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Hopewell, Pennington Area Life Pages 17-24 Charter School Prepares for New Year. . . . . . . . 7 Approval Still Pending on Triumph Move. . . . . . 11 Pop In Space Comes to Palmer Square. . . . . . 15 Moreau and Shepard Still Burning Bright. . . . . . 25 PU Grad Hompe Helps England at Women’s Lax World Cup. . . . . . . . . 29 Former PDS Standout Colton Moving Up Hockey Ladder. . . . . . 32
Artist Howard Russell Butler Lived in Unique Princeton Home. . . . . . 5 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cinema . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Classified Ads. . . . . . . . 35 Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mailbox. . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Music/Theater . . . . . . . 25 New To Us . . . . . . . . . . 14 Police Blotter. . . . . . . . . 4 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . 35 Service Directory . . . . . 38 Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Topics of the Town . . . . . 5 Town Talk. . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Safe Streets Program Helps Unite Princeton, Opens Tough Dialogue Character Lesson No. 6 at the Witherspoon Street School for Colored Children (1858-1948): “You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from.” Midway in the four-hour Joint Effort Princeton Community Critical Issues Discussion on the “Future of Princeton: A Sense of Where We Are and What’s to Come” in the Library on Saturday, Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane reflected on all the learning he’s done in the past year, “especially about race.” And among his many “great teachers” from all ages and sections of the school and larger community, he said, has been Shirley Satterfield, Witherspoon-Jackson community historian, Safe Streets organizer, and a former student and guidance counselor in Princeton Public Schools, who passed along that lesson from the old Witherspoon Street School. The 2017 ten-day Safe Streets Joint Effort Program titled “Looking Back and Moving Forward” will wrap up this weekend with a flurry of cultural, athletic, and historical events, starting Wednesday with a book signing and discussion on I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton with author Kathryn Watterson, and culminating Sunday with the all-day Joint Effort Pete Young Sr. Memorial Safe Streets Basketball Games at Community Park. The burial of a Community Time Capsule, containing important historical documents and memorabilia, to be opened in 50 years, followed by a Shirley Satterfield W-J Community Walking Tour and a Safe Streets Block Festival, will further highlight the rich agenda of events on Saturday. John Bailey, lead program organizer and moderator who grew up in Princeton and returns annually from his current home in Denver to assist with the celebrations, reflected on the growing Safe Streets Celebration. “It’s reaching its potential for community involvement — to bring people together to discuss the hard issues, to talk about where we’ve come from and where we’re going,” he said. “The potential is all of us, bringing people together. A lot of it has to do with having the will to do these things.” He continued, “I love this community, and we all have the potential to do more and be more.” Continued on Page 8
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Town to Take Over Herrontown From County Mercer County has agreed to transfer ownership of the 142-acre Herrontown Woods Arboretum to the town of Princeton, resolving years of discussion and opening the door for the Friends of Herrontown Woods (FOHW) to bid to take on restoration of the Veblen House. Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert on Monday made a joint announcement of the agreement, which must be approved by the Princeton Council, the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey Green Acres Program. In addition to woods and numerous hiking trails, the park includes a house, cottage, and other structures formerly owned by the renowned mathematician Oswald Veblen and his wife, Elizabeth, who gave their property to Mercer County in 1957 and 1974. The county acquired additional acreage in the 1960s. Since 2011 the town of Princeton has been responsible for management of Herrontown Woods grounds, and FOHW has taken the lead in restoring the trails and habitats. Attempting to block county plans to demolish the historic structures, which require extensive repairs, FOHW recently
proposed to repair and maintain the buildings, but the county rejected their proposal, claiming that the structures were in too poor condition and too expensive to repair. Ms. Lempert, who has praised FOHW as “one of Princeton’s great volunteer groups,” stated, “We’re thankful to the county for working with us to reach this
resolution. The municipality is currently in discussions with the Friends of Herrontown Woods to develop a separate agreement for the restoration of the Veblen house. We’ve seen a surge in community interest in preserving the property, and are hopeful that the municipality and the nonprofit can agree upon a plan. Any Continued on Page 8
FOPOS Gets Green Acres Grant To Tackle Invasive Species To many people, preserving open space is about preventing developers from turning fields and forests into housing developments. But maintaining the natural environment is also about keeping invasive species at bay. With a $50,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Stewardship Program, the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) will be doing just that on 18 acres of the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. This forest restoration effort, which will take two years, is designed to remove abundant invasive species and recreate natural plant communities.
The grant will be matched by a $35,000 gift to FOPOS from the George M. and Estelle H. Sands Foundation, as well as $6,000 of summer intern labor from the municipality and funds from FOPOS itself. This is the first year for the grants. “Many people know what an invasive species is,” said Wendy Mager, FOPOS president. “But the more time you spend with environmentalists, the more you realize that they really are a big threat to the intrinsic value of the land that we’ve preserved. I don’t call them invasive for nothing.” Some 2,400 trees and 5,000 herbaceous plants will be planted as part of Continued on Page 10
CELEBRATING BLACK CHURCHES: Joint Efforts Safe Streets organizer John Bailey, left with scarf, and many others gathered on Sunday in the Miller Chapel of the Princeton Theological Seminary at an ecumenical service that celebrated the four black churches of Princeton: First Baptist, Morning Star, Mt. Pisgah AME, and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian. The service also honored the historic Witherspoon-Jackson community and its people. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)
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A Community Bulletin Eclipse Lectures: In anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, lectures will be held at Princeton Public Library. On Thursday, August 10 at 7 p.m., Princeton University astrophysical sciences professor Amitava Bhattacharjee will present “The Eclipse is Coming” to explain what people will see. On Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m., Princeton University art professor Rachael De Lue discusses the 1918 paintings of the solar eclipse by Howard Russell Baker, currently on view at the University museum. The library is at 65 Witherspoon Street. Blood Drive in Bordentown: In honor of a 14-year-old Bordentown boy suffering with Evans Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disorder, a blood drive will be held Friday, August 11 from 2-8 p.m. Visit http://tinyurl.com.daniel/08505. Road Closure: Sections of Alexander Street and University Place near Princeton Station and McCarter Theater are closed for overnight paving work through Thursday, August 10, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Parking will be closed for the duration of the Arts and Transit project, but access to the station, West Garage and local businesses will be maintained. Nature Day: Sunday, August 13 is Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market Nature Day at Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, Raritan Township. An early morning bird walk, yoga, gardening tips, 22 Ruppert Drive Millennium and an invasive species cleanup are33planned, and Drive the market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (908) 237-4582 to participate in the cleanup. Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: On Monday, August 21 from 1-4 p.m. at Palmer Square, Princeton University’s Department of Astrophysical Sciences and Princeton Public Library present this event, at which protective glasses and 501 Marten Road 17 Cleefand Drive snacks will be provided. Bring blankets lawn chairs.
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With its distinctive tower and roof line, t he house at 107 Librar y Place in Princeton’s western section has long been a source of curiosity to those who drive past. Credit for its unusual layout goes to none other than Howard Russell Butler,
the artist and scientist who Theatre. It’s a great place is the subject of a out current because of its CheCk produCts byhistory. And exhibit at the Princeton Uni- I always feel like I’m bathed versity Art Museum focused in light in this glass-topped on his paintings of the 1918 room.” solar eclipse. Ms. Jacobs, her husband, An 1876 graduate of the and daughter were living on University, Butler bought Elm Road when she saw a the home in 1911 and pro- “For Sale” sign outside 107 ceeded to transfor m its Library Place some 12 years straightforward rooms into ago. “Pete Callaway showed something altogether different. “He took a colonial it to me,” she recalled. “I and turned it into a Tuscan walked in and I said immevilla,” said Tamara Jacobs, diately, ‘I want this house.’ who has lived in the house He said, ‘You haven’t even with her family since 2005. seen it yet.’ But I knew. It “Everybody who has lived was the biggest impulse purhere has loved the house. It chase I’ve ever made.” has such a fascinating hisAt the time, the house tory.” was in need of attention. “We put together a team
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Mr. Butler, whose accomplishments included convincing tycoon Andrew Carnegie to pay for the construction of Lake Carnegie and founding what is now the Art Stuwww.princetonmagazinestore.com dents League of New York, isn’t the only notable to have lived in the house. George Ball, the under secretary of state for presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, bought it in the 1960s and entertained JFK, among others, in its formal dining room. Ms. Jacobs has the pictures to prove it. Framed photos of the distinguished inhabitants and their guests are displayed throughout the house. The architectural plans for Mr. Butler’s addition hang along the long hallway leading to the massive space that was Mr. Butler’s art studio and Mr. Ball’s office. The plans were found in the basement. It was in 1912 that Mr. Butler undertook a massive renovation and addition to the house he had just purchased. A paneled library, studio, and tower were the focus. The former studio, which has spacious windows on the ceiling but no windows on the walls, is completely sound-proof and filled with light. Ms. Jacobs runs her communications firm from the imposing space. “I love working in here. I can breathe in here,” she said. “I have conferences and do executive coaching. I’ve used it to hold events, 102 Nassau St • Across from the University • Princeton • 609-924-3494 like functions for McCarter www.landauprinceton.com
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SAFE STREETS KICK OFF CELEBRATION: Studio Hillier hosted a celebration on Friday evening to formally kick off events for this year’s Joint Effort Safe Streets Program in celebration of the Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J) community of Princeton. The entire W-J neighborhood has been designated Princeton’s 20th historic district to honor the African American contribution to the town. As part of its commitment to this unique community, Studio Hillier is designing a set of plaques to be located on 25 historic sites within the W-J community. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Fisher, artist of the Paul Robeson painting shown; Leighton Newlin, chairman of the Princeton Housing Authority; Barbara and Bob Hillier of Studio Hillier; and Shirley Satterfield, president of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic and Cultural Society. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)
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of craftsmen, and it took almost 14 months before it was finished,” Ms. Jacobs said. “But it was a labor of love. I love the history of the house. And especially for a Princeton home, it has unique architecture. There’s just no place like it.” Ms. Jacobs feels Mr. Butler is a hometown hero who doesn’t get the attention he deserves. In addition to conv incing A ndrew Carnegie to fund the lake, he participated in the development of Palmer Square and the remodeling of the Nassau Inn, and took an active part in planning the Princeton Battle monument. In a scrapbook, she has cop-
ies of letters he wrote asking for money to fund the project. “I only need $800 more,” he wrote to one Mrs. Morgan. “Thirty-four have contributed $100 each. Can I move your name up into this list? Your contribution was $50.” “I would love to have known him,” Ms. Jacobs said. “It had to take a lot of guts to stand up to Andrew Carnegie and others and keep asking for money. The city should celebrate him. Without him, there would be no Lake Carnegie. He really saw it through.” Mr. Butler’s other accomplishments include serving as president of Carnegie Hall for nine years, and as architectural advisor for Car-
negie’s New York mansion, today home to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. He designed an Astronomy Hall for the American Museum of Natural History, but it was never built. Several paintings intended for that space are in Princeton University’s collections, according to information on the current exhibit at the University’s museum. The house with six bedrooms and two kitchens has been on and off the market for the past few years. As empty nesters, Ms. Jacobs and her husband have been thinking about moving to a new location with less upkeep. But they won’t sell to just anybody. “I want somebody who will be a really good steward,” she said. “Everyone who has lived here has taken good care of it, and we want that to continue.” —Anne Levin
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“Racial issues in Princeton. We need to continue to discuss race in supportive environments like schools and events held in the community.” —Eugene Marsh, Princeton
Clubs There will be a Cancer Support Group meeting on Tuesday, August 15 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Monroe Township Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road in Monroe Township. Presented by the University Medical Center of Princeton, the group provides support, education, and empowerment to cancer patients. ——— K ingston G reenways Association will present a free movie night on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Yinghua International School, 25 Laurel Avenue in Kingston. Microcosmos is a one-of-a-kind film that offers a bug’s eye view of the world using specialty cameras. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs as seating will be in limited supply. For more information, visit www. kingstongreenways.org.
“Finding ways to collaborate more with organizations in town. Specifically, the arts organizations in town. We do plan to do more collaborations with Princeton University Art Museum and grassroots organizations, not just the big institutions. I would love to be able to support smaller community organizations in town as well.” —Taneshia Nash Laird (Director, Arts Council of Princeton), West Windsor
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Princeton Charter School is prepar ing to expand, with an increase of 54 students this year. Trailers are on site to provide two new classrooms, six or seven new teachers will be coming on board, and plans are in the works with KSS Architects of Princeton to design permanent space for the future. Controversy over the expansion continues, however, with Princeton Public Schools (PPS) claiming severe financial repercussions and awaiting a response from the Appellate Division of the Superior Court on their appeal of the acting state education commis sioner’s decision to approve the PCS expansion. Also pending are law suits on both sides over alleged violations of the Open Public Meetings Act. PCS Head Larry Patton, in the midst of preparing enrollment forms, writing his annual letters to parents and teachers for next month’s opening, and looking forward to welcoming about twice as many new students as usual, would like to get back to normalcy. In discussing the expansion, which adds students in the kindergarten, first, and second grades, Mr. Patton noted, “Our school makes more sense with balanced classes from K to eight. My hope is that we’re going to revert to the normalcy of coexistence with the district schools as we have in the past. We’ve had a good relationship in the past. We coexisted beautifully for many years.” Mr. Patton emphasized that after filling in two sections of their K-second grade classes, “we’re done. No further expansion,” and lamented that “the cost of the law suits detracts from our ability to reach our goals.” He added that the PCS bu ilding plan is f u nded through the school’s operating budget, necessitating no additional tax burdens on the town. PCS plans to finalize its building plans this fall, hop-
ing to break ground by next spring. Both new spaces and upgrading of existing spaces will be on the agenda. In addition to the possibility of a new cafeteria and new classrooms, PCS is looking to create more versatile spaces for groups of different sizes, including smaller spaces to facilitate more opportunities for differentiation in teaching and learning and space for occupational therapy, special education, speech, and ESL classes. Mr. Patton added that new staff members, another benefit of expansion, will allow PCS to offer Spanish in the lower grades and to add an ESL teacher, a half- to full-time special education teacher, a reading specialist, and a computer programming teacher for all seventh and eighth grade classes. “It will be a more robust program for all students,” Mr. Patton said. Reflecting further on the anticipated new faces at PCS in September, Mr. Patton expressed delight with the results of last spring’s weighted admissions lottery. Giving preference for admissions to economicallydisadvantaged students, the weighted lottery was part of the PCS proposal for expansion. “We were thrilled with our weighted lottery,” Mr. Patton said. “I hope that pattern holds.” Mr. Patton noted that 12 percent of this year’s admissions are in the economically-disadvantaged category, mostly in the early grades, and PCS looks forward to continuing to increase the diversity of its student population in reflecting the larger Princeton community. Mr. Patton emphasized his hope that PCS and PPS could soon move beyond their conflicts and find ways to work together effectively. He noted in particular the possibility for sharing professional development opportunities and for students at PCS and PPS to collaborate on community service programs and en-
vironmental/sustainability initiatives. “We can coordinate with the district,” he said, ”emphasize the importance of giving back and volunteering time. It would be a great way to put our kids together on a project, a good starting point.” Looking forward to less contentious times for PCSPPS relationships, Mr. Patton urged, “The Charter School should not dominate the conversation about education in this town. We’re a relatively small percent, only about 10 percent of the student body, 5.5 percent of the budget. We shouldn’t become 80 percent of the discussion.” —Donald Gilpin
Calendar Wednesday, August 9 5 to 6:15 p.m.: Opening Reception, “Safe Streets Exhibition” at the Arts Council of Princeton. Stay for the Join Effort Safe Streets program immediately following the reception at 6:15 p.m. Both events are part of a Princeton community celebration of the Witherspoon-Jackson Community. 7 to 8 p.m.: Back to School Reading Rocks Magic Show at the Center Court at MarketFair Mall in Princeton. 7:30 p.m.: Screening of Casablanca (1942) at Princeton Garden Theatre. 8 p.m.: Meeting, Princeton Country Dancers at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive in Princeton. Thursday, August 10 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shop local produce and baked goods at the Princeton Farmers Market at Hinds Plaza (repeats weekly). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Arts Council of Princeton offers a pop-up art class at 10 Hulfish Street entitled “WOW (Wonders of Water!).” Meet stream critters, learn how to keep water clean, and get your hands
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dirty (repeats weekly through August 31). 6 to 10 p.m.: The Summer Courtyard Concert Series at Princeton Shopping Center welcomes Fresh Fire, an alternative-inspirational band based in South Jersey. This event is Free. 7 p.m.: Learn about the approaching eclipse from Amitava Bhattacharjee, professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. Free; Princeton Public Library. 7:30 p.m.: Screening of To Be or Not to Be (1942) at Princeton Garden Theatre. Friday, August 11 9 to 10 a.m.: Free, Baby Boot Camp stroller-based fitness program on Palmer Square Green (weather permitting). For more information and to register, visit www. babybootcamp.com. 5 to 8 p.m.: Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Winery, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. 5:30 p.m.: Playground Shabbat at The Jewish Center of Princeton followed by an Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish in a disposable container. Dessert and beverages provided by The Jewish Center. Saturday, August 12 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Butterfly Festival at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington. Includes educational children’s activities, live music in the beer garden with wine and cider, hay rides, dunk tank, and more. Noon: Jersey Fresh Jam at Terra Cycle, 121 New York Avenue in Trenton. This showcase of hip hop art and culture is Free. Noon to 7 p.m.: Sangria
Princeton Public Library. 7 p.m.: Meeting, PFLAG Princeton at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. For more information, visit www.pflagprinceton. org. Tuesday, August 15 11 a.m.: Free, Baby Storytime at the Princeton Public Library. Wednesday, August 16 1 p.m.: Princeton Senior Resource Center ( PSRC ) presents a screening of The Wrecking Crew, a celebration of the musical work of a group of instrumentalists that provided accompaniment for Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Bing Crosby; Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street. 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lecture: Paintings of the Eclipse by Howard Russell Butler at Princeton University Art Museum. The presentation will be delivered by Rachael DeLue, associate professor of art history at Princeton University. Free. 7:30 p.m.: Screening of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) at Princeton Garden Theatre. 8 p.m.: Meeting, Princeton Country Dancers at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive in Princeton. Thursday, August 17 10 a.m.: Movin’ and Groovin’ with Miss Amy at the Center Court at MarketFair Mall in Princeton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shop local produce and baked goods at the Princeton Farmers Market at Hinds Plaza (repeats weekly).
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would be funded without local taxpayer dollars.” Having restored the trails and habitats over the past four years, FOHW is “thrilled that we will now b e a l l owe d to t a ke t h e next step, and begin realizing the Veblens’ vision for the buildings,” said FOHW President Steve Hilt ner. “We have long wanted to apply that restorative energ y to the buildings as well.” The proposed agreement also calls for the county to complete confirmatory groundwater sampling and soil remediation prior to closing, and to pay Princeton $85,000 for the potential demolition of the structures on the property, should future demolition become necessary. “The Veblens loved nature, and loved bringing people together,” Mr. Hiltner said. “It’s fitting that they left behind a house and cottage that can serve as a gathering place along the magnificent corridor of preserved open space in eastern Princeton. We’re thankful to all those in the community who expressed their support, and to the mayor and tow n Council for giving the initiative the chance it deserves. We look forward to working with the town to make Herrontown Woods and its cultural legacy a great asset for Princeton.” F O H W i s a n o n p r of i t that welcomes donations at FOHW.org. —Donald Gilpin
The critical issues discussions in the library on Saturday, on four different controversial topics, did not avoid the tough issues. They focused on police-community relations; engaging the community in the 21st century and hearing all voices; affordable housing or housing affordability: there is no place like home; education of black students in Princeton public schools: challenges, choices, opportunities, and charter schools; and Princeton 2037: What will our town look like in 20 years? “We have to have these types of conversations,” Mr. Bailey told the full house of about 75 in the library conference room. “These are tough conversations, with hard choices, but these are necessary conversations.” He added, “No one should be threatened. None of these conversations should be mean-spirited. It’s all about taking it to a higher level of understanding. We’re all on the same page.” One of the original founders of Joint Effort Community Sports Program, former director of the Princeton Youth Center, and currently a political-community consultant, Mr. Bailey will be speaking on Friday evening on the topic of “What Does It Mean to be Black in America Today: A Message from Our Ancestors to My Community From a Favorite Son,” as part of the Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Black Seniors and Family Salute, “They Were There,” on Friday evening at the
First Baptist Church. Architect and town Council candidate David Cohen, who was on Saturday’s affordable housing panel, commented on the success of the Safe Streets Program, describing it as “a gift to the entire Princeton Community, highlighting the long-term contributions of our African American neighbors to the life of this town.” He continued, “Today, when diversity is regarded in liberal circles as a universal value but is often an abstraction, the Safe Streets Program makes the benefits of diversity very concrete and tangible. The African American community in town feels justifiable pride in celebrating their rich history, but the larger community benefits as much if not more by gaining knowledge and appreciation of the cultural contributions, the struggles, and the hard work and accomplishments of this unique group within our midst.” Noting that his greatest concern was the cost of living, particularly the cost of housing in Princeton, Mr. Cohen stated that the events of the past week had given him “a greater familiarity with the members of the community and a new perspective on what can and should be done to not just enshrine the contributions of the past, but promote the vibrancy of the community going forward.” A rch ite c t B ob H i l l ier, another panel member in Saturday’s discussion and a board member and treasurer of Witherspoon-Jackson Historic and Cultural Society, noted the increased scope and significance of
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project, including wildflowers on the trail that borders the west side of Mountain Lake. Target native tree species for planting include sugar maple, pawpaw, yellow and black birch, hickory, and blight-resistant American chestnut. About half of the area will be fenced to protect the new trees from deer. FOPOS holds the conservation easements on the 75acre Mountain Lakes preserve, which was donated by Betty Wold Johnson in the late 1980s in memory of her son, Willard Trotter Case Johnson, when the tract was planned for development with 25 houses. The restoration effort will focus on an 18-acre section of relatively young forest west of the lake. “Invasive species can really take over and then the land has much less value in terms of habitat,” Ms. Mager said. “They aren’t of interest to our native bugs, birds, and animals. They don’t know what they are, so they don’t eat them, which is one reason why they multiply so well.” Ms. Mager has learned more about the issue since the municipality had Mike Van Clef of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team examine the town’s parks and passive open space areas. “He prepared a repor t commenting on which of our parks were of relatively high environmental quality in terms of having the most native species which were not so strong,” she said. “Mountain Lakes Preserve was in the not-sostrong category, and that was troubling. We wanted to do something about it.” Around the same time, Ms. Mager met Mark Brownlee, from a company called ArcheWild, and toured one of the properties on which he was working. “I asked Mark to give some of his expert input in terms of Moun-
tain Lakes Preserve, and I got some advice on what would be the most responsible and effective methods to employ,” she said. “We put that into the grant request, and I like to think that had some influence in our getting it.” Preliminary steps required by Green Acres are expected to take at least three months, but FOPOS hopes to get started with a collection of seed from native plants as well as surveys of the project area. The collected seeds will be used to create a new native gene bank and cultured in a native plant nursery for future planting. Local volunteers may be used in various stages of the project, including planting the trees, flowers, and other native plants. “We hope that we can make this a model,” Ms. Mager said. “By publicizing what we did, what worked well, what didn’t work so well — we could help not just other organizations, but other places in the Princeton area, or even within Mountain Lakes Preserve.” —Anne Levin
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The lengthy approval process for the proposed move of Triumph Brewery from its current location on Nassau Street into the former U.S. Post Office branch on Palmer Square continued last week without a final ruling. On August 3, Princeton’s Planning Board heard more testimony from the preservation architect, traffic consultant, attorneys in favor and opposed to the project, and some members of the public before deciding to continue the discussion at their September 28 meeting. An earlier hearing on July 13 was ended prematurely due to a power outage during a storm. Businessman David Eichler and Triumph founder Adam Rechnitz have proposed a new glass entrance at what was previously the loading dock of the old post office building. They have said they intend to preserve its historic character while adapting it to use as a 13,000-squarefoot restaurant. The oldest building on Palmer Square, it has been vacant since November 2015, when the post office branch downsized to a location behind the 7-Eleven on East Nassau Street. “It goes without saying that this is one of Princeton’s finest public buildings and has been since its construction,” said Michael Mills, the exterior and historical architect for the project. The proposal to relocate Triumph “is first and foremost about preserving a great architec-
tural resource for Princeton. And it is also about putting a vibrant new use into this building.” Mr. Mills said the envelope of the building is in good condition. “Our intention is to repair and restore. We’re very lucky it was so well designed to begin with, so repairs are not too major.” Replacing the old loading dock with a new glass entry “will really clean up that whole part of the street and be a real asset to the downtown,” he said. Traffic consultant Georges Jacquemart told the Planning Board that no significant traffic impact would come from the proposed new use. “We feel there is ample parking capacity within the immediate area surrounding the project site,” he said. “I feel very comfortable that people who go to this restaurant will find parking. They find parking today, there’s no doubt about it.” Also discussed were the types of trucks that would make deliveries to the restaurant, as well as when they would be at the site. Only one of those vehicles is an 18-wheeler, which makes deliveries once per quarter of malted barley for making beer, said a Triumph representative. Attorney Chad Warnken, representing Palmer Square resident Scott Sipprelle, said Mr. Sipprelle is not opposed to a restaurant being put into the space. “We just believe the proposal is too large,” he said. “The main thrust
of our case is we believe this change of use leads to a much more intensive use than was previously there.” Former Princeton Borough Mayor Yina Moore commented that the increased traffic from the restaurant would mean that more people in search of free parking will crowd the streets of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, where there are no parking meters. Architect and former Borough Cou ncilman Kev in Wilkes said he admires the proposal because of its design. “What’s remarkable to me about the design of this renovation is that it turns all four sides of this building into special space with interesting elevations, that really makes it an object inside the U-shaped configuration of the buildings around it,” he said. Mr. Wilkes urged the Board to consider whether the applicant will be a good steward that will care for the building and move it into the future. “I think we have good reason to believe this group will, because they have been in our community for 22 years. They are not unknown to us.” —Anne Levin
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The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast Offers Weekend Getaways and Fine Dining
f you’re looking forward to a break in your routine, a visit to New Hope, Pa., is always an inviting change of scene. Located right on the river, it offers a variety of dining, shopping, and theater opportunities in a very scenic and historic setting.
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The Mansion Inn is an appealing destination point for many visitors who travel over the bridge from New Jersey as well as others from Pennsylvania, New York, and even farther afield. Located at 9 South Main Street in a historic Victorian building, it has recently reopened under new ownership. Owners Kris Tomasulo and Joseph Grande are very optimistic about the Inn’s future, both as a bed and breakfast and a fine dining experience at Royal T’s at The Mansion restaurant. A Yardley, Pa., native with a successful Wall Street career, Mr. Tomasulo always wanted to return to his roots. The opportunity to reopen The Mansion Inn came at an opportune time. “I had been wanting a change, and I wanted be in Bucks County again,” he said. “I’ve been coming to New Hope my whole life. “Also, I had always been interested in cooking, and even attended culinary school for a while. This was such a great opportunity —
a chance to have the rooms for overnight and space with a restaurant, bar, and outdoors. It is a lot of different business models under one roof.” Historic Building In addition, he continues, “The building is so historic. It was built in 1865 as a private home. In 1902, a physician purchased the house, and it remained in the same family for three generations. It first became an inn and bed and breakfast in 1999.” With its Baroque Victorianstyle architecture and original wrought iron grape cluster fence, the building has always intrigued New Hope residents and tourists alike, points out Mr. Tomasulo. “People have always been interested in it. There’s always been a mystique about the place. Sometimes, people come in and just ask to look around.” With co-owner Joseph Grande, who also has Wall Street financial experience, Mr. Tomasulo carefully investigated the bed and breakfast and restaurant opportunities in the community. Always a challenge, the food industry requires knowledge of this very specialized business, careful attention to detail, and an unrelenting work ethic. Rest and Relaxation “Joe and I had a lot of Wall Street experience, and we took a very disciplined financial approach,” explains Mr. Tomasulo. “Also, food is a passion-led industry, and
we have that. We also have a very hands-on approach; we are knowledgeable and know what we want to achieve. Attention to detail is a priority with us, and we believed the clientele had been underserved.” Guests wishing to stay overnight have a choice of five rooms, all recently updated, he adds. “They are spacious and comfortable, and three include suites.” He notes that in addition to visitors from beyond the area, many overnight guests are from New Hope as well as nearby New Jersey residents, just looking forward to a weekend of rest and relaxation. “Also, we have had many special events, and people enjoy staying overnight for these,” said Mr. Tomasulo. “We recently hosted a Wellness Weekend, which included yoga, Pilates, and meditation sessions. In May, we featured the artwork of artist J. Yu, who was formerly associated with Princeton University. There are also a lot of good things happening in New Hope that our guests find appealing.” A complimentary continental breakfast is available for overnight guests, who can also enjoy dining at the Inn’s popular restaurant, Royal T’s at The Mansion. With seating for 66 inside as well as 20 in the bar and lounge and 18 on the front porch, the restaurant offers an inviting dining experience. Mr. Tomasulo hopes to add outdoor seating for 60 in the future.
He describes the cuisine as modern American with Italian-American undertones, and also featuring Asianinspired dishes. “In a way, it’s a playful menu, with some unexpected choices. For example, one of our most popular dishes is French Onion “Soup” Dumplings, a new take on Asian dumplings. People love them.” Unique Menu Dining reviews have been consistently favorable, with customers appreciating the varied and unique menu. In addition to the the French Onion “Soup” Dumplings, small plates include Scallop Ceviche with watermelon pico de gallo, avocado, mint lime, cilantro, and chili oil; and Spanish Octopus with frisée, chili-infused olive oil, and confit fingerling potatoes, among others. Popular entrees include Seared Scallops with heirloom cherry tomato salad, cucumber, red onion, and basil pesto; Seared Wild Halibut with sauce verte, spring vegetables, lemon aioli, and forbidden rice; PorciniCrusted Filet; and the Royal T Burger, featuring Pat Lafreida Black Label dry-aged blend, bacon jam, cheddar, and special-T sauce, which is a big favorite. “We import very expensive meat,” points out Mr. Tomasulo. Side dishes are also in demand, and include Asparagus with fried egg, prosciutto, pecorino, and black truffle; Wild Mushrooms fricassee; Fines Herbes Fries — handcut fries with curry mustard and truffle ketchup; and Brussels Sprouts with honey sriracha and bacon. Royal T’s also offers a very popular Saturday and Sunday brunch, reports Mr. Tomasulo. Among the favorites are Blueberry Lemon Pistachio Pancakes; Bananas Foster French Toast; Smoked Salmon Benedict with two poached eggs, cream cheese, hollandaise, chives, and home fries; and Chicken and Waffles — cheddar and jalapeño corn waffles with chicken gravy or honey sriracha. Desserts are a “musthave” for many at Royal T’s, and Mr. Tomasulo says that “We typically have four desserts on the menu, and they are all popular. A big favorite is the Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream; also the Flourless Chocolate Cake, Lemon Bars, and we will be introducing Passion Fruit Panna cotta.” The restaurant is currently BYOB, but a liquor license is pending. Dinner prices start at $10 for small plates, $21 for entrees, and $12 for brunch. On Tuesdays, a special three-course $30 dinner is offered. Fascinating Event Mr. Tomasulo and Mr. Grande are very pleased with the response to the Inn and Royal T’s, and look forward to planning a number of theme events, including guest speaker-hosted evenings paired with festive food. In September, a very special dinner is anticipated in honor of the book The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America’s First Great Cookery Challenge. Author Becky Libourel Diamond will be on hand to share information about this fascinating event. As Mr. Tomasulo
WEEKEND GETAWAY: “We want people to have an experience here, and think of us on many levels. They can stay overnight at the Inn, dine in Royal T’s restaurant, or come for a special event. This is a great place for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, family reunions, and retreats.” Owners Kris Tomasulo, left, and Joseph Grande look forward to introducing many more visitors to The Mansion Inn and Royal T’s at The Mansion restaurant in New Hope. explains, “In 1851, a group of very wealthy New Yorkers invited a group of Philadelphia friends to a very special dinner at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York. “Not to be outdone, the Philadelphians had chef James W. Parkinson prepare a 17-course, 12-hour meal that became known as ‘The One Thousand Dollar Dinner.’ In the midst of the meal, the New Yorkers stood to applaud and declare the Philadelphia dinner the winner.” The multi-course Royal T’s dinner, while not costing $1,000, is expected to be memorable, notes Mr. Tomasulo. “We want people to know this is a very special place,” he continues. “We love this community, and we are here to stay. I very much enjoy reaching out to the guests at dinner and interacting with them. We really enjoy
making people happy. This is number one for us. “One of my mentors told me something Benjamin Franklin had once said: ‘The taste of the roast is only as grand as the handshake of the host!’ We always remember that.” Royal T’s at The Mansion can be reached at (267) 7407153, or visit the website at themansioninnnewhope. com. —Jean Stratton
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Pop In Space Comes to Palmer Square, An Arts Council-lead Collaboration Maria Evans, artistic director for the Arts Council of Princeton, had long had plans to host a makerspace — a collaborative workshop for all manner of tinkering, building, and fixing, the likes of which have been appearing in everincreasing numbers across the country for roughly the past decade. Earlier this year, when the Arts Council was offered a large space in the Princeton Shopping Center, her hopes were on the cusp of realization ; the large space, less than two miles from downtown Princeton, would be an ideal satellite location. It came as a disappointment, then, when the lease fell through. But shortly thereafter, in early June, Palmer Square offered the Ar ts Council free use of 10 Hulfish Street, immediately across the street from Halo Pub, and the former location of Kate Spade. The modest footprint of this location was too small for a full-fledged makerspace, but the location itself could hardly be better, so Ms. Evans shifted gears and got to work planning for a multi-purpose popup space, reaching out to jaZams, Sustainable Princeton, the Princeton Public Library, the Stony BrookMillstone Watershed Association, and the Andlinger
Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University to provide a wide variety of activities and programs for the public. By July 10, the Pop In Space was up and running. The Pop In Space, which is just around the corner from the Princeton “Energy Playground” Parklet (itself a collaboration bet ween the Arts Council and local businesses and nonprofits), is simple and well-lit, with large wooden tables in the main room, and elegant recessed shelving throughout for storing materials and displaying work. On Monday, Ms. Evans led a workshop entitled “Sew Easy.” Locals and passersby between the ages of 4 and 70 gathered there, taking turns using the four sewing machines. The participants had a wide range of ability, and in the spirit of the makerspaces that inspired the Pop In Space, Ms. Evans opted to lead the workshop with a light touch, facilitating whatever the participants wanted to make. For the beginners who attended, she recommended making pillowcases, but was glad to oblige when the novices had their own plans: “There was a young boy who came in and made a pouch because he said he needed something to carry his money in. So he just cut out this corduroy pouch and
sewed it together, and that was really cool,” she said. It is now host to five to seven events per week, covering a diversity of topics from journaling to cardmaking to woodworking. The Watershed Association is holding a recurring event at the Pop In Space called “WOW (Wonders of Water!)” — a hands-on series of demonstrations and activities for children and adults centered on water quality and sustainable water use. “It’s the epitome of collaboration,” Ms. Evans says of the Pop In Space programming. The Art Council’s lease at the Pop In Space runs through August 31, after which it may or may not be extended. Ms. Evans is pleased with the response from the community and hopes that the space can continue into the fall. Christine Symington, program director of Sustainable Princeton, echoes her sentiments. Their bike repair workshop has been one of the Pop In Space’s most popular events so far, and Ms. Symington says her organization would like to be able to put such programs together on a regular basis — a possibility that a more permanent location would more readily afford them. Only time will tell if that will be a possibility. For now, those wishing to pop
SEW EASY: Alexa Cavalli of Montgomery works on an apron at the Pop In Space at 10 Hulfish Street. Ms. Cavalli is no newcomer to sewing, having even made a headband for her cat, but she was glad to exercise her skills in textiles on Monday. in can do so at any of the scheduled workshops. Workshops are free and open to the public, and no advance registration is required. To find out more, visit: http:// artscouncilofprinceton.org/ community/community-activities/pop-in-space. —Doug Wallack
“Images and Imaginings” at Artists’ Gallery
Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville will host “Images and Imaginings,” paintings by Claudia Fouse Fountaine and digital art by Alan J. Klawans, from August 10 through September 3. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 3-6 p.m. Ms. Fouse Fountaine is an award-winning artist local artist with a BFA and MFA. She also has a background in teaching ar t to grade schoolers and as a docent at
art museums. Her work has been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Brooklyn, and New Hope, Pa. This is her second two-man show at Artists’ Gallery. Whereas previously her acrylic paintings consisted mostly of bucolic scenes of flowers and farms, in her new work she explores more personal subjects and paints with a bit more of an expressionist touch. Says Mr. Klawans, “As an artist, I have always been interested in the structure of things. These structures include buildings, bridges, ships, barns, factories — even plants and flowers. In each instance, the manner in which they are made also creates their appearance. Their appearance is accentuated by how light and shadow effects the visual aspects of each subject. Although I have worked with traditional
printmaking methods, my use of a camera, computer, and printer have allowed me to explore, more adventurously, the subjects of my art.” Mr. Klawans’ work has been exhibited in the Whitney Museum in New York and in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Artists’ Gallery is at 18 Bridge Street in Lambertville. For more information, call (609) 397-4588 or visit the website at www.lambertvillearts.com.
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“SEASHELLS BY THE SEASHORE”: Scenes such as this inspired the interpretations by Johnson Park School fourth-grade students now displayed on the Olivia Rainbow Gallery walls, along PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP: Artist Oscar Peterson, right, offers hands-on instruction at a with actual shells brought into the classroom. “Seashells by the Seashore” is on view through recent Hunterdon Art Museum plein air painting workshop. The Museum will be hosting another workshop on August 20 at 10 a.m. at the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Dvoor Farm. September 6.
“Seashells by the Seashore” the sun. Gabby Ruiz-Mitchell ing a shell,” said Osbaldo the Hunterdon Art Museum’s The workshop will begin E l l a r s l i e , Tr e nton’s At Olivia Rainbow Gallery shows a girl wide-eyed with Morales. “I learned how to Plein Air Painting work- during the HLT’s producers- Cit y Mu s e u m i n C ad -
D & R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery presents a virtual seaside stroll in “Seashells by the Seashore” by Johnson Park School fourth-grade students, on view through September 6. For this exhibit, the young artists recreated the spirit of beachcombing along the Jersey Shore, while learning the science of shells. The artwork depicts the natural treasures left behind by the sea’s most recent tide. The children learned to render water, particularly a receding wave. Eliza TilneySandbur’s whorled shell scene includes the rising of
wonder before shells in a luminous aquarium. Shell observation was followed by actual tracing, with techniques for adding realistic details. For this project, the Johnson Park School teachers explored such questions as “Where do shells come from?” and “How are they created and why? ” They sought personal responses from t he four t h - graders about the shells they found on a beach; their favorite shellfish to eat; the meaning of shells’ smooth interiors; and how pearls come to be. “It was my first time draw-
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Area Exhibits Artworks, 19 Everett A lley, Trenton, shows “Urban Legend: The Art of Will Kasso” August 1-31. www.artworkstren ton.org. Arts Council of Pr inceton, 102 Witherspoon Street, has The Neighborhood Por trait Quilt on permanent display. www.artscouncilof princeton.org. D & R G r e e n w a y, 1 Preservation Place, has “Our World Through Artists’ Eyes,” the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 48th Juried Show, through August 18. (609) 924-4646.
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Hopewell Is A Thriving Destination Center With A Vibrant Arts, Antiques, and Dining Scene
r e at i v i t y i n a l l i t forms is thriving in Hopewell. The town’s increasing focus on the arts, antiques, and culinary expertise has made it a true destination center. In addition to its hometown residents, visitors from Princeton and well beyond are enjoying the many aspects of Hopewell hospitality. Not the least of which is its appealing ambiance and pleasing small town environment. While it offers an increasingly exciting variet y of shops, galleries, and restaurants, it has managed to retain the feel of a small town and the nuance of times past. A day — or night — out in Hopewell may include shopping, antiquing, enjoying art exhibits, or dining at a variety of eateries — all ready to tempt your taste buds. For example, if you are in the mood for Italian, specifically pizza, Nomad Pizza is just the place. Opened in 2007, it originally began with a pizza truck that traveled to different locations for parties and catering. Its popularity grew to such an extent that two years later,
it opened a “brick and mortar” location in Hopewell (eventually adding new Nomad Pizzas in Princeton and Philadelphia, which have also flourished). Do It Right “Nomad is quite different from other pizzerias,” explains owner Tom Grim. “We are artisans. While most pizzerias focus on quantity, we focus on quality. We brought in a wood-fired oven from Naples, Italy, which is the birthplace of great pizza. We have only one size pizza, and it is hand-crafted. It takes us four days to make our dough. “We also have our own garden beside the restaurant, where we grow veggies and herbs. And we source toppings from many local and organic farmers. Right now, we are making our seasonal spicy corn pizza. We keep our menu short and focused. Basically, just pizza and salads. We’d rather stick to one thing and do it right.” Mr. Grim is enthusiastic about Nomad’s Hopewell location. As he points out, “Hopewell is a great small town but close enough to make it a nice night out for
Princeton diners. Customers actually come from all over New Jersey, and it is a great town to visit, to shop, and to eat. And with lots of free parking to boot!” Antimo’s Italian Kitchen is another favorite spot for dining out. Known for its Italian specialties, it has attracted a loyal following since its opening 18 years ago. Owner Antimo Iovine’s focus both on delicious Italian cuisine and a friendly atmosphere are highlights for many customers. Antimo and his brother, general manager B en ny Iovine, and catering and front end manager Jeff Kyle are very pleased with their Hopewell location and its popularity in so many areas, especially restaurants, shopping, the arts, and antiques. Mr. Kyle also contrasts the growth — often sprawl — in surrounding areas with Hopewell’s small town environment. “All of this build-up elsewhere has t ur ned qu iet areas into bustling town centers, and some of those areas have lost the small owner-operator businesses that many people loved.
Today, Hopewell is surrounded by preserved land, and its downtown image is the same as it was when I attended elementary school here. Hopewell is a sanctuary for those who want to escape the busy parking lots, chain stores, and highways, and return to a time when life was simple. Dining Experience “I believe that people enjoy the quaint feeling that Hopewell instills within its visitors. We are not large like Princeton or built up like Route One, but we have top-notch restaurants, vibrant shopping with unique stores, creative outlets, and many other features and opportunities — all located in our small town and within easy walking distance.” Of course, it is the dining experience that brings many regular diners to Antimo’s, adds Mr. Kyle. “We have lots of regulars who eat in or take-out multiple times a week. Since adding delivery recently, we are seeing even more customers. And they are coming from all over the area.” He adds that Antimo and his brother grew up near Naples, and the menu reflects that origin, although it also includes a variety of Italian Continued on Next Page
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dishes from other areas of Italy. “Antimo’s hometown is known for seafood, so our seafood recipes are similar to those from his home area. We are also known for our pizza and homemade pasta. Our pizza features freshmade dough and sauce, and is topped with quality ingredients like Bell & Evans chicken, Shibumi Farm mushrooms, and homemade meatballs and sausage. “Our homemade pasta is something that ever yone needs to tr y. The dough and fillings are made from scratch, using recipes that have been mastered over decades.” Mr. Kyle emphasizes the impact Antimo himself has on the restaurant, the staff,
and the customers. “Antimo is what sets the restaurant apart from other Italian restaurants. He has a passion and a positive attitude that makes customers and staff want to be near him. Over the long period of time, he has become part of childhood memories; he has seen teenagers grow up and become parents, parents become grandparents. He has listened and updated menus to fit the interests of the customers; he has reinvested the money they spent to add outdoor dining, a portable wood-fired oven for catering, and an additional dining room capable of hosting events for the growing needs of his loyal following. “Antimo also takes care of his staff to the extent that most stay on for a long time which creates a familiar
environment for our guests.” Restaurant Week Mr. Kyle points out that August 7th through the 13th is Summer Restaurant Week in Hopewell. “This is the result of an informal group of restaurant owners and managers who began meeting this past winter. We call ourselves The Hopewell Valley Restaurant Association, and we felt we could accomplish more when we came together to share ideas and brainstorm ideas that would help increase awareness in surrounding communities of Hopewell as a destination.” During this Restaurant Week, he explains, participating restaurants will offer special 3-course lunches and din ners at reduced prices. “The purpose is to
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was born a week after we opened, with his mom going into labor in the store! We dubbed him the ‘original Beanie-Baby’, and each birthday, we celebrate with him. “We also have little ones coming in to tell us about loose teeth. It is really an extended family here at Boro Bean. We are very pleased to be part of the Hopewell community, and we are involved in many communitybased donations and events. The restaurant scene in Hopewell is special. All the places are independent, not part of a chain. That alone is quite special. It is a lovely drive to the town, and parking is generous and free. There are lots of shops and antiquing so you can make a day out of a visit. We feel fortunate to be here.” Eclectic Look For anyone interested in antiques and collectibles, Hopewell is an intriguing creative scene to survey. A variety of choices for many different tastes and from many different periods are on hand to satisfy the discerning shopper. Foxbrook Home & Garden offers an inviting selection and informative and knowledgeable assistance for those seeking a special item. Opened five years ago, the store is owned by J. Stewart vonOehsen, who has watched the antiques scene evolve over the years. He observes that an eclectic look, combining pieces from different periods, is often seen now. “There is less demand today for the dark heavy furniture from the 19th century,” he points out. “I’m finding now that most people looking to decorate their homes like to use a combination of old and new. Here at Foxbrook Home & Garden, I have concentrated on 20th century vintage items. We specialize in ever y t hing from industrial cast-iron, classic advertising, Asian, mid-century modern, and original folk art. “For instance, we have office tables made of an old Volkswagen dealership sign, and an industrial cart. We also have vintage neon lights and advertising signs that are very popular. I think most people are looking for that one-of-a-kind piece to convey their taste and persona.” M r. v o n O e h s e n f i n d s Hopewell a congenial location for his business, and notes its growing popularity for customers interested in a range of experiences. “Because Hopewell has a community of young professionals and a booming restaurant scene, it’s a great town to provide these fresh finds.” One of the most fascinating places in Hopewell is the Tomato Factory. Its unique history offers a look into the past which truly sets it apart. The building dates to 1892, explains owner Mary Ann Browning. Originally a tomato canning factory, it evolved over the years to include various business operations. A decorator, Ms. Browning purchased it in 1962, and a year later opened to sell shower curtain fabrics and custom window treatments. As time went on, she added other shops, and the business eventually became an
antiques cooperative center with designated space for many dealers. Delightful Establishment “We now have 33 dealers (including those upstairs and downstairs), offering a variety of items,” reports Ms. Browning. “We offer a great selection of choices, including antiques, collectibles, home furnishings, lighting, furniture, glassware, books, children’s items, etc. “Hopewell is a wonderful place to be,” she continues. “And now with the new restaurants, business is really increasing for everyone.” One of the special dealers at the Tomato Factory is Umbrella. This delightful establishment, owned by sisters-in-law Fay and Linda Sciarra, opened in 2009, and has grown in popularity over the years. “We have expanded to fill the entire second floor of the Tomato Factory,” explains Fay Sciarra. “This is 3,500 square feet of constantlychanging home furnishings in a loft-like atmosphere. Our business continues to grow a loyal following, and the word has spread. New customers from New York Cit y, Ph i lad elp h ia, a n d northern and southern New Jersey seek us out as well, and our strong presence on the Internet has increased our customer base.” And what customers find is a wonderfully eclectic selection of everything for the home. As Ms. Sciarra explains, “Umbrella’s focus is secondary market home furnishings — furniture that has been owned before. It also has to be stylish and collectible. Some of this includes 19th century antiques, mid-century modern pieces from 1960-1980, and top brand-name furniture that is ‘gently used,’ such as Henredon, Ralph Lauren, Baker, Barbara Barry, etc. “We also carry exciting accessories, lighting, art, rugs, and so on,” continues Ms. Sciarra. “We steer away from mass-produced furniture. Our specialty is representing the best antiques dealers we can find and selling their inventory at great value. Among our most popular items are midcentury modern club chairs, Olde Good Things’ custom farm tables from reclaimed materials, antique partner’s desks, and one-of-kind vintage leather Chesterfield sofas.” It should also be noted that Fay Sciarra is a highly respected artist in the area, and her paintings and mixed media pieces are available at Umbrella. Affordable Rents She adds that Hopewell has recently seen an increase in art and antiques availability. “There is definitely a growing art and antiques community as well as great restaurants. Part of the reason is that there are great spaces at more affordable rents than in Princeton and Lambertville.” As interest in the arts continues to grow in Hopewell, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a major factor in furthering enlightenment about and accessibility to the many and varied artistic endeavors available for appreciative aficionados. As its mission statement explains, “The Hopewell Continued on Page 20
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beginning of 2016 and had â€œWhat started last year as There is also hanging space and had not been updated in to consult them at their time our official grand opening many years. It was recom- of need, or just to discuss minimally attended shows in the hallway.â€? Continued from Page 18 exhibition in late April of last mended that the new owner future plans. We also now have, in most cases, beGallery 14 also shows the Valley Ar ts Council is a year,â€? explains Dan Kassel, come packed-house, highwork of guest exhibitors tear the building down and provide financing for famigrowing organization dediowner with his wife Kaitlin energy concerts. Weâ€™ve rewhen scheduling permits, replace it with a single fam- lies in times of need if they cated to celebrating art in the everyday. Defining art of HCAS. â€œKaitlin and I fea- ceived many compliments adds Mr. Schwartz. â€œWe fea- ily home, but then Hopewell are unprepared for a sudin the most expansive terms, tured our photography from from folks saying how great ture guests exhibiting both Borough would lose the local den and unexpected loss of the HV Arts Council seeks our world travels, and there it is to have a place to see solo or with a member. Al- funeral home that had been a loved one. From a simple, direct creto nurture and engage the was an enormous turn-out live music after a fine meal though the focus is on pho- a pillar of the community for at one of Hopewellâ€™s many tography, other visual arts more than half a century. mation to a traditional fullbroader community through from the community. â€œOur focus is pretty even- great restaurants, and at the may be exhibited from time After eight months and service funeral, Hopewell the arts. By cultivating all affordable ticket prices for ly split between visual art m o r e t h a n $ 10 0 , 0 0 0 , Memorial Home will advise to time. The gallery is owned creative exploration, the HV and operated by its members Hopewell Memorial Home you of the various options Arts Council aims to increase and music,â€? continues Mr. such topnotch talent. â€œ awareness and appreciation Kassel. â€œBetween our First Photography Center who support its ongoing op- is now as a fully renovated from which to choose. Honand updated facility with oring any faith, we will fulfill of the arts in Hopewell Val- Friday gallery exhibits, KaitAs the saying goes, â€œA erations in every way.â€? ley, including the visual, cu- linâ€™s monthly painting work- picture is worth a thousand Mr. Schwartz points out seating for more than 50 any special requests for the linary, horticultural, literary, shops, and other visual art words,â€? and photography, in that Hopewellâ€™s focus on the guests, providing a mean- service, be understanding of workshops led by local prac- whatever format, has never arts continues to grow, with ingful ceremony space to their needs, and respectful and performing arts.â€? In addition to such long- titioners, we have a lot of been more important. It is interest from residents and honor the life and memory of their wishes. The funeral home offers a established art galleries, art going on. We also aver- certainly the focus of Gal- visitors increasing all the of a loved one. In addition to an upgraded wide variety of services insuch as the highly respected age two musical concerts a lery 14, which was estab- time. Gallery 14 has benMorpeth Gallery, new galler- month, and I teach cello les- lished in 2001 by a group of efitted from this expanding facility with an entirely new cluding cremation ceremoies are opening in Hopewell, sons in the studio, as well as New Jersey photographers responsiveness, and the Gal- showroom for pre-arrange- nies and themed and celeoffering more and varied host/teach occasional music as a center for photography lery members look forward ments, the property boasts bratory funerals, as well as artwork for those who en- workshops. In addition to in the area. Members show to seeing it continue and a warm and welcoming envi- burials at sea. Family memthe art and music, we have their work in individual ex- flourish. ronment for families to learn bers can view a selection of joy art. two yoga classes a week, hibits, and in addition, the about the many options caskets, urns, and vaults in It is encouraging to all An important addition to and host several wellness/ gallery sponsors a juried those who appreciate art, available to them, as well as the new showroom at the the community arts scene is meditation workshops.â€? show each year. antiques, varied cuisine, the costs associated without property. the Hopewell Creative Arts Mr. Kassel believes that Hopewell Memorial Home The gallery also has a fine and diverse shopping op- the pressure of someone tryStudio ( HCAS ), which is is also a partner of Choices: the collective vision of Dan cultural activities are defi- art photography discussion portunities that Hopewell ing to â€œsellâ€? them. â€œThere are other funeral The NJ Funeral Trust Fund Kassel and Kaitlin Deering nitely alive and well in group which meets monthly offers such an abundance of Kassel. With their respective Hopewell. As he points out, throughout the year, ex- choices. and within a conge- homes to choose from out- for prepaid monies, ensurcareers in music and paint- â€œInterest in art and music plains long time member nial and welcoming setting. side of the Borough,â€? said ing that it is safe and secure ing, the Kassels have shared and cultural activities is in- and photographer Mar t y Welcome to Hopewell Hos- Christopher Merlino, the fu- when services are paid in neral homeâ€™s manager. â€œOur advance. Families should be their talents throughout the deed growing. With great Schwartz. â€œPhotographers pitality! galleries, theaters, and con- food, which Hopewell has in can bring their photos and â€”Jean Stratton goal is to provide the most aware that their trust fund is professional funeral services transferable to their funeral cert halls of Philadelphia and abundance, naturally comes discuss them with those atat a very reasonable cost, home of choice, at their recentral New Jersey. Their culture. It seems that more tending the meeting. On a Hopewell Memorial Homeclose to home. We hope quest. desire to expand into more and more people are tying in personal note, the gallery Cromwell Funeral Home collaborative efforts even- an evening of eating out with has provided me an opporCall today to arrange for a Hopewell Memorial Home, families will take the time to tually led them to a space visiting a gallery or attend- tunity for people to see my formerly known as Cromwell research the many options no-cost, no-obligation conwhere they could combine ing a concert afterward. work and has really helped Funeral Home, continues the available to them while mak- sultation in your home. â€œOur concerts have re- me improve as a photogra- tradition that was started ing such a challenging and their skills and invite the Available 24 hours a day local community to share ally taken off this year. 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Still Burning Bright — Jeanne Moreau and Sam Shepard
eanne Moreau and Sam Shepard died in the same week, the playwright at 73 on July 27, the actress at 89 on July 31. Their obituaries were paired in the pages of the New York Times and Antonio Banderas posted their photographs side by side with his message on the Los Angeles Times remembrance blog: “thank you for enlightening us at 24 frames per second.” In 2001 when Moreau was 73 she told the Times: “The cliché is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down. To me, life is going up until you are burned by flames.” Sam Shepard could relate to Moreau’s fusing of life and fire. It’s already there in an early play called The Holy Ghostly that had its American premiere at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre in January 1970. I wonder how the production staff at McCarter and director Tom O’Horgan (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar) handled the stage directions at the conclusion, which call for the “whole theatre” to be “consumed in flames” as the main character screams “BURN! BURN! BURN!” over and over and “dances in the fire.” Among Shepherd’s formative influences, according to John J. Winters’s new biography Sam Shepard: A Life (Counterpoint 2017), was Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which celebrates people “who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” W hen announcing Moreau’s death, French president Emmanuel Macron said that she “always rebelled against the established order.” In La Moreau: A Biography of Jeanne Moreau (Dutton 1996) by Marianne Gray, Moreau recalls skipping a Latin class to see a performance of Jean Anouilh’s Antigone: “I was amazed because in Antigone, the girl rebels. She resists authority. She is not afraid of time. I wanted to be like her.” Moreau was 15, living with her mother and sister in an apartment above a brothel during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Shepard was 16 when he saw François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959) about a rebellious 14-year-old. The film “stayed with him.” Quoted in Winter, he says it “really stunned me …. I saw a lot of similarities between my situation and that.” Shepard almost certainly made a point of seeing Truffaut’s next film, Jules and Jim, with Moreau’s magnetic performance as the free-spirited “desirous of everything” Catherine. Riding Through the Village Gate It’s a classic Youth Coming to Manhattan story: in the fall of 1963 Sam Shepard was 19, landing in Times Square fresh off the bus from California, his “immediate mission a cheeseburger,” which he sells his blood to pay for. His first job was with a detective agency, working the overnight shift in a shed on the East River where he had plenty of time to write between making the rounds (“I wrote all the time. Everywhere”), keeping himself awake with a mixture of Coca-Cola and crystal meth. Meanwhile he was sharing an East Village cold-water flat with jazz
legend Charlie Mingus’s son, who helped get him a job busing tables at the Village Gate, a stroke of fortune since the maitre d’ also happened to direct plays at the Theatre Genesis while the nightly exposure to live jazz energized his writing. In an interview quoted by Winter, Shepard, who played drums, says “Jazz could move in surprising territories, without qualifying itself …. You could have three, four things going on simultaneously …. You could move in all these emotional territories, and you could do it with passion.” In another interview cited by Winters, the cowboy playwright admits never rewriting anything in his first plays: “I was riding those plays like you’d ride a horse. You’d go as hard as you could.” Shepard gives a vivid impression of the creative ferment of the time in his introduction to The Unseen Hand, a 1986 Bantam paperback collection of his early work, where he describes “the immediacy of the off-offBroadway situation. Anybody could get his or her piece performed almost any time …. You could go into full-scale rehearsals with
but Harry Dean Stanton’s Travis is a once-ina-lifetime cinematic miracle. No one in or out of Hollywood has ever done so much with something as precariously sentimental as the evolving relationship between Travis and Hunter (Hunter Carson), the eight-year-old son he hasn’t seen since the boy was three. In fact, the onscreen rapport comes not from Shepard, who is drawn to combative fatherson relationships, but from the warmth of Wenders’s direction and the insights of the boy’s real-life father L.M. Kit Carson, who adapted the screenplay. When the Paris, Texas chips were down, Shepard provided a conclusion worthy of the beginning and middle. Receiving Wenders’s we-need-an-ending SOS on location with another film, Shepard sat down, wrote it, and telephoned it from Iowa to Wenders in Houston, a call that lasted from midnight to 6 a.m., reflecting the part played by a telephone in the unforgettable one-way-mirror scene between Travis and his estranged wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski). Finding himself confronted with a long, emotionally complex
take on Paris, Texas, except that Howard is a much less compelling character than Travis, who is weirdly likable even in his wild state. It’s not easy to like Howard, a man at odds with his life and the mess he’s made of it, and fed up with playing the same role again and again. That’s why he bolts from a film set and finds his way to Butte, Montana and the woman he left behind, the mother of his son (played with angry energy by Shepard’s reallife mate, Jessica Lange). The son (Gabriel Mann) is as mean and ornery as his father. It’s a father-son dynamic dating back to the one in The Holy Ghostly, not to mention the one at the core of Shepard’s life. The Dimensions of Moreau When Jeanne Moreau’s father heard that she wanted to become an actress, he slapped her across the face and said he never wanted to hear her talk about it again. Like Shepard’s father, he was a heavy drinker. According to www.newwavefilm.com, Moreau’s teenage years in Paris, where her British mother, as an enemy alien, had to to register daily with the Gestapo, were “a dark time.” Her refuge was reading: “I read many books far too soon. They made me sick with terror and fascination. I read Zola when I was 13.” Obviously, Moreau is too large a force to comfortably fit into a shared column, though she could have made a fascinating Jane for Travis, never mind their ages, Stanton being 58 and Kinski 24, when Paris, Texas was filmed. In the same year, at 56, Moreau was in Fassbinder’s Querelle singing/chanting à la Marlene Dietrich, “Each man kills the thing he loves.” atch three films of Moreau’s in three successive nights on Filmstruck and you know this is someone who could say, at 73, “life is going up until you are burned by flames.” She burns at once brightly and fitfully as the frenetic roulette addict in Jacques Demy’s Baie des Anges (1962), a picture Pauline Kael describes as “almost an emanation of Moreau, inconceivable without her.” It’s a virtuoso, totally convincing performance, whether she’s doing Marilyn Monroe moves or mesmerizing her gambling partner with lovely sunny-sweet smiles that come and go like mirages. In Louis Malle’s Les Amants (1959), a ride with an amusing stranger leaves her laughing in the face of her husband and lover on the eve of a glorious night of illegitimate love. She’s borderline demonic, viciously capering about in Joseph Losey’s Eva (1962), showing at every twist and turn what David Thomson means when he observes, “Above all, without any trace of rhetoric, she bares a vivid but vulnerable soul.” Even as she destroys a man in Eva, she conveys, in Thomson’s words, both “sexual dominance” and “a residual sadness that so brutal a sexual conflict should exist.” I still prefer Moreau as Catherine in Jules and Jim, and as Doll Tearsheet in Chimes at Midnight, Shakespeare’s Falstaff by way of Orson Welles, who once called her “the greatest actress in the world.” ——— Sam Shepard’s Simpatico is coming to McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, September 8 — October 15. For details, see mccarter.org. —Stuart Mitchner
nothing more than an idea of half a page of written text. It was a playwright’s heaven …. The only impulse was to make living, vital theater which spoke to the moment. And the moment, back then in the mid-sixties, was seething with a radical shift of the American psyche.” Shepard and Wenders I’ve never seen a Shepard play in the theatre. My only explanation for missing out on the excitement has to do with access, expense, and, mainly, an all-consuming, virtually lifelong passion for movies, old and new, foreign and American. Thankfully, the living director whose work I most admire is Wim Wenders, who has made two extraordinary films from Shepard screenplays, Paris, Texas (1984) and Don’t Come Knocking (2006). Wenders originally wanted to make a film of Shepard’s prose memoir, Motel Chronicles, which inspired, instead, the central image of Paris, Texas, “of someone leaving the freeway and walking straight into the desert.” According to the Winters biography, Shepard listed “memory, time, family” and “lostness” among the things the film was to explore. Fortunately for everyone, he resisted Wenders’s plea and refused to play the key role of the man who walks into the desert. Shepard would have done well by the part,
monologue on which the fate of the film depended, Harry Dean Stanton, in Carson’s words, “went nuts and had to talk to Sam,” and Sam told him (another phone call) “Just. Say. The. Words. It’s all there.” So he did. And what words. The speech Shepard wrote for Travis in Paris, Texas reached more people than anything he ever wrote for the stage. In the course of pointing out how the film was “a giant hit overseas,” Carson notes that the English distributor had T-shirts printed, some of which contained the text of Travis’s monologue, all of it. Another Lost Father While Don’t Come Knocking should not be missed by anyone curious to see Shepard playing a role he wrote for himself, the qualities that make the film worth writing about at length, as I did in a previous column (“The Return of Wim Wenders: Everything Is Illuminated,” Oct. 4, 2006), come down to the director’s vision and the stunning Edward Hopper clarity sustained by cinematographer Franz Lustig. For Wenders, “To have Sam in front of the camera is one of my oldest desires as a filmmaker,” but the character of Howard Spence, the rootless movie cowboy, had obvious limitations. A plot about a misfit who finds he has a grown son and decides to go looking for him would seem to be another
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hen Hitler ordered an all-out assault on the Western Front in the spring of 1940, the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line proved to be no match for the German blitzkrieg. The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France all fell to the Nazis in a matter of weeks. By May 26th, about 400,000 British, French, Polish, Belgian, and Dutch troops had been forced to retreat to Dunkirk, a port located along the northern coast of France. The soldiers were stranded on the beach because there weren’t enough military naval vessels to evacuate all of the forces. The logistical nightmare left most of the battle-weary men in need of a miracle because they were sitting ducks for the Nazi artillery fire and Luftwaffe bombs. At 7 p.m. that evening, Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, issued an urgent appeal to private boat owners to help in the rescue effort. By dawn, over 800 hundred vessels had been pressed into service. The flotilla included everything from speed boats and yachts, tugboats and fishing trawlers, and ferries and ocean liners. For the next nine days, they sailed back and forth across the U-Boat infested waters of the English Channel. About a third of the ships were sunk by the enemy, but the altruistic patriots managed to save 338,226 troops. Afterwards, Winston Churchill put a positive spin on the devastating military defeat. that had claimed the lives of 68,000 British soldiers and left the country vulnerable to an imminent invasion. On June 4th, he took to the
floor of the House of Commons and delivered his famous speech that assured the country that there was no doubt that Great Britain would ultimately prevail. “Whatever the cost may be,” he said in a stirring summation, “We shall fight on the beaches …. We shall fight on the landing grounds …. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets …. We shall fight in the hills ….” concluding, “We shall never surrender!” All of the above has been portrayed in Dunkirk, a visually captivating World War II epic directed by Christopher Nolan. Mr. Nolan, who is the best British director besides Alfred Hitchcock who has not yet won an Oscar, has made many memorable movies that include Memento, Inception, Interstellar, and the Batman trilogy, among others. In Dunkirk, he’s found a novel way to recreate the historic evacuation. Instead of having the documentary drama describe a single protagonist or military unit, he has deftly interwoven several discrete storylines that highlight the different perspectives of a number of unsung heroes. Whether on land, by sea, or in the air, many among those patriotic saviors survived, but some did make the ultimate sacrifice in the valiant stand against the evil that was spreading across Europe. Shot with 70mm film, Dunkirk is an instant classic worth seeing on an IMAX screen. Excellent (HHHH). Rated PG-13 for intense battle scenes and some profanity. Running time: 106 minutes. In English, French, and German with subtitles. Production Studio: Syncopy. Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. —Kam Williams
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Annabelle: Creation (R for horror violence). Tale of demonic possession about a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) who open their home to a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several orphans only to have them terrorized by one of his creations (Samara Lee). With Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, and Kerry O’Malley. Atomic Blonde (R for sexuality, nudity, graphic violence, and pervasive profanity). Cold War thriller, set shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, about an MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) sent to Germany to solve the murder of a fellow spy. Cast includes James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, and Toby Jones. Baby Driver (R for violence and pervasive profanity). Ansel Elgort has the title character in this crime comedy about a music-loving getaway driver pressured by a powerful crime boss (Kevin Spacey) to participate in an ill-fated bank heist. With Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Big Boi, and Flea. Brigsby Bear (PG-13 for drug use, teen partying, mature themes, and brief sexuality). Comedy about a recently freed kidnap victim (Kyle Mooney), abducted in infancy, who decides to make a movie of his favorite TV show while adjusting to a real world he’s never known. With Beck Bennett, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, and Greg Kinnear. The Dark Tower (PG-13 for action, gun violence, and mature themes). Adaptation of the Stephen King science-fiction thriller about an 11-year-old adventurer (Tom Taylor) who slips into another dimension where he witnesses a showdown between an evil sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) and a gunslinger (Idris Elba) defending the universe from extinction. Supporting cast includes Abbey Lee, Dennis Haysbert, and Jackie Earle Haley. Despicable Me 3 (PG for action and rude humor). Fourth movie in the animated series (if you include Minions) finds Gru (Steve Carell) facing his most formidable foe ever, an ex-child star (Trey Parker) still obsessed with the character he played back in the 80s. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews, and Russell Brand. Detroit (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Two-time Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) directed this documentary drama, set in Detroit, portraying the ’67 riots through the prism of the sadistic police interrogation of suspected snipers. Co-starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, and John Krasinski. Dunkirk (PG-13 for intense battle scenes and some profanity). World War II movie recreating the evacuation of over 300,000 Allied soldiers from the shores of France after they were surrounded by the Nazi army. Ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Barry Keoghan, and Harry Styles. In English, French, and German with subtitles. The Emoji Movie (PG for rude humor) Animated movie about an over-enunciating, text message emoji (T.J. Miller) who embarks on a quest for a filter that will limit him to one facial expression, just like his parents (Steven Wright and Jennifer Coolidge). Voice cast includes James Corden, Anna Faris, and Maya Rudolph. Girls Trip (R for pervasive profanity, crude humor, coarse dialogue, drug use, and brief graphic nudity). Dramatic comedy about four college classmates (Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish) who reunite for the first time in years to attend the Essence Festival in New Orleans. With Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, and Mike Colter, and with cameo appearances by Mike Epps, Common, Ne-Yo, and Mariah Carey. The Glass Castle (PG-13 for profanity, smoking, and mature themes). Brie Larson stars in this adaptation of Jeanette Walls’s best-selling memoir of the same name about being raised in a dysfunctional family by an artist (Naomi Watts) and an alcoholic (Woody Harrelson). Cast includes Sarah Snook, Josh Caras, and Max Greenfield. Kidnap (R for violence and scenes of peril). Suspense thriller about a single-mom (Halle Berry) who becomes a vigilante after her young son (Sage Correa) is abducted by kidnappers. With Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier, and Chris McGinn. Lady Macbeth (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity, and disturbing violence). Adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s classic novel, set in the 19th century, about a married teenager (Florence Pugh) who cheats on her husband (Paul Hilton), who is twice her age, with one of the servants (Cosmo Jarvis). With Christopher Fairbank, Naomi Ackie, and Anton Palmer. Landline (R for sexuality, profanity, and drug use). Comedy, set in Manhattan in 1995, about two sisters (Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn) who spy on their father (John Turturro) whom they suspect of cheating on their mother (Edie Falco). With Jay Duplaa, Finn Wittrock, and Ali Ahn. Lost in Paris (Unrated). The husband and wife team of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon wrote, directed, and co-star in this comedy about a Canadian librarian (Gordon) who finds herself pursued by a homeless man (Abel) when she travels to France to search for her missing, 88-year-old aunt (Emmanuelle Riva). With Pierre Richard, Celine Laurentie, and Charlotte Dubery. In French and English with subtitles. Maudie (PG-13 for mature themes and brief sexuality). Sally Hawkins portrays Maud Lewis in this biopic, set in Nova Scotia in the 30s, about how she overcomes the rheumatoid arthritis that had crippled her since childhood to become one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Supporting cast includes Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, and Zachary Bennett. The Midwife (Unrated). Drama about the friendship between a midwife (Catherine Frot) and her late father’s mistress (Catherine Deneuve). Featuring Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire, and Mylene Demongeot. In French with subtitles. The Nut Job 3: Nutty by Nature (PG for action and rude humor). The animated sequel has Surly the squirrel (Will Arnett) and Buddy (Tom Kenny) joining forces with other animals to prevent their crooked mayor (Bobby Moynihan) from paving the park to build an amusement park. Voice cast includes Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, and Jeff Dunham. Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity, and suggestive comments). Tom Holland assumes the title role in this film of the Marvel Comics series that finds Peter Parker living with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and attending high school in Queens while being mentored by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) until it’s time to morph into his superhero alter ego to engage a new nemesis (Michael Keaton). With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, and Tyne Daly. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13 for action, violence, suggestive material, and brief profanity). Adaptation of Valerian and Laureline, a graphic novel set in the 28th century portraying the exploits of time-traveling government agents (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) who are assigned to neutralize a mysterious, dark force threatening a metropolis and the future of the universe. Supporting cast includes Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Clive Owen, and Rihanna. War for the Planet of the Apes (PG-13 for action, violence, mature themes, and disturbing images). This capstone to the popular primate trilogy pits Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the simians against an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson) in a showdown that will determine the fate of both species once and for all. With Steve Zahn, Terry Notary, and Judy Greer. Wonder Woman (PG-13 for action, violence, and suggestive content). Latest version of the DC Comics superheroine. Set during World War I, the Amazon warrior princess (Gal Gadot) is rescuing a downed American pilot (Chris Pine) and accompanies him to London where she joins the fight on the side of the Allies. Cast include Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis. —Kam Williams
Community theater people and their fans are in for a treat as Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre presents an evening of entertainment and awards on Saturday, August 19 starting at 7 p.m. The 2017 Kelsey Awards is a unique event that celebrates and recognizes the best theatrical productions and performers from Kelsey Theatre’s 2016-17 season. The theater is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The awards show will feature special performances from the past season’s top productions, including Miss Saigon, In The Heights, Anything Goes, The Boy From Oz, and The Little Mermaid, as well as this summer’s 42nd Street. As a preview to the 201718 season, numbers from Memphis and The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be performed. Memphis opens
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to 17; The Hunchback runs from October 20 to 29. Now in its eighth year, the 2017 Kelsey Awards is modeled after the Tony Awards. According to Kyrus Keenan Westcott, the show’s producer and director, gathering some of the best talent from around the region to reprise great moments from the past year has been a wonderful theater event. “Having our actors all perform on one stage in one night has proven to be a thrilling experience for both the actors and their fans. Plus, we have the opportunity to recognize the considerable achievements of our community theater companies, which deliver high quality productions at Kelsey Theatre year after year,” Mr. Westcott said. Nominees and winners are selected by Kelsey Theatre fans through an online voting process. Among the major awards categories are best performances, best technical achievements, best direction, and best choreography. The ceremony will also honor the late Dottie Farina and the late Walter W. Smyth with the 2017 John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award.
KelseyAwards.com. The Kelsey Awards are presented by K2KEntertainment and the Kelsey Theatre Advisory Board, which have jointly administered the Kelsey Awards since 2009. Tickets are $17 for all (plus a small processing fee) and are available online at www. kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Theatre box office at (609) 570-3333.
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YWCA Breast Cancer Center tion ethic in as many ways as was most likely not a person hands-in-the-dirt investment in the club who had not been to beautify and enhance the At Home on Greenway Campus we could think of.”
BEES, BUTTERFLIES, AND HUMMINGBIRDS: The YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center has a new home on D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus, thanks to the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. Pictured, from left, are D&R Greennatalie Kalibat3-revised.pdf 7/27/17 5:11:51 PM way President and CEO Linda Mead, Ruta Smithson, Ashley Formento, Cass Macdonald, Paula Flory, and Judy Hutton.
T he Y WCA P r i nce ton Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) has a new home on D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus, thanks to the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. A new sign, amid the plantings, heralds the presence of the BCRC and its mission of healing, as well as the partnership with D&R Greenway. “The campus vision celebrates conservation in a holistic way,” says D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead. “Conservation is not just about land, it is about creating places to conserve our physical health and spiritual well-being. The BCRC fits right in to that ethos. Here on our Conservation Campus, the BCRC provides programs that support breast cancer patients, including the opportunity to enjoy the healing effects of nature and the outdoors. From the beginning, we envisioned the JEC and adjacent land as a place where we could inspire a conserva-
“The Lewis School was very supportive of me both as a student and as an athlete. My teachers believed in me all the way. It was a great experience. The Lewis School provided such a special and personalized way of learning that helped me to understand my learning diﬀerences and build conﬁdence. The skills I developed at Lewis allowed me to maintain a B average at the University of Southern California, something that I would never have dreamed prior to attending Lewis.”
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The Contemporary Garden Club (CGC) approached the landscaping as an annual community project. Using native plants and flowers in ground, supplemented with annuals and herbs in raised garden beds, volunteers created tranquil gardens around the BCRC entrance and surroundings. Club volunteers planned the gardens with the help of D&R Greenway Native Plant Manager Emily Blackman and members of the BCRC. Some of the native plants used were big blue stem, Christmas ferns, summer hill blue leaf rhododendrons, butterfly milkweed, bee balm, and wild pink. “This joint venture was inspired by the desire to support women journeying through the various stages of breast cancer by providing the soothing beauty of natural plants in gardens,” says Cass Macdonald who, along with CGC President-Elect Ashley Formento, initiated the idea. “We were both aware there
personally touched in some way by this illness.” The raised garden beds were designed to allow women recovering from surgery to participate without having to get down on the ground. “The BCRC presence on D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus has been a dream come true,” says BCRC Director Paula Flory. “The vision I have continues to come to fruition with each woman who finds her way to us and, in so doing, finds a pathway to hope. The outdoor gardens are spectacular and are so much a part of this exceptional healing environment we continue to create. There has not been one person who has visited our clubhouse who has not commented on the beauty of our gardens.” “The Contemporary Garden Club is 55 years old,” says Club President Liza Morehouse. “We have a long history of community projects where members provide their interest, expertise, and
• 2011 USC Early Acceptance & four year Athletic Scholarship • 2012 Honors College Preparatory Graduate, The Lewis School • 2012 - 2016 Member of USC’s elite Trojan Diving Team • Student Ambassador for USC’s Trojan Athletics Development & Outreach • 2016 USC Graduate of USC: BA in Sociology; Minor in Sports, Business & Media Studies • Voted USC’s 2016 “Outstanding Student for Academic & Overall Achievement” • Two Time NJ State Girls’ Diving Champion, NJSIAA Elite Diver 2011 & 2012; 2011 Eastern Interscholastic Diving Champion • 2012 London Olympic Trials competitor, 10 meter synchronized diving • 2015 Lewis School Distinguished Alumna & Honors Society Inductee • NJ Legislature Tribute for “Meritorious Achievement Competitive Spirit & Sportsmanship as a Champion State Diver” • Sports Anchor Annenberg TV News: highlighted athletes’ oﬀ-ﬁeld volunteer & community service, & stories of personal courage among aspiring young athletes • On-campus reporter & news anchor for ESPN Aﬃliate WeAreSC & California Telecommunica tions Media • 2015 ESPN Rose Bowl Assistant to the Producer • Sports & Field Reporter for the PAC12 network including UCLA, University of Arizona & Stanford • Won February 2016 PAC12 Diving Conference Championship
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community landscape. The collaboration between D&R Greenway and the staff and volunteers at BCRC was a wonderfully rewarding experience.” For more than 40 years, the Breast Cancer Resource Center ( BCRC ) has been providing programs to help women and families through the entire breast cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment, recovery, and survivorship. Widely recognized as the leading breast cancer support facility in the region, the BCRC offers a range of programs and services. Many of the YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center staff, support group facilitators, and outreach presenters are breast cancer survivors themselves. The center is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.9:30 p.m., and welcomes new members and visitors. ———
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McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its 2017-18 season with its 7th annual community-wide Block Party, taking place on Wednesday, August 23 from 5-8 p.m. on the front lawn of McCar ter’s Mat t hews Theatre. College Road between Alexander Road and University Place will be closed for the event, which is free and open to the public. The rain date is August 24. The afternoon will feature live music from the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, as well as the opportunity to win prizes, backstage tours, spin art, a photo booth, a beer garden, and crafts with Art Sparks. Attendees will also have access to exclusive ticket offers for season programming, including such family-friendly artists and productions as the Yamato Drummers of Japan, Cirque Éloize, State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s Sleeping Beauty and McCarter’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Food and drinks can be purchased from local eateries including The Chilly Banana, The Feed Truck, Gil & Bert’s Ice Cream, Jammin’ Crepes, Maddalena’s Cheesecake & Catering, Mediterra Restaurant and Taverna, Mobile Mardi Gras Food Truck, My Four Suns, Nomad Pizza, Oink & Moo BBQ, Surf and Turf Food Truck, Tico’s Eatery/Juice Bar, and Tower Dogs Food Truck. For more information, visit mccarter.org or call (609) 258.2787. McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place.
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With PU Grad Hompe Providing Offensive Punch, England Takes Bronze at Women’s Lax World Cup
taying in the moment helped Olivia Hompe produce a lot of big moments for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team over the last four years. Star attacker Hompe graduated from Princeton this June as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 282 points and top goal scorer with 195 goals and finished second all-time in assists with 87. Moreover, she displayed a propensity for coming up big in the clutch, culminating her senior campaign by matching her career-high of seven goals in a 12-9 win over Cornell in the Ivy League championship game and tallying two goals and two assists against the Big Red in an 11-9 triumph in the second round of the NCAA tourney while causing two turnovers, grabbing two ground balls, and winning one draw. Playing for host England in the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup this summer, Hompe proved she could come through under pressure on the international stage. She starred as England defeated Australia 10-9 in overtime in the bronze medal game. With the English trailing 9-6 with less than 17 minutes remaining in regulation, Hompe rattled off three straight goals to tie the game with 2:22 remaining in regulation and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game. True to form, Hompe’s intense focus helped her to excel down the stretch of the contest as she was more concerned about executing than with the score. “In the interview right after the game, the woman said you guys were down 9-5 at one point, I had no
idea,” said Hompe, who holds a British passport becuse her mother is a citizen of England. “I think the game felt really back and forth to me. I probably wasn’t looking at the scoreboard enough. I really felt we were in that game, based on the tempo of the game. When I was in front of the net, it was just taking that extra second and finishing. The crowd was amazing, you could really could hear them. That helped us get back into it.” For Hompe, earning a World Cup medal was an amazing experience. “It is indescribable, winning in front of that crowd in the pouring rain,” said Hompe of the achievement which was England’s first medal in the competition since 2005. “I was so excited to play in the World Cup and compete for England.” It was exciting for Hompe to help Princeton enjoy a big season this spring in her final campaign with the program. “Winning the Ivy League for the fourth time stands out,” said Hompe, who tallied a Princeton single-season record of 110 points on 75 goals and 35 assists in 2017 as the Tigers went 15-4 overall and 6-1 Ivy, winning the league postseason tournament and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. “They announced at our athletic banquet that we were the only team out of all the boys’ and girls’ teams in our class to have won four Ivy League championships. We were the second Princeton women’s lacrosse team to do so. When I think about that, I think about some of those hard-fought games, like the regular season Cornell game we won in OT, losing to Penn and then
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fighting back to beat them in the tournament. The Ivy League tournament was just an incredible weekend.” As her career went on, Hompe assumed more and more responsibility. “It was a lot about stepping into a leadership role and being a captain as a junior and a senior,” said the 5’9 Hompe, a resident of New Canaan, Conn. “Chris [Princeton head coach Chris Sailer] trusted me to run the offense in a lot of ways on the field and run the pace of the game, execute plays. In terms of the role I have played on the team, I have really enjoyed teaching the younger girls and bringing them up and watching those freshmen become sophomores like Elizabeth George, Kathryn Hallett, and Alex Argo, and seeing them really rise and play to their capabilities.” H o m p e ’s h e r o i c s t h i s spring helped her garner a slew of honors including being named as a Tewaaraton Award Top-5 Finalist, FirstTeam All-America, FirstTeam All-Region, First-Team All-Ivy League, and the Ivy League Attacker of the Year, among other accolades. “I think it is obviously amazing, I had a great season,” said Hompe. “I remember when I got nominated as a Tewaaraton finalist, I talked to a lot of girls on our team and I said this is, in a lot of ways, a team award being nominated for the top five. Our whole team worked so hard. So many of my goals are assisted goals. Colby Chanenchuk playing behind me is a great feeder and it was just the whole team really trusting in me to give me the ball in big moments and make passes.” Excelling in the classroom as well, Hompe was selected as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) ScholarAthlete of the Year. She was also named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and as an Academic All-Ivy League honoree. “I knew it was going to be a tough school academically and athletically, that is what I wanted,” said Hompe, who will be returning to Princeton this fall to study for a masters in public affairs at the Wilson School through a fellowship where she will do one year of graduate school before getting two years of work experience in the federal government. “I wanted to challenge myself in both regards. Princeton definitely challenged me. I am excited to go back for grad school.” Joining the England team days after graduating on June 6, Hompe faced a challenge, combining with Maryland star Megan Whittle to spark the squad’s attack. “The defense had been training together for a while so they looked really good,” said Hompe. “Megan and I both play attack so I think that was definitely a bit of a learning curve. We saw that through the beginning of the tournament, just really getting used
to how the offense was going to run. We really got better over the course of the tournament in terms of how we wanted to run it.” The English squad hit some bumps in the road in pool play, suffering defeats to the U.S. (18-1), Australia (13-4), and Canada (8-6). In the wake of the loss to Australia, the team did some soul searching. “We had an off day to give us some time to watch film and talk through some stuff,” recalled Hompe. “The next day we played Canada and although we lost, it was 8-6 and that was just a much better game for us. We came away from that game feeling much better about going into the knockout round. We knew we could compete with everyone.” After topping Wales 9-5 in the championship round quarterfinals, England competed hard in falling 19-8 to the U.S. in the semis. In the wake of that loss, England got another shot at Australia as the foes met in the bronze medal game. “I think for us it was about controlling the pace, shooting, and finishing,” said Hompe, assessing the rematch with the Aussies. “We didn’t shoot very well in the first game against them. Draw controls were also a really big focus for us. They outdrew us in the first game. We didn’t think that they had any more skill than us on the draw; they just really hunted the ball down better than us in the first game. We thought we could do much better.” Hunting down the victory in extra time was no easy task for England. “The overtime was a nailbiter,” said Hompe, who totaled 18 points in the competition with 12 goals and six assists. “We held them scoreless the last 25 minutes of play,
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BRONZE STAR: Olivia Hompe looks for the ball in action for England at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup last month. Recently graduated Princeton University player Hompe starred as host England took the bronze medal at the competition. (Photo From England Lacrosse, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)
which is just incredible. They had the ball at their end a couple of times. Our defense just played fantastic, especially in the OT, pulling it back. It was just incredible stands by our defense and good clears up the field.” Reflecting on her experience at the competition, Hompe is bringing home some incredible memories. “I think the last night was a lot of fun; after the tournament all the teams were together,” said Hompe, who was joined at the competition by Princeton teammate Nonie Andersen, a rising Tiger junior who helped Ireland finish 13th. “The medal ceremony was really cool; being in London
for two months was great.” After having so much fun at the World Cup, Hompe is looking to keep playing for England. “I am excited to see where we can take the team,” said Hompe, who plans to take a volunteer role with the Princeton women’s lax program in the 2017-18 season to stay around the game. “One of the things that coach said afterwards is that of the 18 player roster for the World Cup, 10 girls were 24 or younger, so we are a young team. I think a lot of us want to come back and get another shot at a medal.” —Bill Alden
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“It was crazy, I honestly think I blacked out after I scored,” said Robinson, recalling the dramatic tally which proved to be a turning point as Princeton won the second game in overtime and then defeated the Raiders 2-1 in the decisive third game to win the series. “I don’t really remember celebrating; I think we fell over when we celebrated. That was the biggest goal I ever scored; it was awesome.” As a result of Robinson’s big season, he was invited to a pair of National Hockey League camps this summer, skating with Anaheim Ducks from July 1-4 and then heading east to work with the Boston Bruins from July 6-9. For Robinson, who aspires to play pro hockey after finishing his Princeton career, getting the chance to show his skills to the Ducks organization was a good way to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. “Anaheim was a lot of fun. They had us get to the rink early in the morning and we did a small workout each day, just teaching us things,” said Robinson. “We had a couple of separated practices and then a couple of power skating and skills sessions. They are pretty focused now in these camps on development so it DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE: Eric Robinson glides up the ice last winter in his junior season with is pretty good to get there in the Princeton University men’s hockey team. After totaling 15 points in his first two years with the summer.” the Tigers, star forward Robinson tallied 21 points on 13 goals and eight assists in the 2016-17 The Anaheim experience MANOR BOULEVARDhelped 908.359.8388 campaign. This summer, Robinson skated in development camps with the Anaheim Ducks and Robinson excel in the Boston Bruins of the NHL. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) Route 206 • Belle Mead Boston. “I was pretty nervous the first day in Anaheim, I had a few nerves, shaking some things off but in Boston I was already in FOR skating mode,” said Robinson. “I definitely felt more comfortable, I am one of the older guys at those camps. MANORS CORNER SHOPPING CENTER There are 1999 birth years being drafted this year and 160 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road your draft picks the past Lawrenceville, NJ • Mercer County three or four years so they are all younger than me. That is something I realized once I got there and that helped me with my confiavailable 1910 SF (+/-) dence.” Building on what he took Last winter, Eric Robinson harnessed his speed to put together a sterling junior campaign for the Princeton Universit y men’s hockey team. After totaling 15 points in his first two seasons, the 6’2, 200-pound forward from Bellmawr tallied 21 points on 13 goals and eight assists in the 2016-17 season. “I think confidence is always a big thing in hockey, coming back as a junior, I was just feeling more confident and more comfortable,” said Robinson, reflecting on his progress. “The coaches did a really good job with me, just teaching me ways to use the skills I have to my advantage rather than hurting me. Things started clicking better for me last year. I was using my speed to create space and then picking my head up and making a play. It was just different ways I can use it to create offense.” In early March, Robinson created one of the highlights in recent program history, flying through the air to bang in a goal with one second left in regulation against Colgate to force overtime in game two in the best-of-three ECAC Hockey first round series and keep Princeton’s season alive.
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Former Princeton University men’s hockey stars, Mike Sdao ’13 and Quinn Pompi ’17, recently signed contracts with pro teams. The 6’4, 230-pound Sdao, a native of Niwot, Colo., signed with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). Defenseman Sdao finished the 2016-17 season at Iowa, on loan from the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. He played in two games and scored one goal. Previously, Sdao played in 66 games with Colorado and had nine goals and five assists, while taking 183 penalty minutes. A 2009 Ottawa Senators draft pick, Sdao joined the Binghamton Senators after completing his senior season at Princeton in 2013. He played for three more seasons before being traded to the Rochester Americans in the 2015-16 season. In his AHL career, Sdao has played in 137 games and has 10 goals and 13 points and 336 penalty penalty minutes. He was Binghamton’s AHL Man of the Year candidate in 2015. A two-time first-team AllIvy League defender, Sdao was also a two-time assistant captain of the Princeton Tigers. He was named a second-team All-ECAC Hockey selection in 2012. He played in 118 games and scored 26 goals, 27 assists and had 236 penalty minutes. Dur-
Tiger Squash Players Excel at Junior Worlds
F i v e m e m b e r s of t h e Princeton University men’s and women’s squash programs posted strong efforts at one of the most prestigious events in the sport, the World Junior Squash Championships, which took place in late July in Tauranga, New Zealand. Incoming freshman Youssef Ibrahim reached the individual semifinals before falling in a thriller to the eventual champion, while f uture classmates Grace Doyle and Emme Leonard helped the U.S. women to a Top-5 finish at the team championships. For m er Br it ish Ju n ior Open champion Ibrahim, Princeton’s most touted recruit since Yasser El-Halaby ’06, entered the field as the
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top-seeded player, and he won his first four matches to reach the semifinal round, where he faced 3/4 seed Marwan Tarek. Unfortunately for Ibrahim, Tarek was able to finish off both games that went extra points (1311 in the first, 12-10 in the decisive fourth) to claim the match and reach the final, which he ultimately won. The 2017 Championships had both an individual and team event, which allowed both Doyle and Leonard multiple opportunities to represent the U.S.A. Doyle won her individual opener 3-0 before falling to 5/8 seed Andrea Lee in the second round, but she bounced back in a consolation round with a 3-2 victory over fellow American Elle Ruggiero. Leonard fell in her opening match, which moved her to the Junior Individual Plate draw, where she went on to win her first three matches before falling to Andrea Toth, the younger sister of 2016-17 Princeton captain Alex Toth. Doyle and Leonard turned their focus to the team competition, where they helped the U.S.A. finish fifth overall with a 2-1 win over India. In addition, rising sophomore Tiger men’s star Adhitya Raghavan competed at the worlds as a 5/8 seed in the draw, winning two matches before falling in a five-game marathon one match short of the quarterfinal round. Incoming freshman Cole Becker was unseeded and cruised to a 3-0 win in his opener. He then faced 9/12 seed Mohamed Elshamy in the second round. Becker held match balls in the fifth game, but Elshamy rallied for a 12-10 win in the finale. ———
PU Track Alum Ratcliffe Competes at Worlds
Recently graduated Princeton Un iver s it y wom e n’s track star Julia Ratcliffe ’17 placed 26th in the women’s hammer throw in the qualifying round last Friday at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Competing for her native New Zealand, Ratcliffe uncorked a best throw of 64.72 meters, or just over 212 feet, as she fell short of advancing to the finals. Later in the week, Princeton men’s track assistant coach Robby Andrews will be taking part in the men’s 1,500. The heats are slated August 10 with the semifinals August 11 and the final on August 13.
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ing his senior year, Sdao led all defensemen in the league in goals (8) and was third in points (14). Po m p i , f o r h i s p a r t , inked a deal with the Milton Keynes Lightning of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom. The 6’2, 187-pound Pompi, a native of Springfield, Pa., played in 108 games at Princeton. Playing at defenseman, he had 15 assists and two goals. As a senior, Pompi led the Tigers in blocked shots with 53 and tallied six points. Pompi is a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic honoree. Join ing Pompi on t he Lightning will be former Princeton teammate Ben Foster ’17, who signed with the organization earlier in the summer. ———
FAMED COACH: Princeton University men’s track coach Fred Samara, center, provides insight to two of his athletes. Last week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced that Samara will be one of the six coaches to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. During Samara’s storied tenure, the Tigers won 41 Ivy League Heptagonal titles, including 20 indoor crowns, 17 outdoor crowns, and four in cross country, as he served as cross country coach from 199298 and again from 2004-07. He also also been named the Ivy League’s Coach of the Year four of the six times it has been awarded. Samara and the other five will be honored at the 2017 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, December 13, at the USTFCCCA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)
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ON THE MOVE: Ross Colton heads up the ice last winter during his freshman season for the University of Vermont men’s hockey team. Former Princeton Day School standout Colton enjoyed a big debut campaign for the Catamounts, scoring a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists to tie for second on the team in points with 27 and earn Hockey East All-Rookie honors. Colton, a fourth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 NHL Draft, skated with the pro club this summer at its Development Camp. (Photo Zourtesy of University of Vermont Sports Information)
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Ross Colton made quite an impact when he hit the ice for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team in 2011. Starring from day one as a freshman that winter, Colton tallied 32 points on 24 goals and 8 assists to quickly establish himself as one of the top scoring forwards in the area. A year later, Colton raised his game, amassing 47 points on 25 goals and 22 assists. While Colton was thriving at PDS, he decided to transfer to the Taft School (Conn.) to compete in highpowered New England prep hockey circles. “For me, PDS, schoolwise and socially was probably two of the best years of my life; I met some really great people,” said Colton, crediting Panther teammate Conrad Denise and his family with having a strong influence on him during his time at the school. “I was definitely happy at PDS but for my career down the line, I really wanted to get a little more exposure.” Colton enjoyed a brilliant year at Taft, scoring 25 goals and 18 assists. “It was my first time living away from home; I knew Taft was challenging academically so it was tough not having the support from home,” said Colton. “On the ice, I think the toughest thing was it was a little bit faster, more physical, a little bit more of a grind but played with some really great players there. I had a great coach there and I surrounded myself with people who just wanted to make me a better player and that ended up being one of the best decisions I have made.” The move to Taft put Colton on the fast track up the hockey ladder. From there, he went to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL for two seasons. While in Iowa, he committed to attend the University of Ver-
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University of Vermont last winter required Colton to perform a balancing act. “I try to do well in the classroom and on the ice; trying to balance that was tough,” said Colton. “We have a great staff that is always helping us. You are playing against a lot of bigger, older, and stronger guys but I am also surrounded by the same amount and that definitely helped me out.” Building on a strong opening weekend against Clarkson, which saw Colton register his first college goal in the second contest of the two-game set, he went on to enjoy a big freshman season. “I didn’t want to over think everything, I wanted to stick to my game,” said the 5’11, 201-pound Colton, who ended up scoring a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists to tie for second on the team in points with 27 and earn Hockey East AllRookie honors. “I remember I got a nice pass and I didn’t even think about it, I just tried to put it in the back of the net. It was a great experience. I was a little nervous when I first got there but as the year went on my confidence level went up.” Skating at Tampa Bay’s de velopm e nt c a mp t h is summer helped Colton develop more confidence in his game. “This year, it was great to go down there,” said Colton, who has taken part in the 2016 camp shortly after being drafted. “You meet some different people ; you play against some of the top guys in the world who were drafted there. I wanted to see where I stack up against those guys. I am honestly blessed to be part of such a great organization. They care about the prospects, they treat us well. I am excited for what the future holds there.” As Colton looks forward to his sophomore year at Ver m ont, h e is e xcite d about the team’s prospects after it went 20-13-5 overall last winter. “I want to produce and have a great season; I just want to do whatever I can to help t he team w in,” said Colton, who has been sharpening his hockey skills this summer at the Ice Land Skating Center this summer under the guidance of Chris Barcless, his former Mercer Chiefs club coach, and doing conditioning work at a gym near his Robbinsville home. “If the team is doing well, then I am doing well. Whatever I can do to help us get two points at the end of the night, that is fine with me. I had a pretty decent year last year so I am hoping coach [ Kevin Sneddon] is going to put me in the right spot. It doesn’t matter who I am with, I will get some chemistry with them and I think we will do fine.” —Bill Alden
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After enjoying a superb career for the Trinity College women’s hockey team, Julia “Cheeky” Herr was thrilled to get a tryout with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) last spring. But after hitting the ice to show her skills to the Riveters coaching staff, Herr didn’t get any feedback from the team for weeks. “I hadn’t heard anything, I thought it was over,” recalled Herr, a Princeton native who starred at forward for Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) before heading to Division III Trinity where she graduated in 2016 as the program’s second alltime leading scorer with 91 points on 43 goals and 48 assists. “I needed to find a new hobby, which was terrifying.” The Riveters finally reached out to Herr in the summer, offering her a place on the team’s practice squad. Herr, who lives in New York City and works full-time in the banking world specializing in equity institutional sales, jumped at the chance to stay in the game. Fitting in the two practices a week with team-required workouts around her intense day job had Herr on the run.
“I was the energizer bunny, it was a lot of caffeine,” said Herr, who t ypically got to her desk at work by 6:45 a.m. and rushed out the door in the evening on practice days to get on the ice at the Barnabas Health Hockey Center at the Prudential Center in Newark by 7 p.m. “I went to every practice that I could. There were a couple that I missed; things hit the wire right at close where I wasn’t able to go to practice and that stunk, especially because hockey practice is my solace, it is my safe haven, and that was always really awesome. I was lucky that I have people at work who are incredibility supportive of me being a professional athlete and helped make it happen.” The diligent practice paid off as Herr got into two games last winter for the Riveters. “It was phenomenal, there are no words to describe it,” said Herr. “Getting to be a professional athlete wasn’t a dream that was afforded to any of the women in this league growing up. It was just college hockey or being an Olympian. Getting to realize that dream and getting to do it for real is amazing. I can never and will never be
able to quantify or describe that moment. It was amazing. My family was all home for it and they came.” Being on the ice in a pro game required Herr to show growth in her game. “It was a much higher level, it was a lot faster, all but three of us were Division I players,” said the 5’3 Herr. “It was just a faster game; the women were a heck of a lot bigger too. It was just a faster pace across the boards in terms of having to get used to each other and used to systems and then actually doing it in the game.” For Herr, signing autographs for youthful fans after the games took some getting used to. “In my mind, I am not anything of any importance but to those little girls I am something special and someone to look up to,” said Herr. “It is terrifying that anybody would give me that responsibility. We looked up to college players and I have no doubt they felt as silly as I do signing autographs. But it is pretty rewarding to see those girls walk around and say, ‘When I grow up, I am going to be a Riveter or a Buffalo Beaut or a Boston Pride or a Connecticut Whale.’ Get-
ting to actually hear that is pretty awesome.” Having recently re-signed with the Riveters for a second season, Herr is working hard this summer to achieve her goal of seeing more game action. “I need to work on being faster, stronger, smarter, better, and more attentive,” said Herr. “I want to work as hard as I can and hopefully that means that I will get to play more. But at the end of the day, it is about the team being successful and if that means I take a different role, I will take that role any day because it is worth it.” —Bill Alden
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Despite Being Outnumbered at PASDA Meet, Nassau Swim Club Finished Third in Division 2 It would be understandable if the Nassau Swimming Club Lemmings felt like they were in over their heads as they competed in the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last month. The Lemmings were vastly outnumbered by many of the clubs on hand for the meet at the Community Park pool at Princeton on July 24 and 25. But showing that quality can overcome quantity, the Lemmings placed third in Division 2. “We did fantastic, I think we performed way above our team size in the championship meet,” said Nassau head coach Logan Barnes, who is in his second year guiding the Lemmings and is a rising senior at The College of New Jersey and a star for its men’s swimming team. “Some of these bigger teams have 200-plus people on them, we are a team of around 45. We were keeping up with them for the most part.” It was hard to keep up w it h Nas s au’s cor p s of you nger g irl s w i m m er s. Nava Brenner-Witten took first in the 6-and-under 25 yard freestyle and third in the 25 backstroke and aged up to take third in the 8-andunder butterfly with Jenna Barry taking second in both the 6-and-under 25 free and 25 back. “Jenna and Nava swam extremely well for being as young as they are, their technique is crazy,” said Barnes. “They train harder than most of the people on our team at such a young age. I think if they keep swimming for their whole life, they are going to have extremely fruitful careers.” In the 8-and-under girls, Nassau got some fruitful efforts as well. Juliet Wei took first in the 25 breaststroke and 25 fly while Anya Gordeev finished third in the 25 back and fifth in the 8-and-under 25 free. “Juliet Wei is awesome; she is super shy but once she gets in the pool, it is a totally different story,” said Barnes. “Anya is great too. Our older kids practice 8 to 9:30 in the morning and the younger kids practice 9:3011. Anya is in the second group at practice but she routinely came early to the first practice and she would help me coach. It was good to see.” The 12-and-under girls proved to be another good group for the Lemmings. Sophia Burton took first in the 100 individual medley and second in both the 50 free and 50 fly while Kimberly Wei won the 50 back, took third in the 50 breast, and fourth in the 50 fly. “S ophia and K imberly swim year round, everyone in that group is extremely hard working,” said Barnes. “They are always happy to be at practice, that kind of fades off as they get older.
Those guys have definitely kept with it with all of their hard work.” As for the team’s older girls, Margaret Hill and Rachel Adlai-Gail have kept at it. Hill placed second in the 14-and-under 50 fly and third in both the 14-andunder 50 free and the 50 back while Rachel Adlai-Gail finished first in the 18-andunder 50 fly, second in the 18-and-under 100 IM, and third in the 50 free. “I know Rachel has been swimming at Nassau since she was two or three years old,” said Barnes, noting that Adlai-Gail’s older sister, Becca, served as one of his assistant coaches this summer. “She swims with a year round club, she is talented. Margaret is great too, she always comes to practice on time. She is always helping out the younger kids. You can tell that she takes the team seriously but in a lighthearted way. It is good to see that.” It was good for Nassau to have Stephen Baytin in the 6-and-under boys as he took first in the both the 25 free and 25 back in that division. “Stephen got the high point award for his age group,” said Barnes. In the 8-and-under boys, Will Kovalick and Sinjin Scozzaro provided energy and production. Kovalick took second in the 25 free and third in the 25 fly while Scozzaro was fourth in the 25 free and fifth in the 25 breast. “Scozzaro and Kovalick are both a blast in practice, they definitely work hard,” said Barnes. “I love to see those guys out there.” In the 10-and-under boys’ group, Alex Burton gave the Lemmings some yeoman’s work, taking third in both the 10-and-under 100 IM and 25 breast and helping the 100 medley relay place first and 100 free relay finish third. “Alex helps out with the relays in the 10-and-under group,” added Barnes. “We had extremely good relay showings in 10-andu nder and 8 -and u nder boys this year at championships.” Like his younger brother, Stephen, Daniel Baytin was a dominant force. He took first in the 12-and-under 100 IM, the 50 free, and the 50 breast. “Daniel Baytin also got MVP for the 11/12s, usually he is in two or three individual events,” said Barnes, noting that Baytin is a yearround swimmer who competes for the X-Cel club. “If he does two individual events, we will put him in two relays. If has three individuals, we will put him in one relay.” Another standout in that age group was Coll Wight, who took third in both the 50 breast and 50 free and placed fifth in the 100 IM. “Coll has been doing very well in the pool, he also swims year round,” said Barnes.
The pair of Sam Golbin and Will Kinney did very well in boys’ 18-and-under category, Golbin took second in the 100 IM, third in the 50 fly, and fifth in the 50 free while Kinney placed first in both the 50 breast and the 50 fly and second on the 50 free. “Sam Golbin is new, this is his first year on Nassau and this is his last eligible year,” said Barnes. “He has done so much work for us in one season in an age group where we are typically pretty weak. It was great to have him this year. Will is actually my other assistant coach. He always comes to the meets in his coaching attire and wears a suit underneath. He swims his races and he doesn’t bring a towel, he just throws his sweats back on. He balances both very well, he is great to have as a coach.” In reflecting on his coaching experience with the Lemmings, Barnes appreciated how his swimmers balance work and fun. “I would say Nassau, especially for me, is a big family,” said Barnes. “People come to the pool and stay there all day, every day for the entire summer. The kids want to be there. It is not like we are one of those huge clubs that just turns out numbers of swimmers and excellent results. I think we are much more than that.” —Bill Alden
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T he 2017 Joint Effor t Princeton Safe Streets Safe Streets Community Celebration will be taking place from August 4-13. Held in conjunction with many Princeton businesses, community leaders, community organizations and citizens, the program’s theme is “Looking Back and Moving Forward,” centering around the historic role of t he Black Church in the Witherspoon - Jackson Community, the 20th Historic District in Princeton, New Jersey. The celebration features a series of events and activities held at different locations throughout the Witherspoon - Jackson Community, Princeton, and the surrounding area. It also includes skills clinics, basketball games, and celebrations held in the memory of Pete Young, Sr., seeking to bring youth together with community organizations, concerned citizens, law enforcement, and businesses to support positive programs for youth basketball skill development and neighborhood safety in the Princeton community. The celebration started on August 4 with a Joint Effort Safe Streets Kick-Off and Happy Hour starting at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Birch Ave. On August 5, the events included: the Joint Effort Pete Young Sr. Memorial Longest Ball Golf Driving Contest at the Double Eagle Golf at Snipes Farm /Old Morrisville Golf Farm from 7 - 11 a.m.: the Witherspoon - Jackson Super Saturday Maclean Street Neighborhood Yard Sale at 25-27
SO GOOD: Nassau Swim Club’s Sophia Burton shows her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Burton helped the Lemmings place third in Division 2 at the recently-held Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. Burton took first in the 12-andunder 100 individual medley and second in both the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) Maclean Street starting at 9 a.m.; Olivia’s Wellness Connection (exercise, walk, and conditioning workouts) at Community Park starting at 9 a.m.; the Joint Effort Princeton Community Critical Issues Discussion on the “Future of Princeton: A Sense Of Where We Are And What’s To Come” at the Princeton Public Library from 1 - 4 p.m. On August 6, events included : the Joint Effor t Princeton Ecumenical Service, Community Recognition and Musical Celebration of “T he Histor y of Black Churches in Princeton (Witherspoon Street Presbyterian, Mt. Pisgah AME. First Baptist, Morning Star)” and the Witherspoon - Jackson Neighborhood to be held at the Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel starting at 5:30 p.m. On August 9, the Joint Effort Witherspoon - Jackson Community Reception, Book Signing / Discussion On I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton with Author, Kathryn “Kitzi” Watterson and the Youth/Young Adult Recognition Art Exhibit by Aaron Fisher & Photographic Display by Romus Broadway will take place at the Arts Council of Princeton with a reception at 5:30 p.m and the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. On August 10, there will be a Joint Effort Summer Community Concert - Band “Fresh Fire” in conjunction with Arts Council of Princeton to be held at the Princeton Shopping Center starting at 6 p.m. On August 11, the events include: the Joint Effort Youth Basketball Clinic[Bring your own ball] at the Community Park Basketball Courts for 9 a.m. to noon. (Rain site is John Witherspoon Middle School); and the Joint Effort Witherspoon - Jackson Black Seniors and Family Salute “They Were There” (Recognition of Black Seniors and Current Church Members From Each Church in the Witherspoon - Jackson Community) at the First Baptist Church with reception at 5:30 p.m. and program starting at 6:30 p.m. On Aug ust 12, events scheduled include : the Witherspoon - Jackson Super Saturday Maclean Street Neighborhood Yard Sale -Site: 25-27 Maclean Street starting at 9 a.m.; Olivia’s Wellness Connection (exercise, walk, and conditioning workouts ) at Community Park starting at 9 a.m.; the
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Registration for the Princeton Little League (PLL) 2017 fall baseball season is now underway. The PLL fall season gets underway on September 9 and runs to October 28. All sessions to be on Saturday afternoons with no weeknights. Player development is the primary focus of the PLL fall program. Players will be organized by age division and by team. They will play games, but no standings will be kept, as the primary goal is to work on skills and have fun. Players will also practice for 30-40 minutes (depending on age group) before the
start of each game. Fall ball will also feature the return of our Pro Coaching Sessions. Pro coaches will lead two special days of training for all registered players and all volunteer coaches. The 2017 fall ball runs from on eight Saturdays from September 9-October 28. The Divisions are as follows: -Tee Ball: 4-6 years old 1:30-3 p.m. -Division A: 6-8 year olds 1:30–3 p.m. (coach pitch). -Division AA: 7-10 year olds 3– 5 p.m. (kid pitch). -Division AAA : 10-13 year olds 2:30– 4:30 p.m. (kid pitch). Players must reside in the municipality of Princeton or parts of Hopewell, Skillman, and Rocky Hill or attend a private or public school within the PLL Catchment area. Lawrence Township and Princeton Junction residents are not eligible, unless they attend a school in the PLL Catchment Area. League Age is based on the player’s age on 8/31/2018. Players born before 9/1/2004 or after 8/31/2013 are not eligible. (6-7 year olds who played in the Instructional Division this past spring are eligible to play in the AA division. Please consult with spring coach about placement if needed.) The fee for Tee Ball is $125. The fee for all other divisions is $150. Players will receive new jerseys. New/Replacement hats will be for sale at the Snack Shack for $10. Contact Meghan Hedin via e-mail at meghan.hedin @ gmail.com with any questions. ———
Cherry Valley’s Bowman Wins NJPGA Tournament
Overcoming difficult weather conditions, Cherry Valley Countr y Club Director of Golf Allan Bowman and amateur partner T h o m a s Ya r s o n c a r d e d eight birdies on their way to victory in the recently-held National Car Rental NJPGA Pro-Scratch tournament at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Bedminster. Bowman posed five birdies while Yarson contributed three in the best ball competition. Finishing in a tie for second one stroke back was the team of pro Grant Sturgeon and Dan Macdonald from Arcola Country Club and Keith Grassing and Mike O’Connell from Essex Golf Range.
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PRINCETON LUXURY APARTMENTS:
2nd floor (5) offices with parking. Approx. 1,800 SF. Tenant pays electric, landlord pays heat. (609) 213-5029.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: Landscaping, Pruning, Edging, Mulching. Free estimates. Call Franco (609) 510-8477.
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HOME REPAIR SPECIALIST: Interior/exterior repairs, carpentry, trim, rotted wood, power washing, painting, deck work, sheet rock/ spackle, gutter & roofing repairs. Punch list is my specialty. 40 years experience. Licensed & insured. Call Creative Woodcraft (609) 586-2130 06-28-18 I BUY ALL KINDS of Old or Pretty Things: China, glass, silver, pottery, costume jewelry, evening bags, fancy linens, paintings, small furniture, etc. Local woman buyer. (609) 9217469. 08-17-17 BUYING: Antiques, paintings, Oriental rugs, coins, clocks, furniture, old toys, military, books, cameras, silver, costume & fine jewelry. Guitars & musical instruments. I buy single items to entire estates. Free appraisals. (609) 306-0613. 12-27-17 STORAGE SPACE: 194 Nassau St. 1227 sq. ft. Clean, dry, secure space. Please call (609) 921-6060 for details. 06-10-tf
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MORTGAGE SHOPPING: 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK A LENDER
What types of mortgage programs do you offer? Even if you think you know what type of mortgage you want, it’s a good idea to work with a lender who handles different types of loans so you know all your options and you’re not limited by the lender’s offerings. How long will it take to get a preapproval letter? This is especially important in a hot real estate market. Getting a detailed preapproval letter is important for helping sellers see you as a serious buyer - which makes it more likely your offer will be accepted. Do you offer a rate lock? And if so, for how long? Even a tiny fluctuation in a 30- or 40-year rate can wind up costing tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage. Ask if the lender locks in rates while you shop for your home and how much it will cost to extend that lock if your search takes longer than expected.
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Princeton Address-Franklin Twp – $1,950/mo. 3 BR, 1 bath renovated home with LR, DR, kitchen. Fenced-in backyard. Available now. Princeton – $2,600/mo. 3 BR, 2 full & 2 half baths. 3-story townhouse, LR/DR combo, kitchen. Available 9/1/17. Princeton – $3,400/mo. SHORT-TERM RENTAL. FULLY FURNISHED house with 3 BR, 3.5 baths. Walk to everything from this gracious brick house. Available now through 10/31/17. Princeton – $4,000/mo. Colonial, 5 BR, 2 full baths, LR, dining room, family room, kitchen w/ breakfast area. Available now.
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2-FAMILY FANTASTIC GARAGE SALE: Household items, lamps, vanities, light fixtures, bar stools, chairs, filing cabinets, ceiling fans, clothing, too much to list. 296 Cranbury Road, Princeton Jct. 08550. Saturday 8/12: 8 am- 3 pm.
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ESTATE LIQUIDATION SERVICE: I will clean out attics, basements, garages & houses. Single items to entire estates. No job too big or small. In business over 35 years, serving all of Mercer County. Call (609) 306-0613. 12-27-17
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08-09 FUR COAT FOR SALE: Russian Sable, long, brown, size 14 and in good condition, $9,000. Call (609) 216-9914. 08-09 FOR SALE: ELLIPTICAL EXERCISE MACHINE Diamondback 1100 Series elliptical trainer. $75 or best offer. Cash only & must pick up. Call (302) 379-1687. 08-09 FOR RENT: Premier Office Location, 92 Nassau Street. 2 room office suite on 4th floor at Hamilton Jeweler Building overlooking Princeton University. (609) 924-6294 or email@example.com 07-19-4t
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Situated on over 6 acres of beautiful property, this handsome brick ranch backs up to lands currently used as “Agriculture” by the State of New Jersey in Montgomery Township. It contains 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 2 powder rooms, Living Room/Dining Room, Den, Eat-In Kitchen, Enclosed Porch. A charming house with a technical variance which has the possibility of a sub-division. A great house—a great investment. $599,000
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3735 Lawrenceville Princeton Road, Lawrence Twp. Marketed by: Rocco D’Armiento $2,999,000
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Employment Opportunities in the Princeton Area
CREATIVE WOODCRAFT, INC. Carpentry & General Home Maintenance
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NEW LISTING PRINCETON $650,000 Opportunity knocking. Near everything, this3-level single-family home has updts, heating, CAC, full BA, applcs., elec. svc., windows, insulation & lighting, w/ storage in crawlspace & attic.
PRINCETON $860,000 Custom home in the Littlebrook section. Features kitchen w/ granite countertops & HW flrs, DR w/ HW flrs, FR w/ gas FP & HW flrs and French doors that open to the back yard & deck.
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PRINCETON $865,000 Wonderful house, secluded, yet accessible to all Princeton has to offer. Features excellent floor plan w/ 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, updated kitchen opens to family room, plus HW floors throughout.
PRINCETON $929,000 An all redwood contemporary single-family style home in Riverside. Features a light-filled five bedroom, three bathroom home on a conforming lot.
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AMAZING HOME ON OVER 2 ACRES
UPDATED COLONIAL IN RIVERSIDE PRINCETON $1,299,000 This 100-year-old Colonial in the Riverside area, located on 2 lots in the Old Boro., has been tastefully updated. Features include 4 BRs, 2 full BAs, LR w/ FP, DR w/ built-in storage & kitchen w/ custom cabinetry.
PRINCETON $1,850,000 Defined by classic clean lines, understated elegance and architectural integrity, this 4 BR, 4 BA Colonial on 2 acres offers an open floor plan and enhances both function and form.
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