Hair It Is

Village School students donated 170 inches of hair to Locks of Love this week. Sharon Minore, a physical education teacher at the school. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that creates hairpieces for children under 18 who suffer from hair loss due to medical reasons.

“Last spring I began thinking of Locks of Love as a cause,” Minore says. “My cousin told me that she did it a few times and I knew that hair grows an inch a month. With Thanksgiving being the time to think of others, I told the students that we would be doing this in the fall.”

Minore has been leading the students in health-related causes since the school opened four years ago, including Jump for Heart, in which they placed in the top 10 schools, and the Walk for Diabetes, in which they placed second in the state.

The Village School students had a friend in school who lost her hair due to medical treatments and a Wicoff teacher died from cancer last year.

On Monday, November 15, a school bus took 12 girls and Minore to Hair It Is at Foxmoor Shopping Center in Hamilton for their haircuts. Stylist Diane Van Camp organized the event. “The shop opened especially for us as they are normally closed on Mondays,” Minore says, adding, “Our school is very community and charity-minded. The children are very caring for individuals.” Three more girls, who had had their hair cut over the summer, gave their ponytails and joined the salon group for lunch. (Raisha Friedman; Sofia Zenzola, who got her hair cut in Venzuela and brought two ponytails — her own and her hairdresser’s; and Madalyn Mozenter, who also brought two — her own and her sister’s.)

Visit locksoflove.org for information about how to donate hair or money, or to volunteer.

High Notes

Five area residents are members of the All-State Orchestra, which presented its 77th annual program on Sunday, November 14, at Prudential Hall, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark. The 94-member group represents 47 municipalities. Plainsboro residents include Victor Chu, Ronald Huang, Eric Kang, and Michael Zhao. Alan Chin is from West Windsor.

The program included Josef Rheinberger’s Abendlied, Davis N. Childs’ Ave Verum Corpus, Eric Whitacre’s Little Birds, and Carol Jenning’s A Feast of Lanterns. With the choir they performed Andre Thomas’ I Hear America Singing.

Photography Debut

Kali McMillan, a junior at High School South, has a photograph in the current exhibit at Gallery 125 in Trenton. The exhibit runs through February 4. The Gallery is located at 125 South Warren Street. For information call 609-989-9119.

Concerto Winner

Joshua Everett Andre w Suslak of West Windsor was the first place winner of the Westminster Conservatory 2004 Concerto Competition. Suslak, 14, performed his final audition on Sunday, November 14, in Bristol Chapel at Westminster Choir College. He will perform with Westminster Community Orchestra, March 19 at Richardson Auditorium.

Suslak was also just named the first place winner in the Music Teachers of New Jersey Master Class as both a solo performer and a chamber performer. His chamber group includes a cellist and a violinist. He also won the High School South Talent Night for small group performers and will be donating his talents to the High School choir’s silent auction, which will be held on Sunday, December 12. Participants can bid on Suslak to perform at a function or party.

He continues to entertain seniors in the area with show tunes and classical music. If you miss Suslak during the next few chilly months, watch for him at the West Windsor Township Summer Concert Series next July.

Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet’s production of “Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker,” opening at McCarter Theater on Saturday, November 20, includes several West Windsor and Plainsboro students. ARB is celebrating 41 years of Nutcracker performances with artistic director Graham Lustig’s innovative interpretation of the holiday classic. It is set at the beginning of the 20th century allowing for flowing Edwardian costumes and more fluid choreography.

Plainsboro students include Nicole Malaya, Ivonne Liu, Kathleen McEwen, and Linda Wang. West Windsor students include Stephen David Campanella, Emma Ford, Rebecca Lipschutz, Katherine Jane Meduski, Jillian Ojeda, and Nora Owens. Also, Katherine Amigo, Nicole Bugge, Anna Carleen, Stephanie Gans, and Momoko Yamaoka.

Performances are at McCarter in Princeton on Sunday, November 21; Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, November 28, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $28 to $40. Visit www.mccarter.org or call 888-artsweb. ARB also performs at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on Sunday, December 5, at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $34. Visit www.thewarmemorial.com or call 609-984-8400. On Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, at 1 and 4:30 p.m. The company performs at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Tickets are $16 to $38. Visit www.statetheatrenj.org or call 732-246-7469.

Off to Iraq

Brian Davis of Plainsboro is shipping off to Iraq on Tuesday, December 21. Now stationed with the Navy in San Diego, he will have a brief visit home before returning to the ship.

He is a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 1998. In high school, he played tuba in concert band, wind symphony, percussion ensemble, and marching band. He was also active on stage with the drama department. Although he has not played the tuba in some time, he continues to play the piano.

Davis, 24, was born in Boonton Township, and moved to Plainsboro in 1992. He is the son of Margaret, a registered nurse in Robert Wood Johnson’s same day surgery recovery room, and Mike Davis, a senior project manager at Educational Testing Services. Mike, a former music teacher, has worked with the Pirate Marching Band for 11 years as the music for wind and percussion arranger and instructor. His sister, Shannon, a freshman at East Carolina University, was drum major during her last two years at High School South.

He attended Kutztown University and Mercer County Community College and worked at both Platypus and Williams Sonoma at MarketFair. He worked for Regal Empress Cruise Lines for 10 months as an assistant tour manager. He also taught karate at Tiger Shulman. A volunteer for the Plainsboro First Aid Squad, he became an EMT and a CPR instructor. According to his mother, he was considering a career as a paramedic or in law enforcement.

“After 9/11 he felt like he wanted to do something and he wanted an education,” says his mother. “That is when he decided to join the Navy.” Davis enlisted for four years with another four years in the reserves.

“He has a plan for his life,” says his mother. “His plan was to be on a ship for a year and continue training. With the war he was only on the ship for nine months.”

Davis, a seaman, has had two promotions and is now ranked E3. “The military takes good care of him,” Margaret says. “He has no regrets about joining.” A member of the helicopter landing crew, Davis is the morale leader for social functions.

You can reach Davis via E-mail at davisb@rushmore.navy.mil or write to him at Brian M. Davis, Deck Department, USS Rushmore (LSO 47), FPOAP 96677-1735.

“Let’s think about them all this time of the year,” says his mother.

Adopt a Soldier

A four-year old class at Plainsboro’s Prodigy Child Development Center has adopted a soldier during this holiday season. After visiting Operation Military Pride’s website they signed up to contact a military member and were assigned to Matthew Jones. They have created a “Giving Tree” within their classroom on which they have hung colorful stars, each with a specific item printed on it. The items are things that they have found that Jones either needs or would just like to have. Together the children and their families choose a tag and donate the item on the tag to Jones.

“They are collecting non-perishables, magazines, books, toiletries, and special surprise items to send to him,” says Tracy Lorenz, the center’s director. “They are also hoping to continue a relationship with Matthew well after the holiday, through being a pen pal with him.”

For more information visit wwww.militaryoperationpride.org

College Life

Dartmouth College: Members of the class of 2008 include Mita Sharma and R. Randall McKnight of West Windsor, and Laura Ann deSouza of Plainsboro.

Business

Matthew Steinberg, a Plainsboro dentist for close to 20 years, above, is opening a new solo practice on Wednesday, December 1. It will be located at the Office Center, Building 500, Suite 508, Plainsboro. Call 609-716-8008.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he went to La Salle College, and graduated from UMDNJ: New Jersey Dental School in 1983. He has practiced general dentistry including fillings, implants, cosmetics, crowns and bridges, root canals, and partial dentures. He treats adults and children. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and every other Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rachel Zhang of West Windsor has been promoted to vice president in the PNC advisors office in Princeton. She serves as an investment advisor with investment responsibility for managing complex fiduciary, agency, and individual retirement accounts for individuals. Prior to joining PNC in 2002, she worked in Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Nomura Security.

A graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, she has a master’s degree from Rutgers University, both in computer science. She also has an MCBA in finance and international business from Stern Business School, New York University.

Amanda Chen of Plainsboro has expanded her company, ESAC Associates, to provide full-service practice management solutions to physics. A global consulting firm, its primary focus areas are healthcare and consumer products.

“The medical billing industry is characterized by high levels of inefficiency that costs the physicians,” says Chen. “Physicians typically pay medical billing services close to 10 percent of collected amount to process their claims with insurance companies.” Chen’s company offers services for a four percent fee. Visit www.esacassociates.com or call 609-945-5330.

Susan A. Norman is a new certified residential specialist at Coldwell Banker Realtor Princeton Junction office. A graduate of Thomas A. Edison State College with a degree in human services, she has been with Coldwell banker for 10 years. A West Windsor resident, she has lived in the area since 1983. For information call 609-750-4105.

Yvonne Hammond of West Windsor has rejoined the Princeton Junction office of Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate. With 16 years experience in the central New Jersey area, she has been named to the New Jersey Association of Realtors Circle of excellence from 1996 to 2003 at the silver and bronze levels, and has been a member of the Mercer County Top Producers Club from 2000 to 2004.

A graduate of the University of St. Thomas in the Philippines, she and her husband, Tim, have two children, Farrah and Zak, both graduates of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. Call 609-750-2020 to contact Hammond.