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Happy Holidays Pages 21-23 Food is Healing for Simple Stove Clients . . . . . . . . . .5 Celebrating 10th Anniversary of St . Michael’s Preservation Project . . . . .8 Allysa Dittmar Leads ClearMask in Challenges of Pandemic . . . . . . . . . . 10 McCarter Presents Sleep Deprivation Chamber in Online Festival . . . . . . . 15 PHS Football Enjoyed Successful Season Despite 1-5 Record . . . . . . . . . .26 PDS Girls’ Soccer Showed Championship Form in Going 10-1 . . . . . . . . . .27
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Jared Warren Will Be PHS Acting Head, As Baxter Moves On Jared Warren, assistant principal at Princeton High School (PHS) for the last seven years, will be recommended at the December 15 Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education (BOE) meeting to become PHS acting principal on January 15. Warren will take over from Jessica Baxter, who announced her resignation last month. A special education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School before coming to PHS, Warren has a B.A. in criminal justice from Widener University and a master’s degree in special education, as well as a certification in educational leadership, from The College of New Jersey. “I am confident that Mr. Warren will do an excellent job with the support of his outstanding administrative team,” Galasso wrote in an email announcing his recommendation to PPS parents and staff on Monday. “I am confident he will be a strong advocate for students and will continue to develop relationships with the community.” Emphasizing the goal of maintaining “the traditional, outstanding Princeton High School academic and social experience” during this transition period, Galasso continued, “Mr. Warren will make that a top priority and will continue the innovative and student-centered approach to learning that is a hallmark of Princeton High School education.” Warren, who has been in charge of facilities at PHS and is currently in charge of the peer leadership groups, has “a great working knowledge of the students, which is very important,” Galasso said in a phone conversation Tuesday. “He also has significant understanding of the traditions and protocols of the school and a good relationship with faculty and staff, which should serve him well in the months ahead.” Galasso added that at the December 15 BOE meeting he would be discussing the formal process and criteria for selecting a permanent principal for PHS. He suggested that the process should be complete and the new principal in place by July 2021. Baxter, who was assistant principal for seven years at PHS before becoming principal in the fall of 2019, will be taking over the principal position at Randolph Continued on Page 7
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Second COVID Wave, Holiday Spike Threaten Princeton, the state of New Jersey, and the whole country continue to battle the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as residents and health officials await news of possible post-Thanksgiving outbreaks and brace for additional challenges in the upcoming holiday season. The Princeton Health Department on Monday, November 30, reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 in Princeton in the past two weeks, surpassing the previous record 14-day total of 55 cases for November 11-24. For the past week, 30 new cases were reported. “We are going to see a jump in the number of cases this week through next week,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser. “In fact we already are, and so is the rest of New Jersey. This is going to be a result of both the holiday and test reporting being delayed, but also a result of the increased travel and person-to-person exposure during Thanksgiving.” Princeton Press and Media Communications Director Fred Williams added, “The overall impact on our infection rate may not be fully apparent until mid-December,” but he went on to express optimism that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent tightening of restrictions on outdoor gatherings and suspension of high school ad club sports might mitigate the spread
over the next month. Grosser continued, “We are urging the public to continue to closely monitor the symptoms and avoid large gatherings, especially in the 10-14 days after the Thanksgiving holiday.” Princeton health officials continue to divide their time between contact tracing and preparing to distribute the initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The Princeton Health Department has been notified that the first deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine will
be directly distributed to health care facilities at the end of December, according to Grosser, who anticipates that the general population will have access to the vaccine in the first or second quarter of 2021. The local health department has been working with state health officials in compiling educational materials on the vaccines to distribute in the coming months. “It is going to be extremely important to lay out all of the facts for residents so they can Continued on Page 7
Holiday Market Days This Weekend Are All About Shopping Local
Those cozy little chalets that popped up on Black Friday at locations around downtown Princeton are part of the municipality’s efforts to encourage patronage of local stores during the holiday season. Shopping local is key to the future of a district that has been suffering during the pandemic. The Winter Village, and special Holiday Market Days this weekend, are designed to get shoppers into the businesses and onto the streets, away from the big box stores. A committee of representatives from the municipality, the Princeton Merchants Association, the Arts Council of Princeton,
and Princeton University has been collaborating on the project. While several popular businesses have closed during the pandemic, including Brooks Brothers on Palmer Square, Kitchen Kapers on Hulfish Street, and Bon Appetit in the Princeton Shopping Center, 27 are participating in this weekend’s Holiday Market Days. That’s up from 18 last year. “I felt really good about the amount of traffic I saw in town last weekend – not just people, but bags,” said Princeton Councilwoman Michelle Pirone Lambros, who is on the committee. “The retailers seem to Continued on Page 11
SIGN OF THE SEASON: The Palmer Square Tree Lighting was virtual this year, but the 33,000 bulbs on the 70-foot Norway spruce tree will continue to light up the night and enchant visitors throughout the holiday season . (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
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KEEPING IT HEALTHY: Terri Block, left, and Lee Yonish keep foods nutritious and tasty when preparing meals for clients of The Simple Stove. The company has been operating out of the kitchen at the former Blawenburg Café, but is looking for a new location.
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With The Simple Stove, Yonish and Block are able to serve a larger base. “I love the fact that we’re not just helping people get some good food into their houses, but we’re helping people who have health conditions,” said Yonish. “We have a woman whose husband has a severely compromised immune system, and she told us that we’ve really filled a void for her. We have a woman with insulin dependent diabetes, and she says she finds her blood sugar regulation easier. That’s what gives me chills — helping people with health problems that are not their fault.” “So many of these problems can be managed with food,” said Block. “It’s not just about making cheesecakes and having fun with it. It’s really about helping people. And I love that. I have a friend with MS [multiple sclerosis] who has posted that this food is a resource for her that allows her to manage her health without having to cook much herself.” Princeton is a place where many people are health-conscious, said Yonish. “I feel like I live in a bubble, in a way,” she said. “I find that in this area, people really pay attention to the issue. And it’s not just older people. No matter the age, people who have issues know that they just can’t eat everything.” Doctors are speaking out more frequently about the impact of food on health. “There are not enough of them yet, but they’re all waking up,” said Block. “And it’s very hard to get takeout that is clean. “ Everything on the menu is individually priced. Soups range from $9- $13 for a pint and $15 - $20 for a quart. Salads go from $12 to $15. The “treat” is usually $3, and crackers are $8.50 a bag. Asked which items are customer favorites, Yonish said, “We have rotated our menus so much that it’s hard to say. But we’ve been getting feedback along the way, and veggie-loaded turkey chili is popular. It was, and still is, a Suppers staple. Soups are really popular, especially the shitake mushroom bisque. People like our apple crisp. And chia puddings are favorites, because they are so creamy.” “We’ll do more of those,” said Block. “I want to do a pina colada pudding.” The company is looking for a new kitchen. The current building has a new owner who is taking over in early February, so they need to be out by the end of January. “We’ve been putting feelers out,” said Block. “We might end up only doing delivery and no pickup, depending on our location. But we’ll adapt to whatever happens.” Visit thesimplestove.com for more information. —Anne Levin
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Kelley: “Spending time with my family.” Katie: “Making cookies with my sister.” —Kelley Dwyer with Katie Yancey, both of Pennington
Maria: “It’s a little past the holiday season, but I am very excited to be getting married in January!” Dominique: “I’m just excited to hang out with my family. I go to school in Maryland, and my Maryland friends might come down. We just moved to Kingston, so it will be really nice to show them the new house and just use the backyard.” —Maria and Dominique Rafael, Kingston
Landon: “I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. So, staying inside and warm, watching movies. I am hoping to get some sweatpants, a small portable speaker, and some video games for Christmas.” Steve: “I’m looking forward to taking a deep breath and kind of adapting to the current environment in order to focus on the things that are most important, like being with family, eating good food, and going online and fantasizing about going on a great vacation in the future.” —Landon and Steve Lewis, Cranbury
Lewis: “Not wearing a mask.” Rachel: “More giving than receiving.” —Lewis and Rachel Antonoff, Manalapan
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Mike: “This season, it’s more about unwinding — being thankful for what you have and not what you don’t. As with every holiday season, there are people going through a lot more than you. So, make some donations and try to change somebody else’s life. Also, being mindful of the time and the space that you’re in. So enjoy it with your friends and your family, and, this year especially, do it in a safe way.” —Mike Romano, Jackson with Ana Tonche, Millstone
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make an informed decision on the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Grosser. In his Monday report, Murphy announced that outdoor gatherings, previously set at 500, then restricted two weeks ago to 150, would be limited to 25 people as of Monday, December 7. All indoor youth and adult sports practices and competitions are banned from Saturday, December 5 through January 2, with exceptions only for collegiate-level and professional sports teams, Murphy said. Religious or political activities, which are protected under the First Amendment, and funerals, memorial services, and wedding ceremonies are exempt from the restrictions on gatherings. Murphy urged New Jersey residents to “keep gatherings as small as possible.” Princeton Public Schools, which decided to go remote in taking a week off this week from its phased-in hybrid plan, is anticipating a full return to hybrid, partially in-person learning beginning December 7. Interim Superintendent Barry Galasso will be meeting with Princeton Health Department officials and the schools’ medical team in the next few days to assess the latest update on hospitalizations, transmission rates, and local COVID cases. He acknowledged concerns, but stated, “As of right now we’re planning to open next week, December 7. The whole country has COVID fatigue. The fact that it’s the holiday season and people aren’t free to make plans with family and friends is adding stress. The emotional distress is there for the faculty and the kids too.” Grosser and Williams both noted that the return of Princeton University students to the campus in February, as announced last week, would present challenges, but University and town officials have continued to communicate and work together to mitigate those risks. “The safety of town residents and the students, staff, and faculty of the University are all being considered,” said Williams. “University officials are planning extensive testing of students, staff, and faculty, which will be necessary to monitor COVID status on campus,” Grosser pointed out. “The health department participates in weekly calls with the University to discuss updates on the pandemic response as well as strategic planning for the months ahead, including the return of students and eventual receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine.” Williams reminded the community, “The municipality of Princeton, mayor, mayorelect, and our Princeton council members all are urging Princetonians to remain diligent in their individual efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Those individual efforts in maintaining compliance with COVID-19 safety measures have a collective impact on our community.” —Donald Gilpin
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High School in Northern New Jersey next month, in a district closer to her home. Baxter “presided over the high school in uncertain and difficult times with grace, compassion, and insight,” said Galasso. She led the PHS staff of more than 200 through last March’s abrupt shift to remote learning, collaborated in the creation of the first-ever virtual graduation for PHS students, and led the PHS phased-in hybrid opening in October. NJEDA launches Phase 2
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The West Windsor Farmers Market winter season begins December 5 and runs every first and third Saturday until the end of April. The setting is the outdoor parking lot at MarketFair, with hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. As with the summer and fall markets, masks are required for everyone on site. There will be hand-washing stations and pre-ordering options. “While we loved holding the market indoors at MarketFair last season, we all feel much more comfortable being outdoors,” said Chris Cirkus, market manager. “With a new layout, wonderful farms, and a few new vendors, we look to continue to create a community feel among fresh fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, sauces, eggs, oats, pasta, and more.” MarketFair is at 3535 U.S. 1 in West Windsor. The market will be located on the Meadow Road side of the mall’s parking lot. Visit wwcfm.org or call (609) 933-4452 for information.
Decriminalization of Drugs Is Topic of Event
A special “Lunch and Learn” Zoom presentation on Wednesday, December 16 at 12 p.m. is titled “Understanding the Rationale of Decriminalization of Drugs: Will it Work in New Jersey?” Sandy Gibson, professor at The College of New Jersey, will speak at this event, presented by the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addition. This policy is now making its way into the U.S., with Oregon recently decriminalizing all drugs in the November election, and several other states actively moving towards this direction. Gibson has studied the original model of decriminalization in Portugal for the past decade, visited with the agencies who implement the policy, and interviewed the people living under its implications. Gibson received her masters and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Maryland
In a new phase that began on November 10, New Jerseybased small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 100 or fewer employees may apply to receive 25 percent discounts on purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) from vendors approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). The discounts are available under Phase 2 of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. Small businesses and organizations interested in receiving 25 percent discounts must apply at https://covid19. nj.gov/ppeaccess. Once the NJEDA has confirmed their eligibility, they will receive vouchers for purchases from a “designated vendor” of their choice. This discount will automatically reduce the costs of online purchases the participating small business or organization makes from that designated vendor by 25 percent. The discounts will expire after 14 days or on November 30. During Phase 1 of the program, the NJEDA identified and vetted “designated vendors,” including Boxed, Office Depot, and Staples, which have partnered with the Authority to create “microsites” where New Jersey-based businesses can purchase a curated selection of PPE products at a 10 percent discount. The NJEDA also collaborated with the New Jersey Department of Health to create an online PPE Planning Tool that helps businesses understand PPE product requirements and estimate their organizational PPE needs. Links to the designated vendor microsites and the PPE Planning Tool are available at https://covid19.nj.gov/ppeaccess. The second phase of the PPE Access Program makes $20.4 million available to subsidize small and micro businesses’ PPE purchases from Staples and Office Depot. During this phase, businesses with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) can receive grants equal to 25 percent of the cost of purchases made through these designated vendors. All eligible businesses can receive up to $400 in discounts, and businesses operating in one of New Jersey’s 715 census tracts that were eligible to be designated as Opportunity Zones can receive up to $500. These grants are applied in addition to the 10 percent discount offered to all businesses, meaning small businesses can save up to a third of the cost of their PPE purchases. In addition to the PPE Access Program, the NJEDA administers a variety of grant, low-cost financing, and technical assistance programs for small and mid-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19. Comprehensive information about these programs and other state support for businesses impacted by the pandemic is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.
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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary Of a Key Preservation Effort From 1896 until 1973, a brick Victorian orphanage sat on a large expanse of farm fields and forest at the edge of the town of Hopewell. The St. Michael’s Orphanage and Industrial School was demolished after it closed, but the land lay dormant for decades until the threat of development propelled the D&R Greenway into action. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ambitious preservation project, which prevented what could have been the construction of 1,050 houses and a 30,000-square-foot shopping center. An overlook with sweeping views of the town’s landscape; a meadow seeded with wildflowers; eight acres of victory gardens that source healthy food; the “raising” of a new, working barn; and six miles of trails are among the features that made the long, expensive effort worth doing. The D&R Greenway Land Trust bought the site from the Catholic Diocese of Trenton for $11 million, securing $8 million in public funds and $3 million in gifts from 900 individuals. Another $1 million was raised for maintenance and preservation. The land trust was approached for this project because of previous successes in saving large regional properties such as The Institute for Advanced Study land, Coventry Farm, and Greenway Meadows. “I always knew this was a really important piece of land for the community,”
said Linda Mead, CEO and president of D&R Greenway. “But I’m always amazed by the things that grow out of the preservation of land, how that impacts people’s lives. I’ve seen it over and over again.” Mead was especially moved by the people who had lived at the orphanage and returned as a group. “They found positive feelings about the land again,” she said. “Josephine Allen is probably the best example of that, because she came back to the property, and had all these positive interactions with people that brought back memories of connecting with nature and going beyond any of the trauma. There are others for whom that’s the case, too.” Naturalists have appreciated the four plant communities on the St. Michael’s Farm Preserve: agricultural, shrub/scrub, hedgerows, and forest. Birders regularly visit the site and have tallied nearly 100 species, according to a press release from the land trust. “The list includes 11 species of warbler, vivid Indigo bunting, and spring’s dazzling rose-breasted grosbeak and scarlet tanager,” it reads. “A pair of harriers cruise these fields in quest of voles and mice. American kestrels live in boxes tailored to their needs and installed by D&R Greenway, as do purple martins and bluebirds. Near the vintage barn, both a great blue and a little green heron have been seen along its nearby creek.” T h is pas t spr i ng, t he
preserve was the site of efforts to address food insecurity caused by the pandemic. Victory gardens, planted in the field above the vintage red barn, grew food in 32 plots, which were 10 feet apart to accommodate social distancing. Seven of the plots were set aside for charity, and tomatoes, squash, lettuce, potatoes, and other fresh vegetables were provided to up to 60 local families in need. “When we first preserved the land, we thought there would be an opportunity for these gardens. We reached out, but we didn’t get much response,” said Mead. “But this year, with the pandemic, it seemed like the right time. There are concerns about food insecurity, and this group of gardeners came together. Many of them didn’t know each other, but the experience of gardening up on the hill, with that big view, has created this whole sense of belonging. They have loved being out there. Some have felt it was therapy for them – just being part of that community, digging in the dirt, and growing vegetables created such a great sense of well-being during a difficult time.” Mead has held several meetings outside at the preserve. She enjoys observing people who hike the trails. “There are people who walk there every day,” she said. “I can tell they are friends, or family units, or couples, and it’s their daily routine. I was out there right before Thanksgiving. The sun
HIKING THE TRAIL: Many walkers at the St. Michael’s Farm Preserve in Hopewell Township are unaware that, if not for the efforts of D&R Greenway and generous donors, more than 1,000 houses and a shopping center could have been built on the site. came out after it had been raining, and all these people were talking to each other. There was just such a sense of joy. You would not know you were in the middle of a pandemic.” What strikes Mead when she talks to the walkers and hikers is that many have no idea what went into the preservation of the land. “They don’t realize it is owned by D&R Greenway. They think it’s just a public park,” she said. “They don’t seem to be aware that it could have been a thousand houses. I want them to understand the importance of preserving land, and that it is something worth doing. When you get to the other side, it is something that is wonderful and impactful. After 10 years, to now see people enjoying it, it was absolutely worth doing, many times over.” —Anne Levin
shortages. The tree streets Permit Parking Task Force Holds Neighborhood Meeting are at the top of the list.
Princeton’s Permit Parking task force will hold a meeting on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting is an opportunity for residents of Princeton’s tree streets, and other interested parties, to hear about work that has been done over the past year to develop policies which will take advantage of new technology to facilitate an approach to permit parking in Princeton. The program will be an improvement over the current system for all users of on-street parking in nonmetered parts of town. Most recently, the task force has been focused on rolling out a pilot program which will try out the new technology and space management approach in a few neighborhoods most severely impacted by parking
Those attending the meeting will hear the task force’s draft proposal, and have the opportunity to ask some questions they have about possible alternatives, as well as share reactions about what will work best in different parts of town. To attend the meeting, visit princetonnj.gov and follow the link posted on the calendar.
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Allysa Dittmar, Entrepreneur and Advocate, Leads ClearMask in Challenges of Pandemic Allysa Dittmar, 23 years old and profoundly deaf since birth, was heading into surgery in 2015 when she was told that the sign language interpreter she’d requested was not available. Her surgical team all wore face masks. Unable to see their facial expressions or read their lips, Dittmar could not understand any instructions they gave her or questions they asked her.
“It was quite a dehumanizing experience and an experience that I never want anyone else to go through,” she wrote in an email. “For someone who depends on facial expressions, visual cues, and lipreading daily, traditional surgical masks blocked my providers’ faces, impeding effective communication and safety.” Dittmar decided to find a
solution. The 2010 Stuart Country Day School graduate, who went on to earn her undergraduate degree and a master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins University, joined a team of Johns Hopkins fellow students and alumni to design and create a transparent mask, the first and only fully see-through mask approved by the FDA. “Since facial expressions and visual communication are fundamental to how we communicate and connect as human beings, the ClearMask helps make connections more human and provides clearer communication for all,” Dittmar said. She and her team founded ClearMask, based in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2016. Since April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, they have sold approximately 12.5 million protective masks. “See the person, not the mask,” states the ClearMask website. “I would never have imagined we would be where we are today,“ she said, “having expanded from just the four co-founders to over 250 staff on the manufacturing and fulfillment side. But at the same time, it doesn’t surprise me how well we’ve done. I believe
that my team holds a very unique set of exceptional and diverse talent, and our product reflects a universal design that everyone can benefit from.” Pointing out the growing impact of her invention, Dittmar added, “In addition to hospitals and health care (our biggest customer base), our top customers also include state, national, and international governments, schools (early childhood, K-12, colleges, and universities), and private companies in retail and customer service. The widespread and varying uses for the ClearMask are a testament to the Clearmask’s innovative, yet simple, universal design.” She went on to explain, “So much of communication is in the face; in fact over 55 percent of communication is visual. We all rely on critical visual cues to fully communicate —including facial expressions and lip reading.” Growing up in Monmouth County, Dittmar attended Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton from age 1 through 5, before being mainstreamed into kindergarten at Stuart. She holds many fond memories of her 13 years at Stuart.
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“I’ll especially always remember the outdoors and the beautiful campus,” she said. “The faculty were wonderful mentors, and really helped instill my confidence in myself as a young deaf woman who was capable of doing anything that my heart and mind set out to do. My biggest interest as a young student was writing. It was my passion back then and continues to be today.” Salutatorian of her graduating class at Stuart, Dittmar won numerous writing prizes and other awards. She was chosen by the Stuart faculty to receive the Yale University Book Award for “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.” Earlier this year she won Stuart’s Young Alumna of the Year Award for 2020. When she first came to Johns Hopkins in 2010 she was told that she was the first deaf student to attend Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate who used sign language interpreters and who communicated in sign language. Dittmar describe her determination and commitment to the well-being of others that helped to drive her accomplishments in school and beyond. “I’ve always been a strong advocate ever since I was little, since I know what it’s like to experience barriers and to stand up for myself and others,” she said. “Having firsthand, real-life experiences makes the work all more important to me, and I have a deep motivation to change the status quo.” She continued, “In 2016, I attended graduate school specifically to study health disparities in the deaf and hard of hearing communities, an experience that I had so in-
timately experienced myself from my surgery experience in 2015, as well as having encountered ongoing barriers in accessing health care as a deaf person all my life.” Dittmar noted that statistics show that deaf and hard of hearing people have worse health outcomes than their hearing counterparts because of lack of access to quality communication in medical care, including qualified interpreters, transparent masks, and culturally competent medical staff. In addition to her qualities of character and intellect, Dittmar noted that she also possesses a knack for business inherited from her forebears. “I’m the fourth generation in my family to establish a business,” she explained. “When my family first came here, having escaped the atrocities of World War I and World War II in Germany, they set up a bakery in Freehold, New Jersey. My grandfather later started his own insurance company in Freehold, which my father took over, and he established a series of other businesses too.” ClearMask has received strong support from many others beyond the deaf community, “caretakers and immunosuppressed patients who can’t see the smiles and faces of their loved ones, parents of anxious children at the hospital, and older people who struggle with communication due to confusion and dementia,” Dittmar pointed out in a 2019 Stuart Country Day School News interview. Dittmar reported testing the mask with dozens of surgeons and other health care workers and interviewing more than 200 people at a National Association of the Deaf
conference. “Health care workers told us they wanted a mask that wouldn’t slip and wouldn’t fog up, so we created a system to keep the mask in place and used an anti-fog coating,” she said. She described working 80hour weeks at both ClearMask and as a health policy analyst in the Maryland governor’s office focused on the deaf community before leaving that fulltime position in 2018 to focus on the business. As a lifeong advocate for those in need, Dittmar, as president and co-founder of ClearMask, continues to accelerate her accomplishments and impact during the coronavirus pandemic. “I don’t think I have ever been this busy in my life!” she wrote. “Stuart and Johns Hopkins have definitely prepared me well, and as a deaf person, I’ve always had to work harder and adapt constantly, both which have served me well during this time. Because of the fast-changing pace of the pandemic and the economy, decisions that typically took weeks or months to make have had to be made in days.” For the future of ClearMask, Dittmar says that the company, which earlier this year sold 250,000 masks to the United Kingdom National Health Service for frontline workers and social workers, is looking to expand internationally and is currently working with several foreign governments and distributors to make that happen. “For myself,” Dittmar added, “I still have plenty of personal goals I’d like to accomplish in the next few years, especially in the philanthropic sector. My work is never done!” —Donald Gilpin
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be cautiously optimistic. Members of the public I’ve talked to are curious, and really excited about the coming weekend.” Shoppers who get cards stamped at 15 or more of the participating businesses on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, can enter a drawing to win prizes. No purchase is necessary to enter. Prize drawings will take place next week. Each business has contributed a prize. Among them: a $200 gift card from Hamilton Jewelers, a $75 gift card from Witherspoon Grill, a $200 gift certificate from Barbour, a scarf from Highbar Boutique, a Lindt basket of chocolates, a wrap from Lace Silhouettes, and gifts from Lillipies, Toobydoo, 4 Elements Wellness, Cyndi Shattuck Photography, H1912 Jewelers, Kristine’s restaurant, and the grand prize, a “staycation” at the Nassau Inn. Two of the four Winter Village chalets, which have been decorated by McCarter Theatre, are located in Hinds Plaza, one is in Palmer Square, and one is in front of the Princeton Garden Theatre. Sourced by the Arts Council of Princeton, artisan vendors in the chalets are selling ceramics, paintings, jewelry, and more. They are open Tuesdays to Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m., through Christmas Eve. Participating vendors will change every week. “The retailers are saying it’s going well,” said Lambros. “They have limited capability, because they can only have 25 percent capacity indoors right now. Some of them are putting tables outside and holding sidewalk sales to help accommodate people safely. And there are specials for snacks and warm drinks to complement the ambience.” While this year’s effort is especially crucial due to the pandemic, it is intended as one that will continue in the future. “Hopefully, in years to come, we can expand upon this idea, with more chalets,” said Lambros. “We are spread out this year because we’re being safe. I’m hopeful that the community will continue to come out and support the businesses. It’s about survival right now.” —Anne Levin
Ralph Lauren Store Hosts JFCS Food Drive
The Ralph Lauren store at 54 Nassau Street is hosting a holiday food drive to benefit Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS), which maintains a brick-and-mortar pantry and a mobile food pantry. The community is invited to participate through December 31 by dropping off food items directly at the Ralph Lauren store, or donating through the JFCS Food Pantry Amazon Wishlist at jfcsonline.org/ralphlauren. The pandemic has dramatically increased the need for the pantry, with more people turning to JFCS for help month after month. Together, the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry and on-site pantry serve over 2,100 individuals each month. The JFCS brick-andmortar pantry is currently available to the community five days a week. Since March, the pantry has had to alter the choice-model to a prepared bag model in line with COVID-19 health and safety measures. The Mobile Food Pantry delivers to partner organizations across Mercer County, currently making three to four distributions each week. Both the brick-and-mortar and mobile pantries continue to distribute healthy pantry staples, as well as fresh and frozen produce, meat, and cheese. “As an organization focused on local needs in the Greater Mercer region, it
was so encouraging to feel that local support in return through this partnership with Ralph Lauren,” said Michelle Napell, JFCS executive director. “This year has been exceptionally difficult for so many in our community and the team at Ralph Lauren are truly embodying the spirit of the season that is needed now more than ever. Every donation helps us feed another family in need, here in our community.”
Stark & Stark Shareholder Gets “40 Under 40” Award
Stark & Stark announced that shareholder Bryan M. Roberts has been honored by NJBIZ as a recipient of its 40 under 40 Award for 2020, recognizing exceptional young business leaders. The award was presented at a virtual event held on October 28. Roberts is an expert civil trial attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and a member of Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury practice, specializing in representing the victims of trucking and tractor-trailer accidents. As a licensed commercial truck and motorcycle operator, he offers insight into safety issues and crashes involving these vehicles. He also concentrates his practice in the areas of wrongful death and catastrophic personal injuries from automobile, truck and motorcycle crashes as well as construction site accidents.
“We congratulate Bryan Roberts on this recognition as one of our state’s brightest young business leaders and are very proud to have him as a member of our firm,” said Stark & Stark Managing Shareholder Michael Donahue, Esq. “Bryan is dedicated to educating the public about commercial motor vehicle safety, counseling his clients and their families as they navigate the maze of trauma and recovery from injuries, and advocating for those who are unable to do so for themselves.” Each year, NJ BIZ recognizes the best and the
brightest of New Jersey’s next generation of business leaders with its 40 under 40 Awards, representing a diverse range of industries, including law, health care, commercial real estate, nonprofit and sports. “I am honored to join my peers in receiving this recognition and am grateful to have an opportunity to pursue my passion for helping
people who have suffered catastrophic injuries as well as their families,” Roberts said. “It’s all about enhancing safety and advancing justice in the state of New Jersey.” Donahue said “As he fights for just compensation in the courtroom, Bryan shows remarkable compassion and determination in defending the rights of others.”
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Local Merchants Need Support of Community Now More Than Ever
To the Editor: As the holidays approach we wanted to say thank you to our customers, fellow merchants, delivery drivers, and municipal workers who have reached out, checked-in, and lent a helping hand through the COVID crisis. There have been many challenges since we have been in business, but this one takes the cake. If not for the kindness of others we would not have been able to make it this far, either financially or spiritually. But, we are not out of the woods yet! For the last decade jaZams and nearly all other merchants in town have been struggling. Faced with the pressures of the false economy of online retail, we have been working harder and longer for less and less. Always optimistic, we press on because we love what we do and are committed to the community we serve. As we are sure you have noticed, many of us have not survived. Most recently, the pandemic has sealed the fate of many of our retail family. For those retailers the cause of death will read “COVID-19” but the underlying condition will be online retail. What every member of our community needs to understand is that every time the “Buy” button is pushed for a big online retailer our local economy — and the community it enlivens — becomes less viable. We understand why shopping online is attractive, but because of the staggering imbalance of capital local merchants will never be able to adequately respond to the Amazons of this world. No, we cannot stock every item you want. We cannot give you prices pennies above wholesale. We cannot shuttle items to your doorsteps via voice activated commands. It’s just not in the cards. But what local merchants can do is something far more valuable. We can show you how something works, figure out what you are looking for with the smallest bit of information, or find the perfect something for a most particular someone. We can donate to the civic organizations, churches, and schools that serve our kids and the most vulnerable among us. We can show up for a child’s performance or adult’s debut poetry reading that was mentioned in our shops. We can offer a hug at the funeral of a loved one. We can take time to not only be a shopkeep, but a friend, a confidant, an active member of the Princeton community. We are here through the triumphs and the tragedies not just to make a living, but to make Princeton a great place to live. jaZams has been part of this community for a quarter century. For some reading this letter, we have sold you toys and books for your children, later hired those kids as teenagers, and are now selling toys and books to their children — your grandchildren! Our commitment to quality and value continues and will as long as our community supports us. We are here for you. So are all of your local merchants. Please be here for us. We need your support now more than ever. JOANNE FARRUGIA AND DEAN SMITH Co-Owners, jaZams Palmer Square East
Merchants Support a Two-Way Witherspoon Street Design That Works for All Visitors
To the Editor: We write as Princeton business owners and residents, concerned for the future of our fellow merchants and our town. As town Council is currently undertaking efforts to redesign Witherspoon Street at a time that will make or break many of our beloved Princeton businesses, we feel it is important to express our views regarding these redesign efforts. We all agree: Witherspoon Street needs beautification and improvement. At the same time, we cannot lose sight of the fact that Witherspoon Street is central to fostering a successful business district. As individuals who have operated stores and restaurants in Princeton for years and experience the realities of the current one-way setup daily, we understand that it is critically important to incorporate the following factors into any redesign of Witherspoon Street: Avoid decreasing the number of parking spaces. Princeton has a “parking problem,” perceived and real. We can’t afford to exacerbate this issue. We serve clientele who live walkingdistance to our shops and many more who don’t, both from Princeton proper and well beyond. Convenient parking is critical to keep customers visiting Princeton’s downtown. Improve the street’s challenging ingress and egress. Witherspoon Street serves all types of visitors: walkers, drivers, bicyclists, people looking for a quick stop, people looking for a longer stay, and people looking to pass through. We must provide convenience for all visitors, not only those privileged enough to use Witherspoon solely as a pedestrian walkway. Witherspoon is one of three main north/
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south arteries downtown. Decreasing traffic flow there will congest traffic unpredictably, making an already difficultto-navigate town more so. Allow for wide traffic lanes. Deliveries occur all day on Witherspoon. Loading zones are required for businesses to accept deliveries and prepare their own outgoing deliveries. Vehicles performing deliveries, grease trap cleaning, and garbage pickup need space to avoid blocking other cars and pedestrian sightlines. We object to any plan that cannot accommodate these needs, including any plan to close or limit access to Witherspoon Street. As merchants, we strongly support an option that beautifies the street, provides public art space, allows for greater pedestrian safety at designated crossing areas, maintains parking availability, and utilizes two-way vehicular lanes to keep traffic moving and retain the space necessary for commerce to happen. We dedicate our lives to serving the Princeton community and wouldn’t be where we are without adapting to everyone’s needs. Please hear us when we say that a limited-access Witherspoon Street will drive away businesses like ours and jeopardize the future of the town; our local businesses rely on customers who visit from Princeton and beyond and we need a well-conceived plan that accommodates those customers and fosters a robust business community. Agricola, Hamilton Jewelers, J. McLaughlin, Jules Thin Crust, Labyrinth Books, Mamoun’s Falafel, Olives, Public Wine Beer and Spirits, Small World Coffee, and Witherspoon Grill/Kristine’s support this letter as merchants, residents, taxpayers, and dreamers who believe in Princeton’s infinite potential, and we hope you hear us so that we may continue to serve Princeton. Please tell town Council that Witherspoon Street must continue to remain open to all. ANDREW SIEGEL Fourth-Generation Owner, Hamilton Jewelers Writing on behalf of merchants listed above.
Durbin Thanks Supporters, Looks Forward to Working as Part of Team
To the Editor, In 2020, in the face of our substantial societal challenges, I found the website gratitude.org. It is run by a nonprofit, A Network for Grateful Living, which has roots in faith and philosophy and shared human experiences that transcend religion, gender, race, or ethnicity. One of my favorite things about the site is its continual prompt to ask, “To whom and for what am I grateful?” And there is always someone or something. At this moment, I’d like to express my gratitude for being elected to a seat on the Board of Education for Princeton Public Schools. I am especially grateful for those who encouraged me to run and for the support of my campaign team, Walter Bliss, Fern Spruill, Nick Di Domizio, Kathy Taylor, and my husband Jon, as well as for those who paused for a moment to write a letter of support or share a testimonial or host a gathering. I am also thankful for everyone who took time to speak with me about our schools and the issues we face as a community, for the other candidates, and for everyone who voted during 2020 to ensure democracy thrived. I look forward to working as part of a team to make our excellent schools even better and to garner community support for strong public schools because of the promise they hold for our children’s future. JEAN Y. DURBIN Mount Lucas Road
Noting Benefits of Pedestrianizing A Portion of Witherspoon Street
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To the Editor: I am a graduate student at Princeton University writing in favor of pedestrianizing Witherspoon Street between Nassau and Spring streets. During the pandemic, my friends and I have been frequent visitors to the new and inviting Witherspoon StrEATery. It is not surprising that we visit the restaurants and shops on Witherspoon more. Other area businesses benefit as well. Previously, we would take our lunch back to campus to eat. Now, with on-street seating, we are more likely to walk over to the Princeton Running Company to check out the new shoes, browse the books at Labyrinth, treat ourselves to bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea or ice cream at Palmer Square after lunch. Given how much business owners stand to benefit from increased pedestrian traffic and expanded outdoor dining, I hope they will champion our shared cause. Our shared public space is extremely valuable as it is the place where we build community; designating it for parking is not the best land use. It takes up an immense amount of space. Drivers circle the block looking for on-street parking, driven by the “random reward” of the occasional spot opening up, adding to congestion and pollution. Cars on the street discourage socializing: they are noisy, making it hard to have a conversation. It would be much better if those who wanted parking went straight to the garage and walked to their destination. On the way, they might discover businesses they did not know about and run into friends. Princeton is not a strip mall, and should not aspire to become one. New Jersey has no shortage of strip malls — lonely places with lots of vacancies and fierce amazon.com competition. Let’s be different. Let’s be a place where we can all thrive. Let’s be the place we want to be. Let’s be a fun, people-friendly, and equitable Princeton! I hope you will weigh in at the Council meetings, where Witherspoon Street will be discussed, on December 7 and 21. JESSICA WILSON Hibben Magie Road
To the Editor: Thanksgiving is a very special day in many ways. It is not a religious, patriotic, or commercial holiday, but rather a time for families to gather over a special meal and count the blessings in their lives. While this year looked different for so many, the families that HomeFront serves that are homeless or very low-income were especially thankful. Thankful to have a safe place to sleep at night, to have food on their table — and grateful for our caring community. For the past 30 years HomeFront has called on all of you to provide these families with “baskets” filled with all the ingredients for a wonderful celebration. The response has been overwhelming, and this year was no exception! Donors even included gift cards for turkeys, Thanksgiving decorations, and groceries for the following week. On behalf of all the families who were blessed with a very special meal we thank all the individuals, congregations, and corporations who made it possible, and hope their Thanksgivings were equally special. KELSEY ESPADA Volunteer Coordinator, HomeFront MEGHAN CUBANO Director of Community Engagement, Homefront Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville
Behrend Thanks Voters, Looks Forward To Continued Dialogue, Collaboration
To the Editor: I write to express gratitude to Princeton voters for reelecting me to a second term on the Princeton Board of Education. We have important work ahead, as a Board of Education and as a community, as we navigate through the pandemic and chart a path forward. I look forward to continuing, together with my dedicated Board colleagues, the work of securing a permanent superintendent, providing focused and impactful oversight, and ensuring that all of our children receive an equitable and effective education. I’ve been inspired and touched by those who have supported my past service, provided frank feedback about what we can do better for our kids, and encouraged me to run again. You supported my candidacy in so many ways — hosting Zoom calls, writing letters, speaking with friends and colleagues, and spreading the word about what the Board has accomplished so far and the importance of experience for the challenges ahead. Thank you. It will be an honor to continue serving the 32,000 residents of Princeton. We are all in this together, and I look forward to continued dialogue and collaboration as we work together to prepare our children and our community for the future. BETH BEHREND Riverside Drive
Beware of Traffic Studies When Considering Witherspoon Pedestrian Zone
To the Editor: I’m writing to express my support for Princeton opening Witherspoon Street to walkers and shoppers to create a distinctive and vibrant place that benefits merchants and local residents alike. I offer two thoughts for Princetonians to consider about this. First, other communities in New Jersey have overcome their nervousness to create just such places, and have learned that direct experience is the best teacher. Just before Thanksgiving, I spoke with the town administrator of Red Bank, New Jersey, about his experience converting two full blocks of Broad Street to a fully pedestrian-focused plaza through the summer and fall. Red Bank’s first steps pedestrianizing Broad Street were tentative, experimental, and time-limited, and all town communications emphasized this. But as merchants and residents gained direct experience, positive reviews came thick and fast. Now Red Bank is gearing up to make even more pedestrian-supporting changes. Next year, the town plans to expand the pedestrian plaza one block more, and will also make physical improvements to calm traffic and create a better pedestrian environment on nearby streets. Direct experience, and learning from that, has been the most important factor in making progress.
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Second, beware of “traffic studies.” A family that improves a kitchen or bathroom in their home does so because of the benefits they expect and the enjoyment they will experience. They know there will be costs over time — just as they know there will be disruption during construction. But they also know the cost and disruption are part of the process. Think of traffic studies as the precise quantification of disruption; and as the elevation of disruption as the most important issue to consider, rather than the creation of desirable places to live, shop, and recreate. Traffic studies turn our reasoning upside down, making us ask if we can we get the benefits we want without any disruption to the experience of one narrow slice of people, those who drive cars through our downtown. The reason Princeton is contemplating a pedestrian zone for Witherspoon Street is to create a safe, desirable, distinctive place for residents, visitors, and local merchants to thrive. A traffic study of pedestrianizing Witherspoon Street will almost certainly show that drivers will be slowed down somewhat, and there will be precise measurements of that slowing down. But what there won’t be is any measurement of the pleasure that residents will get in exchange, the business that merchants will get, or any of the myriad other benefits. Direct experience for ourselves is what we need to move forward; confidence gained from the experience of others who have made the same journey; and firmness to reject the nervousness that traffic studies dignify with quantitative, but narrow, analysis. NAT BOTTIGHEIMER White Pine Lane
Witherspoon Street Should Be Open to Two-Way Traffic, Parking
To the Editor: I‘m a longtime resident. I’m in town at least three times a day. I walk in at least once and I drive in. I drink coffee here. I buy lunch here. I buy clothes here. I buy lottery tickets here. I eat dinner here. You get the point. I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I use town. I really use town. I don’t wish it was somewhere else, I use it, I know it, I like it. I’ve also led large projects, deployed computer technology globally, and developed urban planning concepts that are still in use by the state of New Jersey. I have a feel for how things work and how things don’t work. Princeton is at its worst when solving problems with a “known” solution. Think about this time last year when we couldn’t park because of our new parking solution. We don’t seem to know how it happened, it just appeared and it didn’t work—really didn’t work. Now we are getting ready to apply the “known” solution to the Witherspoon Street problem. I’ve never quite understood “the Witherspoon Street problem” but nonetheless, we have a solution. The “known” solution is Witherspoon Street should have no cars and be for pedestrians only. I know there are other alternates, but that’s the “known” answer. Plans for projects as complex and strategic as changing a north south arterial road require significant planning. It’s hard. Planning during a pandemic is fraught with problems. It’s harder. You’re measuring an artificial construct. Through traffic is off. Pedestrian traffic is off. University traffic is off. Everything is off. But wait, I’m falling into a trap, the trap of defending against the “known” solution. I’ve seen suggestions that we follow the lead of other towns. Other towns strive to be a place like Princeton. We got here organically. It took centuries. We shouldn’t be so anxious to fix Witherspoon Street. Have you turned left on to Nassau from Chambers? We‘ve eliminated a north-south arterial road. Where will traffic go? Have you seen those poor devils on Witherspoon trying to unload trucks during the day? We’re a vibrant town because our shops and restaurants have in-town and further-from-town visitors. People drive to Princeton, park and walk. Princeton is already a walkable town. There is even an EPA walkability designation. What do we really need? We need to keep parking. We need to keep Witherspoon two way. We need to make the most of what we have. The COVID configuration is empty during most weekday mornings and afternoons. It certainly needs to be prettier and cleaner. Let’s not make Witherspoon Street a place of privilege that can only be used if you are lucky enough to be able to walk or cycle into town. Princeton should be open to everyone. Importantly, we need to keep our remaining merchants whole and attract new merchants to join them. Closing the main shopping street is not in their or our best interest. LOU VALENTE Hunter Road
Princeton Area Community Foundation Offers Guidance for Giving This Holiday Season
To the Editor: So many of you continue to generously support your favorite nonprofits as they navigate unprecedented challenges. You continue to help feed our neighbors, support childcare services, and fund many other important causes, including the arts and the environment. Thank you. As we approach the season of giving, and you think about supporting the charitable organizations that mean so much to you, my organization, the Princeton Area Community Foundation wants to provide you with the expert giving guidance that we have already offered to so many of our Donor Advised Fundholders: For COVID relief in particular, support organizations that serve vulnerable populations that were disproportionately
affected by the pandemic, including low-income families, seniors, and people of color. Support existing funds that pool gifts for great impact and quickly distribute grants, such as our COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund and our New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund. Learn more at www.pacf.org. Give unrestricted support because that allows nonprofits to cover their most urgent expenses, enabling them to pivot quickly when needs change. Continue to support your favorite charities. Many nonprofits are struggling economically because of the pandemic. From food pantries and social service agencies to arts and environmental organizations, these nonprofits continue to do work that makes our communities stronger. Plan for the long-term, ensuring support for future needs. While the pandemic has brought about many immediate needs, also consider your mid- and long-term giving goals. Find your personal balance between short- and longer-term philanthropy. As the cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in our region, many more of our neighbors need your support, putting a strain on local nonprofits as they struggle to provide the help that is so desperately needed. We believe that thriving philanthropy leads to thriving communities. This holiday season, please consider making a gift to one of the many charitable organizations or pooled funds working to help make sure our region thrives. JEFFREY M. VEGA President and CEO, Princeton Area Community Foundation
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Donna Barba Higuera will read from her new novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance and participate in a Q&A session on December 8 at 4 p.m. in a free online event sponsored by the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF). “This book is very important for our communities because it shows characters of color with whom our youth can identify,” wrote LALDEF Development and Communications Associate Jhasmany Saavedra in an email. In commenting on her new book, Higuera noted, “I realized with Lupe how important it is for readers to have books with characters and families in which they can see bits of themselves. I didn’t have this [kind of book] as a child.” Lupe Wong, like Higuera’s other Young Adult and Middle Grade books, features “characters drawn into creep situations, melding history, folklore, and her own life experiences into reinvented storylines,” according to a LALDEF press release. The book is the story of a determined middle school girl who needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, “who’s Chinacan/ Mexinese, just like she is,” the press release states. But square dancing as part of the P.E. curriculum is something that Lupe just can’t relate to. Participants in the event should register attfaforms. com/4862645.
Peter Singer Discusses “Why Vegan” Dec. 8
Peter Singer will be discussing his new book, Why Vegan? Eating Ethically (Liveright $15.95) with Andrew Chignell in a Labyrinth and Library Livestream program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. From his 1973 manifesto for Animal Liberation to his personal account of becoming a vegetarian in The Oxford Vegetarians, Singer traces the historical arc of the animal rights, vegetarian, and vegan movements from their embryonic days to the present, when climate change and global pandemics threaten the very existence of humans and animals alike.
sity. The best-selling author of Animal Liberation and The Ethics of What We Eat, among other works, he also teaches at the University of Melbourne. Andrew Chignell is a professor at Princeton University with appointments in religion, philosophy, and the University Center for Human Values. Co-editor of Philosophy Comes to Dinner, he teaches a course at Princeton on “The Ethics of Eating.” This event is presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, Princeton University’s Center for Human Values; the Princeton University Humanities Council; the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University; and the Food, Ethics, Psychology Conference.
Fund for Irish Studies Hosts Poetry Reading
Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies will present a reading by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, award-winning poet and translator, Ireland Professor of Poetry 2016-19, and Professor emeritus in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin, on December 4 at 4:30 p.m. online via Zoom Webinar. The reading is free and open to the public. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is the author of numerous poetry collections including The Mother House (2020); The Boys of Bluehill (2015), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection; The Sun-fish (2010), which won the International Griffin Poetry Prize; Selected Poems (2009); The Magdalene Sermon (1989), which was selected as one of the three best poetry volumes of the year by the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Poetry Book Prize Committee; and Acts and Monuments (1966), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Since 1975 she has edited the literary magazine Cyphers, and she has also edited Poetry Ireland Review. Born in Cork in 1942, educated at University College, Cork, and at Oxford, she is a fellow and professor emeritus in the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. Information about the Fund for Irish Studies series virtual events can be found at fis. princeton.edu.
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“Great Expectations” — Charles Dickens in Performance
n December 2, 1867, Charles Dickens gave the first of 80 public readings in America, a grueling tour undertaken in spite of pleas from friends and colleagues concerned about his health. Arriving in Boston, he was welcomed by adoring crowds and the mid-19th-century equivalent of paparazzi; in New York City people began lining up at three in the morning for tickets, waiting in two lines, each almost a mile long. In Charles Dickens, A Critical Study, novelist George Gissing refers to the “disastrous later years” that show Dickens as a “public entertainer ... shortening his life that he might be able to live without pecuniary anxiety.” The American readings ended in late April 1868, earning him $250,000. He died of a stroke in early June 1870. He was only 58. “A Dreadful Locomotive” After attending one of the Boston readings, Ralph Waldo Emerson told the wife of Dickens’s American publisher, James T. Fields: “He has too much talent for his genius; it is a dreadful locomotive to which he is bound and can never be free from nor set at rest. You would persuade me that he is a genial creature, full of sweetness and amenities and superior to his talents, but I fear he is harnessed to them. He is too consummate an artist to have a thread of nature left. He daunts me! I have not the key.” The locomotive analogy is especially prescient since what inspired it was the performative energy Dickens gave to comic passages that had left Emerson “convulsed with laughter,” according to As They Saw Him, a volume published on the 1970 centenary of Dickens’s death. Imagine Emerson’s response had he been present at the public readings a year later in England featuring the author/actor’s sensational recital of the murder scene in Oliver Twist during which he impersonated Bill Sikes “beating out the brains of the pathetic Nancy, as she cowered beneath the blows of his pistol-butt, blinded with her own blood and shrieking ‘Bill! dear Bill!’ “ According to his reading tour manager George Dolby, Dickens had become convinced that “the powerful novelty” of the Sikes-Nancy murder would help “keep up the receipts.” While his close friend and eventual biographer John Forster “strongly disapproved of such a macabre subject,” Dickens nevertheless “threw himself violently into ‘getting it up’ with every possible dramatic effect.”
“Two Macbeths!” In an article on the 2012 Dickens bicentenary, I compared the excitement created by Dickens in the 1860s with that roused by the Beatles in the 1960s, where inperson appearances by the “Fab Four” were greeted by tearful, screaming multitudes. Dickens had been warned by a doctor “that if one woman cries out when you murder the girl, there will be a contagion of hysteria,” as in fact happened when “readings of the Murder” led to a “contagion of fainting with as many as a dozen to 20 ladies taken out of the auditorium on stretchers.” The Shakespearean actor William Macready gave Dickens a Victorian variation on “two thumbs up,” dubbing “the Murder the equal of two Macbeths.” S uch “g r isly suc ces s” on ly spur red Dickens on; “the horrible perfection” he’d achieved made him all the more determined to cont i nu e “com e w h a t m i g h t .” T h e damage inflicted was immediately evident. After the first reading of “Sikes and Nancy,” tour manager Dolby found Dickens “in a state of great prostration.” Given the context and the timing, it’s hard to ignore Emerson’s “dreadful locomotive” metaphor when reading Dolby’s account of a railway accident during the tour: “We received a severe jolt which threw us all forward in the carriage, the brakes were suddenly applied, a lumbering sound was heard on the roof of the carriage, and the plate-glass windows were bespattered with stones, gravel, and mud.” Dickens was shaken not so much by the relatively minor mishap as by the memory of his brush with death on June 9, 1865, when his train plunged into a ravine near Staplehurst, killing 10 passengers. The next chapter in As They Saw Him is titled, “The Iron Will of a Demon: After Staplehurst,” the symbolic implications of the event having motivated him to make the most money in the shortest time “without any regard to the physical labor and risk.” Thus his obsessive commitment to the readings. In March 1866 he admitted as much, saying “I have just sold myself to the Powers of Evil.”
Addressing the audience of his farewell reading at St. James’s Hall on March 15, 1870, Dickens announced, “In but two short weeks from this time I hope that you may enter, in your own homes, on a new series of readings at which my assistance will be indispensable; but from these garish lights I vanish now for evermore, with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful, affectionate farewell.” By the “new series of readings” he meant the anticipated completion of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, left unfinished when he died on June 9, 1870, five years to the day of the Staplehurst accident. “Great Expectations” According to history’s timetable, the Dickens Express arrived in 1812 and departed in 1870. Now, with less than a month remaining in the sesquicentennial year of his departure, there’s another reason to celebrate the first week of December, since it was on December 1, 1860, 160 years ago yesterday, that the first installment of Great Expectations appeared in All the Year Round, the journal he owned and edited. In his new book The Mystery of Charles Dickens, A.N. Wilson calls Great Expectations the “apogee” of the author’s achievement, “the only novel in which there is no wasted paragraph, no waffle, no padding, no dud or redundant characters and no illustrations [Wilson’s emphasis]. It did not need illustrations because it is the most devastating and the most inward of all his psychodramas. Every page hits you like a heart attack.” If Wilson’s analogy held, any reasonably susceptible reader would be dead by the end of the opening chapter. And although subsequent editions did come with illustrations, they were of a darker, more realistic order than the charming Dickensian cartoons of Leech, Cruikshank, and Phiz. Wilson is right, however, in suggesting that mere imagery can’t match so “devastating and inward” a narrative. Magwitch Speaks Given the disappointing sales of A Tale of Two Cities in All the Year Round and
the fact that readers missed his characteristic verve and comic energy, Dickens made sure to infuse the opening chapter of Great Expectations with the life or death devotion he gave to his public performances. He has everything working for him in the first scene: the mood, the time of day, the churchyard cemetery with the gravestones of Pip’s parents, “a memorable raw afternoon towards evening” with “the dark flat wilderness” of the marshes “beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it,” and “the low leaden line beyond” of “the river,” and “the distant savage lair” of the sea “from which the wind was rushing.” While David Lean’s 1946 film does justice to the prose, and while the actor playing the convict (Finlay Currie) and the boy playing Pip (Anthony Wager) are excellent, no one except perhaps Dickens himself could give you what you experience as a reader when Magwitch sends Pip home to bring him some food and drink and a file: “You bring me, to-morrow morning early, that file and them wittles. You bring the lot to me, at that old Battery over yonder. You do it, and you never dare to say a word or dare to make a sign concerning your having seen such a person as me, or any person sumever, and you shall be let to live. You fail, or you go from my words in any partickler, no matter how small it is, and your heart and your liver shall be tore out, roasted and ate. Now, I ain’t alone, as you may think I am. There’s a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel. That young man hears the words I speak. That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver. It is in wain for a boy to attempt to hide himself from that young man. A boy may lock his door, may be warm in bed, may tuck himself up, may draw the clothes over his head, may think himself comfortable and safe, but that young man will softly creep and creep his way to him and tear him open. I am a-keeping that young man from harming of you at the present moment, with great difficulty. I find it wery hard to hold that young man off of your inside. Now, what do you say?” ip says he’ll get the file and what food he can find and so he does and then some (a pork pie and a bottle of sherry filched at risk of a beating). What does the reader say of that speech? This reader thinks Shakespeare would approve. —Stuart Mitchner
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McCarter Presents Round House Theatre’s “Sleep Deprivation Chamber”; Video Continues Online Festival Honoring “The Work of Adrienne Kennedy”
cCarter is partnering with the Round House Theatre (based in Bethesda, Maryland) to present an online festival, The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence. The four-part series continues with a Round House video of Sleep Deprivation Chamber, which became available to view as of November 22. The edgy production is directed by Raymond O. Caldwell. Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is the director of photography, returning from the festival’s production of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. In a press release, McCarter’s Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen praises Kennedy — an African American playwright whose accolades include Obie Awards and an induction into the Theater Hall of Fame — for breaking “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 50 years ago.” Sleep Deprivation Chamber premiered in 1996, presented by the Signature Theatre Company at the Public Theater. That year it won an Obie Award for Best New American Play (which it shared with another Adrienne Kennedy play, June and Jean in Concert). Kennedy co-authored Sleep Deprivation Chamber with her son, Adam P. Kennedy. The harrowing drama, which examines police brutality and racial injustice, is based on real events in the playwrights’ lives. A New York Times review published at the time of the 1996 premiere notes that Adam Kennedy “was beaten by a policeman who had stopped him for driving with a broken taillight and later charged him with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.” In the published script Adam Kennedy credits “two great lawyers who outsmarted the police and the district attorney’s office at every turn.” In a dedication he also acknowledges that other African American men shared “their own horrible experiences with the police — it is a sobering reality that my experience is such a common one.” A line of dialogue underlines the excruciating relevance of the play’s discussion of police brutality. Teddy Alexander, the character serving as an onstage surrogate for Adam Kennedy, inescapably echoes George Floyd when he pleads, “I can’t breathe.”
Early in the play we see Suzanne Alexander (a character infused with impassioned resolve by Kim James Bey’s portrayal) drafting the first of many letters. “Dear Governor Wilder,” she writes, “I have written you once before in February. I am writing to you again about the Arlington, Virginia Police Department.” A siren punctuates the next sequence, which is presented as a split screen. As affably as possible, Teddy nervously asks the menacing Officer Holzer (Rex Daugherty), “What seems to be the problem? Can I help you?” Holzer snaps at Teddy to “get back in the car:” Teddy protests, “I live here; this is my house.” The scene returns to Suzanne’s letter, which makes clear the considerable extent to which the character is based on Adrienne Kennedy: “We are an outstanding Black American Family,” she writes. “My plays and stories are published and taught widely.” (Later, Suzanne is named as the author of Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders, which is the next play that will be presented as part of this festival.) In her letter Suzanne compares the police department’s treatment of Teddy to “the Deep South in the 1930s, or during Emmett Till’s time.” She goes on to describe how he was “knocked to the ground and beaten in the face; kicked repeatedly
“SLEEP DEPRIVATION CHAMBER”: Round House Theatre and McCarter Theatre Center are presenting “Sleep Deprivation Chamber.” Produced in partnership with the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University, and directed by Raymond O. Caldwell, the video will be available online through February 28, 2021. Suzanne Alexander (Kim James Bey, left) and her son Teddy (Deimoni Brewington) discuss Suzanne’s efforts to ensure justice for Teddy. (Video still courtesy of Round House Theatre) Round House Theatre’s production of Sleep Deprivation Chamber will be available to view online through February 28, 2021. The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence will continue with Ohio State Murders (available to view on December 5); and the world premiere of Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side (December 12). For tickets, festival passes, and further information visit mccarter.org.
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in the chest and stomach, and dragged in the mud” by Holzer. Suzanne notes that Teddy is a student at Antioch, and that he wants to be a theater director, writer, and actor. We learn that his original offense is a malfunctioning taillight, but that a charge of assault and battery has been concocted. In the subsequent scene Teddy is bombarded with questions about his encounter with the police. His interrogators are condescendingly unsympathetic — and unseen. A flashlight is shined in his face; although he is the victim, he is clearly the one being investigated. Deimoni Brewington’s intense performance is outstanding here, as it captures Teddy’s frantic efforts to process and remember all the facts of his ordeal. The segment’s eeriness is enhanced by Tosin Olufalabi’s sound design, which adds a pained breathing noise; and by Sherrice Mojgani’s lighting. Later, Teddy’s father, David Alexander (Craig Wallace) also faces an unseen questioner: one of the lawyers for the prosecution. Eventually, Teddy’s case is argued by his lawyer, Mr. Edelstein (David Shlumpf); Holzer and the police are championed by the opposing attorney, the haughty and manipulative Ms. Wagner (Jjana Valentiner).
The central narrative, which is presented with the realistic urgency of a docudrama, is interspersed with scenes that are overtly theatrical. These include a dream sequence involving Teddy’s uncle, March Alexander (portrayed with grim introspection by Marty Lamar); and segments involving an ensemble that functions rather like a Greek chorus. In one such scene the ensemble reads from a “police manual” containing disparate rules of decorum that society expects white and African American people to follow. (The ensemble includes Imani Branch, Sophia Early, Janelle Odom, Moses Princien, and Kayla Alexis Warren.) These poetic segments are a bit of a double-edged sword. Teddy’s story commands attention, and some viewers may find the scenes that interrupt it to be a bit intrusive. On the other hand, they give the play an artfully disorienting feel — evocative of sleep deprivation. The playwrights seem to want the audience to experience a taste of the disruption that Teddy and David endure when they are being questioned. On that level the rapid intercutting of scenes, aided by Caldwell’s steady pacing, is effective. For this festival honoring Adrienne Kennedy’s work, Sleep Deprivation Chamber is an apt successor to He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, because we get a chance to observe some hallmarks of her style. Letter writing is a crucial method of communication in both plays, and each reminds the audience of the racism in America’s past. Additionally, each play opens with a literary quotation or reference. Sleep Deprivation Chamber contains a number of allusions to Hamlet, including the ensemble’s opening line, “Ophelia, betrayal, disillusionment.” In Hamlet the title character is faced with the task of avenging his father’s murder; in Sleep Deprivation Chamber David attempts to help fight the injustice that is done to his son. Although helmed by different directors, the festival’s productions appear to be sharing certain elements as well. Like Nicole A. Watson’s staging of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, Caldwell’s direction of Sleep Deprivation Chamber economically takes place on a bare stage; both productions use music stands, giving the appearance of a staged reading. ike Watson, however, Caldwell takes full advantage of the medium of video. Visual effects are used effectively to demarcate scenes and enhance the restlessness that pervades the Kennedys’ powerful, deeply personal script. —Donald H. Sanborn III
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POPS IN PALMER SQUARE: As part of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s holiday season, presented virtually on weekends in December, the orchestra’s brass ensemble, shown here in Palmer Square, will play Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” “We are thrilled to pres- “Sing Gently,” and a piano Princeton Symphony Orchestra Streams Free Holiday Concert ent this exceptional holiday trio including PSO concert-
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will present multiple free weekend broadcasts December 5-20 of its family-friendly Holiday POPS! concert. The event features holiday favorites performed by pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton, dancers of the American Repertory Ballet, and PSO musicians led by Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov. As in previous years, members of the Princeton High School Choir, under the direction of Vincent Metallo, will lead the annual carol sing-along.
showcase featuring top artists and local arts partners as an uplifting gift of thanks to all for continuing to support the arts in our community this season,” said PSO Executive Director Marc Uys. The program includes selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker performed by Christina and Michelle Naughton, arrangements of holiday favorites played by the PSO woodwind quintet, and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride recorded by the PSO brass ensemble in Princeton’s Palmer Square. The Princeton High School Choir performs Eric Whitacre’s
master Basia Danilow accompanies American Repertory Ballet dancers Nanako Yamamoto and Jonathan Montepara, as they perform The Nutcracker’s Grand Pas De Deux. Christina and Michelle Naughton are the first piano duo to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The award was announced March 14, 2019. They have performed with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra. They are
graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City. American Repertory Ballet includes the professional classical and contemporary ballet company, Princeton Ballet School, and ARB’s Acce s s a n d E n r ich m e nt initiatives, including the acclaimed Dance Power program, the longest continuously running community and arts partnership in New Jersey. The ballet company dances ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. The Princeton High School Choir has a rich tradition of choral excellence that is unique among A mer ic an h igh s chools, performing extensively in North America and Europe and touring as representatives of Princeton. One of five performing ensembles, the 85 members of the choir are selected after careful audition of nearly 250 voices in the high school’s choral program. Access to t he Holiday POPS ! virtual concert is free to all. A digital program book will be available in advance to enhance the audience experience. For broadcast access, call (609) 497-0020 or visit princetonsymphony.org.
Practitioners of Musick in a performance honoring the Scottish heritage of William Trent and featuring music that G eorge Washing ton and h is fam ily enjoyed. The program will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, via Zoom. Born in Inverness, Scotland, William Trent immigrated to Philadelphia and established himself as a very successful shipping merchant. In 1714 he acquired much of the land that now is the city of Trenton and in 1719 built his Georgian style mansion on his plantation there. It is likely that General Washington visited his Deputy Quartermaster General John Cox there and may have been entertained with music. Washington’s family – his wife Martha, her two children, and her four grandchildren – all studied music. He was said to be especially fond of William Shield’s comic opera Rosina, which was performed in Philadelphia, the nation’s capital, during his presidency. Some of the opera’s melodies drew on Scottish folk songs, a fact that led some to claim that Shield composed the music for “Auld Lang Syne.” John Burkhalter and Donovan Klotzbeacher founded the Practitioners of Musick for the research and performance of the musical riches of 18th century Great Britain and the Colonial and Federal periods in America. They have performed and Celebrating Hogmanay lectured at libraries, muWith Scottish Music seums, and historic sites T h e Tr e n t H o u s e A s - throughout the region and s o c i a t i o n p r e s e n t s T h e beyond.
To register for the conc e r t , v i s i t h t t p s : // b i t . ly/39mqPK9. Suggested donations of $10 can be made at willliamtrenthouse.org/ donation.html.
Memorabilia and More From State Theatre Shop
State Theatre New Jersey has announced an online Memorabilia and Holiday Shop featuring one- of-akind gifts, now available at STNJ.org/Shop. Proceeds for all purchases go to wards supporting the nonprofit State Theatre of New Brunswick. T h e M e m o r ab i l i a a n d Holiday Shop collection features State Theatre show posters, concer t photos, apparel, and accessories as well as historic theater seats and neon signs recently removed from the theater as part of upcoming renovations. Apparel and acces sor ies include State Theatre T-shirts and sweatshirts, tote bags, and coffee mugs. State Theatre show posters include Ringo Starr, Gladys Knight, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Rent the musical, Amy Schumer; and Tony Bennett, among others. Concert photos by professional photographer Jeffrey Auger include past performances by Boyz II Men, Mar t ina McBr ide, L it t le Steven and The Disciples of Soul, Buddy Guy, Kool & The Gang, and more. In addition, an autographed surf board by The Beach Boys from their December 3, 2011 State Theatre performance is available for purchase.
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CELEBRATING “REVELATIONS”: From December 2-31, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present a free holiday virtual season of performances, including a celebration of six decades of the choreographer’s “Revelations,” which the dancers are pictured performing at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center. The month-long run will also feature world premieres by Matthew Rushing, Yusha-Marie Sorzano, and Jamar Roberts. Special family programs, a series of “BattleTalk” conversations with artistic director Robert Battle, and a farewell tribute performance by longtime company members Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste Sims, are planned. Visit alvinailey.org/virtualseason for information. (Photo by Nicole Tintle)
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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Trinity College Dublin) reads from her poetry. 4:30 p.m. via Zoom
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Each year, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) welcomes its communit y of member artists to submit work to its annual “Member Exhibition.” This year, the Taplin Gallery is filled with the most art ever submitted in the history of this tradition: more than 115 pieces created by ACP’s members are currently on view for the community to enjoy, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, textile art, and more. The ACP also invites the community to join Adam Welch, executive director, and Maria Evans, artistic director, for a Virtual Opening Reception and gallery tour on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The “2020 Member Exhibit” runs through December 19. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
Artsbridge Distinguished Artists Series: “Winter Scenes”
Artsbridge’s annual Mem“A CLEAR LIGHT”: “Walkway in Fall” by Claudia Fouse Fountaine, above, and “Open House” by Gail Bracegirdle, below, bers’ Winter Solstice celwill be featured in a dual exhibition of their paintings, running ebration was to be another casualty of COVID-19 until January 7 to 31 at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. the Michener Art Museum came to the rescue. This year the artists will celebrate the “return of the light” with the masters of capturing that light: the Bucks County impressionists. On Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. participants will have the opportunity to walk through some magnificent winter landscapes painted by acclaimed artists Edward Redfield, George Sotter, Fern Coppedge, and more in “Pennsylvania Impressionists of Bucks County: Winter Scenes.” The community is invited to join Artsbridge and the M i ch e n e r d o c e nt, A l i c e Lawler, as she brings the snow scenes, stories, and color commentary about the artists and their work into their homes via Zoom. Registration through the Michener Art Museum is open until December 10. There is a $10 museum registration fee. Once registered, par ticipants will receive a Zoom link, and a reminder close to the event date. Register online at michenerartmuseum.org. Go Artists’ Gallery to Host artist known for her color- to the calendar and click on ful depictions of animals, December 17. For questions “A Clear Light” Exhibit regarding registration, email The Ar tists’ Galler y of interiors, and local land- Melissa at MSandquist@Miscapes. This show features Lambertville will be showchenerArtMuseum.org. ing work by Gail Bracegirdle all new work from her, done Lawler has been bringing during the pandemic. Smalland Claudia Fouse Fountaine her love of art and detailed er in scale than usual, these from January 7 to 31 in the paintings reflect a somewhat research to Michener visiexhibition “A Clear Light.” distilled vision, or a “clearer tors as an enthusiastic volBracegirdle said she enunteer docent for 12 years. light.” joys working in watercolors The Artists’ Gallery is lo- Currently a member of the because of the environmencated at 18 Bridge Street Docent Advisory Council, tally sensitive nature of the she was a docent for Fontmedium. She likes to experi- in L amber t v ille. G aller y hill Castle and the Wharton hours are Thursday through ment with various textures Esherick Museum. She also and types of watercolor pa- Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. volunteered for Art Goes to pers and pigments to create Due to COVID-19 restric- School and served as New specific effects. The subjects tions, there will be no open- Hope Art League treasurer. var y, depending on each ing reception. For m or e i n for m at ion For more information, call day’s distractions. about Artsbridge, visit Arts(609) 397-4588 or visit lamFouse Fountaine is an bridgeOnline.com. award-winning Bucks County bertvillearts.com. You can now purchase a copy of
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“2020 MEMBER EXHIBITION”: More than 115 pieces created by members of the Arts Council of Princeton are now on view in the Taplin Gallery at 102 Witherspoon Street, through December 19.
Area Exhibits Check websites for information on safety protocols. Arts Council of Prince to n , 102 Wit herspoon Street, has “2020 Member Exhibit” through December 19. A virtual opening reception is on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. artscouncilofprinceton.org A r t i s t s’ G a l l e r y, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, has “Reflection” through December 6. Gallery hours 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 Mu s e u m i n C ad w a lad e r Park, Park s ide Avenu e, Trenton, has “The Conversation Continues” and “On the Forefront: Trenton’s Junior 1, 1916,” currently online only. The museum is temporarily closed until December 13. 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 “History@Home” series. 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 Febr uar y 28, and “Fer n 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.” The Festival 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 “Necessary and Proper for the Public Good.” The museum is temporarily closed to the public. barracks.org. Pr inceton Universit y Art Museum has the online exhibits “Looking at 17th -Century Dutch Painting,” “Life Magazine and the Power of Photography,” “The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder,” and more, along w it h many online events. The museum is currently closed to the public. artmuseum.princeton.edu.
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Collecting Art 101 Saturday, December 5, 1–5 pm Three fine-arts specialists share tips on how to begin and maintain your own art collection. Inspired by the virtual exhibition The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder, this afternoon of programs will explore collecting photography, prints, and twentieth-century American painting. Stream it live – details on our website.
artmuseum.princeton.edu Claude Lorrain (French, 1600–1682), The Tempest, 1630. Etching. Bequest of Duane E. Wilder, Class of 1951
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Calendar Wednesday, December 2 12 p.m.: Virtual groundbreaking for State Theatre NJ’s major renovation project. To par ticipate, visit Facebook.com/StateTheatreNJ. 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. 6:30 p.m.: “The Houses of Louis Kahn,” virtual program presented by Morven Museum. $10; free for members. Talk by William Whitaker, curator of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. Morven.org. 7-8:30 p.m.: “Going Beyond: Climate Action and Public Health and Safety,” free virtual event on Princeton’s Climate Action Plan, with speakers Betsy Marshall, Michael Yeh, and Nick A ngarone, presented by
Sustainable Pr inceton. Sign up at http :// bit.ly/ CAPhealth. Thursday, December 3 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers Market Winter Market Series kicks off outdoors on Franklin Avenue. Princetonfarmersmarket.com. 12 p.m.: Book Talk with Princeton University Professor G. John Ikenberry. “A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order.” Free virtual event. Princeton.edu/events. 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 p.m.: Mercer County Community ID Program, pre s e nte d by P r i n ce ton Public Librar y. Cards by app oi nt m e nt on l y. C a l l (609) 688-0881 or email email@example.com. 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.: Festival of Trees at Morven, 55 Stockton Street. “Winter Wonderland,” opening party. Exhibit runs through January 10.
Visit morven.org. for tickets. 7:30 p.m.: “The Future of the Conservative Movement in the United States,” Zoom event sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton. Moderated by Rabbi Elliot Schoenberg. Free. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, December 4 12-1:30 p.m.: Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber hosts “Small Businesses Banning Together Through C OV I D ” w e b i n a r, w i t h panelists Gary Schneider of Grounds for Sculpture, K a t h y K l o c ke n b r i n k o f Jammin’ Crepes, and Chris Murphy of The Front Porch. Princetonchamber.org. 4:30 p.m.: Reading by poet Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, sponsored by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. Online webinar, free. Arts.princeton.edu. 6 p.m.: Community Reading of A Christmas Carol, sponsored by P r inceton Public Library and McCarter Theatre. Registration required. Princetonlibrary.org. 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. 10 a.m.: “Christmas on the Farm,” at Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township. Children can help cut and decorate the tree and have cookies. Social distancing will be practiced. Visitors must carr y masks at all times. Howellfarm.org. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. : We s t Windsor Winter Farmers Market, at Meadow Road lot of MarketFair mall, Route 1. wwcfm.org. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 26th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans studio tour, online this year. Also December 12 and 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. 7 p.m.: Virtual lecture: “Who Was Here in December 1776? ”, narrated by Kimberly McCarty, Washington Crossing Historic Park Curator. Free. Washingcrossingpark.org. 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. 4 p.m.: Advent Night with crafts and singing presented by Princeton United Methodist Church. Register at PrincetonUMC.org or call (609) 924-2613. 4 p.m.: Vir tual Winter Songs XI V: Lessons and Carols. The Capital Singers of Trenton. Free. With the Trenton Children’s Chorus Training Choir. Capitalsingers.org. Monday, December 7 Recycling 7 p.m.: Online conversation: “Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women and their Reproductive Lives,” with Rutgers assistant professor Michal Raucher, sponsored by the Bildner Center. Free. Register at BildnerCenterRutgers.edu. 7: 30 p.m. : “Ch r is t ia n Faith and How It Applies to the Major Issues of Our Time,” second of free, twopart Zoom series sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton, with the Rev. Deborah K. Blanks. This session is focused on systemic racism and the violence and intolerance so evident in our society. Register by emailing email@example.com. Tuesday, December 8 10 -11:30 a.m.: Women in Business Holiday Networking, presented by the Women in Business Alliance of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. Interactive virtual networking. Princetonchamber.org. 5:30 p.m.: “Expressing
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Delaying her Junior Season for PU Field Hockey, Donovan Gained Lessons in Coaching Role at PDS
his fall, Claire Donovan got an early taste of life outside the Princeton University bubble and the family feeling surrounding the Tiger field hockey program. Deciding to take the year off from school and defer her junior year at Princeton, Donovan, a back/midfielder for the Tigers, has served as an assistant coach for the Princeton Day School field hockey team and taken on a side gig as a delivery driver for DoorDash. “In the beginning it was difficult, I was not ready to be thrown into the real world,” said Donovan, one of six Tiger field hockey players who decided to not enroll in school for the 2020-21 session. “I am definitely learning a lot of lessons, it is a good little tease into the real world.” Donavan’s decision to delay her junior year at Princeton came down to academics as much as athletics. “Towards the end of the summer, we started realizing that field hockey wasn’t looking too good,” said Donovan. “The spring online classes were not great, I was not a fan of them. Once I realized that we might be having Zoom classes again in the fall, my family thought that it might not be worth it to pay tuition to do online classes. That played a large part in
my decision.” A family connection played a large part in Donovan coming to PDS as her older sister Annabeth, a 2019 Princeton alum and a former star defender for the Tiger field hockey program, was already on the Panther coaching staff. “Annabeth wasn’t going to be able to coach because she was still on her maternity leave,” said Donovan, the youngest of four Donovan girls to play field hockey at Princeton, as her older sisters Kaitlin ’10 and Amy ’13 also competed for the program. “She was going to ask if I could take her position but they wanted her to stay and then they asked me to be a JV coach.” Coming into the fall, Donovan had some preparation for her new role, having gotten into coaching over the summer, working with field players and goalies. “I would do private lessons with some girls from my hometown and I coached a couple of camps,” said Donovan. “With the girls I was giving private lessons to one of their friends who was a goalie, she joined in.” Being on the sidelines rather than playing did require an adjustment for Donovan. “It has been more difficult than I thought in terms of I
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offer that college perspective but also give really good feedback in a positive way. She took on working with the goalies and working with our JV and varsity girls. She was a wonderful addition. She and Annabeth are both phenomenal.” Donovan enjoyed a special project, working with senior goalie Caroline Topping, who just took up the sport this fall when volleyball was postponed to the spring. “Since it is her senior year, we realize we don’t have to get as into the technical aspects of it,” said Donovan. “It is more keep the ball out of the goal. I think that has been really helpful for her. It is almost like another defender instead of getting into all of the logistics of exactly how to kick and clear the ball. It is just the mentality of it.” For Donovan, coming to practice on a daily basis was good for her mentally. “Even just being outside for two hours every day, it was really nice,” said Donovan, who is sharing an apartment in Lawrence with four of her field hockey classmates and a women’s soccer player in their year. “I try to get into the drills as much as I can.” Looking to stay sharp physically for her return to competition, Donovan took the drills seriously and also got in some work across town at Princeton’s Bedford Field. “Since I have the goalies, I will go hard at them with
TAKING OFF: Claire Donovan gets ready to hit the ball in a 2019 game during her sophomore season for the Princeton University field hockey team. Deciding to take the year off from school and defer her junior year at Princeton, Donovan has served as an assistant coach for the Princeton Day School field hockey team and taken on a side gig as a delivery driver for DoorDash. (Photo provided by Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications) my shots,” said Donovan, who tallied three goals as a sophomore in the 2019 campaign and helped the Tigers advance to the NCAA title game. “I go to Bedford a couple times a week to run on our field and play on our turf because it is a little different than the field turf at PDS.” Off the field, Donovan hit the books as well. “I am keeping in touch with a couple of my professors and doing some readings for their classes,” said Donovan. “I think I am going to do an online class next semester for transfer credit.” Getting exposed to another side of the real world, Donovan took on other part-time
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RAISING ARIZONA: Princeton University men’s basketball player Richmond Aririguzoh, right, battles in the paint against Lafayette in a 72-65 loss to the Leopards on November 13, 2019. Two weeks later, Aririguzoh grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as the Tigers fell 67-65 to Arizona State. While the defeat left the Tigers at 0-5, they built on their performance that night to go 10-4 in their next 14 games on the way to a 14-13 campaign and a spot in the Ivy League postseason tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
After an impressive first season of professional basketball in the NBA G-League, former Princeton University men’s basketball standout Devin Cannady ’20 has signed a contract with the Orlando Magic of the NBA. During his first season with the Nets G-League squad, Cannady, a 6’1, 185-pound guard, averaged 14.4, points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He scored a careerhigh 33 points in a 109-95 win over the Erie BayHawks on December 27, 2019. “Devin is ready,” said Princeton men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson. “He’s worked tirelessly to
national titles in 1991 and 1992 and was a first-team All-American. “I think the game was really about Remy and how dominant he was out there,” said Hurley, looking cool as a cucumber in a neatly pressed dress shirt as he fielded questions from the media. “This is a tough game, an emotional game for me personally, coming back here and seeing my dad in the crowd and having the family here. It was a slight bit of distraction with just the old tendencies when I played to look to the crowd and see my dad. It is a lot to live up to.” Although Princeton was winless coming into the contest, Hurley knew his squad was in for a fight. “We knew they hadn’t won but they have been in some good games,” said Hurley. “In their Indiana game (a 79-54 loss on November 20), they very good in the first half on the road. I expected it to be like this. It was our first road game.” For Henders on, t he p er for mance against ASU was a good sign for his struggling team. “We are improving, we are getting better,” said Henderson. “I thought we played really well as team, I can’t count it as a win. We were competing throughout the course of the game. We know a little bit more who we are and how we are playing.” Aririguzoh concurred, feeling that the Tigers were on the verge of a breakthrough. “Like coach said, it is the first game for me where I felt like we played 40 minutes, that was one of the things we talked about,” said Aririguzoh. “Indiana was more like one half and Lafayette was more like the second half. I think putting 40 minutes together was a huge step forward for us. With a team on the younger side, it is asking ‘can you do it again and apply what we learned today and bring some of that intensity down to Bucknell?’” The Tigers brought that intensity to Bucknell, building on the effort against the Sun Devils by prevailing 87-77 over the Bison as they went 10-4 in their next 14 games on the way to a 14-13 campaign and earning a spot in the Ivy League postseason tournament. But the Princeton players learned some tough lessons in early March as the COVID-19 outbreak ended up prompting the cancellation of the Ivy tourney and then the rest of the winter and spring seasons. And with the Ivy 2020-21 winter sports season having recently been canceled, it might not be until next November that the fans at Jadwin get to experience the kind of excitement triggered by that encounter with the silky smooth Remy Martin and his Sun Devils. —Bill Alden
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emy Martin is a fine French cognac, known worldwide for its smoothness. But two nights before last Thanksgiving, another Remy Martin, the star guard for the Arizona State University men’s basketball team, produced a vintage performance at Jadwin Gym as the Sun Devils battled Princeton. The 6’0, 175-pound Martin put on a dazzling display in the November 26 contest, electrifying a Jadwin throng of 2,727 that included Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr., the father of Bobby Hurley, the ASU head coach. Slashing to the basket, draining pull-up jumpers, and hitting from long distance, Martin poured in 33 points, including a 23-point outburst in the second half. Despite Martin’s heroics, Princeton, which brought a 0-4 record into the evening, was undeterred. With senior center Richmond Aririguzoh dominating in the paint with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, the Tigers overcame a 4639 second half deficit to lead 60-54 with 6:19 remaining in regulation. Martin reeled off seven straight points to put the Sun Devils up 61-60. After ASU extended the advantage to 64-60, the Tigers clawed back. With Drew Friberg hitting a three-pointer and Tosan Evbuomwan dumping in a lay-up in the post, Princeton went ahead 65-64 with 15 seconds left. In the waning moments of the contest, the ball went to Martin and as the crowd held its breath, he flipped it to Khalid Thomas, who drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Sun Devils a dramatic 67-65 victory. Afterward Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson saw positives coming from the setback. “We are obviously really disappointed in the result, but I am proud of the guys,” said Henderson, his curly hair disheveled after the frantic finish as he handled the postgame press conference. “We were down 64- 60 and in the toughest of moments and we answered. I thought we played really hard. We played to win, we did what we needed to do. Martin played out of his mind, he is really good.” Former Tiger standout guard Henderson, a 1998 alum, enjoyed the raucous atmosphere prompted by the clash. “I was glad to see and hear Jadwin get loud there again,” said Henderson, whose squad had the home fans cheering two weeks earlier when a late rally against Lafayette fell short in a 72-65 loss. “We have had two great games, two fun games to watch.” It was a night of great emotion and a homecoming for New Jersey native Hurley, a legendary point guard for Duke who led the Blue Devils to back-to-back
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earn this opportunity and he’s been so dedicated on his quest to improve, always studying and learning about the game. I couldn’t be happier for him.” During his Princeton career, Cannady, a native of Mishawaka, Ind., earned a pair of All-Ivy League and All-District honors. He finished as Princeton’s fifth-leading all-time scorer with 1,515 points and is the program’s leading free throw shooter by percentage, among those with at least 100 attempts, at .896. His 268 made three-pointers rank third all-time in school history while his 81 three pointers in 2016-17 and 80 three-pointers in 2016-17 are the fifth and sixth most three-pointers made in a season by a Tiger. Along with his individual accolades, Cannady was part of the Tigers 2016-17 team that won the Ivy League championship and went 14-0 in conference play. Cannady is one of 10
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PHS Football Loses to Haddon to Finish 1-5 But Enjoyed Successful Fall Despite Record Although the Princeton High football team lost 30-6 at Haddon Township in its season finale on November 21, Charlie Gallagher saw reasons to be encouraged. “The effort was like it has been in every other game, it was outstanding,” said PHS head coach Gallagher, whose team’s lone score in the finale came on a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jaxon Petrone to classmate Jaiden Johnson as the Tigers finished the fall with a 1-5 record. “We played a few new guys because we had some guys banged up. We were able to get a good look at some of our younger guys and they just did an outstanding job. These are good program g uys who have been at practice every single day on time. When you do that, you deserve a hand in the pot, so to speak. This was a great opportunity.” Junior running back Lahehmoo Pwee took advantage of his opportunity to play against Haddon, rushing for 55 yards. “Lahehmoo played halfback for us and did an outstanding job,” said Gallagher. “When he turned in his equipment, I told him how proud I was of him. We were a little nervous about Lehehmoo, he played the first game and things didn’t go well. He thinks he could have played a better game and we all do. He has grown so much over the past several weeks. In the back of my mind on the bus ride down, it is like this is his audition. Do I leave this game saying do we need a tailback or did Lehehmoo step up and he surely did. He did an out-
standing job.” In Gallagher’s view, the team grew as it persevered through the ups and downs of the season. “The season was extremely successful,” said Gallagher. “I just sent an email to the coaches and I said they played together better than they have in years past. The football acumen is ten times better, players are holding each other accountable. I saw a great rise in leadership, not only from my captains but from other guys that said ‘listen, we are not going to take this anymore.’ We all need to hold each other to a higher standard. We had great practices throughout the entire season.” PHS displayed that togetherness when it posted its lone win of the season, overcoming a 10-0 fourth quarter deficit against Bishop Eustace to pull out an 18-17 win in overtime on October 10. “It is crazy, I was talking to one of my guys today and that is what he brought up,” said Gallagher, whose program snapped a 12-game losing streak with the victory, having not won since defeating West Windsor/ Plainsboro 22-19 on October 12, 2018. “If that is what he wants to remember, that is awesome. You try to build some momentum. You have to have confidence in your guys without a doubt. It is just a bunch of good kids.” The Tigers boasted a lot of good kids in a 13-player senior class, led by tri-captains Moses Santizo, Mike Spadea and Dylan Angelucci. “We have had some good senior classes but this senior
class has separated themselves a little bit,” said Gallagher, whose Class of 2021 also included Leo Alexandroff, Diego Alvarez-Garcia, Matthew Cox, Jose Espinosa, Andreas Lambros, Jose Morales, Dora Servil, Richie Valme, Manuel Vasquez, and Michael Wargo. “First of all, they were a larger group. We haven’t had as large a senior class like this in a while. That was nice. These guys were vocal and they could still be more vocal. It is about rallying the team a little bit, saying what is on your mind. The kids feed off of that. They also feed off when you say nothing, they feel that there is a level of uncertainty. If my captain is not saying anything, what does that mean? Our captains articulated things this year which was phenomenal. Whether it be before practice or before a game, they were excited to get out on the field and we need more of that.” With a solid group of juniors returning, Gallagher is excited about what lies ahead for the program. “Some of these juniors are first year guys and got to play this year; they had never played a down before because they had no experience,” said Gallagher. “Those juniors did a great job, they really stepped it up. No. 1 was Jaiden Johnson, I think he had four touchdowns. We have got to get him the ball, he has got to have a great offseason. Everaldo Servil was awesome in our win. He had that touchdown and caught a big one on fourth down. We are going to need him to do that every game. We have three of the five guys back on the line, with both guards, Ben
HOLY MOSES: Princeton High running back/linebacker Moses Santizo looks for an opening in recent action. Senior co-captain Santizo provided leadership and production as PHS went 1-5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) Boyden-Bailey and Jason Ling, they really learned a lot, and then Giancarlo Momo at tackle. Wes Henry didn’t play in the last game but he was a big factor this year on defense. He is only going to come back bigger and stronger next year.” Over the course of the fall, the PHS players showed their strength on a daily basis as they continued to plug away while handling COVID protocols and dealing with
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While the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team didn’t get to play for any titles this fall with the state Prep B and Mercer County tournaments canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, the squad displayed championship form. After dropping its season opener 3-2 to Monroe on October 1, PDS reeled off 10 straight victories to post a final record of 10-1. The highlight of that winning streak came on November 7 when the Panthers played at defending state Group 4 champion and powerhouse Hunterdon Central on short notice and pulled out a thrilling 2-1 triumph. With a matchup against local rival Pennington having been canceled due to COVID protocols, PDS was looking for a challenge. “We wanted to find a top20 team, we found Bridgewater-Raritan, I think they were No. 19 at the time so we were all set to play Bridgewater on Saturday,” said PDS head coach Pat Trombetta. “Then we get a call Thursday night saying that they are going under quarantine for a second time. On Friday morning, Hunterdon Central reaches out and says how about a game. They gave me 24 hours’ notice and, by the way, it is at their place.” With no time to waste, Trombetta put together a game plan overnight. “I reached out to a couple of coaches and they had game film on YouTube,” said Trombetta. “On Friday night I was sitting here for three hours watching game film on them against Somerville and Watchung Hills, two good teams. So I was prepared as far as tactics. For us to come away with a win, everybody had their best game of the season.”
With Hunterdon Central featuring the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year and Rutgers recruit Emily Mason, Trombetta tweaked his defensive tactics. “She is all over the field, she has free rein to do whatever she wants out there,” said Trombetta of Mason. “She plays on the defensive end but goes forward a lot. We had to pick her up once she went over the midfield line. We had to play four in the back versus the three. We usually play with a 3-5-2 and we went with a 4-2-3-1; we went to a different formation and they girls executed the game plan perfectly.” At the offensive end, PDS senior star Kelly Beal and precocious freshman Adriana Salzano found the back of the net. “Kelly Beal got the first goal in that game and that was huge to be on the board first,” said Trombetta. “That gave the girls a lot of confidence. They came right back and tied it up but then we scored again. The freshman Salzano scored, she had a fantastic season. All of the scoring was in the first half in that game. Veronica Vogelman had a couple of big saves for us in the second half, our defense played fantastic.” For the Panthers, the fantastic triumph helped the players deal with not having a chance to compete in postseason play. “The girls were warriors, they were psyched,” said Trombetta, whose program had won six straight state Prep B titles coming into 2020. “We treated it as a championship-type game. Without being able to play in the tournaments, there are two games that we had circled
BRINGING HER A-GAME: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Adriana Salzano controls the ball in a game this fall. Freshman Salzano made an immediate impact in her debut campaign for PDS, tallying nine goals and six assists. The Panthers ended the season in a 10-game winning streak, posting a final record of 10-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
on the calendar. It was Pennington and we replaced that with Hunterdon Central and then Camden Catholic.” Building on the win over Hunterdon Central, PDS finished the season by defeating Camden Catholic 3-1 on November 9 and then topping St. Rose 5-0 in its season finale two days later. “ We k now t hey are a strong team from South Jersey,” said Trombetta of Camden Catholic. “We had to play them 48 hours later at their place at night and that was a nice win as well. We played St. Rose a couple of days later, it was great.” Getting to play 11 games and continuing to improve in a fall impacted by COVID-19 concerns with resulting pauses and cancellations was an accomplishment in and of itself. “The thing that was great was that we were pretty much able to get a full season in,” said Trombetta. “We usually play about 13 or 14 regular season games and six tournament games. The main thing was to try to get a full schedule and trying to progress as the season went on. We peaked at the right time. The way I look at it, our success was because of our depth and our balance. We lost three seniors to season-ending injuries (Britney Chia, Vanessa Devin, and Anna Ellwood). For us to lose three seniors during the season and keep winning is a credit to our depth and other girls stepping up and making contributions.” T he squad ’s Class of 2021, which included Sophie Miranda and Jules Romano in addition to Beal, Chia, Devin, and Ellwood, stepped up throughout their time with the program. “I am going to miss this group, it is one of the more talented groups that we have had over the years with Kelly, Jules, Sophia, Anna, Britney, and Vanessa,” said Trombetta. “It is tough to replace players like that; we are losing a lot from those girls. They made contributions all four years. As freshmen, they came in and started performing; we knew we were going to have a good few years ahead of us. We are going to miss them, they were the heart of our team and a lot of the girls looked up to them. They were good leaders and good for team chemistry. They took a lot of the younger girls under their wings.” In Trombetta’s view, his younger players can demonstrate championship mettle going forward. “You have got underclassmen such as Kiersten Ruf, Grace Romano, Adr iana Salzano, and Tochi Owunna and the juniors are key with Ali Surace, Aislynn Macco, Cailyn Jones, Ava Mattson, and Veronica in goal,” said Trombetta. “I am looking at those juniors to lead the team as well next year like the departing seniors did this year. I would expect the same from them next year.” —Bill Alden
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62nd in 21:59 and 64th in 22:04, respectively. Princeton TC placed seventh in the team standings at the event won by the Haddonfield Running Club.
Governor Murphy Princeton High Runners Compete at Holmdel Event Suspends Indoor Sports
Robin Roth set the pace as a group of Princeton High girls’ runners competed at the Holmdel Invitational last Wednesday at Holmdel Park. Running for the Princeton TC entry in the race, junior Roth placed 34th overall individually, posting a time of 20:21 over the 5,000-mete r l a y o u t . S o p h o m o r e Lucy Kreipke took 36th in 20:23 followed by freshman Kyleigh Tangen in 37th with the same time. A pair of PHS seniors, Yana Medvedeva and Emma Lips, took
Citing a second wave of the COV ID -19 pandemic hitting the state, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that all indoor organized sports at the youth, high school, and adult recreation level, both games and practices, will be suspended for a period of four weeks. The pause, which does not apply to college and professional sports, will take effect on December 5 at 6 a.m. and last until January 2. The order will apply to basketball, ice hockey, swimming and other indoor sports.
In response to Murphy’s pronouncement, the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), which had already postponed the start of the winter competition to January but had allowed hockey practices to start on December 14, said it is “hopeful that, with schedule modifications, the ice hockey season will be viable when the state’s pause is lifted.” Noting that the governor has “made it clear that he wants high school winter sports to be played,” the NJSIAA said it “looks forward to working with the Governor and his staff in this regard.” In announcing the pause, Murphy reiterated his desire to see a winter season. “As folks know, I am a big sports fan and all of my
kids play,” he added. “I hope and intend to see the winter sports season in January. I want to see that high school senior get to play his or her last season and I value the importance of sports for the physical and mental well-being of our children. But we are seeing outbreaks related to indoor sports and this is a prudent, short-term step to slow the spread.” Dr. Ed Lifshitz, the medical director of the state Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Service, noted that youth sports had resulted in “a number of outbreaks.” He said there have been 20 outbreaks and more than 100 cases tied to youth hockey. “The pause in these activities will help slow the spread of the virus,” Lifshitz said. “However, these new
restrictions must be part of an increased vigilance by all New Jersey residents in the holiday season. We need everyone to do their part.” Murphy said there have been 28 outbreaks in all tied to indoor sports in the state, affecting 170 people. Last month, Murphy ordered the suspension of all interstate indoor youth sports.
PHS Athletic Hall of Fame Postponing 2020 Ceremony
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Princeton High Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will not be holding its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony this fall. The next induction ceremony is currently scheduled for November 13, 2021. The Committee, though, continues to accept nominations from the public for future Hall of Fame classes. For a nomination form, one c a n v is it t he com mittee’s website at princetonhs/rschoolteams.com/ page/3142 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals interested in
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Princeton Athletic Club Holding Winter 6K Dec. 5
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RUNNING INTO HISTORY: Princeton resident Charlotte Bednar heads to victory at the Mercer County Championship meet in 2019 during her sophomore season at the Lawrenceville School. Last Wednesday, Bednar placed first in the girls’ race at the Holmdel Invitational, clocking a time of 17:21 over the 5,000-meter course at Holmdel Park. Bednar’s time broke the course record for a girls’ high school runner, bettering the previous mark of 17:28 of Highland’s Megan Venables set at the 2010 state Group 3 state championship meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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s the song says, “We need a little Christmas…,” and perhaps now more than ever during this year of our discontent. And indeed, Christmas has come to Homestead Princeton at 300 Witherspoon Street. Decorated trees, holiday displays, Santas and snowmen, angels and elves, fragrant candles and musical snow globes — and more — all capture the season at this very inviting store.
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“I think people are starting to decorate earlier this year,” says co-owner Kristin Menapace. “They want their house to be special and festive, especially now with the virus.” Holiday Display They will certainly find an enticing holiday display at Homestead Princeton, which moved to its current location last August. Formerly the home of the Princeton Packet, the building was remodeled to showcase the wide range of Homestead Princeton’s merchandise. “The move to this location is the natural evolution for our brand,” points out coowner Ron Menapace. “The building has been rehabbed and reimagined to reflect H o m e s t e a d P r i n c e t o n’s design-forward aesthetic. Repurposing this building celebrates our legacy of salvaging lumber from historic structures to make our signature barnwood furniture. “Since its initial opening in 2012, Homestead Princeton has established itself as New Jersey’s premier independent gift and home furnishings destination,” he adds. It has b e com e k now n for affordable high quality furniture, including its signature in-house brand of custom one-of-a-kind furniture crafted from vintage barnwood. Its selection, including sofas and chairs in addition to the reclaimed barnwood choices, is a big attraction at the store. The store preserves the legacy of old barns by giving them a second life. Due in part to its socially responsible and sustainable practices, Homestead Princeton is the one furniture store in New Jersey recognized as a “Sustainable Business” by the New Jersey Sustainable Business Initiative (NJSBI). “Also, people are working from home more now, and we have custom storage options, as well as cabinets and shelves,” points out Kristin. Confidence and Courage The store also offers an interior design service, and has been recognized by a number of publications for its quality and expertise. It has been named “Best of NJ” by New Jersey Monthly as Best Home Decor Store. In 2017, Home Accents Today honored the store as one of its 50 Retail Stars, the only store in New Jersey so honored. Moving to a new and larger space in the middle of a pandemic required both
confidence and courage. “We like the idea of being on Witherspoon Street where you can find a real variety of shops and places to stop in for coffee and just take a break. We had previously been closed from March to June 15th, but we were fortunate that customers accessed our website, and we could offer online o p p o r t u n i t i e s ,” r e p o r t s Kristin. “We had customers from all over, including California. Some of them had found us when they visited Princeton, and others were people who had lived here, but then moved. “We are set apart by the items that inspire us and our customers. They can be functional or fanciful, and I think people enjoy coming in to see everything we have. Ron and I look forward to finding that special piece and bringing it to the store.” Indeed, Ron and Kris tin Menapace have always emphasi zed imag inat ion and creativity in the decor, design, and gifts that they offer customers. This sense of imagination and creativity is evident throughout the store. In addition, recycling and repurposing are important, and this is reflected in a number of recycled items at the store. For example, a well-used (and ridden) bicycle has been given new life as a table, with the addition of a specially placed board; putters from the golf course are now transformed into bottle openers; and a vintage football is still a vintage football, but its age reflects another era, when it was the focus of a long ago game. A tiny model toy car was recycled from the real thing. “Shop Local” The husband and w ife team is ver y encouraged by the numbers of customers who have continued to come to the store during the pandemic. “Since we have reopened, they have been really enthusiastic about the new space,” says Kristin. “Everyone is very careful, wears masks, and I think they believe it is important for them to shop locally and support the hometown stores. ‘Shop Local’ is vital. This is especially true as the businesses have coped with the virus, and, of course, with the continuing challenge of online competition. “We are part of the Business Downtown program, where with a $20 investment, you will receive a 10 percent discount from the participating stores. Many of the downtown stores are taking part. “Our customers are wond e r f u l, a n d c om e f r om
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Cuba before the revolution and especially loved his trips to Russia, which was exotic for him after reading so many spy novels. He also loved his trip to Israel, which he visited with Bebe and some of their close friends. Later in life, he became enamored with cruises; he and Bebe were always either on a cruise or planning the next one. Bob was a devoted and loving father to his two sons, Jeffrey and Eric, in whom he instilled the love and wonder of science, the beauty of lifelong learning, and the importance of family. They remember his love of nature and of the day as children that he helped them plant a shoebox of saplings all over their proper ty. Over the years, Bob tended his boys and their trees to be tall and strong. Bob effusively welcomed Jeff’s and Eric’s wives (Nicole and Andrea) into the family and treated them both like they were his own daughters. He was a loving, proud, and generous Papa to grandchildren Nina, Jensen, and Blake Bergman, Erika LaCaruba (Thomas ), Zachary Bass, Benjamin Bass, and greatgranddaughter Harper LaCaruba. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Sheryl Zolotorofe. His life was well-lived, and he left his fingerprints not just on the moon, but on the hearts of his family and friends. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the 101 Fund (https:// fund101.org/donate) which supports need-based scholarships for Princeton High School graduates.
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The Residences at Rabbit Run is a sophisticated enclave of townhouses that are within walking distance to New Hope and less than 40 minutes from Princeton, NJ. This particular home, a former model, is different from other units in that it incorporates the open concept design that is extremely popular because of its natural flow for entertaining. From the moment you enter the foyer, you’ll notice the walls of glass with extending transoms, hardwood flooring throughout and a stunning central fireplace. The glistening white cabinetry in the kitchen accentuates the state-of-the-art appliances. There is a generous pantry and a large preparation island sheathed in matching white “shiplap” siding and a “waterfall” granite edge on the main counter space. The generous formal dining room will welcome the largest of Thanksgiving dinners. Since this home was customized, you can enjoy the wainscoting and plantation shutters throughout. The first level delivers you to the bluestone patio and secondary brick patio which boasts a custom pergola, water feature, high-end barbecue appliances and even an outdoor flatscreen T.V. This combined area can be enclosed for al fresco dining well into the autumn months.The private elevator brings you to either the finished lower level with full bath and a bedroom area, if needed, or the perfect home theater. The upper level is home to guest bedrooms and baths and a sumptuous master bedroom with an oversized shower, free standing tub, duel sink vanity and ship lap walls. This amazing home, perfect for those wanting to escape the taxes of nearby states (current 2020 taxes - $17,791) is ideal for full-time residency or for all of the “snow birds” wanting a turn-key home available immediately. $1,795,000
Rare opportunity to own a completely new build in a desirable location in the heart of Solebury.This 3,700 square foot home, sits on 2.1 acres and offers single floor living at its best.This stunningly designed home features hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinetry, large center island and an adjoining breakfast area.The master bedroom has two large walk-in closets, custom floating shower and a free-standing soaking tub.This open-concept design reflects everything todays buyers desire. The classic exterior will incorporate sweeping eves with stone and board and batten siding. This spectacular new build is one of the few newly constructed homes in the area that has broken away from the center hall colonial and looks toward the future. Award winning New Hope/Solebury school system. $1,695,000
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