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Home Sweet Home Pages 28-31 Mixed Income Development Opens in W-J District . . . . . . . . 5 DOT Blocks Slow Streets Initiative, But Hope Remains . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Red Cross Needs Volunteers to Prepare for Hurricane Season . . . . 8 Manhattan Chamber Players in Online Performance of Beethoven . . . . . . . . 12 PU Track Alum Cabral Still Chasing Olympic Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 PHS Grad Perello Primed to Start Bucknell Track Career . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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“Racism in Princeton” Is First Forum for 2020 Joint Effort Event Joint Effort Princeton Safe Streets will kick off its 2020 program of a community reception and three communitywide Zoom discussions on Wednesday, July 29 at 5 p.m. with a forum on “Racism in Princeton, PHS Student Video, John Witherspoon Middle School Name Change, and More.” The annual week-long series of events celebrating Black culture in Princeton will continue next week with a virtual discussion on “The Future of Princeton and Community Development Hot Topics” on Wednesday evening, August 5 at 6:15 p.m.; a “Princeton Elected Officials Update and Candidates Forum” on Saturday morning, August 8 at 10 a.m.; and a Cynthia “Chip” Fisher and Romus Broadway Memorial Virtual Art Exhibit-Collage Slideshow and Community Reception featuring a community salute to Romus Broadway and the Jim Floyd Memorial Lecture and Gospel Music Hour, followed by an awards presentation ceremony, starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. As Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout the country and, locally, a Princeton High School (PHS) student video with racist content and a middle school named after a slaveholder cause ongoing consternation, the July 29 discussion could not be more timely. The panelists include former Princeton School Board member Fern Spruill, former Princeton Councilman Lance Liverman, Black Parent Affinity Group member Jason Carter, attorney Eric Broadway, Princeton Public Schools (PPS) teacher Joy Barnes Johnson, PPS School Board candidate Paul Johnson, Not In Our Town Coordinator Linda Oppenheim, PPS Interim Superintendent Barry Galasso, PPS Board of Education (BOE) President Beth Behrend, and Princeton Civil Rights Commissioner Thomas Parker. The controversial student video, circulated on social media earlier this month, included former and current white PHS students at a party singing along with racist and homophobic lyrics, and not observing social distancing. The video was shared widely and, in addition to questions of racism and acceptable teen behavior, raises the question of the school district’s responsibility for behavior of students outside of school. The PPS Black Parents Affinity Group has written a letter, signed by 19 Continued on Page 9
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Council Approves Last of Affordable Housing Ordinances In a marathon meeting that stretched past midnight on Monday, July 27, Princeton Council unanimously passed five ordinances, four of which make up the final pieces of the town’s Affordable Housing plan. The governing body voted on the measures after hearing dozens of residents comment, through emails read aloud by Mayor Liz Lempert and live via Zoom, on the two main ordinances — one on a site at the southern edge of Princeton Shopping Center; the other the Franklin/Maple site. Both projects will go before the Planning Board and Site Plan Review Advisory Board (SPRAB), and there will be additional opportunities for public involvement. “This is the culmination of a multi-year process involving a lot of work of current and former Council members,” Lempert said earlier in the day, singling out former members Lance Liverman and Jenny Crumiller for special thanks. She reiterated the goals of the plan, including providing housing for low and moderate income households, using a mix of different approaches, spreading the sites throughout the town, and being situated close to jobs, services, and transportation. The Princeton Shopping Center site is for 200 new homes including 44 affordable units. The development would “have
a tremendous impact on the shopping center, which has a lot of vacancies,” said Councilwoman Michelle Pirone Lambros, who outlined the plan. “It will attract more tenants and customers. When you add 200 new residents along with the 200 that will be built at Thanet [a development planned for the northern end of the center], you’re adding significant economic impact.” But at four stories, the plan doesn’t sit well with some neighbors who live
on Clearview Street and Grover Avenue. One resident who said he represented 18 households directly behind the proposed development expressed concerns about scale, intensified activity, and noise, and said it was an invasion of the municipal land use law. Another resident asked why neighbors were not included in the planning. “Though we support affordable housing, we feel hoodwinked,” she said. “We would like a say in the design of this development.” Continued on Page 7
Eight Candidates Vie for Three Spots On Public Schools Board of Education Two incumbents, one former Board of Education (BOE) member, and five new candidates will be running to fill three available seats on the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) BOE in the November election. In the context of a pandemic, with the challenges of managing a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, a search to hire a permanent superintendent and assistant superintendent, and overseeing completion of referendum building projects, the stakes are high. BOE President Beth Behrend and Vice President Michele Tuck-Ponder will each be looking to win a second
three-year term. Jessica Deutsch, did not file to run for another term, and will step down from the Board at the end of this year. Bill Hare, who served on the BOE from 2017-2019 and declined to run in last year’s race, will join new candidates Paul Johnson and Karen Lemon in running as a team in the non-partisan November election. Adam Bierman, Hendricks Davis, and Jean Durbin have also filed to run in the BOE race, according to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office. Behrend, a corporate attorney advising large corporations on financings, joint Continued on Page 9
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A Community Bulletin Home Energy Assistance: July 31 is the last day to apply to Mercer County’s Emergency Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Residents who pay their own heating costs, and meet the income guidelines, may be eligible for help with their winter heating bill. Residents with medical conditions may also be eligible for cooling assistance. Visit mercercounty.org for details. Princeton Recreation Department Cross Country Program: Open to rising 9th-12th graders, held weekdays from August 17--August 28 at Greenway Meadows Park from 8:30-11:00 a.m. Visit princetonrecreation.com for more information under “Track Programs.” The program will be run within the guidelines of the New Jersey Department of Health as well as with guidance from the Princeton Health Department. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Motor Vehicle Commission Extensions: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission expiration dates have been extended for driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspections, and temporary tags. Documents expired between March 13-May 31 have been extended to September 30, while those expiring June-August 31 have been extended to December 31. Webinar on Electric Vehicles: From 7-8:30 p.m. on August 5, Sustainable Princeton will hold a free webinar in which two experts on electric vehicles deliver a presentation and answer questions. For details and to register, visit sustainableprinceton.org. Annual Backpack and School Supplies Drive: Princeton’s Human Services Department is seeking donors for Princeton children who are low-income and in need of school supplies and new book bags. Drop off donations in the donation box outside of the Monument Hall building. The deadline to drop off donations and to apply to receive them is Friday, August 7.
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“The games have been interesting with the new rules from MLB with things like a man starting on second base in extra innings as they try to speed up the games a bit and keep the teams and umpires safer. It’s good that there are no fans because it’s the safe thing to do, but I think it’s probably a much different playing experience for the players without them in the stands cheering and catching home runs and foul balls. But I am just so happy to have baseball back, and it finally feels like summer to me now.” —Julian Rios-Martinez, Philadelphia, Pa.
“It’s been extremely fun to watch baseball happen again. I do worry about the players’ safety. Fourteen players on the Miami Marlins have already tested positive, so I am pretty concerned that the season will end in the next week or two. I like the way the game has been presented, but it was a little strange seeing cardboard cutouts and stuffed animals behind home plate. But, obviously, that’s the best option right now.” —Anna Salvatore, Pennington
Princeton’s Slow Streets pilot program has been blocked, at least for now, with the New Jersey Department of Transportation ( DOT) claiming that the initiative violates a 1955 statute which prohibits municipalities from restricting traffic on their streets. “We’re in a holding pattern,” said Princeton Council President David Cohen. “The DOT has put up some pretty high barriers for us being able to implement the Slow Streets at all. They want us to do traffic studies to lower speed limits, and if we want to do 48-hour closures they would want us to ban all cars from the neighborhood which would mean that residents couldn’t drive their cars in.” The Council and the mayor are working with the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition (NJBWC) and other advocacy groups to try to convince the governor’s office that the pandemic justifies changing the rules temporarily, Cohen said. He cont inued, “A s an
executive branch agency, the DOT doesn’t have the leeway to override statutory regulations that are in place, but the governor, as he’s done with other executive orders around the pandemic, could say, ‘We’re going to suspend this rule or that rule for the duration of the pandemic.’ We’re encouraging people to do advocacy through the governor’s office.” Cohen said that the Princeton mayor and the municipal engineer had met with the DOT to tr y to work something out, but to no avail. Starting in the last week in June, about a dozen residential streets were designated as Slow Streets, with drive-through traffic discouraged and vehicles asked to slow down to keep the streets safe for pedestrians and children. “The Slow Streets initiative is part of a larger effort to rebalance our roadways in response to changed patterns of use during the COVID pandemic and the associated shutdown,” Cohen
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Lempert said the plan has been the subject of multiple public meetings and has been reported on in local media. She asked that people email her with suggestions for the best way for the town to keep residents abreast of plans. Town resident Kip Cherry expressed disappointment in the height of the development, and said there was no chance for the public to comment on the concept plan. She also said residential housing should be incorporated into the existing shopping center structure instead of “an appendage,” and said the wood construction could create a fire hazard. Lempert replied that the town had approached Eden’s, which owns the shopping center, about doing just that, “but they didn’t go for it.” Councilwoman Mia Sacks added, “It wasn’t just that it wasn’t financially viable. It wasn’t structurally viable to build that way. And it would have completely disrupted the existing tenants. We have concerns for these small business owners as well. I think we all agree with you that it would have been a preferable plan.” Resident Martha d’Avila said none of the neighbors oppose affordable housing. “This is a great site and a great place for density,” she said. “But I have an issue with the process, and the fact that we are using that plan as the driver for what is going to happen here in the future.” Councilman David Cohen, who with Sacks and Lambros was on a special subcommittee devoted to the plan, reiterated that all of the details are up for negotiation. “But
we have to balance interests of neighbors with affordable housing and the interests of the shopping center. Sometimes these are hard decisions to make.” Not all of the comments were negative. Several people spoke and emailed in favor of the plan, and thanked the governing body for their work in bringing it to the final stages. Two of the ordinances passed are related to the Franklin/Maple site. One, which is part of the town’s affordable housing obligation that will be submitted for approval to the Superior Court on August 12, is for 80 units, all of which are affordable. A second ordinance that is not part of the settlement is for up to 160 units. The site is made up of three parcels. The Princeton Housing Authority has had affordable units at two of them since 1939. The third is currently a largely unused parking lot. There have been several potential partners suggesting ways the site could be divided, and the subcommittee met with them this past January. Sacks said the subcommittee had a list of goals they wanted to accomplish for the site, including providing 80 credits of affordable housing; qualifying and obtaining a nine percent tax credit for a mixed income project; planning for appropriate density in accordance with smart growth design; providing a realistic opportunity to develop the entire, three-lot parcel simultaneously; maintaining neighborhood character; and addressing Princeton Housing Authority’s interests related to longtime occupancy of the site. “We have come up with a
plan that meets all of these objectives,” she said, adding, “This is just the beginning of the process and we will issue an RFP (request for proposal) for the design. We will also ask the Planning Board to look at the three sites for possible redevelopment designation.” Some neighbors spoke in favor the 80-unit, all-affordable plan, while others supported the larger proposal. Anita Garoniak said that while everyone in the neighborhood supports affordable housing, 160 units is too many. “We care about our neighborhood and the quality of life and the quality of life for neighbors to come,” she said. “We have concerns that this [160 units] will have a drastic impact on the character of our neighborhood.” Michael Floyd said he supports the smaller proposal. “I feel strongly that plans to build up to 160 units on a 2.3acre site are unacceptable,” he said. “In my opinion, the ordinance completely violates the neighborhood character, which is part of the master plan.” He urged Council to revise the ordinance and make it less divergent from the surrounding neighborhood character, with lower heights, impervious cover, and mandating 20 percent open space. The fifth measure to be approved was a bond ordinance for several capital projects including improvements to Witherspoon Street, Hilltop Park, and Rosedale Road; and stormwater drainage to the solar field at River Road. In addition, Council passed a resolution to purchase body cameras and video cameras in cars for Princeton Police. —Anne Levin
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Red Cross Needs Volunteers To Help Prepare for Hurricane Season The footage of Hurricane Hanna pounding parts of South Texas with 15 inches of rain last week was a grim reminder that hurricane season is officially here. And New Jersey could likely be in the eye of future storms to come. With that in mind, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region is putting out a call for volunteers who can be trained and ready to help in the event of a disaster. At the same time, the municipality has recently launched a “Princeton Prepares” link on its website, adv ising residents to be ready for extreme weather events, especially with the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Should a large disaster occur, the coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country to help in our area,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Readiness includes having boots on the ground in New Jersey and we have different ways to respond.” There is a special need for
volunteers to support sheltering efforts. “People can go to redcross.org/volunteer and get a bunch of information on how to shelter and feed people, plus a lot of the basics,” Taravella said. “We’re also encouraging people with a health service background — especially if they have a current license — to help. We have some agreements with universities and colleges and hotels, but in the event of a large shelter, we would need [licensed] people to check on folks.” “If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO, or PA with an active, current, and unencumbered license, the Red Cross needs your support,” reads a communication from the Red Cross. “Volunteers are needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. RNs supervise all clinical tasks.” Roles are also available for certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides, student nurses, and medi-
government and other agencies may not be able to meet your needs. It is important for all citizens to make their own emergency plans and prepare for their own care and safety in an emergency. Registering with Princeton Prepares is not a guarantee that emergency officials will be able to assist you.” For the Red Cross, the pandemic is “a disaster within a disaster,” said Taravella. “We’ve already seen damage in Texas from the severe weather, and we’ve been treating COVID-19 as a disaster all along. We had to worry not just about the people who need our help, but also that our workforce has the ability to stay safe. Because the show must go on, if you will.” For infor mat ion about volunteering locally should a disaster occur, visit www. redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact the organization’s volunteer recruitment specialists at JOINNJ@redcross.org. The Princeton Prepares link is on the website princetonnj.gov. —Anne Levin
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ventures, governance, and regulatory matters, who has served as BOE president since 2018, is the mother of three children who have gone through the PPS. “I am running for a second term on the Board of Education because I care deeply about preparing our children for their future, which is likely to look very different from our past,” she wrote in an email. Behrend listed numerous accomplishments of the district administration and staff, supported by the Board, during her first term, and noted, “With experienced, professional board leadership, we can be strategic and fiscally smar t, grow our strengths, improve where we can do better, listen to all voices, and ensure that our children are ready for whatever their future may bring.” She added that nothing in her many years of experience in law or as a volunteer in the schools and other organizations had quite prepared her “for the intense learning curve and enormous satisfaction of School Board service.” She concluded, “I’ve truly enjoyed focusing my time and talents on work that is, in the end, always about the kids.” Tu c k - P o n d e r, f o r m e r mayor of Princeton Township, commissioner on the Princeton Public Housing Authority, executive director of a global educational nonprofit, and the only person of color on the Board, emphasized her unique perspective on the issues confronting the schools. “I am running again because there is much more work to do, par ticularly in the area of equity, in our school district,” she wrote. “Princeton has great schools, but we will never be a Great school district until all children have an equal opportunity to excel and achieve. This has been an elusive goal in Princeton for decades, and I am committed to achieving sustainable change in that area.” A 29 - year resident of Princeton, Tuck-Ponder has a daughter in college who graduated from Princeton High School (PHS) in 2017 and a son in the eighth grade at John Witherspoon Middle School. Her husband is an attorney and artist. Running as a slate with a platform of “diversity, affordabilit y, and trust,” Hare, Johnson, and Lemon emphasized the importance of leadership for the future of PPS. Their platform statement calls for “a culture where equity is a core
value and hate is not tolerated.” They state that, if elected, they will “prioritize diversity in hiring practices; implement best practices to address opportunity gaps; employ a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative for all rising freshmen; and address behavior not in line with the core values of our community.” To achieve affordability without sacrificing excellence in education, they say they would “reduce the use of costly consultants; implement creative solutions around capital projects ; leverage staff and parents in making financial decisions; and focus dollars on students and teachers in the classroom.” Claiming a commitment to listening, respecting, and being responsive, Hare, Johnson, and Lemon cite the need for greater trust in the school community. “Actions they will take include: listening and using teacher, p are nt, a n d com m u n it y member input in decisionmaking; being transparent regarding decisions made by the board; and communicating via not just board meetings but also student, teacher, and parent forums,” according to their July 27 statement. The parent of a son at PHS and a son and daughter who recently graduated from PHS, Hare is an engineer and patent attorney who focuses on pharmaceuticals and medical devices. “Throughout his career he has worked with creative problem solvers and wants to again bring this emphasis on creativity to the Board and district,” notes a statement. Johnson, a second-generation Princeton native, was a college athlete at the University of Virginia, then a coach at Drew University and Rutgers-Camden. He transitioned into the private sector as a coach and mentor to many student athletes in the area. He is the founder and owner of Inspire Sports Club and the G.O.A.T. Lab. He and his girlfriend have five children between them, three attending PPS, he reported. Lemon, a 10-year resident of Princeton, recently retired as an executive at AT&T, where she led a global organization running corporate IT networks, as well as leading cultural and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. She is on the board for Junior Achievement in New Jersey. She and her wife have two sons, who both attended public school. Bierman, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Princeton Council last fall, is a teacher at the State Division
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of Children and Families, working with at-risk students in Trenton. “I believe that my background and experience can help prioritize spending on that which is most important for our students and community,” Bierman stated in a press release issued last week. “Our schools are incredibly important to our children, their families, and the overall community.” A Princeton native who went through the PPS system, Bierman noted that his mother taught in the Princeton Public Schools for 35 years and his father was president of the BOE in the 1960s and 70s. Bierman emphasized the need for the BOE to cut costs and avoid wasteful spending. “I believe the School Board must learn to live within its means and reprioritize in order to stop wasteful spending,” he wrote, criticizing the Board for blindly following the superintendent and administration and failing to ask the tough questions and to explore every option. “As a Board member and an independent thinker, I promise to scrutinize closely all spending requests and to leave no path undiscovered,” he said. Durbin, a lawyer currently leading the contracts management program in the Office of Finance and Treasury at Princeton University, has worked as an attorney for nonprofits, municipalities, school districts, and a union, and has worked for the City of Philadelphia Law Department. She serves on the Princeton Civil Rights Commission, as a coordinator for the Princeton Little League, and, for the last t wo -and-a-half years, as president of the Princeton C o m m u n i t y D e m o c r at i c Organization. She has volunteered extensively in the PPS. Durbin emphasized her commitment to “excellence, equity, and accountability” in the schools and stated that her two top priorities would be “protecting the health, wellness, and safety of our children, families, teachers, and staff as we face the pressures of re-entry during a pandemic; and providing our children with meaningful racial literacy instruction while fostering authentic dialogue within our schools.” Citing her 14 years of service to the Princeton schools and community, along with her professional experience, Durbin pointed out her ability to work well as part of a team. “My overall approach as a Board member will be to work collaboratively and intentionally to find equitable, cost-effective solutions to school and community challenges,” she said. Davis, the eighth candidate, was out of town and unable to be reached at press time. Voters mailing in ballots or going to the polls in November will be able to vote for three candidates for the three available positions on the Princeton BOE. In the race for Princeton Mayor, Mark Freda is running unopposed, and in the contest for Princeton Council, David Cohen and Leticia Fraga are also unopposed in their reelection bid. —Donald Gilpin
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to attend on July 29, Galasso and the PHS administrative team will meet with the Black Parents Affinity Group as soon as a date is confirmed, the statement said. “The pandemic has made responding to diverse needs and addressing disparities more challenging, and more urgent,” the PPS statement concluded. Joint Effort coordinator John Bailey, who will speak at the July 29 forum on “What It Means to be Black in America Today,” pointed out, “This is a teachable moment. And the questions to ask are: ‘Are these kids racist? Should they be punished?’ And a question for the adults in the room: ‘What does it say about Princeton if these cases keep coming up and we don’t resolve them?’” Emphasizing the need to get everybody on the same page and focused on the most important issues, in the spirit of the Joint Effort event, Bailey added, “It’s a complex scenario, and it’s not as simple as ‘these kids are racist.’ It’s unfair to label them that way. There are no winners here, but there could be some losers. There’s a need for reasonable discussion. We don’t want politics, bad feelings, grudges or any of that Princeton nonsense getting in the way.” Also on Wednesday evening, July 29, Joint Effort will recognize PPS educators
Joy Barnes Johnson and Jason Carter, who are receiving the Virginia Euell-Bill Johnson Educational Leadership Awards and Fern and Larry Spruill, who will receive the Eric Craig Education in Community Service Award. Confirmed participants in the August 5 Zoom forum, which will address such topics as affordable housing, the Witherspoon Street corridor, Franklin Terrace, policecommunity relations and civil rights, the Mary Moss Pool, and more, will include Chris Figoli Palmer, Bob Hillier, Josh Zinder, Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter, and Councilwoman Michelle Pirone Lambros. For the Saturday, August 8 discussion, local elected officials and candidates seeking the offices of U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Mercer County freeholder and clerk, Princeton mayor and Council, and Princeton BOE have been invited to share their vision for Princeton and Mercer County. Hosted by Joint Effort and the Capital City Area Black Caucus, the August 8 Zoom event will include a special salute to Mercer County Freeholder Sam Frisby. For further information and the Zoom links, contact John Bailey at (720) 6290964 or johnbailey062 @ gmail.com. —Donald Gilpin
members of the group and more than 100 supporters, calling on the BOE to “acknowledge the harm caused by this incident and the school district’s response, investigate and address the behavior of the high school principal Jessica Baxter, require the development of a mandatory racial literacy course in the high school, and immediately review the efficacy of the Peer Group program as it relates to students of color.” The letter criticized Baxter for “an act of intimidation” in calling parents of students of color and asking that their children remove social media postings about the incident criticizing the school district. Several of the students in the video were peer group leaders. The letter further stated, “Sadly, this video and the principal’s inadequate response to it are part of a longer pattern with implications for the racial climate of the school and the mental health of students.” Raddha Chaddah and Keith Wailoo, writing for the Black Parents Affinity Group, said that they had been in touch with the superintendent and the high school principal to arrange a meeting. “Given the urgency of our concerns about our children’s wellbeing, the school’s climate, and the mishandling of this Where Every Hour is Happy Hour matter, we hope this meeting 609.921.8555 can happen soon,” they said. 248 Nassau St. • Princeton PPS is developing an online racial literacy course www.IvyInnPrinceton.com that will be piloted starting in September for adoption in Every Hour is Happy Hour Where the 2021-22 school year. A 609.921.8555 • 248 Nassau St. • Princeton statement issued by PPS last www.IvyInnPrinceton.com (609) 683-8900 week noted, “The pursuit of 242 Nassau Street, Princeton equity is central to the PPS www.pizzadenprinceton.com mission. From his first day on the job on July 1, Interim Superintendent Dr. Barry Galasso has made it a priorAmerican Furniture Exchange ity to meet with and to understand the concerns of the stakeholders in the Princeton Public Schools.” The statement noted that 30 Years of Galasso had met with leadExperience! ers of Not In Our Town and the Civil Rights Commission Antiques – Jewelry – Watches – Guitars – Cameras “and, with both groups, has Books - Coins – Artwork – Diamonds – Furniture committed direct resources to support community efforts Unique Items to understand the history of I Will Buy Single Items to the Entire Estate! racism in Princeton and to Are You Moving? House Cleanout Service Available! work for reconciliation and healing.” In addition to the Joint Effort forum, which Galasso Daniel Downs (Owner) Serving all of Mercer County Area and Behrend are scheduled
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How would pods, or bubbles, improve learning for those children in greatest need? By responding to their real needs: smaller groupings, top teachers, aides trained to provide the necessary Letters do not necessarily reflect the views of Town Topics interpretation and support — tutoring small groups, but more Email letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Town Topics, PO Box 125, Kingston, NJ 08528 personalized than summer school. Finally, we address discrimination and elitism by bringing all income levels and cultures together in our subject matter. Expand the curriculum for an accurate view of our immigration and slave-owning history. Foster remote debates and discussions between culturally varied pods. Listen to the needs and To the Editor: Reopening the schools is an experiment, so let’s consider how experience of the community. MARY CLURMAN we can all — comfortably — participate. This is just too big an Harris Road experiment for the schools to handle alone.
Considering How All Can Comfortably Participate in Reopening Schools
How can we ensure that the public school system is, and remains, the core, the go-to source for our children’s learning, no matter where it is provided? School must be safe. In the ShopRite parking lot I spoke to a woman who was trying to get her (hysterically resistant) 8-year-old to wear a mask. When I asked the woman how she thought the schools would do with reopening, she shook her head in frustration and doubt. My doctor tells me that when West Windsor schools surveyed parents as to whether their children would return to school, 50 percent said no. What is the best way for all our children to learn remotely, whether full- or part-time? Bubbles: In one approach, children meet in stable cohorts (pods, or bubbles) — not in big buildings with Plexiglas shields, but in one or another of their homes. The difference is that the school must assign an aide — perhaps a family member — to each bubble, and teachers to deliver remote, PPS-provided lessons. The helper not only interprets the lessons, personalizing them for the children in that bubble, but also relays critical feedback to the remote teacher. This ensures curriculum unity. But now parents of all economic levels are finding ways to avoid school buildings — separating communities more and more by economic status. Admittedly this is homeschooling with an important twist: the public school provides teacher, lessons, and help, but not the building. Critically, however, it allows teaching to focus on individual needs, and new opportunities. Flexibility, Finally: For now, New Jersey’s DoE encourages flexibility, as the goal of education is not to populate buildings but to help children learn, and children learn in different ways. The Dutch, for instance, even include Waldorf and Montessori schools in their public school system. We could develop the remote option as a permanent choice, but once COVID-19 is under control, most families will want the broader experience — school sports, band, clubs. Yet the bubble can offer a richer, safer learning environment, and models already exist. When the crisis is over, the buildings will still be there, better prepared and possibly more inviting. Then the challenge will be to offer education that is equally inviting to all.
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To the Editor: Good morning to Janet Heroux [“Wondering Why Leaf Blowing is Allowed When There Are No Leaves on the Ground,” Mailbox, July 22]. I too would rather not hear, or breathe the dust from leaf blowers: commercial and residential. Often the debris is just blown into the street or “away” from the current property. Mulching bags and rakes are less polluting and energy wise options. Princeton is unique with our regular municipal brush and leaf pick up. It would be helpful to bikers and walkers, especially as more of us are getting our exercise close to home, if people would observe the dates for collection and not fill the streets with items to be picked up days and weeks before scheduled pick up dates (princetonnj.gov/resources/yardwaste). Recycling, too has ways to be better at removing the unwanted! Complete instructions are easy to find mcianj.org. We are fortunate to live where our government and environmental organizations are trying to deal with waste of all sorts responsibly. It is more successful when we all pitch in and do our part. KATHRYN WEIDENER Moore Street
Thanks to Princeton First Responders For Calm, Courteous, Professional Aid
To the Editor: On Saturday, July 25 my tenant arrived home to find her house filled with thick smoke. She immediately ran into my house to tell me that “something has happened.” I asked her what, and she indicated that she had left a pot on the stove, gone out, and had not turned the flame out under the pot. I called 911, which was answered promptly and extremely courteously. The operator was highly professional and calm. She asked all of the relevant questions. She connected me to the police and the fire department. The police were here before I even got off of the phone. The officers went through their normal procedures and were calm, courteous, and highly professional. Less than four minutes later the fire department arrived, assessed the situation and went straight to work to remedy the problem. The interior of the house was engulfed in thick smoke. I thank God that nobody was in the home. After questioning me and the tenant, the police officers stayed around until the firefighters got things under control. They and the firefighter worked together like a well-oiled machine. They were very comforting in their tones and instructions for me and the tenant, who was highly upset. What could have been extremely frantic and frightening was handled like it was just another day in the lives of first responders. I am grateful that we have such professional law
enforcement and emergency crews in Princeton. The tenant was totally amazed at the speed with which they arrived and got everything back to order. I do sincerely thank everyone dispatched by that 911 operator for turning what could have been tragic into a positive result. It will smell like smoke for a while around here, but nobody was injured and other than the pot, no property damage. (Note: The building has several smoke detectors. The new ones in that unit had new batteries in them, but the batteries were still wrapped in cellophane, as they were shipped. If you have new detectors, make sure the batteries are not encased in plastic.) I do thank and commend all who came to our aid with such professionalism, care, and courtesy. JACQUELINE L. SWAIN Lytle Street
Requesting That Area Young People Distance Themselves, Wear Masks
To the Editor: I live in Princeton a few blocks from Nassau Street and walk or bike around town just about every day. While I am very happy that we have a lot of outdoor dining options which will hopefully help keep these restaurants afloat, I am frustrated by the frequent sight of people between the ages of 18 and 25 who appear not to distance themselves and do not wear masks. I know that I am sounding very old when I say this, but that is what I encounter all too often, by people who should know better. People in that age group feel invincible, but we are now starting see a lot of infected people under the age of 40. They are not invincible. An even if they were, the people they pass in the street are not, their parents are not, and their grandparents are not. People between 18-25 in this area are usually progressive and forward thinking, which makes this behavior even more difficult to understand. So my message to them is to please distance themselves and please wear masks. STUART LIEBERMAN Western Way
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Celebrating an International Sensation: Netflix’s “Money Heist” In Money Heist, feelings, fraternity and love are as important as the plots. A perfect heist, rational and cool, becomes something else when spiced up with Latin emotions. —Álex Pina n this season of death and discontent, why do I find myself compulsively whistling, humming, thinking, and feeling the old anti-fascist protest anthem, “Bella Ciao”? Even the cardinals in our backyard are getting into the act; instead of sweet sweet sweet, I’m hearing ciao ciao ciao! The pure and piercing clarity of the sound conveys another message, not goodbye beautiful, but hello hello hello. The source of my “Bella Ciao” euphoria is the Netflix sensation Money Heist [Casa del Papel], whose recently released fourth season drew 65 million viewers around the world. By early 2018, when Álex Pina’s creation was already the most-watched non-English language series in Netflix history, and one of the most watched overall, the singing of “Bella Ciao” at key moments in the action inspired an international onslaught of cover versions. “A Cultural Juggernaut” The most informative account of Money Heist I’ve been able to find is in the April 2, 2020 Guardian (“It’s pure rock’n’roll”), where after hailing “a world-changing, cultural juggernaut of a TV show,” Ellen Jones writes, “The first season of the fullthrottle thriller saw its gang – all codenamed after major cities and memorably clad in revolutionary-red overalls and Salvador Dalí masks – break into the Royal Mint of Spain taking 67 people hostage and literally printing money: 2.4 billion euros, to be exact.” Referring to the series’ “anti-system” philosophy, invoked whenever gang members sing “Bella Ciao,” Jones quotes Álex Pina: “First and foremost, the series is meant to entertain, but an idea runs underneath. Skepticism towards governments, central banks, the system.” After pointing out the series’ roots in Don Quixote (“To rise up against the system is reckless and idealistic”), Pina claims the latest season has the power to “infuse some oxygen into this disturbing climate,” comparing it to “a brutal journey to the limit” while promising that “the audience will not think of Covid-19 while watching it.” Beware Dubbing So far nothing I’ve read about this series does it justice. Money Heist has won 23 awards since its 2017 debut, including an international Emmy for the best drama series. The New York Times’ Mike Hale ranked it sixth on his list of the Best International Shows of 2018 (“a joy ride in every sense”). I wish I could believe Noel Murray’s claim in the July 21 Times (“The 50 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now”),
that the show’s “unpredictability and outsized characters have made it one of the rare foreign television series to find a big and appreciative audience in the United States.” Even taking into account the social-media word of mouth that made Money Heist an international favorite, the overriding question is can a series with subtitles make it big in the American market? By “big” I mean a hit of Game of Thrones/Breaking Bad magnitude. Apparently Netflix has doubts. A year ago the Times devoted an in-depth article to the issue, headed “Netflix Wants to Make Its Dubbed Foreign Shows Less Dubby” (July 19, 2019), subheaded, “The company is betting that better English versions of international hits like ‘Money Heist’ will inspire more Americans to watch them.” It’s depressing to read that the majority of Netflix subscribers in the United States already prefer dubbed versions of international shows to subtitled ones, including 72 percent of American viewers of Money Heist. If, like my wife and I, you’ve seen all four subtitled seasons in the space of a month, you’ll want to tell your friends and neighbors to avoid dubb e d ver s ions of this unmissable show. I say that even though I’ve just learned that our next-door neighbors, to whom we owe a Spanish Royal Mint’s worth of thanks for recommending Money Heist in the first place, were responding to the dubbed version! What better proof of this show’s seductive force as an allencompassing viewing experience? Even so, I’m still passionately encouraging potential viewers to watch the subtitled version of Money Heist. The Spanish language is the element the series lives in, its heart and soul, its music. There are two absolutely necessary voices that no English-speaking actor in the world could match: that of the Professor (Álvaro Morte), who masterminds the heist, and the female life-force code-named Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), whose voiceover narration binds everything together, always there when you need it. To believe in the Professor and the faith his students have in him, you need to hear the distinctive sound of his own measured, formidably credible voice; and to maintain your faith in the narrative credibility of the show
itself, you have to be within whispering proximity of Corberó, up close and personal with her spirited, slyly, sexually explosive, gun-bearing Tokyo. Quoted in the Guardian article, Corberó says of Money Heist, “It has something different, especially for non-Spanish people. We have this way of expressing ourselves, of exchanging our feelings that goes through the screen.” The same idea is implicit in showrunner Pina’s comment that “feelings, fraternity and love are as important as the plots. A perfect heist, rational and cool, becomes something else when spiced up with Latin emotions.” How much of the spice of those feelings can survive a second and third hand passage through the dubbing process? It’s the virtual vs. personal, “ being there” vs. the “no t h e r e t h e r e” o f s t r i c t l y c o ach e d actor intermediaries in a Los Angeles recording studio like the one described by the T i m e s, “r e a d i n g English dialogue aloud as it scrolled karaoke-like” under scenes f rom the show. Imagine an Israeli actress attempting to sigh, shrug, shake her head in synch with t h e P r o f e s s o r ’s brilliant police inspector adversary Raquel Murillo (an all-out, full-hearted performance by Itziar Ituño). How close to her character can you get, and how close to the intensity of that fascinating love-hate, cat and mouse romance, if the dubbing director behind the sound board keeps interrupting, (“Don’t say ‘Professor,’ that’s too dubby!”). A Superhero in Pajamas Álvaro Morte’s Professor is a new kind of superhero, a heady mix of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Kent, Superman, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Antonio Banderas and Walter White. As the violin is to Sherlock Holmes, making origami animal shapes is to the Professor. And whenever he needs a reality check, there’s someone, usually Corberó’s Tokyo, who brings him down to earth. Like the time when he was about reject the youngest member of his gang of eight for irresponsible habits of speech and a weakness for video games. Into the Professor’s room storms the indomitable Corberó, sees him standing there, a grown man, bearded, bespectacled, in a pair of striped, little-boy-at-bedtime pajamas:
“Have you seen yourself? Who buys your clothes?” Then she spots one of his origami creations and holds it up to the light. “What’s this?” As he rushes over to rescue it (“It’s an ancient technique,” nerdish to the core), she scoffs, “Hey, what’s the matter? Are you afraid I’ll break your paper figurines?” Wagging it in the air, mockingly: “Eh! Eh! Welcome to Jurassic Park! Help, the dinosaur is eating me!” After giving him and his pajamas a long look, she says, “What’s the difference between this and playing video games?” Our response to the scene, one of many that reflect the show’s humanity, was no less gratifying, felt, and immediate when accompanied by English subtitles. The spoken Spanish energy of Corberó relishing the moment is less likely to come across when the actress doing the dubbing in L.A. is being told, “Hey, too dubby!” The Professor can withstand subtitles; if anything, they suggest the kind of complementary gravitas necessary to conduct an occupation of epic, historic, politically consequential proportions; besides being an ingeniously resourceful leader, he’s a skilled fighter when he has to be, a hero, a lover, a clown, a slapstick acrobat who can create disguises on the spot, frantically figuring his way out of tight spots. He’s average height, dark, handsome, albeit bespectacled and neatly bearded, soft-spoken, deceptively shy, the studious type who excels at chess and, yes, origami, pondering moves and forming shapes while he sits in a shabby command center outside the action, watching over remote video feed the “students” who are risking their lives to pull off his mission impossible. The Professor has anticipated every scenario, as much the author of the play as its lead actor, and he’s in it for more than the money. Crucial to his plan is that none of the hostages be injured or killed, “no blood shed,” because in the political endgame the goal is to have the sympathy of the public, to be seen as heroes striking at the heart of a police state. Again, he’s thinking like an author who wants his principal characters to compel the sympathy and affection of the audience. It’s this premise that more than anything else lifts the show to a higher level, above and beyond the action, of which there is plenty. f and when Money Heist catches on the way it should, people in the streets of Portland and Seattle will be singing “Bella Ciao.” You might even hear it sung in the streets of cities after which its characters are named: Denver, Berlin, Rio, Helsinki, Moscow, Oslo, Lisbon, Stockholm, Marseilles, Bogota, and Palermo. You can see why this show is a worldwide phenomenon. —Stuart Mitchner
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lthough unable to appear live in Princeton this summer as part of Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts, Manhattan Chamber Players did not want to miss out on Beethoven’s 250 th anniversary, and made the most of technology by presenting an online performance last Wednesday night in a continuation of the Chamber Concerts “Chamber Music Wednesdays” series. A collective of 22 New York-based musicians, Manhattan Chamber Players performs in a variety of flexible combinations — in Wednesday night’s performance, as a string trio. A true family string ensemble, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt; her husband, cellist Brook Speltz; and his brother, violinist Brendan Speltz, presented Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Opus 9, No. 1, recorded during the current pandemic in a private home in Philadelphia. In an online performance introduced by the ensemble’s Artistic Director Luke Fleming, van de Stadt and the Speltz brothers presented a clean and unified performance of this work, showing why Beethoven’s string trios can easily stand up against his more substantial and more well-known string quartets. Beethoven arrived in Vienna in 1792 to study with Franz Josef Haydn, quickly embracing the courtly Viennese chamber music style of Haydn and wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. String Quartet in G Major was the first of three string trios comprising Beethoven’s Opus 9, composed between 1797 and 1798. String Trio No. 1 showed the clear influence of Mozart’s 1788 Divertimento in E-flat Major, a sizeable work considered the first piece in the string trio genre by any composer, but also demonstrated Beethoven’s forward-thinking Romantic musical ideas. In Wednesday night’s performance of Beethoven’s String Trio, the first movement
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The final online performance of Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts “Chamber Music Wednesdays” series will take place Wednesday, July 29. This concert will feature the Poulenc Trio and will include an encore performance from 2018 of Trains of Thought by Princeton University composer Viet Cuong, as well as a version of this work with animation. The performance will launch at 7:30 p.m. and can be accessed at princetonsummerchamberconcerts.org.
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introductory “Adagio” exhibited a great deal of light teasing as played by the Manhattan Chamber Players musicians, with violinist Speltz and violist Pajarovan de Stadt leading the music energetically to an “Allegro.” Pajaro-van de Stadt also handled well the quick agitato passages of the close to this movement, and throughout all four movements, she showed especially careful communication with the other two players, aiding the tight ensemble sound. The second movement “Adagio” featured violinist Brendan Speltz bringing out well a cantabile melody, and all players demonstrated delicate phrasing. Also heard in this movement was an elegant duet between viola and cello. The third movement “Scherzo’ was lighter in nature than scherzi in Beethoven’s later string chamber music, with decisive contrasting “Trios” providing the musicians an opportunity to deftly switch musical styles. The final “Presto,” and in particular the work’s closing passages, required nimble fingering from all players, with the musicians effectively driving the rhythm forward. The players also emphasized well both the perpetual motion main theme and lyrical complementary melody. In typical Beethoven fashion, this movement included a number of well-executed sforzandi and a fast and furious ending to close the piece. ach of these online presentations of Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts has been slightly more complex than the one before, providing digital audiences with a bit of music education as well as entertainment on a summer night. Chamber Concerts has worked hard to make these online concerts happen, and all musical participants, who hopefully will be live and in person next summer, seemed happy to oblige. —Nancy Plum
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Performing Arts Musical Offerings Abound If You Know Where to Look Fans of classical music are known to build their summer vacations around festivals that feature their favor ite conductors and performances. None of that is happening this summer, thanks to the pandemic. But just about every musical organization is offering virtual programming, mostly of past performances that were particularly popular or noteworthy. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is sharing recordings of performed works on its “Play it Forward” page (princetonsymphony.org/ home-pso/music-play-itforward) through August. Each work is replaced every other Monday to give listeners ample time to hear the complete performance. Music director Rossen Milanov conducts such concerts as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, recorded on February 3, 2019 at Richardson Auditorium. Other offerings can be found at princetonsymphony.org. The Philadelphia Orchestra is currently streaming past concerts including Emanuel Ax and Brahms f r o m N o v e m b e r 2 018 , conducted by music director Yannick Nezet-Sequin;
Beethoven, Schumann, and Weber from April 2019 conducted by Nezet-Seguin with solo pianist Jonathan Biss; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, also led by Nezet-Seguin, from May 2019. Cellists can access the orchestra’s “At Home Cello Play In” on Saturday, August 8 at 11 a.m. This live “playin” allows participants of all levels and ages to play screen-to-screen with assistant principal cellist Yumi Kendall. A variety of songs will be played from the Suzuki method books. For details, visit philorch.org. T h e Cha mb er Mu s ic Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is holding “Summer Evenings,” including live performance video from its archives, Sundays at 5 p.m. through August 16. Each concert includes introductions by CMS artists, and ends with a live Q&A with the featured artist, hosted by CMS co-artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. The concerts will be streamed on Sundays at 5 p.m. Upcoming performances include works by Geminiani, Haydn, and Copland on August 2; pieces by Tartini, Mozart, Schumann, and
Glinka on August 9; and works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Franck on August 16. Visit chambermusicsociety.org for details. The annual Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox and Stockbridge, Mass., the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a popular destination for fans of classical and popular music. While the 2020 season has been canceled, the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is available on the website. Such artists as cellist Yo Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Joshua Bell, and pianist Jeremy Denk are part of the programming. Additional concerts include a “best-of” retrospective of “Tanglewood on Parade,” hosted by James Taylor and set to debut in August. For a complete list of programming through the summer, visit bso.org. A variety of listening opportunities are available on the New York Philharmonic’s website, nyphil. org /playson. “New York Philharmonic Plays On” includes such performances as Act I of Wagner’s opera Die Walkure; Jaap van Zweden conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 5; busy pianist
LOTS OF STRINGS: The Tesla Quartet is the first in the Lot of Strings Music Festival, performing August 13 at the Morris Museum. Emanuel Ax playing Mozart; and Kurt Masur conducting works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. —Anne Levin
Four String Quartets Play Overlooking Morris Hills
On four successive Thursdays, four string quartets will play in the Lot of Strings Music Festival from August 13 to September 3 atop the Morris Museum’s elevated parking lot, providing a view of the Morris County hills. All performances are at 7:30 pm.
The Tesla, JACK, Attacca and Catalyst quartets are the four ensembles. Audience members will be in socially distant 8’x8’ blocks. Bring your own chair and refreshments. Atop the parking deck, each 8’x8’ block can accommodate up to two patrons. Patrons may arrive as early as 6 p.m. to set up their blocks. Masks must be worn throughout the evening, except when having refreshments.
The Tesla Quartet’s concer t is “Variations on a Russian Theme,” including a string quartet by Pavel Karmanov and Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet, No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11. The museum is at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. The rain date is August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at (973) 971-3706 or visit morrismuseum.org for tickets.
“Live” on YouTube and Facebook at 8:00PM DON’T STOP THE MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra, led here by music director Yannick NezetSeguin, is among those offering virtual performances as the pandemic continues. (Photo by Jessica Griffin)
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“IT TAKES TWO”: This painting by Cynthia Smith is featured in the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, “Out of the Wild,” which can be viewed online August 4 through September 30. The exhibit, in partnership with D&R Greenway Land Trust, will be held in conjunction with a virtual artists’ talk and family-friendly scavenger hunt.
“Out of the Wild” Virtual include a virtual gallery, a virtual talk with featured artists, Juried Art Exhibit
The Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS) is partnering with D&R Greenway Land Trust to mount a wildlife-focused 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition online August 4 through September 30. A virtual Awards Ceremony will include a special new award on occasion of GSWS’ 50 th Anniversary, the D&R Greenway James Fiorentino Nature Art Award. Opportunities to experience the exhibit
and a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Garden State Watercolor’s exhibit “Out of the Wild” portrays human relationships with the wild landscape, flora, and fauna with creative imagination. Artists illustrate natural beauty, as well as the disconnect felt when civilization and nature are out of balance. Whether the trauma of suburban or industrial encroachment or the restorative bliss of
land reclaimed to wildflower meadows, this deeply contemplative exhibit will showcase what “Out of the Wild” signifies to each of us. This exhibit was juried by Steve Zazenski, AWS, who is known for his colorful landscapes depicting coastal New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Art is available for sale online, with part of each purchase a donation to support D&R Greenway’s charitable mission of preserving and caring for land, and inspiring a conservation ethic. “It has been difficult not to come together in person for this important 50 th Anniversary milestone exhibit,” said Tess Fields, president of GSWS. “But we have risen to the challenge and are proud to present our juried exhibit virtually for the first time. We are very excited to put out, quite literally, the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Scavenger Hunt later in August. These little creatures are sure to engage and delight.” Speaking of the partnership with D&R Greenway that began at its Johnson Education Center art gallery, Fields continued, “I want to thank Linda Mead and her wonderful staff for working with us on these projects. I think we make a great team!” “Every day, D & R Greenway receives notes from people who tell us how much our preserved lands mean to them during this challenging time,” said Linda Mead, D&R Greenway president and CEO. “Getting outdoors and looking at art are both activities that calm our mind and provide respite in an uncertain world. Combining those with the unique opportunity to discover art in our community with a scavenger hunt is my favorite aspect of this exhibit.” Featured in the outdoor scavenger hunt is the second annual mini-art exhibit “Beautiful Creatures” that includes 90 5”x7” images of earth’s creatures created by 47 artists. Artists were challenged to paint using only secondary colors of orange, green, and purple. This special exhibit follows the 2019 challenge that focused on primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. The community is invited to wear a mask to seek and find this year’s “Beautiful Creatures” as laminated art placed throughout the town of Princeton and at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center campus that includes Greenway Meadows on Rosedale Road. This unique and fun way to learn interesting facts and enjoy depictions of wild creatures provides an educational activity for schoolage children and a sociallydistanced outdoor excursion for art and wildlife lovers of all ages. Start and end dates for the scavenger hunt, along with special instructions and clues, as well as the online exhibit, can be found on the organizations’ websites at www.gswcs. com and www.drgreenway. org.
“LOTUS GARDEN”: Artist Al Gunther was awarded Best of Show, the Sally Bush Memorial Award, for his glass mosaic piece at the Center for Contemporary Art 2020 Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition and Sale, now available to view online through August 29 at cabedminster.org. TDA has had to cancel its special events, which generated a significant portion of the income needed to support the gallery and its free programming and exhibitions. Since the day the gallery opened, in the former Broad Street Bank Building on State Street, it has served as a welcoming education and community center, as well as a space for contemporary art. It inspired artists to create something special, and it encouraged people to stop in just to be a part of it. In addition to the BSB Gallery, TDA provides a number of cultural programs and events designed to promote the revitalization of New Jersey’s Capital City. “I am a believer that the arts are an important economic driver and that we will be back,” Gilmour said. “We are sincerely grateful to everyone who participated and supported the BSB Gallery, from its patrons to its dedicated staff and beneficiaries. Together we created a platform that promoted and recognized the extraordinary arts and artists in Trenton, a city whose affordable studio and living space, along with its community-focused entrepreneurial spirit, continues to attract more and more creative talent.” He added, “We are grateful for all the hard work and dedication of our two curators, Christy O’Connor and Áine Mickey.” O’Connor is especially proud not only of the quality of work exhibited, but also that “we were able to provide an art space to people who might not otherwise have had access to one.” O’Connor is an artist, curator, and arts activist. She and
Mickey made a point to showcase the work of both local and regional artists, and both new and seasoned artists. “We gave so many new artists the chance, and the confidence, to be in their first show. You have to think of that as the equivalent of your first job. Everyone needs to be in that one first show to get them started, to dip their toes into the world of exhibiting,” says Mickey, herself a Trenton-born artist and fine arts photographer and editor. “It’s so rewarding to mentor and support other artists.” Virtual gallery tours and exhibitions, including the current “Free Enterprise,” have been well received. “Free Enterprise” discusses capitalism, its effects, and the evergrowing controversy of the American Dream through the creative lens of regional and international and multidisciplinary artists. The show runs through the end of the month and can be viewed at bsbgallery.com. “Our goal was to curate meaningful, impactful exhibitions that got people to think,” says Mickey. “And to create a welcoming space where people wanted to be. Anyone can enjoy art.” For more information about the gallery and its last exhibition, visit bsbgallery.com.
Contemporary Art Center 2020 Members’ Exhibition
The Center for Contemporary Art (The Center) in Bedminster has announced its annual Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition and Sale, a yearly opportunity for members to showcase their artwork in any and all media. The variety and range of entries is a testament to the diversity and creativity of The Center’s community of artists.
This year, there are 136 works of art by participating members in painting, pastel, charcoal, ink, graphite, photography, mixed media, glass and ceramics. Because The Center is temporarily closed, the entire exhibition is available to view online at ccabedminster.org through August 29. All artwork in the exhibition is available for purchase and, in honor of The Center’s 50th anniversary, all artists are donating 50 percent of sales to The Center. The judge for this year’s exhibition was Kathleen Palmer, director of Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville. When speaking of the exhibition, Palmer said, “The Center for Contemporary Art has played an important role in our community for over 50 years. Its programs encourage art in many mediums as seen in this excellent exhibition. The atmosphere at The Center has encouraged exploration, guidance, and encouragement for artists of all ages. In judging this show, I wanted to acknowledge the achievements of artists in different mediums.” Best of Show, the Sally Bush Memorial Award, was presented to Al Gunther (Bridgewater) for his glass mosaic piece, Lotus Garden; and the Ceramics Award of Excellence went to Michael Brailove (Highland Park) for his ceramic work, Red’s Relative. Awards of Excellence were given to Grace Bernhardt (Bridgewater) and Katherine Van Der Stad (Bedminster); Honorable Mentions were received by Vimala Arunachalam ( Plainsboro), Steven Epstein (Edison), Margaret Fanning (Warren), Susanna Kopchains (Far Hills) and Linda Laustsen (Basking Ridge).
Trenton’s BSB Gallery To Close August 1
“NJ COUNTY MAP NO. 11”: License plate art by John S. Rounds of Mercer Arts LLC (on Sunday) and works by many other socially-distanced vendors will be featured this weekend at the Trenton Punk Art Flea Market. The event, which will also feature food trucks, will be held in the parking lot of the Cure Insurance Arena on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton. Hours on August 1 and 2 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and face masks are required.
After three years and 27 exhibitions, the BSB Gallery in Trenton will be closing its doors at the conclusion of the current exhibit on August 1. “As hard as we tried, we were unable to sustain its operation,” says Tom Gilmour, executive director of Trenton Downtown Association (TDA), which operates the gallery. Over the past several months,
“WHTE OAK LEAF SCULPTURE”: If you’ve taken a walk north along the lakefront beyond the Mountain Lakes House, you may have seen the art installation created by local ecological artist Susan Hoenig. Friends of Princeton Open Space and Hoenig collaborated on this project to draw attention to the value and beauty of native trees, which not only please our eyes and soothe our spirits, but are critical to sustaining wildlife. For more information, visit fopos.org.
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a c om pr e h e n s ive n u t r i tion program commit ted to providing hot, nutritious meals and related services designed to promote the independence, dignity, health and well-being of our homebound neighbors. We deliver to eight municipalities – Ewing, Hightstown, Lawrence, Princeton, Trenton, and East and West Windsor and parts of Hamilton using many caring and committed volunteers. Senior hunger does not take time off. It does not quarantine, though it often stays inside, unseen to the public eye. Before social distancing, as a result of age or disability, many seniors could no longer shop or prepare their own meals. In light of today’s crisis, they are at even greater risk of malnutrition and poor health. This is why we have continued our meal delivery and well checks throughout the pandemic. This time has challenged us to ensure we are ready and capable to serve the rising need in our community. Although we maintain social distance and follow safety protocols, we still make contact with each participant before leaving our delivery, prioritizing both their physical and emo tional well-being. Our goal
is to keep older adults on our program and thus out of long-term care, an aim which has taken on a deep sense of urgency given the danger COVID-19 poses to our elders. For more information on eligibility, or to become a volunteer, please call (609) 695-3483.
Princeton Senior Resource Center
Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) is a nonprofit organization serving aging adults and their families in the greater Princeton area. The PSRC community includes people who are active, engaged, and independent, aging in place in their own homes, as well as others who live in residential communities and benefit from some support services. PSRC is a community of lifelong learners and a resource for learning about all aspects of aging. Programs include social and recreational activities, health and fitness classes, educational and enrichment programs, technology assistance, retirement planning, and volunteer activities. Suppor t and g uidance services include individual and family consultations, care planning, assistance w ith transitions through
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life’s changes, support and wellness groups, information and referral to community services, advocacy, assistance with benefit applications, and linkage to in-home support for older adults and caregivers. PSRC’s focus is on adults age 55+, but since they offer retirement planning and family caregiver support, their programs are open to anyone in the greater Princeton area, including residents in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, and Bucks counties. Currently nearly 1,300 people attend classes and over 75 receive assistance weekly. PSRC’s 60 collaborative partners and 375 volunteers help make this all possible. PSRC is located in the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street (1 Monument Drive). For more information, call (609) 7519699, email email@example.com, or visit princetonsenior.org.
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by providing transportation, food, shopping, and friendly visits. Celebrating over 35 years of service to the greater P r i n c e to n c o m m u n i t y, Senior Care Ser v ices of Greater Princeton — originally known as the Health Care Ministry of St. Paul’s — was established in 1984 by the late Sister Mary Ancilla of the Sisters of Mercy and the Princeton Council 636 of the Knights of Columbus, under the aegis of St. Paul Church. Members of the Knights admired Sister Mary Ancilla’s initiative in assisting the elderly who wished to remain in their own homes rather than moving to an institutional setting, and began supporting the organization financially. Thus was born one of the early aging-in-place programs in the United States. In 1989, the Health Care Ministry of St. Paul’s was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizat ion. L ater, t he name was revised to Senior Care Ministry. In 2019, the name was permanently changed to Senior Care Services of Greater Princeton. Currently, SCSGP’s team of over 50 volunteers serves approximately 75 clients. For more information, call (609) 921-8888, email info@ seniorcareservicesnj.org, or visit the website at seniorcareservicesgp.org/about-us.
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of topics, all to be delivered via Zoom. A “Symposium on Race” is on Thursdays, August 13 and 20, at 1 p.m. At the first event, Rachel Apter, director of New Jersey’s Civil Rights Division, and her chief of staff, Aarin Williams, will lay the groundwork to define and differentiate systemic and systematic racism. On August 20, Gilbert Caldwell, a retired United Methodist Church minister who joined Dr. Mar t in Lut her K ing during the 1963 march on Washington, and a panel of millennials, will discuss the similarities and differences between protesting today and marching in 1963. “An Evening with Al Franken” is the PSRC fall fundraiser, on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket and event sponsorship information visit princetonsenior. org. For questions, contact Barbara Prince at bprince@ princetonsenior.org or call (609) 751-9699, ext. 107. The film Parasite will be screened Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m. Kim Ki-teak’s family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family’s luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Parks’ home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle. The R-rated film won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. RegistraSenior Center Programs tion is required, and there is no fee. Planned for August A seminar on Affordable Princeton Senior Resource Center’s (PSRC) programs Housing is Friday, August for August include a variety 14 at 11:45 a.m. The focus communities they have lived in for most of their adult lives. But how do you know if remaining in your home continues to be a safe place? What if family and friends are no longer nearby? In particular, the pandemic has brought more scrutiny to these concerns about staying safe in your home, when home is the safest place for seniors. This is where the JFCS Geriatric Care Management team can step in to help. Our caring team of professionals can offer guidance, solutions, advocacy and a full spectrum of support for older adults. Begin with a comprehensive care consultation that assesses everything from home safety to reviewing which legal, medical, and financial documents should be readily accessible. Following your assessment, we can provide longter m assistance through Secure @ Home, an agingin-place, membership program. This non-sectarian program offers seniors the resources to remain independent, comfortable, and safe in their homes for as long as they wish. Membership benefits include care management, 24/7 emergency phone availability, information and referral, t r a n s p or t at i o n op t i o n s , monthly hellos. and more. Want to learn more? Call ( 609 ) 987- 8100 or v isit www.jfcsonline.org/seniorservices.
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MEALS ON WHEELS OF MERCER COUNTY: A participant, shielded behind her screen door during COVID-19 meal delivery, says hello. will be on the many types of affordable senior housing options and also some ways many seniors have been able to pay for continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, and memory care. Hilary Murray has worked in the senior living industry for 22 years, with experience in sales and marketing in senior housing. She is currently with Brandywine Living at Pennington. Registration is required, and there is no fee. TED talks are ever y Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. On
August 4, Katherine Eban discusses “A dose of reality about generic drugs.” On August 11, Kio Stark’s talk is “Why you should talk to strangers.” August 18 features Ashwini Bhandiwad on “How to teach kids science through cooking.” And on August 25, Elizabeth Gilbert talks on “Your elusive creative genius.” T he Su m mer S cholars Spotlight Series runs August 5-26. Topics include “Maimonidies in his Workshop,” “The Role of RiskTaking in Creativity and
Learning,” and “The Ethics of G estat ional S ur rogacy.” They are Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The fee is $10 per lecture. “Ar t in the Academy,” a four-session series; retirement programs, and limited ser ies programs including “Discovering Michelle Obama” and “French T hrough Paint ings” are among the many other upcoming courses that are av a i l a b l e . V i s i t p r i n c etonsenior.org for a full schedule. Continued on Page 20
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llen Kogan saw a need, and filled it with a creative solution. Owner of Tranquility Den Massage in the Princeton Shopping Center, she wanted to assure clients of a safe and sound environment, where they could relax and rejuvenate.
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Kogan’s experience as an interior designer and her extensive travels have given an added dimension to her role as spa owner. “As a designer, I pay close attention to detail, and I have a high standard for what a great experience should be, and what a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere entails. Our priority is to provide people with a memorable experience from beginning to end. Our ambiance is one-of-a-kind. For example, every piece of furniture is handpicked. and we have special antique pieces in the waiting area.” Clients are men and women and all ages, she reports. Sessions are 50 minutes, 80 minutes, or two hours, and during the time of the virus, extra safety precautions have been established. “We have specific protocols regarding safety, including required masks, spacing distances, handwashing, temperat ure -tak ing, etc. We only have two clients in an area at a time, and they are safely distanced. The only time we allow more is with our ‘Mini Spa Party.’ Up to four people can come to have a massage together, while sitting in separate massage recliners that are spaced more than six feet apart. It can be a fun birthday gathering or other special event. If they want to include food, they can eat and drink outside in the courtyard on one of the many picnic tables, but not inside.” Before arrival, every client fills out a COVID-19 questionnaire, she adds. It is a complete evaluation, covering their travels, any symptoms, or association with people who have tested positive for the virus. Safer Environment “We have always emphasized cleanliness, and now it is uppermost,” explains Kogan. “We disinfect all surfaces, including every single door knob after anyone has
OPEN AIR SETTING: “It is very important to me that my clients feel comfortable and safe, and I was trying to think of ways to offer other opportunities for them during this time of the virus. Creating an open air massage room seemed like a good idea. People are enjoying outdoor dining; I knew they would enjoy outdoor massages too, especially in a beautiful park-like setting.” Ellen Kogan, owner of Tranquility Den Massage in the Princeton Shopping Center, is shown outside the spa. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) world, and with added pressure on overworked minds and bodies, the value of the healing power of a gentle touch has never been greater. Ellen Kogan is working hard to provide clients with just such an experience. “We always try to go above and beyond for our clients. We always try to help them feel better physically and emotionally. One of the most important benefits of a massage is that it helps to relieve stress. “We live in a world that is too stressful. Now, our clients can come to a place where there is no phone
ringing, no text messages, the lighting is dim, there is a nice fragrance, and we can help make their day a little better. I want them to be comfortable, relaxed, and safe. I want them to feel I am holding their hand — at least virtually! And I want them to know I am here for them.” ranquility Den Massage is currently open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only. Additional hours can be accommodated. (609) 285-5147. Website: www.tranquilitydenmassage.com. —Jean Stratton
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After being closed since March due to t he state reg u lat ions s ur rou nd ing COVID-19, Tranquility Den Massage re-opened the end of June. “In difficult times like t h e s e, b u s i n e s s ow n e r s need to pivot and adapt to the current conditions,” she explains. “When some clients indicated they might not be comfortable indoors, it gave me the idea of adding an outdoor setting.” Massage therapy is now more important than ever, she believes. It can calm the mind and soothe the soul as well as alleviate troublesome physical conditions. Outdoor Location “Today, massage has become a necessity, not a luxury. It is definitely a stress reliever. People are anxious and depressed during the virus. They are worried about paying the rent, is it safe for the kids to go to school, is it safe to be with other people? So many questions and so much uncertainty, so much that is unknown. Stress has a negative impact on the body and the immune system. People need to get back to self-care.” In such a challenging environment, Kogan decided to expand the massage services outdoors in addition to retaining the indoor services. As she describes it, “The new open air room is comple tely pr ivate ; no one can see inside. Clients are
enjoying being outside because it’s like being in nature. They can hear the birds, enjoy the nice summer breeze, and we also include soft, soothing background music.” The same services are offered outdoors and indoors, and clients are opting for both settings. Many types of massage treatments are available. The traditional full body Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, and Therapeutic massage continue to be the most popular, but as Kogan points out, “Our clients also love the Pre-Natal massage for expectant mothers, CBD relief massage for pain relief, and the Aromatouch massage for boosting the immune system.” In addition, one of the ways Tranquility Den is set apart is by its focus on the Den Massage. “This is our house specialty,” explains Kogan. “T his massage doesn’t require disrobing; just wear loose, comfortable clothing. Your session starts with a soothing neck, shoulder, and back massage as you enjoy a foot soak in a therapeutic blend of Chinese herbs. “Then, you lie back in a big, plush recliner, and enjoy a wonderful lower leg and foot massage. This is an hour of pure relaxation and comfort. And now we offer this outdoors, too.” All The Senses The Tranquility Den massage experience is special in many ways, she adds, including its focus on the senses. “A massage here is a treat for all the senses. We awaken and engage the senses, and create a nurturing environment that makes people feel happy, and safe. From the moment you first come in to the time you leave, we focus all our attention on providing you with tranquility for your mind, body, and soul. A massage can heal emotionally too.”
touched it, and in-between. “When clients arrive, we take their temperature, and they immediately wash their hands. Masks are always required. Our therapists all wear masks, and wash their hands thoroughly. If clients request it, the therapists will wear Latex gloves. We have also installed HEPA air filters with UV light to ensure an even safer environment.” Kogan is extremely happy to be open, and reports that many clients have returned after the forced separation. “We had established relationships with many clients since we originally opened in 2018, and many have become friends. I am so glad to be with them again. I enjoy the interaction, and I love hearing their stories, knowing about their families, and their life. “And now they often text questions to me, and I am glad to help with that. We also get calls every day from people wanting to know if we are open. We have really developed a wonderful reputation. Please Google us at Tranquility Den Massage and see our great reviews!” Now that the doors are open again, Kogan looks forward to expanding the services. “We are launching new services relating to healing, including a detox wrap and a hydrating wrap; also, lymphatic drainage, which can be very helpful post-surgery, and new cellulite reduction treatments. “In addition to our various massages, we currently offer Reiki, and sound healing treatment, both of which help relieve stress.” Small Businesses Costs for services start at $88 for a 50-minute session, and membership programs are also available offering savings. Kogan is very encouraged that so many clients are returning, but explains, “It is very important now for everyone to support local small businesses. We are counting on you!” In this time of heightened stress in our country and
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Although COVID-19 Pandemic Postponed Olympics, PU Track Alum Cabral Still Chasing 3rd Trip to Games
onn Cabral returned to Princeton University in late May and ran on the weekend that would have featured Reunion festivities. The three-time NCAA AllAmerican in steeplechase and two-time cross country All-America during his Princeton men’s track career might normally have been preparing for a shot at making his third United States Olympic team, but on this occasion it was just a chance to reconnect with former Tiger men’s cross country co-captain Brian Leung. “I’m still very much plugged in with the people that I knew,” said Cabral, the American collegiate record holder in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:19.14). “The most important thing for me is the inspiration I get from other friends from college who are doing really cool things and following what they love and putting their heart and soul into it and even just being willing and able to talk and open up and discuss our goals and shortcomings and our steps to improve through them. Princeton is still very much a part of my life. I was looking forward to getting to go to Reunions this year.” Cabral has done some really cool things himself since graduating in 2012 and hopes to add one more big achievement before he retires from running professionally. After winning the NCAA Championship in men’s steeplechase as a Princeton senior, he made his first Olympics team for the United States and finished eighth in the London Olympics in 2012, then four years later he took eighth again in his second Olympics in Rio in 2016. He is determined to take a shot at making one more Olympic team, though that goal was pushed back a year when the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to start last Friday, were postponed until July 23, 2021, due to the same coronavirus pandemic that led to the cancellation of Princeton’s official Reunions weekend events. “It was a growing suspicion for weeks and weeks and weeks,” said Cabral of the Olympics delay. “Finally when the announcement came, it was like relief that there was no longer limbo.” Since graduating from Princeton, Cabral has been following closely his plan to compete as long as realistically possible before moving into law and business. Making the Olympic team in 2012 was a major achievement that got his professional career off to a flying start and since then he has battled through ups and downs, with injuries mixed with personal record runs. “There are definitely things that will bother me from an athletic point of view, but I also was thinking around 2012 that I wanted to make the Olympics in 2012 and then spend four years really devoting myself to running only, no other degrees or anything like that,” said Cabral. “I thought after one Olympic cycle, that’s when I’ll try to expand myself and still stick with running if I can get
a contract and afford to do it, but start setting myself up to move forward and contribute to society or using my brain to make a living. I stuck with that pretty much on the money.” The 5’10, 150-pound Cabral lives and trains in Hartford, Conn., about 10 miles from where he grew up in Glastonbury, Conn. After taking the spring semester off in anticipation of training fulltime for the Olympic Trials, he has one year remaining in the JD/MBA degree program at the University of Connecticut, and he won’t take any more time off from school as he prepares for the postponed U.S. Olympic Trials that are currently slated for June 1827, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. Cabral is looking for a job for the summer, then will start juggling studies and training together when school resumes in September. “It’s hard, but the biggest jump I ever made in my career was from my junior year to my senior year in college,” said Cabral. “That was 2011 to 2012. It involved a crazy amount of work and focus, but it was also during school. It was a very difficult time in a lot of ways, and I know I can do it and that does give me hope that I can do it now. I just need to prove to myself that I didn’t use up all that emotion and motivation and dedication and self-restraint, that I didn’t use it all up then.” Things are different for Cabral, good and bad. He’s 30 years old and will be 31 when the Trials come around next summer. He’s dealt with Achilles, knee, and muscle aches and pains, but he also has confidence that if he can get healthier, he has a good chance with his experience and determination. “If my knee feels like I can run,” said Cabral, “but I can’t really train the way I want perfectly and I’m struggling to deal with the injuries and I can’t do plyometrics and I have to do all my workouts just running on the track, I’d say I would have very little shot that I can make the team like that. If I can get it taken care of, I think it’s a 50-50 shot. There’s not a lot of athletes out there that can say they have a 50-50 shot to make the team. Most people would call that an overconfident projection. If you look at Vegas odds for any athletes, 50-50 is pretty good. I have a lot of confidence in myself, it’s just can I get to the point where I can handle the training. I’m getting close.” Having one more chance is all the motivation that Cabral needs. He was feeling better about his conditioning as he headed into the new year, and one of the most encouraging traits that he has going for him is his drive. That drive hasn’t changed even with the Olympics being pushed back a year. “I think the biggest thing for me is the risks I’m willing to take in terms of how hard I’m willing to train are particularly high,” said Cabral. “If I don’t make the team, it’s fine. If I end up injured and unable to run the Trials, I’ll still be able to rest my hat on
being a two-time Olympian so why not go all out and really take my shot. There’s really nothing to lose for me the way I see it. I also look at it as I know what it takes to make the team. I know what it takes to get in shape to run 8:13. I know what it takes to run a personal best. I know what it takes late in the race to pass someone who maybe passed you and sometimes you can see in their stride that they’re giving it everything they’ve got a little too early. I’ve got that race experience where you can gauge things, either in a race or over a course of a season.” Cabral is the 10th fastest American steeplechaser alltime, clocking a personal best of 8:13:37 on June 28, 2015 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., where the Olympic Trials will be held. His penchant for coming through in key spots bolsters his chances of reaching a third Olympic team. “The racer that I was in 2012 is still in me,” said Cabral. “The biggest thing for me is I will race as well as I am. When I’m fit and feeling confident, I’m willing to put myself into a place of hurt that I really shouldn’t go to more than five or 10 times in my career. I can do that when I’m really fit because it’s worth it to me at that point. When things are not going so well, that’s when my racing is very mediocre and uninspired. In 2021, if I can be healthy and fit, I can race just as hard or harder than anybody else on that line and I have a lot of faith in my ability to show up when it counts as long as I have that general fitness to back it up.” After his 2015 PR run, Cabral hit some rocky times. He was pushing for a higher place at the 2016 Olympics, and then following Rio suffered injuries and setbacks, looked at a new event with his first marathon, and then ratcheted up his training for Tokyo before that was delayed. “I was shooting for my third Olympics,” said Cabral. “It was really something I was very proud of to gather up all that energy and determination to make the team in 2012 and I think it was a really phenomenal thing that I did. In 2016, it was slightly less impressive with my buildup to the Olympics and I was dealing with some injuries and the work ethic wasn’t quite the same. It was enough to get me to the Olympics, but it wasn’t quite the same as 2012 when it was Herculean. And now this is kind of giving me one more year as a blessing in disguise to sum up the energy it takes to do every little thing right and take care of business and be the athlete I want to be. I’m looking at it as a blessing and really show the world one more time what I can be.” Following the postponement of the Olympics, Cabral took some time off to let some nagging injuries heal. He will resume training, and has been planning to compete in a Connecticut track meet that also features Matt Farrell, an incoming freshman at Princeton and two-time Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals qualifier who hails
STILL CHASING HIS DREAM: Donn Cabral clears a hurdle in a steeplechase race during a 2016 meet. Former Princeton University men’s track star Cabral ’12, who competed for the U.S. in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games, was planning to go after a third trip to the Olympics before the U.S. Olympic Track Trials and 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cabral placed eighth in each of his two previous Olympic appearances and is planning to continue training over the next year for one last shot at the Games. (Photo Courtesy of USA Track) from Cabral’s hometown of Glastonbury. Farrell counts Cabral as an inspiration after Cabral came and spoke to his fifth grade class following the 2012 Olympics. “I still remember seeing him,” said Cabral. “He’s following my footsteps and going to Princeton next year.” While Farrell’s career may just be taking off, Cabral knows that his own is winding down. He is taking steps to prepare for his next career, and recently has been considering remaining in sports for law or business. “Over the course of my college and professional career,” running has become
something that defines me and distinguishes me,” said Cabral. “I can grow to become a good lawyer in any field, I would like to think, but I think my sports experience is something that will allow me to become a great lawyer or businessperson if I can leverage that and put it to use once I realized that this sports world isn’t something I’m tired of, it’s something that’s a part of me and is part of my complete package.” Cabral is hoping to add another accomplishment to his running resume before he exits, although his big goal now has been delayed. That
final Olympic opportunity is never far from his thoughts as he heads into another year of training. “I do know that it will help my day to day preparations – when I wake up and I have to start doing things that are uncomfortable to get better at this sport to prepare myself to make the team, it helps to know this is my last shot,” said Cabral. “After this, I’m going to be a lawyer. I’m going to move on, I’m going to run as a hobby, not a lifestyle, not as a living. If that doesn’t get me out of bed, I don’t know what does.” —Justin Feil
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Tiger Women’s Hoops Greats Battle in WNBA Opener
Former Princeton University women’s basketball star Bella Alarie ’20 made her WNBA debut for the Dallas Wings last Sunday against the Atlanta Dream and saw a familiar face on the other team in fellow Tiger alumna Blake Dietrick ’15. Point guard Dietrick ended up enjoying a better day in the game played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as the Dream prevailed 105-95. Dietrick tallied five points along with five assists and four rebounds in the win over 27 minutes of action off the bench. Alarie, for her part, went scoreless in her 2:45 stint. D ue to t he COV I D -19 pandemic, the league will be playing all of its 2020 games at IMG Academy, featuring a 22-game regular season, playoffs, and championship series.
PU Hockey Star Thompson Nominated for NCAA Award
A standout in the classroom and on the ice, recently graduated Princeton University women’s hockey star Claire Thompson ‘20 has been selected as the school’s nominee for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA received nominations from 605 schools across the three divisions for the honor, including 259 from Division I. In the next step of the process, the Ivy League will choose up to two nominees from its schools to
Ontario, helped Princeton to two NCAA tournaments, the 2019 Ivy League title, and the 2020 ECAC tournament championship, and will graduate as Princeton’s fifthleading all-time scorer among defensemen, with 87. She was a three-time All-ECAC honoree, including a first-teamer in 2019 and a 2020 ECAC alltournament team member, and she was a three-time AllIvy League pick, including first team in 2019. Thompson was selected for Canada’s team at the 2020 IIHF World Women’s Championships, though the event was canceled due to COVID-19. An ecology and evolutionary biology major who graduated with departmental high honors, Thompson discussed in her personal statement as part of the nomination how her academic work can lead to a societal impact and how her athletic competition has helped her both athletically and academically. “The persistent work required to perform at an elite level in athletics, has translated to both a successful athletic and academic career thus far,” added Thompson in her statement. “I believe that the journey that led me to this point has shaped my character and will guide me well through the future. My personal academic research exploring the determinants and effects of vaccine hesitancy has given me the confidence to apply my skills to address present issues.” Thompson’s senior thesis involved creating a computer program to simulate a 2019 measles outbreak among a population in New York, examining the outcomes of
alternative courses of action. Her work earned her a nomination to the scientific honors research society Sigma Xi, and she is currently in the process of publishing my research. “As a result of this experience, I feel empowered to continue to produce meaningful work that can contribute positively to solving public health problems,” said Thompson. Among Thompson’s community service activities while on campus included working with Princeton Academic Advising and Princeton’s Health Professions Advising and spending time as a hospital volunteer. Thompson plans on attending medical school and will continue training with an eye on competing for Canada in the 2022 Olympic Games while also continuing research on infectious disease in society.
Tiger Soccer Alumna Lussi Concludes Run in NWSL Tourney
Former Princeton University women’s soccer star Tyler Lussi ‘17 and the eighth-seeded Portland Thorns fell 1-0 to the fourth-seeded Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup semifinals last Wednesday in Herriman, Utah. Lussi started and played the first 66 minutes of the contest before being subbed out. Her team’s run lasted one game longer than that of the other Princetonian currently in the NWSL, Diana Matheson ‘08, whose fifth-seeded Utah Royals fell on penalties to eventual champion Houston in the quarterfinals. Matheson started and played the first 46 minutes in Utah’s loss to Houston.
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advance forward in consideration, a choice set to be made in mid-August. From there, an NCAA committee will select 30 nominees to advance, 10 from each division, before announcing nine finalists, three from each division. The final NCAA Woman of the Year award winner will be announced in the fall. “I would like to thank my family, teammates, friends, coaches, and support staff. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without their unconditional love and support,” said Thompson upon the announcement as Princeton’s nominee. Thompson was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team in each of her first three seasons, with the 2019-20 team still to be announced, and she was twice named an AHCA All-America Scholar, also with the 2020 award still to be announced. She was twice named Academic All-Ivy, an honor conferred on 10 student-athletes from each school in each of the fall, winter, and spring seasons, in 2019 and 2020. She was Princeton’s 2020 selection for the ECACH’s Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award. “Our entire program is thrilled that Claire is being recognized for her outstanding character,” said Princeton head coach Cara Morey. “She is a fantastic leader who excels on the ice and in the classroom. Claire is a great representative of Princeton women’s ice hockey and is very deserving of this recognition as our school’s Woman of the Year nominee.” O n t he ice, s t a ndout defe n s e m a n T homp s on, a 5’8 native of Toronto,
EXERTING INFLUENCE: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Carla Berube exhorts her team during a game this past winter in her first season guiding the Tigers. Last week, Berube was named one of the 100 most influential people in women’s college basketball by Silver Waves Media. Berube produced a remarkable debut campaign at the helm of the program, leading Princeton to a 26-1 overall record and 14-0 Ivy League. The Tigers finished the regular season riding a 22-game winning streak and ranked No. 17 in the final USA Today/WBCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 22 in the AP Poll. Their victory streak is the second longest in the NCAA behind topranked South Carolina’s run of 26 wins. In the wake of the season, which saw postseason play canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Berube earned Ivy League and ECAC Coach of the Year honors. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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Recreation Department High School Track Camp Gave Athletes Chance to Train, Race, Catch Up The loud crack of a starter pistol can be startling to some but it was music to the ears of Ben Samara as he presided over the Princeton Recreation Depar tment’s high school track camp earlier this month. For Princeton High track head coach Samara, getting to work with athletes after the spring season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic was a blast. “I can’t believe we are actually here,” said a smiling Samara of the camp which took place at the Princeton High track from July 13-15. “It is kind of crazy to hear the sound of the gun go off and to see these kids, who invest so much time in this to be able to enjoy themselves. It is just so rewarding.” The athletes enjoyed being together even as they observed the protocols put in place due to COVID-19. “The kids were so thrilled to see each other, it was great to just be around athletes training again,” said Samara of t he program which drew about 40 athletes, who came mainly from PHS but also Allentown and Hillsborough. “The kids were really, really good about following social distancing, keeping masks on, and doing all of that. I think we were able to provide a safe environment to complete this. We are really proud that this is one of the only FAT (fully automatic timing) races that are going to be happening over the
summer. To be able to give these kids an opportunity is really important for them.” Recently graduated PHS girls’ track standout Gracie Poston appreciated the opportunity to both catch up with some members of the team and get in some good training. “I was so excited to be with all of my teammates,” said Poston, a team co-captain who concentrates on hurdles events. “Working with coach [Robert] Abdullah from Princeton University was an honor. My favorite part is being able to see all of these runners who have been working out and training and now they are hitting PRs. Everyone was cheering each other on, everyone was hyped up.” In Poston’s view, the Tiger girls’ squad would have drawn a lot of cheers this spring. “It was really upsetting because the girls’ team was really loaded this year,” said Poston. “We were stacked to win and we were really looking forward to the season.” Even though the season was canceled, the PHS athletes kept in contact and in shape. “We had scheduled meetings and workouts, we actually had a virtual Senior Day,” said Poston. “I was so grateful for everyone that hosted it and all of the texts and e-mails. The coaches did a great job at trying to stay in touch with us. The University track was open; they have signs saying
maintain social distancing. Some kids did that and we also made do with running around our neighborhood.” As a team captain, Poston focused on keeping spirits up. “It was definitely challenging, Matt [Perello], Colleen [Linko], and I tried to keep in touch with our other athletes via group chats,” said Poston. “We were trying to encourage people. It was weird, it was a really abrupt finish. I literally thought we were going to come back in two weeks and then in two more weeks after that.” H av i n g b e e n r u n n i n g youth track camps for the Rec Department over the last eight years, Samara has been encouraged by the feeder system that is developing for his program. “It has been great, we have had between 40 and 50 kids every single year,” said Samara of the youth clinics. “This year, it was one of the only things going on, so with the demand, we added a second week. We have a lot of kids who have gone through the program. Matt Perello was in the youth camp and so was Nils Wildberg. We have had really heavy hitters come through. Having a camp, a club, and a youth development system, we can see it coming together.” Due to the hardship of not having a spring season, Samara decided that it made sense to hold the first Rec Depar tment high school track summer program.
“We were going to do another youth clinic but then we thought the high school kids haven’t had a lot of opportunities, not just kids from PHS but all around the area,” said Samara, who was joined by fellow PHS track coaches Jim Sm irk and Thomas Harrington in running the program. “It was an opportunity to get some coaching, some training time live and a chance to get a FAT time, which is really important for their recruitment to colleges and their overall confidence.” The camp culminated with a series of races — including sprints, hurdles and middle distance events — on July 15 with Harrington serving as the starter. “For a lot of these kids, depending on what happens in the fall, this may be the only time they get to run a race for a year,” said Samara, crediting the Rec Department with having been very helpful in putting the track programs together over the years. “They may not race from March to March so they were all really thrilled. A lot of kids have been training really hard; we have a couple of girls who I have been communicating with virtually all during the break who had huge PRs today. For a lot of kids, it is just shaking the legs out and having an opportunity to compete. For others, it is really a chance to show the hard work they have been putting in. I am really happy with it.” Poston, for her part, ran in two 100 hurdles races. “In my first race, I kind of psyched myself out and didn’t have a good race,” said Poston. “But the environment that we have, with some alumni and a lot of great athletes here, helped me get in the right mindset for the second race which I am really proud of. It was not crazy fast; I am coming off an injury right now. My hip is still a little tight, I am definitely not upset with it.”
POST TIME: Gracie Poston catches her breath after running a hurdles race at the Princeton Recreation Department’s high school track camp held at the Princeton High track earlier this month. The program, which took place from July 13-15, drew about 40 athletes and culminated with FAT (fully automatic timing) races on its final day. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) T h e u p s e t t i n g e n d to her high school career has Poston, who is heading to Nor theastern Universit y, looking for ways to keep competing. “I definitely feel very unsatisfied with the way that ever y t hing ended,” said Poston, who is considering trying to walk on to Northeastern’s track team or taking up marathoning as she relocates to Boston, a hotbed of distance running. “This meet helps me a little bit but I am still feeling that there is some unfinished business. I am not done with running.” But no matter what Poston decides regarding her running career, she w ill be bringing a new mindset as she starts her college career.
“Even outside of track, this whole situation has taught me to just take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way and treat every opportunity like it’s the last because you never know,” said Poston. —Bill Alden
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spring sports season was formally canceled. Wo r k i n g m a i n l y f r o m home, Perello did his best to stay sharp. “We had little workouts at our house; we would go on Zoom and do bodyweight lifts and stuff like that,” recalled Perello, a PHS team captain. “We would go to the Princeton University track and work out in little groups keeping our distance. I wasn’t tr ying to peak or be at race pace, or race readiness. I was just trying to keep myself active and keep in a stable state where I know I am comfortable.” Earlier this month, Perello got in some good work as he took part in the Princeton Recreation Depar tment’s high school track camp held at the Princeton High track. “T h e at m osph ere w as great, a lot of us know each other, it was mostly our track team,” said Perello of the program which took place from July 13-15. “It was very nice, it was very fun. It was very unstructured which I liked a lot. If you had your own little workout that you wanted to
do, you could go do it.” Wit h camp concluding with racing on the final day, Perello had more fun than he had originally expected. “When I got up to the line, all of the adrenaline came out because I was ready to race,” said Perello, who posted times of 22.65 in the 200 and 11:36 in the 100. “It didn’t really feel like that until I stepped on the line. I really didn’t want to race because I didn’t feel like I was race ready. I didn’t peak so I was a little scared and a little skeptical. But now that I am here and I raced, I feel great.” Perello feels great about his future as he will be attending Bucknell University and competing for its men’s track program. “My dad and I v isited Bucknell out of the blue; he said let’s go visit Bucknell, you never know,” said Perello, who also considered Lehigh and Bowdoin in his recruiting process. “We got on campus and I loved it. I started talking to the coach and they said we would love to have you. I was like wow, OK. I did a visit in October and I loved the guys.” Over the summer, Perello has been gearing up for his debut with the Bison. “They sent us workouts to do, I have been following them as much as I can,” said Perello. “Colleen Linko [PHS girls’ track star and fellow cocaptain] and I are running there this fall so we have been working out together.” With Bucknell currently planning to have its campus open this fall to all students, Perello has been bonding with his future teammates. “I have been talking to some of the new freshmen coming in,” said Perello. “We are going to hang out next week, just to get to know each other. There are no fall sports but we are going to start training in September.” As he looks forward to starting his time at Bucknell, Perello is determined to make the most out of his experience there. “I really took it for granted, the whole high school experience and the season,” said Perello, “We are so lucky and gifted here. Having it taken away really puts a new perspective into my eyes. I am really grateful to be going to Bucknell and to be running there. I hope we can run in the spring.” FULL SPEED AHEAD: Matt Perello sprints to the finish line in —Bill Alden a race at the Princeton Recreation Department’s high school track camp held at the Princeton High track earlier this month. After his senior season for PHS track was canceled this spring due to COVID-19 pandemic, star sprinter Perello is looking forward to racing at the college level as he will be attending Bucknell University and competing for its men’s track program. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
After a disappointing junior campaign last year for the Princeton High boys’ track team, star sprinter Matt Perello knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish this spring. “Last season wasn’t the best for me, I was plateauing a little bit; I was coming off an injury so it wasn’t really good for me,” said Perello, whose personal bests coming into this spring were 11.09 in the 100 and 22.31 in the 200. “I s t i l l had PR s f rom sophomore year that I really wanted to break last year so this spring season, I really wanted to break all of those. I wanted to break 22 seconds in the 200. I wanted to break 50 seconds in the 400. I wanted to break 11 seconds in the 100. Running track in high school, you are always looking to get better. You are trying to selfimprove and improve your team.” But as Perello was rounding into form in preseason training this March, he lost the chance to display his improvement as schools were closed to in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and weeks later, the
Local Sports Princeton Athletic Club Holding Trail Run Sept. 7
The Princeton Athletic Club (PAC) has rescheduled its Institute Woods 6K for Labor Day, Monday, September 7. The run starts at 10 a.m. from the Princeton Friends School and the event is limited to 200 participants. The run will be chip timed. Athletes have the option of a traditional competitive start or an individual time trial start. All abilities are invited, including those who prefer to walk the course. Accommodations are in place to address the public health situation and conform to New Jersey guidelines for outdoor sports activities. Online registration and full details regarding the event and race protocols are available at www.princetonac.org. The entry fee is $35 until August 16, including the optional T-shirt. The fee increases after August 16. The PAC is a nonprofit running club for the community. The club, an allvolunteer organization, promotes running for the fun and health of it and stages several running events each year.
Recreation Department Offering Boys’ Hoops Clinic
With its first camp sold out, the Princeton Recreation Department is offering another boys’ basketball clinic. The additional program will take place from August 10-12 at the Community Park courts from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to rising 4th -9th graders. The clinic director is longtime travel hoops coach Clarence White. The fee is $75 for Princeton residents and $125 for non-residents. Space is limited and participants must bring their own basketball. One can register online at https://register.communitypass.net/princeton under “2020 Youth Sports Programs.”
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Princeton Rec Department Offering Youth Track Program
The Princeton Recreation Department will be offering a second week of its youth track program. The session will go from August 3-7 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. each day and is offered to rising 4th-9th graders. The track program will be conducted within the guidelines of the State Department of Health as well as with guidance from the Princeton Health Department. Space is limited. The cost is $91 for Princeton residents and $151 for Cranbury residents or nonresidents who attend school in Princeton. Other nonresidents will be added to a wait list and added if space is available. Those interested in participating can log onto https:// register.communitypass. net /princeton to register under “2020 Youth Sports & Sport Camps.” For more infor mation, contact Nicole Paulucci at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the Rec Department at (609) 921-9480 to be added to the wait list.
Recreation Department Offering Lifeguard Courses
The Princeton Recreation Department will be offering two sessions of the American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Course at Community Park Pool this summer. Individuals must be 15 years of age or older, be able to swim 300 yards continuously, retrieve a diving brick
from a depth of 10 feet and tread water for two minutes using legs only. The agenda and itinerary for both sessions is the same. Individuals must complete the online portion prior to the first in-person training date. Within each session, participants must attend all three in-person dates to complete the course. There are no refunds for individuals that do not complete. Space in both sessions is limited. The course costs $297/ person with session one taking place from August 5-7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and session two scheduled for August 12-14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals can register online at: http://register. communitypass.net/princeton. The course is located under the Tab “2020 Lifeguard Training Program.” For more info, log onto www.princetonrecreation. com or call (609) 921-9480.
Recreation Department Holding Cross Country Clinic
Building on the success of its high school track clinic held earlier this summer, the Princeton Recreation Department is offering a program for cross country runners. The clinic will be run by Princeton High track coaches Ben Samara and Jim Smirk. The program is open to rising 9th-12th graders, and will be held weekdays from August 17-August 28 at Greenway Meadows Park from 8:30-11:00 a.m. The clinic will be conducted within the guidelines of the State Department of Health as well as with guidance from the Princeton Health Department. Individuals can register online at http://register. communitypass.net/princeton. The course is located under the tab “2020 Summ er Yout h S p or t s P ro grams.” Log onto princetonrecreation.com for more information under “Track Programs.” Email Nicole Paulucci at email@example.com for more information.
Recreation Department Holding Girls’ Hoops Camp
Due to high demand, the Princeton Recreation Department is holding a second girls’ basketball clinic slated to take place from August 17-19.
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Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr. Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr., a beloved father of 14 who built a distinguished career at Princeton University and lived a life dedicated to public service, died on July 21, 2020, at the home of his youngest daughter, Peggy, in Westport, NY. He spent his final weeks surrounded by his 14 children and passed peacefully. Among Joe’s many gifts were an unflagging buoyancy of spirit, a quick, often hilarious wit, and a powerful devotion to community service born of the gratitude he felt for the opportunities afforded him in his lifetime. Joe was an inspiration to his family and to many who knew him, and whenever he entered a room, the good cheer within underwent a noticeable uptick. The eldest son of Joseph Leo Bolster, Sr. and Jane Carroll Bolster, Joe Bolster was born in Albany, New York, on November 6, 1928, and grew up in Williamstown and Pittsfield, MA. At
Pittsfield High School, he was a member of the Student Council, Vice President of the Senior Class, captain of the track team, and Western Massachusetts half-mile champion in 1945 and ’46. A f ter g raduat ing f rom Pittsfield High, Joe spent a year in the Army of Occupation in Japan, and then attended The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, from January to June 1948. In September of ‘48, with the help of the GI Bill, he entered P r i nce ton Un iver s it y as part of the Class of 1952. Joe majored in history and became an active member of the school community, joining the Senior Class Council, becoming President of The Princeton Charter Club, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Inter-Club Committee. He ran cross country and track at Princeton, captaining both the freshman and varsity track teams during his four-year career. Joe was a member of the Princeton- Cor nell track team that raced against OxfordCambridge in 1950. He ran the mile in that meet in a four-man field that included Roger Bannister. On the voyage to England aboard the MV Georgic, he met his future wife, Sarah “Tink” Murdock. In 1951, Joe was part of the Princeton team that finished second in the 4 x 880 relay at the IC4A I ndo or Track a nd F ield Championships, edging out a Fordham team that included future Olympic gold medalist Tom Courtney. The following season, Joe’s Tiger team finished first in the 4 x 880 relay at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. A f ter g r ad uat ion, Jo e
embarked on a 39-year career at Princeton University. He started in the Bureau of Student Aid and subsequently held positions in the Admissions Office and as Secretary of the Alumni S chools Com m it tees. In 1965, he joined Princeton’s Annual Giving Office, where he spent the next 26 years, 24 of them as Director. During his tenure, the Annual Giving Office raised more than $200 million in fully unrestricted funds for the university. Joe was also a member of the Board of Advisors, the Committee on Minority Affairs, and a coach of the freshman cross country and track teams. As an offshoot to his Annual Giving work, Joe was a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), serving as Middle Atlantic District Chair. In 1989, he was named CASE’s Professional of the Year. Joe spent his adult life giving back to and volunteering in his communities, never forgetting the windows of opportunity that were opened for him as a schoolboy of modest means from Western Massachusetts. In Princeton, he served as Commissioner of the YMCA Little League Baseball organization, President of the Youth Employment Service (YES), President of the Johnson Park Elementary School PTO, and President of the Friends of Princeton Track. He was one of the founders of Princeton’s Dorothea’s House Scholarship program, which he chaired for more than 25 years. Joe was also a board member at the Princeton YMCA, t he P r i nce ton Re g iona l Scholarship Program, the
Aquinas Institute, St. Paul’s Church, and the Princeton Blairstown Center (PBC), which provides adventurebased, experiential education to vulnerable youth. Joe helped complete several significant capital initiatives for PBC. For the Princeton Univ e r s i t y C l a s s of 1952 , J o e j o i n e d t h e E xe c u tive Committee after graduation, and also served as president and reunion cha ir ma n, a mong ot her posts. There is a Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. ’52 scholarship at Princeton. Elsewhere, Joe served for 15 years as a trustee of the Hill School, and 10 years on the Board of Managers at Camp Dudley, in Westport, NY, Joe was a member of the Nassau Club, the Princeton Club of New York, the Old Guard of Princeton, and the Nassau Swim Club (where he and Tink became lifetime members after helping the club raise funds for a major renovation in 2005). He was an avid biker in later life, as well as a regular jogger who completed several marathons. Predeceased by his cherished wife, Tink, Joe is survived by his six daughters (Carrie, Jane, Mary, Martha, Libby, and Peggy), eight sons (Joe, Jim, Andy, Michael, Tom, Charley, John, and Richard), and 20 grandchildren (Martha, Frances, Kate, Bolster, Willa, John, Dana, Henry, Michael Mac, Callye, Jake, Eva, Luke, Jack Henry, Ethan, Clay, Jack Dashiell, Kayla, Magdalena, and Leo), who loved their “Bee-Bo” dearly. A memorial service will
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be held on a future date in the Princeton University Chapel. A family burial will be held in the Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dorothea’s House (dorotheashouse.org), Princeton Blairstown Center (princetonblairstown. org), Princeton University, Class of 1952 Annual Giving (makeagift.princeton. edu), Centurion Ministries (centurion.org), or the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield, MA (bgcberkshires.org). Hoo-ha! Sis Boom Bah! We’ll always miss you, Joe.
Lynn Rabinowitz Lynn Rabinowitz passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at age 75 with her family by her side. Bor n in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Harry Lewis Lennard (Lenny) and Ruth Lennard, she lived all across the United States as a child and young woman. Lynn resided in Yardley for the past 54 years. Her first career was working as a receptionist and
bookkeeper with her first husband Barry Rabinowitz, at his pediatric dental practice in Trenton. She was also a successful real estate agent earlier in life and for the past 21 years has been a partner, with her daughter Rachel, at the fashion boutique Hedy Shepard LTD in Princeton. A s a you nger woman, Lynn was interested in the arts, loved the ballet and could be found there whenever it was in town. Lynn enjoyed tennis, swimming, her daily morning walks, and was a gardening enthusiast. She and her husband enjoyed travel and visiting new places. Lynn was a fabulous cook and loved to feed friends and family. Family was more important to Lynn than anything else. Lynn is survived by her lov i ng hu sba nd, Rob er t Beckelman; her children, David Rabinowitz ( Kathy) and Rachel Reiss (Adam); and her grandchildren Natasha, Jordyn, Jacob, and Addison. She is also survived by her blended family, John Beckelman (Marsha), Barbara Beckelman (Susan), Linda Beckelman (Mark, deceased), and their children and grandchildren. Private memorial services were held on July 27 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave condolences for the family, visit Lynn’s obituary page at orlandsmemorialchapel.com The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Capital Health Cancer Center directed to Capital Health Development Office at Two Capital Way, Suite 361, Pennington, NJ 08534.
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Joseph Michael Azzara, age 64, of Princeton, NJ, entered into eternal rest Sunday morning, July 19, 2020. Beloved husband of Barbara Hinkle-Azzara, devoted father of Michael Joseph of Charlotte, NC, and John Thomas of Asbury Park, NJ, and dear brother to Anthony (Sherry) of Jupiter, FL, Patrick of Manhattan, NY, and Carol Ann (Bob) Eberhardt of Palm Bay, FL. Joe was cherished by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many extended family and friends. Born April 5, 1956, Joe was raised in Corona and Port Jefferson, New York, son of the late Anthony J. Azzara and Olga Azzara (nee DiNello). He later moved to Canton, OH, where he began his working life at Republic Steel as an engineer. This was just the first step of an extensive dedicated career that later led him back to New York and the nascent field of Management Information Systems. Joe spent over 20 fruitful years at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
held for family at Holy Cross Burial Park and Mausoleum in Jamesburg, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blavatnik Family Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai Giving @ In Memory of Joseph Azzara.
Anne Dorothy (Hevner) Sullivan Anne Dorothy (Hevner) Sullivan, 91, an acclaimed artist, departed this world peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in E. Windsor, New Jersey. She was married for 61 years to the late James Leo Sullivan, former Lowell and Cambridge city manager and president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, who passed away in 2012. Born March 17, 1929 to Anna (Zemeitus) Hevner and Thomas Benjamin Hevner, Anne grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts with her parents and siblings Dolores (Dorie), Jeanne, and Thomas (Tom) Benjamin Jr. Since childhood, Anne wanted to study art, however, economic times postponed her dream for some years. In 1948, Anne stayed at Holmes’ Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire, where she
met her husband James. The couple married and began their family – the focus of their lives. While raising her children, Anne began taking painting and drawing classes, entering local art competitions, and winning regional art awards. She sold her first prize-winning oil painting, to Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski and wife Carol in 1968. Anne began her formal art instruction at Northeastern University in 1969. After completing her associate’s degree, she continued her art study with many classes in new techniques, particularly print making at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. In 1975, Anne began working on her B.A. in Art at University of Massachusetts Lowell as one of very few adult day students and graduated in 1977. Anne was a longtime member of Depot Square Art Gallery in Lexington, Massachusetts, Emerson Umbrella in Concord, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell. She was a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, National Association of Women Artists, National League of American Pen Women, New England Watercolor Society, Copley Society of Boston – Copley Artist, and the Monotype Guild of New England. Anne was an art instructor for the summer Aid to Individual Development program at University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where she worked with incoming freshmen who were first generation college students. In later years, she worked in Boston as an art consultant assisting banks and businesses in art
acquisition for office spaces. She continued to teach at many venues, including the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA, where its Parker Gallery hosted her 2009 retrospective show when she turned 80. Anne was a lifelong learner; always open to new ideas and developing many of her own during her 40 years in the art field, including print making, collagraphs, paper making, collage, and mixed media. She drew art inspiration from nature, and was known for her evocative watercolors as well as creative use of color and texture in experimental works. As her eclectic style became known both nationally and internationally, Anne was recognized by the National Association of Women Artists and the International Society of Experimental Artists, as well as named in “Who’s Who in American Art,” “Who’s Who in the East,” “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who in the World.” Anne is survived by her four children and their spouses: Dr. Maura Ammendolia and her husband Anthony of Conway, New Hampshire; Mark Sullivan and his wife Elizabeth of Falmouth, Maine; Lianne Sullivan-Crowley and her wife Julie of Princeton, New Jersey; and Christopher Sullivan and his wife Kristin of Concord,
New Hampshire. In addition, Anne leaves seven grandchildren: Cara (Ammendolia) Faria and her husband Adam of Westford, Massachusetts; Erin Sullivan of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Sullivan of Cleveland, Ohio; Anne and Elizabeth Sullivan-Crowley of Princeton, New Jersey; and Jake and Quinn Sullivan of Concord, New Hampshire, as well as two great-grandsons, Wyatt and Leo Faria of Westford, Massachusetts. Anne is also survived by her sister Dorie Docherty and her husband Edgar Eugene (Doc); her brother Thomas B. Hevner Jr. and his wife Anne; as well as several nieces and nephews, their spouses, and children. In addition to her parents, her sister Jeanne Weathers and Jeanne’s husband John Weathers predeceased her. A private service will be held in the chapel at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen (the town where they met) on Friday, August 7, at 11 a.m. where Anne will be laid to rest with her husband James. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Watercolor Society, PO Box 170140, Boston, MA 02117. E-condolences may be sent to the Kimble Funeral Home website at www.thekimblefuneralhome.com.
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( later Continuum Health Partners and Capgemini) in NYC, and subsequently landed at Accenture where he continued his commitment to hard work and the advancement and encouragement of successful teams and projects. Throughout these years, many of Joe’s colleagues were impacted by his compassionate and supportive leadership style. Joe placed his highest priority on raising his two sons – always finding time for s o ccer tou r na m e nt s near and far, assisting with schoolwork, and organizing ski trips. His other passions included golfing, taking care of his home – which was never visited by a plumber or an electrician – exploring small towns with his wife, particularly in Italy and France, and enjoying wine and good conversation with family and friends. Joe had an uncanny ability to spot a wine ‘winner’ in advance and took pride in his prescient picks. Above all, Joe was defined by his strength of character – which was truly evidenced by his unwavering battle with cancer. Joe will be remembered as someone who was easy to talk with, who loved his family, and who held fast to his convictions. Arrangements are being handled by the MJ Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction, NJ. Due to the COVID public health emergency, the family did not hold a visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 25th at St. Augustine of Canterbury, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park, NJ 08824. Following the funeral mass, entombment services were privately
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36 Cameron Court, Princeton Marketed by Randy Snyder Offered at $634,900
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Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans better circulate the cool air and allow you to keep your thermostat at a higher temperature. Close the shades. Keeping your blinds or window coverings closed can stop some of the solar heat from reaching the interior of your house. Use a Programmable Thermostat. A programmable thermostat saves energy by automatically adjusting the temperature whether you’re in or out of your house. Take it a step further with a smart thermostat that can be controlled from your smartphone. Set an Optimal Temperature. According to the US Department of Energy, the optimal temperature for your AC is 78 degrees. You can set it a few degrees higher (81 or 82 degrees) to save more. Seal Your Doors and Windows. When the AC is running, cold air can leak through windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed. When they’re in good condition, it can save money and energy over time.
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202 S State Street, Newtown PA. Only Four of Ten units remain in this stunning, AIA award winning Hillier Designed, luxury condominium project. Located in the heart of historic Newtown Borough, each unit boasts itâ€™s own unique floorplan with high ceilings, a paneled lobby, radiant heat, noise canceling windows, terraces and the ability to customize most options to suit your individual design requirements. This project is the first residential multi-family structure of such quality built in this market. While the words luxury and quality are often overused, this building was designed as if it were located on Rittenhouse Square or Central Park. Be a part of this amazing project. Enjoy a lifestyle that embraces the finest in modern building design in the midst of a quaint historic setting. Prices from $1,050,000-$1,300,000
551 Lafayette Avenue, Newtown PA. Absolutely adorable Cape on a beautifully landscaped lot in Newtown Borough. Hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Updated kitchen with granite counters, built in microwave, double s/s sink with disposal, french sliders to rear patio, recessed lighting, triple window overlooking rear yard and access to heated tiled breezeway and the adjacent garage. Inviting living room with a wood burning fireplace, picture window, hardwood flooring, updated bathroom and two bedrooms complete the first floor. The second level features two spacious bedrooms, a full bathroom and ample storage closets. $575,000
35 S Chancellor Street, Newtown PA. This magnificent Colonial Revival home is located in the heart of Historic Newtown Borough. A grand presence on the street, this lovely home has undergone a complete transformation over the course of the ownersâ€™ tenure. A seamless addition as well as thoughtful renovations by noted architect, the late James Hefelfinger and executed by J.R. Maxwell Builders. 7 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms, 5,500+ Sq Ft., Full Finished Basement, Gourmet Kitchen. $2,200,000
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The July 29, 2020 issue of the Town Topics Newspaper