48 time over the 5,000-meter lay-out in a meet on October 6 and then dropping the mark to 17:27 three days later. “That course is a very hard course, it is a lot of elevation change and it is a lot of mud so your times are slower,” said Clingman. “For a lot of teams, there is a group mentality that today is going to be a slow day. I am glad I was able to do it so that other people can see our course and be like that is a course I can still race.” Looking back on his senior season, Clingman is grateful for the support he and his teammates received from PDS. “I could not have done it and I don’t think anyone on the team could have done what we have done this year without the help of the coaches and the school allowing us to run,” said Clingman. Panther head coach Woodside, for his part, is thrilled with what Clingman did over his PDS career. “Gunnar really broke out last year during the season, he went from being a pretty
BIG GUN: Gunnar Clingman shows his form this fall in his final season with the Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team. Clingman solidified his place as one of the top runners in program history, helping the Panthers go 4-3 and setting a PDS course record on two occasions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
decent runner to being one of the top prep runners in the state,” said Woodside. “His emergence as one of the best runners in PDS history and his leadership has inspired his teammates.” That inspiration led to a special fall, even without the championship meets. “The boys’ team was the best team I have ever had here,” maintained Woodside, who has been guiding the program for six seasons. “There is no question that a lot of guys ran really great and did stuff that we haven’t seen. Last year at the prep championships, I had seven guys at 20 minutes or better. This year we had seven guys at 19: 01 or better. They were a whole minute faster and that makes your whole team that much better.” Woodside credited Bigdelle with taking a key role in making the squad better. “Ben was a solid rock No. 2 and was really instrumental in showing these kids how to run,” said Woodside, whose other seniors were Brendan Chia and Tharun Potluri. “He was real important. He and Gunnar organized practices in the summer. I was not allowed to have contact with the team so I couldn’t really do much. These guys went and organized each workout, they got the kids to come. They were great leaders and were great for this team.” Woodside sees some great things on the horizon for the Panthers with such returners as freshmen Arun Patel and Tristan Salvner along with sophomore Bram Silva and juniors William Sun, Will Brown, and Ben Jerris. “We had two freshmen in our top six and a bunch of young guys who are going to be really good next year,” said Woodside, noting that the program’s JV team placed first in both invitationals this fall. “It was really the depth. Every year I had one or two good runners. We would have three or four runners who were under 20 and then we would have a bunch of guys at 20 or 21. Now we have a bunch of guys who are under 19 and then between 19 and 20 as well. It does set up going forward to be a strong team next year as well. Gunnar and Ben have been leaders and those are big runners for the team. That is going to hurt but we have good runners coming up and all we have got to do is to have the will to prepare and we should do very well.” Clingman, for his part, is leaving with a proposal to help the Panthers prepare even better in the future. “What we don’t have (that a lot of our competition h a s ) i s a t r a c k te a m ,” said Clingman, who may continue r unning at the next level and is considering track programs as he looks at colleges. “I think that PDS needs a track team to not only make themselves a more competitive force in running but to give runners opportunities from other sports. It would really benefit everybody. It seems to be a no-brainer for me. The rest of the seniors are advocating for this and it is part of what we want to leave behind when we leave.” —Bill Alden
Senior Goalie Kunkle Posts Shutout in Finale As PDS Boys’ Soccer Defeats Franklin 2-0 Trevor Kunkle and his fellow seniors on the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team rose to the occasion last Thursday as the Panthers hosted Franklin High in their final high school game. With goalie Kunkle posting a shutout and classmate Aidan McChesney notching the winning goal in the first half, PDS earned a 2-0 win to finish the fall at 6-5-1. “It was definitely a big one, we have a great group of guys,” said Kunkle, reflecting on the finale. “It is just sad that it is the last game and we won’t be able to put on this jersey again. I am glad that we ended up with a win.” The Panther defense tightened up after squandering a late lead in a 4-3 loss to Bordentown two days earlier. “In the last game we kind of folded toward the end,” said Kunkle. “I am proud of them, they really stepped up and helped me out. I was able to do my job.” Having started the season sharing time in the net with classmate Bruno Cucchi, Kunkle took over the starting job down the stretch. “Eve r yon e re a l ly pro gressed in their play to the end of the season,” said Kunkle. “I wasn’t a starter at the beginning, I was splitting halves with the other goalie. Since he is out, I really had to step up.” PDS head coach Ollie Hilliker credited his players with stepping up collectively in the finale. “I think we played the best we played all season, ironically it is the last game,” said Hilliker. “I thought the first half we played tremendously. The first half was some really, really good football; we really dominated the game. The second half got a little scrappy and the qualit y wasn’t quite as good. They performed better in the second half and made it more difficult. The rain came in and made it a little scrappy. I am very happy with the performance and the result.” Seeing his seniors go out with a win made Hilliker very happy. “They are a great group of boys, I gave know n those boys since they were in middle school here,” said Hilliker, whose
Class of 2021 includes Will Sedgley, Jacques Hughes, Fabio Yales, Alexander Liu Nowakoski, Mark Santamaria, Stephen Chukumba, Hector Capeilleres, Cucchi, McChesney, and Kunkle. “I have seen them from being in middle school all the way through to graduation. It is a great class and a talented class. I hope they are going to go on and do great things in life outside of soccer as well as in it. I am really pleased that they got the win to finish out.” In Hilliker’s view, Kunkle has done some great things in his final campaign with the program. “Trevor is steady, super calm, and super composed all the time,” added Hilliker. “He doe s a g re at job there and we feel confident and comfortable when he is playing.” The game also marked the swan song at PDS for Hilliker, who is stepping down from the program after a superb five-year run which saw the Panthers win the state
Prep B title in 2016. “It has been phenomenal, it has been great,” said Hilliker, who is leaving the program to spend more time with his young sons and continue his work with club soccer. “I am still going to be a supporter of the school and the team. I will help them with recruitment and I will be around next year when I can. I am not going to be a stranger, I will support them as much as I can. You want to finish on a high point. It is nice for everyone to finish on a positive note there and feel good about the end of the season.” Kunkle, for his part, believes that PDS enjoyed a positive fall, thriving in a season limited by COVID-19 restrictions. “We star ted off pret t y slow; it took us some time to get into the groove with the winning,” said Kunkle. “From there, I think we won five in a row. This was a good season, we made the most out of it. We thought we weren’t going to have a season at the beginning.” —Bill Alden
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Solidifying His Place as a Top Runner in PDS History, Senior Star Clingman Enjoys Memorable Final Season
ON THE BALL: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer goalie Trevor Kunkle tracks the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, senior Kunkle posted a shutout in his last high school appearance as PDS defeated Franklin High 2-0 in its season finale. The victory left the Panthers with a 6-5-1 record this fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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Stuart Hoops Celebrates Special Achievement As Seniors Fair, Jenkins Commit to D-I Programs Laila Fair and Ariel Jenkins have beaten the odds when it comes to extending their basketball careers to the next level. The two Stuart Country Day School senior hoops standouts have committed to attend Division I colleges and play for their women’s basketball programs with Fair heading to Saint Joseph’s and Jenkins on her way to Georgetown. In a ceremony held in the Stuart gym last Wednesday to celebrate their achievements, Tartan basketball head coach Justin Leith noted how rare it is for a high school player to get that opportunity. “It was just really nice, everyone was so happy for the girls,” said Leith reflecting on the ceremony. “In the talk that I gave beforehand, I congratulated both families because it is a significant accomplishment. You go by the statistics, one percent of high school players get a college scholarship. So out of something like 500,000 players, 495,000 kids don’t get that opportunity and only 5,000 do.” Fair, for her part, has been very diligent in pursuing that opportunity. “Laila has put the time in; she has a tremendous work ethic,” said Leith of the 6’3 forward who piled up 265 points, 313 rebounds, and 66 blocked shots last winter as Stuart went 18-4, winning its third straight state Prep B title and advancing to the final of the Mercer County Tournament for the first time in program history.
“She puts in time before practice and after practice. With her size, her length, and her athleticism, the sky is the limit for her.” In assessing Fair’s prospects at the next level, Leith sees her versatility as a major strength. “She has the potential to guard a two (shooting guard) because of her length and athleticism, you can see that in practice” said Leith. “We don’t necessarily need that for our team. In practice going against Nia [Melvin] and Aleah [James] when those switches happen, it is wow, she is right there. She keeps up with them because she has all of those things. I think that she has the ability to play the three (small forward), four (power forward), and five (center) at college.” The towering Jenkins, also 6’3, proved to be a force last winter in her first campaign with the program after transferring from Piscataway, contributing 313 points and teamhighs in rebounds (332) and blocked shots (98). “She is bigger, she is a true five who can shoot the three, especially when another true five is guarding her,” said Leith. “At the Rose Classic last year, I think she hit two or three 3-pointers when the girl guarding her was 6’6 and didn’t want to come out that far. Ariel can put it in the floor too, with one or two dribbles to the rim right away. She likes attacking that way. When you put a 6’0 high school center on her, they will find more success stopping her off the dribble if they are more athletic but they can’t
guard her in the post.” In Leith’s view, Jenkins should help G eorgetow n around the rim. “Ariel has a natural rebounding ability that can’t be taught,” asserted Leith. “You can refine it, you can get her to box out more and things like that but the ball somehow always ends up in her hands. That is why last year, she averaged 11 rebounds a game. There were plenty of games where she had 18. The reason it wasn’t higher was that there were plenty of lopsided games. When we were playing tough teams, she was getting around 18 rebounds.” Having two players commit to D-I schools shows that Stuart hoops is reaching a higher level. “It solidifies us as a program that we are able to not only bring in kids but to develop kids,” said Leith, noting that senior guards Melvin and James are also currently involved in the recruiting process. “We celebrate them when they have accomplishments.” Looking ahead to the 202021 campaign, Leith is hoping that the players will get the chance to experience more development. “Our theme since the first day of practice, which was last Monday, has been one day at a time,” said Leith. “We are hopeful of a season. I know that we will get some more guidelines coming out. We have a pretty strong schedule for now that we are putting together.” —Bill Alden
COLLEGE FAIR: Stuart Country Day School senior basketball star Laila Fair (seated) signs a letter of intent to attend Saint Joseph’s University and play for its Division I women’s hoops program. Pictured with Fair, from left, are Miles Fair, Lamar Fair, Rhetta Jack, and Zoe Fair. (Photo provided by Stuart Country Day School)
BY GEORGE: Stuart Country Day School senior basketball standout Ariel Jenkins (seated) signs a letter of intent to attend Georgetown University and play for its Division I women’s hoops program. Pictured with Jenkins, from left, are Alvina Lofters, Gabriella Lofters, Sabrina Jenkins, Ernest Jenkins, Kathy Price, Noah Jenkins, and Jaedon Jenkins. (Photo provided by Stuart Country Day School)
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In the wake of Gov. Phil Murphy’s order last week that all interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports through high school are barred indefinitely, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ( NJSI A A ) said that pronouncement won’t impact its plans for the upcoming winter season. “We welcome Governor Mur phy’s annou ncement today prohibiting interstate competition for all indoor sports below the college level,” said the NJSIAA in a statement. “The NJSIAA already had restrictions in place related
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Devoted to her family, community, and to the advancement of civil and human rights in New Jersey. Martha Bothfeld Hartmann died quickly and peacefully from old age on November 11, 2020 at Stonebridge at Montgomery. She was 97 years old. Born in 1923, Martha had a happy childhood in Wellesley, MA. She liked to tell stories of how she played ice hockey with her siblings on the neighborhood pond and spent time with her cousins at her grandfather’s farm and by the sea in Duxbury, MA. In 1941 she entered Smith College where her grandmother had been a member of the first graduating class. Her college years were profoundly shaped by World War II. Because of labor shortages, she helped organize students to assist in the harvesting of local crops. In 1942, she joined the Vermont Volunteer Land Corps founded by famous journalist Dorothy Thompson. She spent the summer working on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont where her main job was to ride the hay rake. This experience deeply affected her. She bonded closely with the family she lived with and remained in touch with them for many years. She took pride in her capacity for hard physical work and from that time on liked wearing a blue-jean jacket. “It was a wonderful summer but also one that made me realize the hidden rural poverty that existed in farming communities,” she wrote in a shor t memoir. She decided she wanted to work
for the Farm Security Administration and did her senior thesis on the subject. T he t hesis won Sm it h ’s Government Depar tment prize. After graduation she embarked on a graduate degree in Agricultural Economics at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She left the program to marry Marine Corps Captain Thomas Hartmann when he was back on leave from serving as a dive bomber in the Pacific. Martha and Tom had a long and close marriage until his death in 2007. They met at a party during her senior year at high school. She was bored and wanted to go home, the story goes, and he looked bored too, so she asked him to walk her home. From that point until their wedding they saw each other for a total of 20 days. Their romance blossomed through their war-time correspondence. Both were becoming avid New Deal Democrats and wrote about their changing views. Throughout their marriage they shared a passion for politics. When Tom worked as an adviser to Bill Bradley’s first Senate campaign, Martha cochaired the Princeton campaign office. With the war’s end, the couple moved to Princeton, NJ, where Tom finished his undergraduate degree at the university and then took a teaching and administrative job at the Hun School. Their three daughters — Anna, Darcy, and Betsy — were born in Princeton. Tom’s career then took the family to Wilmington, Delaware and Dallas, Texas. In 1963 they moved back to Princeton. Tom left private school education for anti-poverty work in state government and subsequently became a professor at Livingston College and Rutgers University. Like so many women of h er ge n er at ion, Mar t ha helped build her husband’s career, but she established herself in her own right as a forceful advocate for racial and social justice. She described herself as a “professional volunteer.” Martha was a founding member of the Human and Civil Rights Association of New Jersey, the Princeton Youth Center, the Princeton Youth Fund, and the WitherspoonJackson Development Corporation. She was also
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active in the Princeton Area Council of Community Services and the YMCA’s Soupcon and Interim Homes. She was on the board of the Princeton Nursery School and on the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. For 16 years she proudly served on the board of the Princeton Joint Commission on Civil Rights. She assisted in the development of the video “The Princeton Plan” honoring the 50 th anniversary of the integration of the Princeton elementary schools. Martha remained political until the very end, casting her ballot in the recent presidential election. She was especially thrilled to hear of Kamala Harris’ historic victory. Mar tha was known for her graciousness and compassion, and she gave wise counsel to friends and family members of all ages. At the height of the 1960s generational divide, her daughters’ teenage friends could often be found confiding to her at the kitchen table. She had a strong aesthetic sense and was an excellent seamstress and gardener. She also had a wickedly wry sense of humor. Martha was a much beloved grandmother. Family always came first for her. In a turbulent world, she was a bedrock of sanity and unconditional love. Martha is survived by her daughters, Darcy Hartmann of Monterey, CA , B etsy Hartmann of Amherst, MA, and Anna Wexler of Jamaica Plain, MA; her grandchildren Elizabeth Mur tagh, Blakely Simoneau, Jamie and T homas Har t man n Boyce, and Jonah Wexler; five great-grandchildren ; and her son-in-law James K. Boyce of Amherst. She is also survived by her siblings Laura Tracy of Kennet Square, PA, and Henry Bothfeld of Duxbury, MA. The family would like to thank the staff of Stoneb r i d g e at M o n tg o m e r y, where Martha lived for 17 years, for their kindness and care, and Andrea Didisheim for her help and companionship as Martha’s health declined. The family is especially grateful to Denise Johnson whose dedication, humor, and love brightened the last years of Martha’s life and kept her smiling, laughing, and even dancing until the end. Because of COVID, a celebration of Martha’s life is being planned for a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, https://www.naacpldf.org. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
She was born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy in 1928 and came to the United States soon after WWII. She quickly learned to speak English and became an expert Dressmaker. In 1952 she married the love of her life, Cosmo Celli, and they had 52 happy years together before his death in 2004. They raised their two children in Princeton. Dora worked for many years at Merrick’s, a Women’s Boutique, and was renowned and appreciated for her perfect alterations. She was a great cook, a devoted Church attendee, and loved hosting family gatherings at ever y holiday and for all special occasions. She was famous for her home made Christmas cookies of many varieties. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her and by her adoring family. D ora le ave s a daugh ter, Maria Iacono (partner, Billy), and a son, Roberto Celli (Laura); three grandch i ld re n, Marco Iacono (Megan), Ariana Iacono Ferris (Jim), and Carlo Iacono (Monica, fiancée); as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Fr iday, Novem ber 20, 2020 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dora’s memory to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or Doctors Without Borders. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
to the U.S. with her husband in 1977. They eventually settled in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked while raising her two boys, Nader and Amir, and completed her degree from the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy & Science with honors. Sanaa passed her pharmacy exam just a few days after giving birth to her second son. S anaa and her fam ily moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1989, where she was able to dedicate herself fulltime to her family, which she believed to be her true vocation. She stopped at nothing to secure the health and happiness of her two sons, daughters-in-law, and six beloved grandchildren. Sanaa honored the traditions of her Islamic faith while living its teachings everyday through selfless acts of service and generosity. She never hesitated to give of herself for the betterment of others. She cherished nothing more than having loved ones close, under her care, showering them with comforts and delicious food celebrating her Egyptian heritage. Sanaa had a refined taste for art, culture, and fashion. She honed her own unique style that radiated elegance, modesty, and grace. Sanaa traveled the world but loved the comforts of home most, and wherever she traveled, she dedicated herself to making others feel at home. Sanaa exuded strength and decency. She balanced kindness with an unwavering will to protect those she loved and stand up for what she believed was right. Loved and respected by so many, Sanaa was a true matriarch of the Abdallah and El-Bakry family; a wise and honest custodian to her husband, sons, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends. Sanaa will be dearly missed. Thank you for your tireless love and care. We will cherish you always.
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Sanaa El-Bakry Abdallah, resident of Princeton, NJ, died on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 71 years of age, with her devoted husband and two sons by her side. Sanaa was laid to rest in her place of birth, Cairo, Egypt. Sanaa lived an exemplary life of love, dedication, and virtue. Her incredibly kind and welcoming spirit gave joy and comfort to family, friend, and stranger alike. Sanaa was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1949, the daughter of Mohamad and Saedia El-Bakry. She was deeply devoted to her husband, Mahmoud, who credits his distinguished career to her steadfast love and counsel. Sanaa was the first woman in her family to graduate college, earning her degree in pharmacy from Cairo University in 1971 with honors, a career reflective of her intelligence, grit, and compassion. Dora Celli Sanaa was a skillful and Dora Celli, 92, passed dedicated pharmacist, gainaway peacefully at her home ing the respect of her peers in Princeton, NJ, after a as she advanced her career in Egypt before immigrating brief illness.
Ellis B. Anderson Ellis B. A nderson was born (in 1926) and raised in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of Esther (nee Nicholson) and Ben (August Bernard) Anderson. Ellis served in the Infantry during World War II, first on Okinawa and then in Korea, where his unit participated in the surrender of the Japanese and the occupation of the country after the war. He returned to college and received an AB with Honors from Indiana Universit y, where he was very active in campus affairs. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then received a JD degree from Indiana University’s Law School and served on the Board of Editors of its Law Journal. In 1990, the Law School honored him by electing him to its Academy of Alumni Fellows.
Following graduation, he practiced Law in Evansville, Indiana for nine years, becoming a par tner in the firm of Butt, Bowers & Anderson, oil and gas specialists. While in Evansville, he was active in local, state and national politics, and spent three months in Washington, D.C., with the Special Senate Committee on Chronic Unemployment Problems. Ellis then was recruited to join the Law Department of Baxter Laboratories in Illinois, a pharmaceutical specialty company. A few years later, he was recruited by another pharmaceutical company, Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., Nutley, N.J., to become General Counsel and head of both General and Patent Law Departments. He was elected Secretar y and a member of its Board of Directors and of the Board’s Executive Committee shortly thereafter. He was elected, successively, Vice President and then Senior V.P. Roche sponsored his participation in the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He served Roche for 24 years. During that time, he was given responsibilities in addition to law which included taxes, corporate planning and development, corporate licensing, risk management, government and public affairs, human resources, and served as chair of Roche Board’s Fiduciary Review (Investment) Committee. Ellis married twice. His first wife, Adrienne Scotchbrook Anderson, died in 1991. He is sur vived by their two daughters, Rebecca J. Smith and Katherine A. Nestor, by four grandch i ld re n : A l l i s on, Tyler and Harrison Fontan, and Ben Smith, and four greatgrandchildren. Following the death of Adrienne, in 1993 he married Jermain J. Andrews, who survives. He also is survived by two step-children, Jermain J. Steiner and John F. Mueller, and four step grandchildren and three step greatgrandchildren. He has lived in Evansville, Indiana, Winnetka, Illinois, Essex Fells, New Jersey, and, for over 30 years, in Princeton, New Jersey. He also had a home in Mantoloking, New Jersey for many years. During most of his adult life, Ellis was active in civic affairs and organizations, including service on boards of schools, family service, churches, and social and cultural organizations including The Nassau Club, McCarter Theatre, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church, where he had served on its Session and as chair of its finance committee. Douglass College, his first wife’s alma mater, awarded him the Douglass Medal. He was a member of The Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Bay Head Yacht Club. At time of death, Ellis was living in The Princeton Windrows, a retirement community, of which he was one of the founding residents and was the first resident member of its Board of Trustees, from which service he derived great satisfaction and to which he provided great benefit. Arrangements are under the direction of MatherHodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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