Residents Air Grievances At Special Work Session On Cell Phone Service
Anyone who lives in Princeton or drives through the area knows the frustrations of trying to make and receive cell phone calls. Weak service is an ongoing problem that results in dropped calls, calls that don’t ring and jump to voice mail, or an inability to make calls at all.
At a special work session held Monday evening, Princeton Council addressed the issue by inviting local carriers to make presentations on their services and plans to accommodate 5G technology, the planned successor to existing 4G networks. Representatives of Verizon Wireless and Crown Castle (which is a third-party facilities provider to carriers but doesn’t provide service itself) attended the session; AT&T was invited but declined.
The meeting was also an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns.
Calling local services “abysmal,” “horrendous,” and “a matter of life and death” when emergency services cannot be reached, several people aired their frustrations. “Princeton is a town where there is a lot of dependence on cell phones,” said Snowden Lane resident Peter Madison. “If you can’t get cell service, you might as well move somewhere else.”
Madison said he doesn’t blame the carriers; rather he blames Council, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board.
“Because [you] are holding back and restricting towers from being built,” he said.
“That’s what we need.”
The town’s Assistant Municipal Engineer Jim Purcell said the engineering department has been working with the providers to enhance the existing 4G service while preparing for 5G. “5G, however, is targeted for strategic locations in high traffic areas and will not solve the problems Princeton currently experiences,” he wrote in a memo to mayor and Council before the work session.
Some residents were particularly perturbed after viewing a map of Verizon’s coverage area during a presentation by Jennifer P. Young, the company’s state government affairs representative.
“The map is ction, a complete and utter ction,” said a resident of the Littlebrook neighborhood. “The company’s customer service is abysmal. I’ve been on the phone with them for hours. Plans are impossible to compare, and you can’t
Controversy Continues in Wake of Chmiel Decision
Rather than resolving the issue, the ve-hour, standing-room-only Donaldson hearing on May 15, at which the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education (BOE) voted 8-2 to support the superintendent’s dismissal of Princeton High School (PHS) Principal Frank Chmiel, has set off a urry of angry responses — from parents and students, from community supporters of Chmiel and of the BOE and superintendent, and from Chmiel himself.
“I have not given up the ght,” Chmiel wrote in a May 18 letter to the PHS Parents Discussion Group, and he accused Superintendent Carol Kelley of committing actions that were “illegal and criminal.”
Chmiel thanked the parents’ group for their strong support and went on to claim that faculty and staff had been “silenced” by the superintendent and discouraged or reprimanded for speaking in his behalf.
He also blamed the BOE for not taking the time to investigate the evidence brought up in his defense and his allegations of illegal activity by Kelley. Chmiel also denounced the teachers’ union leaders for misleading and acting against the wishes of their constituents in regards to a proposed vote of no con dence against Chmiel.
Later on the same day, May 18, BOE attorney Vittorio LaPira issued a response “to various allegations and statements by Mr. Chmiel, his representatives, and members of the community.” LaPira denied any wrongdoing by the Board and emphasized the Board’s support for First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.
“The Board strongly denies any wrongdoing by any of its employees, including, but not limited to allegations of reprisals against students or employees who spoke
at Mr. Chmiel’s informal appearance, as well as any allegations of criminal, fraudulent, or tortious actions,” LaPira wrote. “The Board recognizes that everyone has a First Amendment right to express themselves without fear of reprisal. The Board does not and will not tolerate any actions by its employees to the contrary.”
Meanwhile, parent groups have been planning their next steps to support Chmiel and respond to the perceived injustice at the hands of Kelley and the
PU Alumni Take Time Out from Reunions Revelry to Support Local Nonproﬁts
Princeton University Reunions, which will get underway later this week, call to mind images of colorful, high-spirited gatherings — eating, drinking, dancing, and marching in the P-rade.
Less conspicuous perhaps, but an increasingly signi cant component of the reunions experience for many Princeton alumni are community service projects, and this year returning alumni will be partnering with ve local nonpro ts on an unprecedented scale.
The projects will take place at the Rise
Thrift Store in Hightstown from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25; at the Princeton YMCA on Thursday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. with the Princeton Kindness Food Project; and on Friday at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 122 Alexander Street on the Princeton University campus, where hundreds of returning alumni and guests are expected to be working with Womanspace, HomeWorks, and Kids Against Hunger.
Returning for his 40th reunion, Gene Chollett, a 1983 Princeton University
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Hamilton Jewelers Opens Redesigned Flagship Store
On May 16, Hamilton Jewelers opened the doors to its Princeton flagship with a fresh new look following a multiyear renovation of the historic building. The fourth-generation, family-owned fine jewelry and watch retailer hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion, honoring its long-standing role as a community leader and to celebrate its future.
The store has updated existing spaces and added a wide range of new features that support the company’s long-term growth; the news comes on the heels of its recent 110-year anniversary, an expansion of its gift business, and the opening of a new storefront for Hamilton Home. While the overall footprint of the store did not change — noteworthy considering the landmark building dates to 1896 — Hamilton captured additional square footage by cleverly redesigning its showroom and now boasts
an additional 1,500 square feet of display area.
Hamilton’s redesign was thoughtfully developed from both a front- and back-ofhouse experience. The store now has a revamped timepiece service center, with expanded capacity for additional watchmakers and updated testing capabilities, along with a new, separate watch polishing room with the latest equipment to ensure restoration to factory specification. The company has also upgraded its jewelry workshop with additional capacity for jewelers and an engraver, as well as a dedicated polishing room with the latest technology and equipment.
“After almost seven years of design, planning, construction, coordination, and millwork fabrication, we are thrilled to introduce the next iteration of Hamilton’s Princeton flagship with a redesign that pays tribute to a remarkable past and ushers in a bright future,” said Hank Siegel, president and CEO of Hamilton Jewelers.
“This remodel seeks to respect the elegance of the famous Lower Pyne building and the surrounding environs of Nassau Street, while serving as an updated destination for shoppers from the town, region, country, and world.”
Adds Andrew Siegel, COO of Hamilton Jewelers, “Having just celebrated our 110th year as a family-owned business, it is fitting that the completion of the renovated flagship location in Princeton launches Hamilton into the future. The new design brings with it presentations of new collections, as well as an ability for our experienced team, many of whom have served our guests for 10, 20, or even 30 years, to provide the level of personalized attention to detail in a new environment that is reflective of our history but embodies modern elegance and sensibility that our clients from the Princeton region and visitors from all 50 states and around the world expect.” Visit hamiltonjewelers.com to learn more.
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Air Conditioning Work at Library: Ongoing work on the air conditioning system at Princeton Public Library could result in service interruptions, including possible unscheduled closures, through May 24. For more information, visit princetonlibrary.org.
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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Four new dual-port charging stations for eight vehicles are available to the public, including an accessible charger, at the municipal building, 400 Witherspoon Street. The cost is $2 an hour during the day and $1 for overnight charging between midnight and 8 a.m., the same as in the Spring Street Garage.
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FRESH NEW LOOK: Hank Siegel, president and CEO of Hamilton Jewelers, far left, Council members, and team members behind the project look on as Mayor Mark Freda and Andrew Siegel, COO of Hamilton Jewelers, cut the ribbon at the reopening of its newly redesigned flagship store on Nassau Street. (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Jewelers)
PSO Program Encourages Students to “Listen Up!” and Express Themselves
When the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performed a world premiere this past March, 23 middle
school students were in the audience. While they all heard the same piece, their reactions, reflected in visual art and writing, were vastly different.
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The BRAVO! ListenUp! program encourages personal reactions. “It’s wonderful to see all the different interpretations when everyone heard the same thing,” said Pauline Swiatocha, who teaches English and history at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls.
Her seventh grade students are among those who participated in the PSO’s immersive program, the fruits of which are on display in the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, in the second floor Solley Lobby Gallery through June 6.
Students from three schools, which include St. Paul School of Princeton, and Cambridge School of Pennington, as well as Ranney, first attended a workshop with William Harvey, composer of the work, The Seven Decisions of Ghandi, a concerto for violin and orchestra. The piece was written in 2020 and dedicated to Gandhi’s granddaughter Ela on her 80th birthday. Back at their respective schools during the next few weeks, the students worked with their teachers to create their artistic responses.
In the gallery, visitors can find written responses and artwork.
A Ranney School seventh grader created a colored pencil drawing of composer Harvey, and the subject, Gandhi, as one person playing the violin. “The seven fingers playing the violin symbolizes the seven movements and seven decision of Gandhi,” he wrote in his artist’s statement.
A sixth grader at The Cambridge School painted an acrylic on canvas representation of what she pictured as Gandhi’s “eighth decision.” She used eight
streams of color — seven representing the decisions depicted in the piece, and the last representing “our chance to help the world.”
A St. Paul School seventh grader created a beach image using paint, sand and shells that were inspired by the peaceful feelings she found in the music.
A Ranney School seventh grader wrote that “the piece gave me optimism and faith that the world in which we live will continue to evolve, but hopefully for the better.”
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“I’m always so impressed,” said Katie Miller, PSO’s manager of education and community engagement, who said the program was developed distinctly for middle school students. In the original PSO BRAVO! program, musicians go right into the classrooms of second to fifth graders to play music. “When this project was originally conceived (in 2007), we were looking for more ways to involve middle school students,” she said. “We didn’t have anything for middle school. Middle school students are experiencing a lot emotionally at that age, and they are really learning to express themselves.”
The Listen Up! program is “perfect” for middle schoolers,” Miller said. “The seemingly small decisions they make will shape who they become.” In fact, the program notes state that the piece “takes as its premise that we are defined by our decisions.”
Harvey’s new work, which the PSO premiered March 11 and 12, chronicles the major moments of Mahatma Gandhi’s life through music. When the students met with Harvey prior to the concert, they heard about his musical inspirations before using the piece as their own inspirations. Harvey, who posed for photos with the students, has written over 50 works and is also a professional violinist, concertmaster of Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra. and professor at the Universidad Panamericana. He played the violin in the PSO performance, which was conducted by Sameer Patel.
Among Gandhi’s life events depicted in the piece are his decision to move to study in London at age 18; his reading of John Ruskin’s Unto This Last, which he has said transformed him; and his last decision, his march of 240 miles in 1929, rejoining the fight for self-rule, leading to India’s independence 17 years later. In the piece, the students heard instruments not often heard in orchestral works, the Hindustani tabla and the sitar.
Swiatocha said her students participated in Listen Up! at another school, and she asked for it to continue at Ranney. She had asked her students to take notes on the piece, because the responses are “reactive.”
“It provides a wonderful experience and takes them out of their comfort zone,” she said. “It’s a great enrichment activity and promotes enjoyment of the arts. They don’t have to worry about a grade. It provides enrichment, creativity, and enjoyment, and the students see their work at the opening reception (which was on May 16).”
Ranney art teacher Madeleine McCarthy said she played the piece again for her students, and “asked them to close their eyes and put their heads down, to filter out the visual noise, and allow the realization — the visual response.
“They sketch things out, in the design phase, and think about it. The mental image comes alive on paper. They work on it for a couple of weeks, and I help and critique, but it is a self-guided process. It’s their own.”
“The kids love it,” said McCarthy. So do the teachers. “It’s so out of the box. It’s great to see what they come up with.”
Question of the Week: “What brought you to the festival today?”
(Asked Sunday at the Jewish American Heritage Festival at Hinds Plaza) (Photos by Weronika A. Plohn)
Danielle: “I am here working on the committee for the Jewish Federation and our hope for this event was to bring Jewish people together, expand the community, and share our traditions with other cultures.”
Kelly: I also volunteer on the committee, and we would like the Princeton community to see how special the Jewish American heritage is, try our food, participate in our activities, and just have a good time.”
—Danielle Stein, right, and Kelly Kizner, both of Robbinsville
Andrea: “I am here to support all of the good work of our Federation and encourage positive Jewish identity in Mercer County.”
Kim: “We wanted to create an event where we all could be proud to be Jewish, where we all can come together and celebrate the contributions of Jewish Americans throughout history.”
—Rabbi Andrea Merow with Kim Marks, both of Princeton
Samuel: “Last year I was able to attend one of the Jewish events and I had such great time. I am grateful to grow up in such vibrant Jewish community that brings people together in a historic town like Princeton.”
Bob: I have been involved in the Jewish community for 50 years. I love everything Jewish. I feel so fortunate to have been born to Jewish parents. I love the culture, festivities, music, and everything about it.”
—Samuel Haimm, Princeton with Bob Pollock, Lawrenceville
Sam: “I came here to represent the Jews. I hope to have some fun, eat some latkes and hot dogs, and listen to the music.”
Lia: “When I found out about the festival, I knew that I should attend. It is nice to be with people that share the same values with you.”
Jacob: “I am here to support the Jewish people and listen to the music.”
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Third Annual Princeton Pride Picnic Will Celebrate Diverse Community
Three years ago a modest picnic was organized in June to celebrate Pride Month, and at that time, to hold an outdoor social event as an antidote to pandemic isolation. The picnic was successful, and every year it has grown.
The third annual Princeton Community Pride Picnic will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 12-3 p.m. on the Palmer Square Green. The rain date is June 4.
The picnic, celebrating Princeton’s LGBTQ+ community, is part of the kickoff weekend for Pride Month in Princeton. The weekend will begin with the annual Pride flag-raising ceremony at 1 Monument Drive on Friday, June 2 at noon, followed by an open air Pride
Dance Party hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, at 8 p.m.
For the inaugural picnic, recalled Janie Hermann, adult program manager at Princeton Public Library, which sponsors the event, “we said, maybe we should plan something small, outdoors, with social distancing.” She and a colleague from McCarter Theatre Center planned the first picnic with the help of a few nonprofits, such as the YMCA and HiTops, which provides support for LGBTQ+ young people.
“We hired a DJ, got a parachute, games, and we expected 150-200 people,” she said. “But 700-800
A committee was formed and the next year, the event at Princeton Shopping Center attracted 1,500 people This year’s all-inclusive community event will be in Palmer Square with live entertainment – local favorite Sarah Donner and a student set from Princeton School of Rock. Participants can learn to be “hoop stars” with Angela from Color Me Hoopy, join in a collaborative community art project, and take part in a variety of activities, games, and giveaways for all ages.
Princeton Mayor Mark Freda and other local dignitaries are expected to attend, and local nonprofits will have tables with activities and information for attendees.
Hermann encouraged the participation of community organizations.
“It’s free for anyone to take part,” said Hermann. Celebrate your pride or show your ally-ship. Set up a nonprofit table. We’re all here together. Everyone brings a little to the table.”
Hermann leads the Princeton Community Pride Picnic committee in collaboration with other library staff, McCarter Theatre Centre, HiTOPS, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Civil Rights Commission, Princeton Department of Human Services, YWCA Princeton, and community volunteers. Additional information, including a list of participating groups, is available on the events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Palmer Square for this year’s Pride Picnic,” said Jennifer Podolsky, PPL executive director. “The picnic has been designed as a moveable feast, starting at the YWCA, then growing at Princeton Shopping Center. We expect continued success with our neighbors in Palmer Square.”
In addition to celebrating the LGBTQ community, Podolsky added, the picnic “supports our mission of connecting people with resources to broaden their understanding of our diverse community. The picnic plays an important role, particularly for young people, in fostering a sense of belonging for everyone in Princeton.”
“Taste of Hope” Fundraiser
At Trenton Farmers Market HomeFront will hold its first ever Taste of Hope fundraising event at the historic Trenton Farmers Market on Sunday, June 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. (after market hours). The event is a celebration of all things local, with a meal provided by several restaurants that are vendors at the market. All proceeds directly benefit HomeFront’s work helping local families break the cycle of poverty.
The evening includes hors d’oeuvres and local wine, shopping the market booths to support local vendors including HomeFront’s very own ArtSpace, live entertainment, and a four-course meal. Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll the historic building and see firsthand the abundance of fresh, locally grown produce and products that the market has to offer.
”Just last month, HomeFront helped feed over 2,000 families, provided clothing and furniture to over 250, distributed over 160,000 diapers and wipes, and fed nearly 2,000 meals to families without permanent homes living in area motels,” said Sarah Steward,
HomeFront’s chief executive officer. “The need is great, but so is the caring of our community. We are grateful and thrilled to be in partnership with our neighbors and the vendors at the Trenton Farmers Market for this amazing event. The lovely evening will be made all the better by the fact that the funds raised that evening will support HomeFront’s Resource Network, our critical programs that ensure that local families have access to basic necessities for themselves and their children.”
The Trenton Farmers Market was originally founded in the early 1900s, and has been on Spruce Street since the 1940s. Now home to over 30 small businesses run by residents of the Greater Trenton area, the market continues to thrive. This event will showcase the talents of these local chefs and restaurants, including Café Kreyol, Hambone Opera, Lady and the Shallot, Pie’d Piper, Tea-For-All, and bread provided by Terra Momo. These local businesses will create a menu featuring their signature styles, with local wines provided by Terhune Orchards.
Tickets are $100. Visit HomeFrontNj.org. or call (609) 989-9417 x107.
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continued from page one graduate, is one of the leaders in planning these community service projects for his class, six other classes, and graduate school alumni.
“When we gather at our reunion, I think it’s a wonderful thing to have community service be a part of that gathering,” said Chollett, emphasizing the University motto of “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.” “To incorporate a community service project within our reunion gatherings is very consistent with what we do 365 days out of the year across the world as alumni.”
He continued, “We haven’t done this on the scale we’re doing it this year, and doing it together provides a tremendous experience for alumni and guests at reunions. People love to do service projects — and why not? We’re making a big community service project a part of the reunions DNA for the classes from their first reunion to their 50th.”
At Rise, the largest social service agency and food pantry in eastern Mercer County, the alumni volunteers are working on an ongoing project to improve the appearance of the outside of the thrift store and to clean and organize inside the store.
“We are deeply thankful to these exceptional alumni for their unwavering commitment to beautifying our thrift store and contributing to the overall revitalization of downtown Hightstown,” Rise Executive Director Leslie Koppel wrote in an email.
“Through their thoughtful contributions, including the purchase of new exterior planters and their skilled planting, they are enhancing the visual appeal of our store, creating a more vibrant and welcoming environment for all.”
Princeton Kindness Food Project President Asha Gurunathan explained that the Princeton University alumni participants would be bringing perishable and nonperishable food items to the Princeton YMCA on Thursday afternoon. They will put the food into bags to distribute to people who come to pick up food either at the Y or at Redding Circle.
“People just come and take what they need,” said Gurunathan. “This help makes a lot of difference in providing food to those who need it and in spreading more news about our organization. We appreciate their help.” The Kindness Food Project serves 200 food trays every week.
At Friday’s 10 a.m. community service event in the Wallace Dance Building and Theater Forum of the Lewis Center, volunteers will be working with Womanspace in filling dozens of backpacks and other containers with items for victims of domestic violence situations.
“Womanspace is delighted to have been selected by Princeton University alumni to be one of the partnering community organizations for their Reunions Weekend community service project,” Womanspace Vice President for Development and Communication Erin Hartshorn wrote in an email.
“Their generosity will be
greatly appreciated by the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that we serve.”
Chollett explained how with Womanspace, as with all of the nonprofits, the alumni went to the organization leaders and asked how they could help. “We said, ‘We have some financial resources, some creative resources, some hands and hearts. What can we do for you? What kind of project can we create? What do you need?’” said Chollett. For Womanspace it was emergency kits with blankets, some toys and food for the children, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine products.
“When the Womanspace workers are going out on emergency calls they’ll be able to hand a bag to the victim,” Chollett said. “And the police stations have agreed to have emergency kits on hand. When a woman shows up they’ll be able to reach into that tote bag and say ‘Here’s something for you.’”
Also at the Lewis Center on Friday, alumni and guests will be working with HomeWorks Trenton Inc., an after-school residential program serving marginalized high school girls, to create hundreds of packages of items needed by the students as they enter the summer months; and with Kids Against Hunger, packing up thousands of meals that can be distributed locally or around the world.
Chollett has been involved in reunions community service since 2017 when he was put in charge of his class’s community service project for their reunion in 2018.
He immediately decided to ramp up what had typically been small efforts by individual classes.
He gathered five reunion classes together in 2018, and this year the initiative continues to grow. “We have taken the unique step of creating a partnership of eight major reunion classes to pool our financial and creative and caring resources to do more good for local organizations and get more of our returning classmates and guests involved than we ever have at our reunions,” he said. The multi-class, multi-generational team — classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013, 2018 and the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni — has raised a budget of $60,000 to support these projects.
“It’s grown in the most wonderful way,” said Chollett. “It’s wonderful for the young classes and the old classes to be working together.”
Enthusiasm, financial support, and alumni participation continue to grow, as the University has provided extensive logistical support, and all reunion classes have incorporated the community service projects into the reunion registration process.
“So many people are enthusiastic,” said Chollett. “It’s a nice and wonderful new model of doing community service at reunions, and we will continue to do it into the future.”
Princeton University Reunions 2023 begins on Thursday, May 25, building up to the P-rade marching through campus on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the annual Princeton University Orchestra fireworks concert Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Princeton Stadium.
Health & Happiness Fair
At Lawrence Library
The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System will hold its inaugural Health & Happiness Fair on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Lawrence Health Department. The library is partnering with more than 20 physical and mental health resource providers, as well as community agencies, organizations, and businesses to bring programs of support to the public free of charge. Agencies will address cancer screening and prevention, senior services, mental health services including sleep and wellness, suicide prevention, addiction, grief counseling, and more.
Participating health vendors will offer blood pressure checks, eye screening, body composition analysis, and fall prevention tips. The Lawrence Health Department will provide COVID-19 vaccines for adults.
In addition to crafts and activities for kids, participants may attend a meet and greet with a therapy dog, take part in raffles, and enjoy free giveaways and snacks.
The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System is located at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. For more information about the library’s programs, call (609) 883-8294, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit mcl.org.
From Cow to Cheese at Rockingham Historic Site
While Rockingham State Historic Site’s historic house is closed during renovations, the Dutch barn will be open and staffed most Sunday afternoons (and some Saturday afternoons, too) into the summer and will be where visitors can enjoy some special programming as well.
The barn would have been an important part of the daily life of an 18th-century farm such as Rockingham. Making apple cider, soap, and candles, and preserving food would have all been typical labors that sustained the people living at that time. Cheesemaking would have also been a part of this routine, using the milk provided by cattle, sheep, and goats raised on these farms.
Susan McLellan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery will be presenting “From Cow to Cheese: The 18th -Century Whey” on Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. She will show the process of cheesemaking from rennet to cheese by making an actual fresh cheese, displaying her 18thcentury cheesemaking equipment, and augmenting the program with selected slides of her preparing cheese with 5 to 8 gallons of fresh cow’s milk. Visitors may stop by at any point in the afternoon to watch the ongoing process and ask questions, staying as long as they would like.
The event is free, but donations to Rockingham are welcome. There will be light refreshments available, and the Museum Store will be open.
Rockingham is located on Route 603 (Laurel Avenue/ Kingston-Rocky Hill Road), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill. Visit rockingham.net for more information.
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On May 19, at 6:36 a.m., a Griggs Drive resident reported that the catalytic converter from his vehicle was taken. The Detective Bureau is investigating.
On May 18, at 4:40 p.m., a William Livingston Court resident reported that the catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle. The Detective Bureau is investigating.
On May 17, at 10:42 p.m., subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Nassau Street, a 35-year-old female from Concord, N.H., was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed, charged accordingly, and released.
On May 15, at 3:30 p.m., it was reported that an unknown individual entered a vehicle while it was parked on Pretty Brook Road, and stole U.S. currency and several debit and credit cards. The cards were unsuccessfully used in another jurisdiction. The Detective Bureau is investigating.
On May 14, at 12:15 a.m., subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on North Tulane Street, a 26-year-old male from Princeton was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed, charged accordingly, and later released.
On May 9, at 12 a.m., subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Alexander Street, a 46-year-old female from Trenton was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. She was found to have an active warrant out of Ewing Township Municipal Court. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed, charged, and later turned over to Ewing Township Police.
On May 8, at 3:34 p.m., police patrols responded to a Nassau Street establishment on the report of a person causing a scene and behaving in a disorderly manner. The on-scene investigation revealed that a 77-year-old male from Trenton had an outstanding warrant out of Trenton Municipal Court in the amount of $750. He was placed under arrest, processed at police headquarters, charged accordingly, and turned over to the Trenton Police Department.
On May 7, at 3:07 p.m., a Griggs Drive resident reported that an unknown individual gained entry into their vehicle and stole numerous items with a total value of $820.
On May 5, at 3:04 p.m., it was reported that a male entered a Spring Street retail establishment and used a stolen credit card to purchase an item valued at $1,066.24. The Detective Bureau is investigating.
Unless otherwise noted, individuals arrested were later released.
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ost of us begin to notice mild changes in our cognition, our ability to think, by our 50s and 60s. Memory, speed of processing information, multi-tasking, attention and concentration may seem less acute than before. We feel less sharp. This can feel unnerving: forgetting people’s names, ﬁnding more checkbook errors, missing appointments, grasping for the right word. The question we ask ourselves: Is this just my busy life? Is this normal? Or is this the beginning of the big D word? Dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is the general term that is used for a decline in cognition, such as in memory, thinking, and communication, that is caused by brain pathology due to a disease process. There are many types of dementia, not just the Alzheimer’s type, some of which may be treated and/or controlled through medical care, especially if caught early. Cerebrovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep apnea can contribute to brain cell loss.
Don’t Be Afraid of Normal Decline
Most importantly, you can expect to experience normal decline in cognition as you age. For example, your legs may work ﬁne, but at the age of 60, you may not be able to sprint as quickly or as efﬁciently as a 16 year old. This does not mean your legs have a disease. It just means you have the legs of a 60 year old. Of course, depending on how well you have taken care of yourself over the years, your ability to run at the age of 60 will vary. Likewise, how you care for yourself over the span of your lifetime also impacts your brain health. Your mild brain blips in thinking may just be the normal, benign forgetting of aging.
To help determine if your lapses in memory or forgetfulness are real problems, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I often disoriented to time or place or day?
2. Do I frequently forget important names or dates, and once reminded, still have a hard time remembering?
3. Am I having a harder time managing my ﬁnances and would I rather avoid them?
4. Do people tell me that I keep asking the same question?
5. Do I get lost in familiar places and have a harder than usual time with directions?
6. Do I have more episodes of forgetting to turn off the oven, stove, or water faucet?
7. Do I avoid social activities, travel, and meeting people?
8. Am I confused and more uncomfortable in new or strange places?
9. Do I have a harder time making decisions, making plans or solving problems?
10. Are my family members, loved ones, or friends commenting about changes in my functioning or behavior?
These are just signs and should not be used alone to diagnose dementia. Importantly, if there is a SIGNIFICANT CHANGE in functioning you should contact your Primary Care Physician. Many of these signs can also be found in other disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, ﬁbromyalgia, or Long Covid.
Although research is still preliminary as to the effectiveness of protective factors for brain health, there are several activities and practices that are being identiﬁed as important for keeping brains healthy. Below are 11 Brain Hygiene tips. Check with your primary care physician to be sure all of these tips are right for you:
1. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet to fuel the brain including vitamins and nutrients, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and Magnesium, which have been shown to support healthy neurons.
2. Keep yourself hydrated! The brain needs ﬂuids and balanced electrolytes to function.
3. Avoid overuse of alcohol which can impair and damage brain cells.
4. Get plenty of sleep and be sure to address any sleep apnea issues to avoid chronic lack of oxygen to the brain.
5. Treat medical conditions that affect blood ﬂow to the brain, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Consult your physician to reduce your stroke risk.
6. Engage in a reasonable, regular physical exercise routine to oxygenate your brain and to keep muscles ﬂexible and strong to improve your balance to prevent falls.
7. Exercise your brain by learning new tasks, skills, games, and hobbies. Cross-training the brain helps keep it sharp.
8. Stay socially active and engaged. Spend time with family and friends to support your emotional health and increase social support.
9. Engage in meditation, mindfulness training, and activities such as yoga to de-stress. Reducing stress helps the immune system ﬁght disease and keep cognitive abilities sharp.
10. Accept yourself. None of us is perfect and carrying around old anxieties, feelings of guilt, or fear of disappointing others is only self-destructive. If you are having a hard time feeling at peace with yourself, you may beneﬁt from seeking the services of a psychologist to help you ﬁnd tools to remove the barriers to your emotional wellness.
11. You might consider baseline neuropsychological testing. This type of paper-pencil and computerized testing measures cognitive skills BEFORE there is a change or concern about mental functioning. It can provide reassurance of normal aging and is helpful for later comparison if in the future you sustain a brain injury, perhaps from a motor vehicle accident or fall, or experience a stroke or other brain disease or disorder.
So, remember to expect normal aging of your brain and to take active steps to keep it healthy.
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Watson Coleman and Parsi Headline Peace Coalition Annual Event on June 4
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman will be honored and international relations expert Trita Parsi will deliver the keynote address at the Coalition for Peace Action’s (CFPA) Hybrid Annual Membership Program on Sunday, June 4, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane in Princeton.
CFPA Executive Director the Rev. Robert Moore described Watson Coleman as “a staunch supporter of CFPA’s peacemaking agenda since she first took office and voted in support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement.” He praised “her strong peace leadership.”
In a May 22 email Watson Coleman stated, “I am grateful for the dedication of Reverend Bob Moore, who has led the Coalition for Peace Action for over four decades — and the critical issues that CFPA has taken on in that time, including gun control, voter engagement, and the reduction of nuclear weapons. I am proud to have in my district such a committed organization that shares my passion for justice and
equity in our communities, and look forward to continuing the work to build a more peaceful world.”
an influential force in mobilizing the Iranian American community to collaborate with the larger United States peace movement in working out the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
seeking to dominate, should support peace efforts around the world. “The greatest threat to our own security and reputation is if we stand in the way of a world where others have a stake in peace, if we become a nation that doesn’t just put diplomacy last but also dismisses those who seek to put diplomacy first,” he wrote.
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Watson Coleman recently co-signed a congressional letter to President Biden urging support for sustained diplomacy to permanently end the war in Yemen, and she co-sponsored H. Res. 77 in support of the United Nation’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Parsi, currently executive vice president of the Quincy Institute and previously cofounder and director of the National Iranian American Council, was a key figure in educating the public about Iran’s nuclear situation and
“Can America Become a Peacemaker Again?” will be the topic of Parsi’s June 4 keynote address. In a March op-ed in The New York Times titled “The U.S. Is Not an Indispensable Peacemaker,” Parsi argued that “America appears to have given up on the virtues of honest peacemaking” in favor of a more militarized foreign policy.
An award-winning author, Parsi has written three books on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with a focus on Iran and Israel. His most recent book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (2017), explores the behindthe-scenes story of the Iran nuclear agreement.
Moore praised Parsi’s work in support of the Iran nuclear agreement (“which unfortunately Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018”) and noted that Parsi continues to play a leadership role in “moving us closer to a world that believes in diplomacy, not war.” Moore described Parsi as “a leading light of our peacemaking efforts.”
Gesher LeKesher is currently accepting applications from 11th and 12th grade teens (as of the 2023-2024 school year) to participate in this Jewish peer leadership program. As Gesher “Madrichim” (Peer Leaders), teens lead a group of 7th-9th grade “Talmidim” (Learners) in outreaches addressing trending topics from a Jewish perspective including friendships, the impact of social media, peer pressure, prejudice, and antisemitism on campus.
The program is an opportunity to develop leadership skills which can be used in college and beyond while meeting and working with other Jewish 11th and 12th grade teens in the Greater Princeton Mercer Bucks area. Last year’s Peer Leaders represented 10 area high schools.
He went on to emphasize that the United States, instead of taking sides and
Deadline for the required registration for the CFPA members-only event is noon on Friday, June 2. The program, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., is available to both in-person and Zoom attendees. A Sponsor Reception with Parsi from 1 to 1:30 p.m., for $100 per person, will precede the main event. Visit peacecoalition.org for registration and further information on CFPA membership and the June 4 program.
Gesher LeKesher meets six hours each month: two Monday Night trainings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and an additional outreach time either Monday or Wednesday night. For more information, visit jfcsonline.org/gesherlekesher.
The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is celebrating its 21st year giving back to local, national and global nonprofits. The program brings together teens in grades 8-12 from the Mercer and Bucks counties. The program is designed to have teens learn about, experience, and act upon Jewish values.
The program serves as a model for teen philanthropy initiatives around the country. Each teen philanthropist donates their own money which gets matched and pooled with money they fundraise during the program. Students meet to explore needs and the nonprofit organizations who address them. At year-end, each group decides how their dollars will be donated.
Registration is now open for all participants in 8th through 10th grades, and returning participants in 11th and 12th grades. Space is limited. For more information visit jfcsonline.org/jcyf. Community service hours available for both programs.
Jersey Conservation Foundation’s 2023 gala in Peapack-Gladstone.
The event, to be held at the Mansion at Natirar, will celebrate land preservation throughout New Jersey — most notably the 20th anniversary of the Franklin Parker Preserve in the heart of the Pine Barrens.
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A former cranberry farm, the 18-square-mile preserve is a nature lover’s paradise filled with sparkling reservoirs, vast scrub oak and pine forests, rare Atlantic white cedar swamps, and 14 tributaries of the Wading River. Lambert was president of New Jersey Conservation Foundation when A.R. DeMarco Enterprises decided to sell the property, and he led the successful fundraising effort to acquire the land in 2003.
“Sam Lambert is a true conservation champion, and his leadership was absolutely crucial to buying this property and preserving it as an unspoiled gem,” said Alison Mitchell, co-executive director. “Twenty years later, we want to thank Sam again for all he has done for New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and for everyone who loves the beauty of the Pine Barrens.”
The gala includes cocktails, dinner, music, and a live auction of unique trips and experiences. Tickets are $500 a person and are available at tinyurl. com/2023GalaFPP. Proceeds from the gala will support New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s land preservation, advocacy, and stewardship efforts throughout the state.
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Van Williams of Governors Lane said he must go to his second floor to get reception. Former Councilman Bernie Miller, also of Governors Lane, complained that cell phone reception has been a problem for the last 10 to 15 years. “I have to go outside to make a call,” he said. “I’m 94 years old, and I rely on internet and phone for safety and health. I rely on it as a lifeline in the event I have a problem in my house.”
Lorna O. Sullivan, who lives at Copperwood on Bunn Drive, said the lack of service is frustrating, particularly in the basement. “You have to go outside, and then what happens when your cell phone doesn’t work?
I’ve started petitions to get an emergency phone in that basement. It’s Verizon or nothing, like being in a c ommunist country where you have no choice.”
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Superintendent Carol Kelley said there are connection issues in all of the town’s school buildings. “And it truly might be an issue of life and death,” she said. “At Johnson Park, they can’t count on cell service in any area of the building. We are potentially having to look at
what technology can we as a school district put into our schools, because safety is a huge concern for staff members. We want staff and students know safety is a No. 1 priority.”
Young of Verizon said the company has met with representatives of Johnson Park. “We’re talking about some solutions,” she said. “We’re looking at a number of ways to address the issues.”
Several Councilmembers weighed in. Leighton Newlin asked who is responsible for fixing the problem. “I’m hoping to get some sort of timetable,” he said. “We need it fixed yesterday.”
Carver Chiu of Crown Castle said the fix has to come from the service providers.
Councilwoman Eve Niedergang asked that Verizon and Crown Castle update the municipality regularly on progress. “There’s a little bit of fraud going on here,” she said. “You’re selling a service but you’re not actually providing that service. People are paying a great deal of money and they’re not getting anything for it. This is life and death. We really need to hear more from you. I’d like a timetable, a schedule with measurable goals.”
Despite their frustrations, many of those who spoke thanked Council, Verizon, and Crown Castle for taking part in the work session.
Library and Princeton Makes Collaborate on Knitting Event
Princeton Public Library is celebrating Worldwide Knit in Public Day Saturday, June 10 on the green at the Princeton Shopping Center. The library has teamed up with the Princeton Makes Artists Cooperative to present this year’s event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shopping center at 301 Harrison Street.
“We’re looking forward to another year of gathering to share our love of knitting and crocheting,” said Gayle Stratton, who has coordinated the library’s Knit in Public events since 2011.
“Everyone is encouraged to bring a work-in-progress, and a chair, and enjoy the company of other knitters.”
Held each year on the second Saturday in June, Worldwide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 as a way to make the solitary act of knitting an occasion to connect with other knitters in the community.
Princeton Makes is a cooperative comprised of 32 local artists who work across a range of artistic genres. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside the Princeton Makes store. For more information, visit princetonlibrary.org.
Womanspace President Appointed
To Center for Nonproﬁts Board Womanspace President and CEO Nathalie Nelson was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, the only statewide network for all charities in the state.
For more than 40 years, the New Jersey Center for Nonproﬁts network has come together to share knowledge,
amplify a collective voice, get expert advice, and advocate for a strong nonproﬁt community that protects the greater good in the Garden State. The aim is to help ensure New Jersey’s nonproﬁts are a vital force for advancing a just, thriving, and equitable society.
“I am honored to lend my time and talent to an organization so critically important to the success of the nonproﬁt sector in the state of New Jersey, and by extension, to the lives of the millions served by these organizations,” said Nelson.
Nelson has been with Womanspace for over 10 years, where she also served as the director of human resources and operations. Her areas of expertise include ﬁnance, compliance, operations, technology, and human resources. She participated in Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery efforts, and served as a CCD teacher and soup kitchen volunteer.
She is currently vice president of the East Amwell Township School PTO, chair of the parks and recreation committee, and a member of the Planning Board.
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Tours begin at the Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum with a tour overview and a screening of the ﬁ lm, Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty. Tour guides and state park historians will introduce participants to the museum’s world-class Swan Historical Foundation Collection of Revolutionary War artifacts. They will also discuss Lloyd Garrison’s painting of Washington’s Crossing, and how it compares to other depictions of the 1776 Crossing.
Next, visitors will walk down Sullivan Drive to the entrance to Continental Lane, where you will engage in a discussion on the reasons why Gen. George Washington chose this spot for his history-changing campaign. From there, participants will walk to the park’s Stone Barn where they will examine a map of the Battle
of Trenton and a large diorama of Washington’s Crossing, the March to Trenton, and the Battle of Trenton.
Finally, visitors will walk to the nearby Landing Overlook, where they will discuss the signiﬁcance of the nearby 1740s Johnson Ferry House, and the importance of ferryboat operations to the Crossing and Landing.
The tours are free but donations to the Washington Crossing Park Association are accepted.
Tours are contingent on the weather. For updates, call the Visitors Center at (609) 7370623. Visit wcpa-nj.com/ historic-tours for more information.
There are no park entrance fees until July 1. After that, a $5 per car (cash only) entry fee applies on weekends until Labor Day.
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BOE. One parent group held a Zoom meeting with San Francisco parents who had organized a successful effort to recall School Board members in their community.
In brainstorming priorities moving forward, pro-Chmiel groups are also looking for legal help, possibly a lawyer who is willing to work pro bono, in pursuit of legal issues against Kelley and the Board. Others are looking for residents who would be willing to run in the November election in seeking to unseat current Board members who are coming up for reelection.
Abbott Marshlands to Celebrate Hiking Day
The nonprofit organization Friends for the Abbott Marshlands (FFAM) has announced two concurrent events to celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.
Saturday, June 3 is the Bordentown Bluffs Ramble, 10 a.m.–12 p.m;. this is a fairly easy 2-mile hike that will head to the bluff above Crosswicks Creek. There will be several must-see expansive views of the Abbott Marshlands. Many native plant and tree species will be seen along the route, along with lichen, mosses, and possibility of hawk or eagle sighting. This hike is for adults or families with supervised children. RSVP (required) at marshtrails@ abbottmarshlands.org. Park and meet at Stanton Avenue (off Route 206 South) trail head. See map at https://
tinyurl.com/yc7v7rzz. Optional: bring water bottle, camera, and binoculars for the view; wear sturdy footwear; and dress for the weather. It can be windy at this location.
The second FFAM opportunity is Enhancing the Trail Experience at Northern Community Park , also held on June 3, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. This is a trail maintenance/stewardship project. A variety of trail enhancements will be the group’s focus, from brushing back vegetation with loppers and hand clippers to clearing a new segment of the trail. Bring water, work gloves, and loppers or hand clippers if you have your own. (They will have gloves and tools but can use additional if volunteers can bring them.) RSVP to Deb at email@example.com. Meet at Northern Community Park on Groveville Road, Bordentown between Routes 206 and 130. For map, see https://tinyurl. com/32ywnhyz.
The Abbott Marshlands are a critical natural and cultural resource with locations in Trenton, Bordentown, and Hamilton, in central New Jersey. Its 3,000 acres of open space include the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and surrounding lowland and upland forests. The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides many educational resources. (Tulpehaking is the Lenape word for “Land of the Turtle.”)
Friends for the Abbott Marshlands is a grassroots organization of volunteers dedicated to enhancing appreciation and protection of the Abbott Marshlands. Their mission is to engage and inspire a diverse community to experience the
unique nature and history of the marshlands with surrounding upland woods. For more information and volunteer/stewardship opportunities, visit abbottmarshlands.org.
Princeton Health Introduces Youth Mental Health Program
Penn Medicine Princeton Health has launched a new program called Youth Mental Health First Aid. The program is open to the community and designed to help any adult who works with young people to recognize when adolescents are having a mental health or substance use crisis and to connect them to the treatment they need.
The program began as a multiple-day, eighthour training offered in Plainsboro.
Adolescence is a trying time, and the social isolation and other challenges of the past few years have made it even more difficult for many young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 percent of high school students in 2021 reported that they persistently felt sad or hopeless, as the COVID-19 pandemic piled new stressors on top of the typical trials and tribulations of being a teenager.
The program is a specialized version of Mental Health First Aid, which Princeton Health Community Wellness launched in 2020. Additional classes will begin in July and September at locations in Hamilton and Princeton. Topics covered in the class include anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, and conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“This training is designed for adults who regularly
interact with young people,” said Debbie Millar, director of Community Wellness and Engagement. “We review typical adolescent development, introduce common mental health challenges that young people face, and teach a five-step action plan for how to help them in both crisis and non-crisis situations.”
Millar said the class is appropriate for professionals — such as teachers, other school personnel, health care staff, and health and human services workers — as well as parents, caregivers, family members, and neighbors. To find available classes, visit PrincetonHCS. org/calendar.
Princeton House Behavioral Health, a division of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, offers inpatient services in Princeton, and outpatient sites Princeton, North Brunswick, Hamilton, Moorestown, and Eatontown.
IAS Names Overdeck As New Board Chair
The board of trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has elected John Overdeck, a philanthropist and business leader who has brought rigorous inquiry, data analysis, and invention to corporate America, as its next chair.
Overdeck has been a trustee and co-chair of the Institute’s investment committee since 2015. He succeeds Charles Simonyi, chair since 2008. Simonyi joined the board in 1997 and will continue to serve as a trustee following his time as chair.
“John has been a valued colleague on the board, who loves the Institute,” Simonyi said. “He has brought his extraordinary talents to overseeing the Institute’s
investments, and his keen foresight to the Institute’s strategic direction. I look forward to him bringing his energy, rigor, and insights to the chair’s role.”
David Nirenberg, IAS director and Leon Levy Professor, said, “The Institute has been extraordinarily fortunate to have two leaders on our board who share the same fierce commitment to discovery and to giving our scholars the support, conditions, and freedom to do their best work. I am deeply grateful to Charles for his many years of wise leadership, and his unwavering support as I came on board, and I look forward to carrying that strong partnership forward with John.”
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Thanking Supporters of PBC’s Soirée Under the Stars Bene t Fundraiser
To the Editor:
On Friday, May 5, the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) held its Soirée Under the Stars benefit fundraiser at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton after a three-year hiatus due to COVID. This event drew 170 people and raised more than $77,000, which will support PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program. Each year, Summer Bridge offers hundreds of students from Trenton and Newark a highquality summer enrichment experience focused on social emotional learning, literacy, and STEM as well as outdoor experiences such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, highand low-ropes course adventures, and roasting s’mores over campfires, completely free of charge.
During the evening, PBC presented the 2023 Frank Broderick Award to John S. Watson Jr. and NJM Insurance Group with the 2023 Reverend David H. McAlpin Jr. Community Champion Award. To conclude the program, student speaker Issac Evans from Trenton spoke about how his experiences at the Center made him the person he is today. This event supports the mission of the Princeton-Blairstown Center to serve young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Developing these skills enables participants to engage in self-discovery and transform their communities to create a more just world. PBC strives for a future in which young people exhibit personal resilience and compassion, embrace expanded possibilities for their lives, and enact positive change within their communities and the world.
Thanks to our event sponsors: NJM Insurance Group; Robin and Chris Van Buren; Jessica Perry; Kathy and Bruce Petersen; Andrea and Warren Stock; AMSkier Insurance; Christina and Peter Bailey; Pam Gregory and David Palladino; Elyse and Chris Gribble; Claudia Franco Kelly and Scott Kelly; Suman Rao and Kaushik Arunagiri; Patty and Don Seitz; Patricia Shanley; Pamela and Derek Simpkins; Stark & Stark; Sarah Tantillo; Peggy and Russell DaSilva; Barbara and Chris DiCostanzo; Tamara Franklin; Geniva and Bill Martin; Nanci and David McAlpin; Anna and Chris Moser; Princeton Area Community Foundation and The Bunbury Fund; Heather and Scott Reilly; Pam and Joe Walker; Minda and William Alena; Revs. Alison Boden and Jarrett Kerbel; Rachel and John Clarke; Deborah and Anthony Corso; Susan Danielson and Peter Wyngaard; Michael S. Fletcher II; Geeta Govindarajoo and Bruce Ellsworth; Hill Wallack LLP; Dr. Patrice Jean; Randy Jones; Praveena Joseph-de Saram and Vijay Krishnamurthy; Angela and Shawn Maxam; Rita and Robert Murray; NJ Conservation Foundation; PBC’s Senior Leadership Team; Penbrook Management LLC; Karen Richardson; Lynda and Albert Robichaux; Ajanta and Pulkit Shah; Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum; Judith and Charles Tantillo; AJ Images, Aljohn’s; the bent spoon; Driscoll Foods; Nathan Fisher; Barry Harris Jr.; and Pam Walker.
We are also tremendously grateful to our Soirée Under the Stars Benefit Committee for their time, energy, and effort organizing and executing this successful event.
Co-Chairs, Princeton-Blairstown Center’s Soirée Under the Stars Benefit Committee Roszel Road
Arguing That Work Environment at PPS is Toxic and Superintendent Should Resign
To the Editor:
On May 15, there was a public hearing requested by Mr. Frank Chmiel to persuade the Board of Education (BOE) to renew his contract. The statements from Dr. Kelley and Mr. Chmiel were so different that nobody can easily conclude from it without further investigation.
Here are several observations I made during this hearing:
1. Only two Princeton High School (PHS) staff members spoke in the hearing, who are both near retirement age. It means teachers are afraid of being punished by saying anything about Mr. Chmiel (either in support or not in support).
2. The district didn’t make the safety guidelines clear. For example, whether a PHS alumni entering the building should be treated as an intruder or when a lockdown should be called (there was never any lockdown called in memorable history of PHS).
3. For everything that happened in PHS, Mr. Chmiel was at school no matter early morning or late afternoon. He even spent many weekends at school-related events but was still blamed for not being perfect. However, Dr. Kelley was barely around when critical things happened.
4. Dr. Kelley made the conclusion even without enough observations. The expensive lawyer that the BOE hired was supposed to respond whether Dr. Kelley violated the state law or not, but he didn’t.
The above observations imply my below opinions:
1. The work environment led by Dr. Kelley is very toxic. We all know “the more you do, the more mistakes you may make.” If people are punished for mistakes, then nobody will do real work. A toxic workplace punishes people for making mistakes, but a good environment helps people learn from mistakes. A toxic workplace prevents people from making any comments, but a healthy environment encourages people to show opinions. Unfortunately, Dr.
Kelley failed to create a good working environment, and as a result PPS cannot attract good teachers or staff.
2. School safety needs everyone’s effort, not just the principal. Also, any safety concerns should be transparent to parents. While the BOE mentioned they received many safety/protocol related concerns/complaints, as a parent I never received such communication from the district.
3. PPS should not keep alumni out. The way Mr. Chmiel did should be appreciated. He welcomed the visiting alumni back and toured with them on weekends. If the district can create a protocol to allow visiting alumni back under certain safety guidelines, people will never need to sneak in. As Mara [Franceschi] said, we need change. Therefore, in my opinion, Dr. Kelley should resign. She is the root cause of the toxic work environment. Moreover, instead of bringing positive change to PPS, she created chaos in the community and didn’t show her intention to improve.
JIE LI Arreton Road
Open Apology to the Superintendent, Princeton Board of Education Members
To the Editor:
Dr. Carol Kelley and Princeton Board of Education members, please accept our sincerest apologies on behalf of the Princeton community, particularly those of us who have remained silent or have not aggressively challenged the tone, disrespect, and harshness of the opposition to your decision to remove the former high school principal.
After release of the reasons for termination and the former Principal’s recent public comments deriding the people he managed, we are now clear that you have been the persistent target of lies, rumors, innuendos, and threats in the effort to force you to reinstate your former employee. After hearing the superintendent read a detailed 20-plus pages regarding the reasons for your decision, we understood that 11 RICE notices alone revealed that many witnesses were involved in the investigations, evaluations, and responses to the documented behavior and performance of the former employee.
Undoubtedly, the attacks, apparently led largely by nonresidents and recent arrivals to Princeton, will continue. The ultimate objective seems to be to replace the superintendent and derail progress towards educational equity. However, this behavior is not a reflection of what this community is most of the time. While we have a passion for educational excellence, our community values civility, informed debate, honesty, and a true concern for all the students who benefit from this district’s resources. We hope everyone chooses to respect our community values.
We are satisfied that the superintendent and the entire BOE performed effectively in handling the personnel matter despite ethical and legal limitations that allowed a vocal and disruptive element to control the narrative until the Donaldson hearing.
Thank you for your work. We look forward to helping make our community much better than has been reflected in the recent events. SHIRLEY
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Offering Clari cations Regarding Recent Meeting On Redevelopment of Seminary Properties
To the Editor:
In was great to see so many attendees at the town’s recent [May 6] meeting regarding the redevelopment of five Princeton Theological Seminary properties. I appreciate the acknowledgment that this is an important gateway to town and that the neighbors have been living with this uncertainty since 2018 — longer than all but one elected official has served.
Unfortunately, the meeting ran longer than scheduled, and I was unable to stay to comment. However, there are some clarifications that I feel are important to offer.
Council President Mia Sacks indicated that the town is in negotiations with the schools over the PILOT payments granted to other developers. School Board members with whom I have been in contact deny any such negotiations. Granting PILOTs in a town like Princeton is of dubious value, but it would compound the problem of rising enrollment to fund our schools through private negotiations in which the schools are beholden to Council, a process that lacks transparency and accountability. Unfortunately, it is taxpayers who shoulder the burden when the schools and county are shortchanged through PILOT agreements, but at least there is clarity about who made the decision.
Ms. Sacks also suggested that the Seminary neighbors resisted a historic designation 15 years ago. I believe she is thinking of the proposed historic designation of the Morven Tract, an entirely different neighborhood. Much of the Mercer Hill/Frog Hollow neighborhood is in the Mercer Hill Historic District, including 92 Stockton, one of the lots included in the redevelopment area under consideration. I have asked around informally, and no one has any recollection of resisting a historic designation for this or any other neighborhood.
The consultant reported that the redevelopment area is a 12-minute walk to Palmer Square and an 18-minute walk to the Dinky. While those are walkable distances on occasion, it doesn’t make the neighborhood walkable in the planning sense of the word. Planners typically use 0.25 mile for determining walking access. Another measure is the 5-minute walk, known as the “pedestrian shed” — the distance people will walk before opting to drive. There isn’t a grocery store, a pharmacy, a doctor, a school, or a soccer field within a 12-minute walk of Hibben and Stockton. Referring to this site as walkable without a clear definition will result in underestimating the need for parking and an unrealistic traffic impact assessment. Both Edgehill and Hibben Road “qualified” for speed pillows without anyone living on the former Tennent-Roberts-Whiteley Gymnasium campus. These “residential” streets already have a concerning and well-documented level of traffic.
The neighbors spent an extraordinary amount of time during the first round of talks trying to make a redevelopment plan work for all stakeholders. We have been cautious about prematurely making requests or providing wish lists to the developer in round two. We haven’t used the terms “quality construction” or “underground parking.” That’s the developer’s language, not the neighbors’. We happily re-extend our invitation to all the elected officials to meet with the neighbors.
JO BUTLER Hibben Road
Writing in Favor of Proposed Coffee Roastery on Witherspoon Street
To the Editor:
I want to register at least one voice in favor of Sakrid Coffee Roasters’ proposed coffee roastery at 300 Witherspoon Street in advance of the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on Wednesday, May 24. The main concern that opponents have voiced is the potential smell produced by the industrial coffee roasting process. This is a reasonable concern, but one that can be allayed by actually visiting a modern roastery. I’ve visited several industrial roasteries around the country and also roasted beans in my own kitchen during the pandemic. In all these cases, I have found the smell of roasting coffee totally unobjectionable, and even pleasant.
It’s worth remembering that Sakrid isn’t some soulless megacorporation. It’s a small business that is already contributing to the community by providing a lovely gathering space at their location on Nassau Street. The idea that they would suddenly ﬂip a switch and act contrary to the interests of the community and build a toxin-spewing pollution factory is implausible.
More broadly, we should encourage small businesses to move to Princeton and support entrepreneurs as they experiment and build. If we continue to put up barrier after barrier to doing anything remotely controversial, Princeton will become a living museum.
BEN REINHARDT Birch Avenue
Onslaught of Warehouse Development Threatens Future of NJ as Garden State
To the Editor:
Growing up in Princeton, I was impressed with the town’s progressive and impactful environmental initiatives. I attended my first climate rally in Palmer Square when I was a sophomore in high school at 16 years old. Now, as a 20-year-old sophomore in college, my passion for environmental activism has only grown. Thus, when I heard about the Bridge Point 8 project warehouse proposal, I felt compelled to take action.
Not only will the installation of a 5.5 million-squarefoot warehouse development congest roads with thousands of trucks, polluting our airways, but it will also destroy land home to endangered species and 160 acres of floodmitigating wetlands. Especially with the advent of COVID, many people have found solace and peace in exploring the outdoors within their local community. We have a moral obligation and duty to protect our environment. We must also look out for New Jersey brick-and-mortar small businesses that have taken a hit due to the pandemic and the continued rise of e-commerce services.
I grew up surrounded by open fields and historic parks, encompassing the ideal that New Jersey is the Garden State. However, due to the onslaught of warehouse development, I fear future generations will look around, seeing only acres of infrastructure, and wonder how New Jersey got its nickname.
Undergraduate student at Lehigh University
Paul Robeson Place
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PPBC Board Saddened to See BOE Decision Underscored by Post-Hearing Words, Actions
To the Editor:
The Princeton Parents for Black Children (PPBC) Executive Board commends the BOE for affirming its nonrenewal decision at Principal Frank Chmiel’s Donaldson hearing. The Board made the difficult but correct decision despite vocal but misguided opposition. We are saddened to see that decision underscored by the former principal’s and his supporters’ post-hearing words and actions.
This was not a “he said, she said” contest. Dr. Kelley’s well-supported statement of reasons was held to a higher legal standard than the response. It was supported by witnesses and complainants including Board members, teachers, students, and parents in numerous investigations and documented meetings over an 18-month period. His response was not subjected to fact checking nor crossexamination.
In his response, he complained that a favorable letter PPBC wrote upon his request, when he organized the first campaign to renew his contract last year, was not in his file. He invoked the PPBC commendation but to our dismay, he only provided partial facts. When he asked for our support, Chmiel absolutely deserved our praise despite his serious challenges. He had been very generous with his time. Our monthly evening meetings with him often lasted over an hour. We greatly appreciated his attention; he made sure we had access to facilities for meetings and events. He promised to improve the conditions for Black, brown, and special needs students.
Unfortunately, the promises went mostly unfulfilled and many of the incidents cited in Dr. Kelley’s report were corroborated by our members, students, and administrators, familiar with building operations and harm done to students and families. For example, promises to reduce the discipline disparity were not met. Black and brown students were disproportionately disciplined while white students avoided mandatory suspensions for fighting and vaping. The former principal’s decision, against his staff’s advice, to turn the gender-neutral bathrooms into eightstall bathrooms instead of one-stall with a lock, has turned one into a co-ed lounge. And, the former principal rightly deserves credit for naming and supporting the creation of the ROARE Center, but Dr. Kelley’s intervention was needed to assure its survival.
The community, including the media with its sensational reporting, can choose to put this to an end now or allow it to fester. Based on the former principal’s latest published communication, he continues to instruct his supporters how to attack the Board, community members, and the people he managed. Some of his supporters are continuing his campaign in very destructive ways, such as manufacturing a video claiming to show a security breach juxtaposed with what they claim is a weapon found on school grounds. The “weapon” was identified as a bagel knife used in a recent school event.
We believe most of his supporters are earnest and care about the students. We totally understand why they supported his return. We are heartbroken that the former principal has made his exit public and vitriolic. Our community and our students did not deserve this.
For the Executive Board of Princeton Parents for Black Children College Road
Proposal for Seminary Redevelopment Addresses Affordable Housing, Mitigating Climate Change
To the Editor:
Across Princeton, there is a great deal of enthusiasm among forward-thinking residents for creating more affordable housing and for mitigating climate change. During the May 6, 2023 roundtable on redevelopment of the lots on which Princeton Theological Seminary’s (PTS) TennentRoberts-Whiteley Gymnasium (TRW) campus formerly sat, Council President Mia Sacks said these two issues are national crises that would be irresponsible to ignore. This proposal addresses both issues.
Based on press reports and other sources, the expected proposal from the private developer to redevelop the TRW lots is likely to be a luxury apartment complex with an underground parking garage for over 100 cars. Most of the large old-growth trees would be removed, resulting in a significant negative environmental impact. By law, there will be a 20 percent set-aside for affordable housing. We expect the developer would request and receive a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) from the town, with taxpayers subsidizing the development. The rents for these apartments, with the exception of the few affordable units, are unlikely to be affordable for many who would wish to live in Princeton. Projections for the Thanet Avalon project indicate that the expected rent for a 727-square-foot onebedroom apartment will require someone to be earning over $120,000 a year if the HUD guidelines on rent affordability at 30 percent of income are to be considered. This is more than twice the current salary of an experienced teacher or police officer and would freeze many out of living in Princeton.
We can do much better by addressing head-on the issue of too little affordable housing in Princeton and ensuring that the many old-growth trees remain in place.
By way of background, for nearly 90 years under PTS ownership, the TRW site was used for subsidized residential housing. At the request of PTS, these five lots were designated an “area in need of redevelopment” (ANR) in 2018.
To address the dual concerns of affordable housing and mitigating climate change in a meaningful way that would make a real difference to the Princeton community, we
propose that the TRW site be dedicated to 100 percent affordable housing and be zoned as such under the ANR. As recent proposals by the Princeton Coalition for Responsible Development (PCRD) have shown, 50 affordable homes could be for sale or rent while respecting the existing site, and be consistent with the neighborhood.
This action is well within the powers granted to Princeton Council under the existing ANR including the ability to raise funding.
By adopting this proposal, Princeton could bring together the various parties that are looking to provide significantly more affordable and eco-friendly housing in Princeton.
This would be an imaginative solution showing leadership, moving the town away from expensive luxury rental housing solutions that will involve extensive environmental damage, including the removal of all mature trees currently on the property, and potentially serious negative impacts on the water table and stormwater runoff.
MIKE HEAD Hibben Road
Response from Princeton’s Mayor And Council to PCRD Proposal
To the Editor:
While we appreciate community input on this and every topic, we believe PCRD’s recent proposal is incompatible with how the vast majority of affordable housing in New Jersey is created, funded, and maintained — and would impose a considerable financial burden of tens of millions of dollars on the taxpayers of Princeton.
The proposal, for 100 percent affordable (i.e., municipally-sponsored) housing, would require the financial backing of the municipality, including millions of taxpayer funds to purchase the property, to construct the housing, and to provide tax subsidies over time. Further, the low unit count would make it uncompetitive for state financing, causing Princeton residents to make up significant funding shortfalls.
New Jersey’s Superior Court was already concerned about the financial risk borne by Princeton in the formulation of its third-round affordable housing compliance plan, due to the high number of municipally-sponsored projects. With interest rate hikes and inflationary pressures on construction costs, Princeton is now spending millions more than originally anticipated on its 100 percent affordable housing projects.
While we welcome the opportunity to provide Princeton’s fair share of affordable housing, Princeton’s Mayor and Council are cognizant of the tremendous financial costs that municipally-sponsored projects have on our residents. Redevelopment of the TRW site with an inclusionary project of both market-rate and affordable units will facilitate the creation of affordable housing without a financial burden to Princeton’s taxpayers, and will enable the project to achieve other key community goals.
Namely, equity goals are advanced by the creation of an inclusionary project that enables residents of all income levels to live, play, work, and socialize together with welldocumented individual and community benefits.
PCRD’s letter also expresses concern about the detrimental impacts on the groundwater table, increases in stormwater runoff, and the loss of mature trees. In reality, the market-rate rents in an inclusionary project will enable the redeveloper to incorporate:
1. Robust stormwater mitigation systems. (The previously existing buildings were constructed prior to storm water management requirements.)
2. Enhanced green technologies such as a high performance, energy-efficient building envelope, solar panels, building electrification, green roofs, etc.
3. High quality design and architectural features integrating the new development aesthetically into the neighborhood and ensuring the beauty of this Gateway to Princeton.
The preservation of mature trees, especially street trees, will certainly be a priority for the municipal negotiating team.
Finally, in contrast to the financial burdens imposed by a municipally-sponsored project, an inclusionary project will convert a previously tax-exempt property into one that generates significant annual income for the town, helping offset Princeton homeowners’ tax burden.
We wholeheartedly agree that development of the TRW site can provide significantly more affordable and ecofriendly housing in Princeton and become a model to others in the process. We are committed to doing exactly that — in a responsible, thoughtful manner that advances the important policy goals laid out by the Municipality in its May 6 roundtable meeting. However, we believe it is unwise to ask taxpayers, including those who are less privileged and struggling to afford current property taxes, to bear the cost of developing a 100 percent affordable housing project at the request of a few residents in one of Princeton’s wealthiest neighborhoods.
Sharing New Information Regarding Coffee Roasting Variance Application
To the Editor:
On Wednesday evening [May 24] at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom, the Board of Zoning Adjustment will hear a third presentation from Sakrid Coffee Roasters, LLC. Concerned neighbors feel that our air quality is threatened and ask every other concerned resident or parent of a Community Park School child to attend, listen, and voice an opinion.
Since the Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing on March
22, two new issues have surfaced that directly bear upon the inappropriateness of the requested variance to roast coffee commercially (process for additional “owned locations” and “for sale to others”) at 300 Witherspoon, which sits on the boundary of the Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J) and Community Park (C-P) neighborhoods.
The applicant claims that a proposed “afterburner” will remove “virtually all smells.” This was proven false by my visit to Rocky Hill Industrial Park where an afterburner is in use.
At the first business I came to, hundreds of feet from the roasting site, I encountered two workers and asked, “Do you ever smell coffee roasting?” The answer was “Yes, we smell it strongly, every time they roast.”
I conclude the same foul-smelling VOC chemicals will pollute W-J/C-P, afterburner or not.
I interviewed the NJDEP environmental specialist for air compliance and enforcement, who oversees coffee processing regulation in central New Jersey. I was told that if equipment is capable of processing “50 pounds or more” of raw material per hour, as is the proposed 15kg roaster, then NJDEP requires an Air Quality Permit.
Especially worrying was the NJDEP specialist’s comment that “while DEP mandates strict emission removal standards for the roaster,” it requires no emission control for what the Centers for Disease Control NIOSH Unit refers to as “off-gassing,” which occurs when 400-degree beans leave the roaster and enter the open-air cooling tray, where the cooling airflow pumps hot-bean emissions directly into the atmosphere without mitigation.
Further, the required Air Quality Permit may be restricted or withheld because W-J/C-P is designated a “lower income, minority community.” I was told New Jersey’s strongest-in-the-nation Environmental Justice Law would “likely be an issue” before any Air Quality Permit would be granted for 300 Witherspoon.
Based on these findings, I believe the Board of Zoning Adjustment should reject this variance and uphold the B1 zoning as written. No exceptions.
I respectfully urge the board not to establish a “ onebuilding industrial park ” in the middle of Princeton’s most densely populated neighborhood/most heavily-used recreational area, next door to an elementary school.
The applicant stated on March 22 that they would open their coffee shop whether or not the requested variance was granted. This acknowledgement reveals the variance to be a “want,” not a “need.” It takes off the table worry that economic development in W-J/C-P would be diminished without the variance. Coffee shop, yes; roasting, no. We who live, work, study, and play in this neighborhood are counting on the Board of Zoning Adjustment to act tonight as Princeton’s Board of Zoning Protection.
OWEN LEACH Witherspoon Street
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book explores the tensions between Meir’s personal and political identities and provides a groundbreaking new account of her life while illuminating the difficulties all women face as they try to ascend in male-dominated fields.
During the course of her legal career, Lahav has published nearly 50 journal articles and four books, including the critically acclaimed Judgment in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century. She was the recipient of the Boston University Law Melton Prize for excellence in teaching in 2011 and the Life Achievement Award in Israel Studies by the Israel Studies Institute and the Association for Israel Studies in 2017, among other honors.
In addition to being professor of law emeritus at Boston University, Lahav has taught at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Herzlia, Oxford University, and Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France.
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Laura Hankin, Blair Hurley, Lilian Li, and Rachel Lyon discuss the journey to publication, the themes that haunt their writing, completing their sophomore novels, and the lessons they took from creative writing classes at Princeton. The open discussion will include an audience Q&A.
Hankin is an author, screenwriter, and performer whose books include Happy & You Know It , A Special Place for Women , and the forthcoming The Daydreams. Her musical comedy has been featured in outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Hurley is the author of The Devoted , which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Minor Prophets , was published in 2023. She is a Pushcart Prize winner and an ASME Fiction award finalist.
Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant , which was an NPR Best Book of 2018. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, One Story, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, and Jezebel.
Pnina Lahav Delivers Annual Phyllis Marchand Leadership Lecture
Pnina Lahav, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power, discusses her book on Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Princeton Public Library. The lecture will also be livestreamed on YouTube; the link is on the
library’s events calendar at princetonlibrary.org.
Presented in partnership with the Phyllis Marchand Leadership Lecture Fund, the talk will focus on Lahav’s biography of Meir which reexamines the life of Israel’s only female prime minister through a feminist lens. The
The Phyllis Marchand Leadership Lecture, dedicated to “inspiring excellence in community-based leadership,” is an annual library event held in honor of the late Phyllis Marchand, Princeton Township’s longest serving mayor and a leader and leadership mentor in the community for five decades.
PU Novelists Discuss Art, Craft of Writing
Four Princeton University alumnae novelists will read from their work and speak about the art and craft of fiction writing. The program is on Friday, May 26 at 2
Lyon is author of the novels Self Portrait with Boy, finalist for the Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize, and Fruit of the Dead , forthcoming in 2024. Her short work has appeared in publications such as One Story, The Rumpus, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. She is currently serving as visiting faculty at Bennington College.
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collaborated with artists Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Bell, and premiered original works by Pulitzer Prize-winners Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom. Their most recent commission by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts, Contact , is featured on their 2023 Grammy award-winning album, Letters for the Future, alongside Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3.
On Saturday, Drama Desk Award nominee Capathia Jenkins sings many of the Queen of Soul’s signature melodies in Aretha, A Tribute with three-time Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Shaw. Accompanying them is the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Devlin. The tribute includes iconic favorites “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” and more.
Pianist Taylor’s recital program on Sunday includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Kapustin, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Sergei Prokofiev.
TIME FOR THREE: The trio returns to open the Princeton Festival at the performance pavilion at Morven Museum & Garden on June 9 at 7 p.m.
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Set for Princeton Festival
The trio Time for Three leads off the opening weekend of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 2023 Princeton Festival on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. Also scheduled are Aretha, A Tribute on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m., and a recital by pianist Christopher Taylor on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m.
All three performances take place in the outdoor performance pavilion on the grounds of Morven Museum
& Garden. The festival, which runs through June 25, includes opera, musical theater, orchestral music, Baroque and chamber music, dance, and more.
Time For Three performs arrangements of popular chart hits and fresh takes on classical repertoire. Doublebassist Ranaan Meyer and violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang have crafted a unique sound taking them beyond traditional string trio repertoire.
“I’m thrilled that my friends in Time For Three
are leading off this year’s Festival after wowing the audience with their electrifying performance in 2022,” said PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov. “They are a perfect start to a great festival.”
Time For Three has played venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert Hall. In 2020, the band partnered with cellist and composer Ben Sollee to put together the soundtrack to the new Focus Features’ film Land , starring and directed by Robin Wright. They have
Upcoming performances at the festival include Rossini’s The Barber of Seville , improvisation with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, Andrew Lippa’s musical tribute to Harvey Milk, a collaboration of Attacca Quartet and American Repertory Ballet, a Juneteenth Celebration featuring Met Opera star Will Liverman, a “feel good” Mazel Tov Cocktail Party, Peter and the Wolf Family Concert , and more.
Tickets are available now, ranging from $10-$125, at princetonsymphony.org/ festival.
Public Library Announces Summer Music Programs
From concerts to dancing to open-mic performances, Princeton Public Library has a variety of music events planned this summer. Most events will be moved to the Community Room in the event of rain. Details are available on the calendar at princetonlibrary.org.
Concerts and tribute shows continue June 9 with “ From Janis to Alanis – Women Who Rock” on Hinds Plaza at 7 p.m. Featuring five female vocalists, backed by Princeton-area musicians, the show celebrates and traces female rock pioneers across time. Helen O’Shea & Friends and guests Small Town Strings perform An Evening of Americana Music on Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
Midsummer Music in the Woods, an afternoon concert at Herrontown Woods, features acoustic music interspersed with poetry on Saturday, July 15 at 4 p.m. Crown Acoustic and The Ragtime Relics will perform folk, country, jazz, and vintage American music in the clearing near Veblen House. Vivia Font will provide poetic interludes between sets. The S Percussion Summer Institute Showcase is planned for Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m. on Hinds Plaza.
“Make Me Smile – The Music of Chicago,” a tribute featuring the greatest hits of the famed pop/rock group, will be presented by the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative on Sunday, August 27, at 3 p.m., on Palmer Square.
Starting June 11, the Listen Local Series returns to
Hinds Plaza with a performance by New Yacht City (smooth “yacht rock” from the ‘70s and ‘80s) at 4 p.m. Additional Sunday Listen Local concerts on the plaza at 4 p.m. include Love? Said the Commander (indie folk music) on July 9; Joy & Rob with The Beagles (blues and soul) on July 30; Putman County (rock and blues) on August 13; and The Professors (classic rock) on September 10.
Open Mic events hosted by the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative are planned for Friday, June 2, 6-9 p.m., and Sunday, July 16, from 3-6 p.m., on Hinds Plaza. All are welcome to sign up to perform or just come to listen. Sign-up details are available on the events calendar at princetonlibrary. org. An additional open mic date is to be announced.
Dancing Under the Stars returns to Hinds Plaza on two Friday nights each month during the summer when Members of Central Jersey Dance demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Dates are June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, and September 8 and 22.
Sourland Mountain Fest At Unionville Vineyards
The Sourland Mountain Fest, presented by Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 3 to 8:30 p.m.
A VIP Experience is provided by the Ryland Inn. The live music lineup is headed by The Outcrops, from North Jersey, who play original blues-infused rock and roll. The Mike Montrey Band, the Gumbo Gumbas, and Pepperwine are also on the schedule.
To start the “Best Fest,” the Lenape Nation will give the blessing of the Mountain. Families can sign up for a scavenger hunt, get up close with reptiles from the N.J. Snake Man, and meet farm animals and their handlers who will give a glimpse into the rich farming community that surrounds the Sourland region. Learn from the educators, partner organizations and nonprofits about the historical and ecological importance of the Sourlands and its surrounding area.
Products from New Jersey vendors, craft beer from Flounder Brewing Company of Hillsborough, wine from Unionville Vineyards, and spirits from Hopewell’s Sourland Mountain Spirits,
Central New Jersey. It encompasses a complex ecosystem of forest, wetlands, and grasslands, and is home to a rich diversity of animal and plant species, many rare or endangered. The forest is especially important as a breeding area for migratory songbirds, particularly those who nest only in large wooded areas.
For more information, visit sourland.org.
Princeton Triangle Show Will Play at Reunions
The Princeton Triangle Club will present its newest musical comedy, Campelot at McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place, during Princeton University reunions. Shows are Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m.
For 132 years, Princeton’s Triangle Show has entertained audiences as the nation’s oldest touring collegiate musical comedy troupe. Based at McCarter Theatre, “the House that Triangle Built,” Triangle creates an original mainstage musical every year written, conceived of, and performed by students, directed and choreographed by professionals.
The club boasts a rich history and long list of distinguished alumni including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jimmy Stewart, Brooke Shields, Peter Mills, Ellie Kemper, and Catherine Cohen. This year’s members include over 100 students — writers, composers, marketers, technicians, and performers — who come from diverse backgrounds and academic interests but have a shared passion for original musical comedy.
This year’s show is directed by Rachel Dart, a New York City-based director whose recent credits include the regional premiere of Dance Nation (Nashville Story Garden) and the world premiere of Coming Soon (Z Space). Australian-born dancer and choreographer Nicholas Cunningham is also part of the team.
“Welcome to camptankerous Camp Backwash, where no amount of crafts and canoeing can cheer up the mysterious new camper,” reads a press release about the show. “While other kids run around having the summer of their lives, something dark and terribly posh lurks on the outskirts of camp, capable of destroying camp for all. Can our campers (and some guy) save their beloved Camp Backwash? Come find out at the hilarious, kick-laden, and brand new musical Campelot , written by 11 Princeton students who have never been to camp. It’s in-tents.”
Tickets are $10-$25. Visit mccarter.org or call (609) 258-2787.
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“LIGHT MY WAY”: This pastel painting by Gwen Toma is featured in “Plein Air Perspectives,” on view in the Swanagan Gallery at the Cranbury Public Library through July. An artist’s
“Plein Air Perspectives”
At Cranbury Public Library
Cranbury artist Gwen Toma’s multi-media art exhibition, “Plein Air Perspectives,” is on view through July at the Swanagan Gallery at the Cranbury Public Library.
“Plein Air Perspectives” is Toma’s art travelogue of transatlantic crossings, coastal connections, and island greetings.
“The exhibit reflects my coastal and island plein air paintings from Bermuda to Key West to the Hawaiian Islands and Ireland; to the river banks and shorelines from Philadelphia to Bucks County to the Jersey Shore and more,” said Toma. “Whether I am painting plein air (outdoors) at an easel or from a beach chair seaside, my hope is that my art transcends the viewer into a moment in time and space.”
Toma will officially introduce “Plein Air Perspectives”
p.m. on May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cranbury Public Library, 30 Park Place West in Cranbury. The artist will share insight into her work in acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, and oil-based ink. All are welcome to enjoy art, music, and light refreshments.
Toma will donate 15 percent of art sales to the Cranbury Public Library Foundation. For more information, visit cranburypubliclibrary. org/gallery or call (609) 722-6992.
D&R Greenway Hosts GSWS Juried Exhibition on Migration
D&R Greenway Land Trust is hosting the Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS) for its 53rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, “Migration: Movement for Survival.” GSWS artists created their art to contemplate migration and change — a growing phenomenon in today’s world. Whether figurative or abstract, realistic or fanciful, this art will
inspire and cause the viewer to think and reflect on the state of the world’s people, wildlife, and climate.
The exhibition is on display through September 24, as well as online at gswcs.org.
GSWS will host two Zoom Happy Hours with D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey which are open to the public with preregistration, on May 25 and June 22, 5 to 6 p.m. Each will be a mashup of art and science highlighting migratory bats and birds as well as artists discussing their work. Data will be included on bats and birds observed during early datagathering at D&R Greenway’s newest Hillside Farm Preserve in Hopewell.
The exhibition’s Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on June 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The juror for acceptance and awards is Michael Kowbuz. This year’s Best in Show
ARTISANS AT STANGL FACTORY: Back for the 11th year, the Flemington Fine Artisans Show returns to Stangl Factory, 4 Stangl Road in Flemington, on Sunday and Monday, May 28-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The curated show and sale will feature a selection of more than 30 local artists bringing work in jewelry, ceramics, glass, home décor, fiber art, one-of-a-kind clothing, photography, and painting.
– Dagmar Tribble Award went to Kristen Birdsey for her painting It’s Time for School.
An artist demonstration by award-winning GSWS artist Ann Greene will take place as a culmination of the exhibition on September 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. New awards donated by the New Jersey Audubon Society will be added to the Awards Ceremony on June 11. For more information and a list of recipients, visit gswcs.org.
For “Migration: Movement for Survival,” artists researched and learned about the phenomenon of migration to create work that is meaningful to the exhibition theme.
Linda Mead, president and CEO of D&R Greenway, said, “Among the most
electrifying movements of our time is the migration of plants due to climate change and the effect on birds and wildlife that have evolved with these plants for their very survival. Likewise, human populations are migrating in great numbers. All of this has an impact, from what we see today on D&R Greenway preserves, to the survival of many species of the Earth. Remember, we are the top of the food chain and if we don’t do something to care for our natural and social climates, our own survival is at stake too.”
A new display upon entering the Johnson Education Center lobby is the GSWS’ fifth annual art installation, “Going, Going, Gone…” For this display, “Fifty-three GSWS artists created 123
beautiful small works that call attention to New Jersey species identified by NJDEP as in greatest need of our conservation efforts,” said Tess Fields, president of GSWS. “Artists submitted paintings of animals using a designated color scheme. GSWS is proud to partner with the D&R Greenway Land Trust to inform and inspire people into action.” D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center is at One Preservation Place. The public is invited to visit the art galleries on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on select weekends, hosted by GSWS artists, on July 8-9 and August 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit drgreenway. org or call (609) 924-4646.
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“IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL”: This work by Kristen Birdsey has been named Best in Show at the Garden State Watercolor Society’s annual juried exhibition, “Migration: Movement for Survival,” on view through September 24 at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center.
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New Jersey State Museum Joins Blue Star Program
The New Jersey State Museum has joined museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2023 program began on Armed Forces Day, May 20, and ends on Labor Day, September 4. While admission to the New Jersey State Museum is always free, there is a fee for Planetarium programs. That fee is waived under the Blue Star program.
The free admission program is available for those
currently serving in the United States Military — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card, or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with
the Department of Defense and participating museums across America. A list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For additional information visit statemuseum.nj.gov.
Seward Johnson Sculptures
Installed in Downtown Trenton
Nine works by internationally renowned sculptor J. Seward Johnson were installed in various locations in the heart of downtown Trenton on May 4. The life-sized bronze cast sculptures, on loan from the Seward Johnson Atelier through October, celebrate “the familiar,” a recurring theme in Johnson’s work. When walking through downtown Trenton, viewers will find sculptures of people doing ordinary, everyday things, like reading a local newspaper or taking pictures.
Yet, there is nothing ordinary about Johnson’s work and legacy. Born in New Brunswick, Johnson, who founded the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, is best known for such gigantic and iconic works as Embracing Peace, Awakening, and Forever Marilyn, as well as hundreds of figures engaged in relatable, day-to-day activities.
“We received great support from Isles and Trenton’s art community members for this initiative with Seward Johnson Atelier,” said Bryan Evans of the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) Board of Directors. “We see this initiative as a way to add to a series of physical enhancements downtown and celebrate a community coming together around public art. We’re leveraging this program to highlight Trenton’s art community, encourage engagement across the city and attract more foot traffic.”
Isles supported the TDA by contributing $6,500 toward the art installation through funding from the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Old Trenton Neighborhood, a program from the Department of Community Affairs that Isles helps to facilitate in downtown Trenton, as well as through the Downtown Trenton Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP), which Isles coordinates on behalf of the City of Trenton.
“The Downtown Public Art Installations project aligns with our goals of continuing to infuse the arts in downtown and developing the Creek to Canal Creative District,” said Chris Shimchick of Isles. “It also aligns with the Downtown Trenton NPP Stakeholders Group composed of downtown residents, business owners, property owners, and faith-based leaders, who reviewed and approved these funds.”
The TDA is planning a series of activities to promote the exhibition and engage Trenton’s art scene. But, for now, they welcome the public to come downtown to see the exhibit.
“We chose locations in front of key areas, all within a short walk of each other, to encourage reactions and conversations,” said Evans. “People are posing for selfies with the sculptures and just generally having fun.”
The sculptures are on display in front of such spots as
Starbucks on Warren Street, Mill Hill Park, the Lafayette Garage Plaza, Passage Theatre, City Hall, and Maestro Technologies.
For more information, call (609) 337-8439, email info@ trenton-downtown.com or visit trenton-downtown.com.
Call for Art: “Jump into Pictures” Exhibit at WWA West Windsor Arts (WWA) invites artists to participate in their upcoming summer art exhibition, “Jump into Pictures: Children’s Book Illustrations.”
“Jump into Pictures” is an exhibition that features illustrations geared towards an audience of children (under 14). Art created for posters, books, video games, or other material intended for children can be submitted.
Exhibition dates will be from July 18 to August 26. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 6. A maximum of three pieces can be submitted.
For more information regarding the exhibition and eligibility requirements, visit westwindsorarts.org/exhibition/call-to-artists-jumpinto-pictures or call (609) 716-1931.
Art@Bainbridge, 158 Nassau Street, has “Cycle of Creativity: Allison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers” through July 9. artmuseum. princeton.edu.
Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, has “Water Works” through June 4. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. lambertvillearts.com.
Art on Hulfish, 11 Hulfish Street, has “Traces on the Landscape” through August 6. artmuseum.princeton.edu.
Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, has “Form and Foundation: Sean Carney and Henrieta Maneva” through June 10. artscouncilof princeton.org.
Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, has “A Stolen Aesthetic” through June 3. artworkstrenton.org.
Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, 4 Nassau Street, has Princeton-themed oil paintings by Jay McPhillips on display and for sale May 25 through June 9. An opening reception, with an opportunity to meet the artist, is on May 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. jaymcphillips.com.
David Scott Gallery at BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors, 253 Nassau Street, has “Botanica: An Unlikely Garden,” through June 24. Follow
the gallery on Instagram @davidscottgallery.bhhsfoxroach.
D&R Greenway Land Trust Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, has “Migration: Movement for Survival” through September 24. drgreenway.org.
Ficus, 235 Nassau Street, has “In Reflection: SiriOm Singh & C.a. Shofed” in the upstairs dining gallery through June 4. ficusbv.com.
Gallery 14 Fine Art Photography, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, has “Three Artists, Three Viewpoints,” through June 18. gallery14.org.
Gourgaud Gallery, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, has works by the Cranbury digital Camera Club (CdCC) through May 31. cranburyartscouncil.org.
Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, has “Local Voices: Memories, Stories, and Portraits” and “Spiral Q: The Parade” through January 7 and “That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family” through the end of 2024, among other exhibits. Timed tickets required. groundsforsculpture.org.
Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, has “Einstein Salon and Innovator’s Gallery,” “Princeton’s Portrait,” and other exhibits. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m., Thursday to 7 p.m. princetonhistory.org
Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa., has “MidCentury to Manga: The Modern Japanese Print in America” through July 30, “Alan Goldstein: Elemental” through September 4, and “Sarah Kaizar: Rare Air” through November 5. michenerartmuseum.org
Milberg Gallery, Princeton University Library, has “Toni Morrison: Sites of
Memory” through June 4. library.princeton.edu.
Morpeth Contemporary, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell , has “Airy Imaginings, Grounded Musings” through May 31. morpethcontemporary.com.
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, has “Striking Beauty” through February 18 and the online exhibits “Slavery at Morven,” “Portrait of Place: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints of New Jersey, 1761–1898,” and others. morven.org.
The Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, has “Christine Seo: Princeton Solo Show” through June 4. christineseo. com.
Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, has “Art in the Ballroom: Hanneke de Neve” through June 16. The gallery is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call ahead at (609) 924-1014.
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, has “The Art of Calligraphy” through June 15. princetonlibrary.org.
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, has “Nobody Turn Us Around: The Freedom Rides and Selma to Montgomery Marches: Selections from the John Doar Papers” through March 31. library. princeton.edu.
Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, has art by Princeton Day School seventh-grade students supporting HomeFront through June 6. Watercolors by Anandi Kamanathan are at the 254 Nassau Street location through June 6. smallworldcoffee. com.
West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, has “Member Exhibit: Yesterday Today Tomorrow” through June 3. westwindsorarts.org.
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“SPRING ON FERRY STREET”: This watercolor by local artist Carol Sanzalone is featured in “Nature’s Beauty,” her joint exhibition with Debbie Pisacreta, on view through the end of June in the Bell’s Tavern Dining Room, 183 North Union Street, Lambertville. Sanzalone and Pisacreta are member artists at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville.
ART IN TRENTON: Life-sized bronze cast sculptures “Special Delivery,” “Body Music,” and “Getting Down,” shown here, and six other works by the late J. Seward Johnson are on display through October in locations throughout downtown Trenton. (Photos by Ken Ek)
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Wednesday, May 24
8-10 a.m.: Employee Mental Health Roundtable, at RWJ Center for Health & Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Road. Sponsored by the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. Princetonmercerchamber.org.
8-10:30 p.m.: Princeton Country Dancers presents a contra dance at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive. Dan Black with Squirrel’s Chair. $15. Princetoncountrydancers.org.
Thursday, May 25
5:30-8 p.m.: Ladies’ Night on Palmer Square. Shopping specials, tastings, spiritual readings, and more from participating retailers. Live music by KickStart. Palmersquare.com.
5:30 p.m.: “Mambo to Mozart,” an evening of music for orchestra and chorus including the premiere of Lop-Sided Sonata by Julian Grant, performed by Capital Harmony Works at Mill One, 1 North Johnston Avenue, Trenton. Snacks followed by concert at 6:30 p.m. $15. Rsvp@capitalharmony.works
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Meet the Artist Reception. Princeton-themed oil paintings by Jay McPhillips at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, 4 Nassau Street.
6:30 p.m.: The Historical Fiction Book Group, sponsored by the Historical Society of Princeton, discusses Tomorrow They Won’t Dare to Murder Us by Joseph Andras. Jennifer Sessions of the University of Virginia will provide historical context. Via Google Meet. Princetonhistory.org.
Friday, May 26 8 p.m.: Theatre-To-Go presents Other Desert Cities at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Kelseytheatre.org.
8:30 p.m.: Princeton Amateur Astronomers Association holds public stargazing at the observatory in Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville. Call (609) 737-2575 to make sure it is open and get directions. No experience necessary. Princetonastronomy.org/ public_nights.html.
Saturday, May 27
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: West Windsor Farmers Market at Princeton Junction train station. Fresh produce, plants, seafood, poultry, breads, baked goods, and more. Music by DJ Ms Sue Ms Sue. Westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.
10 a.m.: The Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade, starting at Nassau Street and Princeton Avenue and marching to the Battle Monument. Those marching should arrive by 9:15 a.m. at the Monument Hall parking lot and take a shuttle bus to the starting point. Followed at 1 p.m. by a Day of Remembrance program at Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Street.
For more information, visit spiritofprinceton.org.
11 a.m.: At Locust Hill Cemetery, 73 Hart Avenue, Trenton, a flag ceremony will pay tribute to African American veterans of the Civil War who are buried there. The public is encour aged to attend this free event. (609) 208-9991.
12-2 p.m.: Underwater Airlines on the Palmer Square Green. Palmersquare.com.
12-6 p.m.: On the Fly performs at Terhune Or chards’ Winery Weekend Music Series, 330 Cold Soil Road. Wine, music, farm strolling, and more. Terhuneorchards.com.
8 p.m.: Theatre-To-Go presents Other Desert Cit ies at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Kelseytheatre.org.
Sunday, May 28 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: ington Fine Artisans Show, Stangl Factory, 4 Stangl Road, Flemington. More than 30 local artists present fine art, ceramics, glass, jew elry, home décor, fiber art, wood, and more. Fleming tonfineartisansshow.com.
12-6 p.m.: Michael Pat rick performs at Terhune Orchards’ Winery Week end Music Series, 330 Cold Soil Road. Wine, music, farm strolling, and more. Terhuneorchards.com.
1 p.m.: Princeton Uni versity carillon concert at the Graduate Tower; listen from outside the tower. Arts. princeton.edu.
1-3 p.m.: Prasadam Dis tribution — free sanctified vegetarian meals at Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place. Sponsored by the Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture and Science. Bviscs.org.
2 p.m.: Theatre-To-Go presents Other Desert Cities at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Kelseytheatre.org.
Monday, May 29 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Flemington Fine Artisans Show, Stangl Factory, 4 Stangl Road, Flemington. More than 30 local artists present fine art, ceramics, glass, jewelry, home décor, fiber art, wood, and more. Flemingtonfineartisansshow.com.
12-6 p.m.: Bud Belveso performs at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. Memorial Day celebration. Terhuneorchards.com.
Wednesday, May 31
2 p.m.: Creative Aging: Geocaching. At Hopewell Public Library, 13 East Broad Street, Hopewell. Redlibrary.org/events.
7 p.m.: Phyllis Marchand Leadership Lecture Fund features Pnina Lahav, internationally renowned author, teacher, and scholar in the field of Israel studies, in the Community Room at the
Princeton Public Library and via YouTube. Lahav will lead a discussion about her lat est book, The Only Woman in the Room , a biography of Golda Meir. Free. To reg ister, visit princetonlibrary. libnet.info/event/8319935.
8-10:30 p.m.: Country Dancers presents a contra dance at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monu ment Drive. Open Mic led by Bob Isaacs with Contra Rebels. $15. Princetoncountrydancers.org.
Friday, June 2
8-10 a.m.: PRIDE family breakfast at the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, 12 Stockton Street. RustinCenter.org.
5-8 p.m.: Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery, 330 Cold Soil Road. Music by Laundrymen. Terhuneorchards.com.
6-9 p.m.: Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative hosts an open mic event at Hinds Plaza. Princetonlibrary.org.
8 p.m.: Theatre-To-Go presents Other Desert Citat Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Kelseytheatre.org.
Saturday, June 3
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: West Windsor Farmers Market at Princeton Junction train station. Special 20th anniversary celebration. Fresh produce, plants, seafood, poultry, breads, baked goods, and more. Music by Dark Whiskey. Westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.
12-3 p.m.: Third annual Princeton Community Pride Picnic on the Palmer Square Green featuring live music, a collaborative community art project, activities, games, and giveaways for all ages. Rain date is June 4.
12-6 p.m.: Winery Weekend Music Series at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. Music by Brian Bortnick from 1-4 p.m. Light fare available, no outside food or pets. Terhuneorchards.com.
7:30 p.m.: LaFiocco period instrument ensemble presents “Songs of Love and Vengeance” at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane. $10-$25. Lafiocco.org.
8 p.m.: Theatre-To-Go presents Other Desert Cities at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Kelseytheatre.org.
Sunday, June 4 12-6 p.m.: Winery Weekend Music Series at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. Music by Jerry Steele from 1-4 p.m. Light fare available, no outside food or pets. Terhuneorchards.com.
1:30-3:15 p.m.: Trita Parsi is the keynote speaker, on “Can America Become a Peacemaker Again,” at a meeting of the Coalition for Peace Action, at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, and online. Peacecoalition.org.
1 p.m.: Princeton University carillon concert at the Graduate Tower; listen from outside the tower. Arts. princeton.edu.
2 p.m.: Theatre-To-Go Other Desert Citat Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Kelseytheatre.org.
3 p.m.: The Blawenburg Band, under the direction of Jerry Rife, presents their 133rd Anniversary Concert, “An Afternoon at the Movies,” at Kendall Hall Theatre, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Blawenburgband.org.
4-8 p.m.: “Taste of Hope” fundraiser for HomeFront at the Trenton Farmers Market, Spruce Street, Lawrence Township. Food, wine, art, shopping, live entertainment, and more. $100. HomeFrontNJ.org. or (609) 989-9417 ext. 107.
Monday, June 5 Recycling
Tuesday, June 6 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Read & Pick Program: Growing a Garden of Goodies at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. $12
per child includes activity; online pre-purchase of tickets is required. Register at terhuneorchards.ticketspice. com/read-pick.
7:30 p.m.: Corinne Bailey Rae performs at McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place. McCarter.org.
Wednesday, June 7
7:30 p.m.: State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick presents “Dave Mason: Endangered Species Tour 2023” with opening act The Georgia Thunderbolts. $29$79. STNJ.org.
Thursday, June 8
6:45 p.m.: Mercer’s Best Toastmasters Club meets at Lawrence Community Center, 295 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrence Township. Free. Mercersbest.toastmastersclubs.org.
Friday, June 9
5-8 p.m.: Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery, 330 Cold Soil Road. Music by Mike & Laura. Terhuneorchards.com.
7-8:45 p.m.: “From Janis to Alanis: Women Who Rock,” at Hinds Plaza. Five diverse vocalists backed by Princeton-area musicians. Free. Princetonlibrary.org.
7 p.m.: Time For Three opens the 2023 Princeton Festival at Morven, 55 Stockton Street. $10-$125. Princetonsymphony.org/ festival.
Saturday, June 10
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Lambertville Goes Wild sponsors a native plant sale at Cavallo Park, 2 Mount Hope Street, Lambertville. Perennials, shrubs, and trees; experts on hand to answer questions. Lambervillegoeswild. weebly.com
10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Hidden Gardens of Lambertville tour. Self-guided tour featuring eight gardens beginning at the Kalmia Club, 39 York Street. Rain or shine; $25 in advance or $30 day of tour. Kalmiaclub.org.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System holds its inaugural Health & Happiness Fair in conjunction with the Lawrence Health Department. 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Free. Mcl.org.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Worldwide Knit in Public Day, on the green at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street. A collaboration of Princeton Public Library and Princeton Makes Artists Cooperative. Princetonlibrary.org.
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Established in 1956, it was founded by the Pew family to administer the Pew Charitable Trust in perpetuity. The company’s name is derived from the family’s home, dating to the 1800s in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Glenmede is based on the patriarch J.N. Pew’s mother’s maiden name: Glenn, and mede, related to the old English term for meadow.
Privately owned, and headquartered in Philadelphia, the company has nine locations, including the Princeton site, which was established in 1992. At that time, Glenmede purchased a boutique investment firm A. L. Herst, which had been located in Princeton since the 1970s.
The company’s clients can expect leading-edge, personalized solutions. As Walsh points out, “Our mission statement is this: We empower the confident pursuit of purpose, passions, and legacy through integrated wealth management. We focus exclusively on wealth management for individuals and families, as well as foundations and endowments. Our independence and stability are our hallmarks. We fit perfectly in between the small
boutiques and the large firms. We have a boutique feel, but we have resources and expertise comparable to the big players. This includes our $40.5 billion in assets under management.”
“Our goal is to empower our clients to make the choices that reflect their wishes and values, whether it’s with life events like retirement or legacy opportunities like trusts and estates,” Walsh continues. “In many cases, even if we start out with just a slice, our clients appreciate the big picture work that we do, and we end up with the entire financial advisory relationship.”
Working closely with clients to ensure their best outcome is the company’s priority and a special interest of Walsh. As she says, “I’m a relationship person. I don’t make money management decisions. When I meet with a prospective client, we’ll discuss what is most important to them. Based on what they want and need, I will build the right team around the client, and from there, each client’s portfolio is structured to their individual needs and goals.
“I’ll ask about what they want to achieve: do they want to make home improvements? Are they taking care of older parents or others? All of this is important in how we proceed. We have a full financial planning team and a robust process, and our clients receive direct,
personalized attention, including a goals-based wealth review at least once a year. For those who want big picture advice, our overview can include providing tax information for them and ensuring that estate plans are in order.
“Also, in order to be successful, we have to be comfortable both working for our clients and being in their world. In these challenging times, our job is to be calm and clear in how we approach things — always with our clients’ interests uppermost.”
Glenmede serves a nationally-based clientele including individuals of means of any age, and as Walsh points out, many have been with the company for years. “We have clients including family members of multiple generations — even four generations in some cases!”
Clients often vary in their objectives, she adds. “Some clients are very interested in donating substantial amounts to charity while they are alive, and some have a strict focus on their families — even including their pets. We sometimes see animal companions named as trust beneficiaries! Their owners want to ensure that they will be taken care of when the owner is gone.”
In addition, the impact of COVID-19 has been a factor in clients’ financial decisions, she notes. “Some clients who had been putting off fulfilling their life dreams have now leaned more into celebrating life events, their families, and their success by traveling, investing in a new hobby, or learning a new skill that isn’t practical, but brings them joy. Or they may decide not to wait any longer to buy that dream house in their favorite location.”
Walsh is very proud of the Princeton team and its dedicated service to its clients. “Glenmede’s commitment to the Princeton area is demonstrated in part by the size of our local team — we are 16 strong! The team is close and collaborative and vibrant. We experience the joy of collaboration and sharing of ideas. We have long-tenured experts in the business, and an up-andcoming group of talented younger professionals. There is a lot of intellectual capital here!
“We also have an excellent team based in Philadelphia, working with endowments
and foundations. They travel as needed to be present locally. In addition, we have strengths in fixed income investing, private equity, and sustainable and impact investing.
“We are making an important investment in sustainability, as a firm and as an investment manager. We dedicate substantial resources to creating solutions for our clients to invest in ethically, morally responsible organizations for the environment.
“We are also bringing our sustainable and impact investment team to Princeton and partnering with C-Change, an outstanding local nonprofit focused on climate change, to host an event in September at the Nassau Club. We will discuss how each of our organizations views this alarming trend and prepares for the future.”
Glenmede serves the Princeton community in many ways, she explains. “I live and work in Princeton. This is my community, and Glenmede is very committed to the community. We volunteer and serve as hosts for events, support local merchants, organizations, and charities, and sponsor events. We attend more than 30 community events throughout the year.
“We want to give back
with volunteer work, board service, and sponsorship support for worthy organizations. Some of those we support are the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton University Art Museum, McCarter Theatre, the Watershed Institute, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Princeton Public Library, Princeton Community Housing, HomeFront, and Foundation Academies, among others. We don’t just write checks. We show up and actively support these organizations. We believe this is so important. We need to understand not only how our community prospers, but what it needs.”
Elizabeth Walsh looks forward to continuing to serve Glenmede’s clients and help them achieve their goals. She loves having this opportunity, and sometimes, it has great personal significance.
As she says, smiling, “One of the most special things I’ve ever done has been helping with the financial objectives of my very favorite ‘rock star’ Princeton University professor!
“I am so dedicated to this community, and helping guide Glenmede’s clients to the best outcome during this rapidly changing environment is my privilege and priority.”
For further information, call (609) 683-1005 or visit glenmede.com.
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FINANCIAL FOCUS: “We lead with advice and planning, which allows us to understand each client’s full financial picture. With this knowledge, we can act in the most thoughtful way in accordance with each client’s best interest.” Elizabeth Walsh, Princeton regional director for Glenmede Trust Company, looks forward to introducing more clients to Glenmede’s expert financial services and solutions.
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Coming Off Inspiring Win at Ivy Championships, PU Women’s Open Crew Primed for NCAA Regatta
The last time the Princeton University women’s open crew team competed on the Cooper River course in Pennsauken, things went pretty well.
Rowing in the 2022 Ivy League Championships, Princeton placed ﬁrst as the varsity 8 held off Brown to give the Tigers the league title. This week, the Tigers are heading back to Cooper River looking for another championship as they take part in the NCAA Rowing Championships from May 26-28.
The competition includes the varsity 8, second varsity 8, and varsity 4 with 22 teams making up the field.
Princeton open head coach Lori Dauphiny believes competing in a local venue should help her squad.
“I do think it is a plus, I like being close to home, it is our home state,” said Dauphiny, who guided the Tigers to third place in the team standings at the 2022 NCAA regatta as the varsity 4 took first and varsity eight placed third. “My expectation is that we will be ready and we will give it our all. I don’t know what will happen. It is always a hard question because there is some crossover but there are a lot of teams we haven’t seen. In our heat we have Washington and we haven’t seen Washington. We have no crossover with them.”
Late in the regular season, Princeton excelled in a key crossover clash as the Tiger varsity 8 edged then-No. 1 Texas along with No. 3 Yale.
“It was a big test and it was really fun to rise to the occasion and every boat did, which was also fantastic,” said Dauphiny, reflecting on the April 22 regatta which saw the Tigers snap Texas’ 22-race winning streak. “It wasn’t just the varsity 8, it was the 2V and the 4. They all performed at an amazing level as well. It was definitely a confidence boost even through it was really tight and close. We came out in the right side in the varsity 8 and the 2V was within a 10th of a second of Texas.”
The Tigers got another boost in the Ivy regatta at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., on May 14 as a win by the varsity 8 in its grand final helped the Tigers take the team title.
Princeton scored 85 points, edging runner-up Yale by one point. Penn was third with 66 points while Brown was fourth with 64.
“We were nervous going into it; there was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement because of the fact that it really was a historic event, having both men’s and women’s teams there,” said Dauphiny. “It was a crazy race schedule.”
In the view of Dauphiny,
the Princeton rowers fed off of each other at the competition.
“It was amazing; our boathouse is close because we all train at the same time,” said Dauphiny. “Everyone was on a roll. We were pushing each other, there was a lot of energy coming out of the boathouse heading to this trip to fight for the Ivy title for all three teams.”
The undefeated Tiger varsity 8 is on a roll, ranked No. 1 and seeded first in the NCAA competition.
“It is a special boat for sure but there is more work to be done,” said Dauphiny. “I don’t think we are ever confident that we have it down. I would say that the boat is coming together. They made great strides throughout the year and in our racing overall. We are still working on consistency but that is improving.”
With the 2V seeded second at the NCAA regatta and the 4 slotted at fifth, Dauphiny believes those boats can put in some good work this weekend.
“There have been some lineup changes which is challenging for them,” said Dauphiny. “I think both boats are rallying and excited and eager to get out on the race course. We haven’t set the lineups in all of our boats. I don’t think there will be big changes. It is the same
personnel, just different seats.”
As the Tigers put in their final preparations this week, the focus is on fine-tuning things.
“It is jelling as a boat and being consistent; I think all three boats are looking to repeat things,” said Dauphiny. “We have gotten better in our racing and we have worked on different strategies. We are getting fitter
and now I think we just have to be able to repeat that.”
Dauphiny is proud of how her rowers have jelled over the spring.
“There is something magical about this team in general, I have to say, in their spirit and ability to rally around each other and to produce speed in their boats,” said Dauphiny, crediting her assistant coaches, Steve Hope and Anna Kalfaian, with
playing key roles in the team’s success.
“It was one of our more challenging fall seasons, I would have said that yes this group is stronger than that and they will get better and they did. But I don’t know if I would have given them enough credit for coming together as a team and as teammates.”
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ALL HANDS ON DECK: The Princeton University women’s open crew team celebrates after it placed first overall at the Ivy League Championships earlier this month on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The Tigers will go for another title this week when they compete in the NCAA Rowing Championships on Cooper River in Pennsauken from May 26-28. (Photo by Ed Hewitt/Row2k, provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)
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PU Sports Roundup
5 PU Senior Men’s Stars Named Roper Finalists
Five Princeton University standout senior male athletes have been named as finalists for the William Winston Roper Trophy, which is awarded annually to a Princeton senior man of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and general proficiency in athletics.
The finalists are men’s basketball star forward Tosan Evbuomwan, record-breaking pole vaulter Sondre Guttormsen, NCAA champion wrestler Pat Glory, football and track standout Andrei Iosivas, and swimmer Raunak Khosla.
The Roper Trophy will be presented at the Gary Walters ‘67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on May 25.
swimmer Nikki Venema, and women’s lightweight rower Sarah Polson. The von Kienbusch Award will be presented at the Gary Walters ‘67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on May 25.
Princeton Athletics Names Lane Award Finalists
Five Princeton University senior student-athletes have been named as finalists for the 2023 Art Lane ‘34 Award, which is presented annually to undergraduate student-athletes in recognition of selfless contribution to sport and society.
The finalists are men’s soccer player Ben Bograd, women’s open rowing coxswain Hannah Diaz, women’s soccer goalie Ella Gantman, men’s heavyweight rower Nate Phelps, and softball standout Serena Starks.
The Art Lane ‘34 Award will be presented at the Gary Walters ‘67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on May 25.
rower Madeleine Polubinski, a politics major; men’s heavyweight rower Harris Saunders, a history major; and women’s volleyball player Olivia Schewe, an economics major pursuing a certificate in finance.
The award was given by the Class of 1916 on the occasion of its 50th reunion and will be presented at the Gary Walters ‘67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on May 25.
PU Men’s Golf Takes 12th at NCAA Regional
William Huang starred as the Princeton University men’s golf team placed 12th at the NCAA Regional held last week at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Freshman Huang fired a four-under 68 in the final round of the competition to tie for 39th individually. He finished with a final total of even-par 216 in the threeround event.
historic victory came over No. 43 Eryn Cayetano of USC in the opening round of the competition. Frayman outlasted Cayetano in a three-setter, prevailing 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. Frayman will face N.C.
State’s No. 26 Amelia Rajecki in the second round.
She will also team with fellow senior Grace Joyce in doubles, taking on No. 4 Diana Shnaider and Alana Smith of NC State in a match slated for May 23.
PU Women’s Senior Athletes Vying for Award
A quintet of outstanding Princeton University senior women’s athletes studentathletes have been named as finalists for the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award, which is presented annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman.
The finalists include field hockey standout Hannah Davey, tennis standout Daria Frayman, dominant softball pitcher Alexis Laudenslager, 13-time Ivy League champion
5 Princeton Senior Athletes Contending for 1916 Cup
Five Princeton University senior student-athletes have been named as finalists for the Class of 1916 Cup, which is presented annually to the Princeton varsity letter winner who has achieved the highest academic standing at graduation.
The finalists are: women’s soccer goalie Ella Gantman, who is studying in the School of Public and International Affairs while pursuing a certificate in Spanish language and culture; men’s lacrosse goalie Griffen Rakower, an economics major pursuing a certificate in finance; women’s lightweight
Princeton had a team score of +5 as Alabama (-28), Oklahoma (-25), Colorado (-23), Texas Tech (-22), and Duke (-21) took the five team spots to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Women’s Tennis Star Frayman
Advances in NCAA Singles
Princeton University women’s tennis senior star Daria Frayman made history, becoming the first player in program history to advance to the Round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championships in action last Monday at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Orlando, Fla.,
Playing in the NCAA singles tourney for the secondstraight season, Frayman’s
SLUGGING IT OUT: Princeton University baseball player Nick DiPietrantonio takes a swing in recent action. Last weekend, Princeton competed in the Ivy League postseason tournament and produced plenty of drama in the double elimination event. On Friday, the third-seeded Tigers fell 3-2 to second-seeded Harvard to start the tourney hosted by Penn. A day later, Princeton rallied from a 5-0 third inning deficit against fourth-seeded Columbia and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to break an 11-11 tie and pull out a 13-11 win. On Sunday, the Tigers topped Harvard 10-3 to advance to the final round of the tourney against top-seeded Penn. Junior infielder DiPietrantonio went 1-for-3 with a homer, one run, and three RBIs against Columbia and 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs, and five RBIs in the win over Harvard. Needing two wins on Monday earn the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, Princeton fell 16-3 to the Quakers to end the spring with a 24-23 record.
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With Junior Quallen Flying High for PHS Boys’ Track, Tigers Overcome Rain, Adversity to Win County Meet
Sawyer Quallen didn’t have the chance to compete in the last two Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships due to injuries. Last weekend, the Princeton High junior made the most of his first time competing in counties as he helped the Tiger boys battle through rain and adversity to capture their first team title since 2018.
“We knew it about a 50-50 shot,” said Quallen. “We’ve trained our guys to do whatever they need to do to put their bodies on the line and do whatever we need. We knew no matter the struggle, we could come out on top. We were confident. It dipped a little after the first day, but everyone came out guns blazing on the second day. Everyone was thirsty to get it done.”
Quallen did his part to bolster the Tigers’ chances. He came within a half-inch of the school record when he won the triple jump with a personal best of 44’ 11.25. He also picked up fourthplace points with a 19’11 long jump. And for the first time in his career, he ran the 4x100 meters. He led off the relay that surprised everyone with a third-place finish and helped turn the tide of the meet.
“It means a lot,” said Quallen. “For me personally, getting my own personal best, getting within a half-inch of the school record feels good. It feels good to bring that to the team. A lot of meets, it feels like it’s just for you. But for this meet, it feels like you want to contribute as much as you can to the team. It feels awesome to be a part of it.”
PHS had to dig a little deeper in the two-day meet after the first day didn’t go close to predicted. When the Tigers missed out on possible first-place points from Zach Della Rocca in the 400 meters after he was still feeling the effects of winning the 100 meters and Oleg Brennan fouling his first three throws to not place in the discus, the Tigers had to recalculate how they might overcome a strong Trenton Central High team.
“We were in a position at the end of Day One where I was actually considering resting some of our team because things looked so bleak,” said PHS head coach Ben Samara. “Then we came back on Saturday and the kids refused to let things go and they made things happen that we didn’t even think were possible when the weekend started. We ended up still scoring 90 points despite losing all those points in the beginning.”
One of the team’s seniors, Drew Pianka, especially urged Samara to redo the calculations to see if the Tigers had a chance to win Saturday. Samara saw a slim chance if things could break for PHS and made sure not to leave anyone home Saturday.
“If not for Drew,” said Samara, “we might not have this county title.”
The 4x100 relay was a
huge turning point, as was Della Rocca being able to return to win the 200 meters on the second day and help the 4x400 relay take third to seal the victory. Andrew Kenny and Charles Howes went second and fourth in the 800 to lock up the crown.
“We’ve been talking all week how Saturday wasn’t supposed to be a great weather day and how we needed to turn that into a positive for us,” said Samara.
“We needed to try to steal points, and use that inclement weather to our advantage somehow. There’s no better place to look at that than in our boys 4x1.”
Quallen was part of a team that individually wasn’t full of top sprinters, but they were willing to work together to try to score a point for the Tigers. He had never run a 4x100 relay before Saturday, but looked at it as a job to help the team.
“It was a little stressful,” said Quallen. “I’ve never done a start in a year. Never done a start on the curve. It’s something you have to deal with. You’re in the moment, you’re hyped up, you have to push as hard as you can.”
Quallen, Ishaq Inayat, Pianka, and Blake Bergman ran 45.86 for third place. When Trenton took sixth place, the relay ended up being a 13-point swing from pre-meet expectations.
“We were so happy,” said Quallen. “When we started it, we were thinking we got fifth or sixth or win our heat. When we jumped up to third, that’s when it started snowballing. Everyone on the side came out and was screaming their heads off. That’s when we knew we had a real chance of winning this thing.”
The points built momentum through the two-day meet. Della Rocca won the 100 in 10.98 seconds and the 200 in 22.07 seconds.
“Even after not being to get to the line for the 400, he took care of himself that night, and he came back and wins the 200,” said Samara. “And Trenton only gets sixth, which ended up being another 10-11 point swing from what we thought was going to happen. What a comeback for Zach. He was devastated on Friday. He comes back and gets another county championship on Saturday and helps us win.”
Kenny ran 1:59.82 for silver and in the 800, and Howes was fourth in 2:02.18. They were also a part of the winning 4x800 relay along with Marty Brophy and Josh Barzilai. Kenny had to run not only through the rain but sickness after he had come back this spring from injuries that kept him out all fall and winter.
“He was not in good shape all week leading up and all weekend, but there was still never a question if he’d be able to run or whether he’d be able to contribute,” said Samara. “Then what he and Charlie did in the 800 in that torrential downpour, it essentially closed the meet
out for us. The 800 is such a crapshoot. We were saying if we can get four to six points out of it, we’ll be happy. We end up getting 12 points there, and it shuts things down.”
Brophy took third in the 3,200 meters and fourth in the 1,600 in addition to his relay work. Zach Deng placed sixth in the 3,200. Brophy was part of the 4x800 as well as the thirdplace 4x400 that included Barzilai and Ben Gitai along with Della Rocca to cap a heavy workload.
Sean Wilton picked up points in the throws. The sophomore placed third in discus with a 138’7 effort, and fourth in shot put with a throw of 49’8.
“Then you look at Sean Wilton, a young thrower that comes up with a third and a fourth, so he had huge points,” said Samara. “It is only his second year. Getting close to cracking 50-feet (in shot), he is going to be doing some big things on the state level in the next couple years.”
The PHS boys went on to finish with 91 points to outscore runner-up Trenton by 15 points. The Tigers placed ninth in the girls meet as Katherine Monroe took third in the 100 hurdles and Grace DeFaria placed fifth in the long jump to provide highlights for PHS.
“I think we’ve had all the pieces together but hadn’t had them at the same time,” said Quallen. “Zach was injured in the winter, a couple throwers were out. I was injured in winter. All the hard work is paying off. Everyone works hard day and night. It’s finally paying off, so it feels really good.”
Quallen had been forced to watch the last two outdoor county meets. A hamstring injury derailed his freshman year and his sophomore season was hampered by ankle injuries. He has worked all year to return to the PHS lineup, and is feeling about 90 percent back to normal after changing his outlook.
“I think it was about me taking accountability,” said Quallen. “When you get hurt, it’s a freak accident. There are always things you can do to minimize that. I started doing more rehab, more extensive warm-up and taking
care of my body like I never did before. It’s not by chance I am more healthy and can be more competitive. It feels good. You can see it in the results, you can see it in the pain. I’m not feeling that much pain anymore.”
He put together a strong day Saturday highlighted by his triple jump. He put himself less than an inch from the record books with still sectional and group meets to aim for to end the year.
“It was over a foot PR just off some minor adjustments I made,” said Quallen. “I was pushing off every phase, not trying to conserve. I was really pushing my body.”
Quallen’s return was critical to PHS winning the county crown. He was an important piece of the title team, part of a special group that put the Tigers back on top after a four-year hiatus. It took a lot of determination after the meet didn’t go as smoothly as they had hoped, but in the end they had plenty of points for a championship.
“In 2017, we lost to West Windsor North by one point,” said Samara. “And that was sort of the catalyst for 2018. In 2019 we had almost all of our kids
back but we had some injuries and some misfortune and we ended up losing that meet by only a couple points as well. We were a couple points away from going 2017-2018-2019, but that shows you these meets are not easy to win. It’s one of the harder county titles to win in any sport.”
PHS will try to build on the momentum of the resolve it showed in winning counties when it heads to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Jersey Group 4 sectional June 2-3. The Tigers have confidence after coming through Saturday.
“On the boys side, South Brunswick seems to have one of those all-time teams,” said Samara. “It’s going to be tough to get past them. We’re going to make a decision whether or not we put ourselves in a position to steal it if they falter, or are we going to be giving our athletes more of a look individually to see where they could hit some big PRs and move themselves forward individually. We should get a good group moving on to groups.”
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Princeton High boys’ track team celebrate through a downpour after the squad placed first at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last weekend at Robbinsville High. PHS piled up 91 points to take the title with Trenton Central scoring 76 to take second.
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With Jolly Rising to the Occasion in his Senior Year, Hun Baseball Makes MCT Final, Wins Prep A Title
Displaying its resilience, the fourth-seeded Hun School baseball team started a run to the Mercer County Tournament final by rallying from a 7-0 deficit to edge fifth-seeded Steinert 9-7 in the quarterfinal round.
In the semis, Hun stunned top-seeded Notre Dame 5-3 on May 16 to earn a spot in the final against sixth-seeded Allentown as the Raiders went for a second straight county crown.
As Hun took the field at the Trenton Thunder Ballpark last Friday evening for the final, Michael Jolly and his teammates were fired up to go for the title repeat.
“We put together two very good games against Steinert and Notre Dame, two very good programs themselves,” said senior outfielder/first baseman Jolly. “I was proud of the way we fought and clawed out way back to the championship. There was a lot of people here, bright lights; it is cool to play in an atmosphere like this.”
When Hun found itself trailing 4-0 after Allentown put four runs on the board in the top of the second inning, Jolly came through with a run-scoring double as Hun narrowed the gap to 4-2.
“The scouting report was a lot of offspeed early in the count, I just missed the one in the first inning,” said Jolly. “I knew it was going to come again so I was ready for it and I was able to pull it down the line, drive in a run, get some momentum a little bit.”
In the bottom of the seventh with Hun trailing 5-3, Jolly produced another clutch hit, lining a single to get two runners win with one out. Hun, though, was unable to capitalize as it fell by that 5-3 margin.
Due to Hun’s penchant for coming back, Jolly never lost hope in the final inning.
“I felt good, we were in a spot where we had one out and two guys on,” said Jolly. “It felt like we were getting something going, sometimes it just doesn’t fall and it didn’t bounce our way. I don’t think anyone on this team quit. We had a belief that we were going to win this game, we just couldn’t get it done.”
Displaying that belief, Hun came from the loser’s bracket to win the double-elimination Prep A state tournament over the weekend. The Raiders edged Pingry 2-1 and topped Peddie 8-2 on Sunday to force a winnertake-all finale against the latter team on Monday. Hun prevailed 2-0 over the Falcons in the finale to earn the Prep A crown and end the spring with a 19-8 record.
In the wake of the MCT loss to Allentown, Jolly sensed that the Raiders would rebound for the Prep A tourney.
“I am excited for a bounce back, this hurts a little bit,” said Jolly, noting that Hun won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title this spring. “I think everyone is going to come into the game with a little bit more fire and
get it on. It is hard to win two out of three and if we get two out of three that would be great.”
After hitting .172 as a junior in 2022, Jolly enjoyed a great senior year, batting .329 and tying Michael Chiaravallo for the team high in homers with five.
“Being in the lineup everyday has really helped me develop a constant routine and trust myself,” said Jolly, reflecting on his progress. “I trust the preparation that I put in the offseason, I knew it was going to be a good season for me. I have been riding the confidence for the whole year.”
Over the winter, Jolly juggled that prep with playing for the Hun boys’ basketball team.
“It was definitely some time management on my part to balance both of them,” said Jolly. “Knowing that baseball is my priority the entire time, it was making sure I got to hit and I got to throw. I was throwing during school days, I was hitting after school. It took some time, I had to get it done to be in the place I am now.”
Leading the team in homers along with fellow senior Chiaravallo was a pleasant surprise for Jolly.
“I definitely didn’t expect that at the beginning of the year,” said Jolly. “I have been put in good counts and I have been able to do some damage on some pitches. I am proud of myself for that.”
JOLLY GOOD: Hun School baseball player Mike Jolly follows through on swing in recent action. Senior outﬁelder/ﬁrst baseman Jolly enjoyed a big ﬁnal week of his Hun career, helping the Raiders advance to the Mercer County Tournament ﬁnal on Friday where it fell 5-3 to Allentown and then win the Prep A state title by topping Peddie 2-0 last Monday in a winner-take-all ﬁnale of the double-elimination tournament. Hun, which also won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title this season, ﬁnished the spring with a 19-8 record.
Hun head coach Tom Monfiletto was proud of how his sqaud scrapped to get back to the MCT final.
“I think we had two good hard-fought wins and another really good game today,” said Monfiletto. “It was good.”
Monfiletto had a good feeling as Hun got two runners on in the bottom of the seventh.
“We never felt out of it, we have been in this situation a lot this year so it was familiar for us,” said Monfiletto. “Allentown made a ton of plays and got hits in key spots, the pitcher (Eddie Werse) was tremendous.”
Jolly has been tremendous for the Raiders in his final campaign for the program.
“Mike has been incredible for us all year, he has been really, really consistent,” said Monfiletto. “He has been an unbelievable leader. He has produced on the field, he has been amazing. I think it came from him having belief in himself and confidence, knowing that he was going to start every single day. Last year,
he platooned a little bit. He has been amazing in the outfield, he has been amazing at first base, and he has been one of our best hitters.”
Hun also got some good play from sophomore Nico Amecangelo and junior Michael Olender down the stretch. Amecangelo and Olender both went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI in the MCT final.
“Nico stepped up, he has a great play at second base, two good ground ball hits, he is learning and getting better every day,” said Monfiletto. “We knew how talented he was when he came in last year as a freshman and he is starting to put it all together which is really nice to see. He just loves baseball. Olender had a couple of big hits today, he has been swinging the bat really, really well. He is really hot. I was really happy with how he swung it today.”
Like Jolly, Monfiletto believed that Hun could write a happy ending to its season in the Prep A tournament.
“The gift and the curse of
having two tournaments at the same time is you have to play a million games in a week but you have another opportunity to win a championship,” said Monfiletto, who got a superb mound effort in the final on Monday as Jackson Bailey and Rohan Sheth combined on the shutout with Bailey going four innings and getting the win and Sheth contributing three innings without yielding a hit.
“Obviously this stings a lot but we have an opportunity to win states which is really cool.”
Next year, Jolly is hoping to get the opportunity to keep playing baseball as he heads to the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am going to try to walk on and see what happens,” said Jolly. “If not, I will probably get involved with some research and do some other stuff. I am excited.”
No matter what happens at Penn, Jolly experienced plenty of exciting moments this spring as he ended his Hun career with a bang.
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Bucchere’s Athleticism, Intensity Spark Hun Boys’ Lax As Raiders Win MCT Title in Stagnitta’s Swan Song
Last fall, Dillon Bucchere helped shore up the defense for the undefeated Hun School football team as a star cornerback.
This spring, Bucchere has emerged as a force on the defensive unit for the Hun boys’ lacrosse team as a rugged midﬁelder.
While Bucchere has focused on gridiron success, he has made a lot of progress on the lax ﬁeld.
“I feel like, from last year, my conﬁ dence has gotten a ton better. That is a big thing for me,” said Bucchere. “The whole team is just playing so well together, it is really starting to click later in the season now.”
Last Thursday, Bucchere played really well as the top-seeded Raiders edged sixth-seeded Allentown 5-3 in the Mercer County Tournament ﬁnal to win the program’s second straight county crown.
Bucchere was all over the field, making checks, gobbling up ground balls, and racing upﬁeld to help trigger the Hun attack as the Raiders posted their eighth straight win to end the spring at 12-4.
In reﬂecting on the performance in the ﬁnal, Bucchere said that the Raiders brought some momentum into the ﬁnal in the wake of a 13-4 win over fourth-seeded Princeton High in the MCT semis.
“We were definitely fired up coming off of Tuesday’s win,” said Bucchere. “It was all around, everyone was just doing their job.”
Hun faced a tough job in overcoming Allentown. “They came in with a ton of energy,” said Bucchere off the Redbirds who had topped thirdseeded Hopewell Valley and second-seeded Princeton Day School on their way to the ﬁnal. “Our focus was just match the energy and put in all of our effort on every ground ball, every defensive possession. We had to give it our all on every play.”
The Raiders blunted that energy with a stiﬂing zone defense that repeatedly thwarted Allentown.
“The defensemen, the dmiddies, the goalie, it all really came together,” said Bucchere. “We were playing a zone really well. It was just a great team effort defensively; everyone getting the stops. It is the goalie (Cutter Swanson) making the saves and everyone clearing it.”
Bucchere made a number of one-man clears in the win, racing through and past Allentown players.
“When I get the ball, it is do my best to get it up the ﬁ eld as fast as I can,” said Bucchere. “I am just thinking how can I get to other side of the ﬁeld as fast as I can. If it means taking a check, I am willing to do that.”
Midway through the second quarter, Bucchere raced up the ﬁeld and ﬂung the ball to junior star Danny Cano who ﬁ red the ball in the back of the cage to give Hun a 3-0 lead.
“I was just coming down the ﬁeld, it was on a man-up and I saw Cano and I trust
him a ton to always make the shot,” said Bucchere of Cano, who ended up scoring three goals in the win with Brett Stelmach tallying the other two goals for the Raiders. “I knew as soon as I passed it to him, he would score that.”
For Bucchere, seeing Hun come together down the stretch to win a title was special.
“This win was a culmination of everything we have done this spring so it was really awesome to get this,” said Bucchere. “We had our ups and downs and thankfully we hit an up at the end of the season and got it done.”
Hun head coach Jim Stagnitta pointed to the defense as the key factor in his team’s championship win.
“It was our season in a nutshell, we played great defense but we are not particularly disciplined on offense,” said Stagnitta. “We had our moments. I can count on a couple of guys to really step up and do what I needed them to do.”
Utilizing the experience Stagnitta has gained from a long college and pro coaching career that has included stops at Penn, Washington and Lee, and Rutgers along with guiding the Whipsnakes to Premier Lacrosse League titles, he made a key tactical adjustment at the defensive end.
“We went and committed to the zone, we got better and better they took a lot of pride in it and it made a difference,” said Stagnitta, whose defensive unit includes
Ryan Donahue, Cameron Donovan, Jackson O’Brien, Ridge Peabody, Luke Donahue, and goalie Swanson.
“We are a defensive team and Cutter really stepped up in goal. I think it bafﬂed people, the zone is not easy to play against.” Bucchere certainly made a big difference for the Raiders. “We don’t win this without him, to me, he was the best player on the field in both games this week,” said Stagnitta. “He was the most athletic, he played the whole game and never got tired. He has his mind set on football
because he was starting on that Hun team that beats everyone 50-0. I told him a couple of weeks ago that he is a Division I lacrosse player, athletically, physically. I did that for 28 years and I would take Dillon Bucchere on any of my teams, at any level, at any time. I think he is going to consider it now, particularly after this weekend.”
In the wake of the triumph, Stagnitta acknowledged that his time at Hun was coming to an end.
“This is it for me, I am done; I had committed to three years with the idea of
hopefully getting it back to respectability,” said Stagnitta. “I have enjoyed it, I think the program is in good shape. Our JV team is excellent, our eighth grade team is good. The assistants are great. It is a good way to go out.”
Bucchere, for his part, enjoyed going out this spring with a title.
“It is awesome, there is no feeling like it, winning a big game like this,” said Bucchere. “Even playing in a game like this, the energy is unmatched, it is amazing.”
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ON A ROLL: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Dillon Bucchere heads upﬁeld in the Mercer County Tournament ﬁnal at Hopewell Valley High last Thursday evening. Junior midﬁeld Bucchere chipped in an assist and some strong play on the defensive end to help top-seeded Hun edge sixth-seeded Allentown 5-3. The win gave the Raiders a ﬁnal record of 12-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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Riding Balanced Batting Attack, Kobryn’s Pitching, Hun Softball Tops Pingry to Repeat as Prep A Champs
Kathy Quirk was expecting a tense contest when her Hun School softball team hosted the Pingry School in the Prep A state title game last Thursday.
“We knew what Pingry was like, I thought it was going to be a close game; it was 4-1 (on April 17) the first time we played them,” said Hun head coach Quirk whose squad was seeded first as it went after its second straight Prep A crown while Pingry was the No. 3 seed. “In the sixth inning they took their No. 1 pitcher out because they had a county game the next day.”
Instead, the title game turned into a laugher as Hun
scored 10 unanswered runs with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, six more in the fifth, and one in the sixth as the contest ended there on the 10-run rule with Raiders up 10-0. Hun finished the spring at 18-2 as it won another MidAtlantic Prep League (MAPL) title to go along with its Prep A repeat.
“We just hit the hell out of the ball, the hitting became contagious,” said Quirk, who had five players with at least two hits in the victory as Sam Jolly went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI with Lexi Kobryn going 2-for-3 with two runs, Anna Murphy going 2 for 2 with two runs, and Rowan
Lacy and Emma Eisenberg each going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs.
“The spirit in the dugout was unbelievable and I think these girls just wanted it. At the beginning of each season, we talk about team goals and two of our team goals were to repeat our MAPL and Prep A state championships. They knew what they had to do.”
Junior star pitcher Kobryn took care of business in the circle in the final, striking out nine and giving up just two hits in earning the shutout.
“Lexi knew she couldn’t do it herself, she had to depend on her teammates to get it done,” said Quirk. “She had anoth
has been so consistent.”
Quirk credited freshman infielder Jolly with being a catalyst against Pingry and over the course of the spring.
“Jolly is just such a smart player; she is a left-handed slapper but she will look at where the girls are and will place the ball over the third basemen’s head or will hit a power hit,” said Quirk of Jolly who batted .672 in her debut campaign with team-highs in hits (43) and runs (32). “She just knows what to do to get on base. I can’t say enough about her as a freshman and what she contributed to the team.”
Hun’s title repeat was a total team effort. “It is a great accomplishment,” said Quirk. “They work together, they have fun, and they believe in each other. They just
supported each other.”
The squad’s senior group — Sammy Kandel, Kat Xiong, Nina Amodio, and Amelia Zucatti — helped the Raiders come together.
“They are going to be tough to replace, they have come through the system,” said Quirk. “Sammy and Kat have been four-year starters. Nina finally worked her way into the starting lineup this year. Kat’s energy is like a bag of Mexican jumping beans, she never stops. She is going to be missed and I hope she does well up at Colby.”
In Quirk’s view, the program has the foundation in place to keep doing very well going forward.
“It is a great group coming back with the pitcher (Kobryn), the catcher (Eisenberg), Jamie
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“It is a great infield, not too many balls are hit to the outfield so our infield has to be really solid. I will probably move [Anna] Murphy over to center field. Rowan [Lacy] really turned the corner on the Lawrenceville game when we put her in as a pinch hitter and she drove in the go-ahead run. Emma hit the ball really well in the final; she is such a driven player. She works hard in practice, she is going to have a big impact next year.”
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PDS Boys’ Tennis Rolls to 2nd Straight Prep B Crown, Advancing to the Finals in All 5 Flights of the Tourney
There wasn’t much drama but a lot of excitement for the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team as it rolled to the Prep B state title last week.
PDS dominated the opening weekend of the competition, advancing to the finals in all five flights, clinching the team title before even playing the championship round.
Last Wednesday at Wardlaw-Hartridge, the Panthers earned individual titles in three flights as Heyang Li was victorious at first singles while Josh Chu won at second singles and the first doubles pair of Oliver Silverio and Steven Li prevailed in their final.
The Panthers piled up 13 points in winning the title with Montclair Kimberley Academy scoring nine in placing second.
“We are really proud of the guys; we always want to be pushing ourselves to be the best tennis players and best sportsmen that we can be,” said PDS head coach Michael Augsberger, reflecting on the title which was
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the second straight Prep B crown for the program. “It is great to have the acknowledgment of that and to able to celebrate it. This is a very senior laden team, we are glad that we can send them off in a fitting fashion.”
The Panthers, though, didn’t celebrate before the final round.
“We had an inkling that we had it sewed it up but we weren’t sure because there were some other matches out there,” said Augsberger. “We wanted to get the official word from tournament director on a couple of things, so we didn’t actually celebrate on Saturday.”
In reflecting on his squad’s dominant start at the Prep B competition, Augsberger attributed it to several factors.
“Part of it comes down the seeding — we benefited from having a good season so far and some of the decisions that were made worked for us,” said Augsberger. “Then you have to beat who is put in front of you.”
Heading into the finals, the PDS players had the luxury of not having to stress over the team standings.
“It is a rarity where you get to play with no pressure at all,” said Augsberger. “The guys had their individual pressure, they wanted to win their titles. But for the team they didn’t have to worry so they played more freely.”
Sophomore Li, competing in his first high school campaign, played very well in the final, posting a 6-0, 6-0 win over Josh Green of Dwight Englewood.
“His mindset is very confident and very laid back, he never seems to get worried,” said Augsberger of Li, who previously won the first singles title at the Mercer County Tournament. “He has been in situations where he hasn’t been playing his optimal. It is interesting to
see him them and how does he re-set himself. You want to go out there and remind him you are still in control if you play your game, you are going to perform well. For him, it was pretty businesslike.”
Senior standout Chu took care of business at second singles, defeating Jonah Aliwalas of Rutgers Prep, 6-3, 6-2.
“I really wanted it for him to be able to collect some silverware after such a career,” said Augsberger. “Being thrust into first singles due to injury his sophomore year, Josh was playing some great guys. He was battling with them, he wins one here and then has tight losses and takes his lumps. To be able to play two this year and to have that spot locked up is really good for his confidence. He deserves a championship. Coming into the tournament we knew that he was going to be able to bash the ball. Jonah kept it close early in both sets but Josh was able to figure it out to do what he needed to do.”
At first doubles, the pair of Oliver Silverio and junior Steven Li showed some grit in pulling out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Sujan Munver and Kyle Lee of Dwight-Englewood.
“Silverio is such a gentleman, he is someone the other guys admire a lot,” said Augsberger. “When they lost that first set to Dwight Englewood, it was time for Oliver to be the leader. He has always been paired with older guys whose turn it was to finally win and celebrate their career. This time it was his turn to coach along a younger player. They are both so quiet, they really needed to amp up the energy. Oliver was the one that did that this time, he took charge of that match.”
While senior Wu fell in straight sets to Luis Crespo of MKA and the second
TROPHY PRESENTATION: Members of the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team show off the silverware they earned for winning the Prep B state title last week. PDS dominated the opening weekend of the competition, advancing to the ﬁnals in all ﬁve ﬂights, clinching the team title before even playing the championship round. The Panthers earned individual titles in three ﬂights as Heyang Li came through at ﬁrst singles while Josh Chu won at second singles and the ﬁrst doubles pair of Oliver Silverio and Steven Li prevailed in their ﬁnal. In upcoming action, PDS will be competing in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public, South Jersey tourney where they are seeded fourth and will host 13th-seeded Moorestown Friends in a ﬁrst round match on May 26.
doubles pair of senior Mohammad and junior Peng dropped a three-setter to Alejandro Crespo and Santos Garner of MKA, Augsberger believes that the players gained some valuable experience with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public tourney on the horizon.
“Wu had the biggest challenge of the day, of all the finalists that we had to play, Crespo was probably the biggest challenge,” said Augsberger. “He is an
incredible baseline player, we were going through solution after solution. Wu has matured so much, he was thinking positively the entire match. He was trying to work out the solutions. Mo and Peng were able to pull out that first set tiebreaker, it was the closest they got because MKA took control of the second and third sets. We tried adjustments. I am just really proud of where they finished.”
With PDS starting action this week in the Non-Public, South Jersey tourney where
they are seeded fourth and will host 13th-seeded Moorestown Friends in a first round match on May 26, Augsberger believes the squad can build on its Prep B success.
“You want to peak at the right time, it is all about the tournaments for us,” said Augsberger. “Now that we have the preps, this is the kind of thing where you can get that momentum and roll because the states are so close to it.”
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Boys’ Track : Eric Scully set the pace as Hun tied for seventh in the team standings at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last week at Robbinsville High. Scully took second in the 3,200 meters run and third in the 1,600 as the Raiders tied Lawrenceville for seventh overall in the meet won by Princeton High.
Girls’ Track : Kate Crotty and Anna Casciano starred as Hun placed 11th in the team standings at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last week at Robbinsville High. Crotty placed fourth in the triple jump while Casciano took fourth in the discus in the meet won by Lawrenceville.
Girls’ Lacrosse : Brooke Ross starred in a losing cause as second-seeded Lawrenceville got edged 1312 in overtime by top-seeded Oak Knoll last week in the Prep A state title game. Ross tallied five goals for the Big Red in the May 16 contest. Lawrenceville fell 18-7 to St. Paul’s (N.H.) last Sunday to end the spring with a 14-6 record.
Boys’ Track: Andrew Boanoh and Cole Shannon provided highlights as Lawrenceville tied for seventh
at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last weekend at Robbinsville High. Boanoh took first in the discus while Shannon won the high jump as the Big Red tied Hun for seventh in the meet won by Princeton High.
Girls’ Track : Sofia Swindell led the way as Lawrenceville placed first at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last weekend at Robbinsville High. Swindell took first in both the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump and took second in the 200. Jael Gaines placed first in the 400 while Elizabeth Parnell finished second in the 800 to help the Big Red earn the championship. Lawrenceville piled up 114.5 points in rolling to the team title with Lawrence High scoring 63 in taking second.
Baseball : Ray Heaton starred as Pennington defeated South Hunterdon 4-2 last Thursday in its season finale. Heaton got the win on the mound and also had two RBIs as the Red Hawks finished the spring with an 18-2 record.
Girls’ Lacrosse: Hailey Adamsky tallied seven goals and two assists but it wasn’t enough as Pennington got edged 15-14 by WW/P-North last Thursday in the final Mercer County Invitational, the “B” bracket of the Mercer County Tournament. The Red Hawks ended the season with a final record of 13-4.
Baseball : Ryan Vandal had two RBIs in a losing cause as PDS fell 10-3 to Immaculata last Monday in moving to 1-21. In upcoming action, the Panthers were to compete in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) South Jersey, Non-Public B tournament where they are seeded ninth and were to play at eighth-seeded Holy Cross Prep in a first round contest on May 23.
Softball : Adriana Salzano led the way as PDS edged Trenton 16-15 last Monday. Salzano went 4 for 5 with two runs and four RBIs as the Panthers improved to 3-8.
Boys’ Lacrosse : Producing a big second half, PDS defeated Bishop Eustace 15-9 last Saturday. With the game knotted at 6-6 at halftime, the Panthers outscored the Crusaders 9-3 over the final 24 minutes of the game in improving to 12-6. PDS hosts Sparta on May 24 before starting play in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public Group B tournament where it is seeded third and will host 14th-seeded Gloucester Catholic on May 31 in a first round contest.
Girls’ Lacrosse : Tessa Caputo tallied three goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 12-4 to Haddonfield last Monday. The Panthers, now 11-7, play at North Hunterdon on May 24 before starting
action in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) NonPublic Group B tournament where they are seeded third and will host 14th-seeded Morris Catholic on May 31 in a first round contest.
Girls’ Track : Emily McCann came up big as PDS placed 13th in the team standings at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last weekend at Robbinsville High. McCann win the 1,600 meters in a time of 5:07.39.
Baseball : Unable to get its bats going, PHS fell 10-0 to Franklin last Thursday in its season finale. The Tigers had three hits in the defeat as they ended the spring with a 6-16 record.
Girls’ Golf: Madeleine Zang led the way as PHS placed eighth in the New
Championship at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater last week. Senior star and Penn-bound Zang carded a six-over 78 to place eighth individually in the May 16 event.
Softball : Exploding for 12 runs in the first three innings, PHS defeated Rutgers Prep 16-3 last Wednesday. The Tigers, now 6-13, were to start play in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament where they are seeded 16th and were slated to play at top-seeded Jackson Memorial on May 23 in a first round contest.
Boys’ Lacrosse : Patrick Kenah scored two goals as fifth-seeded PHS fell 13-4 to top-seeded and eventual champion Hun in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week. In upcoming action, the Tigers, now 9-6, will be starting action in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North Jersey, Group 3 sectional tournament where they are seeded 12th and will play at fifth-seeded Northern
Highlands in a first round contest on May 26.
Girls’ Lacrosse : Sarah Henderson tallied one goal and five assists in a losing effort as PHS fell 13-8 to Shore last Monday. The Tigers, now 7-11, will next be in action when they compete in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North Jersey, Group 3 sectional tournament where they are seeded 10th and will play at seventh-seeded Middletown South in a first round contest on May 25.
Boys’ Tennis : Producing a dominant performance, PHS defeated Nottingham 5-0 last Thursday. The Tigers didn’t lose a game in the match as they improved to 11-1. PHS will next be in action when it competes in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Jersey, Group 3 sectional where it is seeded fourth and will host a quarterfinal round match on May 30 against the victor of a first-round contest between fifth-seeded WW/P-North and 12th-seeded Lawrence High.
FORCE OF NATURE: A drenched quartet of runners for the Wilberforce School girls’ 4x400-meter relay show off the medals they earned for taking first at the Mercer County Outdoor Track Championships last Saturday at Robbinsville High. Pictured, from left, are Gwen Mersereau, Sophia Park, Maria Madigan, and Eve Szeliga. The Wolverine girls, who also won the 4x800 and got a first-place finish from Mersereau in the 800, took third in the team standings at the meet won by Lawrenceville. The Wilberforce boys, paced by Jeremy Sallade’s win in the 800 and second in the 1,600, took sixth overall in the meet won by Princeton High.
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She spent three months in the Peoples Republic of China, just after President Richard Nixon’s visit there, as part of a delegation from the Agriculture Department exchanging ideas of animal husbandry.
In 1978 Lucinda moved to Princeton, New Jersey. She became an active member of the Present Day Club, Women’s College Club, Dogwood Garden Club, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church.
Lionel Goodman, a longtime resident and active member of the community of Princeton, passed away on May 17, 2023, at the age of 96. He was an emeritus professor of physical chemistry at Rutgers University.
Lionel was born on April 23, 1927, in Far Rockaway, NY, and was the son of William and Theodora Goodman. He earned his undergraduate degree from NYU, where he met his wife, Ruth Sandhouse. They married shortly after his honorable discharge from the Navy in WWII.
Lionel received his master’s degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Iowa State University. He taught at Penn State and Rutgers after post-doctoral work at Florida State University. Lionel and Ruth eventually settled in Princeton, NJ, in 1966 where they raised two children, Steve and Debbie.
Lionel was a Guggenheim Fellow for his work on why molecules have the shape that they have, using laser spectroscopy. He received the Rutgers College Outstanding Teacher Award in 1987 and the Board of
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Lionel is predeceased by his wife Ruth in 2015 and is survived by his dear friend and companion Susan Fox; son Steve; daughter Debbie; five grandchildren — Justin, Jessica, Sarah, Sydney, and Joey; and two great-grandchildren — Catherine and Ruthie.
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Park House is a Bob Bennett architectural masterpiece that is a cuttingedge example of organic modernism, bringing nature into the home, providing a four-seasons lifestyle. Abundant natural light, high ceilings, and large open spaces fill with a sense of joie de vivre. Park-like views, multiple sunrooms, and patios further integrate the home and nature.
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The Meadows at Lawrence seeks to offer residents full control over their daily routines, sleep rhythms, meals, self-care, and introspective time. Each resident is directly involved in the formulation and execution of their own care plan, and all community members enjoy both formal and informal opportunities for social engagement – both within the home and beyond.
Each cottage is equipped with its very own team of universal workers who are present at all times to tend to the needs, care, and comfort of each individual. Each resident has access to a vast array of services, further complemented by the resources provided by the Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital. A stimulating array of daily activities alongside spiritual care, security, and transportation are all provided to help make life at The Meadows at Lawrenceville enjoyable, comfortable, and fulfilling for all of our elders. Each of our cottages features a spacious hearth room at its center with a fireplace, a comfortable patio, a shared dining room, an open kitchen, as well as a spa area and a cozy library.
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The Meadows at Lawrence, our single-floor cottages are thoughtfully designed to promote individuality and a strong sense of self. Cottages feature ten private bed-and-bath suites overlooking our beautifully landscaped, serene grounds.
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FOR SALE AND ON DISPLAY: MAY 25 - JUNE 9
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MAY 25, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Lawrence Township, NJ | $5,499,000
Susan A Cook: 609.577.9959 callawayhenderson.com/NJME2010956
Open House, Saturday 11am-1pm: Avery Lane Princeton, NJ | $2,999,000 Michael Monarca: 917.225.0831 callawayhenderson.com/NJME2029770
Princeton, NJ | $2,950,000
Susan L ‘Suzy’ DiMeglio: 609.915.5645
Stony Brook Lane Princeton, NJ | $2,850,000
Kimberly A Rizk, Eleanor Deardorff: 609.203.4807 callawayhenderson.com/NJME2027984
Princeton, NJ | $2,600,000
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Introducing: Aronimink Court
Montgomery Township, NJ | $985,000
Kelly D Eager: 609.468.4235 callawayhenderson.com/NJSO2002318
Oakridge Court Princeton, NJ | $2,675,000
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Introducing: Clover Lane
Princeton, NJ | $2,650,000
Princeton Office: 609.921.1050
Evelyn Place Princeton, NJ | $1,950,000
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Introducing: Baldwin Street
Pennington Borough, NJ | $850,000
Debra McAuliffe: 609.922.8686 callawayhenderson.com/NJME2030196
Introducing: Concord Lane Montgomery Township, NJ | $1,295,000
Jennifer Dionne: 908.531.6230
Introducing: Hale Street
Pennington Borough, NJ | $795,000
Michael Monarca: 917.225.0831
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