Women in Science

Laura Cook, a junior at High School North, has been instrumental in starting the youth division of Women in Science, an organization she discovered while searching for volunteer opportunities on the Internet. She corresponded with the Central Jersey chapter’s vice president, Mary-Jo Egbert, and they have teamed up to create the first youth division of the organization in the United States, which will service the tri-state area.

The inaugural meeting of the Youth Association for Women in Science will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Plainsboro Public Library. The speaker is Tabor Morris, a physics professor at Georgian Court University. She will talk about being a scientist – and a woman. She will also answer questions about physics.

Cook was born in Princeton and raised in West Windsor. Her mother, Joanne, is a dental hygienist for the Princeton Dental Group. Her father, Raymond, is a graphic designer with 361 Design Group in Princeton.

""I’m thinking of going into medicine like my grandfather,"" she says. ""He was in family practice and was always so close with his patients."" She says her grandfather, Alfred S Cook Jr., a general practitioner in Princeton for close to 50 years, is her role model.

""I started getting involved by volunteering at the hospital in Princeton while I was in seventh grade,"" she says. At the hospital, she is involved in some patient care such as helping the nurses with call lights and running errands.

There is also a creative side to Cook who sings, dances, acts, and plays the violin. She was appeared in High School North’s spring musicals ""Annie"" and ""The Music Man."" She studies dance at Dance Spectrums. Studying violin since age seven at Westminster Conservatory, she now studies with Kiri Murakami in New York City. A member of the school’s orchestra, she is very excited about their upcoming performance of Carmina Burana at the Kimmel Center in May.

Now studying physics honors she says she will probably choose between an advanced placement course, genetics, or human anatomy in her senior year. Her guidance counselor, Theresa Lipscey, has encouraged her to apply for the mini medical school held at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the spring.

""We are trying to create a fun and exciting environment for young women to learn about, participate in activities pertaining to, and develop a respect for science in both the workplace and academic categories,"" she says. ""We think we will get a good response from both high schools as well as the students in Ms. Egbert’s robotics class.""

For information visit www.Yawis.org or call 609-275-2939.

Record Breakers

Anthony Guidotti, physical education teacher at Millstone River School, organized a record breaker event. Kelly Kasper, a High School South student assisted him. The schools’ fourth grade students and staff celebrated the day by participating in a variety of activities including naming state capitals, hula hoop twirling, and push up competitions recently.

Music on the Fields

Both High School North and South marching bands hit a high note with first place wins in all categories at the September 18 band competition in Piscataway.

High School North took all of the awards in group I category. They are led by Mark Bencivengo, band director, and Michelle Voorhees, guard instructor.

High School South beat out five other bands in the group II category to win best music, marching, color guard, percussion, and overall effect. The 62-member band is under the direction of Anthony Pappalardo, and assisted by Scott Collins, Mark Fisher, and Michael Davis. The theme this year is ""Dangerous Oceans,"" which features music from ""Pirates of the Caribbean."" Their next competitions are at Villanova University, October 9, and the College of New Jersey, October 24.

Kelsey Review

Several area residents and artists have their works published in the Kelsey Review, Mercer County College’s community-based literary journal. This is the 16th consecutive year since its revival in 1988. The free publication, supported by Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, is available at area libraries and bookstores.

Dave Olson’s artwork, ""Brownie’s Gate,"" appears on page 6. Olson, a teacher at High School North, has lived in Plainsboro for 10 years with his wife, Kathleen Cooney, and their two sons, Sean and Jake. He is vice president of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Pop Warner Wildcat football team. He studies art with Joe Gyurczak and according to his bio in the review, he draws ""pretty much any and every chance I can beg, borrow, or steal.""

Mary Mallery wrote the poem, ""My Mother’s Purse,"" which appears on page 32 of the journal. A resident of West Windsor, she works at Montclair State University Library. Her poetry has been published in journals including Soundings and New York Five. She has had short stories published in previous Kelsey Reviews and the U.S.1 summer fiction issue.

James McCullough’s short story, ""The Glimmer Man,"" begins on page 61. A language arts and creative writing teacher at High School North, he is working on a novel and an MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lives in Princeton with his wife, Jennifer.

Michele J. Russo’s poem, ""Nine Eleven,"" is on page 58. As early childhood project coordinator for Young Audiences of New Jersey at 12 Roszel Road in West Windsor, Russo works with preschoolers and their teachers in underserved areas of New Jersey. She lives in Trenton.

Mary Quinn wrote ""Last Move,"" a story about a mother and her two daughters. This is her second story to appear in the review. Quinn is a grants administrator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Plainsboro. She attends evening writing classes and workshops at Rider University.

Manuscripts for next year’s edition will be accepted for submission until May 1, 2005. Contributors must live or work in Mercer County. Contact Robin Schore at 609-586-4800 ext. 3326 or E-mail Kelsey.review@mccc.edu.

Karr’s Korner

Thea Burke, Wendy Rosenthal, and Michelle Soller, co-presidents of Wicoff School’s PTA, were instrumental in the creation of Karr’s Korner, an area outside of the school dedicated to former teacher and assistant principal Lynn Karr, who retired in June.

The trio imagined the area and raised funds to build it, hoping that it will become a special quiet reading place for students and staff, as it is shaded by plants and trees and decorated with a beautiful canvas mural painted by Wicoff parent Diane Rothschild.

""Mrs. Karr has been a role model for parents and for students,"" says Burke. ""It is an honor and privilege to know her. We hope this beautiful spot, right outside the school, will keep her in our hearts and the students’ hearts forever.""

A plaque, embedded in the beautiful stone floor, states, ""Dedicated to Lynn Karr for 31 years of service to the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. A great teacher, assistant principal, and friend.""

Teachers as Scholars

West Windsor-Plainsboro School District faculty members participating in seminars at Princeton University’s ""Teachers as Scholars"" program include:

Ellen Bruggeman, The Nature and Use of Human Language; Eileen Chubik-Kwis, Technology in American Life; Seamus Dowling, Ancient Egypt and Its Hieroglyphs; Karen Galley, The Process of Scientific Discovery; Ellen Glassband, Fast-Talking Dames; Debbie Goodkin, Laughing at Love: Shakespeare’s Comedies; and Anthony Guidotti Jr., The Singing, Creative Writing Program.

Also, Sarah Hugger, Cain and Abel; Audrey Kennan, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; Karen Kelley, Why Can’t the United States Get Its Act Together with the International Human Rights System?; Teresa Maone, The Big Bang and the Expanding Universe; Mary Parker, Children, Grownups, and Wild Things: Classics by Sendak, Kipling, Jarrell, and E.B. White; Edward Ray, Impressionism in Focus: Claude Monet; and Tarynn Yokomizo, The Salem Witch Trials.

The program is a partnership between Princeton University and surrounding school districts formed with the objective of providing scholarly and intellectually engaging opportunities for teachers.

Music on the Stage

Shannon Ferrara, band director at Village Elementary School, appears on stage playing reed instruments with the orchestra of ""How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"" at Kelsey Theater through Sunday. She and her husband, Frank, co-producers of the production by the Pennington Players, are former Plainsboro residents. Also in the orchestra is bass player Solomon Guhl-Miller, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 1998.

On Television

George Gati of West Windsor and Savanna Jackson of Plainsboro have teamed up to present a program of interviews with Rush Holt and Bill Spadea, candidates for the 12th congressional district seat. Gati hosts the half-hour interviews with the candidates.

The program is produced by public access station TV 30 in Princeton. At this time, the program is only available to Princeton Patriot Cable subscribers. Plans are to air it on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. from October 12 to 31. For more information visit www.princetontv.org.

Run for the Cure

Shapes USA, a fitness and weight loss club in West Windsor, has a team of 25 participants walking and running in the 5K Komen New Jersey Race for the Cure on Sunday, October 17. Their goal is to raise $2,"000 in donations toward breast cancer research.

""Many of our members have watched our mothers, sisters, and friends battle breast cancer,"" says Evelyn Grossman, owner of the business. ""Participating in the Race for the Cure allows us to show our support and love for these special women in our lives.""

Team members include Grossman, Deborah Brett, Gianna Durso-Finley, Mary Jo Gonsiorowski, Erin Higgins, Patricia Higgins, David Hoffman, Fran Hoffman, Patrick Hoffman, Elisabeth Joseph, Tatjana Matos, Deborah McDermott, Judith Miller, Shoreh Miller, Kristyn Pecsi, Linda Pecsi, Gayle Redavid, Amanda Richards, Susan Richards, Linda Scherr, Kathleen Schwartz, Elisa Spiegel, Kyle Subramanian, and Joy Whipple.

Curves of West Windsor and Plainsboro will also be participating in the Race for the Cure. Owner Nancy Menchin is waiving the initial service fee for women who join Curves during the week of October 11 – if they have had a recent mammogram.

""Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women aside from skin cancer,"" she says. ""As an organization committed to improving the health of women, all of us at Curves feel strongly about helping get the word out about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.""

For information contact Curves at 217 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-750-1100; and 660 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-716-6262.

Cancer Research

Barton A. Kamen, M.D. of West Windsor was nominated by Governor James E. McGreevey to the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research. Nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the senate.

Kamen, one of the world’s leading pediatric oncology specialists, is chief of the division of pediatric hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The only pediatric oncologist in the United States to be named an American Cancer Society clinical research professor, he is currently developing treatments that are less toxic for children with cancer.

A member of the board of directors, Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer, Kamen is an associate editor of Cancer Research Therapy and Control. He has published more than 200 articles and book chapters on pediatric oncology.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve Medical School, Class of 1976, he had internships and a fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.

Art on the Walls

Zakia Sayed, an art teacher in West Windsor, is instrumental in the current exhibition at West Windsor Library. Zakia Art Alliance, a six-week class at Mercer Community College, has mainly adult students. Area students include Lina Chao of West Windsor and Kyle Van Dyke of Plainsboro. The reception for the group show is Saturday, October 9, 2 to 4 p.m.; and the exhibit is on view through October 29.

Hurricane Relief

Princeton Alliance Church sent a 16-member team, ranging in age from 10 to 73, to Florida where they spent a week removing debris, cutting fallen tress, and covering holes in roofs. West Windsor residents included Mary Jo Gonsiorowski, and Alissa, Megan, and Bonnie Gay. Lisa and David Velez of Plainsboro joined them.

On August 19, after Hurricane Charley hit Florida, PAC offered help to Sarasota Alliance Church, which had lost its roof. They also needed assistance as members’ homes had suffered extensive damage. Their immediate need was for generators, roofing supplies, ice, and manual can openers. By that afternoon, volunteers in Plainsboro had purchased 114 can openers and shipped them overnight with a check for $3,"000 to be used for preparing hot meals.

In a special offering, the church raised an additional $10,"000 to help the devastated community. By the weekend, volunteers had collected a wide range of needed supplies, and on August 22, a church truck was loaded with generators, tarps, roofing supplies, blankets, clothing, canned food, coffee, water, batteries, flashlights, diapers, dry milk, baby formula, waterless hand sanitizer, blankets, socks, children’s clothing, toys, baby food, work gloves, and plastic bags. The team left 24 hours later in two vehicles. Housed in the gym of the church, the team went to Port Charlotte for daily assignments.

When Hurricane Frances hit Florida, it caused more damage in the community. With Hurricane Ivan on the move toward the area, the church called for more generators and PAC members organized to collect more supplies and left on September 11 in a van.

In an E-mail message Sarasota Church wrote: ""All the supplies arrived. We are so appreciative and thankful for the gang at PAC! We have been truly blessed by your congregation and their gifts. Thank you again for all that you have done for us. We and all the others that you have made an impact on have been truly blessed.""

Milk and Cookies

West Windsor and Plainsboro Girl Scouts are busy selling cookies during their annual fundraising event. The sale of cookies to raise money for troop activities began in 1917 – when the girls baked the cookies themselves. Since 1936, professional bakers have taken over the baking reins. In 1956 the popular chocolate mint – now known as the thin mint cookie – made its debut.

If the girls do not come to your door, at home or at work, look for them at cookie booths in the area. Scouts will have a booth on Sunday, November 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at McCaffrey’s in Southfield Shopping Center, West Windsor. Call 732-821-9090 for information about cookies or Girl Scouts.


Oh No So Ho, owned by Cindy Sauber of West Windsor, has relocated back to Southfield Shopping Center – only doors down from its original location. The store features jewelry and gift items including an eclectic mix of accessories for the body and home. On October 2 the grand opening event included musical entertainment by High School North choral students and the jazz ensemble. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday and by special appointment. Call 609-716-8106 for information.


Princeton HealthCare System has announced the following births:

A daughter was born to Plainsboro residents Charu Wadhwa and Naveen Kumar, September 21.

Sons were born to Plainsboro residents Samanatha and Christopher Clark, September 13; Disha and Deepak Gurjar, September 23; and Shu-Chu and Ming-Hsing Lin, September 24.

A daughter was born to West Windsor residents Sabita Nayak and Arvind Sharma, September 7.

A son was born to West Windsor residents Lisa Lamattina and Henry Black, September 20.


William Shargo, 83, of Somers Point died August 31 at Shore Memorial Hospital. Survivors include a daughter Katherine of Plainsboro.

William M. Bridgens, 52, died September 4 in Milford, Delaware. He worked in the aerospace industry for Lockheed-Martin in West Windsor for over 14 years. Donations may be made to Sunshine Foundation of Mercer County, Box 55130, Trenton 08638.

Kitty Spector Sang, 92, died September 16 at Pavilion at Forrestal Nursing Home in Plainsboro. A former East Windsor resident, she was a self-employed nursery school teacher for 30 years. Survivors include a son, Peter Sang of Maine; and three daughters, Tamara Poliseno of West Windsor, Marjorie Cohen of Long Island, New York, and Barbara Sang of New York City. Donations may be made to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648.

Mary Robinson, 94, of Seaside Park died September 21 at the Manchester Manor Nursing Home. Survivors include Frank T. and Colleen Robinson of West Windsor. Donations may be made to the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad, J Street, Seaside Park 08752, or Deborah Hospital, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills 08015.

Virginia Kenney Hatch, 75, of Connecticut died September 24 while in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the wedding of her grandson. Survivors include daughter, Barbara Weren, and grandchildren, Serena, Timothy, and Jessica Weren, all of Plainsboro. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897, or the Moran Eye Center Campaign for Vision, 50 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132.

Isidore L. Demarco, 90, of Hamilton Township died September 24 at Water’s Edge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Virginia R. and Dominic Caruso of West Windsor. Donations may be made to Alzheimer Association, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville 07834.

Peter J. Sciarrotta, 67, died September 24 at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in Hamilton. He retired from the West Windsor-Plainsboro School system in 2003 after 11 years of service in the maintenance department. Donations may be made to Holy Innocents Society, H.I.S. Group Fund, c/o Roseanna Romanello, 5 Shelburne Drive, Trenton 08638.

H. Water Ebner, 86, of Dundee, Florida, died September 26 in Winter Haven. Survivors include his daughter Norma L. Ebner of Plainsboro. Donations may be made to Dundee Methodist Church Building Fund, Box 1688, Dundee, Florida 33838.