Volume LXVI, Number 49 Board Adds School Days Lost to Sandy . . . . . . . . 7 Sight Unseen, 1991 Obie-Winning Drama, at Theatre Intime . . . . . . 20 Led by Ruth Ochs, Community Orchestra Performs Mozart and Brahms in Tribute to Westminster’s Phyllis Alpert Lehrer . . . . . . . 23 Sparked by Superb Efforts from Polansky, Helmstetter, PU Women’s Basketball Finally Breaks Rutgers Hex . . . . . . . . 37 PHS Girls’ Soccer Fights Hard to the End but Falls to Moorestown in Group III Semis . . . . . . . . . . 42
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Planning Board Hears Testimony, Discussion Of Arts and Transit Plan Arguments for and against Princeton University’s plan to move the Dinky station as part of its $300 million Arts and Transit plan continued at a meeting of the Regional Planning Board last Thursday. The board is hoping to wrap up discussions of the final site plan for the project before consolidation goes into effect on January 1. Opposition has been expressed not so much for the plan itself, which would bring a complex of performance, rehearsal, and other spaces to the campus, but for the relocation of the train station some 480 feet south of its present location. The Lewis Center for the Arts project would turn the existing station buildings, opposite McCarter Theatre, into a restaurant and cafe. Attorney Bruce Afran, who represents a group of citizens opposed to the move, spent much of the meeting questioning officials about such issues as pedestrian safety and traffic impact. The opposition maintains that the University does not have the legal right to move the station because of an easement that allows public transportation access over its land, and that the plans for pedestrian crossings in the area are unsafe. But Board member Peter Madison said it was not the Board’s job to rule on those points. “We have an application here that is in full compliance with the legal zoning,” he said. “If it is, I don’t see that I have an alternative to turning this application down.” Mr. Afran disagreed, saying the Board was not limited to the question of zoning compliance, and could deny approval if they feel public safety is at risk. Among those testifying against the proposal were planner and University transportation professor Alain Kornhauser and local architect Michael Landau. Mr. Kornhauser delivered a power point presentation in which he said the project could proceed without moving the Dinky terminus. “Princeton University can even extend Blair Walk without moving the Dinky station or the tracks,” he said, adding that traffic flow and pedestrian safety would be compromised by the proposed plan. Mr. Landau said that the design for the new Dinky station by architect Rick Joy keeps it “hidden from the public.” He cited New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to give in to public pressure and cancel the New York Marathon after Continued on Page 10
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Princeton Task Force Prepares for “Day One”
With “day one” of consolidation fast approaching, the Princeton Transition Task Force hosted an informational “town hall” meeting on Monday evening at the Princeton Public Library. Center for Governmental Research (CGR) President Joe Stefko presented an overview of the 100-plus page document described by Chairman Mark Freda as the Task Force’s “almost final” report. The current version, in its entirety, is available online at cgr.org/princeton; a final report is due to be completed by the end of this year. Mr. Stefko has been a project manager and consultant on consolidation and transition since 2010 (“I still love to come to Princeton,” he joked on Monday). The report, he noted, includes “a process overview” detailing the identification of priority tasks and subsequent recommendations by Task Force subcommittees. The report will serve as “an informational resource” for residents, other stakeholders, and the new governing body as they go forward with consolidation, observed Mr. Stefko. “So much of Task Force’s work was focused on the immediate, but January 1 is just day one of a new era.” By
detailing each subcommittee’s responsibilities, recommendations, and the processes through which they reached their recommendations, the report provides a basis for “what should be on participants’ radar screens” after January 1. Transition Task Force subcommittees included Boards, Commissions and Committees; Communications; Facilities and other Assets; Infrastructure and Operations; In-
formational Technology; Personnel; and Public Safety. Future consolidation efforts by other communities also stand to profit from the report, suggested Mr. Tefko. “When they go through this process, there’s a lot that they can learn.” A “Guide to Municipal Offices” distributed at the Monday meeting listed the Continued on Page 8
PHS Boys’ Soccer Shares State Title
It didn’t look like Chase Ealy was going to be able to help the Princeton High boys’ soccer team last week as it pursued the Group III state title. The sophomore midfielder’s temperature spiked to 104 as he was hit with a viral illness and woke up in the hospital on Wednesday, the day PHS was facing Moorestown in the Group III state semis. Ealy did get released and was a spectator that evening as PHS topped Moorestown 2-0 to earn its first trip to the state championship game since winning the title in 2009. On Saturday afternoon, Ealy was in
uniform as PHS took on defending state champion and undefeated Ramapo in the championship game at The College of New Jersey. Looking pale and wan as he warmed up, Ealy was hoping to come off the bench. “I came into the game with the expectation of playing as much as coach would play me,” said Ealy. “I couldn’t handle as much as I normally could but I was going to give it my all. I just did what I could. I couldn’t run as much as I usually do.” With PHS trailing Ramapo 1-0 early in the second half, Ealy was subbed into the Continued on Page 40
SHARED LEADERSHIP: Members of the Princeton High boys’ soccer team celebrate after tying Ramapo 1-1 in the Group III state championship game last Saturday at The College of New Jersey to earn a share of the title. PHS ended the season with an 18-3-1 record as it earned its first state crown since 2009. For more details on the game, see the front page story as well as pages 40 and 41. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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A Community Bulletin There has been a recent serious shortage of donations to the Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Shop, which needs to replenish its stock for the holiday season. Shelves of books on history/ politics, cooking, gardening, classics, new fiction are low, and gift books of all kinds would be especially appreciated. Donations of more than ten books should boxed or bagged and dropped off at the library’s delivery entrance, accessible from the Wiggins Street driveway during regular business hours. If there is no response, visit the main desk on the first floor of the library. Please call to make arrangements for donations of more than six boxes; contact Gail Campanella-Snow at (609) 924.9529, ext. 280. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Public Library will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room.
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auction items, ranging from cooking lessons and dance instruction to architectural tours of the campus. Last year, several stores donated goods, and students provided such prizes as catering, chauffeuring, and private language lessons. Students and alumni from the Donnelly program will be on hand at the event. “They’ll be there to speak a nd p er for m,” s a id Mr. Clark, “and mostly to express their thanks.” Robertson Hall is on the Princeton University campus at the corner of Washington Road and Prospect Street. Call Logan Clark at (609) 954-8614 for information. —Anne Levin
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Princeton public school children will be attending three additional days of school in 2013 — February 15, April 1, and June 20 — to make up for days lost during Hurricane Sandy. I n t h e e ve nt of m ore cancelled school days, the Board of Education has identified May 24, June 21, and June 24 as potential make up days. In addition to approval of these dates, last week’s meeting of the Board of Education included a discussion of annual election dates. Offered the choice once before, the school board opted, by a five to four vote,
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being in a minority of districts still holding elections in April may make it difficult for Princeton to get the NJEA’s attention. Typically, she reported, the NJEA responds to arguments that November elections become “too political” by saying that most school boards are already “heavily political,” and being run by local machines. She said that NJEA regards the practice of staying in April as “quaint.” Citing the cost savings and the fact that more voters turn out for the general election, Board member Dan Haughton spoke in favor of moving the election to November, “if we really want to encourage democracy,” while Afsheen Shamsi, spoke in favor of April elections, and focusing “solely on education issues.” Mr. Haughton said that since recent budgets have been limited by a two-percent cap, the loss of the community’s ability to vote on the budget “won’t make a lot of difference; it’s pretty much a given what the budget is going to be.” Ms. Wilson and Ms. Cox countered by saying that maintaining the public budget vote (i.e., keeping the April election) is “risky,” because when a budget is voted down, it goes to the governing body. Dorothy Bedford seemed to support keeping an April election by suggesting that the Board wouldn’t “want the public to have the impression” that the Board is “cavalier” and budgets all the way up to the two percent cap. “We’re usually somewhat below,” she observed. Ms. Cox worried, however, that time spent promoting
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offices that are, or will be, situated in both municipal buildings. Township Hall, which is identified in the brochure as “400 Witherspoon Street,” will house the mayor and Council; Clerk’s Office; Administrator’s Office; Finance Department; Police Department; Court and Violations Bureau; and Department of Engineering. Borough Hall, or “One Monument Drive,” will be home to the Health Department; Human Services; Affordable Housing;
Department of Public Works and Infrastructure; Parking Operations; and an additional office for the mayor and Administration. “It’s been a whirlwind,” said Administrator Bob Bruschi describing the move. “Most of the offices have been relocated and we’re a little ahead of where we anticipated we’d be. I have to say it’s gone amazingly well.” Updates on office locations are also available at the consolidation website. The Township and Borough voted in favor on consolidation on November 8, 2011.
The Transition Task Force was established by the two municipalities’ governing bodies in January, 2012. Consolidation will officially begin on January 1, 2013. A party marking this historic occasion, will follow an organizational meeting. Details of the day’s events have not yet been announced. There will be a joint meeting of the Consolidation Commission and the Transition Task Force on Monday, December 17, at 7 p.m. in Township Hall. —Ellen Gilbert
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Candlelight House Tours moral virtues, manners, and 518 in Rocky Hill and Route At Rockingham Historic Site self-control. Today they are 27 in Kingston. A donation
Rockingham Historic Site, the final Revolutionary War headquar ters of General George Washington, will offer its annual holiday candlelight house tours on Sunday, December 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the tour is George Washington’s social training. In the 18 th century, the holidays were a great time to socialize, especially in the southern colonies where George Washington grew up. Learning how to conduct oneself in these situations was very important in polite society and was instilled in the children of the more genteel families, such as the one of which Washington was a part. Around 1746, when George Washington was 14, he copied an English translation of a French book of 110 rules by which to conduct one’s life. These adages dealt with etiquette in social interactions,
called the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Visitors will learn about some of these rules as they are conducted from room to room in Rockingham. The tours are conducted by Montgomery Township High School’s Live Historians who will be wearing period dress. They are scheduled every half-hour (last tour at 3:30). There will be 18 th -century music on an English flute, provided by the Practitioners of Musick, in one of the rooms. Hot cider and cookies will be available, and the museum store will be open for shopping. This event is sponsored by the Rockingham Association, the Montgomery High S chool L ive His tor ians, and the Stony Brook Garden Club. Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/ Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (Route 603) between Route
of $5 is suggested. Reservations are required. Call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.
Farmers/Crafters Market Begins Winter Season
The Princeton Farmers and Crafters Market will be held monthly during the winter in the Community Room at Princeton Public Library. Winter dates begin December 13 with extended hours for holiday shoppers from 11 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. Local farmers and craftspeople will present a variety of edible and decorative items, handmade jewelry and much more at the market. Dates following December 13 are January 10, February 14, and March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street. Visit princetonlibrary.org or call (609) 924-9529 for further information.
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Hurricane Sandy as an example to be followed. “Why can’t we accommodate the public?” he asked, saying it wasn’t too late for changes to be made to the Lewis Center plan. Earlier in the meeting, University Secretary and VicePresident Bob Durkee took issue with statements made at the previous Planning Board meeting by a member of the public. “We were chastised for not listening to the community,” he said. “I can tell you that we have listened … and the design reflects that.” Mr. Durkee added that other proposals were studied in detail, and that the project is consistent with the master plan. Members of the public testifying in favor of the project included Peter Crowley, president and CEO of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; David Newton, vice president of Palmer Square Management; and former Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand. “The plan you have before you complies with recently adopted zoning,” she said. “I think it is your obligation to move ahead.” There will be further opportunity for public comment at the Planning Board meeting scheduled for December 19, at which there is expected to be a vote on whether to approve the plan. —Anne Levin
Interfaith Grandparenting During the Holidays
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“The December Dilemma: Interfaith Grandparenting During the Holidays” will be the Kosher Café East topic on Wednesday, December 12, at Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream
Road in East Windsor. Linda Kanner will discuss how we celebrate the holidays with our interfaith children and grandchildren without “stepping on toes.” The Kosher Café East program provides a hot, familystyle kosher lunch to older adults and presents an informational speaker each month. Meals are prepared by the Natalie and Robert Marcus Greenwood House Home for the Jewish Aged under the supervision of Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski. The program is open to everyone and costs $5 per person. R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Salston at elizabeths@jfcson line.org or (609) 987-8100, ext. 155.
Santa to Arrive at Airport On Christmas Eve Day
Santa’s annual arrival at Princeton Airport is planned for Christmas Eve at 11 a.m. A Princeton tradition for 37 years, the event includes entertainment, refreshments, and gift-giving. Parents are asked to bring their children prior to the 11 a.m. arrival time. While waiting in the airport’s maintenance hangar, they will be served cocoa and cookies by members of the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers. Participants are asked to bring a wrapped gift for each child with the name in large print, to be put in the lobby. Those with several children, are asked to wrap the gifts in the same paper and tie them together to expedite the distribution. Gifts should be no larger than 12” to accommodate Santa. Local folk singer Pat McKinley will lead the audience in a variety of holiday songs.
Chris Maslanka will provide the sound system. Santa will call in on the airplane’s radio to confirm his estimated time of arrival. Once contact has been made with Santa, everyone will proceed outside onto the ramp in front of the hangar where they can watch him fly low over the runway. After he lands, Santa and everyone else will go into the hangar and Santa will distribute each gift individually. The event will be held regardless of the weather conditions. Parents will have the opportunity to take pictures of their children on Santa’s lap. Typically the distribution lasts about an hour and a half. The most important feature of this event is the collection of gifts for needy children. Participants are asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts of clothing, books, or toys, which will be collected and distributed through the Mercer County Board of Social Services. Although toys are a common donation, items such as scarves, mittens, and other articles of clothing are welcome. Personal checks made out to the “FoodBank Network of Somerset County” will also be collected. The airport will have a container for the public to donate canned or boxed food to help the local food banks in this particularly difficult year. The public is asked to be generous this year in light of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The airport will gladly accept contributions from non-participants. The deadline for the collection of both the gifts for area children and the needy is December 16. Gifts can be deposited in the “chimneys” in the lobby at the airport between the hours of 8 a.m.
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Celebrating Excellence In Education From Clubs to Counseling, Guidance Department Offers Support If your school years are a distant memory, you might have vague recollections of your guidance counselor as someone who helped with college applications. If you remember your counselor’s name, you are probably in the minority. But all that has changed.
While counselors still provide academic support, their roles have expanded significantly to encompass what’s referred to as “social and emotional learning” (SEL). “A huge component of counseling is providing guidance to students of all grade levels with the tools, confidence and knowledge of being the best they can be in all aspects of their life,” noted PPS Supervisor of Guidance Angela Siso. For Siso and her team of counselors, helping children learn to stay balanced and make good decisions is essential in our rapidly changing world.
“School’s a lot different now than when I was a kid,” noted Ben Samara, an energetic counselor from Riverside who looks like he did not graduate all that long ago. For one thing, his position would not have existed on an elementary level.
“We don’t get those questions anymore like ‘Why are you here?’ ‘What do you do?’” said Jenny Walters, counselor at Littlebrook, who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology in addition to her certifications as a counselor. Walters, Samara, as well as their colleagues at Community Park and Johnson Park, make a point of engaging students beginning in kindergarten.
“I am here for every single student in this school and have contact with every student,” said Walters. In addition to going into classrooms and organizing school-wide programs such as the Six Pillars of Character, Walters hosts a “lunch bunch” and an array of groups such as Girl World, Fabulous Friends, Get Organized!, and even a guided meditation session, “Relaxing with Ravioli,” named in honor of Littlebrook’s signature mascot giraffe. What’s good for the elementary crowd is good for the older students as well. At PHS, students can choose from a long list of support groups and activities. For more information about guidance services and our schools go to the TV30 Link on our website at www.princetonk12.org/HR/ to view all shows. “Group counseling is great for normalizing students’ experiences,” said Princeton High School counselor Kristina Donovan. “A 15-year-old can tell me that they’re feeling a certain way, but when they sit next to someone they’ve seen in class and they say, ‘I feel the exact same way,’ that really takes the stigma away.” Developing good communications skills is paramount, according to Donovan, who worked in the business world for 12 years before becoming a school counselor. “Students have to learn to advocate for themselves, and to find an appropriate way to do it,” she said. Gwen Kimsal, the Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) who provides drug and alcohol counseling at the high school, has helped organize a number of clubs with strong student advocates. One of them is Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which has seen its membership grow since a mock car crash was staged near the high school last year. “My main issue is texting and driving,” said senior Isabel Nass, who has not been shy to ask people to put away their phones when getting behind the wheel. “Since you’re in your car, you feel safe,” added fellow senior Rebecca Freda. “But once is all it takes.”
Kimsal is particularly proud of the thriving Big Brothers/Big Sisters program at PHS. “We have seniors who work with kids with transition issues,” she said, noting that while the Peer Group program remains invaluable in helping overcome freshman jitters, Big Brothers/Big Sisters is special in that it provides one-on-one support. Middle School students benefit from this personalized attention through the counselors at JW. Waiting for them as they negotiate the new social environment in middle school, not to mention learning new things like navigating the hallways and learning how to open one’s locker, is a figure familiar to all at JW: sixth-grade counselor Evelyn Counts.
“Her stewardship of our sixth graders helps them to have a successful experience here and beyond,” said principal Jason Burr. “Students know that they can walk in any time, and parents know they can pick up the phone and get immediate assistance.” And it’s that feeling of connectedness that helps students prepare academically, socially and emotionally for the world beyond the classroom. Back at Littlebrook, Walters confirms why it’s important to lay the foundations for social and emotional learning early: “One research study after another shows that, if kids feel safe, if they feel like they are a part of the school, they do better academically.”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS December 7
Numina Gallery Art Show, Princeton High School, 6:00 p.m.
Photo/Video Arts Show, Numina Gallery, 6:00 p.m.
Choir Concert, PHS Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
December 7 & 8 Princeton High School Drama Production, “The Witches,” 8:00 p.m. December 11
December 14 December 15 December 20
Band/Orchestra Concert, John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Big Band Dance, Princeton High School Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m.
Choir & Princeton Symphony, PHS Richardson Auditorium, 4:00 p.m. Princeton High School Choir Concert, University Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
December 22–31 Winter Recess; Schools Closed
January 1, 2013 New Year’s Day; Schools Closed
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Mailbox University Proposes to “Privatize” Dinky, Planning Board Should Reject Transit Plan
To the Editor: I have lived in this community for 36 years. I frequently drive on Alexander Road to get to Route One, and I either walk to the Dinky or drive to the Dinky for travel to trains on the Northeast Corridor. I believe that public transportation is a public right, that our train link to Princeton Junction is a public good, and that our public streets should be managed for the benefit of everyone, not for a small (and privileged) subset of our population. For these reasons, I urge this Planning Board to reject the transit portions of the University’s site plan. The proposal to move the Princeton Branch station stop south and away from town is indefensible. It will make our train link to the Junction less convenient for all of us who use it, whether we walk or bike there, whether we drive and park, or whether someone drops us off. Worse, the plan will essentially privatize our train station. For over a century we have had easy access to the Dinky from public streets. We have not had to rely on special permissions or easements from a private corporation for our ability to get to the train. The University’s plan proposes to change all of that. To reach the train, we will have to go through University land to the service sector of the campus. It will be harder to get there, and the challenges will be much harder for those who are elderly or disabled. It will be less safe to walk from there at night. The University proposes to respond to the inconvenience by providing more gas-fueled shuttle service. This is an insult to anyone who cares about environmental responsibility. Instead of moving a mass transit stop to facilitate commuter car access to a parking garage, the University should encourage car pooling and other methods to cut down on auto use. This proposal cannot be justified by any sound public policy reasons. It is not in the best interests of our community. A University that purports to teach international diplomacy should begin at home by ending its campaign to diminish our rights to public transportation. MARy EllEN MARINO Hornor lane
Planning Board Should Require University To Come Up With Safer Plan for Station
To the Editor: We rely on the members of the Regional Planning Board of Princeton to recognize the dangers to the public inherent in the plan for the new Dinky Station complex, part of the University’s Arts and Transit project. The area in front of the new station will have to accommodate buses and cars waiting, turning and parking; pedestrians crossing the road to the station; “kiss and run” traffic; cyclists; and drivers and pedestrians stopping at Wawa. In addition, cars coming from and going to Parking lot 7 will share an exit road with the station complex. All of this, confined in the small area set out in the University’s proposal, will cause intense congestion and endanger public safety. Four new crosswalks on Alexander Street between University Place and Faculty Road will further impede traffic flow and put the public at even greater risk. For these reasons we urge the Planning Board to require the University to come up with a safer plan. PETER KlEBAN, BARBARA ANDERMAN Springdale Road
JM Group Thanks Customers and Friends For Donations to “First Annual Turkey Drive”
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The redevelopment of the hospital site will have a permanent impact on our community. Unfortunately, years of thoughtful planning by the community, government, and hospital have not been incorporated into AvalonBay’s proposal. The 2006 Princeton Borough Code added requirements for a Mixed Residential-Retail-Office, or MRRO, zone as “the Witherspoon Street Campus.” This MRRO zone was created for an urban campus, not a single building. It was intended to reintegrate the hospital site into the existing neighborhood through smart, rejuvenating urban design, with affordable housing and sustainable design. AvalonBay has presented drawings of 1 large building, a figure eight in plan, with 280 residential units. Not only does AvalonBay’s proposal not satisfy the 2006 Master Plan’s intent, it simply ignores the existing neighborhood. Section 17A-193B of 2006 Princeton Borough Code includes guidelines that are not being met in AvalonBay’s proposal. To name just a few: The Code’s paragraph A.6: “Buildings should be designed to avoid a monolithic appearance.” The proposal: Drawings show a continuous 3-story high wall running along Franklin Ave, almost two blocks long. From Witherspoon St, the wall runs 250 ft, jogs 15 feet back, then continues for another 240 feet. The Code’s paragraph C.3: “Careful consideration should be given to the mass and bulk of any buildings to ensure they are harmonious with their surroundings and improve the present conditions.” The proposal: Drawings show one building and have not demonstrated any consideration of the surroundings. The Code’s paragraph D.1: “Any applicant must document that the open space provides linkages between and through the development as well as the surrounding neighborhood.” The proposal: Drawings do not indicate any public walkways crossing the whole site. An archway from Witherspoon St permits access only to the smaller of two internal courtyards, which is a dead-end without any link beyond. The Code’s paragraph E.1: “A new neighborhood
street is envisioned. Access points should be open and accessible by the public.” The proposal: No new street is proposed crossing the site.
The Code’s paragraph E.4: “A private gated community is not allowed for the site.” The proposal: The larger of two internal courtyards is not accessible to the public, rendering the majority of the site as a private gated community.
For an urban plan such as this, a developer must either follow the existing zoning in place or the developer can modify the existing zoning on the basis of a new master plan. In the second scenario, the master plan becomes the de facto code for the urban design, similar to how the building code is the basis for building design. The Planning Board is responsible for making sure that this design complies with the 2006 Master Plan’s intentions and guidelines. According to the Planning Board’s on-line mission statement, its first of 6 listed responsibilities is: “to assure that all permitted development is designed so as to be as harmonious as possible with the surrounding neighborhood.”
the drafting of Borough Code, belongs to “legislative history”: “The development shall have [note that the verb mandates] an enhanced system of public open spaces and pathways” (17A-193B.d.4). “Enhanced”: a comparative adjective. “Enhanced” over what? — the hospital’s present footprint. AvalonBay disregards plain English — and has, indeed, subtracted the present walkway from Witherspoon to Harris. Sometimes Mr. ladell has shimmied, affirming that his development does indeed comply with a specific design standard. Can he really switch back and forth between honoring and trashing design standards en masse, claiming they are “vague”? On November 15, he claimed compliance with this standard: “New construction should be yARON INBAR concentrated in the central portion of the site and buildHarris Road ing setback should increase as building height increases” (17A-193B.a.8). To manage this claim, he included the entire garage as part of the site — though he has otherwise argued that the “site” is only what’s in his major site plan application (the new residences). His argument that the northerly wall of apartments (abutting the garage) would To the Editor: Tomorrow, December 6, critical Planning Board hearings be the highest point was deceptive. The real center is the continue on AvalonBay’s proposal to stick a gated “private swimming pool — and there are no changes in building community” into Princeton’s emerging downtown. Hearing height (setbacks) throughout a perimeter structure that is dates are December 6 (Thursday), 10 (Monday), and 13 always 52 feet high (not counting additional lofts). To: ___________________________ Planning Board members will doubtless not be duped by (Thursday), all at 7:30 p.m. (Township Complex). Come, Mr. ladell’s disingenuous rhetoric. They should deny his speak out; help our Planning Board deny AvalonBay’s efFrom: _________________________ Date & Time: __________________ fort to violate Borough Code and the Master Plan, which application and vote to weave a renewed site back into a Here is a proof of your ad, scheduled to run ___________________. welcoming neighborhood. both aim at a rejuvenated, diversified neighborhood. DANIEl HARRIS check it thoroughly and pay special attention to the following: From the outset, AvalonBay Please has ignored design stanDodds lane dards, which Code pointedly characterizes as “a frame(Your check mark will tell us it’s okay) work within which” any developer must work. The term “framework” does not allow dismissal. While AvalonBay � “vague” Phone number � Address � Expiration Date has slurred design standards as (“subjective”), � Fax number legal practice insists that each individual design standard To the Editor: be evaluated on its own merits. Furthermore, the develRecently I learned that a graffiti outlaw wrote an expleoper (not the Planning Board) must prove that a specific tive on signage at the entrance of Princeton Township. standard is “vague”; only a judge may give a final ruling. Even though this sign will most likely be removed and Planning Board members may rightfully maintain that replaced with a new one when the consolidation becomes AvalonBay must heed a specific design standard — or official, I firmly believe that the graffiti should be removed they can deny the application. This situation also obtains as quickly as possible. I have written letters to two memif a developer claims that following a design standard is bers of Princeton Township Committee that I sincerely “cost-generative” (thereby governed by laws for develop- hope will result in the quick removal of the graffiti. Studies ments with affordable housing components): the developer have shown that when graffiti goes uncorrected it creates must present a baseline cost before claiming that adhering more graffiti. to a specific standard is cost-generative, and a judge must ETHAN C. FINlEy rule on that claim in court. Princeton Community Village An important design standard reads: “Any applicant must document that the open space provides linkages between Fast Food • Take-Out • Dine-In and through the development …” (17A-193B.d.1; see also Hunan ~ Szechuan 17A-193B.e.3). Requiring documentation from a developer Malaysian ~ Vietnamese is not a “vague” stipulation, nor is the phrase “through the development.” AvalonBay might fight the standard — Daily Specials • Catering Available and lose. The corollary to both standards, added late in 157 Witherspoon St. • Princeton • Parking in Rear • 609-921-6950 15 • TOWN TOPICS, PRINCETON, N.J., WEDNESDAY, DECEmbER 5, 2012
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Houdini at Labyrinth: Robert Geddes Tricks Will Be Played Architecture and Society Alex Stone, author of Fooling Houdini : Magicians, Subject of Labyrinth Talk Mentalists, Math Geeks,
Professor emeritus and former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture Robert Geddes will be discussing his new book, Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto (Princeton University Press ($19.95) at Labyrinth Books on Monday, December 10 at 6 p.m. Fit is a book about architecture and society that s e e k s to f u n d a m e nt a l ly change how architects and the public think about the task of design. Mr. Geddes argues that buildings, landscapes, and cities should be designed to fit: fit the purpose, fit the place, fit future possibilities. According to president emeritus of Harvard Universit y Neil Rudenstine, Mr. Geddes has written “a lucid, perceptive, and wise book about the fundamen-
and the Powers of the Mind (Harper $26.99), will appear at Labyrinth Books on Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. From the back rooms of New York City’s age-old magic societies to cuttingedge psychology labs, threecard monte games on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos, Fooling Houdini recounts the author’s quest to join the ranks of master magicians and what he encounters along the way. Labyrinth tell us that tricks will be played. In an Amazon Best Books of the Month review for June 2012, Benjamin Moebius says that in Fooling Houdini “Alex Stone reveals a world far deeper and fascinating than I ever imagined. After failing at the Magic Olympics in Stockholm, Stone gets serious about the art
of illusion. He attends magic schools and seeks out one of the best ‘card mechanics’ in the world. Along the way, he learns how criminal empires were built on age-old magic scams. He studies the art of mind-reading. And he explains how magicians exploit cognitive blind spots to make the impossible happen in public.” Alex Stone has written for Harper’s, Discover, Science, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City. ———
Persian Literary Humanism Discussed in Labyrinth Talk
L aby r i nt h B o ok s, T he Princeton Middle East Society, and Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Department are presenting a discussion with Hamid Dabashi, author of The World of Persian Literary Humanism ( Har vard Universit y Press $30 ), on Tuesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. According to Malise Ruthven, “In this power f ully challenging book, Hamid Dabashi not only pays tribute to the achievements of such great Persian writers as Ferdowsi and Sa’di, who expressed a subversively humanistic vision in counterpoint to the transcendental Islamic scholasticism of the past, but he also shines his intellectual spotlight on influential occidental thinkers ranging from Kant to Said, whose humanism, whether philosophical or literary, fell short of true universality. In a masterful critique of the Eurocentrism he sees as being present, if masked, in the teaching of comparative literature, he rescues Persian literature from the ‘overextended narratives of
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Library Hosts Group Reading “Holiday Pines”
Members of the Writers Room Group invite everyone to take a break from holiday preparations and join them as they read excerpts from The Holiday Pines, Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Princeton Public Library. “The Holiday Pines” is the fictional newsletter of the Pine family. Writing as individual members of the family, each Writers Room Group member will present a typical holiday newsletter entry contrasted with what really happened during the past year. The Writers Room meets at the library on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are welcome. For m or e i n for m at i on about library programs and services, call ( 609 ) 9249529 or visit w w w.princ etonlibrary.org. ———
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tal elements of architecture, including the basic needs that it addresses, as well as the wide range of architectural approaches and styles available to the designer and practitioner today. He does not, fortunately, propose easy solutions to the deep challenges facing contemporary architects and urban planners.” Robert Geddes has simultaneously pursued three careers for over 50 years: one as an architect, one as educator, and another as urbanist, publishing works such as Metropolis Unbound: The Sprawling American City and the Search for Alter natives. ———
Cotsen Library Offers 350 for 50 Competition Cotsen Childrens Library’s annual writing competition has begun! Here’s how it works: write a short, 350-word story that includes the sentence, “The machine sprang to life.” Winning stories will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Picture Book Press, and the authors will enjoy a $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books! Contest submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012. 350 for 50 Contest Submission Requirements Ages 8-16 • Stories must be no longer than 350 words, and must include the sentence, “The machine sprang to life.” • One submission per author. • No poems, illustrations, or comics. • One winner will be selected from each of our three age categories (ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-16). • Stories must be submitted via e-mail to: danas@ princeton.edu • The following must be included with the submission: Your name, age (as of December 13, 2012), and mailing address. Please make sure this information is on the SAME PAGE as the story. • Winners will be notified via postal mail beginning December 18, 2012.
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Elizabeth Lombardi Artist Returns to Princeton With New Children’s Book
Art teacher Elizabeth Lombardi, the first resident artist at the Arts Council of Princeton and former president of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, will return to Princeton on Saturday, December 8, at 3 p.m., bringing her new children’s book, Jonathan’s Journey, to the Waldorf School of Princeton, 1062 Cherry Hill Road. The Folk Tale Puppets, a marionette troupe, will be on hand to perform the story. In the book’s introduction, Ms. Lombardi, who
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co-founded The Folk Tale Puppets in the early 1980s, explained the evolution of the story. Mitch Forrest, of Forrest Jewelers on Nassau Street, asked her to help create a special holiday window to go with crystals he had collected over the years. The public gathered at midday outside the storefront and watched the movement of the marionettes to the strains of Vivaldi’s Winter. The first year, three dwarves danced among the stones and crystals. The second year, three animals were added, and the third year, Father Christmas joined the HOLIDAY GIFTS: Matthew Olian’s “Celestial Vessel” will be among the items available during cast. the West Windsor Art Council’s “Off the Wall” sale. Other artists who will be represented inMs. Lombardi later added clude Kristina Chadwick, Lila Gutowski, John O’Neill, and John Nebesney. the character of Jonathan, a child who takes a magical journey on Christmas Eve. She developed the story in verse into a full-scale puppet performance that The Folk Tale Puppets have been performing in this area for over 30 years. Saturday’s event will take place in the Waldorf School auditorium. For more information, call (609) 4661365. ———
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Wilkinson, Battari, Bray Exhibit in Lambertville
Recent work by photographer Andrew Wilkinson and painters Joseph Bottari and Malcolm Bray will be featured at the Bray Gallery in Lambertville from December 8 through January 6. An opening reception will be held at the Gallery on December 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. T h e B r i t i s h - b o r n M r. Wilkinson’s Botanika series of close-up still life color images of flora and fauna “display a Rober t Mapplethorpe-like formalism which, in isolating his subjects, sweep away old associations and force the contemporary viewer to experience them in the pres“OLIVE TREES AND POPPIES”: The Bank of Princeton Community Art Gallery at its Lambertville ent, as they actually exist branch is currently featuring new work by Bill Jersey, as well as the opportunity to fulfill “one in nature,” said Mr. Bray. Mr. Bottari’s “fields of color simple wish” for a child in need. and fascination for dragging paint in wide swaths,” Mr. Bray noted that they “reference Gerhard Richter while creating a synthesis that centers on contemporary Fine Art Photography conceptual ideas.” Mr. Bottari hails from Brooklyn. Mr. Bray, who ar r ived in the U.S. from Britain in 1984, describes his own pieces as “large gestural works that call up the Abstract Expressionist action painters of the past while opening up the door to a post-modern abstraction and the possibility of subject.” The Bray Gallery is locatPoppies – Crayoned, Photograph by Rhoda Kassof-Issac Panda Boy, Photograph by David C. Wurtzel ed 202 North Union Street in Lambertville. Featured: Poplies on the Run by Rhoda Kassof-Issac ———
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Holiday Exhibition and Sale To Benefit Victims of Sandy
The Princeton Artists Alliance will present a Holiday Benefit Exhibit and Sale from Saturday, December 8 through Saturday December 22, at the Prallsville Mill, Route 29, in Stockton. A percentage of the art sales will go to the Red Cross fund for Sandy’s victims. Artists represented are sculptors Jim Perr y and Richard Sanders; and artists Margaret Johnson, Harry Naar, Marie Sturken, Joanne Augustine, Carol Hanson, Roger Cook, Hetty Baiz, Joy Barth, Anita Benarde, Jennifer Cadoff, Lucy Graves McVicker, Charles McVicker, Zenna Broomer, Madelaine Shellaby, and Barbara Watts. Gallery tours will be available on Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m. with Mr. Naar, and on Saturday, December 15, at 1 p.m. with Mr. McVicker. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. ———
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Popular Artist Visits His Ex-Lover and Muse After Fifteen Years, In “Sight Unseen,” 1991 Obie-Winning Drama at Theatre Intime
t’s about lost love, the role of the artist, and anti-Semitism. It’s about an identity crisis that strikes as middle-age approaches and brings with it the inevitable compromises of life. Jonathan Waxman is a rising megastar in the international art scene of twenty years ago. His controversial modern paintings are sold “sight unseen,” even before they are completed, to wealthy patrons in New York City and throughout the world. In Sight Unseen, Donald Margulies’ 1991 OffBroadway hit, Jonathan, in London for the first overseas exhibition of his work, journeys out to the country to visit his former lover Patricia and her husband Nick. Throughout the ensuing eight scenes of Sight Unseen, currently playing in an uneven, though at times luminous and engaging, production at Theatre Intime on the Princeton University campus, Jonathan (Jordan Adelson) and Patricia (Rachel Saunders) seek resolution to a welter of interwoven issues, romantic, aesthetic, and personal. These include their abruptlyterminated relationship of fif teen years earlier, the artist’s role as a public figure in a commercial world, and disputes over anti-Semitism. Patricia, now an expatriate and her British husband Nick (Peter Giovine) live a modest life in their cold farmhouse, pursuing their archeological explorations of Roman ruins. Jonathan comes upon his painting of Patricia, a gift to her, from 15 years earlier, now hanging prominently in Patricia and Nick’s house. Jonathan recognizes in that painting the inspiration and integrity that, amidst all his success and fame, he has lost. Patricia is still bitter over Jonathan’s rejection of her. Nick, socially awkward and hostile both to Jonathan and the art he creates, clashes with Jonathan over his relationship with Patricia and over the very nature of his artistic work. The scenes jump forward and backwards in time, from the farmhouse in the present to an interview between Jonathan and a German journalist four days later in London, then back, 15
years to the break-up of Jonathan and Patricia’s relationship, and finally to the college painting studio where the relationship began. The fragmented chronology provides fascinating perspective on the relationship between Jonathan and Patricia, life compromises of both protagonists, and on Jonathan’s controversial evolution as an artist. Under the direction of Princeton University junior Eric Traub, this Theatre Intime production of Sight Unseen effectively brings out much of Mr. Margulies’ sharp, provocative dialogue, his intriguingly complex characterizations and his troubling themes. The four–member ensemble is generally well rehearsed, but an emergency session on projection and diction would be helpful. Ms. Saunders, when playing the settled, married, late-thirties Patricia, is so subdued that she is difficult to hear. Also problematic is
Ms. Erin O’Brien’s German-accented, rapidly articulated dialogue with Jonathan, as she spars over his Jewishness, his commercialism, and his authenticity as an artist in the second scenes of both acts. Ms. Saunders is at her best in the two powerful flashback scenes with Jonathan — their meeting in the painting studio at a New York college and their break-up soon after graduation, as Jonathan is mourning his mother’s death. Thoroughly convincing and in character in these scenes, Ms. Saunders offers a striking, warmly human stage presence and a worthy artist’s muse. It is not surprising that these undergraduate performers would have a less firm a grasp on the more ambiguous and disillusioned late thirties versions of these characters. Mr. Adelson’s Jonathan is focused, articulate, and expressive in showing his range of emotions, from desire and
confidence to frustration, regret and sadness, as he struggles in his quest to understand and reconnect with his past. Mr. Giovine, as the ill at ease British archeologist, successfully portrays an eccentric, angry presence — resentful of Jonathan’s past relationship with Patricia and scornful of Jonathan’s artistic accomplishments. He becomes strongly outspoken and manifestly hostile when he goes on the attack in the second of two acts. Ms. O’Brien presents the aggressive journalist, who puts Jonathan on the defensive, artistically and personally. Her complex interrogations, complete with heavy German accent, do need to be delivered more slowly and clearly. Michaela Karis’s set design, with lighting by Laura Hildebrand, is efficient and successful in portraying the four different locales represented in the eight scenes — farmhouse, London art gallery, Jonathan’s family home in Brooklyn, and the college art studio. Mr. Traub has staged the action clearly and intelligently, with necessary scenery sliding on and off swiftly. A screen at far stage right with brief film footage and labels for dates and times helps to create the world of the play and clarify the shifts as the action moves back and forth between city and country, 1990s, and 1970s. espite frequent moments of humor, Sight Unseen is ultimately a poignantly sad story of loss. “You’re an artist! An artist has to experience the world!” Patricia exhorts Jonathan during their first romantic encounter, finally presented in the closing moments of the play. “How can you experience the world if you say ‘no’ to things you shouldn’t have to say ‘no’ to?!” Seventeen years REPEAT THE PAST?: Jonathan (Jordan Adelson) visits his former lover Patricia (Rachel Saun- later they may both have experienced ders) after fifteen years, as he tries to understand and recover something he has lost, as an the world. They may both be wiser. artist and human being, in Theatre Intime’s production of Donald Margulies “Sight Unseen” But the loss has been greater than the gain. Mr. Margulies and this Theatre at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through December 8. Intime production of Sight Unseen “Sight Unseen” will play for one more weekend, Thursday through Saturday, invite their audiences to engage with December 6-8, at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University these interesting characters in this campus. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 8 p.m. exploration of their tangled lives and on Saturday. Visit www.princeton.edu/utickets for tickets or theatreintime.org their uneasy world. for information. —Donald Gilpin RECITALS • VOICE • PIANO • CHORAL • ORGAN • HOLIDAY • For current performance information, call the Box office: 609-921-2663 or log on to
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609.258.2787 www.mccar ter.org 91 UNIVERSITY PLACE • PRINCETON • NJ 08540 This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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KENNY G PLAYS HIS HOLIDAY HITS: Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G will play a holiday hits concert at the State Theatre of NJ on Wednesday, December 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available through the ticket office at (732) 246-7469.
December 14 & 15 | 8:00PM December 16 | 2:00PM Hamilton Murray Theatre Princeton, NJ
FIVE MOVIES Directed by Tyann Sells
• At Le Coq d’Or Restaurant • A Visit from Ms. Prancer • Trial by Fire • A Medicine Commercial • A Little English Girl
Tickets: (609) 258-1742 OLIVER TWIST COMES TO BUCKS COUNTY: Pictured from left to right are Sheldon Zeff of Newtown, Matthew Krauss of Yardley, and Tressa McAllister Scibilia of Willow Grove. “Oliver” will run at the historic Newtown Theatre for five performances starting on December 13. For more information, visit www. actingnaturally.com.
Or at the box office one hour before each performance. $18 Regular, $15 Students & Seniors
A ONE-ACT PLAY Directed by Cara M. Tucker
• Emily’s Gift
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For tickets, call the State Theatre ticket office at (732) 246-SHOW (7469). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.StateTheatreNJ. org. The theater is located Jazz Saxophonist, Kenny G at 15 Livingston Avenue in At the State Theatre of NJ New Brunswick. State Theatre and AM Pro——— ductions present Grammy Acting Naturally to Present Award-winner Kenny G in his 2012 Holiday Show on “Oliver” at Historic Newtown The musical journey of Wednesday, December 12 Oliver Twist comes to Bucks at 8 p.m. Tickets start at County as Lionel Bart’s Oli$35. ver comes to the stage at the Saxophonist Kenny G is a historic Newtown Theatre premier artist in the world for five performances startof contemporary jazz. Kenny ing on Thursday, December G’s music features aspects 13 at 7:30 p.m. Based on of R&B, pop, and Latin that the Dickens novel, “Oliver” are blended into a jazz founis the story of a young ordation. Over the past three phan boy who wanted more. decades he has produced 23 From the orphanage to the albums, which have resulted mean streets of London, in sales of more than 75 milthe ever-optimistic Oliver lion records worldwide. strives to survive through Kenny G grew up in Se- thick and thin meeting such attle, where he was first in- memorable characters as fluenced by the R&B of the Nancy, Fagin, Bill Sikes, and early and mid-1970’s. Kenny the Artful Dodger along the started performing in his way. teens, landing his first gig Presented by Acting Natuwith Barry White and his rally, the productions magiLove Unlimited Orchestra cal score is full of Lionel at the Paramount Northwest Bart’s songs including “Food Theater (now the Paramount Glorious Food,” “Consider Theater) in 1973. Since Yourself,” “You’ve Got to then, Kenny has collaboPick a Pocket or Two,” and rated with some of music’s more. The title role of Olimost iconic figures such as ver Twist will be played by Aretha Franklin, Whitney Matthew Krauss of Yardley. Houston, Natalie Cole, and Other lead characters will Frank Sinatra. include: Sheldon Bruce Zeff Kenny launched his solo of Newtown (Fagin); Tressa career in 1982, quick ly McAllister Scibilia of Wilproducing three critically ac- low Grove (Nancy); Jimmy claimed jazz albums – Kenny Elwell of Yardley (Dodger); G (1982), G-Force (1983), San Frenkel of Philadelphia and Gravity (1985). His (Mr. Bumble) and Bryan Desubsequent studio albums, Santo of Philadelphia (Bill S ilh o u e t t e (19 8 8 ) a n d Sykes). Breathless (1992 ), were To order tickets in adalso hugely successful. vance, call (267) 798-9165 Kenny’s holiday albums or visit www.actingnaturally. have also produced great com. Newtown Theatre is success for him throughout located at 120 North State his career. His holiday album Street in Newtown, Pa. Miracles (1994) was the ——— first album that carried him to the top of the Billboard chart and has also become Tell them you saw their ad in the best-selling holiday album of all time.
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LOCAL CHILDREN LIGHT-UP McCARTER’S STAGE: Performances of “A Christmas Carol” run from December 2 through 28. Pictured in the top row are: Annika Goldman (Princeton), Natalie Mehl (Califon), Adam LeCompte (Lawrence Township), Makenna Stergion (Yardley, Pa.), Henry DeCheser (Princeton), Kate Fahey (Richboro, Pa.), and Olivia Sheridan (Lawrenceville). The bottom row includes: Christopher Levine (Hillsborough), Noah Hinsdale (Princeton Junction), Aynisha McQuillar (Ewing), Kieran McKenna (Branchburg), Kate Krehel (Princeton), Lyra Koncsol (Hillsborough), and Matthew Kuenne (Princeton). (Photo by Matt Pilsner)
Classic “A Christmas Carol” from December 2 through December 28. At McCarter Theatre
Performances of A Christmas Carol in McCarter’s Matthews Theatre are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Additional performances are Monday, December 24 at noon, with post holiday performances on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to A Christmas Carol start at $20. Tickets may be purchased by calling the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office at (609) 258-2787 or online at www.mccarter. org.
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The highlight of every McCarter Theatre production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the fourteen area children who will light up the stage in a variety of roles. This year’s production will welcome back Broadway veteran Graeme Malcolm as Ebenezer Scrooge, leading a talented cast of 40 actors, dancers, and singers. This season’s production will mark the two-hundredth performance in McCarter’s A Christmas Carol for James Ludwig, as well as the onehundredth performances for Justin Blanchard, Michele Tauber, Price Waldman, and Young Ensemble member Annika Goldman of Princeton. The production runs
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THE MANIA OF MIKE DAISEY: Storyteller Mike Daisey brings his newest monologue “American Utopias” to the Berlind Stage of McCarter Theatre on Thursday, December 13.
Westminster Community Orchestra Honors Esteemed Piano Pedagogue
n every musical community there are unsung heroes who do not necessarily take the spotlight, but who, through their teachings over a long period of time, influence countless musicians. The Westminster Community Orchestra honored one of these individuals in a performance this past Sunday afternoon at Richardson Auditorium. Led by Conductor Ruth Ochs, the Community Orchestra presented music of Mozart and Brahms and paid tribute to long-time Westminster Choir College faculty member Phyllis Alpert Lehrer. A member of the Westminster piano faculty for the past 40 years, Ms. Lehrer showed her impressive performance capabilities in Mozartâ€™s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor. Throughout her 40-year association with Westminster Choir College, Ms. Lehrer has surely taught exactly the kind of musician who plays in the community orchestra. Often trained as professional musicians and working in other fields, these players rise to the challenge of the great orchestral masterworks. The collaboration between the orchestra and Ms. Lehrer brought out the best in everyone. Ms. Lehrer began the first solo lines of the C minor concerto thoughtfully, with clean phrasing and chords. Deceptively delicate and reserved at the keyboard, Ms. Lehrer took off with the music in short order to display even fluidity in both hands over very rapid passages. Every note of the rolling lines was clear and audible, with elegant ends to phrases. Ms. Lehrerâ€™s freely-composed cadenzas to the movements showed strength of hands, building drama through lyrical passages and interpolating a harmonic flavor leaning clearly toward Beethoven. Ochs led the orchestra in an exacting accompaniment in which the players were exactly in time with the piano soloist. The wind sections gained confidence as the first movement progressed, with especially graceful playing from oboists Helen Ackley and Sandra Moskovitz and
bassoonists Greg Rewoldt and Linda Balavram. Ms. Ackley and Mr. Rewoldt also had a number of solo passages which were well executed. Ochs paired the Mozart work with another piece of celebratory nature, as well as a classical orchestral piece which the orchestra clearly enjoyed playing. Olga Gorelliâ€™s Celebration was a one movement piece on an appropriate theme from a local composer, but was probably the hardest for the audience to grasp. Seemingly in two keys at once at times, Celebration had a joyous feel well conveyed by Ochs to the players. The more substantial and familiar work was Brahmsâ€™s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, a piece which the orchestra could sinks its collective teeth into with vigor. Opening with a nice pastoral pair of horns played by Deborah Crow and Jan Fish Lewis, the Brahms symphony was full of rich melodies and Viennese lilt. In the first movement, the violas and celli presented the third melody smoothly, with a well-handled transition to passages of clean wind and pizzicato strings. Brahms symphonies require a great deal of musical intensity and stamina, and tuning did start to fade a bit in the middle movements, but the orchestra came back to life in the closing Allegro, taking the con spirito marking to heart. Throughout the symphony, the winds were very solid, ranging from oboes and bassoons to flutists Judy Singleton and Alexander LissĂŠ, and clarinetists Daniel Beerbohm and Russ Labe. Ms. Singleton had a number of solo passages well played on the flute, joined by hornist Ms. Crow playing long Brahms melodies. he Westminster Community Orchestra gives local musicians a chance to spread their wings a bit as a musical reprieve from their other lives. The chance to perform with a classic performer like Ms. Lehrer no doubt made the afternoon that much more special. â€”Nancy Plum
The Westminster Community Orchestraâ€™s next performance will be on March 17, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium. Featured will be music of Handel and Vaughan Williams, as well as concerto movements played by the winners of the Westminster Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition. Collaborating ensembles include the Westminster Conservatory Childrenâ€™s Choir, Westminster Community Chorus, Princeton High School Freshman Womenâ€™s Chorus, and Princeton Charter School/Westminster Conservatory Youth Orchestra. For tickets call (609) 258-9220 or go to www.princeton.edu/utickets.
AFTERNOON CONCERTS Princeton University Chapel Thursdays, 12:30 â€“ 1:00 Admission free
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Thursday | December 6 | 5â€“8 pm | Free to all Participating Venues Arts council of Princetonâ€™s Paul robeson center Bernstein Gallery of the Woodrow Wilson School cranbury Station Gallery | Firestone Library Historical Society of Princeton Labyrinth Books | Lewis center for the Arts Morven Museum and Garden* Princeton Public Library Princeton University Art Museum Small World coffee *Morven Museum and Garden only offers free parking during this ArtWalk, but will return with ArtWalk programming in March 2013
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PRINCETON HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT AT PU CHAPEL: Since 1946, the annual PHS Concert at the University Chapel has been a Princeton community tradition. This year’s concert will take place on Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring all of the PHS choirs and orchestras, the program includes a variety of repertoires, a candlelight processional, and an energetic finale in which alumni are invited to join. This concert is free to attend.
Documentary Explores of Kidsbridge Tolerance Mu- illustrates and inspires oth- Jersey State Council on the on Thursday and Friday, De- rang a set of tuned bells in Family’s Escape From Vienna seum at The College of New ers to take time and steps to Arts and the Richard Stock- cember 6 and 7, at 8:30 p.m. a series of mathematical pat-
The Trenton Film Society and Passage Theatre Company will present a free screening of “leben, um zu sagen (live to tell)” a documentary produced by Dan Bauer at the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front Street in Trenton, on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. The 30-minute film explores Bauer’s family’s journey from Nazi-occupied Vienna to America and is told through the eyes of his 100-year-old grandmother, his father, and a cousin. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will feature Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director
Jersey and Princeton immigration attorney, Ryan Stark Lilienthal. Mr. Lilienthal recently returned from Germany where he explored a trove of locally-archived documents illuminating the experience of relatives deported to, and murdered in, Poland during the Holocaust. About the film, Princeton Public Library’s Susan Conlon said, “I think that Dan has achieved value that will appeal to people on two levels: he has captured this important part of his own family’s story and by sharing it with others can find meaning in it; and as a “document” it
preserve these experiences in their families and with people in their lives.” The film had its premiere at the Princeton Public Library in September. Mr. Bauer’s collaborators on the film include filmmaker Mary Conlon, award-winning producer Susan Wallner, and Emilia LaPenta, who conducted the interviews. For 17 years, Ms. Wallner served as series producer of NJN Public Television’s arts and culture program State of the Arts. As a principal at PCK Media, Wallner is instrumental in the continuing production of that series, which is now a co-production of the New
ton College of NJ. Dan Bauer is a longtime Princeton resident and is the director of public relations at McCarter Theatre Center. In addition, he works with Smart Talk Connected Conversations, serves as a tour guide for Princeton Tour Company, and is a certified indoor cycling instructor at Princeton University’s Dillon Gym. ———
and Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus. Tickets for Kiss Me, Kate!: A Concert Performance are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling (609) 258-9220, online at www.princeton.edu/utick Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” ets/, or at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. At Lewis Center ——— The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will Theological Seminary’s present a concert version of Cole Porter’s “play-within-a- Holiday Handbell Concert Princeton Theological Semplay” musical, Kiss Me, Kate, inary will present a holiday handbell concert for the Seminary and Princeton communities on Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. in Miller Chapel on the Seminary campus. The Princeton Ringers Christmas Concert, under the direction of Rachel Barker, includes the ringing of holiday songs by Princeton Seminary and Princeton University students, spouses, staff, alumni/ ae, and friends. Brothers Robert and William Cor of Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, developed the first tuned handbells between 1696 and 1724. Originally used by change ringers (who
terns called “changes”) to rehearse outside their towers, the handbell sets had the same number of bells as did the towers (usually six to twelve handbells tuned to a diatonic scale). The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Chapel Office at (609) 497-7890. For more information, visit www.ptsem.edu. ———
PSO Bravo’s Listen Up! Opening Reception
On Thursday, December 6 from 4 to 6 p.m., two-dozen middle school students from public and private schools across Central New Jersey will participate in the 201213 PSO Bravo Listen Up! opening reception. These students attended the PSO’s Classical Series concert “Tale of Transformation” with their peers and teachers. In addition to music, the reception will feature artwork created by the students based on the music they played and heard, along with written reflections on the connections between music and fine art. The event will be held at the Arts Council of Princeton and is free to attend. ———
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TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF MY GRANDMOTHER: On Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m., the Trenton Film Society and Passage Theatre Company will present a free screening of Dan Bauer’s personal documentary “leben, um zu sagen” (live to tell). The documentary tells the story of Bauer’s family’s escape from Nazi-occupied to Vienna to America. The screening will tale place at the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street in Trenton.
JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL conductor ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY vocalist THE MASTERWORK CHORUS Andrew Megill director NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sun, Dec 16 at 3 pm State Theatre in New Brunswick
Broadway, cabaret and ﬁlm sensation Ann Hampton Callaway takes center stage with the perfect cocktail of holiday melodies, timeless classics and her patented improvisation. The rich harmonies of your NJSO provide the perfect backdrop for her signature sound. Ann’s warmth and wit will ﬁll you with enough cheer to last the season and beyond. Presented in collaboration with the State Theatre.
TICKETS START AT $20! www.njsymphony.org | 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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A Holiday’s Holiday: The Beatles’ Magical But Embattled Tour Is Reborn in Blu-Ray
f you think of “holiday” as an enhanced departure from routine, the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour (Apple Blu-Ray DVD) qualifies as the ultimate holiday movie, in spite of what happened when it was first shown on the BBC, Boxing Day, December 26, 1967. Besides being savaged by critics as “tasteless nonsense” and “blatant rubbish,” the 50-odd minutes of surreal psychedelic vaudeville appalled and alienated the British public. “Beatles mystery tour baffles viewers” was the headline in the Mirror. The show scored the lowest-ever rating (23 out of 100) on a viewer’s survey known as the BBC’s Reaction Index. Thousands actually called in to protest. Of course it didn’t help that a fi lm made in color had been shown in black and white. (There was at least one positive notice, from the Guardian, which called it “an inspired freewheeling achievement.”) “We got hammered mightily,” Sir Paul McCartney admits near the end of his commentary accompanying the new Blu-Ray edition, where his closing remark is a cynical “thank you” to the critics for their “kind reviews.” Forty-five years after the fact, the original rejection apparently still rankles, casting a shadow on a work McCartney values not only as a free-form adventure shared with his mates but as “a snapshot of the times,” and “an interesting document of where we were at.” Without it, no one “would have seen this side of the Beatles. Someone would have put us in a bag and made sense of it. A lot of what we were doing then didn’t make sense.” Good as Gold The unmagical BBC fiasco prompted NBC to cancel an agreement to broadcast the fi lm, which was not widely shown here until 1974, four years after the Beatles had broken up. While this suggests one reason why Magical Mystery Tour never really registered as a debacle stateside, a more likely explanation is that before American listeners could be exposed to any negative feedback from England, they were blissing out to the truly magical album Capitol had released a month earlier. In England, people had to make do with an EP containing only songs from the fi lm. The American version had those five tracks, plus the singles, “Hello Goodbye,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” and two unmitigated masterpieces, “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” As far as people on this side of the Atlantic were concerned, everything the Beatles touched was still turning to gold. Consider the heady state of Beatles affairs at the time of their escape in a psychedelicized Bedford tour bus on a wholly irresponsible spur-of-the-moment lark with a cast of friends, fan club leaders, technicians, character actors, comedians, dwarfs, and cameramen. In the aftermath of the storied summer of 1967, they can do no wrong, Sgt. Pepper having exploded on the scene in May, with songs like “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” a hallucinatory anthem, and the closing track, “A Day in the Life,” which blew a hole as big as Blackburn Lancashire through the conventions of rock and roll. On June 25, 400 million people in 26 countries would see the live feed of the
Beatles’ debut performance of “All You Need Is Love,” performed and broadcast worldwide as the U.K.’s contribution to Our World, the first live global television link. A fortnight after the August 27th death of the group’s guiding light, Brian Epstein, the lads from Liverpool take off for the West country on their holiday adventure with no plan, no script. In the DVD commentary, McCartney says he simply suggested they each “come up with some ideas and go somewhere and fi lm them.” They would make up the movie as they went along. Like putting a childhood fantasy into play. In one sense, as hard as Epstein’s death was on them, it symbolically set them free: “We wanted to have control over what we were doing. We were fed up with everything taking so long.”
er. When Paul says in his commentary that “what happened with the Beatles had to do with our memories,” he’s not just talking about growing up with the BBC, or acts like Morecombe & Wise, the Goon Show, and the ambience of the music hall, but of the enlightened affection he and John Lennon shared for classic American songs and songwriters like Irving Berlin. This becomes clear when Paul is discussing the making of the concluding number, “Your Mother Should Know,” an evocation of grandiose Hollywood musicals in which the Beatles, attired in white tuxedos, descend a grand stairway while dancing couples spin and twirl below, the girls’ skirts whirling and flaring. It’s an exhilarating sequence, the atmosphere is both formal and free like the spirited, buoyant music that makes
As Paul admits in the commentary, the result led to a nightmare in the editing room. He thought they could shape a fi lm from all that footage in one week; it took eleven. Surreal Chaos Sometimes I think a library angel is looking out for me, putting the right thing in the right place at the right moment. As soon as this week’s Town Talk question was decided on (that old standby, “What’s your favorite holiday movie?”), I went to the “community’s living room” figuring I might check out White Christmas or anything that struck the right note for a holiday theme. Then there it was displayed atop the Blu-Ray shelves, looming bold and bright with its fanfare rainbow and yellow stars, and Paul, John, George, and Ringo disguised in “I Am the Walrus” regalia. After two viewings of Magical Mystery Tour and its special features, I put Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in the DVD play-
this arguably Paul’s most effective homage to “the songs that were a hit before your mother was born.” The surreal chaos of Magical Mystery Tour, even at its sloppiest, has a Cinéma vérité panache. In White Christmas, the highest grossing fi lm of 1954, the gloss of the production is so polished and insistent it offends the eye. It’s all surface and the opening scene on the front lines in 1944 looks as staged and static as a display in a department store show window with mannikins dressed as soldiers. It’s a relief when the film leaves the war zone for the familiar show biz milieu of a musical comedy team (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) with love interest in the form of two sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen), who were singing “Sisters” at the point when I turned it off to go back to Magical Mystery Tour for another look at the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band performing “Death Cab for Cutie.” Wizards I keep hearing “Ooh you’re a holiday,
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such a holiday,” from the song of the same name, one of the most irresistible melodies ever recorded by the Bee Gees. What appeals to me is the idea of a human holiday, and given the pleasure they’ve brought to millions of people around the world for the past 50 years, it’s safe to say that the Beatles are a holiday. Which means this resplendently revised film of a trip they once took (a holiday’s holiday) is worth going along on for any number of reasons, including the wonders performed on a hitherto shabby print by high-definition Blu-Ray production. Another reason: the special features, notably the one on the making of the film with appearances by 70-year-old Sir Paul looking magisterial and saggy about the jowls and Ringo who seems in fine fettle watching his 27-yearold self bickering with his fat Aunt Jessie (Jessie Robins). In the fast and loose fluidity of the film, 2012 and 1967 interact in an element open to the old and young Paul (his wide-eyed Dorian Gray charisma on display in the “Fool on the Hill” sequence) and the old and young Ringo. Plus George and John, alive again, commenting on the film years after its fraught release and present in the moment it’s being made, passengers with the rest of the oddballs from the 20th century British vaudeville of fat and lean, freak and clown, and little kids like the girl sitting next to John on the bus, the two of them playing with a red balloon in one of the film’s most charming moments (showing, as Paul says, “a side of John you never really saw”). George may seem at times to be enduring the ride, dour in shades and a wide-shouldered gangster suit jacket two sizes too big for him, but he lightens up, having fun, singing along when everyone on the bus is bellowing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (one of the special feature highlights is Ringo’s tomcat-on-the-fence version of “Yesterday”). No doubt we could do without Victor Spinetti’s stacatto top sergeant gibberish and the love scene on the beach with Aunt Jessie and Buster Bloodvessel (Ivor Cutler). But after all, it’s only 53 minutes long, and there’s easily enough charm and color and movement to make up for the longeurs. Blu-Ray does amazing things with the Beatles’ richly hued magician’s regalia, worn while they’re cooking up spells and exchanging Hard Day’s Nightstyle one-liners. Only now there’s no Richard Lester telling them what to do, and no one’s feeding them lines. Remember, they’re on a lark, “at liberty to play,” as Paul says. he main reason to see Magical Mystery Tour, no surprise, is the music, most of all the “I Am the Walrus” sequence, captured in one of the greatest music videos ever (and accomplished before MTV was a gleam in anyone’s eye). Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are wonderful performers, Irving Berlin a great songwriter. But the Beatles do it all. They write the songs they sing. They make the moves and carry the movies. As Paul says near the end of his commentary, “We did the trip and we came back singing songs. Who were the wizards? The wizards were us.” —Stuart Mitchner
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irst published between 1873 and 1877 as a series of installments in a literary magazine, Anna Karenina is a more than one thousand page opus about the ill-fated affair between a St. Petersburg socialite and a young soldier. Despite the soap opera at the heart of the story, the novel is actually much deeper because it explores many motifs, including feminism, family, forgiveness, and fate. Leo Tolstoy’s tale of forbidden love has been brought to the screen over 20 times, most notably starring Greta Garbo (1935) and Vivien Leigh (1948) in the title role. Here, Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (for Pride & Prejudice) delivers a fresh interpretation of the flawed heroine in a bold adaptation directed by Joe Wright. The movie is the pair’s third collaboration, which includes the critically acclaimed Pride & Prejudice (2005)
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AT THE CINEMA Anna Karenina (R for sexuality and violence). Keira Knightley plays the title character in this adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tragedy, set in 19th century Russia, about a married aristocrat who embarks on a scandalous affair with a wealthy count (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). With Jude Law, Emily Watson, and Olivia Williams. Argo (R for profanity and violent images). Ben Affleck directed and stars in this fact-based espionage thriller, set in Teheran during the Iranian Revolution, about a CIA exfiltration specialist who hatches a plan to rescue a half-dozen American diplomats hiding at the home of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber). Cast includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Philip Baker Hall. Flight (R for drug and alcohol abuse, nudity, sexuality, and an intense action sequence). Denzel Washington stars in this thriller about a pilot who tries to hide his alcohol addiction with the help of a defense attorney (Don Cheadle) after miraculously crash-landing a crippled commercial airliner by flying the plane upside-down. With John Goodman, Melissa Leo, and Kelly Reilly. Killing Them Softly (R for violence, drug use, sexual references, and pervasive profanity). Screen adaptation of the George V. Higgins crime thriller of the same name about a hit man (Brad Pitt) hired to investigate the heist of a mob protected poker game. Cast includes Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, and Max Casella. Life of Pi (PG for mature themes and scary action sequences). Oscar winner Ang Lee (for Brokeback Mountain) directs this 3-D adaptation of Yann Martel’s magical novel chronicling a shipwrecked zookeeper’s (Suraj Sharma) ordeal after being stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger. With Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, and Rafe Spall. Lincoln (PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, gruesome images, and brief profanity). Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the title role of this historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s clashes with his cabinet over the question of emancipation during the final months of his presidency. Cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, and James Spader. The Other Son (PG-13 for violence, drug use, and brief profanity). Drama, set in Israel about a Jewish soldier (Jules Sitruk) and a Palestinian medical student (Mehdi Dehbi) whose lives are suddenly turned upside down after one discovers genetic proof that they were switched at birth. With Pascal Elbe, Emmanuelle Devos, and Areen Omari. In Hebrew, Arabic, French, and English with subtitles. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13 for mature themes, profanity, teen sexuality, fighting, drug use, and alcohol abuse). Screen adaptation of the Steven Chbosky novel of the same name about a lonely freshman’s (Logan Lerman) attempt to adjust to high school while simultaneously struggling to cope with a crush on a classmate (Emma Watson), a friend’s suicide, and his own mental illness. With Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller, and Dylan McDermott. Playing for Keeps (PG-13 for profanity, sexual situations, and an intense image). Romantic comedy about a retired pro athlete (Gerard Butler) with a checkered past who’s effort to woo back his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) by coaching their son’s (Noah Lomax) soccer team goes awry when some of his players’ mothers start flirting with him. With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, and Judy Greer. Red Dawn (PG-13 for profanity and intense war violence). Remake of the 1984 thriller about a ragtag team of teenage guerilla fighters who save the day after their town is invaded by North Korea. 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Romantic drama about a schoolteacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) after a stint in a mental hospital with the hope of reconciling with his ex-wife (Brea Bee), only to find himself falling for an unstable widow (Jennifer Lawrence) when he goes off his medications. Supporting cast includes Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles, and John Ortiz. Skyfall (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, smoking, violence, and intense action sequence). Oscar winner Sam Mendes directs the best Bond movie in decades, an edge-of-your-seat, globe trotting, roller coaster ride which finds 007 (Daniel Craig) matching wits with a maniacal madman (Javier Bardem) bent on world domination. With Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, and Berenice Marlohe. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (PG-13 for sensuality, violence, partial nudity, and disturbing images). Vampire fantasy series finale finds happily married Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) locked in a fight to the death with a supernatural menace (Maggie Grace) that is threatening the life of their young daughter (Mackenzie Foy). Cast includes Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, and Nikki Reed. Wreck-It Ralph (PG for crude humor and mild violence). John C. Reilly plays the title role in this animated comedy about a computer game villain who makes the most of an opportunity to play a good guy after escaping to a neighboring video arcade game. Voice cast includes Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Dennis Haysbert, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, and Adam Carolla. —Kam Williams
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The New Farmhouse Store in Palmer Square Offers Array of Unique Furniture and Gifts
he Farmhouse Store at 43 Hulfish Street is barely a month old, and customers can’t wait to see the latest items. It is easy to understand why. The attractive store is filled with a variety of int r ig uing “conversat ion pieces,” from jewelr y to furniture. And much, much more!
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Center of Town Impressed with the success of The Farmhouse Store in Westfield, he decided to embark on a new adventure, and opened a similar shop in Princeton. “The big difference coming from the corporate world to this is the connection we have with the community here,” says Mr. Menapace. Adds his wife and co-owner Kristin Menapace: “We wanted to be in the center of town, and Palmer Square was a perfect match for us. We want to make the store unique to Princeton.” They certainly have! From jewelry to lamps to rugs to scarves, pillows, and throws to clocks and candles, dishes, trays, and mugs to farm tables, hutches, and rocking chairs, decorative stars to greeting cards to fingerless mittens, the selection is never-ending. “Our signature is our barn wood,” explains Mr. Menapace. “We use barn wood
from farm houses to make furniture, and the Farmhouse Store makes its own furniture. It can be customdesigned as to color, finish, size, etc. In just a very short time, we have already sold farm tables, coffee tables, and benches.” The range of furniture includes beds, cabinets, and hutches with different finishes. There are also handsome upholstered and slip-covered sofas and chairs. Floor lamps featuring both wrought iron bases and hand-blown bases, with beaded fabric shade catch the eye; and accent pillows, including charming farm motif and “Flying Pigs” design, are great gift ideas. Serving dishes in the shape of artist’s palette, and small orange and black cheese trays with “Princeton parking violation” design are fun to add to your entertaining mosaic. “Many of the items are small batch artisan goods. You will find uncommon
treasures,” points out Kristin Menapace. “We have unusual artwork from an Atlanta artist who emphasizes inspirational sayings with her work.” Front Porch For example, wooden picture frames with the following sentiment: “It was the barn for the square dance on Saturday night. It was the front porch to rock on. It was the trim that said the hard work paid off. The only thing worse than tearing down an old building Is not re-using the wood that created its beauty.” There are specialties for children, such as “100 Gathered Thoughts (For My Beautiful Child)”, featuring note pads with tear-off sayings. It is also not every shop in which you will find money pots! The collection of Taramandi Etruscan money pots, hand-thrown in Italy, feature bright colors and designs. As the attached message explains: “Once the first coin is dropped, the money pot must be fed until full, upon which it must be smashed whilst making a wish. Money pots bring good fortune, and can hold up to $500 with nickels, dimes, and quarters.” Jewelry, from delicate to dramatic, is a big favorite at the store, and includes a complete selection, with many pieces in silver. Unusual pendants feature genuine pressed flowers, leaves and herbs.
FARMHOUSE FAVORITES: “There are furniture stores and gift stores. We combine the best of each, and many of the items we carry are exclusive to us. You won’t see them everywhere.” Kristin and Ron Menapace, owners of The Farmhouse Store on Palmer Square, are shown near a display of the store’s popular accent pillows, scarves, and intriguing miscellany. Wine stoppers and wind chimes, dish towels and glasses with states of the U.S. motif, clay potter y, soup mugs with scenes of Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, and other NYC favorites, silk flowers, amazing “Gurgle Pots” — fish-shaped pitchers in all colors that actually gurgle when filled with water … the list goes on and on. Great Resource “We have something for anywhere in your house,” says Ms. Menapace, “and we are a great resource for hostess and housewarming gifts.” T he w ide pr ice ra nge will also please customers. From $1.99 for a little sequin bracelet to $2000 for furniture, and everything in between. Examples include scarves, which start at $13.99, the all-important cheeseboard with dipping bowl and knife at $34.95,
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reating beautiful jewelry is the specialty of Beth Judge. And she is very aware of and grateful for her ability and talent to create. “I love doing this, and I consider it a gift given to me that I am able to do what I love.” A graduated gemologist, goldsmith, and award-winning designer, Ms. Judge opened her new studio and showroom, Beth Ann Designs at 20 Seminary Avenue in Hopewell in November, The beauty and creativity of design has always had a magnetism for her. “As a girl, I was always interested in art, and I loved to make things. I star ted designing jewelry at age 16, and I had a wonderful mentor, my high school teacher. He was also a jewelry designer on the side. I went on to get a BA in fine art, majoring in metals.” Bench Jeweler Before going into business for herself, Ms. Judge honed her skills by working for other jewelry firms in the area. “I was a bench jeweler for retail stores, and I did repair and custom design,” she says. “I always wanted to make my own jewelry, and I have been doing that for the past 12 years. “When the opportunity to open here came along, it was just what I wanted, which was to be in a more accessible location. This space was small enough to show my work in an intimate setting, but also with room for my workshop. My stones, my raw materials are right here in my workshop. I have a huge selection of loose stones. I can tell a customer exactly what is possible, and it was also important for me to offer a very comfortable setting for clients to sit down and talk about what they want.” It is indeed a charming showroom for Ms. Judge’s creations. Display cabinets are filled with her one-ofkind necklaces, pendants, ear r ings, bracelets, and brooches. Her pendants are a specialty, featuring
graceful designs reminiscent of feathers or leaves that seem to float in the air. She is even able to create reversible pieces, such as a pendant with orange and blue enamel in sterling silver on one side, and sterling silver cut-out with black background on the other, on a carnelian chain. “I really like to work with stones,” she notes. “Right now, I am working on a pendant with a pink drusy stone, with tanzanite.” Ms. Judge creates all of her pieces in her workshop in the back of the studio, where, as she says, “I enjoy the creative process of visualizing something and then having it actually in my hand. I also very much like working with someone to create a design for them, whether it is new or a redesign of an older piece.” This can often begin with a drawing, and Ms. Judge will frequently have questions for the client. “When and where will they wear it? To a formal or informal occasion? With an elegant dress or with a T-shirt and jeans?” Expert Craftsmanship Ms. Judge has a full selection of her pieces — including the first pair of earrings she made at 16 — on display, and they reveal expert craftsmanship and are aesthetically beautiful. A series of delicate and graceful bracelets are particularly intriguing. “They are handforged silver with one-ofa-kind stones, and handmade settings,” she points out. “The stones vary and can include malachite and dalmation stones, among others.” A more dramatic large link bracelet features candy stripe jasper with sterling silver, and is sure to be a conversation piece. An especially lovely amethyst necklace includes sterling silver, accented with gold, and with a drop of ametrine. “I also have a lot of freshwater pearls,” notes Ms. Judge. “They can be dyed, and I often include them as part of a piece. I also try
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to make things as versatile as possible. For example, I could have a pendant on a strand of pearls, or it could be placed on a gold chain, and work as well with either.” An award-winning designer, Ms. Judge has received the highly prestigious DeBeers award for design three times, twice for her brooches, and also for a necklace when she was still a student. One of the brooches was event ually auct ioned by Christie’s. On Saturday, December 8, Ms. Judge, in collaboration with jewelry designer Sheila Fernekes, will host a reception, “Holiday Adornments” at Beth Ann Designs Studio. “This is an opportunity for people to come and see the studio and showroom and our work. Sheila specializes in beaded pieces, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. We will have refreshments, and people can browse and buy and ask questions. It will be from 10 a.m. to 4, and it’s a chance to find some great holiday gifts, which we will put in a
box and wrap for you.” Appraisal Work Ms. Judge’s pieces are within a wide price range, with earrings from $35. Some of her silver bracelets are $179. She notes that there has been a sharp increase in the price of metals today. “Over the last four or five years, the price of gold has become extraordinarily high, and two years ago, the price of silver doubled. This is certainly a consideration for customers, and for me in how I approach a design. Of course, I will always be adding new pieces, so there will always be something new for people to see.” In addition to her designs, Ms. Judge, as a gemologist, does appraisal work. “I will look at the stone under the microscope, and check for inclusions (little lines or marks). “I really enjoy everything — all the different aspects of my work,” she adds. “I believe that what I can offer no one else in the area does. I wear so many hats. I’m a designer, w ith extensive background in repair, custom-design, and re-design of older pieces. I am very encouraged since I opened. The word-of-mouth has been great, and I have developed
INSPIRED DESIGN: “Jewelry is very personal. It’s a special part of a person’s life. People have always loved to adorn themselves with jewelry to add beauty.” Beth Judge of Beth Ann Designs in Hopewell is wearing one of her own designs, a pendant with a Peruvian opal set in sterling silver accented with an orange garnet. a base of many regular customers. I look forward to introducing even more people to my work.” Beth Ann Designs is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. (609) 466-6467. www.bethannjudge.com. —Jean Stratton
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Calendar Wednesday, December 5 9 a.m.: Princeton Montessori School holds an Open House for Elementary and Middle School children and parents; 487 Cherry Valley Road. 11 a.m.: Drumthwacket Foundation holds their holiday open house; 354 Stockton Street. 6 :30 p.m.: New faculty work from the Department of Visual Arts at Princeton University goes on display; Lewis Center for the Arts. 7 to 9 p.m.: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Lecture and Discussion; Riverside School, 58 Riverside Drive, Princeton. Thursday, December 6 5 to 8 p.m.: Princeton ArtWalk, “Sauce for the Goose” Holiday Art Sale. Art venues include the Arts Council of Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University Art Museum, Labyrinth Books, Small World Coffee, and more. This event is free to attend. 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Princeton
Montessori School holds a parent education seminar on “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Technology”; 487 Cherry Valley Road. 7:30 p.m.: Performance of The Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre Center. 8 p.m.: “Kiss Me, Kate” in concert (also, December 7 at 8 p.m. and December 8 at 2 p.m.); Lewis Center for the Arts. Friday, December 7 10 a.m.: Vegan and glutenfree holiday baking with baker Q. Miceli; Lawrence Public Library. 4 to 6 p.m.: Sculpture and Ceramics Exhibition Opening Reception; Lewis Center for the Arts. 4:30 p.m.: The Fund for Irish Studies Lecture Series hosts Donnacha Dennehy; Lewis Center for the Arts. 5 to 6 p.m.: Canvas of Care – a silent auction to help the people of NJ affected by Hurricane Sandy; Arts Council of Princeton. 7 p.m.: Tree of Light Celebration at The Lewis School; 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton. 8 p.m.: Alborada Spanish Dance Theater performs at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theater; 1200 Old Trenton Road,
West Windsor. 8 p.m.: “An Evening of Readings and Carols” by the Westminster Choir College; Princeton University Chapel. Saturday, December 8 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Princeton Artists Alliance will present a Holiday Benefit Exhibit and Sale at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, NJ. A percentage of the art sales will go to the Red Cross fund for Sandy’s victims (through Saturday, December 22). Noon: Port Vat 18 Release Weekend & Delaware Valley Wine Trail Weekend at Unionville Vineyards (also, on December 9); 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. Noon to 3 p.m.: Whole Foods Market of Princeton holds a free Christmas tasting; US Route 1 South. 2 p.m.: “Songs of the Season: A Holiday Music Concert” with guitarist Heather Mulvey ; L aw rence Public Library. 2:30 to 4 p.m.: Learn how to create a birdhouse or birdfeeder out of discarded supplies; 80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury, NJ. 3 p.m.: “Christmastide : Choral Gems through the C e n t u r i e s” b y V O I C E S
Chorale; Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street. Sunday, December 9 2 to 4 p.m.: “Holidays in the Village” sponsored by Lawrenceville Main Street; Weeden Park, Lawrenceville. 7 p.m.: “A John Waters Christmas” at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28, North Branch. 7:30 p.m.: VOICES Chorale Christmas Music Concert; Anchor Presbyterian Church, Wrightstown, PA. Monday, December 10 5 p.m.: Community Hanukkah Celebration in Palmer Square. 7:30 p.m.: Messiah Community Sing at Princeton University Chapel. Tuesday, December 11 5:30 p.m.: Join the Jewish Center of Princeton for a historic Chanukah lighting. In an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records, the Jewish Center is hoping to light over 780 menorahs. There is a $3 per person cover charge. The event will be held at the Princeton Airport, inside the hangar. 7:30 to 10 p.m.: Princeton Garden Statesmen rehearsal; Plainsboro Library, 9 Van Doren Street.
Wednesday, December 12 Noon : Join J.W.I. for a luncheon to celebrate Hanukkah and sing along with Sue Stember. Guests are welcome. Registration in advance is $20 ($22 for tickets at the door); Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive. 6 to 9 p.m.: Mediterra serves a tradition “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner and wine pairing. Advance reservations required. 7:30 p.m.: Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at Princeton University Chapel. 8 p.m.: Grammy Award winner Kenny G performs his 2012 Holiday Show; State Theatre of NJ. Thursday, December 13 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.:
Princeton University Art Museum holds a day-trip to visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fairmount Park Houses along the Schuylkill. 4:30 p.m.: The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will hold a Service Auction benefitting The Greater Donnelly Initiative. All proceeds go directly to GDI programming, which promotes community revival in areas of Trenton not served by non-profits; Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall, Princeton University. 7:30 p.m.: It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the Bucks County Playhouse; 70 South Main Street, New Hope.
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COLOSSAL CHRISTMAS: Cranbury may be a small town, but come the Christmas season it is crowded with visitors. The attraction? Christmas lights. Every night until New Year’s Eve, the non-profit organization known as Cranbury Christmas Lights stages its glittering display, to music, with original designs that include a 10,000-bulb “Shooting Fountain of Light” and a 20-by-20-foot wall of snowflakes, made of 6,400 lights. Then there is the mega-tree, which has 9,600 lights of its own. This year’s display adds more than 20,000 lights to the picture. An appearance by Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast is December 8, and Santa will visit on December 22. Events are free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds benefit local food banks. For information, visit cranburychristmas.com.
SANTA SCENE: These special hand-carved and hand-painted Santas from Russia are available at Ambleside Garden & Nursery’s International Shop in Belle Mead. Known for holiday treasures from around the world, the shop is filled with unique items and a colorful variety of theme Christmas trees. The nativity selection offers every style, size, shape, and material, including a stainless steel silhouette version from the U.S. Beautiful hand-blown eggs from Austria, felt ornaments from Central Asia, tiny handmade silk elephants from Cambodia, seahorses made of recycled phone books from Thailand, glass and clay angels from Egypt, traditional spinning pyramids from Germany — and so much more — are all on display. Ambleside’s fresh-cut trees, wreaths, roping, and poinsettias in all colors and sizes are also in full supply.
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Sparked by Superb Efforts From Polansky, Helmstetter, PU Women’s Basketball Finally Breaks Rutgers Hex
auren Polansky knew what she was getting into as the Princeton University women’s basketball team prepared to play Rutgers while Kristen Helmstetter had no idea that she was destined to emerge as a star of the contest. For senior point guard Polansky, facing Rutgers meant dealing with its trademark stifling, in-your-face defense. “Rutgers has a great press; that is how they get going in their offense; getting things going fast with tons of turnovers,” said Polansky. “That’s what ignites them; we knew that going in. We have been working on playing five versus six in practice so I think that really helped us. Personally, I knew that I would have the ball in my hands and as a point guard, I would be taking the brunt of that pressure.” Helmstetter, a junior forward who had zero career starts coming into the clash last Thursday night, was thrust into the limelight in the wake of an injury to classmate Nicole Hung. “I found out late last night that I was getting the start,” said Helmstetter. “It was unfortunate that Nicole got hurt but we got together as a team and really wanted to get this win for her and the whole team in general.” Princeton made it clear from the opening tipoff at Jadwin Gym that it was intent on winning and breaking its 14-game losing streak in the battle of local rivals. The Tigers raced out to a 30-11 lead, putting the proud Scarlet Knights on their heels. The 6’0 Helmstetter played a key role in the early surge, scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds in the first half. “Today was my day,” said Helmstetter, reflecting on an evening which saw the Tigers unveil the banner for winning the Ivy League crown last year, the third straight for the program. “Everyone has their on days and their off days and we just have to work as a team and capitalize on who is on that day.” In the second half, the Scarlet Knights turned up the pressure, cutting a 25-point lead to 12
but it wasn’t enough as Princeton posted a 7155 triumph before a crowd of 1,036. Polansky acknowledged that the Tigers had to weather a storm in the second half. “Good teams are going to go on runs, they are not going to lay down and die,” said Polansky, who scored only one point but ended the evening with game-highs in rebounds (9), assists (7), and steals (3). “After the first half, we knew they were going to make adjustments and we had to adjust to that. When they went on their run, luckily we were able to stop them and go on a run of our own.” It was sweet for the Tigers to break their losing streak in the series. “It is a long-standing rivalry for us,” said the 5’8 Polansky, a native of Mill Valley, Calif. who is the two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. “Having them in our home gym with a good crowd with our seniors from last year coming back for the banner unveiling. It was really special for us. I think just all around, it was a great environment for us to play in.” Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart applauded the great effort she got from her players. “I thought all night we had more energy than them,” asserted Banghart, who got 17 points from precocious freshman Alex Wheatley in the win with senior star Niveen Rasheed chipping in 15 points and seven rebounds. “I thought we attacked their pressure versus breaking it before we had the clock on our side and that was huge.” It was huge for Banghart and Princeton to have Polansky on their side. “LP came out and took care of the ball and set the tone with our offense,” said Banghart. “She is just as tough as they come. She rebounded for her position. She stuck to the game plan, she held her teammates accountable. If there was a game ball, I would give it to LP.” Banghart wasn’t surprised that Helmstetter proved that she has game. “Kristen can take
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care of the ball,” said Banghart. “She has to play angles well and read the game well and she did both of the things masterfully tonight.” Although Princeton hasn’t beaten Rutgers since 1976, the Tiger players didn’t get overly emotional in their post-game celebration. “This is a business as usual group,” said Banghart, who earned the 100th win of her six-season Princeton tenure last Sunday as the Tigers routed UMBC 93-46 to improve to 5-2. “They know that until January we have to figure out who we are. I hope they enjoy this one. The have a day off tomorrow so maybe they are more excited about that.” Helmstetter, a former star at Bridgewater-Raritan High, certainly enjoyed playing a key role in beating Rutgers. “It feels good; I am 10 minutes away from Rutgers so they are a team I have grown up watching,” said Helmstetter. “It is just great to get that win against them. I know a lot of people on their team as does Kate Miller and Amanda Bern- KNIGHT MOVE: Princeton University women’s basketball player tsen (both New Jersey natives). Lauren Polansky wards off a Rutgers defender last Thursday. We have grown up with those Senior point guard Polansky contributed game-highs in replayers and then played against bounds (9), assists (7), and steals (3) to help Princeton win 71them in high school. It is good 55 and snap a 14-game losing streak to the Scarlet Knights. to see them and play against The Tigers, now 5-2, host Hofstra on December 5 before playthem.” ing at Delaware on December 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) Polansky believes the win is a sign of good things to come for the Tigers, who Delaware on December 9. “We have a tough preseason schedule which came into the evening still smarting from a 65I think is wonderful. It gets us ready for our 52 loss at No. 19 UCLA on November 25. “This is a really great win for us, especially league and post-season play, if we are lucky. I after last week,” said Polansky, who will look think that is just a great step forward, proving to keep the Tigers on the winning track as they that we are getting better everyday. It shows that host Hofstra on December 5 before playing at all of our hard work in practice is paying off.” —Bill Alden
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With Injury-Plagued Mucha Finding Her Form, PU Women’s Hockey Headed in Right Direction After leading the Princeton Un iver s it y wom e n’s hockey team in scoring as a freshman in the 2010-11 season, Olivia Mucha’s second college season didn’t go as well. The 5’5 forward played only 12 games before suffe r i n g a s e a s o n - e n d i n g shoulder injury that required surgery. Mucha didn’t get back on the ice until this August as she skated at the Ice Line rink in her hometown of West Chester, Pa. “I got to train with a lot of college age and junior boys at home so the physicality wasn’t much of a problem and being comfortable with my shoulder from my surgery,” said Mucha. But Mucha suf fered a setback once she arrived at Princeton for her junior year. “I had a strep throat starting from the first day I got back and I had to get my tonsil and adenoids taken out,” said Mucha. Coming into last Friday night’s game against visiting Union, Mucha was struggling to find her form, having scored two goals as she played in seven of Princeton’s first 12 games. Over a 15-minute span in the second and third periods, Mucha started clicking, scoring two goals as Princeton skated to a 3-0 win. With the Tigers knotted in a scoreless tie entering the second period, Mucha could feel the team pick
things up. “I think we honestly fed off each other’s energ y, whether it is the line or the other teammates,” said Mucha, recalling a period which saw the Tigers score two goals to seize control of the contest. “The defensemen were stepping up and getting the puck up. That is exciting for the forwards because we get to do our job, opening up things and it all started from there.” It was exciting for Mucha to notch her first goal, a power play tally which gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with 5:38 left in the period. “I just remember that we were able to establish our power play,” said Mucha. “We saw if we shot the puck and moved it quick, they were off angle. Gaby [Figueroa] was looking to the left and seeing it closed and then shooting it to get an opportunity, I just tried to screen the goalie.” On her second goal, which came 8:49 into the final period, Mucha used her trademark grit. “It was just Gaby getting a strong, hard shot on net,” said Mucha. “I don’t remember too much, I just remember it hitting my stick. Mostly, it was a scramble.” For Mucha, her performance and the team’s solid win were heartening. “It was definitely a good step,” asserted Mucha. “I think it has been tough for our team to establish
what type of team we are from our graduation loss and mixing around players with some injuries. It has been an amazing feeling that our team, even so small, can be so dynamic.” Having missed so much time due to injury, Mucha has dedicated herself to do whatever she can for the team whenever she is on the ice. “No mat ter how great shape you are in, you are going to get tired, you are going to get frustrated,” said Mucha. “I think everyone on the team hits that stage. Having these injuries, I know how much I get jealous when I watch. Even if I can’t get a goal, I am going to go out there and try to get the puck deep, do something smart.” As Mucha gets up to full speed, she knows the Tigers have her back. “I am close to 100 percent; it’s all relative because it has been a struggle since I have been here,” said Mucha. “I feel confident. I need to remember that if I am not 100 percent I have a team that will play with me. It doesn’t matter how one individual is.” Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal acknowledged that his team struggled in the early going on Friday. “We were definitely sluggish, we still battled but we weren’t really executing well,” said Kampersal. “We were just a little bit sloppy in catching passes.
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Then in between the periods, those are the things that we talked about. This is almost like a de facto playoff weekend and we need all the points we can get now because we have more games than a lot of people so we need to accumulate them because people will catch up with us when we are in exams in January.” Kampersal was glad to s e e M u c h a a c c u m u l a te some points in the win over Union. “Mucha is still banged up,” said Kampersal. “She is just a heart and soul kid. Her freshman year, she was one of our top scorers and her sophomore year she was our top scorer for most of our season after only playing 12 games. She can provide the offense for us.” The team’s three seniors, Kelly Cooke, Corey Stearns, and Alex Kinney, have been providing a spark for the Tigers. “They stepped up, the seniors have been doing a good job all year, no question,” said Kampersal, who got three goals from Cooke and three assists from Stearns on Saturday in a losing cause as Princeton fell 4-3 to Rensselaer to move to 5-7-2 overall and 2-6-2 in ECAC Hockey play. “Cookie gets the first goal tonight; she has had a phenomenal year.” Princeton got one of its best defensive efforts of the year in the win over Union as freshman goalie Kimberly Newell earned her first college shutout with 19 saves and defenseman Figueroa and Alleva each got two assists in addition to their strong play along the blue line. “It was awesome ; I thought Bri Mahoney was unreal, just in control,” said Kampersal. “All of them were really good. Once again, if those four or five kids control it, we are in good shape.” Although Princeton stubbed its toe against Renssalear, Kampersal believes his team is in a good place. “I thought starting with the Clarkson game, it feels right on the bench, it feels right on the shift changes and it’s a good brand of hockey,” said Kampersal, whose team has a two-game set with Quinnipiac this weekend, hosting the Bobcats on December 7 before playing them at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. on December 8. “Now we are just trying to be a little more disciplined in terms of getting the puck and doing what we have to, controlling the blue lines and controlling the neutral zones.” Mucha, for her part, realizes that the Tigers need a little more discipline. “We are able to communicate amongst each other and between the coaches and the players about what our weaknesses are,” said Mucha. “It seems that we recognize that not all of us are going to be perfect but we have to realize that we have our weaknesses and work on those and just listen to what the coaches are saying instead of being stubborn.” —Bill Alden
MUCH BETTER: Princeton University women’s hockey player Olivia Mucha glides up the ice in recent action. On the mend from shoulder surgery that sidelined her much of last season, Mucha broke out last Friday with two goals in a 3-0 win over Union. The Tigers, now 5-7-2 overall and 2-6-2 ECACH, have a two-game set with Quinnipiac (!0-7-2 overall, 6-3-1 ECACH) this weekend, hosting the Bobcats on December 7 before playing them at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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L a s t We d n e s d a y, t h e Princeton University men’s basketball team ju mped out to an early 9-0 lead at Wagner only to fall 48-42 in overtime. Three days later, the Tigers found themselves in a similar position as they took a 16-2 lead at Kent State. Learning from its disappointing night at Wagner, Princeton was committed to closing the deal. Holding off a second half rally which saw Kent State come within seven at 45-38, the Tigers pulled away to a satisfying 62-50 victory before 2,715 at the MAC Center. P r i nce ton h e ad coach Mitch Henderson liked the way the Tigers took care of business against the Golden Flashes. “It was better than last time,” said Henderson, in an interview on the Princeton sports website as he reflected on the victory which improved the Tigers to 3-4. “That is a good Kent State team and that is a very good
be more consistent. I really liked the approach we took to the game. We are building some really good habits, this is a process for us. This was a really nice game for us.” It was nice for Princeton to get a win away from Jadwin Gym. “Winning on the road is tough, we have to establish things,” said Henderson. “They were a physical team and I thought the rebounding was great and the execution was great too.” In addition to executing, the Tigers showed the energy they will need in order to do great things this winter. “Establishing control and finishing games is something we have been talking about,” said Henderson, whose team hosts Drexel on December 8. “But really I thought it was having a skip in your step and we did that tonight.” —Bill Alden
win for us. I am really proud of the way we played.” Henderson credited junior point guard T.J. Bray with playing a pivotal role in the triumph. “I thought T.J. was terrific, handling so much pressure,” said Henderson of Bray, who scored 15 points and had six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. “When he has six assists and one turnover, we become very good. I am really happy for the guys.” While Henderson acknowledged that the Tigers have been streaky this season, he thinks they are on the way to being very good. “We have been reacting a little bit this season, playing well when you have to play well and responding,” added Henderson, who got 11 points from senior center Brendan Connolly in the win on Saturday with sophomore forward Denton Koon chipping in 10 points. “That is not really what we want to be like. We want to PU Men’s Hockey
MAKING A DENT: Princeton University men’s basketball player Denton Koon looks to pass the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore forward Koon chipped in 10 points as Princeton topped Kent State. The Tigers, now 3-4, host Drexel on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
ing in the London Summer Olympics. Upon her return, she helped guide the Tigers to their eighth consecutive Ivy League title behind a perfect 7-0 conference record. The midfielder then played an integral role in Princeton capturing its first NCAA Championship in a 3-2 come-from-behind effort over top-ranked North Carolina and finish with a program-best 21-1 overall record. ———
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Hu-Van Wright in the 200 backstroke and freshman freshman Jeremy Wong in the 100 free. T he Tigers closed t he weekend with a dominant performance in the 400 free relay. The quartet of Teo D’Alessandro, Harrison Wagner, Wong and Hu-Van Wright won the event in 2:57.16, more than four seconds faster than any team in the field. Princeton is next in action when it hosts Navy on January 5. ———
won both to get out to a 4-0 start for the season. The Tigers topped Dartmouth 20892, and they topped Brown 198-101. The Tigers got an individual win in the final session from freshman Sada Stewart in the 200 backstroke. Princeton ended the meet by winning the 400 free relay as the quartet of Lisa Boyce, Mallory Remick, Nikki Larson, and Stewart cruised to the victory. The Tigers are next in action when they host Villanova on January 4. ———
Producing a dominant per- PU Women’s Swimming formance, the Princeton Uni- Dominates Brown Open Tiger Men’s Squash versity women’s squash team The Princeton University Sweeps Williams posted a 9-0 win at Williams women’s swimming team The defending national College last Sunday. ended the 2012 por tion champion Princeton UniPlaying at least two play- of its schedule in style as versity men’s squash team ers from every class, Prince- it rolled to victory at the made its first road trip of the ton moved to 3-0 with the Brown Open last weekend season a successful one as it 9-0 victory over Williams. in Providence, R.I. posted a 9-0 win at Williams The senior duo consisted of Princeton won the three- College last Sunday. senior co-captain Julie Ce- day event with 1,024 points, Senior Todd Harrity conrullo, who remains perfect while Yale (802) finished tinued his perfect season at the No. 1 position, and second. Brown (618) held with an 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 win Casey Cortes, who dropped off Dar tmouth ( 538 ) for at the top spot while classonly four points in her win third. mate Steve Harrington won at No. 8. The weekend also served three tight games at No. 5. The Tigers play at George as the dual meets for PrinceThe Tigers, now 3-0, host Washington on December ton against both Brown and Rochester on December 8. Earns Two Ties Keeping near the front of 8. Dartmouth, and the Tigers the pack in ECAC Hockey, ——— the Princeton Universit y Princeton Wrestling Men’s hockey team tied two Falls to Rider games over the weekend on Despite a pair of victories a New York swing. from two of its freshman O n Fr i d a y, P r i n c e to n stars, the Princeton Univerbattled Rensselaer to a 2-2 sity wrestling team lost 32standstill as Michael Sdao 11 to Rider last Saturday. and A ndrew Calof bot h Princeton picked up wins scored goals with goalie from freshmen Scott GibMike Condon recording 37 bons at 184 pounds and saves. Max Rogers at 125. A day later at No. 8 Union, T he T iger s, now 0 - 4, the Tigers took a 4-2 lead wrestle at Rutgers on Deinto the third period only to cember 8. see the Dutchmen rally to ——— pull out the tie. Princeton got goals from Tyler Maugeri, Tiger Men’s Swimming Eric Carlson, Will MacDon- Cruises at Brown Open ald, and Tom Kroshus as Four victories during the it moved to 3-4-3 overall final session helped the and 2-1-3 in ECACH play, Princeton University men’s good for a tie for third in the swimming team seal an imleague standings. pressive wire-to-wire vicI n u p c o m i n g a c t i o n , tor y at the Brown Open Princeton has a two-game last weekend in Providence, set against Quinnipiac this R.I. weekend, facing the BobPrinceton won the threecats at the TD Bank Sports day event with 1,008 points, Center in Hamden, Conn. while Dartmouth (772) held on December 7 before host- off Army (735) for second ing them on December 8 at place in the event. Baker Rink. The weekend also served ——— as the dual meets for PrincePU Field Hockey’s Reinprecht ton against both Brown and TOP CAT: Princeton University football player Mike Catapano takes a break in action this fall. Last Monday, senior defensive Wins Honda Sports Award Dartmouth, and the Tigers lineman Catapano was named as the winner of the Asa S. Bushwon both to get out to a 4-0 Capping off an incredible nell Cup as the 2012 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. year for the Princeton Uni- start for the season. The Ti- The 6’4, 270-pound native of Bayville, N.Y. led the Ivies with gers topped Dartmouth 197versity field hockey program, 12 sacks, and his 1.2 sacks per game ranked second nationally senior midfielder Katie Rein- 103, and they topped Brown in FCS football. He ranked second in the league in tackles for precht has been named the 215-84. loss with 15.5, which was only .5 tackle off the league lead, Honda Sports Award winner Princeton got wins in the for field hockey, given annu- final session from junior and he ranked ninth nationally in that category. 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game and made an immediate impact. Using his speed and guile, Ealy corralled several balls in the offensive end for PHS. Then with just under 18 minutes left in the half, Ealy danced the ball around a Ramapo defender and launched a cross that Scott Bechler headed home to knot the game at 1-1. “I knew that I had boys in the box that I can always look for,” recalled Ealy. “As long as I toss up an accurate ball, I know I will have someone on the post and they were there for me.” At the other end of the c r o s s , s e n i o r d e fe n d e r Bechler finally converted on a move he has been trying for a while. “All year I have been crashing back post hoping that one is going to slip through and finally it did,” said Bechler. The Little Tigers kept up the heat after the tally, generating several chances, including a rocket by Bechler that was just fisted over the crossbar by Ramapo goalie Will Shiel, as the game escalated into a pulsating handto-hand battle with the Raiders hanging on for dear life as PHS threw everything it could at them. The combatants ended up knotted at 1-1 after regulation play and 20 minutes of overtime with the teams being crowned as co-champions under NJSIAA rules. W hile Bechler and his teammates desperately wanted the title for themselves, they were proud of their achievement as they ended the season at 18-3-1. “No one likes to share;” Zach [Halliday] said before overtime, “I never liked sharing since I was a kid and I am not about to start sharing now,” said Bechler with a laugh. “Looking back on it, we are kind of sorry right now because we t hought we could have won it. I guess they could have won it too so sharing is alright.” Early on it looked like Ramapo was going to make it two straight titles as it took a 1-0 lead with 23:09 left
in the first half, displaying some imperious form in the process. Even though PHS trailed 1-0 at intermission, the team was confident it could pull out the title. “I think we were really confident coming off halftime,” said Ealy. “We have come back from being down before. We know if we get our heads in it, we can win every game. After working all season, we really weren’t going to let this game go.” Ealy provided some sparkling work once he was inserted into the contest. “I just knew I could really help the guys,” said Ealy. “I love to push the ball forward and that’s what we strive to do on attack. I came in and I just tried to morally pick everybody up as much as I could. They were already there, physically and mentally.” PHS head coach Wayne Sutcliffe thought his team gave its all, mentally and physically. “It was two good teams, I thought we really had the better in terms of possession, a higher percentage of possession, and certainly a lot more quality chances during the run of play,” said Sutcliffe, whose team outshot Ramapo 17-4 on the day. “Ramapo had one goal off of a restart, I think most of their top chances came from restarts. I just thought that our urgency and our experience and our quality just came through in the second half.” Sutcliffe lauded the special urgency that Ealy displayed as he made the most of his limited minutes. “He was in the hospital for three days and he found a way to recover,” said Sutc liffe. “He was with us at the state semifinal on Wednesday evening with none of us ever thinking he would be back on this season. He turned up at practice the other day and he felt pretty good. We inserted him into training yesterday, kept a close eye on him, and he was fantastic. So we felt if we can get him on for 10-to15 minutes, he could make a difference and he did. What a contribution with his com-
JOINT EFFORT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Scott Bechler, right, celebrates with Chase Ealy, center, and Aidan Passannante after heading in the goal that gave PHS a 1-1 tie with Ramapo last Saturday in the Group III state championship game and a share of the title. Ealy’s brilliant pass from the corner set up Bechler’s tally. The Little Tigers ended the season at 18-3-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
mitment and his quality.” Senior defender Bechler displayed his special qualities all day long. “Throughout the 100 minutes, Scott didn’t make a mistake,” maintained Sutcliffe. “Certainly to tie the game with a header is fantastic. Just having the wherewithal to be on the other end of that delivery from Chase and he hit it with such authority. And then he could have won the game with that volley, credit to Ramapo’s keeper for just pulling one out of his pocket.” Although PHS didn’t win the game, Sutcliffe is happy to have a piece of the title in his pocket. “My brother’s team Moorestown High had a share in 2000 and in 1997 they won it; it was just a little different but it is still a state championship,” said Sutcliffe, whose team topped brother Mike Sutcliffe and his Moorestown side 2-0 in the Group III semis on Wednesday evening to punch its ticket to the title game. “It is still a state championship and I am so proud of our guys. It has been a really demanding season with the hurricane and the injuries and the postseason. The postseason tournament was very demanding on all of us. I am so proud of them. There are 12 seniors and they gave us everything they had.” Sutcliffe is not surprised that his players were able to meet those demands. “First of all, the whole team is basically full-time soccer players,” said Sutcliffe, who has been guiding the PHS program for 17 years. “It is in their blood, they love it. They are fortunate enough to grow up in a great soccer environment. They are so passionate about the Princeton shirt. These seniors when they were freshmen, they were here and we won it too. With that said, they tried to just make their mark. Beyond that, off the field, they are all very close. I think that goes a long way for them.” Bechler, who didn’t have a shirt for the title game in 2009 as a freshman, enjoyed making his way back to the championship summit. “I am playing with all of my best friends; I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out,” said Bechler. “I was on the team as a freshman. I was rostered but I didn’t have a jersey so I was over in the corner playing some juggling with the other kids who weren’t playing. I was wearing Princeton warm-ups. Ever since that year, I was thinking if I was a little bit better I could have had that ring. It has always been about getting one of my own and now I finally have the chance.” For Ealy, who moved to the area from South Carolina this summer, getting the chance to be part of the PHS team has been special. “I would tell you that it is the legacy; it is the history in the school and the soccer,” said Ealy, reflecting on the qualities that set the program apart. “You want to represent it and make every last wearer of the shirt proud.” And by overcoming illness to help PHS earn a title, Ealy certainly did his shirt proud. —Bill Alden
Passannante Provided Early Salvo in Group III Semis, Helping PHS Boys’ Soccer on Road to State Crown Aidan Passannante and his teammates were crushed when they walked off the field at Toms River North High last fall after losing to Timber Creek in the state Group III semifinals. When PHS returned to the same pitch last Wednesday night to face Moorestown in this year’s Group III semis, the Little Tigers were determined to leave Toms River with a win. PHS didn’t waste any time showing their intentions as Kevin Halliday scored 3:27 into the contest and senior midfielder Passannante followed suit 21 seconds later with a goal of his own. “It was huge; we started off that way in the Allentown game and it helped us get the result in that game,” said Passannante. “I think we got the goals early and we were keeping possession really well, moving off the ball.” Passannante acknowledged that classmate Colin Lamb played a huge role in his goal. “It was a great play by Colin, a great find by him,” recalled Passannante. “I was inside the six so I just poked it in.” PHS ended up topping Moorestown by that 2-0 margin, warming up the chilly night as they enjoyed a raucous post-game celebration. Passannante acknowledged that PHS’s quick start made the difference. “It was back and forth after we got the two quick goals,” said Passannante. “They had their fair share of possession throughout the game so I think it was huge.” The stingy Little Tiger defense, which kept its shape as Moorestown desperately tried to get on the board, was also a huge factor in the win.
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“The organization in the back was great,” asserted Passannante. “Pablo [Arroyo] was doing a great job of organizing back there.” As a result, the PHS had a great feeling as they left Toms River and headed to the state final, the second trip to the final for Passannante, who helped PHS win the 2009 state title as a freshman. “It feels really good because it was pretty disappointing last year walking off this field,” said Passannante. “I know how they feel so it feels great to be back.” PHS head coach Wayne Sutcliffe credited Passannante with producing a great effort. “I thought Aidan had one of his best games ever tonight,” said Sutcliffe. “Aidan had a great game and if we are going to be successful in these games at this level, he has to have a game like he had tonight.” On Saturday, Passannante played well as PHS tied defending champion Ramapo 1-1 to end the
season as Group III cochampions. For Passannante, applying what he learned from his first title run helped PHS coming into last Saturday “We are doing it the same way we prepared in 2009,” said Passannante. “We are just bringing experience, knowing what it is like, warming up each time before a game, being in the locker room before the game, walking out onto the field, being in a pretty big crowd situation so I think that is what we bring.” Passannante and classmate Zach Halliday came full circle in their PHS soccer experience on Saturday as they bookended their careers with state titles. “We have been playing together probably since third of fourth grade,” said Passannante. “We have been playing together for a long time, great friends on and off the field. It is great that we are doing this together.” —Bill Alden
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As the Princeton High boys’ soccer team took the field last Saturday afternoon at The College of New Jersey to face undefeated Ramapo in the Group III state championship game, there was a boisterous throng of supporters in the grandstand behind its bench. The crowd rhythmically chanted P-H-S, P-H-S as the team took the field. The Little Tigers supporters, though, grew quiet and restless about 20 minutes later as defending champion Ramapo took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. But the energy and volume was restored on the PHS side in the second half after Scott Bechler headed a Chase Ealy cross into the back of the net to make it a 1-1 contest. As the game intensified into a riveting battle with
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PHS Fans Rocked TCNJ Stadium Keeping Up Energy Through OT PHS pressing forward and Ramapo holding on for dear life, the fans started stamping on the bleachers, adding to the din. After the teams played to a 1-1 draw t h rough regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, there was a hush as many expected the game to be decided by penalty kicks. When the crowd learned that the contest was to end in a stalemate with the teams declared as cochampions under NJSIAA rules, a final wave of noise descended as the PHS players jumped up to the stands to celebrate the title with their supporters. —Bill Alden
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PHS Girls’ Soccer Fights Hard to the End But Falls to Moorestown in Group III Semis Kate Kerr acknowledged that the Princeton High girls’ soccer team may have experienced a little stage fright last Wednesday as it faced Moorestown in the state Group III semis. “I think we were all just a bit nervous, never having been here before” said PHS senior midfielder Kerr. “We didn’t know what to expect. We never played or heard about Moorestown. I guess we were kind of on our heels in the first half but we did everything we could.” With Moorestown coming out of the gate at full speed, PHS found itself trailing 2-0 heading into halftime. The Little Tigers used the break for some soul-searching. “We just knew that we had to pick it up in the second half because we weren’t playing our game in the first half,” said Kerr. PHS did pick up the tempo in the second half, producing some spirited play at its offensive end of the field. Over the last 10 minutes of the game, Kerr, Ally Rogers, and Shannon Pawlak each generated scoring chances. But the Little Tigers were unable to find the back of the net and ended up losing by the 2-0 margin. In reflecting on the loss which left PHS with a final record of 16-3-1, Kerr felt that the Little Tigers just ran out of time. “If we had 10 more minutes, maybe we could have been able to finish because we were making some really great runs,” said
Kerr. Still, it was a great run for Kerr and her classmates, Meghan Brennan, Vanessa Guzman, Madison Luther, and Lauren Ullmann. “I think the seniors on the team took it all very seriously and we all took it to heart,” asserted Kerr. “We all realized how important and how much it affected us and we were all in this together. We were all supporting each other because we knew that we are all on the same page on this.” PHS head coach Greg Hand was on t he s ame page as Kerr in assessing his team’s valiant effort in defeat. “We played an excellent team tonight; I think we had to work our way into that game and it took us at least 40 minutes to get there,” lamented Hand. “By the time we came out in the second half and having agreed pretty much that the ingredient that was missing is exactly that ingredient we brought in the second half which is a commitment to win the play. We played them even, we had as good as they did throughout the second half.” In Hand’s view, the team’s progress throughout the contest served as a microcosm of a season that saw PHS get off to a pedestrian 2-2 start before gathering steam and winning the first sectional title in program history.
“There has been an enormous learning curve, we have gotten better and better” said Hand, who is in his 22nd season at the helm of the program. “Tonight’s second half is the best we have played all year, no doubt. The Notre Dame game [a 5-1 win on October 16] was perhaps our best one in the regular season. The Pennington game [0-0 stalemate in the Mercer County Tournament semis won by the Red Raiders on penalty kicks] was terrific. To get here, we had to get through a challenging tournament schedule. Our second half tonight was the best soccer we have played. And the fact that this team was very new, essentially reconstituted from last year’s team, and could learn so much about how to play the game on all levels, from individual through the whole team is a real exciting thing and a great accomplishment.” The team’s corps of seniors played a major role in that process. “It is just a terrific group,” asserted Hand. “Count everybody from the two seniors who stuck with us after being sidelined by ACLs [Ciara Celestin and Ellee de Baun] all the way through the kids like Madison Luther in the back who played 80 minutes in virtually all of our tournament games this year who last year was hardly getting any minutes at all and to those real money players who had terrific senior seasons, Kate,
Meghan, and Lauren. It is just terrific leadership and real inspiration from them in terms of their passion for the game and their caring about the team.” With such younger players as Haley Bodden, Kaitlyn Carduner, Gabby Deitch, Taylor Lis, Emily Pawlak, Shannon Pawlak, Jordan Provorny, Eva Reyes, and Ally Rogers slated to return, the future looks bright for the Little Tigers. “One of the messages tonight was you can’t talk about how we are going to be next year unless you earn the right to talk about it,” said Hand. “If you look at tonight’s game as a whole with two halves, one where we had problems that we weren’t solving really well to the second half where we came out and really did something significant, they earned the right to talk about what they might be able to do next year.” Kerr, for her part, enjoyed being the talk of the school over the last few weeks. “We are very proud of ourselves; everyone has been so supportive at school,” said Kerr, who plans to continue her soccer career at Franklin and Marshall. “Everyone in the hallways is telling us congratulations. We are all proud of ourselves, no one expected us to get this far.” —Bill Alden
STATE OF GRACE: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Kate Kerr goes after the ball in state tournament action. Senior midfielder Kerr helped PHS advance to the state Group III semifinals last Wednesday where the Little Tigers fell 2-0 to Moorestown. The defeat left PHS with a final record of 16-3-1 as it earned the first sectional title in program history. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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Over the last four seasons, Megan Ofner served as the go-to player for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team. The skilled forward scored 124 points over her stellar career, including 32 points last season on 19 goals and 13 assists as she helped PDS go 10-7 and win the Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic (WIHLMA) ‘B’ title. With Ofner now at Sacred Heart and playing for its Division I women’s hockey program, the Panthers are left figuring out how to pick up the slack offensively without their star. In the view of secondyear PDS head coach Lorna Gifis Cook, it will take more than one player to replace Ofner’s output and she is relying on production from senior tr i- captain Zeeza Cole (17 points on 11 goals and six assists last season) and juniors Mimi Matthews (13 points on five goals and eight assists) and Mary Travers, who was sidelined due to injury last year. “I am looking for a collective effort,” said Cook, whose team was slated to open the season with a game at Pingry on December 4 before hosting its annual tournament, now known as the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational at PDS, with a game against Summit on December 8 and the event wrapping up the next day. “I have been happy with Zeeza, Mar y, and Mimi. They are picking up where they left off last year. They are getting shots on the net with intention and they are hitting corners in practice. They just need to work on delivering in games.” The Panthers boast some depth at forward with junior Lexie Fairman, sophomores Sophie Ward and Sophie Jensen, and freshman Emma Stillwaggon. “Lexie improved a lot last year; she seems comfortable and excited about this year,” said Cook.
“She needs to build up her confidence early. Sophie Ward and Sophie Jensen bring energy and enthusiasm. They enjoy being part of the team and work as hard as they can. We need to give them specific roles and have them deliver. Emma as a freshman goes as hard as she can, I am trying to work with her on conserving energy but I love the enthusiasm.” Cook loves watching junior defenseman Robin Linzmayer (16 points in 2012-13) in action around the blue line. “Robin stands out every time she is on the ice; she takes control of the game,” asserted Cook of Linzmayer, an All-WIHLMA honorable mention choice last winter. “She needs to be confident in her decision-making and provide offense when it makes sense. She has to help us with our production.” PDS will need production for its two other veteran defensemen, junior Colby Triolo and senior tri-captain Louise Hutter. “Colby works harder than anybody, on and off the ice,” said Cook. “She is fun to coach and I was really happy with the way she improved last year. Louise is getting more confident with the puck. She will take her chances but she is smart. I have been really happy with her leadership. She is more vocal and has been eager to take charge.” Senior star goalie and tricaptain Daisy Mase has taken charge since she arrived at PDS as a sophomore, starting from day one. “Daisy gives us the confidence we need going into every game,” said Cook of the star netminder who had a goals against average of 2.3 and a save percentage of .916 in earning All-WIHLMA second-team honors. “She is going to steal some games for us and there will be other games hopefully that we won’t need to steal. There will be close games and she will keep us
close. She is one of the top goalies in the state. She is really competitive which is a great quality for a goalie because it means she never gives up.” Sophomore back-up goalie Katie Alden [this reporter’s daughter] is giving the team value. “A lot of the girls have commented on how much better Katie has gotten since last year,” said Cook. “She is very knowledgeable about what she has to do. She has grown three inches and being bigger and taller has helped her.” Cook is confident that the Panthers can make big strides this winter. “I am really excited about how much they are going to improve,” said Cook. “In terms of fundamentals, I have seen a big improvement already from where we were on the first day of practice. I think the fact that we have more skaters is good. We have more depth and the girls have to work hard to get playing time. A major key to success for PDS this winter will center on generating offense. “We need to be patient with the puck to see what is open on the ice and we need to work on getting the puck deep,” said Cook. “We need to work away from the puck. It starts with effort and the right kind of effort.” In Cook’s view, her players are ready to make that kind of effort. “The girls are smart and driven,” said Cook, noting that new assistant coach Brie Zdunkiewicz has added passion and defensive expertise to the program. “They are a very coachable group. It is a matter of building confidence.” —Bill Alden
PDS Boys’ Basketball Has Pieces in Place; Needs to Keep Focus to be Title Contender While the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball te a m was d is appoi nte d when it fell to Rutgers Prep in the state Prep B title game this past February, that defeat could be a blessing in disguise as the squad heads into this winter. “The Prep B is wide open and we are better from having been to the final last year,” said PDS co-head coach Paris McLean, who is in his sixth year guiding the program. “We learned a lot from that.” As PDS started its season with a game at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on December 4 before playing at Pennington on December 11, the postseason is not on the team’s radar. “I think it is going to be business as usual,” said McLean, who coached the Panthers to a 16-11 record in 2011-12. “We are going to focus on one practice at a time and one game at a time. We can’t be looking at the big picture. If we do the right things and take it step by step, we could make it back to the Prep B title game.” Senior guard Davon Reed has been doing the right things over his four-year career, gaining national attention on the way to committing to the University of Miami men’s hoops program. “Every year has been a breakout year for him; he has improved from year to year and I expect no different this year,” said McLean of Reed, who averaged 24.3 points a game last year as he passed the 1,000-point mark in his career. “He has some milestones on the horizon but he is still the same team player. He is much heavier, he is 6’6, 205. His defense is absolutely fantastic now, he has become a lock-down defender. He will be required to play in the post some of the time and he is finishing closer to the basket.” R e e d ’s i n c r e a s e d i n side presence exemplifies the metamorphosis of his game. “You have seen him go from skinny slasher as a freshman to shooter to scorer and now he is the complete package,” said McLean. “He can play all five positions. He is a guard. The way basketball is now so up and down, you can have 6’10 guys on the wing.” The Panthers feature two other top guards in juniors Deante Cole and Langston Glaude.
“Deante and Langston complement each other; they are familiar with each other and they are older, more s e as one d player s now,” said McLean, noting that 6’5 junior newcomer Chris Okorodudu should add perimeter scoring and that Tom Mar tino, Dan Jugo, Zack Banks and Josiah Meekins will provide further backcourt depth. “They were young pups before. They are taking leadership roles on the court and with the program.” PDS will be depending on seniors B.J. Dudeck and Tavante Brittingham to take a lead role in the post. “I am leaning on B.J. and Tavante to hold down the fort inside, they are both selfless players which is great,” said McLean, who should also get some good work in the paint from junior transfer Dan Lee. McLean is not hesitating to lean on his coaching staff which includes longtime assistant and former Princeton High standout Darius Young and PDS Director of Athletics Tim Williams, who has taken on a role as the co-head coach. “Darius did a fantastic job working with the boys on their conditioning in the summer and the fall, physically this team looks different,” said McLean.
“We look the part and we play the part. Coach Williams knows the game and it is good to have another coach on the bench to bounce things off. We run a similar offense and have similar defensive principles. We have wedded ideas, we get along well, and the kids see that.” PDS will need to execute those principles and ideas as it faces a gauntlet this winter with games against such formidable foes as Hun, Life Center, Robert Faux ( Pa.), and Rutgers Prep, in addition to competing in the Hill School Tournament and the Big Apple Classic. “I think this team can be as good as it wants to be,” maintained McLean. “If they are willing to put in the time and effort and focus on detail, the sky is the limit. We play 26 games. It is a challenging schedule but the boys are up for it.” In McLean’s view, his boys possess a special chemistry that will help them deal with the challenges ahead. “The kids really enjoy being with each other,” added McLean. “It is a nice culture. We like to say that PDS basketball is a lifestyle. It is about being good people on and off the court and having some fun. If some wins come along the way, that is great.” —Bill Alden
FINAL APPROACH: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball star Davon Reed races up the court in action last winter. The star senior guard, who averaged 24.3 points a game last year as he passed the 1,000-point mark in his career, is primed for a big final campaign. The Panthers were slated to start their season at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on December 4 before playing at Pennington on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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CREASE CONTROL: Princeton Day School star goalie Daisy Mase guards the crease in action last winter. PDS is looking for senior star and three-year starter Mase to build on her excellent season last winter which saw her record a goals against average of 2.3 and a save percentage of .916. The Panthers were slated to open the season with a game at Pingry on December 4 before hosting their annual tournament, now known as the Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational ’51 at PDS, with a game against Summit on December 8 and the event wrapping up the next day. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
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Hun Boys’ Basketball Showing Early Promise; Opening Season With a Pair of Impressive Wins
MOORE TO COME: Hun School boys’ basketball senior guard Hashim Moore drives up the court last Sunday in Hun’s 68-52 win over Friends Central (Pa.). The Princeton-bound Moore scored a team-high 13 points in the win which improved the Raiders to 2-0. Hun plays at Blair on December 5 before competing in the Peddie Tournament from December 7-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
Jon Stone had a good fe el i n g ab ou t h i s H u n School boys’ basketball team as it went through its preseason paces. “I am excited about working with these guys, it’s a good group,” said Hun head coach Jon Stone. “I have felt that way all along.” Stone’s feelings proved justified as the Raiders op e n e d t h e s e a s o n i n style last weekend as they hosted the MAPL-Friends Challenge. On Saturday, Hun topped the Shipley School ( Pa.) 89-62 and then posted a 68 -52 win over Friends Central ( Pa.) on Sunday afternoon. “I think I learned what I thought which was that our chemistry is good and we are willing to go out there and compete,” said Stone in assessing the two wins. “I think their ability to work together on the court as well as off the court is what showed this weekend and that is always great.” In the win over Friends
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the fourth quarter and I thought some of us needed work. That is part of where we are in the season.” Stone liked t he work he got over the weekend from his star senior guards Duke and Princeton-bound Moore. “T hey are both great players and give us so much in so many different ways,” said Stone. Hun is blessed with depth in the backcourt as Jason Geter and Michael Bourke also played well in the team’s first two outings. “We have so many other guys who can do different things,” said Stone. “Geter is steady as they go. Bourke is only going to get a lot better.” In Stone’s view, his frontcourt figures to get better and better as well. “You didn’t see Josh McGilvray’s best today; he is going to be pretty good,” said Stone. “Jake New man didn’t show all he can do today but he certainly did yesterday. Grant MacKay is
very steady as well. David Li has been giving us that spark off the bench too. They just do a lot of good things.” Hun has the ability to do a lot of different things on the court. “We can go big, we can go small,” asserted Stone. “We can shoot, we have guys that can drive and we have guys that can post. We really have some nice pieces; I am excited about this team.” Stone is excited about the challenges Hun will face over the next part of the season. “We are going to have a really tough week; we have Blair at Blair (on December 5) and then we have three straight games in the Peddie event (from December 7-9),” said Stone. “We are guaranteed to play St. Benedict’s, then Princeton Day Academy (Md.), and then Westtown (Pa.), which are all going to be tough games. We don’t have any breaks in our schedule. I think the key for us is being focused and continuing to get better. It is early so we have a lot of room for improvement.” —Bill Alden
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Playing her high school basketball for Immaculata in Somerville and then going on to a superb career at Caldwell College, Dana Leary wasn’t familiar with the St uar t Countr y Day School. But it didn’t take long for Leary to feel comfortable with Stuart after interviewing last spring for its vacant head basketball coaching position. “I had never heard of Stuart when I learned they were looking for a coach,” said Leary, who served as an assistant coach at her alma mater for three years and has been coaching AAU hoops for the last seven years. “I went in and met with Kim [Stuart athletic director Kim Ciarrocca]. I felt a connection with her and I loved the school. She was very enthusiastic about turning the athletic program around and I felt she was someone I would like to work for as a coach.” Getting the nod to replace Tony Bowman, Leary faces a turnaround project as she takes the helm of a program that suffered through a 0-15 campaign last winter. Leary, a 2008 Caldwell g rad who s cored 1,049 points and was a three-time member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Academic team during her college career, promises to be a breath of fresh air for the Tartans. “I made it clear to the girls that this is a brand new year,” said Leary, whose team is slated to open regular season action by playing at Kings Christian School on December 4 and at the Princeton Day School on December 5.
“Last year is over, we have to rebuild and create a positive environment and experience for the girls.” In creating that atmo sphere, Leary is focusing on basics. “I want this to be a season of growth for the girls; I want them to really learn the game,” said Leary. “Each day is a chance to get better and each day is an opportunity to grow as a team. I want them striving for their personal best and work to the best of their abilities because that will help the team.” In Leary’s view, she has some players w it h ability in the frontcourt in senior Summer Ramsay-Burrough, sophomore Nneka Onukwugha, and the Walsh sisters, junior Maggie and freshman Kate. “Summer has a good sense of the game that comes with playing experience,” said Leary. “S h e u n der s t a n d s t h e game. She is a leader and will be a captain. Nneka is only a sophomore and is doing a great job becoming stronger and being more aggressive around the basket. Maggie Walsh and Kate Walsh will also see time in the frontcourt. They are both big, strong post players. Maggie played well around the basket in our first scrimmage. Kate is only a freshman and we are working on her footwork. We want her to be more aggressive offensively.” The Tartans have some offensive threats around the perimeter in freshman Pam McGowen, senior Simr it Gill, and sophomore Harlyn Bell. “Right now, we have a freshman, Pam McGowen,
NEW LOOK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Nneka Onukwugha looks for a shot in action last winter. With new coach Dana Leary taking the helm, sophomore forward Onukwugha and the Tartans are excited for a fresh start after going 0-15 last winter. Stuart is slated to open regular season action by playing at Kings Christian School on December 4 and at the Princeton Day School on December 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
running the point; she played in the middle school and is very eager to develop as a point guard,” said Leary. “She has leadership skills and the confidence to handle the ball. She understands her role. Simrit Gill is look-
ing good, she understands the game. She has a nice outside shot but she is not afraid to go to the basket. Harlyn Bell will be in the other guard position. She has a nice outside shot but will also look to go to the basket.” As the Tartans gird for their first taste of regular season action, Leary isn’t wor r ied about w ins and
losses. “Our main goal right now is to get them to develop the fundamentals and understand the game of basketball,” said Leary, who is being assisted by Danielle Fraider. “We are focusing on defe n s e . P l a y i n g d e fe n s e doesn’t require a lot of talent, just hard work and desire and that is what we
are trying to get out of the girls.” Leary likes the work ethic she has already seen from her team. “This group works so hard,” asserted Leary. “They are so coachable and eager to learn. They ask the right questions. As a coach, it is so rewarding to see that.” —Bill Alden
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led by Randall West with 14 points. Lawrenceville plays at Pennington on December 5 before taking part in the Peddie School Invitational Tournament from December 7-9. ——— Girls’ Hockey: Unable to get its offense going, Lawrenceville lost twice last weekend on a trip to New England. On Saturday, the Big Red fell 1-0 to Taft. A day later, L aw rencev ille dropped a 9-1 decision at Choate. The Big Red, now 1-2, are next in action when they host the Quakers club team on December 8. ———
THEY’RE NO. 1: Members of the Princeton Basketball Club (PBC) 5th/6th grade girls’ team celebrate after recently winning the title in the Monroe Sports Center fall basketball league. The PBC squad topped Manalapan 21-13 in the championship game to finish the season with a 6-3 record. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Faith Carver, Karina Bharatiya, Samantha Singer, Eva Petrone, Shayla Marciano, Anna Intartaglia, and Sonia Bharatiya. In the back row, from left, are coach Clarence White, Kendall Levine, Angela Rose Quinn, Ella Kotsen, Olivia Intartaglia, Catherine Dyevich, and May Kotsen.
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Girls’ Basketball: Carey Million led the way as Hun topped Pennington 54-32 last Friday in the season opener for both teams. Senior forward Million scored 13 points in the win while Erica Brown had 11. The Raiders play at Penn Charter (Pa.) on December 6 before hosting the Shipley School ( Pa.) on December 8 and Lawrenceville on December 11. ——— Boys’ Hockey: Alex Vukasin had a big game as Hun tied Calvert Hall (Md.) 4-4 last Friday. Senior forward Vukasin tallied two goals as the Raiders moved to 0-11. Hun plays at the Pingry School on December 7 and the Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) on December 11. ———
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Lawrenceville Boys’ Basketball : Displaying good balance, Lawrenceville topped International Christian 77-35 last Saturday in its season opener. The Big Red had three players in double figures
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PDS B oys’ Hoc ke y : Connor Bitterman and Cody Triolo led the way as PDS routed Malvern Prep (Pa. ) 8-0 last Thursday in its season opener. Junior Bitterman and senior Triolo each scored two goals with senior goalie Connor Walker making 24 saves in earning the shutout. PDS kept rolling on Monday as it topped the Pennington School 10-0. In upcoming action, the Panthers host the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational Ice Hockey Tournament at PDS from December 7-8 at McGraw Rink. The Panthers are slated to play Rye Country Day on December 7 in the opening round of the tourney. ———
LAX will do its best to accommodate all players interested in joining the House League. PG LAX will also be offering its K-2 Clinic on Sunday afternoons for girls in grades K-2. The cost of the K-2 Clinic is $125. For m or e i n for m at ion about the PG LAX, please visit the PG Lax website at www.pglax.com.
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The Nassau Tennis Club is offering a free instructional tennis clinic for adults who have never (or barely) played tennis. The free 60-minute sessions will be held on: • December 10, 10 : 30 a.m.; • December 11, 11 a.m.; • December 12, 9:30 a.m.; • December 13, 10 : 30 a.m.; • December 15, 9 a.m.; • December 16, 5:30 p.m. The registration for Winter 2012 programs opens on December 1. Nassau Tennis offers instructional clinics for juniors and adults at all ability levels — from beginners to the advanced player as well as winter leagues. Sat, Sun Nassau Tennis is located in Skillman and the facility has 10 indoor hard courts, 5 outdoor Har-Tru courts, pro shop, pool, and a club house with locker rooms, viewing areas, babysitting, workout rooms and an area for socializing and parties. To register for the clinics or leagues, visit www.nas sautennis.net or call (908) 3598730. ———
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Bernice Lampert Bernice Lampert, age 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at her home at Edenwald in Towson, Md. She was born on January 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Rachel and Herman Finkel and was the middle child of two other sisters, Sylvia and Martha. By the age of 11, Bernice fell in love with ballet and began to learn and perform with the Littlefield Ballet in Philadelphia, Pa., also known at different times as Philadelphia Ballet and also the ballet troupe of the Chicago City Opera. On June 27, 1947 she married her sweetheart, Dr. A. Bruce Lampert ( Buzz) and they chose Princeton as a place to begin their life together. As a young bride, Bernice danced with the Cannon Ballet Company and performed every role from Swan Lake to the Sugar Plum Fairy. Alongside raising her two daughters and managing her husband’s dental practice, she taught ballet at her own home studio as well as the Princeton Ballet Society and performed with the PJ&B Players, founded and directed by the late Milton Lyon. Many will remember her many years of contribution to the Princeton Regional Ballet, not the least of which was her daughter Maxine, who danced with the Princeton Regional Ballet and went on to a professional career with major ballet companies, achieving principal dancer status. “Bernie” will be remembered as a bright spark to her two daughters, Lori Lampert and Maxine Lampert and her partner Dana William Rath and her “adopted” daughter, Barbara Feigh as well as the
James S. Gaspari died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 79. Born in New York City to the late Charles J. and Bertha (Cohn) Gaspari he lived in North Brunswick, New Jersey for over 50 years before retiring to Florida. He was a 1956 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania school of architecture and planning where he was a member of Beta Sigma Rho Fraternity, Hexagon Senior Honorary Society and the Architecture Society. He was a member of the track team, which competed at the international track and field meet at Oxford and Cambridge in 1955 and was an Ivy League champion in the shot put. Mr. Gaspari opened his own architectural and planning office in North Brunswick in 1967, James S. Gaspari, AIA, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 2009. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and designed many commercial, religious, and residential projects all over New Jersey and in 14 other states. He served on the New Jersey State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects for 11 years and served two years on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. He was also an adjunct professor of the landscape architecture department at Cook College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He was a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick for over 50 years. He had served as a captain in the United States Army in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition to his love for his profession of architecture, he was an avid sculptor, painter, and musician. Many of his works competed in juried exhibitions and won prizes, including the Trenton
State Museum. His wife of 44 years Florence (Miller) Gaspari died in 2000. Surviving are two daughters — Carol Gaspari Lerner and her husband Robert L. Lerner of Princeton, and Jennifer M. Gaspari of Orlando, Fla.; a son Charles M. “Chuck” Gaspari and his wife Kristen H. Gaspari of Delray Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren — Dana and Jordan Lerner and Jonas and James Gaspari ; two brothers-in-law — Kalman Miller of Somerset and Robert S. Miller of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and his companion Glenna Gundel. Fu n e r a l s e r v i c e s to ok place at noon on Tuesday, December 4 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in North Brunswick. Arrangements are u nder t he direct ion of Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick. ———
Anne Bobo Anne Bobo, my mother, died on November 4, 2012 at 5:29 p.m. She was 63 years old. To most of the folks who knew her casually, she was an artist, an educator, and an historian. I am not here to commemorate her career because it ended with her, and her end robbed us of things more important than her professional life. Instead, I want to talk about her laughter, her sense of mischief, and the joy she took from simple pleasures. My father and I have hundreds of pictures of the three of us together, overlooking canyons and oceans, standing at the bases of mountains and at the edges of plains. In that way, she remains with us: a vision at twenty-two, a frazzled yet patient mother in her 40s, a warm and determined survivor into her 60s. Circumstances, careers, and clothes changed across that period, but the one constant is also the only thing truly lost to us: her laughter. A s a ch i ld play i ng i n the break room at Mercer Count y Communit y College, I heard a coworker tell my mother that he wanted her in the audience of every play he put on; her laughter was better than any paid shill. She had a way of turning an entire room into coconspirators, making everyone complicit in her delight. Beyond being bubbly, rich, and warm, her laughter was
unselfconscious. It unraveled the artifice of entertainment — seats, lights, chairs, companions — and took people out of themselves in the best possible way: you are here, this is funny. Why not laugh with me? She also believed that rules were meant be nudged, so long as there was no harm done. For her, teaching was done all day, every day, and the process of learning necessarily made one a bit of a scamp; a certain amount of tut-tutting was the price to be paid for a full life. When I was a child she was always willing to keep a weather eye out for security guards when she felt I needed a closer peek at the dinosaur bones in the Museum of Natural History, or to peer at the brushwork in a Seurat or Monet. As her illnesses drew in the physical boundaries of her world, she was content to cadge an extra piece of dessert from my father — against doctor’s orders — or take a sip of red wine that, strictly speaking, she oughtn’t have. T hese lit t le rebellions were a way for my mother to hold on to the life she’d had before the demands of her health crowded out the comforts of indulgence. To my father’s credit, he filled her life with small hedonisms as best he could: breakfast in bed, engaging conversation, small gifts, and big meals. In one of the last pictures I have of them, they are standing with their backs to me, side by side, looking out over the rose bushes he planted in the garden she built. Today that garden is brown and our family meals are quieter, but she remains
a warm presence in our hearts and memories, if not in our home. Anne Bobo is survived by her husband, Nestor Arroyo of East Windsor, her son, Adrian Arroyo of Cambridge Mass., her sister, Susan D’arcy of Baltimore Md., and her brother, William Bobo of Hinsdale, Ill. A memorial service will be held on December 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Princeton Monthly Meeting, Quaker Road and Mercer Street in Princeton N.J., 08540. Please extend condolences at www.TheKimbleFuneral Home.com. ———
Virgina Dey Craig Born and raised in G r iggs tow n, Mr s. Cra ig lived on Bunker Hill Road. She attended the one room schoolhouse in Griggstown and graduated from Princeton High School. She attended New Jersey College for Women, now Douglas College, in New Brunswick. She retired in 1973 after 33 years of service in the Purchasing Department of Johnson and Johnson. Mrs. Craig was a member of the Goodwin Society and Capital Society of Colonial Williamsburg, Va. She was also a member of the Griggstown Historical Society. Mrs. Craig’s husband, Howard M. Craig, died in 1997 after 51 years of marriage. She was the daughter of the late Madge (Fagan) Dey, a native of Griggstown, and the late Harold Dey. She is survived by her cousins and special friends. Funeral ser vices will be private and under the
direction of A.S. Cole Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury. ———
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many others who unite in the afterglow of happy times and the echoes of treasured memories. Her girls are eternally grateful for the intangible abundance with which they’ve been blessed. T h e m e m or ia l s er v ice and celebration of Bernice Lampert’s life will be held at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. Please extend condolences at www.TheKimbleFuneral Home.com. ———
Gabriella F. Eggers, 67, of Princeton died November 25 at the University Medical Center of Princeton, surrounded by her family. The cause of her death was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Daughter of Ann T. Reed of Skillman, and the late Samuel C. Finnell, Jr., Gay was born in Charleston, S.C. and educated at the MacDuffie S chool, Centre College, and Hartwell House in Aylesbury, U.K. She was an editorial assistant at Scribner’s, worked for the CUNY Center for Social Research, was a field researcher for System Sciences, and spent 20 years as program manager in the linguistics program at Princeton University. She was a member of the Present Day Club of Princeton. She is sur vived by her mother; her devoted husband L. Christopher B. Eggers of Princeton, and her beloved daughter Ann T. Eggers of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her sister Rebecca Finnell and brother-in-law Francois Vuilleumier of Piermont, N.Y.; sister Ann Finnell and brother-in-law Peter Tomlinson of Edison; her brother Samuel C. Finnell III and sister-in-law Molly Finnell of Skillman; and her loving nieces and nephews. Services will be private.
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Lucile Coffey Wade Lucile Coffey Wade, long time resident of Princeton, passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton, after an extended period with cancer. She was 85 years old. Her husband Alfred M. Wade, predeceased her in February 25, 1980. Lucile was born in Plainfield, Connecticut on January 30, 1927. In 1949, she moved to Princeton and worked as a head secretary at the Textile Research Institute (TRI). She married Alfred M. Wade on April 26, 1957, and the following year, had a son, James M. Wade, born November 26, 1958. Lucile is survived by her son, James M. Wade, 53, of Princeton, a sister, Catherine A. Coffey, 91, residing at Ashlar Village Retirement Facility, in Wallingford, Connecticut, and a step-daughter, Molly McGrath, 74, of New York City, from a previous marriage of Alfred M. Wade. There was a private interment and service at 1 p.m., on November 28, 2012 at All Saints Church Cemetery in Princeton.
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The Friendship Circle will host their third annual family Chanukah Bowl on Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Slocums Bowl-ODrome in Ewing. The Friendship Circle is an enriching program that brings smiles and hope to children and adults with special needs. According to its director, Rabbi Shmuel Wilhelm, “The Friendship Circle enlists the help of teenage volunteers who visit these special children on a weekly basis. The volunteer’s mission is to develop a relationship with the child through special playtime activities, creative art projects, learning new skills and reading books together.” “Children react differently with a teenage friend. They feel comfortable; they open up. This relationship is a unique experience where both ‘friends’ are infinitely enriched. In addition, a new face provides some desperately needed respite for family members by relieving the stress from the parents and
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214 Nassau Street, Princeton TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Advent Reconciliation Service with Individual Confessions Msgr. Walter Nolan, Pastor7pm (Bi-lingual) MONDAY, DECEMBER 24: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Mass at 4pm with Children’s Choir and carols beginning at 3:30pm Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Mass at 4pm in School Gym • Mass at 6pm • Mass in Spanish at 8pm Sunday: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 and 5:00 Midnight Mass at 12am with carols beginning at 11:30pm p.m. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Mass atSunday 7, 8:30, 10 &at 11:30am evening mass Mass in Spanish: 7:00• No p.m.
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RENT NASSAU STREET APT: 2 BR, 1 bath, available immediately. $1,850/mo. includes 1 parking space. Walking distance to university & town. Contact Vince, (908) 963-9072. 12-05-3t USER – FRIENDLY TUTOR: Experienced Princeton U. graduate; MA Teaching; perfect SAT’s. SAT prep, college essay writing, testing & study skills, grade 6 to AP math, science, English, Spanish. Public, private & homeschooled. See BrightTigerTutoring.com for references & more! (609) 480-0811 or brighttgr@ gmail.com 12-05-4t HIGH QUALITY HOUSECLEANING: Have experience in detailed housecleaning with small to large sized homes. Responsible, caring & a hard worker. Call me for references, (609) 375-6046. 11-28-6t
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So here we are into December and as such, 2012 is almost in the books and we can start to reflect on what has happened in terms of area real estate. All in all, things continue to get better from a general standpoint, most municipalities are experiencing another year of increased unit sales (number of contracts), Princeton (Borough and Township combined, more appropriate than ever now that we are becoming one municipality) will be a 3rd year in a row of steady increase, while Pennington and Hopewell Township have seen more dramatic increases. Pricing remains lower in the Princetons, where the average sale price is currently more in line with the 2004 average sale price, but with 3 years of increased unit sales, how much longer will that be the case? Nationally as pricing and units have steadily rebounded, it looks as if our market is heading in the right direction now as well. There’s a lot more to this and a year end report will be done soon, but in the meantime, whether buying or selling, let me know if I can help! https://twitter.com/#!/christinphillip http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaPhillipsRealtor Office: 609-921-1050 • Cell: 917-208-5724 email@example.com http://homesweetprinceton.com
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THE PERFECT GIFT ! Beautifully built center hall colonial in Princeton’s Western section has a large foyer opening to the living room on the left and the coffered ceilinged dining room on the right. Gorgeous oak floors throughout enhance the formal, but friendly, feel of the house. The kitchen is a chef’s delight--come check out the special granite counters, commercial stove, and top-of-the-line appliances. Open to the family room, the kitchen has tons of storage, beautiful cabinetry, desk, and a perfect island. The spacious breakfast area opens to the large custom deck--very private! One of the things you are bound to enjoy is the gas fireplace (one of two) in the family room, and visible from the kitchen, as well. Custom moulding and finishes abound, and the wall of bookshelves makes displaying your collections---books, pottery, whatever-- a breeze. On this floor you will find a study tucked away for privacy, and the conveniently located laundry room. Upstairs, (choose your staircase-there are 2 ), are five bedrooms and three full baths. One of the sweetest bedrooms has a palladian -type window, enabling light to pour in. Another is en-suite, and has a walk-in closet. All very special. On the same floor, but in it’s own area, is the master suite. This is a true delight, with a sort of ante-room opening to the sitting room. Here you will find that second fireplace mentioned earlier. The bedroom itself has a tray ceiling, and leads to the dressing room and sybaritic bathroom. Terrific tile, whirlpool tub, super space and more---truly one of the best we’ve seen!! But wait--there’s more!! The lower level has one of the most professionally finished basements ever. And don’t forget the three car garage! We are so pleased to offer, for the original owners, this six year old house in one of the most elegant sections of Princeton. $1,550,000
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RUMMAGE SALE: Saturday December 8 from 9 until noon. 905 Herrontown Road, off Route 206 in Princeton. Lots of new items donated, including furniture, books, electronics, bric-a-brac, antiques, Christmas, toys, kitchen, hardware, sports, linens, art & clothes. Stop by for the last sale of the year!!
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FOR RENT IN PRINCETON: Brand new 1 BR apartment in center of town. $1,750. w/parking. Available January. (609) 688-9999 12-05
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HOUSING WANTED: Wisconsin grad-female rower seeking host family to stay with while training with national team in Princeton. Loves baking, pets & reading. Please call (608) 225-6081. 12-05 FOR SALE: 50+ years of stuff. Contents of Princeton Borough house for sale. Furniture, lamps, vintage clothes & linens, tools, toboggans, Christmas, antiques, decorative items & much more! Cash & carry. (732) 355-2993. 12-05 ONE DAY HAULING: We service all of your cleaning & removal needs. Attics, basements, yards, debris & demolition clean up, concrete, junk cars & more. The best for less! Call (609) 743-6065. 11-28-2t
RECEPTIONIST with multitasks. Part-time for busy doctor’s office. Fax resume to (908) 241-1172 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org 11-28-2t
LIVE-IN HOME HEALTH AIDES: Homewatch CareGivers is seeking live-in Home Health Aides to provide services to our clients in the greater Mercer County area. Applicants must have current HHA certification. Apply by calling (609) 423-1200 or online at www.homewatchcaregivers.com 12-05-2t
HOLIDAY SALES ASSOCIATES: needed for a local family owned women’s clothing boutique in Princeton. Competitive hourly based salary + commission. Email misssimoni@ yahoo.com; visit www.misssimoni. com 12-05
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ADD ON OR BUY? Homeowners should consider several questions before deciding to add on to an existing home or move up in the market to a house with more square footage. How much money do you have available for remodeling your current house? How much additional space do you require? Is there room to expand on the ground level or will the foundation of your present home support a second floor? What will the local zoning and building ordinances permit? How much equity do you have in the property? Are there affordable properties for sale that would satisfy your housing needs? Consider your neighborhood--it makes more sense to add on to a smaller house than to over-improve the largest home in the area. Your decision should ultimately be based on your individual needs, the extent of the work involved and which features will add the most value. According to industry experts, buyers are always enthusiastic about stateof-the art kitchens and bathrooms.
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OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1–4 PM For more details visit: www.76CrookedTree.info Princeton Township: Looking for a Princeton address with a feel of a retreat on a tree-lined street? This spacious 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath home welcomes you the instant you walk through the front door. You will be greeted by an open foyer that spills into the living room with light hardwood floors and wall to wall views of the lush backyard. Views continue in the adjacent family room which has all the comforts of home, from the wood burning fireplace with brick surround to the built in bar area with sink, refrigerator and wine cooler. The kitchen has beautiful built-in cabinetry and boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertop, skylight and breakfast area. First floor master bedroom features en-suite bath with walk in closet and large walk-in tiled shower. Two additional bedrooms are on the first floor. Upstairs you will find more hardwood flooring in addition to 3 more bedrooms, hall bath, and plenty of storage space from 4 oversized hall closets. Backyard is a true gem with a paver patio and walkway to a fenced in-ground pool. Directions: Snowden, Right on Herrontown, Left on Crooked Tree. Marketed by Beatrice Bloom $894,999
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Princeton Township: This charming single family home in Littlebrook School area offers a flexible floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. Features include hardwood floors throughout, a spacious living/dining room with fireplace, a bright kitchen with tile floor and newer appliances, newer windows, a renovated bath, moldings and a detached 2 car garage, all on a beautiful private setting. The walk-out basement has laundry area and storage. The current owner uses the 3rd bedroom as a family room. Walk to town and schools from this great Borough location.
Princeton Township: Charming 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a beach vibe in a country setting. Located next to Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve - walk to town, school, and pool. Home dates to the mid 1700’s but renovations have created an open and spacious interior with current systems throughout.
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