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Film Shows Impact on Families Who Raise a Child with Autism . . . . 5 PDS Student Brings Chess Camp to Area Youngsters . . 8 New Plaque Marks Site Of Historic Reading in Trenton . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Looking for Ernest Hemingway . . . . . . . 14 PU Summer Chamber Concerts Continues Series With Manhattan Chamber Players . . . . 15 PHS Alum Goldsmith Playing For U.S. Men’s Soccer Team In Maccabiah Games . . . . 26 PFC Barcelona Wins Boys’ 16U Soccer National Title . . . . . . 27
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Three Incumbents Set To Run For PPS Board of Education Three incumbents — Debbie Bronfeld, Susan Kanter, and Dafna Kendal — will be running in the November 8 election to keep their seats on the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education (BOE) for another three years. As of Tuesday morning, July 12, no additional candidates had stepped up to challenge them. The deadline for candidates to file with the Mercer County Clerk is July 25, less than two weeks away. Bronfeld, who has lived in Princeton for more than 20 years and has two sons who graduated from Princeton High School (PHS), will be running for her third term on the Board. “My goals are to continue supporting the superintendent in not only keeping our schools clean, safe, and open for our students and staff, but to ensure every student reaches their full potential while attending PPS,” she wrote in an email. Bronfeld looks forward to continuing her work on the BOE Operations and Student Achievement committees and as chair of the Personnel Committee and co-chair of the Equity Committee. “In my next term I will also continue overseeing improvements in our departments and programs, creative ways to balance the budget, and creating more opportunities for our students to participate in all academic and extracurricular programs,” she added. Kanter, with three children who have graduated from PHS and more than 20 years in Princeton, wrote, “I am seeking a second BOE term for the opportunity to use my 20 years of experience in business, multiple community volunteer roles, and recent Board service to ensure continued excellence and meaningful changes in our district.” She continued, “Within 60 days of beginning my first term, our district pivoted to meet the unexpected challenges of COVID, which dominated our focus throughout much of my term. I look forward in a second term to supporting fiscally sustainable solutions that better serve the academic needs and wellness of all our students, sustainability initiatives, and participating in district planning so that we can successfully serve the needs of the PPS community in years to come.” Kanter has been a member of the Continued on Page 8
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Council Adopts Prospect Avenue Historic District At a meeting Monday night, Princeton Council voted to adopt an ordinance establishing the Prospect Avenue Historic District, designating the street that is home to Princeton University’s eating clubs as the 21st such district in the town. The unanimous vote brings to an official end a long, controversial process related to the University’s June 2021 proposal to demolish three Queen Anne Victorian houses on the north side of Prospect Avenue and move the 91 Prospect former Court Clubhouse across the street into their place, to make room for a Theorist Pavilion and entrance into the new Environmental Studies and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (ES+SEAS) complex. Extensive protests from members of the local community and alumni, hearings in front of the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Board, and encouragement from Council led the University to revise the proposal. The three houses will be preserved. The house at 110 Prospect will be moved to a space behind the other two, which are at numbers 114 and 116. The Court Club building will be moved to the space where 110 currently stands. During public comment on the ordinance, Sandy Harrison, who chairs the board of the Princeton Prospect
Foundation, said both the University and the eating clubs supported the designation of the historic district. The Princeton Prospect Foundation and the Graduate Interclub Council “met with the board chairs of the clubs to make sure they understood what it means to be a historic district,” he said. Author/historian Clifford Zink, who wrote a book about the eating clubs and often leads tours of the iconic buildings, spoke in support of the ordinance.
“Adoption will be a very positive outcome of well over a year of work by so many people to come up with a compromise solution on Prospect Avenue to maintain the quality of the historic character of the street, and also allow the University to do some very important and needed changes in a way that respects the historic character,” he said. Zink was among those to thank several people who worked on the compromise, Continued on Page 10
Scientific Advances, Programs Proliferate At Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
A National Academy of Sciences panel chaired by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Senior Physicist Richard Hawryluk has recommended that the U.S. move quickly to accelerate the development of fusion energy. According to PPPL, the panel presented the recommendation to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the sole body of non-governmental advisors charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the president and the White House. PPPL is rapidly advancing in support of this recommendation, which calls for collaborating with private industry.
Jon Menard, deputy director for research at PPPL in Plainsboro, said that fusion energy is the way of the future. A potential game changer in terms of providing clean, efficient, and environmentally-sound energy, fusion energy is something that the White House is currently focusing on. This form of energy has the potential to counteract climate change and become a self-sustaining energy source. So, what exactly is fusion energy? Menard explained, “All the energy from the sun that you see every day, that lights up our solar system and heats our Continued on Page 12
BLUEBERRIES APLENTY: Pick-your-own in Terhune Orchard’s two-acre blueberry patch was one of the many activities at the farm’s annual Blueberry Bash last weekend. Participants share their favorite ways to eat blueberries in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Weronika A. Plohn)
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“LOVE AND COMMUNICATION”: Filmmaker Jim Christy is shown at the Arizona International Film Festival, where his film, a fictionalized account of how having a child with autism impacts family relationships, had its premiere in May. (Photo courtesy of Jim Christy).
Film Shows Impact on Families Who Raise a Child with Autism
Jim Christy wants you to know that he is just like any other parent who wants the best for his child. But as the father of a son with autism, his parenting experience presented him with additional challenges and decisions that can put family relationships at risk. Christy, of Princeton, an award-winning playwright, director, producer, and actor, makes that point in his
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In the movie, the best school has no openings and a long waiting list, but the father in the movie pursues a placement for his son. The father favors the applied behavior analysis technique of teaching although Christy admits the reliance on data can feel rigid. Meanwhile, the mother in the film is intrigued by a relationship-based program offered through expensive DVDs and promises that Christy says sometimes seem like scams. But the possibility of creating a bond with a distant child was worth pursuing. In the play, the young child was unseen. An actor working with the child turned to the audience. “The child was in the audience,” explained Christy. “It made a connection, but we knew that wouldn’t work in a film.” In the movie young Sammy is played by twin youngsters from Princeton. The tone of the film is a little more raw, said Christy, as the story is told visually, not verbally. The movie takes us through some antagonistic Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and some new characters are introduced, such as a therapist who has a nephew with autism. “That story is important to me,” said Christy, because while his own family was able to choose a better program, “many people don’t have a choice” — and he wanted to reflect that in the movie. The film was shot in various locations around New Jersey, but mostly in Princeton. Scenes with the main couple were shot in the Christy home on Leigh Avenue, and an important scene was shot in a neighbors’ home. “In general, the community was overwhelmingly supportive,” said Christy. Tony from Local Greek learned that we were shooting on our block and volunteered to make a great meal for the entire crew one night.” Christy, 51, grew up in theater as his dad, James Christy Sr., was an area director and theater professor at Villanova University. In fact, an actress he met at a Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival play directed by his father, Ellen Adair, is in the film and plans to attend the New Hope film premiere. She had a part in the television series Homeland. Lev Gorn, who was in The Americans on television, plays a charismatic purveyor on the online relationship-based technique. Christy himself, was “the nerdy, sniffling kid” in the movie, The Dead Poets Society. Christy’s goal for Love and Communication is to show what parents of children diagnosed with autism are dealt. “People talk about parents of special needs kids being heroes. And they mean well by it, but people need to know we’re just like anyone else. We didn’t choose this. This is about people who are doing the best they can.” He wants to keep telling the story, and keep screening the film. His goals for his son Jimmy, now age 19, have evolved. “They are not the same goals as when he was 3,” Christy says. “We are not going to find the great cure. He will always need care. His school has been amazing, and we want him to grow as much as he can. We want him to be happy.” For more information, or to purchase tickets for the New Hope Film Festival, visit loveandcommunication.com. —Wendy Greenberg
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Brooke: “I like blueberry muffins. I will bake them with my mommy.” Jamie: “I am planning on making some blueberry pancakes with my daughter and we will also puree some blueberries for my baby to try. She has never tried blueberries before, so it is pretty exciting!” —Brooke and Jamie Miller, Scotch Plains
Evelyn: “I like big blueberry muffins with some plain sprinkles on top.” Eleanor: “I like blueberry pie with some whipped cream and some lemonade.” Leo: “I like to eat them off the bush. I had three blueberries when we were picking them today at the farm.” —Evelyn Rodenbough, Pen Argyl, Pa., with Eleanor and Leo Onisick, Levittown, Pa.
Patricia: “My favorite is blueberry pie with sweet condensed milk and graham cracker crust.” Jamie: “Blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream.” —Patricia Arbitell, Ewing with Jamie Secula, Titusville
Anish: “My daughter just picks the blueberries off the bush and eats them. I like blueberry muffins; sometimes we add them to the pancakes. We most likely will use the blueberries that we picked today to make some smoothies at home.” —Ojasvi and Anish Bhatt, New Providence
Lucy: “I like my dad’s blueberry pancakes a lot!” Diane: “I like blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream.” Colin: “I like to eat them in muffins and pancakes. I just like to eat them plain with some ice cream too.” —Lucy, Diane, and Colin Gold, Cranford
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B o a r d ’s E q u i t y, Po l i c y, Long-Term Planning, and Student Achievement committees, and co-chair of the Operations Committee. Kendal has served as BOE president since Januar y 2022. A Princeton resident since 2011, she has a son who graduated from PHS and a daughter who is currently a PHS 10th grader. She will be running for her third term on the BOE. “It has been a privilege to ser ve the community, especially given the unprecedented challenges during the pandemic,” she wrote. “I am grateful for the trust our community has placed in me, and believe the deep knowledge and experience I have acquired through two terms on the Board will continue to assist the district in navigating challenges and ensure all students benefit from the educational excellence in our district.”
In addition to her role as president, Kendal serves on the Equity, Personnel, and Student Achievement committees and is an alternate on the Board’s Long-Term Planning Committee. The BOE, according to the PPS website, “ is an elected, unpaid group of 10 citizens who act as a single body to set policy and make decisions on educational, financial, and personal matters for Princeton Public Schools on behalf of all residents.” The most important functions of the Board include s et t ing and maintain ing p olicie s t hat def i ne t he distr ict’s values and expectations; approving the annual school budget; representing the community’s e du c at iona l ph i los ophy ; hiring and annual evaluation of the superintendent; and supporting and implementing the district’s Strategic Plan. —Donald Gilpin
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Princeton Health Establishes Nursing Excellence Institute
Penn Medicine Princeton Health has launched an Institute for Nursing Excellence to foster highly skilled and empowered nurses who will help lead the way in delivering high-quality clinical care across Princeton Health and in the community. The institute will build on Princeton Health’s tradition of nurse-led quality initiatives and research that directly translates to better care at the bedside. T he inst it ute contains three centers: Professional Development and Recognition; Clinical Practice; and Innovation and Research. Programs will be developed to give nurses opportunities to enhance their clinical skills, pursue career and educational goals, and participate in research and innovation. The institute is led by a team that includes Princeton Health’s chief nursing officer, direct care nurses, nurse administrators, patients, physicians, and representatives from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Experienced nurse leaders will support innovation from concept through implementation, provide access to grant funding and scholarships, connect to industry experts, and mentor nurses along their career path. “Our vision for the Institute for Nursing Excellence is to accelerate transformation and innovation in nursing and healthcare,” said Sheila Kempf, vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at Princeton Health.
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Princeton Day School Student Brings Chess Camp to Area Youngsters When Arjun Kumar was in fifth grade, he learned to play chess and became a competitive player. Recently, the Princeton Day School (PDS) rising senior decided he would put his passion for chess to use serving the community. Arjun, 16, and two friends set up a program that is not for competitive players, but introduces the game to youngsters, most of whom had never played it before. It went over well. Most of the youths in the Joy, Hopes and Dreams program at HomeFront had never moved pieces across a chess board before. But now many have a new interest, said Arjun. T he program nur t ures children from birth through teenage years by providing homework help, mentoring, and cultural enrichment. It provides after-school programs on weekdays and educational and recreational programs on weekends, according to the HomeFront website. HomeFront offers housing and other services to help families break the cycle of poverty. Arjun conducted the camp, along with classmates Jinu Ryu and Winston Ni, at the Lawrence Community Center in Lawrenceville the week of June 20 through Ju ne 24. T he nonprof it organ i z at ion t hat A r ju n started last fall received a grant award, the Serve This Summer Challenge, through America’s Promise Alliance. A total of 375 grants were given to summer ser vice projects, to young adults serving their communities. The $300 grant was used to purchase chess sets. T he prog ram was not without challenges. “When we came there were 20-30 kids each time and a variety of ages,” said Arjun in a telephone interview. “So we were trying to teach everyone to play chess, despite the difference in ages. But
after one week, a lot of kids were developing a passion for it.” Community service is not new to Arjun, who started his own nonprofit, Helping Hands of Princeton. “Helping Hands is a volunteer initiative. We have organized food drives for HomeFront and Trenton A rea S oup Kitchen (TASK), a diaper drive, and a personal hygiene drive. We help local communities,” he said. Other Helping Hands projects have included a personal care drive for Arm in Arm of Trenton, a book fair at Barnes and Noble for the benefit of the children’s library at HomeFront, and other programs. Helping Hands was developed as a bridge to the communit y. “Dur ing the pandemic, I felt like I was in a bubble, disconnected, and I wanted to do community service to better connect with the community,” said Arjun. “My hope is to teach everyone to play chess,” he said. “It can teach critical thinking skills, and the club is social as well.” Arjun is president of his school debate club, and a SIMS (Success in Math and Science) center mentor at PDS. He is an avid chess player and was part of his school team that has placed in tournaments. The youths of the Joy, Hopes and Dreams pro gram “enjoyed what we did,” he said. “It was a new experience but they were engaged.” Arjun, who is spending the summer as an intern in a clinical research lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia studying T-cells in asthma, hopes to continue the chess programs at HomeFront, with classmates Jinu and Winston. They hope to develop a love for chess among the participants, and also hope they have fun. —Wendy Greenberg
Family Movie Night Planned Behind Alexander Hall
The Princeton University Art Museum’s Annual Picnic and Family Film Night is Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m., on Alexander Beach, behind Alexander Hall on the campus. The picnic will include live music, barbecue, and family-friendly activities. It is co-sponsored by the Princeton YMCA. The movie Fantasia will begin at sunset, approximately 8 p.m. Released in 1940, the film “represented Walt Disney’s boldest experiment to date, bringing to life his vision of blending whimsical animations with classical music,” reads a statement from the museum. Participants are advised to bring a blanket or chair. Popcorn will be provided. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in Frist Campus Center multipurpose rooms, and the film will be shown on August 2 on Alexander Beach. Visit ar tmuseum.princeton.edu for more information.
Lorraine Goodman Joins Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County (BBBS) has appointed Lorraine Goodman, former interim executive director at the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), as the agency’s new director of advancement.
A graduate of Princeton University and New York University, Goodman has worked in nonprofits for nearly 15 years. Her professional fundraising experience ranges from helping The Red Hot Organization, which produces record albums and then donates the proceeds to AIDS -related charities, earn its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; to acting as Princeton AlumniCorps’ Development Officer and leading L ALDEF through the height of the pandemic. Her volunteer experience includes chairing Princeton Women’s Network of New York City, raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, narrating onair for the InTouch Radio Network for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and performing in hospitals with Broadway singers for Hearts & Voices. She is currently chairing Princeton’s Theatre HELPING HANDS: Three friends who ran a chess program at Home- Intime’s 100th and PrinceFront’s Joy, Hopes and Dreams after-school program taught the ton Summer Theater’s 50th game to youths who had never played the game before. They Anniversary weekend-long celebration, which will be are, from left, Jinu Ryu, Winston Ni, and Arjun Kumar. held on campus in November 2022. “I am excited to join BBBS R of Mercer County as we emerge from the pandemic,” Goodman said. “The young people of Mercer County – and indeed around the world – need our programs more than ever. Our mission to support children through one-to-one mentoring relationships has never been 609 . 203 . 0741 more critical.”
Monday, July 8, 1776 was a historic day in Trenton. The city — then part of Hunterdon County — was among three sites (Easton and Philadelphia were the others) where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time. Last year, 245 years to the day of that historic reading on the steps of the courthouse on Warren Street, the Kiwanis Club of Trenton revived the tradition where the building once stood. Among those reciting a portion of the document aloud was Bernard McMullan, president of the Trenton Council of Civic Associations. He got an idea. “I knew that the first reading had taken place across the street. A plaque that had been there on a granite pedestal was gone — probably ripped off and never replaced 30 or 40 years ago,” he said. “I thought, wouldn’t it be great to restore the plaque?” McMullan invited the Kiwanis Club to collaborate with him on an effort to find funding for a new plaque. They secured grants and support from the Mercer County Cultural and Historical Commission, and Trenton’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture. Local graphic artist John Gummere was recruited to create the design. “We consulted with the Trenton Histor ical Society, and [author/historian] Larry Kidder made sure it was historically accurate,” McMullan said. “Someone
from the Old Barracks sent a photo from an old map that showed a hand drawing of what the courthouse would have looked like, so we were able to incorporate that.” Last Friday, July 8, the plaque was formally unveiled as part of the Kiwanis Club’s public reading of the Declaration by 19 volunteers. A mural across the street depicts the original event. The plaque sits on property recently purchased by the Communications Workers of America, who agreed to let it be placed there. In addition to Gummere’s desig n show ing t he old courthouse, the marker has a feature that speaks to contemporary life — a QR code that links to audio recordings of the document being read by current residents of Trenton, in both English and Spanish. “Each one said the names of three of the signers of the Declaration,” said McMullan, “They were collected into audio files and complied in the right order, and put up on the website. So you click on the code in the plaque itself, and it takes you to the website where you can listen to the recording.” Having readers in English and Spanish was part of an effort to reflect the current population of the city. Since McMullan runs the annual Taste Trenton weekend, he is familiar with many of the people who run Latino restaurants. “I told them I needed readers, and they lined them up for me. One of my co-conspirators in
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REVIVING A TRADITION: This plaque has been re-installed on South Warren Street in Trenton, where the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in 1776. Taste Trenton went out of her way to find people from a variety of Latin American countries,” he said. “We also focused on some of the people who had read in the prior year. We stayed away from politicians, other than [Trenton] Mayor Reed Gusciora.” Wording on the plaque refers to the city’s central role in the war for independence. The two Battles of Trenton “demonstrated the resolve of the colonists to successfully achieve the independence from Great Britain
that they had declared,” it reads. Last week’s reading was held as a part of Liberty Weekend in Trenton. McMullan hopes it will become an annual event. “It would be great if we could organize a weekend or a week in summer to commemorate the role of Trenton in the revolutionary period and beyond,” he said. “Liberty weekend went well. Now, we’ll sit down with people and see what we can come up with for the future.” —Anne Levin
On July 6, at 3:19 p.m., the Princeton Police Department ( PPD) responded to a report of an armed robbery at TD Bank, 883 State Road. A police investigation revealed that a male entered TD Bank and approached the teller counter, where there was no teller present, and the suspect twice unsuccessfully attempted to jump over the counter. He exited TD Bank and fled on a black motorcycle toward Princeton Avenue, and was last seen stopped at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Route 206. According to the PPD, the suspect did not brandish a weapon, did not make any threats, and nothing was stolen from the bank. Police describe the suspect as male, approximately 5’4-5’5, wearing green pants, a black shirt, black gloves, gray New Balance sneakers, a chest harness with a GoPro style camera attached to it, a black half shell motorcycle helmet, and a gas mask. The PPD asks anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has additional information, to contact Det. Robert Allie at (609) 9212100, extension 2123. On July 9, at 8:26 p.m., a Librar y Place resident reported that two people entered her rental vehicle at 6:09 p.m. while it was parked and unlocked in her driveway. The individuals
did not steal any property from the vehicle, and fled in a gray sedan. The Detective Bureau is investigating. On July 6, at 10:01 p.m., an individual reported that her Apple Watch was taken from her place of employment on Nor th Harrison Street between 5 p.m. on June 3 and 10 p.m. on June 4. The Detective Bureau is investigating. On July 6, at 12:20 p.m., a Philip Drive resident repor ted t hat his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway, unlocked with the keys inside, was stolen between 6 p.m. on July 5, and 8 a.m. on July 6. The Detective Bureau is investigating. On July 5, at 7:57 p.m., subsequent to a call about a vehicle being driven erratically on North Stanworth Drive, a 31-year-old female from Hamilton was arrested after it was determined she was driving while intoxicated and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was charged accordingly, processed, and released. On July 5, at 7:46 p.m., a Clay Street resident reported that someone stole a bicycle, which was kept unsecured in the backyard of the residence, sometime between 5 p.m. on July 4, and 7:15 p.m. on July 5. The Detective Bureau is investigating. Unless otherwise noted, individuals arrested were later released.
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including KyuJung Whang, the University’s vice president for facilities; former Municipal Planner Michael La Place; Councilwoman Mia Sacks; and Harrison. “The purpose of the designation is not to freeze Prospect the way it is today, but rather to manage any future changes that the clubs or the University would like to make, in a way that balances the property owners’ needs with the meaning and significance Prospect Avenue has for people in the town,” said Zink. Princeton resident Kip Cherry urged Council to adopt the ordinance. “Historic districts create a context for change,” she said. “To put Prospect into context, this area represents a major period of change and evolution for the town and the University as well as the country as a whole.” In addition to the unique architecture of the eating clubs, Cherry cited the employment of formerly segregated residents, and the fight to allow women to join the clubs as important milestones in their history. Former Princeton Borough Mayor Yina Moore, a University alumnus whose grandfather worked on “the avenue,” as Prospect was often referred to by members of the African American community, said the history of that community’s involvement with the eating clubs is important and needs to be further documented. Resident John Heilner, also an alumnus, singled out Whang and University President Christopher L. Eisgruber “for moving the University off
its original ‘we just can’t do it any other way’ stance. I hope this excellent compromise marks a turning point in town/gown relations when it comes to other development projects that might alter the historic streetscapes for which Princeton is famous,” he said. Councilman Leighton Newlin commented that members of the African American community, specifically from the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, worked not only on building the eating clubs, but many other buildings in and around the campus as well. “I just want to let the public know that the imprint of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood was felt on the avenue — that’s for sure — but was also felt throughout the bricks and mortar of the University and the infrastructure of Princeton,” he said. Also at the meeting, Council discussed how and when to return to in-person and hybrid gatherings. The Zoom meetings that have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic have resulted in increased participation by the public, some members noted. “Going back to in-person does not mean in any way we are interested in having a small number of people participate in our meetings,” said Sacks. Deputy Administrator for Health and Community Services Jeffrey Grosser and Municipal Attorney Trishka Cecil were consulted about details. Council plans to revisit the idea and possibly adopt a resolution to hold in-person meetings starting September 12, at its next gathering, which is July 25. —Anne Levin
YWCA Princeton Welcomes welcomed by YWCA Princeton stakeholders and staff Five New Board Members
YWCA Princeton is beginning its new fiscal year by welcoming five new members to its Board of Directors. As members of the YW board, they will help steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure it has adequate resources to advance its mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Longtime Y WCA Princeton supporter, former program participant, and board member Leslie Straut Ward also moves into her new role as board president. YWCA Princeton’s Board of Directors — a uniquely all-female board at this time — offers a variety of professional experiences and networks. Critically, they work collaboratively to strengthen connections and partnerships in the community to advance the organization’s reach and deepen its impact. YWCA Princeton welcomes Reina Fleury, vice president of human resources at Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Nikki Etheridge Jones, head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and People Ops at Healt hcare Business woman’s Association; Kendra Lee, deputy director of programs of Mercer County One-Stop Career Center and Workforce Develop ment Board; Sheila Nall, principal, director of interior design at KSS Architects; and Leena Shah, executive director of oncology/tumor strategies at Bristol Myers Squibb. New members were
at the Annual Membership Meeting in May and participated more recently in an orientation in the last week of June. Ward said, “I’m honored to lead YWCA Princeton’s Board of Directors during its centennial year serving the community. My fellow board members will support the YW’s staff to ensure we are meeting the ever-changing needs of women and families while advancing our mission.” For more information, visit ywcaprinceton.org.
Area Nonprofits Receive Funds Raised by Sukkah Village Event
Sukkah Village, an event spearheaded by architect Joshua Zinder and his firm JZA+D — aimed at raising awareness of homelessness, hunger, and refugeeism, and the power of design to make a difference — has culminated in funds raised being presented to nonprofit participants. The 10 -day event took place last September in several locations throughout Princeton, concurrently with the Jewish festival holiday Sukkot. It featured public displays of sukkahs, the hut-like shelters that figure prominently in the observance of the holiday. Designed by area architects and student design teams, the one-of-a-kind sukkahs were sold through an online auction as part of Sukkah Village 2021-related fundraising efforts, to benefit 19 nonprofit organizations that participated in and supported the event. Recently the more than $20,000 raised was presented by Zinder along with Mark Merkovitz, president of Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, to leaders of recipient groups Arts Council of Princeton, WitherspoonJackson Historic and Cultural Society, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, TJC Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Committee, and many others. According to Zinder, the goal of Sukkah Village was to present Sukkot as an opportunity for communities
MAKE WAY FOR TURTLES: July is peak nesting season for the eastern painted turtle and other females of the species searching for higher ground to lay their eggs. The Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) urge drivers to be on the lookout for them as they cross busy roadways. (Photo by Anna Corichi, FOPOS) to come together in celebration, and to learn about and address issues that relate thematically to the Jewish festival holiday commemorating the plight of the Israelites as they sought shelter in the wilderness. “Thanks to the dedication and inspiration of our event partners and sponsors, and to the talent and labor of some of New Jersey’s best architects, we were able to connect our spiritual, communal, and charitable efforts to promote the power of design and creativity in addressing some of the critical issues facing New Jersey, and the world more broadly,” he said. In addition to the public displays of sukkahs and the fundraising auction last September, the multi-day Sukkah Village happenings included walking tours, a film screening, panel discussions, a family-oriented crafts event, and a “Sukkah Hop” in which visitors had the chance to hear directly from design teams and the nonprofit community organizations.
Monthly Storytelling Series Continues in Outdoor Setting
The Arts Council of Princeton and African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCMC) will present their monthly Story & Verse on Friday, July 15, 7 p.m. at Pettoranello Gardens, 20 Mountain Avenue. This poetic and storytelling outdoor open mic is free and open to all. Story & Verse was established in February 2020, and has continued monthly since. Taking place in the Arts Council’s Solley Theater throughout the year, the series welcomes local and regional talent to perform original works inspired by a monthly theme, with a goal of providing free, community-created entertainment. The Summer Series marks the return to Pettoranello Gardens. Per for mers are inv ited to present original work inspired by this month’s theme, “Spark in the Dark.” Interested performers should arrive by 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
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longtime leader and pioneer in the field of plasma phys ic s re s e arch. PPPL also works with private fusion companies, many of them startups, to address the scientific and technical issues that they face. PPPL is also engaged in exploring all design, engineering, and fabrication issues required to bring a pilot plant into operation. Regarding PPPL’s educational offerings, Menard said, “We’re very active at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We do outreach at the high school level as well. Princeton has a program in graduate physics and I’m a product of that. In plasma physics, especially, we’re a leader. Another thing we’re doing more of is our apprenticeship program. Having a Ph.D. in plasma physics, not everyone has
one of those, but we have a need for people who are technically able to offer assistance in the lab. Our lab, in collaboration with other universities around the world runs, a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI).” Applications for SULI are accepted annually for three separate internship periods, all of which last 10 weeks. In this program, students work under the guidance of laboratory staff, scientists, and engineers. Another program is the Young Women’s Conference, held every spring for girls in seventh through 10th grade. Due to COVID-19, the event has been online, but there is hope that it will return onsite to Princeton University’s Frick Laboratory. The conference includes speakers, demonstrations, and panels
FUSION PILOT PLANT: Shown here is PPPL’s National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U). The spherical device is shaped like a cored apple and can produce high-pressure plasmas — a necessity for fusion reactions — with relatively low and cost-effective magnetic fields. Temperatures of the plasma encircling the central core of the machine can exceed 10 million degrees Celsius. (Photo by Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications)
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2012 Princeton Master Plan lists over three dozen “Suggested Historic Districts and Sites,” only two of which — Witherspoon-Jackson and now Prospect Avenue — have been designated. As town officials develop the new Master Plan with consultants and community input, the suggested historic districts and sites should be prioritized with a timeline for detailed consideration and possible designation. As development pressures continue to grow in Princeton over the coming decades, preserving our town’s unique historic character is a priority we all can embrace, for ourselves and for future generations. CLIFFORD ZINK Aiken Avenue
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each employed at NJDEP and as a Princeton University researcher. This is a regional public health and safety threat which requires input action of neighboring municipalities and Mercer County officials, as well as the state NJDEP and NJDOT. I hope you will raise this with relevant officials at the municipal, county, and state levels in your official capacities and give input at this stage of the project when it is most effective rather than later. To the Editor: This is directed to elected and other officials, in reaction Thanks for your usual diligence. to the article on page 1 in Town Topics, July 6, 2022, reGRACE SINDEN garding West Windsor’s (WW) plans for a huge (ultimately Ridgeview Circle 5.5 million square feet) warehouse development on Route 1 at Clarksville Road. This includes the WW Planning Board’s approval of 3 million square feet for three warehouses encompassing 461 loading docks and 507 trailer parking spaces. This is only the first phase of the warehouse To the Editor: development. The second phase proposes another four Princeton Council’s unanimous vote on Monday evening warehouses, not yet approved by the WW Planning Board. to adopt the ordinance establishing the Prospect Avenue There have been several areas of concern raised, in- Historic District is a notable community accomplishment. cluding by two dissenting members of the WW Planning One year ago, a small portion of the University’s ES-SEAS Board and WW residents. However, there has not been development plan imperiled the unique architectural and as much attention as necessary to air quality degradation cultural heritage of Prospect Avenue. Concerned resifrom diesel fumes of the expected number of trucks. Air dents and alumni formed the Save Prospect Coalition, pollution (as well as increased stormwater) does not respect one member started a petition eventually signed by over municipal boundaries. 1,700 people, and others proposed alternative plans to I write not only as a resident, but also as a former long- the University. Multiple people wrote letters of support time member of both the Princeton Board of Health and and testified at Historic Preservation Commission and Princeton Environmental Commission, as well as a decade Planning Board hearings, where the members and staff provided everyone ample opportunity and time to express their concerns. Of particular note, HPC and PB members Letters to the Editor Policy and Witherspoon-Jackson residents expressed the strong connections between Princeton’s historic African American Town Topics welcomes letters to the Editor, preferably neighborhood to Prospect Avenue, where many African on subjects related to Princeton. Letters must have a Americans were the backbone of the eating club operations valid street address (only the street name will be printed over many decades. with the writer’s name). Priority will be given to letters With encouragement from Council, University officials that are received for publication no later than Monday ultimately listened to the community and comments from noon for publication in that week’s Wednesday edition. the Historic Preservation Commission, and agreed to a sigLetters must be no longer than 500 words and have nificant compromise: to preserve the three historic houses no more than four signatures. on the north side of Prospect and restore their exteriors All letters are subject to editing and to available following National Park Service Guidelines for the Treatspace. ment of Historic Properties; to adjust the landscaping plan At least a month’s time must pass before another in front of the proposed Theorist Pavilion to be compatible letter from the same writer can be considered for pubwith the historic streetscape; to support the designation lication. of the Prospect Avenue Historic District; and to submit an Letters are welcome with views about actions, application to the N.J. State Historic Preservation Office policies, ordinances, events, performances, buildings, to expand the National Register Princeton Historic District etc. However, we will not publish letters that include to the north side of Prospect Avenue to include the relocontent that is, or may be perceived as, negative tocated Court Clubhouse, the three houses, and the Ferris wards local figures, politicians, or political candidates Thompson Wall and Gate designed by McKim, Mead and as individuals. White. 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Library Book Group Discusses Ida Wells
The Princeton Public Librar y book group Black Voices will discuss Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching (Amistad) by Paula Giddings at 7:15 p.m., July 14, via Google Meet. Register at Princetonlibrary.org. O magazine calls Ida “A groundbreaking biography gives this warrior her due.” Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.
“Things of the Night” — Looking for Ernest Hemingway
alf a year into his presidency, on July 2, 1961, John F. Kennedy released a statement on the death of Ernest Hemingway. After mentioning the Nobel Prize-winning author’s “impact on the emotions and attitudes of the American people” and how he had “almost singlehandedly transformed the literature and the ways of thought of men and women in every country in the world,” Kennedy declared that Hemingway “ended his life as he began it — in the heartland of America to which he brought renown and from which he drew his art.” The connection between Hemingway and Kennedy is sealed not only by the presence of the writer’s papers and effects at the Kennedy Presidential Library but by the fact that both men died of gun shots to the head, the writer by his own hand, the president less than three years later by the hand of an assassin. Why This Image? The first time I saw the cover of Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts from a Life (Scribner 2018), I wanted to put it aside, out of sight. It troubled me, made me uneasy, the underlying question being not what did this man create but what happened to him? Instead of a more characteristic photograph that makes you think of his best work, you’re met with a strikingly uncharacteristic, undated, uncredited photograph that appears to come from the 1930s when he was actually on his way to fame and fortune, having already produced the first stories, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms. Given what you know and value of Hemingway at his best, the more you see of this deeply unhappy face, the more it moves you. What is he trying to say? What is he afraid of? Who or what is he mourning? That baleful stare won’t let you go, there’s no denying it, no looking away. Round and round you go asking yourself unanswerable questions until you feel like Nick Adams at the end of “The Killers,” fretting over the impending fate of a doomed man and being told “You better not think about it.” Look Behind Him Think about it anyway. Think about the design of the cover. The names in bold are the John F. Kennedy Library, the editor Michael Katakis, the authors of the foreword and afterword, Hemingway’s son Patrick and grandson Seán. Now look closely at the backdrop of the photograph, the faint words on the magnified typescript framing the author’s unhappy face.
You need to have the book in your hands, the cover image up close in order to make out the typed words “lonely ... explained ... night ... courage ... kill them ... breaks everyone ...” Even then, however well you know Hemingway’s work, the passage may not make sense. It’s like puzzling out a cryptogram in which the key words are “kill” and “breaks.” In fact, the passage obscured by Hemingway’s face can be found in a long paragraph near the end of the 34th chapter of A Farewell to Arms that includes the sentences F. Scott Fitzgerald admired when he read the manuscript, telling Hemingway it was “one of the most beautiful pages in all English literature” and urging him to save it for the end of the novel, several chapters later. There and Gone Hemingway rewrote the ending of A Farewell to Arms more than 30 times, perhaps at least once with Fitzgerald’s suggestion in mind, until he knew that the passage had to stay where it was even though it came and went so suddenly, there and gone at an unlikely moment in the narration, when the lovers Frederic and Catherine “were never lonely and never afraid when we were together. I know that the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started. But with Catherine there was almost no difference in the night except that it was an even better time. If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Reading over the sentences Fitzgerald admired, which I put in italics, you can understand the choice Hemingway makes at the end. Catherine has died giving birth and the baby is dead. Rather than lamenting a world that breaks and kills, better
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to remain tight-lipped and hard-boiled: “It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain.” “Things of the Night” Hemingway finished A Farewell to Arms in January 1929 in Key West, where he wrote again about “the things of the night” in “A Clean Well-Lighted Place,” one of the works Hemingway biographer Carlos Baker is referring to when he observes, “The return to Key West once more released Ernest’s literary energy.” I wanted to write more about Hemingway after last week’s column on Bob Dylan and Key West, this being the month of his birth, July 21, and death, July 2. The sadly diminished image of him on the cover of Artifacts from a Life is hard to match that with a writer who could be as funny as Hemingway, and as full of life and spirit, and whose dialogue often has a comic verve, whether at its darkest in “The Killers,” or in the back and forth between the two waiters in “A Clean We l l - L i g hte d Pl ac e” when the subject is the old man who “tried to com m it s u icid e las t week” and never wants to go home. “He stays up because he likes it.” “He’s lonely. I’m not lonely. I have a wife waiting in bed for me.” “He had a wife once too.” “A wife would be no good to him now.” “His niece looks after him.” “I know. You said she cut him down.” “I wouldn’t want to be that old. An old man is a nasty thing.” “Not always. This old man is clean. He drinks without spilling. Even now, drunk. Look at him.” After the younger waiter finally shoos the old man out of the bar (they watch him “go down the street, a very old man walking unsteadily but with dignity”), the two are back at it on the question of why the younger waiter didn’t let the old man stay and drink; when he says the old man can “buy a bottle and drink it at home,” the older waiter says, “It’s not the same.” “‘No it’s not,’” agreed the waiter with a wife. He did not wish to be unjust. He was only in a hurry.
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“‘And you? You have no fear of going home before your usual hour?’” “‘Are you trying to insult me?’” “‘No, hombre, only to make a joke.’” The story ends in a region similar to the one Fitzgerald singled out in A Farewell to Arms, the place James Joyce may have had in mind when he said Hemingway “has reduced the veil between literature and life, which is what every writer strives to do.” After saying good night to the waiter with a wife, the older waiter “continued the conversation with himself. It is the light of course but it is necessary that the place be clean and pleasant .... What did he fear? It was not fear or dread. It was a nothing that he knew too well. It was all a nothing and a man was nothing too. It was only that and light was all it needed and a certain cleanness and order.” The story ends in the waiter’s mind: “Now, without thinking further, he would go home to his room. He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.” Of “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” Joyce said, “It is masterly. Indeed, it is one of the best short stories ever written.” When you first read the story, at 19, it leaves you in a happy-sad daze, thinking how good Hemingway must have felt when he finished it, and how sad inside he must have been to know what he had to know to write it. Nothing Can Hurt You In Writers at Work (Viking Compass 1969 ), when G eorge Plimpton asks Hemingway what he’d consider “the best intellectual training for the would-be writer,” he says that if the writer found “writing well ... impossibly difficult,” he “should go out and hang himself,” after which “he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life.” n the same interview, Hemingway talks about the life-sustaining virtue of working well: “You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.” —Stuart Mitchner
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he piano quartet is an unusual form of music. Leaving out the second violin part of the string quartet, piano quartets create opportunities for unusual combinations of musical colors and timbres from violin, viola, cello, and keyboard. The performance collective known as Manhattan Chamber Players sent a “subset” of its musical roster to Richardson Auditorium last Friday night to present two piano quartets demonstrating the quick evolution and popularity of the form. As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was reaching his compositional peak in the 1780s, the piano was in its infancy — mostly appearing in concerti and salon pieces. There was lit tle use of the instrument in chamber music, and when Mozart was commissioned to write a set of piano quartets, the first was deemed “too difficult” by the publisher. Little did the composer know that the form would take off in the 19th century, and the two quartets not successful in his lifetime would later become quite popular. T he ens emble of musicians f rom Manhattan Chamber Players presented the second of Mozart’s two piano quartets Friday night. Violinist Brendan Speltz, violist Luke Fleming, cellist Brook Speltz, and pianist David Fung performed Piano Quartet in E-flat Major with all the grace and elegance one would expect from Mozart, expertly mastering the virtuosity which apparently rendered the work too challenging for the average 18th-century instrumentalist. The Manhattan Chamber Players began Mozart’s Quartet with ensemble refinement from the outset, aided by especially fluid keyboard passages from Fung. Violin and piano had a number of well-played duets, with subtle accompaniment from viola and cello. Brendan Speltz and Fleming played well-tuned intervals between violin and viola in the first movement, while the second movement Larghetto was marked by clarity from the piano. The string instruments played a bit of musical tag in the closing movement, while Fung skillfully maneuvered fiendish piano lines. Throughout this movement, the piano dared the strings to supply elegant answers to its musical “questions.” By the time of Robert Schumann’s 1842 Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, the genre was complex and fully formed. Schumann tended to compose in one repertoire category at a time; he spent an extended period composing primarily for the piano, and then a year writing songs. The year 1842
was his “year of chamber music,” and this second of Schumann’s piano quartets was a solid representation of the composer’s lush Romantic instrumental writing. The Chamber Players opened Schumann’s Quartet with immediate richness, playing the sprightly “Allegro” with spirit and joy. The players shifted well between hymn-like and animated sections, effectively bringing out the 19th-century drama. Pianist Fung and cellist Brook Speltz were well tested with quick passages in the second movement “Scherzo,” as Fung consistently ended phrases gracefully. A lush cello melody from Brook Speltz marked the third movement “Andante,” as all players emphasized the cantabile aspects of the songlike movement. Violist Fleming also had a chance to show off pastoral melodic lines in duet passages with violinist Brendan Speltz. Sandwiched between the two piano quartets was a rarely-heard chamber work of 20th-century Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi. A brilliant pianist and child prodigy, Dohnányi was a towering figure in Hungarian classical music in the years before World War II but stayed away from the folk traditions that influenced his contemporaries. Dohnányi’s multi-movement Serenade in C Major for string trio gave the Chamber Players an opportunity to explore different musical textures within an intimate combination of chamber instruments. Whereas Mozart’s Quartet centered the most technically difficult writing around the piano, Dohnányi spread virtuosic writing throughout all the players’ parts in the Serenade. rom the first movement Marcia, violinist Brendan Speltz, violist Fleming, and cellist Brook Speltz paid great attention to variety in dynamics, even with quick-moving lines. Fleming played an especially elegant melody in the second movement Romanza against delicate pizzicati from the other two instruments. Dohnányi’s piece showed progressive harmonies which were effectively brought out by the players, with changes in musical character well handled. An ode to Beethoven’s string trios with 20th-century harmonic twists, this work was a successful bridge between the two piano quartets, allowing the audience to settle back into the 19th-century as the rich writing of Schumann closed the concert. —Nancy Plum
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Aitken Davies, Ronald S. Ward, and Girgus. “Our new trustees bring a wealth of fresh energy, connections, and wisdom to our shared work in creating a McCarter that is at the intersection of arts and ideas — and at the center of national and local relevance; and we are deeply grateful for the loyal service of our outgoing trustees,” said Board President W. Rochelle Calhoun. “These talented leaders have had a significant impact on McCarter. Their strategic guidance and support is a gift of strength we cherish and intend to build upon.” A former finance executive, Bonetti is a storyteller, entrepreneur, finance executive, and yoga teacher who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. In 2005, she started a foundation that raised over $1 million to give back to scientists researching her daughter’s rare disease “THE MIGHTY ZEP”: Get The Led Out brings the music of Led Zeppelin to the State Theatre New and treating other children Jersey in New Brunswick on August 6. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer) affected by the same disease. Ganeless was president Remembering Led Zeppelin “The American Led Zeppe- D›Agostino (bass, vocals). of Comedy Central from At New Brunswick Concert lin,” GTLO offers a strong The State Theatre New State Theatre New Jersey focus on the early years. Jersey is at 15 Livingston presents Get The Led Out: A T hey also touch on t he Avenue in New Brunswick. Celebration of “The Mighty deeper cuts that were sel- Visit stnj.org for tickets. Zep” on Saturday, August 6 dom, if ever heard in conat 8 p.m. Tickets range from cert. GTLO also includes New McCarter Trustees a special acoustic set with $25-$65. Zep favorites such as “Tan- Expand Scope of Leadership Get The Led Out (GTLO) McCarter Theatre Center gerine” and “Hey Hey What captures the essence of the has announced its new board Can I Do.” recorded music of Led Zepmembers for 2022, welcomThe group features Paul ing Claudina Bonetti, Michele pelin and brings it to the concert stage. The Philadel- Sinclair (lead vocals, har- Ganeless, Pamela Pruitt, and phia-based group consists of monica), Paul Hammond Kim Swann. Joan Girgus “Where quality still matters.” six veteran musicians intent (electric and acoustic gui- was named as an honorary 4621 Route 27 on delivering Led Zeppelin tars, mandolin, theremin), trustee. Kingston, NJ Tommy Marchiano (electric live, as never heard before. In naming its new board GTLO re-create the songs and acoustic guitars, vocals), members, McCarter extends 609-924-0147 with the studio overdubs Eddie Kurek ( keyboards, gratitude to outgoing trustriderfurniture.com that Zeppelin themselves guitar, vocals, percussion), ees, including Kathleen NoAda m Fer r a iol i ( dr u m s, Mon-Fri 10-6; never performed. p e r c u s s i o n ) , a n d P h i l lan, Robert Caruso, Ashley Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5 Dubbed by the media as
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and public relations strategies, which includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging facilitation. She is a community leader in Trenton, and serves on boards and committees for local and national organizations. Swann is an entertainment industry veteran who produced the documentary Time Out: The Truth About HIV and You. As an executive producer, Swann has contributed to programs for ABC Studios, TNT Studios, Nickelodeon TV, and others. She is a mentor in the Women in Media Mentorship Program at Rutgers University. Girgus is a Professor of Ps ycholo g y E m er it u s at Princeton University. During her 40 years at Princeton, she also served as dean of the college, chair of the Psychology Department, and special assistant to the dean of the faculty. Prior to coming to Princeton, she served as a faculty member and dean at the City College of the City University of New York.
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“THRIVE”: Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold hosts an interdisciplinary art exhibit through July 7, 2023. An opening reception is on Thursday, July 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.
SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE: The Arts Council of Princeton is now accepting vendor applications for its annual Sauce for the Goose Outdoor Art Market. Artists and crafters are encouraged to apply to sell their wares at this pop-up market on Saturday, November 12 along Paul Robeson Place. The deadline for submissions is September 1.
Sauce for the Goose Vendor Council of Princeton’s Board Stage Theatre in New York, Applications Now Available of Trustees are stewards of and formerly served as the The Arts Council of Princeton is now accepting vendor applications for its annual Sauce for the Goose Outdoor Art Market. Artists and crafters are encouraged to apply to sell their wares at this pop-up market, now in its 29th year, on Saturday, November 12. Sauce for the Goose will return to its roots in downtown Princeton, this year taking place on Paul Robeson Place, just steps from the doors of the Arts Council. The market will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a myriad of creative vendors offering high-quality, handmade works in anticipation of the holiday season. The Arts Council looks forward to welcoming back returning vendors as well as introducing new talent to the sale. Artistic Director Maria Evans said, “Every year, we’re blown away by the diversity in offerings from Sauce for the Goose artisans. For this year’s market, we’re more excited than ever to hear from new and emerging vendors to continue to offer our area’s most impressive art market. We are really looking forward to working with returning vendors and meeting new artists.” Applications are available at artscouncilofprinceton.org. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Arts Council of Princeton Appoints New Board Members
The Arts Council of Princeton has announced the appointment of five new members to its board of trustees. In addition to serving as a legal entity, board members represent diverse segments of the community through their occupations, geographic locations, experience, and backgrounds. Members of the Arts
the organization’s mission, goals, policies and finances. Joining the board are Dozie Ibeh, Aaron Fisher, Lindsey Forden, Viridiana Martínez Weiss, and Alex Pimentel. “ T h e A r t s C ou n c i l of Princeton has benefited for many years from the guidance and energy of a caring and committed board,” said Joe Kossow, board president. “Together with our new board members, we are looking forward to helping the Arts Council continue to build on its tremendous momentum in our educational, ar tistic, and communit y outreach programs, and to expanding the many ways that we fulfill our mission of building community through the arts.” Ibeh, Princeton University’s associate vice president for capital projects, plays a lead role in the design and execution of largescale capital projects for Princeton University, which currently include facilities supporting the expansion of undergraduate student enrollment, new facilities for Environmental Studies and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a new Lake Campus and East Campus, and the expansion and renovation of the Princeton University Art Museum. Fisher was a professional musician before becoming a portraitist working on canvas and wood using acrylic paint, inks, and colored pen. He grew up in and has deep roots and connections in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. While he lives in Franklin Park with his wife and daughter, Fisher still considers himself a Princeton resident, as Princeton remains his social and familial center of gravity. Forden is the director of development at Second
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should plan to spend some time exploring Historic Walnford. This historic district features a 19th centur y gristmill, the elegant Waln family home (1773), a carriage house, and an assortment of outbuildings. The site showcases over 200 years of social, techno logical, and environmental history through the Waln family and offers weekend mill demonstrations April through November. Admission and parking for both the exhibit and the site are free. For m or e i n for m at ion about the “Thrive” exhibit Historic Walnford To or Historic Walnford, visHost Art Exhibit The Monmouth County it MonmouthCountyParks. Park System now presents com or call (732) 842-4000. the interdisciplinary art ex“By the Light of Day” Exhibit hibit “Thrive” at Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Road At West Windsor Arts Center West Windsor Arts Cenin Upper Freehold. ter, 952 Alexander Road, Exploring the cyclical naWest Windsor, presents “By ture of the world around us, The Light of Day: Plein Air this exhibit invites visitors to Show,” on view through experience the flow of life August 27. An opening rethrough the works of feaception is on Friday, July tured artists Alice Momm, 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free Maureen Bennett, Susan admission. Hoenig, and Katrina Bello. For this exhibition, West The intimate one-room exWindsor Arts invited arthibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July ists to enter their en plein 7, 2023. An opening recep- air artwork; artwork done tion is on Thursday, July 14 ou td o or s. Ac c or d i n g to the organization, since the from 5 to 9 p.m. 1800s painting en plein Visitors to the ex hibit
air has allowed artists to capture the emotional and sensor y dimensions of a particular landscape at a particular moment in time. It expresses a spirit of spontaneity and truth to personal impulse within art. Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh was notably a fan of plein air painting, or the practice of painting in the great outdoors. Other impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated plein air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors in the diffuse light of a large white umbrella. Decisions have to be made quickly, therefore painting reactions are more intuitive. Exhibiting artists include Bob Barish, Larry Chestnut, Emily Chiles, Huchen Courouleau, Magda Dodd, Carlo Fiorentini, Michael Graham, Marzena Haupa, Joelle Hofbauer, Margaret Kalvar- Bush nell, Snehal Kumbhar, Lori Langsner, Yun Li, Patrick Lieg, Christopher Mac Kinnon, Mary Manahan, Denise McDaniel, Mark Oldland, Neelam Padte, Rupa Sanbui, Aurelle Sprout, David Terrar, Mary Lou Thomas, Maria Vasquez, and Lei Yua. For more information, visit westwindsorarts.org.
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He has a passion for art, design, music, and dance, so through the years, he and his boys have enjoyed various classes, camps, fundraisers, and town events hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton. In addition to the new appointees, four board members were successfully voted to renew their terms. Those members are Jacqui Alexander, Stephen Kim, Joe Kossow, and Diana Moore. For a complete list of the board of trustees, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
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OPEN AIR ART: This work by Bob Barish is featured in “By The Light of Day: Plein Air Show,” on view through August 27 at the West Windsor Arts Center. An opening reception will be held on July 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Thirty-one of 134 exhibiting artists received awards during last month’s artists’ reception for Ellarslie Open 39 at Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion. The annual juried exhibition showcases this year over 160 artworks by artists from greater Trenton and throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as Massachusetts, Washington, D.C.,
diverse artwork that fills gallery and display areas throughout the museum. Most of the artwork is available for purchase. Before a crowd of 350 artists and guests, Trenton Museum Society’s Patricia Allen, juror Walter Wickiser, and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora gave welcoming remarks, with Mayor Gusciora then delivering the awards.
Award for Best in Show, Overall, for her painting Dark Horse; Storm Approaching. “If the exhibition offered unlimited space, I would have chosen all artists who entered,” said Wickiser of New York City’s Walter Wickiser Gallery. “All had something important to express and were worthy. My choices and awards were no easy task, as I felt for each and every artist and artwork.”
Area Exhibits Check websites for information on safety protocols. Ar t @ Bainbr idge, 158 Nassau Street, has “Witness / Rose Simpson” July 23 through September 11. artmuseum.princeton.edu. Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, has “Car Parts” through July 31. An opening reception is on Saturday, July 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. lambertvillearts.com. Art on Hulfish, 11 Hulfish Street, has “Screen Time: Photography and Video Art in the Internet Age” through August 7. artmuseum.princeton. edu. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, has the ongoing exhibit “Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter.” artscouncilofprinceton.org. Gallery 14 Fine Art Photography, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, has “A Different Look” through July 17. Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. gallery14.org. Gourgaud Gallery, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, has “Summer Exhibit” through July 28. cranburyartscouncil. org. Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, has “What’s in the Garden?” through August 1, “Roberto Lugo: The Village Potter” through January 8, 2023, and “Fragile: Earth” through January 8, 2023, among other exhibits. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. and Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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 Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. princetonhistory.org. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa., has “Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy” through July 31 and “(re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection” through March 5, 2023. michenerartmuseum.org. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, has “Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey” through March 2023 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 “The Glittering Outdoors” through October 2. helenemazurart.com. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, has “Our Inner Oceans: Paintings by Minako Ota” through August 30. princetonlibrary.org. Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, has “CRTV” through August 2. A collection of artwork by Karin Jervit is at the 254 Nassau Street location through August 2. smallworldcoffee.com. West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, has “By the Light of Day: Plein Air Show” through August 27. westwindsorarts.org.
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“COSMOS AT PHILLIPS”: Ann Thomas of Stockton received the Curator’s Award for her painting in “Ellarslie Open 39,” on view through October 2 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park. Thirty-one of 134 exhibiting artists received awards in this year’s juried exhibition.
Category winners were Tasha Branham (digital), North Brunswick; Diane Greenberg (drawing), New Hope, Pa.; Caroline Feiveson (fiber arts), Princeton; David Gootnick (mixed media), Washington, D.C.; Kathleen Beausoleil (painting), Fair Haven; Alexandra Pietsch (pastel), Ewing; Jeffrey Weiser (photography), Bensalem, Pa.; Marc Schimsky (printmaking), Yardley, Pa.; Michael Pascucci (sculpture), Monroe Township; and Elizabeth Oberman (watercolor), Flemington. Janis Purcell of East Windsor received the President’s Award, Ann Thomas of Stockton received the Curator’s Award, and Yun Li of West Windsor received the Installation Award. Joan Perkes, president of the board of trustees of the Trenton Museum Society, said, “On my part there is no Trenton City Museum event that makes me more proud, and I am deeply indebted to the board and our volunteers for their unflagging support and loyalty to the work of the Museum and to the city of Trenton.” “Ellarslie Open 39” will remain on view through October 2, with related gallery talks and events to take place later in the summer and early fall. Trenton City Museum is housed in Ellarslie Mansion, located in the heart of Trenton’s Cadwalader Park. It is open Fridays and Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. While there is no admission charge, donations in support of the museum’s mission and programs are appreciated. For more information, visit ellarslie.org or call (609) 989-1191.
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Mark Your Calendar Town Topics Thursday, July 14 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers’ Market is at the Dinky train station parking lot, across from the Wawa. Princetonfarmersmarket.com. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Princeton Mercer Chamber’s monthly membership luncheon is held at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, 100 College Road East. Harriet Stein of Big Toe in the Water speaks on “The Power of Leading with Awareness.” Princetonmercerchamber.org. 6 p.m.: Kindred Spirit per for ms favor ites f rom the 1960s through today at Princeton Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Part of the Summer Night Series. 6:30 p.m.: Book launch of The Education of Betsey Stockton, with author/ historian Gregory Nobles, at Morven, 55 Stockton Street. Morven.org. 7:15 p.m.: Black Voices Book Group discusses Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings. Via Google Meet. Register at Princetonlibrary.org. 8 p.m. (sundown): The film Chicago is screened as part of the Princeton University Art Museum’s outdoor
film series, at Alexander Beach, behind Alexander Hall. Bring chairs or blankets; popcorn is provided. Friday, July 15 5-8 p.m.: Catmoondaddy per for ms at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. Part of Sunset Sips & Sounds series. Wine, music, light bites. Terhuneorchards. com. 6 p.m.: “Dance Night: Epic Soul” is at Mercer County Park, West Windsor. 7 p.m.: Story & Verse series at Pettoranello Gardens, 20 Mountain Avenue, presents “Spark in the Dark.” Open mic poetic and storytelling presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and African American Cultural Collaborat ive of Mercer County. To perform, arrive by 6:45 p.m. Artscouncilofprinceton.org. 8 p.m.: The Commodores perform at the William Penn Bank Summer Music Fest, Bristol Township Amphitheater, Bristol, Pa. $35-$75. Brtstage.org. Saturday, July 16 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: West Windsor Farmers Market, Vaughn Lot of Princeton Junction train station. Enter from 877 Alexander Road. Wwcfm.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1- 4
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Bristol, Pa. $35-$75. Brtstage.org. 8 p.m.: Central Jersey Dance Society presents the No Name Dance at Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street. Open dancing to California Mix, Swing, Hustle, and Latin dance music. Preceded by a West Coast Swing lesson from 7-8 p.m. $10 - $15. Cent raljers ey dance.org. Sunday, July 17 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market at Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, Flemington. Fresh, organic offerings from 20 farmers and vendors. Morning yoga; music. Hunterdonlandtrust.org. 1 p.m.: Wade Fitzgerald is soloist in the carillon concert from Graduate Tower on Princeton University’s graduate campus, rain or shine. Listen from outside the tower. Free. (609) 258-7989. 1-4 p.m.: Jerry Steele performs at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, as part of the Summer Music series in the wine orchard. Terhuneorchards.com. Monday, July 18 Recycling Tuesday, July 19 6 : 30 p.m. : R idgeley Hutchinson, president of Trueheart Productions, will speak via Zoom about the making of the documentary The Price of Silence: The Forgotten Story of New Jersey’s Enslaved People. Williamtrenthouse.org. 7 p.m.: Sö Percussion’s musicians and composers perform collaborative and original compositions developed under the Sö Percussion Summer Institute, at Princeton Public Library’s Community Room. Princetonlibrary.org. Wednesday, July 20 3 p.m.: Puppet Show at Princeton Public Library, Finnie’s Ocean Treasure. Original musical play about a young fish who yearns for adventure. Princetonlibrary.org. 6 p.m.: Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees meet either in the Library’s Community Room or via Zoom. Princetonlibrary.org. Thursday, July 21 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers’ Market is at the Dinky train station parking lot, across from the Wawa. Princetonfarmersmarket. com. 6-8 p.m.: Essie and Nap perform at Princeton Shopping Center as part of the Summer Nights series. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 6 :30 p.m.: “A Musical Summer Evening with the Ragtime Relics,” at Morven, 55 Stockton Street. $15. Bring your own blanket or chair. Morven.org. 7:30 p.m.: The Zodiac Trio performs at Richardson Auditorium. Works by Stravinsky, Benny Goodman, William Grant Still, Gershwin, Bartok, and others. Free. Tickets.princeton.edu. 7:30 p.m.: Author Jacob
M. G r u mbach d is cus s e s his new book Laboratories against Democracy: How National Parties Trans formed State Politics with Princeton University political scientist Corrine McConnaughy via Zoom. Register at Princetonlibrary.org. Friday, July 22 5-8 p.m.: Josh Blume & Friends perform at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. Part of Sunset Sips & Sounds series. Wine, music, light bites. Terhuneorchards.com. Saturday, July 23 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: West Windsor Farmers Market, Vaughn Lot of Princeton Junction train station. Enter from 877 Alexander Road. Wwcfm.org. 1-4 p.m.: The Barbara Lin Band performs at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, as part of the Summer Music series in the wine orchard. Terhuneorchards.com. 3-6 p.m.: Lisa Greenleaf and Raise the Roof, presented by Princeton Country Dancers. Special afternoon dance for experienced dancers, followed by a potluck for everybody from 6-7:30 p.m.; introduction to basics at 7:30 p.m.; and contra dance for all from 8-11 p.m. At Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street. Princetoncountrydancers.org. 3 - 8 :30 p.m.: Sourland Mountain Festival at Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. Live music, local food, craft beer, wine, local artisans, and more. Rain or shine. SourlandMoutainFest.com. 5 p.m.: Evening Animal Chores at Howell Living Histor y Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township. Help feed the animals, bring in the sheep from the pasture, collect eggs in the henhouse, and more. Howellfarm.org. 6:30 p.m.: Summer Solstice Celebration fundraiser to benefit New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a t B r i c k Fa r m Tav e r n , Hopewell. Food, drinks, entertainment, auction. Solstice2022.givesmart.com. Sunday, July 24 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market at Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, Flemington. Fresh, organic offerings from 20 farmers and vendors. Morning yoga; music. Hunterdonlandtrust.org. 1 p.m.: Hunter Chase is soloist in the carillon concert from Graduate Tower on Princeton University’s graduate campus, rain or shine. Listen from outside the tower. Free. (609) 2587989. 1-4 p.m.: Allan Wilkcockson performs at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, as part of the Summer Music series in the wine orchard. Terhuneorchards.com. 2 p.m.: “Governor Morris’ 1742 Kitchen and Other Findings from Archaeology at the Trent House,” in person and via Zoom. Richard Hunter, president of Hunter
Research, will lead the discussion at the Trent House, 15 Market Street, Trenton. Williamtrenthouse.org. Tuesday, July 26 9:30 and 11 a.m.: Read & Pick program: Flowers; for children ages preschool to 8 years. At Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. $12 including container of flowers. Register at terhuneorchards. com. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Mid-day Toastmasters meet v ia Z oom. Toas t mas tersclubs.org. 6:30 p.m.: Author Jennifer Weiner discusses and signs her new book, The Summer Place, at the ticketed Summer Reading Soiree, held at the Historical Society of Princeton’s Updike Farmstead. Purchase tickets at Princetonlibrary.org. Thursday, July 28 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Princeton Farmers’ Market is at the Dinky train station parking lot, across from the Wawa. Princetonfarmersmarket.com. 5-7 p.m.: Princeton Mercer Chamber hosts Business After Business at SETS Hybrid Training, 406 Marketplace Boulevard, Hamilton. Princetonmercerchamber.org. 6 p.m.: The Diablo Sandwich Band play rock ‘n roll, funk, rhy thm and blues, disco, alternative music, and top hits at Princeton Shopping Center. Part of the Summer Nights series. 6 :30 p.m.: An evening with AT&T’s corporate historian Sheldon Hochheiser at Morven, 55 Stockton Street. In conjunction with the exhibit “Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention.” Morven.org. Friday, July 29 5-8 p.m.: Kindred Spirit Duo performs at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road. Part of Sunset Sips & Sounds series. Wine, music, light bites. Terhuneorchards.com. 8 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Jonah Tolchin performs at Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. Hopewelltheater.com. Saturday, July 30 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: West Windsor Farmers Market, Vaughn Lot of Princeton Junction train station. Enter from 877 Alexander Road. WWcfm.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1- 4 p.m.; help Friends of Princeton Open Space with a variety of conservation projects at Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. Fopos.org. 10 a.m.: Mercer County 4-H Air and Wheat Threshing, at Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township. Animal shows and exhibits, homemade ice cream, hay rides, pony rides, music, magic shows, farm tours. Free. Howellfarm.org. 1-4 p.m.: Brian Bortnick performs at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, as part of the Summer Music series in the wine orchard. Terhuneorchards.com.
espect for the land, the environment, and the animals has always been the priority of Cherry Grove Farm. Located on Lawrenceville Road (Route 206) in Lawrenceville, the farm has a long histor y, dating to pre-Revolutionary War days.
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In 1987, the three Hamill brothers, Oliver, Sam, and Bill inherited 400-plus acres of undeveloped land in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area. Their ancestors had actually farmed the land at one time, but over the years, the dairy operation was leased to various farmers, and the land suffered under more and more intensive conventional farming techniques, explains Oliver Hamill. “Land preservation and locally-grown food are family passions, and we decided to create something special — something that would give back to the community while keeping the land healthy and undeveloped for generations to come.” The Hamills, with their children, were determined to regenerate the land by embracing sustainable farming, using vintage pastoral techniques as a guide. The focus would be artisanal farmstead cheese, and everything done on the farm would support the making of a quality handcrafted product. Regenerative Farming “What we are doing here at Cherry Grove is actually more than sustainable or organic,” explains Tish Streeten, education, events, and community outreach director. “It’s what is known as regenerative farming. We are working to restore the ecosystem and create beneficial environmental outcomes for current and future generations. Our goal is to
continually increase biodiversity, enrich the soil, and improve ecosystem function which then provides higher yield and greater health and resilience for the soil, the plants, the animals, the people, and the community. “Everything on the farm is interconnected, inter-related, and works together,” she continues. “We practice rotational grazing, and we do not use any chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. We do not use antibiotics, steroids, or growth hormones. This is much healthier for the animals, plants, and people.” The 120 dairy cows that live at the farm are milked twice a day. They include pure Jersey, with some mixes of Milking Short Horn, Friesian, Holstein, Guernsey, and Normande. “The cows’ milk reflects the changing grasses and pasture plants season by season,” notes Oliver Hamill, “and you can taste these seasonal shifts in the cheese varietals. We emphasize European-style cheesemaking, focusing on quality, not quantity,” As part of the farm’s sustainable ecosystem, the farm also raises a mix of chickens, including some heritage breed, a small number of heritage breed pigs, and beef cattle. In addition to providing different colored eggs (favorites of the customers), the chickens furnish another important service, explains Streeten. “The chickens range over the pastures when the cows have left, to eat any parasites which might adversely affect the cows when they come back to that pasture. Thus, everything and everyone works together to create good health.” No Waste Indeed, at Cherry Grove, everything is put to use, and nothing is wasted. As Streeten continues, “We are a dairy and cheesemaking farm. When you make cheese, the milk is separated into curds and whey. Cheese is made from the
curds, and the whey is a by-product which is usually discarded. We feed our whey to our heritage breed pigs, which provides them with an excellent source of protein, active beneficial bacteria, and it gives the pork an extra delicious flavor.” In addition, she continues, “Beef cattle are not our primary focus, but we do keep a small number of beef steer who graze with the dairy herd when they are young. Thus, although we raise cattle and pigs, and they do provide meat for our customers, their main purpose is to provide diversity and to create a healthy, interconnected farm with no waste.” Honey is also available from the farm’s beehives, as well as from some other local beekeepers. This is an expanding part of the farm’s operation and increasingly popular with customers. The cheesemaking process is a very precise endeavor, with milk flowing from the cows’ “parlor”/ barn into the temperature-controlled creamery, overseen by head cheesemaker Paul Lawler. Aw a r d - w i n n i n g c h e e s e s from raw cows’ milk, including Havilah, Toma, Rarebird, Abruzze Jawn, as well as pasteurized Buttercup Brie, are produced, notes Streeten. The Farm Store, administered by manager Maddy Weber, is open seven days in t he summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a very popular stop for customers. Among the items are the farm’s special cheeses, eggs, meats, and honey. In addition, jams, chutney, soups, chili, sauces, and stew, eit her made f rom Cherry Grove products or other local producers, and soft drinks, including a particularly delicious lemonade, are all available. Fall Cow Parade Cheesemaker and chef Christine Shaw also creates soup, sauces, and pesto from the farm produce and local ingredients, which are sold in the store and at farm markets.
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Environmentally-Friendly, Regenerative Farming Is Focus of Cherry Grove Dairy Farm and Creamery
FRIENDLY FARMING: “We practice rotational grazing, moving the cows to different pastures daily or every few days,” explains Tish Streeten, education, events, and community outreach director at Cherry Grove Farm. Shown is cow herd manager Anna Reinalda with her charges in one of the Cherry Grove pastures. Cherry Grove offers a variety of classes, workshops, and events for children and adults. Streeten organizes workshops and classes in cheesemaking, foraging, herbalism, and more, and events such as First Fridays With Flowers, farm tours, hay rides, birthday parties, the Fall Cow Parade, and farm-to-table dinners. Bookkeeper and class and event coordinator Helen Cull teaches the cheesemaking class, and oversees much of the farm’s operation. W hen people schedule a farm tour or guided pasture walk, they will see the cows up close, perhaps being milked (depending on the time), and if lucky, they may even see baby calves and piglets. Two goats, Vincent van Goat and Mr. Tumnus, as well as Leda, the sheep, are also on hand to welcome farm visitors. Customers may interact and feed them, but they are only allowed to eat carrots and apples. A Farm Film Festival may also be held this summer, adds Oliver Hamill. “Last summer, we set up a big screen and had outdoor movies, in conjunction with the Garden Theatre. This
was very popular with people, and we hope to try it again.” Special Place Students from K-12, college, Boy and Girl Scouts, and 4-H groups, as well as corporate team-building groups, adult community g roups, and ind iv iduals (adults and kids) all enjoy visiting the farm. Cher r y Grove Far m is unique, and learning about this special place is indeed a pleasure for all ages. It offers an opportunity to understand and experience a way of life that is making a significant difference to the land, to the animals, and ultimately to the people. Cherry Grove customers include many longtime regulars from all over the Princeton area and beyond, who appreciate the farm and its dedicated staff. As Streeten points out, “The people I work with at Cherry Grove are very special. We all really care for and believe in what we are doing. We all work well together, doing what we do best (be it cheesemaking, cow herding, sales, education, or events) playing our part in this interwoven farm
ecosystem. The people and the community are as much a part of a healthy ecosystem as the soil, plants, and animals. “I love getting people, especially children, excited about farming and caring for the land and animals. I love showing people how to make cheese, or how to use a certain weed to soothe a bug bite. The more people we can connect to nature and to our food and our food systems, the better our world will be.” “We are looking forward to engaging even more with our community,” she continues. “It is surprising that many do not know that there is a 400-plus acre diversified dairy farm and farm store just four miles from Palmer Square. We’d love to be a resource for reconnecting our neighbors, from toddlers to elders, to the land and to a source of their food. “I love being on this beautiful farm where the animals are so well-cared for. Who wouldn’t love coming to this idyllic spot every day?” or more information, call (609) 219-0053 ( farm store). Website: cherrygrovefarm.com. —Jean Stratton
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After Producing Historic Career for PU Men’s Soccer, O’Toole Aiming to Make Impact at Pro Level for NYCFC
evin O’Toole got a jump start on his professional career. As his final semester at Princeton University approached this past January, the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) selected him with the 34th pick in the 2022 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. “I was kind of thrust into my career while I was finishing up school, which was definitely a challenge to balance the two, especially with the senior thesis,” said O’Toole, who was officially inked in March to a contract for the 2022 season with options for 2023 and 2024.“That was the hardest thing to get done while doing both. It definitely kept me busy for full days.” O’Toole was one of two Ivy League players selected in this year’s draft along with Cornell’s Tyler Bagley. His selection and subsequent signing helped him fulfill a goal he had set upon entering Princeton. “I always wanted to play professional soccer,” said O’Toole, a 5’10, 165-pound midfielder/forward. “That was a goal of mine. I know a lot of guys come into Princeton and get obsessed with the academics and then have lucrative career paths awaiting them when they graduate. I never veered from the soccer course and continued on playing and working hard through the school seasons to make sure I was in shape and performing well enough to get looks from professional scouts. That was always my goal. Maybe I was a bit overconfident that would
happen because it is pretty rare for guys to make it out of the Ivy League. I was very fortunate to do it and very happy how it worked out.” O’Toole heard before the draft through his agent and through Princeton University men’s soccer head coach Jim Barlow that there was interest in him from four or five MLS teams. He was coming off a season in which he returned from a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic to post seven goals and nine assists to claim his second Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. The three-time first-team All-Ivy forward had family on hand at his home in Montclair, and they joined in a chorus of screams when his name popped up on the draft board. “I didn’t know that New York City was interested until the morning of the draft,” said O’Toole, a twotime Ivy Offensive Player of the Year who culminated his Princeton career by winning the Roper Trophy given to the school’s top senior male athlete. “I really had no clue they were in the picture until maybe a few hours before the draft and then when my name showed up next to the NYCFC logo, I knew it was real.” It got more real after just one day off when he met the team to begin training. The spring semester of school had not even begun yet, but O’Toole wasn’t passing up a dream to start his professional career close to school and home.
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“It definitely made it more special being so close to home and playing for a city that I identify with,” said O’Toole. “It also made finishing at Princeton a whole lot easier so I could commute to campus to attend classes when I had some time.” O’Toole was thrown immediately into his pro playing career. The semester was still a week away when he headed to Orlando, Fla., to NYCFC’s training camp, then returned to resume training 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. most days with schoolwork to catch up on after each training session. “I had a couple of great professors that I worked with and they were able to help me through their courses throughout the semester so in the event I missed a class or two, they were able to help me and meet with me over Zoom and assign me work so I was keeping up to speed with the class,” said O’Toole. “They were fantastic and really enabled me to have a good semester in the classroom and also pursue my dream and play for this team.” O’Toole has been adjusting to the new level of play. He has yet to appear in an MLS game, but has been logging heavy minutes for NYCFC’s second team. “The speed of play is a lot quicker,” said O’Toole. “I found that out pretty early into preseason. I knew that I wasn’t going to have my best day every single day in training and that was definitely an adjustment. The mental side of the game, you have to be sharp to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward on the field every day. After that, it’s just about proving yourself in training every day and trying to get more and more playing time.” O’Toole joined a club with high standards. NYCFC won the MLS Cup a year ago, but head coach Ronny Deila left the club in May and the Pigeons first team hasn’t won since then. Through 17 games, however, they sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 29 points, the same number as Montreal and only a point behind second-place Philadelphia. O’Toole has been gaining experience and staying sharp in second-team action, but is waiting for his opportunity to contribute more. “My next goal is to play in my first MLS game,” said O’Toole. “I’ve played one game with the first team this year and that was in an Open Cup match. That was
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: Kevin O’Toole controls the ball in game last fall during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s soccer team. O’Toole, who was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year to help Princeton win the 2021 league crown, is currently playing for New York City Football Club (NYCFC) in Major League Soccer (MLS). Midfielder/forward O’Toole has yet to appear in an MLS game, but has been logging heavy minutes for NYCFC’s second team. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) like a separate tournament that the team partakes in, and all the MLS sides do. My next goal is to appear in an MLS game against another MLS team. Hopefully that happens before the season ends. There’s plenty of games to go so I’m hopeful. Long-term goal is to be a consistent contributor to the team in any way I can.” In making the transition to the pro game, O’Toole is dealing with the demands of the professional game. Practice and training, as expected, are more involved than in college. “There’s a lot of time off the field, taking care of your body, getting in early to do mobility sessions, activation before training and a lift before or after training,” said O’Toole. “You didn’t really have that time in college for all that because you’re coming from class or getting to class after training. I think the time spent off the field in the gym has taken a step up definitely and I think it’s a really important aspect of the game to make sure your body is ready to play for a nine-month season.”
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The time on the field practicing is not much different than what he was used to at Princeton, but O’Toole is working to improve his play to be able to contribute with the first team. He has to fine-tune his skills to fit the MLS style. “Playing as an attacking player in the MLS, I think it requires playing really quick on the ball and playing in one or two touches,” said O’Toole. “That’s something that my coaching staff has encouraged me to work on, showing up in small pockets of space and being able to get the ball to the next guy and string the attack along. I think that’s something I’ve tried to work on. I think I have really good fitness and that’s something that’s propelled me. That’s something the team likes in me. The faster I can start to play, the better I will acclimate to the MLS game.” O’Toole joins the MLS after a strong college career. He came to the Tigers from the Red Bulls Academy team (the Red Bulls’ first team currently leads the MLS Eastern Conference). He made adjustments in that transition as well, going from a left back with the Red Bulls to a forward or attacking midfielder with Princeton. “I took that challenge on and relished it,” said O’Toole, who tallied 15 goals and 18 assists during his Princeton career, dishing out the fourth-most assists in program history. “I’ve always seen myself as an attack-minded player and
I think I grew a lot having some freedom in the attack to take players on and combine up the field.” The move pushed him to improve his attacking moves and opened a door to the pros. He finished in the top 20 in the country in assists as a senior and was a top threat for the Tigers. “I was able to develop skills on the dribble and playing in pockets of space at Princeton that I didn’t necessarily get in my youth career,” said O’Toole. “That helped me transition into the pro game – just finding my role and finding my strengths in the field on the attack.” O ’ To o l e c o n t i n u e s t o strive for ways to improve and to develop into a player that NYCFC needs to have on the field. He is working to earn his way onto the field and fulfill his next goal of playing in an MLS game. “Just finding little ways to stay motivated, and focusing on one or two things you can get better in training sessions to prove to the coaching staff that’s watching that you deserve more of a shot,” said O’Toole. “Staying mentally ready and taking every day as an opportunity to get better, and to show what you have is how I’ve tried to approach it in these last couple months as the season wanes on and guys go down with injury or opportunities arise to make sure I’m mentally ready and putting my best foot forward in training every day.” —Justin Feil
Princeton Men’s Hockey Releases 2022-23 Schedule
Laying out the itinerary for what is going to be milestone year at historic Hobey Baker Rink, the Princeton Universit y men’s hockey team has released its 202223 schedule. As the venerable rink celebrates its 100th year of operation, Princeton will be playing 14 home games beginning with the home opener against Cornell on November 4 and closing with the home regular season finale on February 18 against Yale. Throughout the season, Princeton hockey will commemorate the centennial year of its home rink. In addition to giveaways, a new center-ice logo, historical retrospectives and more surprises along the way, the men’s and women’s programs will gather as one Princeton hockey community the weekend of January 6-7 for a pair of doubleheaders as part of the official
Princeton Athletics Takes 18th in Directors Cup
Capping a memorable return to action after the pandemic led to the cancellation of most competition, Princeton University Athletics finished a school-record No. 18 in the final LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings for the 2021-22 school year. The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate
Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities in the United States with the most success in collegiate athletics. Points for the Directors’ Cup are based on order of finish in various championships sponsored by the NCAA and the results were released after the conclusion of the final NCAA championship contested. Princeton also tallied a new high with 868.25 total points over the course of the season. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships. Overall, 19 spor ts are counted in the final DI standings, four of which must be women’s volleyball and basketball and men’s basketball and baseball. The next highest (15 max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender, are used in the standings. What makes Princeton’s overall result even more impressive is that the Tigers finished 18th while not scoring points in three of the four mandatory scoring sports and having to leave points on the table from four other programs who otherwise would have contributed to the total. Princeton programs which
contributed to the 18thplace finish include women’s open rowing, men’s lacrosse, women’s fencing, men’s indoor track and field, men’s water polo, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s lacrosse, wrestling, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, men’s cross cou nt r y, wom en’s cros s country, men’s swimming & diving, women’s golf and men’s soccer. The softball, men’s volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field programs all were also eligible to score points but were not included due to scoring regulations. Princeton’s No. 18 finish is not only a school record, it is also the highest-ever by an Ivy League school, surpassing Princeton’s own No. 21 finish in 2001-02. The Tigers also established a new Ivy-League high in points scored, exceeding their 736.0 points earned in 2001-02. Texas claimed the Directors’ Cup for the second year in a row with 1,449.50 points. After Princeton’s No. 18 finish, the next-highest finishing FCS program was Harvard which was No. 39. The teams Princeton finished ahead of in terms of overall Athletic Department success in 2021-22 include Georgia (No. 19), Ole Miss (No. 20), Duke (No. 21), Alabama (No. 22), Oklahoma State (No. 23), Wisconsin (No. 24) and Texas A&M (No. 25).
PU Women’s Lacrosse Adds Dougherty to Staff
The Princeton University women’s lacrosse team is adding Molly Dougherty to its coaching staff, the program announced last week.
Dougherty, a multi-time All-American goalkeeper at James Madison, was the starting goalie on JMU’s 2018 NCAA championship team and graduated from James Madison this May. After redshirting in 2017, Dougherty was the starter in net each of the next fi ve seasons and was a four-time Tewaaraton Award Watch List selection. A two-time Colonia Athletic Association (CAA) Goalkeeper of the Year, she was a threetime All-CAA selection and earned six combined AllAmerican honors from Inside Lacrosse Magazine and USA Lacrosse Magazine. An Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region selection in 2022, she was chosen to play in the IWLCA Senior All-Star game at the conclusion of this past season. Off the field, Dougherty was twice named JMU Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete and was selected to the CAA Commissioner’s Honor Roll this past semester. Dougherty is originally from Alexandria, Va., and attended St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes where she was captain and won a state championship while also competing
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Women’s Rower Sommerfeld to Row for Germany at U-23 Worlds
Princeton University women’s lightweight rower Cecilia Sommerfeld has qualified for the German U-23 team that will race at the upcoming 2022 World Row ing U-23 World Championship regat ta in Varese, Italy, which is taking place from July 25-30. S o m m e r fe l d , a r i s i n g sophomore, w ill race in the coxless pair. “It is a very special feeling to represent one’s country in an international setting,” said Sommerfeld, a native of Korschenbroich, Germany. “It’s especially nice with a team that pushes and cheers for another.” She earned a silver medal at the 2021 U-23 championships in the coxless pair for Germany. The past spring, Sommerfeld competed for the women’s lightweight varsity 8 boat that went undefeated. The Tigers’ 1V won gold at Eastern Sprints and at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association ( IR A ) national championship regatta, earning the program’s second straight national title.
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ROCK BOTTOM LANDSCAPING & FENCING WORKING OVERTIME: Olivia Hompe looks for the ball in action for England in the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. Last Saturday, former Princeton University women’s lax standout Hompe ’17 came up big to help England defeat Australia 9-8 in triple overtime in the third-place game at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship in Towson, Md. Star attacker Hompe tallied the game-winning goal on a free position shot to earn her second straight bronze in the competition. Hompe, who had four goals and an assist against Australia, totaled 29 points on 21 goals and eight assists in the tournament. (Photo from England Lacrosse, provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)
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100 Years of Hobey Baker Rink celebration “O n e of t h e a m a z i n g t h i n g s ab o u t P r i n c e to n Hockey is its tradition,” said Princeton men’s hockey head coach Ron Fogarty. “This is one of the oldest programs in college hockey and we are for tunate to have Hobey Baker Rink as our home. The name Hobey Baker is synonymous with college hockey, and we strive to ‘Make Hobey Proud’ each time we take the ice in the rink that bears his name. There is a lot of excitement among our group about the upcoming season, we can’t wait to properly celebrate the deep-rooted tradition and histor y of Princeton Hockey.”
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After Wrapping Up Superb Career for Vassar Men’s Soccer, PHS Alum Goldsmith Playing for U.S. in Maccabiah Games Last fall, Andrew Goldsmith enjoyed a superb senior season for the Vassar College men’s soccer team. T h e for m er P r i n ce ton High standout served as a team captain for the Brewers, helping the squad go 11- 4 -2, e a r n i n g Un ite d Soccer Coaches Division III All-Region third team and All-Liberty League Honorable Mention honors in the process. “It was my last season and it was definitely my favorite season; it was a combination of doing well record-wise but it was also the playing style,” said Goldsmith, a 6’0 defensive midfielder. “It is keeping the ball moving, the one and two touch approach that fit my playing style. I was able to help the rest of the guys and we were all able to mold to that system and win games by playing the right soccer. That is the best feeling of it all. I have never been one to care for accolades but I felt like I had my best season and getting honored as an all-regional player was a great feeling as well.” This month, Goldsmith is savoring another honor as he is playing for the U.S. open men’s team at the 21st Maccabiah Games in Israel to get his last taste of competitive soccer. “To be able to wear the USA jersey and compete against other countries is a dream come true,” said Goldsmith. “It is something I have aspired to do for a while now. One of the rea-
sons I chose Vassar was that I believed I would get a lot of playing time and be a leader right away. I got four years of playing soccer and I wanted to make the most of it. To be able to have this final encompassing soccer event is going to be an extremely incredible experience.” In reflecting on his initial soccer experience at Vassar, Goldsmith faced some challenges in getting up to speed at the college level. “I would say the biggest jump from high school or club to college is the physicality and athleticism of the competition,” said Goldsmith. “More so than that something I picked up on quickly is that technically your speed of play had to be very, very strong, especially if you are a player like myself who is not going to go out there and be the most athletic kid. I had to make up for that by being able to play extremely quickly with one and two touch technical ability. Also one of the main differences between the two levels is just being communicative with your teammates. Guys are keeping each other more accountable at the college level. You feel like there is more to play for when you are playing in that group.” Goldsmith views his sophomore season for the Brewers as transformative. “I grew into that role both as a player and as a leader,” said Goldsmith, who ended up serving as a team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. “I stepped
into a massive leadership role. Even the seniors on the team were looking to me for advice where to go in terms of playing style and communication. Sophomore year was a huge year for me in terms of that.” After taking leave from school in the fall of 2020, Goldsmith was fired up to return to the pitch last fall. “I was looking forward to my last college season which I thought was going to have a year prior to that so the excitement was only pushed back farther,” said Goldsmith, who started all 17 games at the midfield in 2021, leading the team with 1378 minutes played, helping the defense to a leaguelow 12 goals against (0.71 per game), and scoring his first career goal on a penalty shot in the 1-0 win over New Paltz. “Ever yone else on the team had that same buildup and excitement and hunger for a season. To make matters even more intense, the majority of our team at that point had never played a college game and never been through a full season. My buddy Austin Lukasik and I were the only fifth year seniors so it wasn’t like we had a huge fifth year senior class who can kind of lead it. There was a good group of seniors as well as the juniors.” While Goldsmith made a lot of progress as a player during his college career, he grew more as a leader. “I think throughout my
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four years I realized that the best leaders are ones that can drive a team with their words, but also drive a team through their actions,” said Goldsmith. “It is being the first guy in the locker room, being the first guy in the weight room and being the last guy to leave. That was always something that I tried hard to do through my years there and really motivate guys. Whether it was in the classroom, or on or off the field, I always tried to be the best person and the best athlete for younger guys. I wanted them to be able to come to me for questions. I don’t think any college experience could be smooth sailing. You learn a lot and most about yourself when you go through the hurdles.” In order to make the U.S. open squad for the Maccabiah Games, Goldsmith had to jump through some hurdles. The program held tryout camps on the East and West Coast last summer. The East Coast tryout was held as Drew University and Goldsmith showed up, figuring it was worth a shot despite stiff competition. “It was definitely a very strenuous three days, the group was a wide array of D-I, D-II, and D-III players,” said Goldsmith, noting that there was one session on Friday night, two on Saturday, and two on Sunday.” “There was good competition there. I knew I was in the top handful of guys but I also knew that this open team is always strong. We are coming in at the No 1 overall seed and we have won the Maccabiah Games the previous two times in Israel. It usually has professional or soon to be professional guys. It is majority of D-I players.” In September, Goldsmith learned that he had made the squad. “I got the email and I was definitely extremely excited,” said Goldsmith, noting that he is only one of three D-III players on the squad which includes D-I performers from such programs as Yale, Stanford, Fairfield, and Lafayette. “I knew I had proven I was a good player but this is a notch up from Vassar I would say. Many years ago I had the dream to do this.” Over the last year, the U.S. squad has held Zoom meetings to bond and then held a training camp in Los Angeles last month to prepare for the Games, which are taking place from July 12-26. “That was the first time I had met everyone, there were only two or three guys from the East Coast tryout who made it so there were a lot of guys from the West Coast and also some guys who weren’t able to attend the other tryouts because they are really quality players,” said Goldsmith. “I was nervous leading up to the camp. When I got the camp, my nerves completely calmed. Sports is such a mental game. Once you can prove it to yourself, it is much easier to prove it to everyone around you. Just being in warmups and getting a few touches on the ball and passing with the other guys, my confidence just grew and grew throughout the week. To make matters even better. I really enjoyed being around everyone on the team. We
GOING FOR GOLD: Andrew Goldsmith goes after the ball in a 2016 game during his senior season for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team. After wrapping up a superb career for the Vassar College men’s soccer team last fall, Goldsmith is currently in Israel playing for the U.S. open men’s soccer team in the Maccabiah Games. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) had team meals together.” Goldsmith has also enjoyed being around the U.S. team’s head coach, Michael Erush, who guides Cal State LA’s men’s soccer team. “His coaching style seems similar to my college coach in the sense that he is a very communicative guy,” said Goldsmith, who sees himself filling a defensive midfielder role for the U.S. squad. “He is going to be very honest with you and tell you what he needs you to do to get playing time and help the team. We have had open conversations throughout this past year which has only helped me compete for a spot and help the team compete for gold as well.” Competing in Maccabiah Games will also mark Goldsmith’s first trip to Israel and he is looking forward to the off-the-field activities, which features Israel Connect, a cultural and educational program for the athletes. “Everyone who has gone there has the most
incredible things to say,” said Goldsmith, noting that the U.S. team will be based in Jer usalem during the competition which brings together 10,000 athletes from 85 countries taking part in 45 sports. “I know what an incredible experience it is going to be. I am not going to take it for granted, I am extremely excited.” For Goldsmith, the journey to Israel is a natural outgrowth of his time at Vassar. “I have loved my experience at Vassar and how much I have learned,” said Goldsmith, who will be starting a job with management consulting firm, ZS Associates, in New York City upon his return from the Games. “I have grown a lot. I have grown in the sense that I am much more aware as a person. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Vassar was its diverse environment that would allow me to gain an ability of being aware of my surroundings and get to know people of different backgrounds.” —Bill Alden
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As the Princeton FC Barcelona 2006 faced Chicago KICS FC 2006 City MWC last Thursday to open play in the boys’ 16U bracket in the US Youth Soccer (USYS) National Presidents Cup tournament in Greensboro, N.C., it got off to a shaky start. PFC Barcelona trailed 1-0 at halftime and some doubts started to creep in. “We didn’t really know how it would go at the start, there were a lot of nerves,” said PFC Barcelona center back Nick Matese, a rising Princeton High junior. “It was a stage none of us had been on before. The coaches always say that the first game of the tournament is the most important because if you lose, you are basically out so you have to get a result. We went down in the first half so it was definitely worrying and there were thoughts, ‘Are we really up to this?’” PFC Barcelona proved to be up to the challenge, pulling out a 1-1 draw. “We knew we had to fight back to get the result,” said PFC midfielder Felipe Matar Grandi, also a rising PHS junior. “We got a tie, we got the job done. We learned a lot about them, it was a tough game.” Getting the job done in the rest of Bracket A action, PFC Barcelona topped 2-0 Tuzos Garfio 06 (Ariz.) and then edged Bayern Munich 2006 Boys White (Texas) 1-0. As a result, it finished tied for first in the bracket with Chicago KICS, setting up a rematch between the foes in the national final last Sunday at the Bryan Park – Truist Soccer Complex. Matar G rand i and h is teammates were primed for the second round with the Chicago side. “I think overall we just learned to stay focused,” said Matar Grandi. “We were focused the whole time. We didn’t want to let them score on any set piece. We had to make no mistakes.” The squad utilized some highlight footage to help build confidence heading into the rematch. “ We k n e w h o w t h e y played, we knew we could beat them,” said Matese. “People were making videos of the season. I made a video of the best goals. It was more than 10 games that it took us to get here. Every-
one was really energized.” PFC went on to edge Chicago 2-1 with Matese providing two goals to go along with energetic play on the back line. Heading into the final, Matese was ready to step up. “That whole day leading up to it, it was like this is your moment,” recalled Matese. “You have one chance to help yourself, this team, and everyone else you are representing here.” Matese’s first tally came on a free kick late in the first half as PFC Barcelona took a 1-0 lead. “You never really know before you kick it,” said Matese, recalling the goal. “I got the chance and took it.” In the second half, Matese combined with Matar Grandi to give PFC a 2-0 lead. “Felipe crossed it over; this whole season we have tried some improvised free kicks,” said Matese. “It is all situational but we have a really good connection. They were just a little sleepy on their marking. I was able to get free and he just passed it quick to me instead of taking a shot. I was able to tap it in.” But Chicago responded with a goal to make it a onegoal contest, setting up a nervy final 15 minutes. “We knew we couldn’t make any mistakes, they got pretty close but we held the result and got the win,” said Matar Grandi. “It was tough, we knew how much we wanted it. We played really hard to the last second.” Matese concentrated on keeping order on the back line. “We made a few mistakes that led to that goal and I was just trying to get everyone to calm down and stay composed,” said Matese, crediting fellow defenders Izayah Huynh, Connor Hewitt, Chris Lee, and Kyle Ingersoll with stepping up to hold off Chicago. “We realized we were 15 minutes away from winning this whole thing, I was just saying we have to play our game and we can do this. It was definitely nerve-wracking, they got some chances.” In the wake of the win, Matar Grandi is still coming to terms with the team’s achievement. “It was amazing, I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” said Matar Grandi. “It still doesn’t get in my
head that we are national champions. It is insane.” For Matese, the moment of triumph left an indelible memory. “A lot of people were hugging each other,” recalled Matese. “I just lied down on the field and had tears of joy. It was a very powerful emotional moment. It is something you actually dream about, it is beyond words.” In reflecting on the team’s success, Matese said it started with rigorous training sessions. “I think the competitiveness in practice is key,” said Matese. “We are always competing with each other. There is some good-natured trash talking. Our coach Milen [ Nikolov] shows us tough love and really pushes us but we know how much he cares.” Nikolov is proud of how the PFC Barcelona players have grown into national champions. “It has been 15 years since PFC was established and we already have two national champions,” said Nikolov. “What really matter for us coaches and what our Director of Programs Stoyan Pumpalov always insists on is to develop players. In this PFC Barcelona team there are eight Princeton High players and six players from Montgomery High and we’ve been working with them for many years. Some of those kids has been in the club since they were 5 years old. That’s what we are all about.” In the view of Matese, it took all of those players to win a national title. “The whole run was a group effort,” said Matese. “We had 10 different people contribute goals.” Matar Grandi, for his part, won’t soon forget the PFC Barcelona group. “This has been an amazing season and I am proud of everyone,” said Matar Grandi. “I am really glad we pulled it off.” —Bill Alden
Princeton Little League Team Displays Resilience, Taking 3rd in Section 3 Intermediate 50/70 Tournament After the Princeton Little League ( PLL) squad suffered a lopsided 22-0 defeat to powerhouse Toms River East last week to open the Section 3 Intermediate 50/70 tournament, its players could have thrown in the towel in the double-elimination competition. A s PL L manager Mat t Bellace addressed his players before they faced Old Bridge in a knock-out game last Wednesday in the division which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70foot base paths and is open to players ages 11-13, he challenged them to bounce back. “I was thinking about the moment for those guys and I talked about a book I wrote, Life is Disappointing and Other Inspiring Thoughts,” said Bellace. “The one conclusion I came to after writing that whole book is that sometimes after huge disappointments, the only thing you can do is ask yourself is what is this going to inspire. So here we are against Old Bridge; we have just gotten crushed by Toms River East and the question is what is this going to inspire. Does it inspire you guys to say we can play in another level. We can give it everything we have and not just say, ‘oh well, woe is me, we are not going to win the Section, who cares.’” PLL produced an inspired performance, defeating Old Bridge 11-3 to stay alive in the competition. “I really do think that clicked ultimately,” said Bellace, referring to his pregame message. “Old Bridge was more to our level age-wise and the speed of the game. We had
no errors on that game and we also hit the ball really, really well. We had 13 hits so it seemed like every inning we were getting guys on base.” Victor Espita and Noah Prete led the hit parade for Princeton as they each went 3-for-4 in the win with Brady Lee going 2-for-4. On the mound, Matthew Brophy stymied Old Bridge with some crafty work. “Matthew pitched a gem, he is so calm under pressure,” said Bellace. “He went six of seven innings. He lulls teams to sleep, he is consistent. They don’t know what to do, they are hitting pop -ups and grounders. They can’t figure him out. He is not trying to overpower anybody. He is throwing location at the right time with a little curveball and a little off speed. Hitters can’t sit back on it.” A day later, Pr inceton faced Middletown in another elimination game, hoping to pull a surprise as its foe was likely looking ahead to a possible rematch with Toms River East in the final round. “That was one where we were looking to play spoiler; this was a classic upset scenario, whoever they have left to pitch, they don’t want to use him against us,” said Bellace. “They put in a guy who was more hittable and the game was close in the bottom of the third. It was 6-3 Middletown. It was very much a game.” Things got away from PLL after that, however, as it ended up falling 15-4 to get eliminated from the tournament. “They overwhelmed us; we didn’t play great defense in the second half of the
game,” said Bellace. “These guys haven’t spent a lot of time just seeing shots and line drives and balls over their head.” While powerhouse Toms Rivers East went on to defeat Middletown 15-0 to win the title, Bellace believes that the PLL squad gained a lot from the tourney. “We are really hoping that this changes the culture of Princeton baseball, meaning that more kids are excited about being part of it, especially at the intermediate level and through the summer,” said Bellace, noting that the team will be playing in some weekend all-star tournaments in the area and will culminate the summer by traveling to Cooperstown, N.Y., the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, in mid-August to play in a tournament at Dreams Park. “Toms River keeps kids in the program and they compete at a really high level. Jim Brophy (assistant coach) and I counted today, we will be up to 60 games that we have been a part of since the fall of last year with travel ball for 12U and travel ball in the spring. We are returning 10 of 14 kids next year, including three pitchers so 2023 could be a great summer for Princeton baseball.” For Bellace, it has been a great experience coaching the squad. “I said to these boys before we departed that I have coached in Princeton for years in various sports and we will be more bonded as a group than any other,” said Bellace. “It goes beyond this season. I told them any time you see me you have a friend, you have someone who believes in you. This group is special and I will never forget them.” —Bill Alden
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Employing Total Team Effort to Make Dream Come True, PFC Barcelona Wins Boys’ 16U National Presidents Cup Title
SWINGING AWAY: Princeton Little League (PLL) player Brady Lee takes a swing in recent action. Lee helped PLL take third in the Section 3 Intermediate 50/70 tournament last week as it posted an 11-3 win over Old Bridge last Wednesday to go 1-2 in the double elimination competition won by Toms River East. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
NATIONAL STAGE: Members of the Princeton FC Barcelona 2006 squad show off the trophy and medals they earned for winning the boys’ 16U final in the US Youth Soccer (USYS) 2022 National Presidents Cup tournament. PFC Barcelona defeated Chicago KICS FC 2006 City MWC 2-1 in the national final last Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.
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Fueled by Hare’s Sizzling Hitting Down the Stretch, Post 218 Tops Trenton, Stays Alive for Spot in Districts Peter Hare was dragging a bit when he arrived at Smoyer Park last Sunday to play catcher for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team as it hosted Trenton Post 93/182. “Waking up this morning I was tired,” said Hare, who had reason to be fatigued as Post 218 had a marathon Saturday, falling 16-3 to Broad St. Park Post 313 and then losing 13-6 to Bordentown Post 26. “I think everyone else was too.” With Post 218 trailing Trenton 1-0 heading into the second inning on Sunday, Hare helped key a rally in improbable fashion, laying down a bunt with two runners aboard that was misplayed and found himself standing on third with two runs in. “I joked that I was going to hit for the cycle,” said Hare, reflecting on the sequence which gave Princeton a 2-1 lead. Hare kept hitting, smacking a two-run double in the bottom of the third to put Post 218 up 5-2 and added two singles as Princeton pulled away to a 9-2 victory. “I think it was two strikes and their right fielder was playing closer to the line,” said Hare, reflecting on his double. “I knew if I got it to right center there was some room so I just flared it out there and then he sort of bobbled it and I took second.” On Monday, Pr inceton took it to Trenton again, topping Post 93/182 9-5 to improve to 7-10 and stay alive in the race for a spot in the upcoming Legion State District Tournament. “We are right on the edge of making districts,” said Hare. “We are not sure whether they are going to take six or seven teams. We need the wins in the last couple of games.” After going through upand-down final campaign
for PHS this spring, Hare is enjoying his late surge for Post 218. “I was struggling to hit in the high school season,” said Hare. “So having this one last season to finish strong, it is good.” Post 218 manager Benito Gonzalez acknowledged that his club didn’t get off to a strong start on Sunday. “ We w e r e n o t h a p p y with them after the first inning,” said Gonzalez. “I think sometimes you go into game and you assume a result. You can’t do that to anybody because everybody has the potential to win and be good. It is not something you want. Thankfully from second inning on, we really righted the ship.” Hare’s bunt play in the second helped get Princeton going in the right direction. “I was definitely thinking that if we get first or second with nobody out we want to scratch a couple across,” said Gonzalez. “I am not the biggest bunter but when it is first and second nobody out towards the bottom of the lineup, give it a shot. He also gave himself a shot to be safe at first so he had a really nice play.” Post 218 has been getting some nice work overall from Hare down the stretch. “Peter did great, he has had a couple of games like that this summer,” said Gonzalez. “It has been really helpful. He has been working behind the plate, which isn’t easy. He got a little banged up today.” On the mound, Jon Tao did great for Post 218, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts. “Jon did really well; in the first inning, it was sluggish for everybody and it is very easy after something like that to let it get to you mentally and affect you,” said Gonzalez of the rising PHS senior. “But he came out the rest
FOR PETE’S SAKE: Peter Hare makes contact in a recent game for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team. Last Sunday, recent Princeton High grad Hare had three hits and two RBIs to help Princeton defeat Trenton Post 93/182 9-2. On Monday, Post 218 defeated Trenton again, prevailing 9-5 to improve to 7-10 and stay alive in the race for a spot in the upcoming Legion State District Tournament. Princeton was slated to end regular season play by hosting Allentown on July 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
of the game and pumped strikes. He threw 60 strikes out of 99 pitches, it was a great ratio. He was really aggressive with his fastball today. He only ended up walking two people. I was really, really happy with him.” Gonzalez has been pleased with the way the Post 218 has been hitting this season. “Offensively this summer I have been pretty happy with what we have done,” said Gonzalez, who got two hits apiece from Alex Winters and James Petrone in the win in Sunday. “We have had plenty of games where we have scored six, seven, or eight plus runs before. A lot of different people have done it.” Leadoff hitter Winters, a rising PHS junior, also came through in the win on Monday, pounding out three hits with six RBIs. “A lex is absolutely on fire,” said Gonzalez. “I have coached him since he was in sixth grade and he was the only sixth grader that I had on the middle school team. I noticed he is an athlete and a good player. I think next year he is going to be really good.” With Princeton slated to end regular season play by hosting Allentown on July 12, Gonzalez is hoping his team can scratch out a spot in the state playoffs. “We are already in a position where we are letting other people control our fate a little bit,” said Gonzalez, whose team entered the last day of the season in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Mercer County American Legion League with the possibility of six or seven MCALL teams advancing to district play. “What we need to do is bank wins, no matter who it is against. The people we have here now are the people who have made a commitment and have really taken that seriously so I appreciate their efforts. I really appreciate the collective effort we are getting down the stretch, it has been seven or eight games in a row.” In dealing with that grueling stretch drive, Post 218 has displayed resilience. “We had a couple of bad losses yesterday and it is easy for a team to roll over and say I don’t want to do this or I don’t feel good or lose confidence,” said Gonzalez. “The one thing I can give this group is they haven’t let a loss affect what they do the next day. That is really commendable, I really appreciate that.” Hare, for his part, is looking to keep rolling to the final out, whenever it comes. “A lot of us are going to college next year,” said Hare, who is taking a gap year before he starts at Rutgers in 2023. “This is probably the last season for most of us, so we want to finish well.” —Bill Alden
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Sparked by Davidson’s Leadership, All-Around Play, LoyalTees Tops Princeton Supply, Gets Back In Sync With its sights set on earning a fourth straight title in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League, the LoyalTees squad has hit some bumps in the road this season. The proud team lost 51-38 to Athlete Engineering Institute on June 24 and then fell 65-49 to Majeski Foundation last Friday evening. But as LoyalTees got ready to hit the Community Park courts last Monday to face Princeton Supply, one of its veteran stars, Nick Davidson, was unfazed by the recent setbacks. “Every loss we have had this season, we haven’t had our full roster or we have had guys coming late,” said Davidson. On Monday, LoyalTees was missing some key players in Zahrion Blue and Vince Anfield, leading Davidson to assume a playmaking role. “I tried to get the ball around and get everyone involved,” said Davidson. “I wanted TB (Terrance Bailey) to have a good game.
We need a lot out of TB and he played great for us.” LoyalTees also got a lot from Davidson as he scored 21 points to help the squad prevail 72-47 and improve to 5-2. “Here and there I was just trying to assert myself where I can,” said Davidson, assessing his performance. “I was just attacking where I know I can attack if we are having a little lull. It is just try to go in there and battle.” With LoyalTees up 41-21 at halftime, the squad built its lead to 27 points early in the second half and cruised from there. “I want to focus in second halves with us because we normally start off the game well,” said Davidson, reflecting on the victory which saw Bailey score 20 points and Arterio Williams chip in 18. “Against Majeski, we took the lead and then they went on a 11-0 run which was crazy and we were never able to come back from that. I just want to be able to add to our leads which is what we need to work on right now.
Basketball is a game of runs but we need to maintain our run too.” As a stalwar t for LoyalTees, Davidson is focused on doing whatever is needed for the squad to prevail. “It is crazy because I have been here so long so my role has advanced,” said Davidson, a 6’6, 220-pound for ward who s tar red at Bloomfield College where he scored 1,924 points and helped the Bears reach the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in 2018 as a senior. “I just want to apply myself where I can. In close games, I have got to hit free throws. We are not really being disciplined on free throws. I am going to make them when it counts.” Davidson is confident that LoyalTees will come through when it counts at playoff time. “It is getting everybody in sync, getting everybody coming in and playing and then making our run like we always do,” said Davidson. “It is about going to the playoffs with a healthy roster. If we go in there with our full team, I feel like we can beat anybody.” —Bill Alden
TEEING IT UP: Nick Davidson unloads the ball in a game last year for LoyalTees in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Monday, Davidson tallied 21 points to help LoyalTees defeat Princeton Supply 72-47 as it improved to 5-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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Bailey Basketball Academy Offering Summer Camp in July
T he B ailey B asketball Academy (BBA) is offering a week-long camp in late July. BBA is led by former Princeton Day School girls’ hoops coach a nd Ph iladelph ia 76ers camp director and clinician Kamau Bailey. The camp is slated for July 25-July 29 at Stuart Country Day School. There are full day/half day and first hoops options
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are still openings for the programs. There will be a field hockey camp for players in grades 3-9 held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a tennis camp for players in grades K-4 held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a basketball camp for players in grades 3-9 held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. One can log onto the Stuart website at stuartschool.org and go the MENU section in the upper right of the home page and hit the summer programs link under the Student Life section for more information about the camps. The Stuart Summer Sports Camps are in partnership with “Let Her Play” (LetHerPlay.org). Log onto the “Let Her Play” website to learn more about the core values curriculum and importance of girls participating in sports.
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Lee V. Harrod, 79, beloved TCNJ English Professor, Dies Dr. Lee V. Harrod, who provided joyful access to James Joyce’s Ulysses and Finnegans Wake for hundreds of students, died on the evening of June 15, 2022. Fittingly, it was already June 16 — Bloomsday — in Dublin and the 100th anniversary of the p u bl i c at ion of Uly s s e s , which Dr. Harrod always called “the greatest book in
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graduate assistant at Pennsylvania State University, where he wrote his dissertation on Ford Madox Ford and met his wife Lois Marie Harrod, then as a beloved professor in the English Department at The College of New Jersey (during which time he also served as department head, as head the English Honors Program, and as founder and editor of The Trenton State Review). After his retirement in 2008, when students honored him with a nonstop reading of Ulysses, he volunteered as a reader for the visually impaired at Reading Allies and as a tutor at HomeFront, where he helped dozens earn their GEDs with his “macaroni and cheese” recipe for essay writing. In 2008, he joined the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Evergreen Forum, where he taught college-level courses on Marcel Proust, D. H. Lawrence, and of course, James Joyce. He also served on Evergreen and PSRC boards. Whether he was teaching literary theory, Finnegans Wake (riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to end of bay), or the five-paragraph essay, Dr. Harrod had a remarkable gift for explaining the difficult and making it accessible. Born in Gillette, Wyoming, the son of LaVern and Lillian Harrod, Lee worked his way through college and graduate school. One of the things that drew him to The College of New Jersey (which was then Trenton State College) was the fact that many of the students there were, like him, the first in their families to attend college. During his 40 years at TCNJ, Dr. Harrod acted with the campus-based theater company Shakespeare 70. Because he lost most of his hair early, he often played the patriarch: “I played every father in Shakespeare.” Among his roles were Duncan ( Macbeth), Polonius (Hamlet), and Peter Quince ( A Mid s umme r Ni g ht’s Dream). On and offstage, he loved to read aloud with his resonant baritone, and his children, Jon and Kate, happily snuggled up and listened to his renderings of The Wind and the Willows, Little House on the Prairie, and twice — The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. During his years at TCNJ, Dr. Harrod served on the Hopewell Valley S chool District school board. He also donated many pints of blood, and his rare O negative, Cytomegalovirus negative blood was of special value to premature babies. Dr. Harrod loved to travel. After retirement, he and his lifelong companion, best friend, and wife Lois (he liked to say he married her “to finish the conversation”), trekked to Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, France, Italy, and Latin America. They particularly enjoyed taking their grandson Will to Costa Rica, their grandson James to London, and their grandson Sam and granddaughter Sophia to Scotland, Ireland, and Paris. “PopPop” was up for any grandchild adventure — watching basketball games, swimming meets, ice-skating, school plays, and presentations; bird watching; hiking; eating bagels under collapsing umbrellas; exploring zoos,
catacombs, and canyons; and in his last weeks, discussing existential themes in Japanese anime with his granddaughter. Dr. Harrod also loved to walk daily, and every morning unless it was below 15 degrees, he and Lois would make t heir t rek arou nd Hopewell, often stopping to talk to friends and dog walkers. As James Joyce would say of his death: And even if Humpty shell fall frumpty times as awkward again in the beardsboosoloom of all our grand remonstrancers there’ll be iggs for the brekkers come to mourn him, sunny side up with care. . . . (Finnegans Wake). As a husband, friend, professor, father, and grandfather, Dr. Harrod was sunny side up with care, a vir bonum, and a good, generous, and compassionate man who will be missed by many. There will be a memorial gathering on September 30 in Education 212, on The College of New Jersey campus. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be given to the places he loved teaching: The College of New Jersey, where an endowed scholarship will be established in his name, HomeFront, or the Princeton Senior Resource Center. For The College of New Jersey, gifts may be given online to the Dr. Lee V. Harrod Endowment Scholarship at the website plannedgiving. tcnj.edu/memorials-and-tribute-gifts or by check made out to TCNJ Foundation. PO Box 7718, Ewing NJ 086280718, and earmarked Dr. Lee V. Harrod. For HomeFront, gifts may be given to online at homefrontnj.org /donate or by check to HomeFront, 1880 Pr inceton Avenue, L awrenceville, NJ 08648-4518. For the Princeton Senior Resource Center, gifts may be given online at princetonsenior.org/support/donate or by check to PSRC, 101 Poor Farm Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.
1954 where her husband set up his medical practice and Mary Elise became active in the newly formed Women’s Auxiliary at the hospital. She, along with two other doctors’ wives, chaired the first June Fete, which later became a major fundraising event for the hospital. Mary Elise was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother to her family. Her love of cooking brought the family together for holiday and Sunday dinners. She never missed a single high school field hockey, basketball, or softball game. She provided the teams with homemade chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the victories and to soothe the losses. At the end of every season she would hold team banquets for all the players and coaches. She became an honorary member of every team. After her children were grown she became a licensed realtor with Peyton Associates, where she worked for over 20 years. Her inherent knowledge of Princeton was a great asset and her specialty was real estate in the Jugtown Historic District of Princeton, where she grew up. In her retirement she enjoyed spending time on the beach at Barnegat Light, a favorite place where she spent many happy days. Mary Elise is survived by her children, Mary Ann Cook of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Camden, Maine; Margaret Farley of Fort Myers, Florida; and Raymond Cook of West Windsor, New Jersey. She was predeceased by her oldest daughter Sandra Labaree of Wiscasset, Maine. She is also survived by four grandchildren, two great- grandchildren, and her brother Dr. Paul M. Roediger of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. The family will hold a private burial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of MatherHodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
George G. Alexandridis On Monday, June 27, 2022, George G. Alexandridis of Lawrenceville, NJ, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at age 87. George was born on October 11, 1934 in Long Island City, NY, to Constantine and Anastasia Alexandridis. He received his S.B. degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956 and proudly served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1956 through 1958. On December 26, 1956, he married Geraldine Monahan. They raised one son, Mark. George’s passion was engineering. He actively practiced for more than 50 years. His accomplishments resulted in many local engineering awards and honors as well as a government service award. His last role was Chief Engineer of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission wherein he supervised the seminal design work to rebuild the Scudder Falls Bridge, which has finally come to fruition. He was devoted to both his immediate and extended family and was extremely proud of his Greek heritage. George is survived by his wife Geraldine, his son Mark and his wife Nancy, his grandchildren Kathleen and Iain, and his sisters, Alexandra and Marina. A funeral service was held on Friday July 1, 2022 at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Hamilton, NJ. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. Extend condolences and share memor ies at T he KimbleFuneralHome.com.
Mary Elise Cook Mary Elise Cook passed away on July 12, 2022. She was 96. Born and raised in Princeton she was the daughter of Helen Margerum Roediger and Paul Otto Roediger. She graduated from Princeton High School in the class of 1943, and in the following year graduated from Katharine Gibbs in New York City. She is predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Dr. Alfred S. Cook Jr., also a lifelong Princeton resident whom she met at a high school Valentine’s Day party. After her marriage in 1944 she worked as a medical secretary while her husband attended medical school in Philadelphia. The couple settled back in Princeton in
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Longtime Princeton resident John Alan Strother, age 94, died in Princeton Hospital on Monday, June 27, of cardiac arrest brought on by a sudden acute pneumonia infection. John was a pro d ig iously -t a lente d, strong, versatile, kind, and generous-spirited man who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. John Alan Strother was born on December 27, 1927, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Alfred Carter Strother and Mar y Stoughton Parsons Strother, of Windsor, Connecticut. John grew up in Windsor, where he attended Windsor Grammar School, Loomis School, and Windsor High School. John graduated from Windsor High School in June 1945, spent the summer in military training at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, and was sent home in August after the Japanese surrender in World War II. He returned to Army service when he was drafted after he turned 18 in December. John served in the Army from January 1946 to July 1947. During his Army service, John completed Basic Combat Training at Camp Crowder, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training in radio and electronics at the Army Signal Corps in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and then worked as a technician at the Army’s Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia. After his discharge from the Army, John resumed his studies at Trinity College in Hartford, where he had completed his first semester term in the fall of 1945. At Trinity, John was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Pi Sigma, a national physics honor society. In June 1950, John graduated from Trinity with a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors in mathematics. In July 1950, John accepted a job offer from the U. S. Nav y’s Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, Connecticut. John worked for two years at the Underwater Sound Laboratory as a physicist in the Electromagnetics Division’s Infrared Branch. In the spring of 1952, John was awarded a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Graduate Fellowship for graduate work in electrical engineering at Princeton University. John completed his Master of Science degree in Engineering at Princeton in October 1954. In the summer of 1954, John accepted a job offer from the Radio Corporation of America ( RCA). John was eventually assigned to RCA’s A s t ro - E lec t ron ic s Division in East Windsor, New Jersey. At Astro, John was a key member of the team that designed, built, and tested TIROS 1, the first weather satellite to successfully orbit the earth
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and transmit photographs of the earth’s cloud cover back to ground stations (TIROS is the acronym for Television Infrared Observation Satellite). During the launch of TIROS on April 1, 1960, and the satellite’s initial orbits of the earth, John was part of the mission control team at NASA, manager of the TIROS project. TIROS, a 270-pound, 42-by-19 inch satellite, sheathed in 9,000 solar cells, successf u lly proved the concept of feasibility of weather stations in space. TIROS took nearly 23,000 photographs of the earth’s cloud cover during its useful life of almost exactly the three months that had been predicted. There is a replica of TIROS 1 in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. John continued to work as an engineer and project manager at Astro-Electronics until his retirement in 1984, except for an approximately five-year stint in the mid-1960s at ElectroMechanical Research (EMR) Telemetry, first in Sarasota, Florida, and then back in Princeton. At EMR, John was on the team that successfully designed and built encoders for the U. S. Navy that were considered significant for national defense purposes. At Astro-Electronics, John worked on successive generations of the TIROS weather satellite as well as on highlyclassified aerospace projects for NASA. While at AstroElectronics, John received t wo patents for original product design. After his retirement, John continued to lead an active life, exploring and developing his many interests. John had a natural affinity for music. As an avocation, he played the cornet, trumpet, and piano. Louis Armstrong inspired him to take up the cornet and trumpet, and he remained a lifelong fan of jazz. John also enjoyed a range of classical music and considered Johann Sebastian Bach the greatest of all classical composers. During his retirement, John composed songs and created electronic versions of favorite Christmas carols. John also had a lifelong fascination with cars. After his retirement, he completed a number of race car driving courses at the Skip Barber Racing School. He eventually began work on designing a more efficient, less-polluting internal combustion car engine. John described his engine as a reciprocating internal combustion engine operating on a two-stroke cycle comprised of power stroke, and abbreviated exhaust, intake, and compression phases. John explained the benefits of his engine as follows: “The combination of a full expansion stroke with an abbreviated compression phase can offer efficiency superior to that of existing engines. Due to flexibility in the amount of pressurized air that can be introduced during intake, and because of the recirculation of relatively large amounts of exhaust gas, cylinder temperatures can be reduced, as can the emission of undesirable exhaust products.” In 2015, John received a patent for the engine, and in 2019, the patent was revised according to his specifications. John enjoyed sports. During his teenage years, he
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Harriet Greenblatt Harriet Greenblatt of East Windsor passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022. She was 74. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., to parents Nora and Manuel Greenblatt, she grew up in Princeton, NJ, where she attended the public schools, graduating from Princeton High School in 1965. Harriet was a gifted musician, both a pianist and vocalist. At Princeton High School she was part of the renowned high school choir, directed by Thomas Hilbish. Following graduation from PHS, Harriet attended the Hart School of Music in Connecticut, and went on to earn a master’s degree in music performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to the Princeton area, she was active as a pianist in chamber music groups and as a vocalist with and accompanist to the choirs of the two synagogues to which she belonged. She would often lend her talents helping her fellow members learn their parts. Harriet was also a longstanding performer and board member of the
Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs. She was an active member of Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction and Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor Township. She regularly attended weekly Shabbat morning Torah studies. Always prepared, she loved reading the weekly section aloud to the group. She was also a skilled painter and one of her watercolors hangs on the synagogue wall. Harriet is survived by her sister, Barbara Greenblatt Landau and her brother-inlaw, Robert, both of Baltimore, MD, by two nephews, Matthew Landau of Miami Beach and Simon Landau of Washington, D.C., and by several cousins. Funeral services and burial were held on July 5 at the Ahavath Israel Memorial Cemetery in Hamilton Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Congregation Beth Chaim (BethChaim.org) or Beth El Synagogue (BethElSynagogue.ShulCloud. com). For condolences please visit Harriet’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com. Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.
Alberto N. Trancon Family, friends, and the many people whose lives he touched mourn the loss of Alberto Trancon, who passed away, peacefully surrounded by his family, at age 90 in his East Windsor home on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Son of Alfonso Trancon and Gliceria Granda, he was born in Lima, Peru, on September 14, 1931. He had resided in the Princeton area for over 50 years. He retired from Princeton University and Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton. You will always be remembered by the people who loved you. Extend condolences and share m emor ie s at T he KimbleFuneralHome.com.
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