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Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow this week, signaling six more weeks of winter ahead, but the Cranbury Plainsboro Little League is holding its third annual open house this Friday, February 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cranbury School, and to the boys (and girls) of summer, that can only mean one thing: baseball and softball season is just around the corner!

Those who love baseball have their reasons. There is something about the sounds: the crack of the bat, the satisfying thwunk of a catch, the growl of the umpire, the roar of the crowd. There is something about the smells: the concession stand, the leather of a well-worn glove, fresh-cut grass on a soft, summer night. There is a mathematical beauty in the angle of the bases and the diamond itself, the arc of the ball, in the pitch counts, strikes, runs, and the choreography of nine players putting those numbers together for a win.

Larry Crossey, a Plainsboro father of three, CPLL board member, and long-time manager and coach, remembers hours of summer baseball growing up in Pittsburgh. “What was magical about it was that one or two kids would decide to play a game, grab their gear, and begin walking to the field. Kids would appear seemingly out of nowhere and by the time we got to the field there were more than enough to play. We never had to recruit kids; everyone wanted to play. In today’s world where play-dates are the norm, kids found a way to gather, organize, and play a game for hours.”

Larry also sees magic in baseball’s almost endless variations. “A single kid can throw or hit a ball against a wall. If another kid showed up, we could play what we called fast pitch with a pitcher and batter. If more wanted to play, we could move to a yard, parking lot, or field. The balls could be plastic, rubber, or leather. Bats could be plastic, wood, aluminum, or even broomsticks. Equipment never limited the game; you played with whatever was available. Be it a single tennis ball or traditional baseball, the differences changed the game slightly which added interest and challenge.”

His son, Zach, a CPLL major leaguer, likes the social aspect of baseball. “I like meeting new kids. Games are fun because you get to use what you learned in practice.” His sister, Lauren, a fourth-grader at Millstone River School, plays softball. “I like getting better every year and playing with girls who are getting better too. It’s more fun when we make plays together.”

Baseball also means family time for the Lockwoods in Plainsboro. Tim and his wife, Maria, have three children in CPLL: 11-year-old Jeremy in the majors, 8-year-old Justin in Double A, and 6-year Jillian who is playing softball for the first time this season. Like Larry, Tim also has fond childhood memories of baseball and long summer nights. “You didn’t go home until you were hollered to for dinner,” he recalls.

Tim and his two older brothers were coached by their dad in Little League, and when he was 12, Tim played on the All-Star team, just as his son Jeremy does today. Tim played as a first baseman through high school and then, as far as he was concerned, hung up his cap. He was coaxed out of retirement four years ago by Pat McCormick, another CPLL board member.

“When he asked me if I wanted to coach, I told him I don’t know, I haven’t been in the game for a while. And then I said, okay, it will be fun, and sure enough, now I’m hooked. I look forward to it all day long and I’m happy when it’s five o’clock and I can go running out the door and relive my youth. I have as much fun coaching as I did playing. And that’s what I try to instill with the kids. We’re out there to win and that’s certainly part of it, but at the end of the day, what you remember is that you had fun.”

Fun and fond memories are what baseball means for Plainsboro dad Bob Bruno, whose two sons play for CPLL. Seven-year-old Griffin is in first grade; nine-year-old Max, now in fourth grade, started playing T-ball when he was only five. This season will be a bittersweet one for Bob and his family, their first without his dad, Louis, rooting on the team. Lou, as he was affectionately known to all, passed away in December at the age of 73.

“Not seeing him there at the games, smiling and having a great time, that’s when it will really hit,” says Bob. “He loved baseball. He taught us so much about the game and about life in general.” Lou coached Bob as he grew up playing Little League in East Brunswick. Bob continued playing through American Legion, at East Brunswick High School and Seton Hall University.

Bob says two of baseball’s biggest life lessons are about patience and teamwork. “You have to work together. No one can hit a 10-run home run by himself. It’s everybody doing his part. As for patience, you have to wait for your turn at bat, and when you’re out in the field, you never know when your time is going to come and you’ve got to make the big play.”

Bob misses his dad but will always carry with him the happy memories of their times together, some of the most precious built around the game of baseball. “I had a great relationship with my dad, and I’ll always remember him coming to the games, cheering on not just my kids but everyone else’s kids and saying things like what a good little ball player, what a great hit. We were the best of friends. You wish to have the same memories with your kids because you know how much it meant to you.”

Third annual CPLL Open House, Friday, February 5, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cranbury School off Main Street in Cranbury. League officials will answer questions and provide information about the 2010 CPLL baseball and softball seasons. Information will also be available on the umpire and safety programs. Entertainment will be provided by Boomer of the Trenton Thunder.

Also snacks of donuts and coffee and hot chocolate; tunes with a baseball and winter theme; and prizes to be raffled. For information visit www.cpll.org or call 609-577-2925.

Bob Bartolini: Family Man With A Sewer Plan

If the American Dream ever existed, it was realized by Bob Bartolini, right, and his family when they settled in West Windsor in 1968. With a plum job at RCA Laboratories, Bartolini, 25, moved into a two-story colonial home in the Jefferson Park neighborhood adjacent to Mercer County Park with his high school sweetheart, Janice, and their three children

“Our plan was to have kids,” Bartolini says. “Most people buy a house and expand to a bigger home. We didn’t upgrade; we had the family already.”

But Bartolini hit a homeowner speed bump soon after. The developer no longer wanted to oversee the sewer plant that processed the wastewater for the 110-home neighborhood. The sewerage system needed to be maintained, and Bartolini, an engineer by training, sought to address the issue. This initial volunteer effort was the start of more than 40 years of local service, with Bartolini participating in the establishment of the public sewer system for the township and the region, the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority (SBRSA).

Bartolini joined the SBRSA board in 1980 and has been the board chairman since 1998. The six-member, $14.7-million-budget sewerage Authority processes 10 million gallons of wastewater a day from West Windsor, Princeton, South Brunswick, Hopewell (township and borough), and Pennington Borough. West Windsor currently contributes nearly a quarter of the total sewerage flow, or 2.5 million gallons a day.

Back in the late 1960s an alarmed Bartolini and two neighbors started a civic association, hiring a lawyer in response to the pullout of the developer-owned sewer company.

“The sewer needed to be maintained,” Bartolini says. “These are complex systems, and if broken the discharge can pollute the river.”

An appeal to West Windsor’s governing body, then a township committee, was a success, and the township took over the sewer system. Yet Bartolini recalls West Windsor, then with a population of 3,500, had a municipal government with only a handful of full-time personnel. Many homeowners relied on on-site septic tanks.

“In taking the sewer system over, the township didn’t know what to do with it long-term,” Bartolini says. “The committee said, ‘You’re an engineer, let’s have you figure out how to help us with a sewer department.’”

The township hired an operator and created a budget and a sewage fee, and in 1970 Bartolini was appointed an advisor to the Board of Health, which oversaw the sewers. Bartolini designed the maps that showed the township’s suitability of soil for percolation, or water absorption rate. Roughly half of West Windsor has clay undersoil, which is less porous than sand, and this ruled out the possibility of on-site septic tanks as a large-scale solution to serve the sewerage needs of the growing township.

Around the same time in the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon approved the Clean Water Act, under which federal and state funds would pay for 85 percent of sewer plant costs provided the plant was regionally organized under one watershed area.

“Rivers in the U.S. up to the 1960s were terrible,” says Bartolini, recalling the infamous 1969 incident when the polluted Cuya­hoga River caught on fire.

Water in the six SBRSA municipalities drains into Stony Brook, a Millstone River tributary that flows into the Raritan River and then the ocean. The SBRSA was established in 1970 as an independent entity responsible for the region’s sewerage after all six participating towns reached a service agreement. Bartolini says Malcolm Roszel, who had previously served as mayor for more than 30 years, represented West Windsor in the sewer negotiations, and Roszel then became the first West Windsor representative on SBRSA’s board.

Bartolini was one of seven citizens to serve on the township’s Sewer Advisory Committee. Future mayors Mike Mastro, Steve Decter, and Bob Murray were on the committee, as well as future committee member Sue Stanberry and future school board members Bob Duncan and Bob Prigge. The engineering firm of Ditmars and Carmichael designed the West Windsor sewer system, and the proposed network of sewer lines and pumping stations was reviewed by the committee.

“Along with the township assessor, we had to develop a sewer assessment plan and community payment plan,” Bartolini says. “We made the newsletters ourselves, told the community how they were going to pay for it. We wrote ordinances for how to implement the system. This is when volunteers did all the work.”

In 1977 the Advisory Committee became the Sewer Operating Committee before eventually folding into the Public Works Department. Longtime public works director Alex Drummond was Bartolini’s third hire, originally for the township sewer department.

As a long time resident and volunteer, Bartolini has witnessed the township’s transformation from a farming community into a community of professionals with a well regarded school system.

The establishment of the SBRSA has facilitated West Windsor’s growth, though Bartolini says the Authority has no planning functions. There was a moratorium on new sewer connections at one point in the 1980s due to the plant nearing its 10 million gallon-a-day sewerage flow capacity.

“Princeton township and borough sued the SBRSA to stop sewerage expansion and control growth in the region,” says Bartolini. “They took the federal money to build a regional sewerage plant, and then turned around and said ‘we finished all our sewers, you guys can’t build anymore.’” Ultimately the SBRSA was able to expand, and the current flow capacity is more than 13 million gallons a day.

Bartolini has also served on various other township committees, receiving the township’s “Volunteer of the Year Award” in 1992. Bartolini also deeply values education, and he has taught engineering at LaSalle University in Philadelphia and at George Washington University in D.C. From 2007 to 2013 Bartolini was president of the board of trustees of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Education Foundation, which raises money to further programs in the school district.

“For me education was really important, and this was a way to give back,” says Bartolini, who is especially proud of the foundation’s teacher mini-grant program.

Bartolini grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut. His family is from a town near Bologna, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. Bartolini says his paternal grandfather first came to the U.S. in 1923 as a political refugee. Bartolini’s grandfather was a prominent socialist leader in his hometown, but a neighboring town was the home of Benito Mussolini. When Fascist party members paid a visit, banging their clubs on the table, Bartolini’s grandfather saw the writing on the wall and left for America. Six years later, in 1929, he brought over his wife and four children, the oldest of whom was Bartolini’s father.

“My dad was 17 when he left Italy,” Bartolini says. “He was a furniture maker. He had a good trade, a good situation back home, and he comes to the U.S. in October, 1929, when the stock market crashes.”

Settling in a blue-collar Italian neighborhood in Waterbury, Bartolini’s father discovered kitchen design was more lucrative than furniture making in the U.S. Bartolini’s mother was a housewife, and he says his parents first met in Italy.

“My father was mechanical, he understood how things worked,” Bartolini says. “I remember we fixed the picture tube when the TV was broken.”

His father had an influence on the younger Bartolini, who studied electrical engineering at Villanova and then pursued a masters in the same field at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, then known as the Case Institute of Technology.

Bartolini joined RCA Laboratories, which later became the Sarnoff Corporation, in 1966, and the company sponsored his PhD studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Bartolini describes himself as a technologist. A technologist, he explains, takes the science and makes it useful, demonstrating certain principles, after which an engineer takes over and turns the technology into a product.

RCA was a licensing company that developed products, and Bartolini’s research focused on optical recording materials. He garnered 22 patents, including the technology behind the security hologram on credit cards, before transitioning to management midway in his career. In 2005 Bartolini retired after 40 years at RCA/Sarnoff.

His wife, Janice, retired around the same time. A nurse by training with dual masters degrees from Trenton State (now TCNJ), she worked for the WW-P school district as the nurse at the lone district high school and then as director of nursing and health services.

They have three daughters, all graduates of WW-P High School. The oldest, Jill, lives in Connecticut and is the CFO for a hair restoration clinic. Their youngest, Robin, is a physician based in Yardley, and Ellen works as a chief administrator for Robin’s husband.

With 10 grandkids and dozens of extended family in Italy, Bartolini spends a lot of time with family both home and abroad.

“We retired early, my oldest grandchildren were becoming teenagers,” Bartolini says. “It’s hard for parents to see the forest when they are dealing with the leaves. As a grandparent you can swoop in like a drone.”

Bartolini has also busied himself with compiling a family history. He has visited Italy half a dozen times. One relative had a sprawling family tree filled with names, and Bartolini added to the family tree by matching names with photos. Later he realized that names and photos lacked meaning without individual stories and recent updates. He says he has photos of his great-grandparents, who were born in the mid-19th century, and extended relatives send him all sorts of stuff.

“E-mail is perfect for connecting with them,” Bartolini says.

The older relatives help him make sense of the photo trove he has compiled. On his most recent trip to Italy, Bartolini, along with one of his college-age granddaughters, met for the first time a first cousin of Bartolini’s grandfather.

“That’s five generations. She was holding my granddaughter’s hand, and in her other hand was a glass of Chianti. That’s the secret,” Bartolini says. “This history book, it has to relate to the grandchildren.”

Bartolini’s term as the West Windsor SBRSA representative expires in 2017 and he says he would want to serve one more five-year term, though he says Florida is quite alluring given the recent winters. He has outlasted his neighborhood’s sewerage plant, the one abandoned by the developer, which has long since been decommissioned after the SBRSA went on-line.

“I’ve done it for so long because the pay is good. Zero. We’re one of the only authorities with no pay, no expense accounts, no benefits,” Bartolini says. “Volunteer government works!”

#b#Follow the Water#/b#

Water comes out the faucet and then it flows down the drain, out of sight, and out of mind. Where does the wastewater go?

“A lot of people don’t realize we have a sewage system,” says Bartolini.

Since 1978 the SBRSA treatment plant on River Road in Princeton has processed West Windsor’s sewerage, which is currently 2.5 million gallons a day.

The water’s journey to the SBRSA facility starts at the home’s sewer pipe, which connects to collector pipes under the streets. These collector pipes all connect to the two main trunk lines, four-feet in diameter, that input into the SBRSA treatment plant. Sewerage flows via gravity, though the township also has two pumping stations. One permanent station is located at the end of South Post Road. The other station located on North Post Road near Duck Pond Run will be phased out.

The waste water is processed into a clean, effluent water that is emptied into Stony Brook, while the solids left over are dried and incinerated. Water drained into the river and incineration emissions must comply with environmental standards set forth by the plant’s water and air permits, which are overseen by the state DEP and federal EPA.

Present Day Club to feature exhibit by Bob Sullivan

"Arno River, Florence" by Bob Sullivan. Paintings by Bob Sullivan will be on view at the Present Day Club from October 30 through December 17, 2015. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the main ballroom at 72 Stockton Street in Princeton.

Long Island painter Bob Sullivan, is set to exhibit never shown before still life and plein air oil paintings at the Present Day Club in Princeton from October 30 through December 17, 2015. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the main ballroom at 72 Stockton Street in Princeton.

The exhibition “Chasing the Light,” will offer for sale framed original canvases painted during the artist’s last two years traveling in Italy, the Hamptons and Montana. Sullivan paints in the poetic realism style made popular by the Florence Academy. His experience as a sailing and fishing captain brings a credible sense of place to the many seascapes included in his work.

Bob Sullivan is a native son of Princeton (PDS ’70) whose sister, Martha Sword (PDS ’73), is a lifelong resident. His paintings have been exhibited in The Watermill Art Museum, The Quogue Art Gallery, Guild Hall Members Events and at Ashawagh Hall. This will be his third exhibition at the Present Day Club where he hopes to repeat his nearly sold out previous appearances.

Hoops: South Rebuilds, North Recovers

The High School North and High School South boys’ basketball teams played their season opener on December 14. The Pirates, who are coming off a 20-4 record last year, defeated the much improved Knights, 82-75. Since then South has played to a 3-2 record, with both losses against non-area teams in tournament play.

Head coach Bob Schurtz said he hopes to compete for division, conference, and state titles, but after graduating seven seniors, he knows that the Pirates are going to have to work a little harder than usual. “It has always been our goal as a program to believe in ‘reloading’ instead of ‘rebuilding,’ but that does not come easy,” he said. “Our up-and-coming players have been working tremendously hard at getting prepared to fill some of the holes.”

Schurtz lists seniors Dennis Zhou and Sam Merchant, junior Chris Scanlan, and sophomores Tommy Hussong and Danny Borup as some of those key up-and-comers.

His returning seniors, though, are the ones he expects to fill the shoes of last year’s graduates. “We hope that the players stepping in can offer something different that will provide similar results,” he said. He expects guards Bryan Rivers and Zavon Johnson and forward Brian Matthews to do just that.

Rivers, named first team, all-conference last year, has been a key part of the Pirates’ success since his first year with the team. He has already scored 121 points this season, and with 930 career points, he is on pace to reach the 1,000 point mark. Schurtz said Rivers has a chance at breaking the school record for career points, 1,387, set by Billy Royal in 1986.

“Bryan is a phenomenal talent and has grown as a person and player over the last couple seasons,” Schurtz said.

Schurtz said South’s guards have been the squad’s greatest strength during the past few seasons.

“We hope that will continue to be the case this season,” he said. With Rivers and Johnson returning, Schurtz says “we obviously rely on them to be our catalysts at both ends of the court. It is rewarding to watch them lead by example every day on the court.”

South captured the conference title last year, and Schurtz said the team wants to add another banner to that collection. At the end of the season, he would like to see the team “ideally in a championship game, whether it be for the league, county, or section. We always want each team to strive to leave a legacy, and hanging a banner is a great way to do that.”

North’s 2011-’12, though, ended much differently. The Knights finished the year at 2-23. Now, at 2-3, they have already matched last season’s win total.

“Coming off last season, we’re just trying to get as many victories as we can and learn how to play the game through hard work and competing every night,” head coach Tim Stevens said.

Stevens is in his first year as head coach with the Knights. He is no stranger to the area, though. Stevens has been in the district for eight years and spent the last two as a coach at South. He said the familiarity with the students and culture has made the transition a little easier on him and his players.

“I’m used to the kids in the area,” he said. “I know the North kids pretty well, so it’s not a complete change in culture and attitude.” Still, though, he said everyone has needed a little bit of time for adjustment.

“It’s going to take time for them to get used to my coaching style,” he said. “It’s going to take some time for me to get used to their playing style.”

Stevens said one of the most major changes is game tempo. “I like to play a little bit more uptempo than they’re used to playing,” he said. “They’re fully capable of doing it, and I think once we get clicking, it will help us throughout the season.”

He also hopes to make some defensive changes. “We’re not quite there, but we’re working on it, and we’ll get there eventually,” he said. “We’re giving up a lot of points, especially in transition. We have to come back down on defense and not give up easy buckets.”

Stevens said the key to his team are core groups of seniors and juniors. Kyle Newman and Darrien Banks are at the top of the senior list. Reggie Chandler, Christian Waters, Nigel Jordan, and Xavier Dory round out the juniors.

One of the biggest contributors, though, is junior guard Juwan Harrison. He leads the team with 104 points. “He has had a nice opening couple of games,” Stevens said.

Stevens said once he and his athletes get used to one another, he sees positive changes ahead for North boys’ basketball. “After this season, I want to look back and know that we competed every night, we worked hard, and we didn’t leave wins on the floor,” he said. “We’re going to go out there, give it our best, and we’ll see where we end up.”

Princeton’s battle between historic preservation and urban insertion continues on Green Street

‘Urban Insertion:’ This duplex at 16-18 Quarry Street, built in 2008, still stands out from the traditional homes with old-fashioned porches that line the street.
‘Urban Insertion:’ This duplex at 16-18 Quarry Street, built in 2008, still stands out from the traditional homes with old-fashioned porches that line the street.

 

To pragmatic house hunters, Green Street offers checkmarks in all the critical boxes.

Location. Green is the first residential street off Witherspoon Street as you walk down from Princeton’s busy central business district. At the corner of Green and Witherspoon are the birthplace of Paul Robeson and the Arts Council of Princeton, with the public library kitty corner from that.

Affordability. The Green Street houses that back onto Paul Robeson Place face four-story, $1.9 million brick townhomes with elevators and an attached parking garage. A few blocks to the north AvalonBay’s new Witherspoon Street rentals, at the site of the old hospital, start at $2,250 a month for a 500-square-foot studio. Older houses on Green Street and the surrounding neighborhood can still be had for around $500,000. After ponying up a down payment, the monthly nut could easily beat the rental competition.

Small houses on relatively large lots. That’s last on this checklist but certainly not least given the trend in Princeton real estate these days — tear downs. As you turn off of Witherspoon and walk down Green, ultra-contemporary new construction greets you on both sides of the street. Numbers 11 and 12 Green Street are the newest and most expensive houses on the block, assessed at double the value of neighboring homes.

And there is now one Green Street property on the market, and it is very ripe for a tear down. Listed a year ago, the house at 20 Green Street appears unsalvageable, rundown and boarded up after years of vacancy.

The asking price of $825,000 is unprecedented on Green Street, and the sellers readily admit that the value is not in the house but rather the 42 by 120 foot lot. Despite the sky high price, a buyer might be encouraged by the two new houses on Green Street. With a lot area of 5,000 square feet, a high-end, 2,200 square feet house could be built on 20 Green with nothing more than a building permit.

At least that was the case until April of this year, when Princeton Council voted to make the Witherspoon-Jackson community, an enclave of roughly 400 properties on 10 streets, including Green. The historic designation adds another layer of zoning to properties in Witherspoon-Jackson, an overlay that gives the town’s Historic Preservation Commission greater oversight to forestall nonconforming teardowns.

A Green Street resident, former borough mayor Yina Moore, was one of the leading advocates of the historic designation. At the April Planning Board meeting that enacted the ordinance, Moore decried the “tightening noose of financial interests of developers.”

“Witherspoon-Jackson for so long has been maligned, from a racist perspective, as an African-American neighborhood,” Moore said in an interview. “Realtors have made disparaging comments, the same ones that are putting million dollar prices on houses in the neighborhood. Now they’re trying to capitalize on what is an investor-motivated development.”

Will this historic designation be enough to reverse the decades-old trend of converting low and middle income housing into high-end commercial and residential properties? Time will tell, but residents of the community already have shown that they are not sitting back, simply waiting to see.

Earlier in the year, 24 neighborhood residents added their names to the pending Tax Court lawsuit against Princeton University, litigation initiated by four fixed-income retirees seeking property tax relief. Now a group plans to resurrect the Witherspoon Development Corporation, a nonprofit originally led by former township mayor Jim Floyd that helped finance 23 home purchases in the neighborhood beginning in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the nonprofit also sued the borough for exclusionary zoning.

“I think it takes more than just an ordinance for preservation,” says Lance Liverman, a town councilman who lives in his childhood home on Witherspoon Street and owns several other houses in the neighborhood. “I do think [the ordinance] will preserve the way the neighborhood looks, but a neighborhood is the people also. You need a funding source to help with purchases. The ordinance is one piece of the puzzle.”

To understand this puzzle it pays to know some history. No 21 Green Street, across the street from the prospective tear-down, offers a sense of how unusual this community is. Bob Rivers, now in his mid-80s, grew up at 21 Green and moved back with his wife this past year.

The family house dates back to the early 19th century. A free black woman purchased the house in 1844 from the son of the Princeton University president, James Green.

Rivers’ parents — his mother worked as a live-in domestic. and his father worked for 43 years as an eating club servant and dormitory janitor — purchased the house in 1935.

11 Green Street before the renovations.
11 Green Street before the replacement.

The neighborhood of Bob Rivers’ youth was rich in some ways, including the education provided by Witherspoon School for Colored Children. A K-8 school for the segregated black community, the school on Quarry Street eventually became the Princeton Nursing Home after the public schools were fully integrated in 1948. While integration was a hard-won social victory, residents who experienced the transition say the immediate quality of education in the integrated schools was inferior to that of the Witherspoon School.

Rivers praises the school as he reels off his later academic accomplishments: one of three black students in Princeton University’s Class of 1953, an MD from Harvard Medical School, professor of clinical surgery at the University of Rochester, and in 1969 the first African-American to be elected a Princeton University trustee (The Echo, February, 2016). In May Rivers received an honorary degree from Princeton University. Several weeks later he attended his granddaughter’s graduation from Princeton High School, 67 years after his own. (All his children also have advanced degrees and his daughter, a physician associated with Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, and her family moved to Princeton several years prior and live in the house right next door.)

The name of the neighborhood is itself a reflection of the forces at work over the years. Witherspoon-Jackson is named after its street boundaries: the neighborhood begins at Birch Avenue and runs “uptown” toward the central business district along Witherspoon Street to Paul Robeson Place, which was originally named Jackson Street.

Even before Jackson Street was razed, another street, Baker Street, closer yet to Nassau, had been replaced by the Palmer Square development during the Great Depression. Longtime residents can still recall parents, uncles, and aunts who were relocated from Baker Street to the current neighborhood confines.

Despite this erosion, for most of the 20th century the Witherspoon Jackson area (also known as John-Witherspoon, a name reflecting the street that runs parallel to Witherspoon) was the only place in town where blacks could purchase a home, and it was also an integrated neighborhood where working class Irish and Italian families settled. The neighborhood featured small businesses of all sorts that provided services to blacks who were otherwise denied access to establishments in town.

Green Street was a bustling community locale. On the Witherspoon Street end was the “Branch Y.” Now home to the Arts Council, the building was constructed in the late 1930s after the original Colored YMCA burned down. (Later on the Joint Civil Rights Commission offices were located on the same corner.)

Anchoring the other end of the Green Street block is another center of community activity, the First Baptist Church, built in 1885. On John Street facing Green is the Dorothea House, built in 1913 to serve Italian immigrants and still operating as a cultural center.

In the 1950s, shortly after the homes on Jackson Street were deemed “blighted” and demolished, a similar plan was proposed for half of Green Street. But this “urban renewal” plan was beaten back by local residents, a battle documented in newspaper reports at the time. The Borough Housing Authority plan would have leveled more than a dozen residences and relocated the First Baptist Church, all to build a 30-unit public housing project on less than an acre of land.

Accompanying the plan was the installation of a main road, parallel to Nassau, that would have replaced houses on the south side of Green Street. Residents in opposition formed the John-Witherspoon Civic Association, citing the proposal’s high density and the fact that blacks, barred from purchasing houses in other parts of Princeton, would have difficulty securing alternate housing.

The 1980s featured skyrocketing home values and also saw an influx of Haitian and Dominican families. A 1986 Town Topics article describes efforts by Borough Mayor Barbara Sigmund to “buy down” neighborhood houses in response to price surges. Houses had previously been selling for above the assessed valuation but were now on the market for more than double the assessed values. For example: 7 Green Street, which was assessed at $51,300, sold in 1984 for $64,000, and was then on the market in 1986 for $125,000.

Paper gains in property value also led to higher property tax assessments, accelerating the displacement of longtime residents. The New York Times ran articles in 1981, 1986, and 2001 on the neighborhood’s shrinking black enclave. By 2001 Hispanic immigrants had settled into the neighborhood and today the Hispanic population outnumbers the African-American population.

The replacement at 11 Green Street is nearing completion.
The replacement at 11 Green Street is nearing completion.

In 2008, in what is considered the first of the new wave of tear downs, the duplex at 16-18 Quarry Street, one block north of Green Street, was razed. The old duplex was acquired in 2003 for $280,000. It was replaced by the Robert Hillier-designed, high tech structures clad in polycarbonate and zinc and featuring floor to ceiling windows and elevators. After several months on the market at the height of the real estate bubble, each unit sold for $930,000. Today each unit is assessed for $866,000.

Neighbors worried then about the lack of front porches on the new houses, a social staple in the neighborhood, and expressed concern that Hillier’s “urban insertion” would be a model inspiring more tear downs and replacement with ultra-modern and much more expensive houses.

Builders and, more recently, upgrading homeowners, have indeed followed suit. North of Quarry, Lytle Street features six new houses, and there is a recently completed teardown at 11 Birch. A vacant lot at 75 Leigh Avenue, 40 by 100 feet, was purchased in 2015 for $295,000. According to architect Marina Rubina, who the owners have hired to design the house, the property has zoning approvals that precede the passage of the preservation ordinance and so Historic Preservation Commission review will not be required.

Shirley Satterfield, a fourth generation Princetonian who lives three doors down from the first Quarry Street teardown, has felt the pressure. An alternate member of the Historic Preservation Commission, Satterfield has a lifelong interest in the neighborhood and leads Historical Society tours. Her house is filled with neighborhood heirlooms that have ended up in her possession over the years. There’s the bench from Jimmy Mack’s Barbershop on John and Quarry Streets. Across the room is a pew from the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, where she is a deacon, displaced after a renovation.

“My house is like a museum,” Satterfield says, but the interest in her collectibles has been overshadowed by other outside interests. Satterfield says she has received multiple unsolicited offers for her house, offers promising quick closes without the need for a real estate broker.

“It’s just annoying for people waiting for you to die so they can buy your home,” said Satterfield, who retired as a Princeton High School guidance counselor in 2010. “There are scavengers, waiting to see what property they can get in the community.”

Right next door at 28 Quarry Street, a new modular home occupied by architect Marina Rubina was installed in 2012.

That house had previously been owned by Yina Moore’s uncle, Bryan Moore. He was the first black attorney at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office and a founder of the John Witherspoon Civic Association, the group that successfully fended off urban renewal in the 1950s.

Moore says her brother rejected several offers by developers and decided to sell the property to Rubina and her husband, a professor at Princeton University, in 2009 for $420,000. Moore says the buyers claimed to have been interested in living in the house with some improvements.

Rubina ultimately installed a new contemporary modular on her property, which is currently assessed at $842,700.
Back on Green Street the new construction shows dramatically how values in the neighborhood are changing. The property at 12 Green, one house away from the Arts Council, sold for just $325,000 in 2011. Three years later the new owners sold it for $600,000 to architect Leslie Dowling and her husband, restaurateur Carlo Momo. They in turn tore down the old house and built a 2,200-square-foot contemporary house, which includes a home office and a backyard with an airy wooden fence and direct access to the central business district, through a wooden door with a combination lock.

When reached for comment she said the designation is a “sensitive topic” and declined to discuss further.

The rundown house at 20 Green Street is a prime candidate to follow the lead of 12 Green Street, where an ultra-modern house has replaced a traditional dwelling unit. Can a historic preservation ordinance slow this trend?
The rundown house at 20 Green Street is a prime candidate to follow the lead of 12 Green Street, where an ultra-modern house has replaced a traditional dwelling unit. Can a historic preservation ordinance slow this trend?

Across the street from 12 Green is 11 Green, which may be the outstanding example of the forces that led to the tear down of an original house in favor of an urban insertion. The house had been owned by Ann Harris Yasuhara, who died in 2014. A longtime computer science professor at Rutgers, Yasuhara was an old school Quaker activist involved in numerous social justice causes. She was a founding member of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Not in Our Town (NIOT).

Yasuhara lived in Princeton but not at 11 Green Street, which she acquired in 2001. “She supported every possible cause,” said Barbara Figge Fox, Yasuhara’s cousin. (Fox is also a senior correspondent with U.S. 1 newspaper, a sister publication of the Echo). “Owning and renting the house on 11 Green Street was part of her support to the Latino community.”

Fox was an executor of her relative’s estate, and 11 Green Street attracted considerable attention. One bidder said he would top any bid by $1,000. However, the executors requested letters of intent alongside any offers. “Profit had never been her motivation., Fox said. “We knew she supported the integrity of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood.”

Efforts to preserve 11 Green Street as affordable housing fell through after the Princeton Housing Authority showed no interest because of the house’s condition. The First Baptist Church, which owns and leases out six properties on Green Street at below-market rent, declined also.

Lance Liverman, who chairs the church’s board of trustees as well as the church’s real estate committee, did a walk-through of the house. “The house was fine for a family like you or me to buy and move into,” said Liverman, who directed the church’s last acquisition, 14 Green Street, more than 20 years ago. “If I’m going to buy and rent it out, there are different standards. The floors were slanted, part of the home was leaning. It needed structural and foundation work, new utility systems. There was a buried oil tank. The previous owner let a Latino family live there, she was putting a roof above someone’s head, but it would take at least $100,000 to fix it up to our standards.”

The next best scenario was selling the house to potential buyers who would keep the house as-is, but eventually it could still end up in the hands of a developer. “Three houses away from Witherspoon Street, that location was begging to be flipped,” Fox said. “There were builders we would not sell to then and the same is true now.”

Moreover, Yasuhara had not donated the property, and so the executors had a fiduciary responsibility to estate beneficiaries.

Ultimately, the estate sold the property to architect Marina Rubina for $419,000, a price more than $20,000 below the highest offer. “We believed she would do as much as anybody to preserve the architectural integrity of the neighborhood, that she would not design something obnoxious,” Fox said. “Our attempts to preserve would have been buttressed by the current historic preservation ordinance. We would have had the assurance that builders would toe the line on the integrity of the neighborhood.”

Rubina declined to discuss the new ordinance. As for her project at 11 Green Street, Rubina says she has designed the house for a specific family.

“The architecture I like, that people hire me to design, are modern houses,” Rubina said. “I worked really hard to make it a contemporary house that would fit in. It’s a combination of traditional materials on the lower facade, with a taller portion of the house set back.” Rubina notes that two additional features of her designs orient the house toward the street: porches and kitchens that face the front.

When asked if the Historic Preservation Commission would approve the house designs at 11 and 12 Green Street if they had been submitted after the historic designation went into effect, HPC chair Julie Capozzoli said, “I would guess that we would have probably been more collaborative and would have tried to emphasize features in the neighborhood that represented the architectural style. I think they would have been more than happy to work with us.”

The next property on Green Street to come into “play” very likely will be the dilapidated structure 20 Green. Before the house’s current fate as an exorbitantly priced piece of developable land, 20 Green Street was known as one of the nicest houses on the street, belonging to one Bertha Hill Brandon.

Can a historic preservation ordinance slow this trend?
Can a historic preservation ordinance slow this trend?

Bob Rivers calls Brandon an “original community activist.” She was a founder of the Friendship Club in 1932, from which Rivers received a scholarship. Affiliated with the NAACP, the group supported art, education, and other causes, sponsoring concerts by such artists as Duke Ellington and Paul Robeson.

The house at 20 Green had long been a boarding house. A Historical Society photograph of Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Institute, appears to show him outside the house. Brandon continued hosting lodgers, providing transitional housing for teachers and YMCA directors new to town.

The current owners of the long-vacant house are distant relatives of Brandon and live out of state. The next owner will have no choice but to work with the Historical Preservation Commission.

The listing agent, Tony DiMeglio of Callaway Henderson, did not sound happy about the historic designation. “Right now, everybody is settling back,” DiMeglio said. “We don’t know what the restrictions are going to be. There is a lot less activity. Everybody is concerned.”

Yina Moore, who grew up on Green Street, studied architecture at Princeton, Class of 1980, and moved back to Princeton in 1996, now lives next door to Bob Rivers. Moore seems cautiously optimistic that the historic designation will slow the teardown trend.

“Realtors were self-condemning properties as teardowns,” Moore said. “The most important thing is that the people who are developing with interest to sell will come in with a different understanding and respect for the neighborhood. People who come to live here will be better informed and have an understanding of the history of the neighborhood. Neighborhoods evolve, but henceforth it will be done under a different purview.”

Historic designation may delay the hyper-commodification that resulted in teardowns replacing the modest front porch homes built and maintained by Great Migration African-Americans. But another pressure is coming to bear on the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood — increased density.

Consider one of the newest developments in the neighborhood: The former masonic temple at 30 Maclean Street. It was purchased for $835,000 in 2015 by Princeton Maclean LLC, which includes Mercer Oak Realty CEO Aubrey Haines, real estate lawyer Jared Witt, and architect Joshua Zinder.

The new owners did not propose to tear down the old building, but rather sought “adaptive re-use.” The prevailing zoning permitted two to three single-family homes on the site, but the owners instead sought to preserve and convert the building into 10 condominium rentals, including two affordable units, with a four-story outside staircase. In February the Zoning Board’s split-vote approval granted variances for significant unit density, parking space, and floor area ratio.

Other developers, including Bob Hillier, who has invested heavily in the neighborhood and whose office is on Witherspoon Street, have argued that increased density will help make housing more affordable.

But how much density is too much? At the February meeting, planning director Lee Solow noted the project’s density of 58 units per acre. By comparison, Avalon Bay’s new Witherspoon Street apartment complex is 38.9 units per acre and Hillier’s conversion of the former school to apartment building on Quarry Street is 23.7 units per acre.

Historic designation celebrates the neighborhood’s past, and may help preserve the present look and feel, but an unknown future awaits.

Have an opinion on the historic preservation issue? E-mail editor Sara Hastings: Hastings@princetoninfo.com

Basketball Teams Hone Skills in WW-P Summer League

High School South heads into the basketball summer league’s playoffs as the No. 1 seed. With an 8-2 record in league play, the Pirates earned a first-round bye. They sat out the July 18 preliminary round, which determined their opponent in the semifinal round on Monday, July 23.

Head coach Bob Schurtz says his team is led by the senior duo of Bryan Rivers and Zavon Johnson, two returning starters. Schurtz describes point guard Rivers, who is being recruited by Ivy League schools, as an explosive scorer who also improves his teammates’ shot opportunities.

In South’s backcourt Rivers teams with Johnson to form a powerful tandem. Schurtz says the team is lucky to have such a strong backcourt, as Johnson is also being recruited to play in college.

“These are two of the main guards in our conference, and they’re our leading scorers as well. Tommy Hussong, who’s going to be a sophomore, competes with these two big guys every day. He’s improved much because of their modeling, showing him and the rest of the team how you play, act, and interact as a team member,” Schurtz said.

The coach expects South’s strength at the guard position to continue past the upcoming season, saying Hussong will see significant time on the varsity basketball team and gain recognition for his play in the future.

South’s senior presences on the front line are 6’5” forward Brian Matthews, Jeff Paskewitz, and small forward Dennis Zhou. Schurtz describes Paskewitz as South’s main energy spark off the bench who “runs around like a maniac.”

In Zhou’s case, the coach knows that additional practice has paid off with a finely tuned jump shot. To practice, Zhou takes between 350 and 400 shots, sinking at least 200 three-pointers each time out. Schurtz says Zhou’s field goal percentage has been steady at 55-60 percent.

“The repetition certainly helps his shooting technique and muscle memory. Zhou played JV last year, and through the summer he’s worked hard. He wants to make an impact going into his senior season and contribute to this team,” Schurtz said.

Though High School North’s team did not qualify for the summer league playoffs after a slow start, the Knights won four of their last five games heading into the final contest of the year against Delran.

Several players emerged as potential contributors to the varsity squad. Xavier Dory, a wing player who splits time between shooting guard and small forward, has been a catalyst of North’s defense.

In the frontcourt North has some size too, led by senior Darrien Banks.

“He’s solid power forward/center who is fundamentally sound. We’ve seen good play from Darrien, and he’s been rebounding really well this summer,” said head coach Tim Stevens.

Kevin Murphy, an incoming sophomore, is likely to spend time at point guard. Murphy has done a good job of leading the offense and running plays for his teammates during North’s late run in the summer league.

The Knights’ leading scorer this summer was Juwan Harrison, who is headed into his junior year. Harrison plays shooting guard and also handles the ball from time to time, but he has seen much success taking defenders off the dribble and elevating for shots.

One potential contributor not playing this summer is senior Brian Wang, a threat from three-point territory who is in China this summer. Stevens expects Wang to come back in good shape to contribute to the varsity team. Stevens also says up to five sophomore players could compete to make varsity.

At most games in South’s gym, former football standout Chris Evans has attended and dribbled a basketball on the sidelines, shouting to friends on South’s basketball squad.

Evans was the Pirates’ starting shooting guard in the 2011 summer league, and he went on to win the conference player of the year award.

“Chris was a great leader, and he’s been a success in everything he’s done in life. He has sound morals and principles, and that has served as a tremendous asset to me as a coach,” Schurtz said.

“Like with many of our athletics alumni, Chris is like a family member. Players develop an allegiance to one another and love of hanging out at the gym. In the summer it’s a lot more relaxed, there’s a lots of jokes,” Schurtz says.

Growing up in a neighborhood where history matters

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The Witherspoon-Jackson neigh­borhood is experiencing dramatic changes. Home to many working class and African American families dating back to the late 18th century, the neighborhood has been subject to development forces over the years.

In the 1930’s, several streets and many homes were eliminated to make room for Palmer Square and the new Nassau Inn. In the 1950’s, the houses on Jackson Street were eliminated and the street was replaced by what is now called Paul Robeson Place. More recently old houses are being snapped up by people looking for relative bargains in the town’s escalating real estate market.

Green Street, the one-way street that runs from John Street to Witherspoon, is the first residential street you encounter when you enter the neighborhood from the central business district. Two of the original houses on the street have already been torn down and replacement structures are under construction. Another potential tear-down is at 20 Green St. In the early 20th century it had served as a rooming house, on occasion providing accommodations for African Americans visiting Princeton University but unable to stay at the still segregated hotels.

Now in obvious disrepair, with yellow warning tape draped across the wraparound porch, and the site of a recent criminal assault, the house sits on a large lot that backs up to Paul Robeson Place. Across the street are new townhouses that sell in the $2 million range. The property at 20 Green St. is listed at $825,000, and the listing states plainly: “this property is being sold for the land.”

In the wake of all these changes, a proposal has been made to designate the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood an historic district, with limitations set on the alterations that can be made to certain houses — including the birthplace of Paul Robeson — and other properties within the district. (See photo and caption, above right.)

The historic preservation proposal speaks to the physical structures within the district. The essay that follows, written by a man who grew up in the house at 21 Green St., directly across the street from the house that is about to be razed, sheds light on some of the people who forged that community and those who opened the gates of Princeton University to African-American undergraduates.

By Robert J. Rivers Jr.

Princeton is the place where I was born; the place I grew up. Princeton University was a Southern school with strong Southern social preferences. It just happened to be above the Mason-Dixon Line. Important defining events took place at this university in the 1940s during and after World War II, and the resulting changes significantly and profoundly altered the course of history for African-American students at Princeton University. James Baldwin said that “the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us,” and this essay is a small, but important, part of what I carry within me. It is what I see when I look back to those years shortly before I became a Princeton undergraduate.

These events are framed by a deep and strong family history. Ancestral generations, and a probable slave master, are buried a few miles from here. My grandfather planted the original elm trees you see lining Washington Road as you drive into Princeton. Aunts and an uncle moving with the great migration began arriving at Princeton’s McCosh Infirmary in 1918, and they gave many, many years of loyal respected service.

Our family home was and still is at 21 Green St. Our house dates back to the early 19th century. The deed shows it was purchased in 1844 from the son of the university president, James Green. The buyer was a free black woman.

My father worked for 43 years serving Princeton as a Tiger Inn servant and university dormitory janitor.

My loving mother became a live-in maid for 10 years for the family of a Princeton professor, Professor Lewis F. Moody of the engineering department. He lived at 146 Hodge Road, where George F. Kennan, the diplomat, would later live. People write about Kennan working in his fourth floor study in the tower of the house. That room, above he maid’s quarters, was my play room.

My mother died in 2007 at the age of 97, after seeing four grandchildren graduate from this university. My brother, Len, served Princeton as a varsity football coach and head varsity baseball coach. My family has many very personal stories to tell about the highs and lows at Princeton University, but for now my focus will be on those important defining events in the 1940s.

In 1940, when I lived with my mother in the professor’s house, this university would not have been able to identify a single African-American who ever received a baccalaureate degree. John Chavis became the first enrolled African American in 1792. Princeton’s total for 200 years? One undergraduate, but he did not graduate.

The following is a quotation from the Daily Princetonian in 1942:

“While 13 million Negro Americans look for signs of their admission to a rightful place in American democracy, Princeton continues its principle of white supremacy and, in an institution devoted to the free pursuit of truth, implicitly perpetuates a racial theory more characteristic of our enemies.”

— Frank Broderick ‘43

Princeton’s comfortable Southern social traditions were interrupted by World War II. Our nation and the university were forced to re-examine fundamental human values. Frank Broderick, from New York City, Princeton Class of 1943, challenged the humanity of Princeton University by calling attention to Princeton, white supremacy, and Nazi racism in the context of a war to protect democratic values. War disrupted business as usual, and the voices for social justice were growing louder. The voice of the campus was the Princetonian, and Frank Broderick was the editor.

In 1942, Broderick and his co-editors published three very courageous editorials entitled “White Supremacy at Princeton.” Prior to printing the editorials, Broderick interviewed Walter White, the NAACP executive director, and Paul Robeson. The editorials attacked the university’s social and intellectual hypocrisy, and the campus erupted with very emotional conflicting opinions.

A huge crowd attended a forum, and a panel debated “Should Negroes be admitted to Princeton?” The African-American press ran front-page headlines. The Undergraduate Council voted against admitting Negro students, and a minority but significant number of the faculty agreed with the council. Letters to the Prince opposed African-American students on campus, three to one.

Princeton president Harold W. Dodds informed the board of trustees about the matter, but no action was taken and no clear sense of direction emerged. In 1942 the university’s priorities did not include admitting African-Americans.

During the controversy, a 19-year-old young man from Princeton’s black community also submitted a letter to the Prince that was printed on the front page. Andrew Hatcher introduced himself as “a son of Old Nassau, a Negro youth whose choice of a college was decidedly affected by racial barriers.” His heartfelt moral appeal asked Princeton to make the right decision by deciding to admit Negro students.

Andrew Hatcher did not benefit from Princeton’s academic excellence, but his talent was appreciated by others. He became a speechwriter for John F. Kennedy during his campaign to become president, and Andrew Hatcher was President Kennedy’s first official African-American appointment when he became associate White House press secretary.

Frank Broderick’s undergraduate years were interrupted by the war. When he came back to Princeton after the war he was still deeply committed to social justice, and he became the student director of Princeton Summer Camp in 1946. The camp, in Blairstown in northern New Jersey, was staffed by Princeton students with support from faculty and administration.

Although the camp for boys had been in operation for many years, African-American youngsters always had been excluded. Frank Broderick appealed to his university advisers to allow a small group of black youngsters from town to attend the camp as a “social experiment,” and the advisers agreed. I happened to be one of the eight youngsters who arrived at the camp that sunny day in August. The camp’s African-American chef kept an eye on the situation, and anyone who seriously anticipated trouble must have been relieved and surprised.

The “experiment” benefited all campers, and it resulted in a very positive learning experience for Princeton students and Princeton’s administration. The experience also became a defining moment for a 14-year-old African American. I began to think seriously about personal possibilities at Princeton University.

During his life after Princeton, Frank Broderick served as director of the Peace Corps in Ghana, and later he became the first chancellor of the University of Massachusetts. The camp’s chef, George Reeves, also was a highly respected community leader. His son-in-law in later years became the mayor of Princeton Township, and Mr. Reeves’ grandson, James Floyd Jr., graduated from Princeton in 1969 and received an Association of Black Princeton Alumni Service Award in 2003 (in addition to an Alumni Council Award for Service in 1998).

Princeton’s rigid position against African-American admissions was forced to change in 1945, and the force for change came not from within but from the U.S. Navy. During the war, in order to increase the number of commissioned officers, federally funded V-12 college training programs were placed in colleges and universities across the country.

Four highly qualified African-American students were assigned to the program at Princeton. Princeton’s admission officer was not a significant factor in the selection of participants.

I was about to enter Princeton High School when they arrived, and the entire African-American community was very excited. Three of the students — Arthur Wilson, James Ward, and Melvin Murchison — are remembered with pride by older members of today’s African-American community. Melvin Murchison did not graduate from Princeton, but he remained long enough to become Princeton’s first African-American varsity football player. Arthur “Pete” Wilson was captain of the varsity basketball team for two seasons, and our community was very impressed when he appeared in an exhibition game against a local African-American team in the gym of “our school” — Witherspoon School for Colored Children. Jim Ward eventually married the daughter of a local family, and he has repeatedly described how important the African-American community was in helping him deal with the university’s very different social climate.

Twenty years later, Carl Fields also recognized the value of community support, and he developed a program to introduce Princeton’s students to families in the African-American community. The program served as a “home away from home,” and it improved the social experience of Princeton’s African-American students. The Third World Center at Prospect and Olden avenues is now named in honor of Carl Fields.

The years immediately following World War II became an important chapter in the history of African-American education at Princeton University. The three students remaining in the V-12 Navy Program graduated, and 1947 marked the first time that African-American undergraduates received baccalaureate degrees from Princeton University. John Howard received his degree first, on Feb. 5, 1947, and Howard went on to enjoy a rewarding career as an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles.

Pete Wilson, the Princeton varsity basketball captain, received his degree a few months later on June 9. He eventually became a U.S. marshal in Illinois. James Ward received his degree Oct. 1, and Ward went on to become legal counsel and investigator for the Texas Commission on Human Rights.

I contacted Mel Murchison’s widow a few years ago to learn more about his life after Princeton. He majored in chemistry at Virginia Union University in Richmond. Later he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in metallurgical engineering, and his career as an engineer eventually took him to the U.S. space program in California. Murchison participated in the development of the booster for Apollo 11, which successfully orbited the moon. He died in 1993, and his obituary remembered Princeton University. Princeton should remember Mel Murchison.

The university’s firm position against racial integration began to soften after the war. Some of those returning white GIs who had fought beside black comrades saw an even greater need for social justice, and they established the Liberal Union in 1946. This student organization invited Walter White, the NAACP’s executive director, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other speakers to the campus. I have never forgotten the scene where Princeton students taunted and threw snowballs at the NAACP executive director.

The first indication from Princeton expressing any interest in admitting African-American students came in the spring of 1947. Princeton’s dean of students indicated that Princeton was evaluating black students for possible admission, and the following fall Joseph Ralph Moss, or Pete as I knew him, became the first African-American undergraduate to be admitted by Princeton’s admission process since John Chavis in the 18th century. Joseph Moss received his degree in 1951. Moss also came from Princeton’s African-American community, and his graduation was a very significant milestone for the university and the African-American community.

Two years later three more African-American students appeared on Princeton’s campus. In 1949 I filled out an application for one college: Princeton University. I had entered Princeton High School from the Witherspoon School for Colored Children, then located on Quarry Street. It was not integrated until 1948, but we felt that the school was the equal of the white school. I did not feel I was behind in any way when I entered Princeton High. I was not No. 1 in my graduating class, but I was near the top and was one of several students chosen to speak at the graduation ceremony at McCarter Theatre.

Fortunately, and with divine help, I was accepted by Princeton. Two other African-American students also accepted Princeton’s offer. Grady Smith was an extraordinary young man. He was born on a sharecropper farm in Alabama, and he migrated to New Jersey with his family in 1939 to live in the tenement district of Jersey City. Ten years later, he entered Princeton with a four-year scholarship that paid all expenses. Royce Vaughn, from Cleveland, Ohio, had been accepted by many schools, including Columbia, Harvard, and Yale. He chose Princeton.

I have been asked many times, “Why Princeton?” Particularly when there appeared to be so little university commitment. My Princeton education actually began in the community long before I became a Princeton undergraduate. Unpleasant social encounters resulting from white privileges and preferences became a boot camp for survival. The enriching part of my education came at Witherspoon School for Colored Children — an excellent school made excellent by excellent teachers and a nurturing environment.

In our neighborhood we had a great role model and hero: Paul Robeson, who grew up in the early 1900s just around the corner from me. We believed he had invented the forward pass in football (though we eventually learned that was not true). Paul’s older brother, William, was rejected by Prince­ton but went to Lincoln University and Penn Medical School and became a physician.

And the motivating experience I enjoyed at Princeton Summer Camp was also very important. But the times I spent cutting beans and dusting furniture in the professor’s house were also valuable experiences (the discipline to do it right, and on time). The experiences I had as a youngster working at the Prospect Avenue clubs also added to my Princeton training: taking care of the coal furnace at Dial Lodge on Prospect Avenue before I went to school in the morning; or working with my brother at Tiger Inn, serving the turkey a la king before the football games; or working as a bartender when I was still in high school.

I was not attracted to Princeton because of life in the eating clubs, but the experience was part of my Princeton education. After I became a Princeton student I was insulted without apology by the bicker process [which determines what students are accepted into the clubs], and I rarely returned to Prospect Avenue even after I graduated. In fact, the traditional Princeton eating clubs offered very little social comfort for most of Princeton’s early African-American undergraduates.

In 1949 I added these experiences to my dreams, and I chose Princeton. The challenge was certainly exciting, but it was more about changing times, and increasing optimism about access to opportunities for African-Americans. And it was about pride. Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Ralph Bunche, and Dr. Charles Drew, who discovered new ways of storing and processing blood for transfusions and managed two of the largest blood banks during World War II, were some of my heroes, and their individual excellence stood tall against the racist rhetoric about black inferiority.

And the standards for acceptable legal and social behavior finally were beginning to change. The social reality of two separate worlds still existed, and I wanted to be well prepared for opportunities in both worlds. Princeton had barely opened the door, but I saw a chance to benefit from Princeton’s academic excellence. That, for me, was the primary attraction. The social experience, although sometimes unpleasant, also would prove to be a valuable learning experience.

When the three of us arrived on the campus in 1949, things were very different. We joined a freshman class of approximately 700 young men, and the class, without us, was essentially all white. Most came from prep schools, and most were either Episcopalian or Presbyterian. No African-American had ever held a faculty position at Princeton, and there were none in 1949. And there were no African-American administrators or coaches for the athletic teams. Exclusion and conformity were important social values, and the sensibilities of an African-American student — too few to be visible — were rarely considered by administration or classmates.

By the time I graduated in 1953, much of the joy we shared as freshmen had disappeared. A few days after completing his freshman year, Grady Smith attended a picnic with former high school classmates, and the joyful gathering became a shocking human tragedy. Grady drowned in the Passaic River. I attended the funeral with great pain and sadness. Over a thousand people from all walks of life came to his funeral, including the governor of New Jersey. The governor recalled meeting Grady when he was elected Boys State governor. The governor and everyone present knew that we had lost a great future leader. The pain, joy, and enormous frustration revealed by Grady Smith’s life still cloud my vision when I look back.

Royce Vaughn attended Princeton for four years, but he received his baccalaureate degree from another institution. He enjoyed a very successful, fulfilling life as an artist and community organizer. Royce gained recognition for his California Collector’s Series, and he was CEO of Omni Business League in San Francisco. He was a loyal member of our class, and we remained close friends until his death last year.

If it had been possible in 1953, when I graduated, to look forward into the future and see how Princeton would affect my life, I never would have believed it. In 1953 the struggle was not over. I have said before that I could not sing “to the best old place of all,” [the chorus to “Going Back to Nassau Hall”]. But more than 60 years later, I count my blessings because I have been richly rewarded by unpredictable opportunities — and Princeton has changed.

I was already interested in medicine when I entered college. A neighbor on my street had a relative who visited Princeton’s black neighborhood every summer and was a medical doctor. He was also a friend of my father and he became the role model for my interest in medicine. I even studied Latin in high school because I thought it was required to write prescriptions. As an undergraduate I prepared for medicine by majoring in biology.

When I applied for admission to a medical school in 1953 most black medical doctors in the United States were receiving their medical education in two black medical schools. The other 70 medical schools were still offering limited access to or actively excluding African Americans. Many professionally qualified black physicians were still denied hospital privileges. The American Medical Society in 1953 still allowed their local organizations to exclude black physicians from membership.

After four years at Princeton I wanted to move further north to get away from the unpleasant racist static so prevalent in the southern social culture. I was fortunate to have a choice among several northern acceptances and I chose the University of Rochester. What happened next was one of a series of unexpected events that shaped my future.

As a Princeton student I had very little interest in the idea of “social networking with the right people,” which appeared to be so important then. I was even less interested after an unpleasant episode involving Princeton’s eating clubs. In a totally unexpected way, however, my life’s path was changed by a Princeton connection — a person I had never met.

After the matching process for medical schools had been completed, I was contacted by E. Lang Makrauer, a Boston lawyer and member of the Princeton Class of 1923. He offered to fly me to Boston for an interview by the Harvard Medical School dean of admissions, and other faculty and students. It was the first time I had ever flown on an airplane.

I knew that Harvard had an excellent academic reputation, but it was the people I met who convinced me that this was the best academic and social environment for my journey. I thoroughly enjoyed another excellent learning experience that focused my career interests on surgery and an academic environment. And Boston is where I met my wife, Ruth, a registered nurse. Ruth and I moved to Rochester to complete my training in vascular surgery and enjoy a surgical career that included private practice, teaching, and clinical research in an academic environment.

Involvement in community organizations also remained high on my agenda. Before retiring I served the medical school as associate dean and professor of clinical surgery. In 1969 I was appointed to the board of trustees at Princeton.

Ruth and I have four children. Wendy is a pediatrician who went to Brown, Yale Medical School, and Harvard for a masters in public health. She’s with Princeton Nassau Pediatrics now. Our oldest son, Michael, graduated from Princeton, Class of ‘81, and went to Cornell for his MD and to University of Iowa for his certification in retinal eye surgery. Scott majored in architecture at Princeton, Class of ‘83, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Bob, the youngest, is Princeton ‘86 with a masters in urban planning from George Washington and a law degree from Tulane. He is now executive director of the New Orleans City Planning Commission.

I must look back with humble respect to celebrate the lives of President Robert Goheen ‘40, Dean Carl Fields (the first black administrator in the Ivy League, who was hired by Goheen), and Frank Broderick ‘43. On the day I was born, no African American or woman had ever received a baccalaureate degree from Princeton University, and we were not included in thoughts about “Princeton in the nation’s service.” The courage and human understanding of these three giants affected my life and continues to affect the lives of current undergraduates. And the quality of a Princeton education has been enriched for all students.

Thousands of African Americans have graduated from Princeton University since those defining events in the 1940s. The campus today reflects Princeton’s new vision — and the triumph after struggle is what I see as I interact with these graduates.

My generation has been called the silent generation, but students today are joining the global generation, and there are so many needs, so many challenges, so many opportunities. James Baldwin also reminds us that “history is present in all that we do.”

Thank you, and God bless.

The essay above has been adapted from a talk delivered to a group of African-American seniors about to graduate from Princeton University.

Plainsboro Proceeds with Hospital Site

The Plainsboro Township Committee has unanimously voted to adopt a redevelopment plan for the 160-acre FMC site proposed by the University Medical Center at Princeton for a new hospital at the site.##M:[more]##

The move was made following a public hearing and presentation from planning consultant Richard Preiss on January 23. Plans call for a hospital-medical office component, a continuing care retirement community, and a skilled nursing facility. A general office and research complex will be located below Plainsboro Road, and south of Plainsboro Road, along the Millstone River, there will be a 32-acre public passive park.

The committee introduced the redevelopment plan during its January 9 meeting, following Planning Board approval in December.

The redevelopment will take place in phases, Preiss said in December. During the first phase, most of the hospital, including its medical offices, fitness center, and educational components, and the skilled nursing facility will be constructed. During the second phase, the continued care retirement community and the general office research complex will be developed. The final phase will consist of constructing any additional floors at the hospital or additional office development to take place. The total anticipated floor area of the site at maximum is 2.4 million feet.

Township Administrator Bob Sheehan said one resident was concerned that if the hospital project falls through, the area could fall subject to a large-scale office development. But Sheehan said that “if the existing project falls through, the existing zoning remains,” so it would not occur.

Now that the redevelopment plan has been adopted, the next step is that hospital officials would submit site plans to the Planning Board, and there will be a series of meetings once that happens. “We are expecting the site plans to come in shortly,” Sheehan said.

Truck Weight

Limits Considered

Officials in Plainsboro are putting on hold any initiatives looking into how, if possible, they can limit truck traffic on Dey Road.

The Township Committee had discussed the possibility after Committeeman Ed Yates raised the concern during the January 9 meeting, citing Governor Jon S. Corzine’s proposal to increase highway tolls by 50 percent every four years, and the concern that truckers will use the road to avoid tolls. Officials had said one option might include imposing weight restrictions.

Mayor Peter Cantu is planning on attending a meeting with other mayors from around the state in Trenton in February to discuss the truck issue, and “the committee agreed (at the January 23 meeting) to put on hold any major initiatives until we get a sense of what comes out of that meeting,” Township Administrator Bob Sheehan said.

In the prior meeting, Yates had said “the difficulty we’ve had is the road borders three towns, and we need approval from three townships to get this done, and the last time we met, South Brunswick was agreeable,” he said. “Cranbury was not.”

Mayor Peter Cantu, also mentioned that some truck traffic restrictions in other towns have been overturned in court. Township Attorney Mike Herbert also said he believed there had been some cases in federal court that have overturned.

But Yates said he believed those that limited weight of the trucks had not. “South Brunswick has had some success,” he said.

Township Administrator Bob Sheehan said during that meeting that the last time township officials looked into the matter, “I think we had recognized, but we were frustrated by, the fact that state regulation and the courts were not helping us in dealing with this issue.”

“At the time, there was a suggestion that we talk to the weight station and see if we can informally redirect these trucks,” he said. “We also stepped up our enforcement. I think the effect of that has had some positive impact on Dey Road. We can reconvene those discussions for a more permanent and more comprehensive effect. We can talk to the neighbors to see if they will come around.”

Cantu mentioned that in a meeting he and the other mayors had with the governor’s staff for a briefing on the proposal, some mayors said they were also concerned about diversions and the effect on traffic congestion a toll increase might have on local roads. But, “they seem to feel that based on their studies, that it’s not going to divert the truck traffic to these roads.”

He said one factor they mentioned was the inadequacy of traveling on Route 1 on a daily basis as opposed to the highways. “If there is a diversion, it would be short-lived,” he said, pointing out that he was just sharing with the committee what they had told him, and that he didn’t necessarily agree.

Committeeman Neil Lewis said he thought it was interesting that the road surface at Dey Road and Scotts Corner is showing “rippling and ridging like we have not seen before,” suggesting that the weights of the vehicles traveling on the road and the frequency in which they do so has increased.

“I don’t think there isn’t anyone who would not want to regulate the truck traffic on Dey Road,” Cantu said. “The question is not whether we’d like to — the question is whether we can, and how do we do it.”

Sheehan said after the January 23 meeting that concerns of truck traffic has been a concern of township officials and residents for some time and that officials will evaluate the situation once the meeting in Trenton is held. “It’s certainly on the radar,” he said.

— Cara Latham

November 4 to 19, 2005

Friday

November 4

Drama

Exhibit This!, Stuart Country Day School, Cor Unum, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, 609-921-2330. www.stuartschool.org. Compilation of vignettes and monologues about people and art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

The Petrified Forest, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. American gangster drama. $15. 8 p.m.

Harvey, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseytheatre.net. Comedy presented by Pierrot Productions features a six-foot tall invisible white rabbit. $12. 8 p.m.

The It Girl, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Musical is a tribute to silent movies and Clara Bow based on the Paramount picture “It” about a sassy department store salesclerk who wins an advertising contest. Through Saturday, November 26. $23.75 to $25.25. 8 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet, Peddie School, William Mount-Burke Theater, Hightstown, 609-490-7550. These Mortalsby Players present William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. $8. 8 p.m.

Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Omicron Theater Productions, Tiffany’s Restaurant, 812 Route 33, Hamilton, 609-443-5598. Dinner and interactive show. Reservations, $49. 7:30 p.m.

Art

Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “Ludolf De Jongh’s Scene in a Formal Garden,” Todor Petev. 12:30 p.m.

Art Benefit, Princeton Senior Resource Center, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street (behind Borough Hall), 609-924-7108. Opening reception for a show and sale of fine arts paintings and prints featuring Princeton from the Williams Gallery. Through November 30. 4 to 7 p.m.

Hopewell Train Station, 609-921-2923. Opening of show by painter and photographer Karen McLean. “Passages: Images From a Garden,” features works on archival watercolor paper on which she has painted directly on a few of the images to create a unique work of art. On view through Sunday, November 6. 5 to 5 p.m.

Dancing

Lambertville Country Dancers, St. Andrew’s Church, 50 York Street, Lambertville, 215-348-8471. www.lambertvillecountrydancers.org. English country dance. $8. 8 p.m.

Literati

Mini Book Sale, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-799-0462. Holiday gift books, children’s books, cookbooks, paperbacks, videos, and audio tapes. Not to be confused with the annual booksale, this one is the result of the storerooms overflowing with donated books. Through Sunday, November 6. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Poetry Slam, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center, 609-924-8777. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Semiannual regional poetry slam hosted by slammaster Postmidnight. Two divisions, “Open” (newcomers and youth) and “Master” (experienced slammers). Prizes for the highest scores in each division. Interested poets call Randi Lund at 609-924-8777. $6 at the door for audience and poets. 7:30 p.m.

Classical Music

Aida, Boheme Opera, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200. www.bohemeopera.com. Verdi’s opera is a tale of love, war, and jealousy features a collaboration with American Repertory Ballet. In Italian with projected English titles. Also, Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. $28 to $68. 8 p.m.

Albert Herring, Westminster Choir College, The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. Britten’s opera performed by Westminster Opera Theater. Through Sunday, November 6. $15. 8 p.m.

Westminster Jubilee Singers, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. 10th anniversary concert features music from the African-American experience including spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs. J. Donald Dumpson conducts. $15 to $50. 8 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Eric Mintel Trio, Hopewell Bistro, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-9889. Jazz pianist. Fixed price dinner. 7 p.m.

Community Swing Dance, Princeton High School Studio Band, 151 Moore Street, 609-497-0697. First dance of the season by the award-winning band. Refreshments available. $5. 7 p.m.

World Music

Pat Metheny Trio, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Grammy-Award winner Pat Metheny with Christian McBride on acoustic and electric bass, and Antonio Sanchez on drums. $38 to $48. 8 p.m.

Good Causes

Holiday Market Craft Show, Waldorf School, 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-466-1970. www.princetonwaldorf.org. Adults-only preview of the juried show includes hand-crafted toys, dolls, wool sculpture, paintings, pottery, baskets, handmade soaps and lotions, hand woven and hand knit clothing, and handmade cards. Meal created by Eric Martin of Stanton Catering. Harp, keyboard, and choral music. Register. Saturday’s family event begins at 10 a.m. $33. 6:30 p.m.

Fall Gala, New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC), Westin Hotel, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 732-521-2722. www.ride4autism.org. Benefit gala with dinner, dancing, silent auction, and open bar. Black tie optional. $250. 7 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Artie Fletcher, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Food & Dining

Holiday Wine Tasting, Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-8300. “Try Before You Buy” by tasting wines and sparkling wines from around the world. Register. $50. 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Quaker Bridge Mall, 609-799-8177. www.clinicalmobility.com. Flu shot clinic. $26. Pneumonia shots are $36. Medicare recipients can receive either/both free of charge with a valid Medicare card. Cash, checks, and major credit cards. Must be 18 years or older and must sign a consent form. Register by phone or online. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boy Talk, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center for Health & Wellness, 3100 Quaker Bridge Road, Hamilton, 609-584-5900. “Puberty and Your Pre-Teen” presented by Greg Adams for boys ages 10 to 13 and a parent. Register. $10 each person. 5:30 p.m.

Calling All Men Who Love to Cook, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center for Health & Wellness, 3100 Quaker Bridge Road, Hamilton, 609-584-5900. Prepare pork chops, potatoes, and chicken Parmesan. No quiche. Register. $15. 6:30 p.m.

Family Theater

The Little Engine That Could, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Geared for young audiences ages 2 1/2 to 7. $4. 10 a.m.

Lectures

United Way of Greater Mercer County, Better Beginnings Day Care Center, 318 North Main Street, Hightstown, 609-637-4918. www.uwgmc.org. “Strengthening Community Resources through Creative Partnerships” is the second annual Latino Vision Council conference. Register. 8:30 a.m.

Live Music

The Standards, Borders Books, 601 Nassau Park, 609-514-0040. Jazz and swing from the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. 8 p.m.

Tar Beach, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. 9 p.m.

Saturday

November 5

School Sports

High School North Football, 609-716-5000, ext. 5134. At Steinert. 2 p.m.

High School South Football, 609-716-5000, ext. 5134. At Princeton. 2 p.m.

Art Afternoon

West Windsor Arts Council, Nassau Park Pavilion Gazebo, West Windsor, 609-919-1982. www.westwindsorarts.org. Afternoon of visual arts for all ages in a heated, tent. Children, teens, adults, and seniors will be guided by art professionals in a broad array of innovative art-making. Materials provided. Rain or shine. Free. 1 to 4 p.m.

Activities include “Make a Mobile” led by Stefanie Mandelbaum and Beate Witzler, “Fabulous Forms” with Dick Snedeker, “Giant Loom” led by fiber artists Carol Schepps and Gail Mitchell, “Pollock Painting” led by artist Jody Kendall, “Shape & Bake Polymers Pens” created by Lenora Kandiner, and “Pick-Up Drawing & Watercolor Session” led by artist Connie Tell.

Drama

Exhibit This!, Stuart Country Day School, Cor Unum, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, 609-921-2330. www.stuartschool.org. Drama. 7:30 p.m.

The Petrified Forest, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. American gangster drama. $15. 8 p.m.

Harvey, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseytheatre.net. Comedy. $12. 8 p.m.

The It Girl, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Musical. $23.75 to $25.25. 8 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet, Peddie School, William Mount-Burke Theater, Hightstown, 609-490-7550. $8. 8 p.m.

Art

Art for Kids, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “What is This Thing Called Painting?,” Janice Bartolini. Arts-related project follows. 10 a.m. to noon.

Artist Lecture Series, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. www.groundsforsculpture.org. Sculptors demonstrate their expertise in a variety of media. Artists include Mike Gyampo, Gyuri Hollosy, Petro Hul, Fred Morante, John Nicolai, Catherine Perry, and Autin Wright. Free with paid admission to the park. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cynthia Huff, Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349. Opening reception for new exhibit in which Huff has intuitively chosen symbols and images that suggest luck, fortune telling, and patterns of divination. 5 to 9 p.m.

Jacob Landau Studio Event, Roosevelt Arts Project, Dome Studio, 30 Lake Drive, Roosevelt, 609-448-4616. www.jacoblandau.org. Opening reception for “Nurturing Dreams, Embracing Possibilities,” an exhibit featuring the late Jacob Landau’s original drawings, lithographs, woodcuts, and watercolors from his earliest days to 2001. Concert by David Brahinsky and Friends at 8 p.m. Also open Sunday, November 6, and Saturday, November 12, noon to 4 p.m. $5. 5 to 8 p.m.

Art Opening, Hopewell Frame Shop Gallery, 24 West Broad Street, 609-466-0817. Open house and reception for “Branching Out,” a solo exhibit by watercolor artist Beatrice Bork, whose work focuses primarily on animals and their habitat. Through December 24. 6 to 8 p.m.

Dancing

Central Jersey Dance Society, Suzanne Paterson Center, One Monument Drive, Princeton, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Intermediate West Coast Swing workshop with Ken Roesel. Beginner and intermediate night club two-step lessons with Roesel at 7:30 p.m. Dance begins at 8:30 p.m. $11 for dance. 6 p.m.

Literati

Mini Book Sale, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-799-0462. Holiday gift books, children’s books, cookbooks, paperbacks, videos, and audio tapes. Not to be confused with the annual booksale, this one is the result of the storerooms overflowing with donated books. Through Sunday, November 6. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Classical Music

Fanfares and Flourishes, Le Triomphe de l’Amour, Unitarian Church of Princeton, Cherry Hill Road, 609-252-0522. www.triomphebaroque.org. Chamber ensemble presents music with baroque trumpet with an emphasis on 17th and 18th century Italian music. The musicians include Laura Heimes, soprano; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; Janet Palumbo, harpsichord; Daniela Giulia Piersona, baroque violin; and Robert Civiletti, natural trumpet. $15. 8 p.m.

Albert Herring, Westminster Choir College, The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. Britten’s opera performed by Westminster Opera Theater. Through Sunday, November 6. $15. 8 p.m.

Folk Music

Jess Klein and Lelia Broussard, Concerts at the Crossing, Unitarian Church at Washington Crossing, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-406-1424. www.crossingconcerts.com. Shared showed features Jess Klein with songs from her new CD “Strawberry Lover,” and Lelia Broussard, a 16-year-old singer songwriter. Open mic from 7 to 8 p.m. features performers from the Hopewell Valley School District. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. 8 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Tony Mennella, Hopewell Bistro, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-9889. Jazz vocals and dancing. $15 minimum. 7 p.m.

Good Causes

Holiday Bazaar, Villa Victoria Academy, 376 West Upper Ferry Road at Route 29, Ewing, 609-882-1700. www.villavictoria.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Market Craft Show, Waldorf School, 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-466-1970. www.princetonwaldorf.org. Juried show includes hand-crafted toys, dolls, wool sculpture, paintings, pottery, baskets, handmade soaps and lotions, hand woven and hand knit clothing, and handmade cards. Candle-dipping, star folding, and a treasure hunt. Puppet shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stonybrook Morris Dancers at 1 p.m. $3. 10 a.m.

A November Night, University Medical Center at Princeton Auxiliary, Historic Morven, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-497-4069. “The Black and White Ball,” fashioned after Truman Capote’s party in 1966 features dinner, dancing to the tunes of Alive-n-Kickin,’ and silent and live auctions. Benefit for the Breast Health Center, scheduled to open in spring, 2006. Black tie, ladies should wear black or white. $250. 6 to 11 p.m.

The Grande Ball, Thomas Edison State College Foundation, Doral Forrestal, Plainsboro, 609-984-1588. www.tesc.edu. Annual gala with dinner, dancing, entertainment, and silent auction. Black tie. Register. 6:30 p.m.

Art Auction, Jewish Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-883-9550. www.jccctoday.org. Silent and live auction in a wide range of styles and prices with Ross Galleries. $25; $40 per couple. 7:30 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Artie Fletcher, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Events

Diwali and Indian New Year, Crown of India, 660 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-275-5707. Candlelight dinner buffet with special appetizers, vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees, and Diwali sweets. Live instrumental classical music by Mr. Prasanna on sitar and Mr. Polash on tabla. Seatings at 5, 7, and 9 p.m. Reservations. $21.95. 5 p.m.

Crafts

Holiday Card Workshop, Blue Tulip, Nassau Park Boulevard, West Windsor, 609-720-1005. www.bluetulip.com. Register. 1 p.m.

Faith

Princeton Theological Seminary, Miller Chapel, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. Concert by William Heard, “Marching to Zion: Sacred Songs from the African American Worship Experience.” He will be joined by pianist Michael Gittens and the seminary’s Cantate Domino Choir featuring African American songs of worship. 7:30 p.m.

Food & Dining

Hearth Cooking Class, Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House, Titusville, 609-737-2515. Food historian Susan Plaisted presents Native American and Elizabethan cooking techniques used for the first Thanksgiving. Register. $40. 10 a.m.

Health & Wellness

Blood Drive, Community Blood Council, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 376 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, 609-883-9750. www.communitybloodcouncil.org. 8 a.m. to noon.

Mother-Daughter Wellness Day, Women’s Heart Foundation, Capital Health System, Hamilton, 609-587-7077. www.womensheartfoundation.org. Fun walk/run with prizes, continental breakfast, buffet lunch with chef David Ercolano, workshops on stress reduction, finance management, healthy living for teens and moms, and mother-daughter relationships. $10. 8 a.m.

Weight Loss with EFT, Center for Relaxation and Healing, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 348, Plainsboro, 609-750-7432. www.relaxationandhealing.com. Explore the emotional causes for overeating and learn holistic techniques for weight loss. $45. 10 a.m.

History

Presidential House Tour, Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. www.princetonhistory.org. Unique opportunity to visit two of Woodrow Wilson’s houses, a 17th century house visited by James Madison, the courtyard and exterior of Grover Cleveland’s house, Princeton University President McCosh’s house, McLean House, and Princeton Cemetery.In conjunction with the new exhibit “U.S. Presidents: Famous Faces in Princeton Places.” Register. $30. Afternoon tea at Prospect House, home to Princeton University presidents from 1879 to 1968, noon to 3 p.m. Register. $50 includes tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk the Path, Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park, Port Mercer Canal House, 4278 Quakerbridge Road, Lawrence, 732-873-3050. www.dandrcanal.com. Morning walk along the canal with the D&R’s historian and visit two historic homes along the way: The Port Mercer Canal House and the 18th Century Brearly House. Register. Free. 10:30 a.m.

Live Music

Zing Go the Strings, Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. www.montgomerycenterforthearts.org. Stringzville featuring Bo Child, mandolin; Mark Hill and Dennis O’Neal, guitar; Adam Krass, fiddle; and Kathy Ridl, upright bass, present gypsy jazz, jazz standards, and bossa nova. Ken Schmidt on piano. Also, the Tritones with Dotty Westgate, Jan Gottlieb, and Heather Robbins. $5 donation. 8 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Dinosaur storytime features a reading of Jane Yolen’s “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” 11 a.m.

For Families

Pork Products, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. Programs on making bacon, sausage, and scrapple. Taste cracklins for free. Pork sandwiches and children’s craft program available. Free parking and admission. 10 a.m.

Saturday Stories, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. www.lmxac.org/Plainsboro. 10:30 a.m.

Open House, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-799-9000. www.mops.org. Music of Miss Amy and the Big Kids Band, demonstrations from Stroller Strides and the Little Gym, pizza party, and cartoon characters. Free. 10 a.m.

Family Theater

The Little Engine That Could, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Geared for young audiences ages 2 1/2 to 7. $4. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Science Lectures

The Evidence for Water on Mars, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. The seminar focuses on the evidence for the presence of large amounts of liquid water on Mars in the distant past and the implications this may have had for the planets in the past presented by Richard T. Wetherald, a research meteorologist from Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Free. 10 a.m.

Live Music

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 9 a.m.

Folk by Association, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 2 p.m.

Quartermoon, Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. Contemporary folk. 8:30 p.m.

TRE, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. 10 p.m.

Outdoor Action

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Titus Mill Road, Pennington, 609-737-7592. www.thewatershed.org. Hike up to the Mount Rose Ridge. Bring water and a snack. Register. Free. 10 a.m.

Wildlife & You, Plainsboro Park Rangers, Plainsboro Public Library, 609-897-7844. Polluted water and conservation efforts. Register. Free. Noon.

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Titus Mill Road, Pennington, 609-737-7592. www.thewatershed.org. Family program explores stream, field, and forest in Hopewell Park. Register. Free. 1 p.m.

Schools

Open House, Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, 609-924-6700. www.pds.org. For kindergarten to fourth grades. Register. 8:30 a.m.

Open House, Woodchuck Hollow Cooperative Nursery School, 177 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-275-1040. Open house for parents and their pre-school children. Meet staff members; tour classroom, music, and playground facilities; learn about new enrichment classes beginning in January. Miss Liss of Sing, Sway, and Play, presents a music and movement class at 11 a.m. Register. 10 a.m. to noon.

Singles

Professional & Business Singles Network, La Villa Ristorante, Hamilton, 888-348-5544. www.PBSNinfo.com. Roundtable introductions, pinwheel forum, and dance social. “Developing a Lasting Relationship.” $15. 7:15 p.m.

For Seniors

AARP Driver Safety Course, Plainsboro Recreation, Municipal Complex, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-799-0909. Two-day course. Register. $10. 1:30 p.m.

Flight Fair

Mercer County College, Trenton Mercer Airport, Ewing, 609-586-4800, ext. 3439. www.mccc.edu. Small plane rides with members of the college’s aviation faculty. The 20-minute rides benefit the school’s flight team. Cost is 20 cents per pound with a minimum charge of $8 and a maximum of $22 per person. Rain date is Sunday, November 6. 9 a.m.

Sunday

November 6

Drama

Harvey, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseytheatre.net. Comedy. $12. 2 p.m.

The It Girl, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Musical. $23.75 to $25.25. 2:30 p.m.

The Petrified Forest, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. Drama. $15. 6 p.m.

Art

Hopewell Train Station, 609-921-2923. Painter and photographer Karen McLean presents “Passages: Images From a Garden,” featuring works on archival watercolor paper on which she has painted directly on a few of the images to create a unique work of art. Noon to 5 p.m.

Jacob Landau Studio Event, Roosevelt Arts Project, Dome Studio, 30 Lake Drive, Roosevelt, 609-448-4616. www.jacoblandau.org. Exhibit Nurturing Dreams, Embracing Possibilities,” an exhibit featuring the late Jacob Landau’s original drawings, lithographs, woodcuts, and watercolors from his earliest days to 2001. Saliba Sarsar from Monmouth University presents “Reflections on Jacob Landau” a talk about Landau’s art. Register. Noon to 4 p.m.

Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “Ludolf De Jongh’s Scene in a Formal Garden,” Todor Petev. 3 p.m.

Literati

Mini Book Sale, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-799-0462. Holiday gift books, children’s books, cookbooks, paperbacks, videos, and audio tapes. Not to be confused with the annual booksale, this one is the result of the storerooms overflowing with donated books. 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Classical Music

Admissions Open House, American Boychoir, Princeton, 888-BOYCHOIR. www.americanboychoir.org. Concert by the resident training choir. 2 p.m.

Aida, Boheme Opera, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200. www.bohemeopera.com. Verdi’s opera is a tale of love, war, and jealousy features a collaboration with American Repertory Ballet. In Italian with projected English titles. $28 to $68. 3 p.m.

Richardson Chamber Players, Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000. Program is “Boston Common in the Dark.” $20 to $35. 3 p.m.

Albert Herring, Westminster Choir College, The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. Britten’s opera performed by Westminster Opera Theater. $15. 3 p.m.

Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. Pianist Agnes Poltorak and cellist Tomasz Rzeczycki present Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D-minor and Schubert’s Sonata in A-minor. $10. 3 p.m.

Veterans’ Day

Ceremony

Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Veterans Park, Klockner Road, Hamilton Township, 609-989-6899. www.mercercounty.org. In conjunction with Mercer County Veterans Services and Mercer County Veterans Council. 1 p.m.

Arts Festival

Jewish Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-883-9550. www.jccctoday.org. Israeli artists and area crafters discuss their creative processes. Hands-on pottery making and chocolate making for children. Free admission. 1 to 4 p.m.

Crafts

Embroiderer’s Guild of America, The Windrows at Princeton Forrestal, 609-799-2273. Meeting and program. “Winter Landscape” by Karen Wojahn. Petite project to colorwash the canvas led by Evelyn Fuhrman. Prospective members welcome. 1 p.m.

Faith

Elegant Brunch, Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, West Windsor, 609-897-0053. www.bethchaim.org. Tribute to Donald Leibowitz of West Windsor for his efforts on behalf of Congregation Beth Chaim, the Jewish Community, and the State of Israel. Past president of Beth Chaim, is president of United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, and a member of the national board of Union for Reform Judaism. Guest speaker is Ralph Nurnberger, leading analyst of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Register. $20. 11:30 a.m.

Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, 609-443-4454. Screening of “Sister Rose’s Passion,” a documentary about Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who has devoted her life to battling anti-semitism within the Catholic Church. Marilyn Zirl, Seton Hall University, speaks following the film. Free. 2 p.m.

Krishna Kendra, 13 Briardale Court, Plainsboro, 609-203-6730. Group chanting, mantra recitation, and discussion. 8:30 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Yoga on the Ball, Center for Relaxation and Healing, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 348, Plainsboro, 609-750-7432. www.relaxationandhealing.com. Bring your own ball. Register. $40. 2 p.m.

History

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park, Lawrence Township Municipal Building, Route 206, Lawrence, 609-924-2683. www.dandrcanal.com. Linda Barth presents a slide-illustrated talk on the Delaware and Raritan Canal and the Morris Canal. She is a member of the Canal Watch and the Canal Society of New Jersey. An author of two books on the D&R Canal, she and her husband own Canal Tours & More. 2 p.m.

Plainsboro Museum, Wicoff House, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-799-9040. Plainsboro’s history featured in 18 exhibits from 6,"000 years ago to the present day including Walker-Gordon Farm and Elsie the cow memorabilia, a fire department and rescue squad exhibit, and railroad artifacts. Free. 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Lectures

Astrological Society of Princeton, Educational Testing Service, Conant Hall, 609-924-4311. “The Saturn-Neptune Opposition Through 2007” presented by Jeri London. Social hour follows. Donations invited. 2:30 p.m.

Italian Physicists at Princeton, Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, 609-924-9713. www.dorotheashouse.org. Four Italian physicists of Princeton University offer a glimpse of their work in honor of Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis and the World Year in Physics. Speakers include Annabella Selloni, “Einstein and Physics;” Ernesto Mazzacato, “The Quest for Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion;” Cristiano Galbiani, “Physics at the Gran Sasso Laboratory;” and Leonardo Rastelli, “Einstein’s Search for Unification.” Bring a refreshment to share in the reception following the program. 5 p.m.

Live Music

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 9 a.m.

Outdoor Action

Shelter Building Wilderness Survival, Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center, Titusville, 609-737-0609. Fundamentals pertaining to survival when lost in the wild lead to constructing a weatherproof shelter free from native materials. Register. Free. 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Politics

West Windsor Retirees Group, West Windsor Library, 609-799-9068. Screening of video recorded at the October public debate among candidates for Assembly District 14 (Baroni/Pacquette and Greenstein/Benson. Free. 1:30 p.m.

Until the Violence Stops, Global Cinema Cafe, Carl A. Fields Center, Olden & Prospect Avenue, 609-924-0455. www.globalcinema.org. Screening of documentary featuring playwright and activist Eve Ensler about how “The Vagina Monologues” grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence again women and girls. The film shows women from Harlem, California, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Philippines, and Kenya. Jade Guanchez, Princeton University, speaks. Free. 4 p.m.

Schools

Open House, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 101 Drake’s Corner Road, Princeton, 609-921-6499. www.princetonacademy.org. Register. 1 p.m.

Open House, Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, 609-924-6700. www.pds.org. For fifth through twelfth grades. Register. 2 p.m.

Open House, Solebury School, Phillips Mill Road, New Hope, 215-862-5261. www.solebury.org. Register. 2 p.m.

African Dance Workshop, Pennington Dance, Cyrus Lodge, 131 Burd Street, Pennington, 609-737-7596. www.penningtondance.com. Kevin Babb presents a one-day workshop for dancers ages 9 and older featuring dancers he learned while living in Kenya. Register. $45. 2:45 p.m.

Open House, Peddie School, South Main Street, Hightstown, 609-490-7501. www.peddie.org. Admission panel presentation and campus tours at the co-ed boarding and day school for grades 8 to 12, plus post-graduate. 1 p.m.

Singles

Jewish Singles of Mercer County, KC Prime Restaurant, Lawrenceville. www.mercerjewishsingles.org. Brunch. Register by E-mail: jewishsinglz@aol.com. $22. 1 p.m.

Sports

Open House and Family Fun Shoot, Citizens Rifle and Revolver Club, Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-799-9858. www.crrc.org. Try shooting handguns,modern rifles, blackpowder rifles, air rifles, paintball guns, shotguns, and archery. All equipment will be supplied. Live birds of prey on display. Fees for shooting events vary from event to event. No admission charge. Noon to dusk.

Monday

November 7

Public Meeting

Princeton Junction Neighborhoods Coalition, West Windsor Seniors Center, Municipal Complex, 609-275-5042. www.princetonol.com/groups/pjnc. “New Development Around Transit Stations in New Jersey: The Demographic and Economic Implications,” a talk and community discussions with Jan S. Wells, Alan J. Voorhees Transporation Center. Open meeting to seek input and discussion of neighborhood concerns and making recommendations for the future development of downtown Princeton Junction. 7 p.m.

The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil, Historical Society of West Windsor, Schenck House, 50 Southfield Road, West Windsor, 609-799-1278. Angus Kress Gillespie presents a program on “The Jersey Devil.” A professor of American studies at Rutgers University, she presents photographs, drawings, reports, and maps surrounding the legendary creature. The program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Free. 8 p.m.

The legend of the Jersey devil began in 1735 with the Leeds family in the small community of Leeds Point at the coastal edge of the Pine Barrens. Already having given birth twelve times, Mother Leeds was about to deliver for the thirteenth time and cursed the unborn child, wishing she had never married. She took revenge on Mr. Leeds that night when she gave birth to the devil’s child, who still lurks in the Pine Barrens.

Dancing

Dancing by Peddie Lake, 112 Etra Road, Hightstown, 609-443-8990. www.dance.homestead.com. Four-week series of classes in foxtrot and swing dancing taught by Candace Woodward-Clough. Beginners at 7:30 p.m.; intermediates at 8:30 p.m. Pre-register, $80 per couple. 7:30 p.m.

Literati

Princeton University Store, 36 University Place, 609-921-8500. www.pustore.com. John Brister, author of “The Man Who Created God” presentation and book signing. Under his pseudonym John F. Brain, Brinster produced a satirical novel directed to imaginative beliefs in an anthropomorphic god with explanations of the emotional mind. Brinster graduated magma cum laude from Princeton in 1943. Free. 7 p.m.

Food & Dining

Cheese and Wine, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, 609-586-9446. Presented by chef Anne Lumberger. $78. 6 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Blood Drive, Community Blood Council, Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 3688 Lawrenceville Road, 609-883-9750. www.communitybloodcouncil.org. 3 to 7 p.m.

Blood Drive, Community Blood Council, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, 609-883-9750. www.communitybloodcouncil.org. 3 to 7 p.m.

Blood Drive, Lawrenceville Main Street, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, 609-219-9300. www.LawrencevilleMainStreet.com. Register. 3 to 7 p.m.

For Families

Moving Stories, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. www.lmxac.org/Plainsboro. 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday

November 8

Election Day.

Art

The Human Face, Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. Opening reception for “The Human Face,” a photographic exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Edward Steichen’s historic “Family of Man” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. On view through December 21. 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Dancing

International Folk Dancing, Riverside School, Riverside Road, Princeton, 609-655-0758. Request dancing. Partners not needed. $3. 6:30 p.m.

Classical Music

Lute Recital, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-936-9038. www.rider.edu. Hopkinson Smith presents “The Winds of Change: Early 17th Century Music from England, France, and Italy.” 8 p.m.

Crafts

Origami, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. Paper folding for ages 8 and over. Supplies provided. Register. 7 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Ruth A. Golush, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 348, Plainsboro, 609-426-9693. Chi Kung. Register. $20. 7 p.m.

Healthcare Self-Management, Women’s Heart Foundation, Curves, 564 Lawrence Square Boulevard South, Lawrenceville, 609-587-7077. www.womensheartfoundation.org. Nurse led workshop for moms and their teenaged daughters ages 14 and up. Free. Register. 7 p.m.

Holocaust History

College of New Jersey, Music Building Concert Hall, Ewing, 609-771-2775. www.tcnj.edu. Judith Sherman, a Holocaust survivor, presents her personal experience. A Monroe resident and a retired family therapist, she is the author of “Say the Name: A Survivor’s Memoir in Prose and Poetry.” It is illustrated with original artwork drawn by female prisoners at Ravensbruck. Books will be for sale. 7:30 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Borders Books, 601 Nassau Park, 609-514-0040. Animal storytime. 10 a.m.

Stories Alive, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. www.lmxac.org/Plainsboro. 10:30 a.m.

Kiddie Academy, 201 Carnegie Center Drive, West Windsor, 609-419-0105. www.kiddieacademy.com. Pre-school story hour with theme-related story, project or activity, and snack. Register. Free. 10:30 a.m.

For Teens

People and Stories, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. Short story discussion group for students in grades 7 to 10. Register. 4 to 5 p.m.

Lectures

Distinguished Lecture Series, Mercer County College, Communications Building, Room 110, 609-586-4800. www.mccc.edu. “Edward Steichen and the Family of Man,” is the subject of a lecture presented by archivist Gary Saretzky. Noon.

Lectures

Princeton MacIntosh Users Group, Jadwin Hall A-10, Washington Road, 609-258-5730. www.pmug-nj.org. “Portable Media Devices,” Douglas Dixon. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Science Lectures

Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Peyton Hall, Ivy Lane, Princeton University, 609-393-2565. www.princetonastronomy.org. Mario Livio, the guest speaker, is the former head of the science division at the Space telescope Science Institute that conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope. 8 p.m.

Live Music

John Henry Goldman, Sunny Garden Restaurant, 15 Farber Road, West Windsor, 609-520-1881. www.sunnygarden.net. Mellow tones of standards, showtunes, ballads, Latin, pop, bebop, and blues presented by longtime West Windsor resident known as a teacher of music, basketball, and Pilates. 6 p.m.

Schools

Open House, The Bridge Academy, 1958-B Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-844-0770. www.banj.org. For students with language-based disabilities. 9:30 a.m.

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, Grover Middle School, 10 Southfield Road, West Windsor, 609-716-5000. Work meeting. 7:30 p.m.

Singles

Jewish Singles of Mercer County, MarketFair food court, West Windsor. www.mercerjewishsingles.org. Steering committee meeting for ages 35 to 55. Register by E-mail: jewishsinglz@aol.com. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday November 9

Art

Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center, 609-895-5589. Painter Mari Lyons presents a talk, “On My Work and Sources.” Free. 7 p.m.

Architecture

Princeton University School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium, Princeton, 609-258-3741. www.Princeton.edu/~soa. “Microgeographies,” Vicente Guallart. Free. 6 p.m.

Literati

College of New Jersey, Brower Student Center, Ewing, 609-771-2706. www.publicleaders.tcnj.edu. Reading by Jess Row, author of “The Train to Lo Wu,” his debut novel. Reception and booksigning follow. 3 p.m.

Michael Ondaatje and Tracy K. Smith, Princeton University Program in Creative Writing, Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-4712. www.Princeton.edu/~visarts/cwr/index.html. Novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Michael Ondaatje is introduced by Edmund White. Poet Tracy Smith is introduced by Yusef Konunyakaa. Free. 4:30 p.m.

Princeton University Store, 36 University Place, 609-921-8500. Talk and booksigning by James Lasdun, author of “Seven Lies: A Novel.” Free. 7 p.m.

Growing Up Guggenheim, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. Princeton resident Peter Lawson-Johnston, a member of the fifth generation of the Guggenheim family, speaks about his book, “Growing Up Guggenheim.” 7:30 p.m.

Business Meetings

Linux Users Group in Princeton, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane at Route 1, 609-571-2497. www.lugip.org. 7 p.m.

Food & Dining

Holiday Cooking Demonstration, Miele Design Center, 9 Independence Way, Princeton, 800-843-7231, ext. 1195. www.miele.com. Recipes 4 U, authors of the cookbook, “Sacred Spaces, Princeton Parties, Gatherings, and Celebrations.” Register. $20. 6 p.m.

A Taste of Thanksgiving, Whole Foods Market, Windsor Green Shopping Center, West Windsor, 609-799-2919. www.wholefoods.com. Sip and sample holiday favorites including free range turkey, traditional sage stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Music by B.D. Lenz. Free. 6 p.m.

For Families

Stories Alive, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. www.lmxac.org/Plainsboro. 10:30 a.m.

Lectures

Mercer County College, James Kerney Campus, 400 North Broad, Trenton, 609-586-4800. www.mccc.edu. “Careers in Real Estate.” Register. $15. 8 a.m.

Lunch Box Lecture, Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5033. www.rider.edu. “ News from the Israeli Palestinian Front: Towards the Third Intifada” by Jonathan Mendilow, professor of political science. Free. Noon.

DeCamp Bioethics Seminar, Princeton University Center for Human Values, Bowl 1, Robertson Hall, 609-258-3000. www.Princeton.edu/values. Roger Scruton, University of Buckingham; Peter Singer, Princeton University. 4:30 p.m.

Design Within Reach, 30 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-0899. www.dwr.com. “Landscapes in the Public Domain” by landscape architect Henry Arnold. Free. 6 p.m.

Retirement Planning Strategies Seminar, Edward Jones Investments, Hopewell Public Library, 13 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-818-1682. Edward Jones hosts a seminar on planning for retirement. Register. 7:30 p.m.

Outdoor Action

Central Jersey Sierra Club, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, 609-882-4642. www.sierraactivist.org. Ken Mayberg shares a slide presentation of this past summer’s trip to Vietnam featuring mountain hill tribes, river life on the Mekong Delta, cone-hatted women working in rice paddies, and monuments from the days of emperors. 7:30 p.m.

Politics

Mark Danner, Coalition for Peace Action, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, 609-924-5022. www.peacecoalition.org. Journalist, professor, and author of “Torture and Truth: America Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror,” Mark Danner speaks about how citizens can respond to the government’s practices of torture. Free. 8 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, Philip David/Party City, 3625 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, 609-588-0141. Jewelry, books, watches, fashion purses, stationery, Christmas items, pet-themed gifts, glassware, mugs, plush toys, pottery, candles, aromatherapy products, magnets, baby accessories, home decor items, and keychains. Also Thursday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday

November 10

Drama

Hair, Rider University, Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5303. Preview performance of the 1960s rock musical. $4. 8 p.m.

Dane Cook, Sovereign Bank Arena, 81 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, 609-520-8383. www.sovereignbankarena.com. Comedian. $32 to $47. Also Friday, November 11. 8 p.m.

Student Playwrights Festival, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Through November 12. $12. 8 p.m.

Film

Independent Film Series, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, 609-882-9246. Screening of “Drifters,” a selection at the Cannes Film Festival. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

Hans Christian

Andersen Celebration

Cotsen Children’s Library, Firestone Library, 609-258-2697. www.Princeton.edu. Exhibition “Wonderful Stories for Pictures: Hans Christian Andersen and His Illustrators” in honor of the bicentenary of Andersen’s birth. On view through March 26. 9 a.m.

Academic conference, “Hidden but Not Forgotten: The Legacy of Hans Christian Anderson in the Twentieth Century,” in conjunction with the exhibit Thursday to Saturday, November 10 to 12.

Storytelling by Storytelling Arts, numerous film screenings, live dramatic reproductions, and a talk by Plainsboro residents Michael Jacobsen and Danielle Sinclair of the Westminster Conservatory Youth Opera Workshop.

Art

Sauce for the Goose, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center, 609-924-8777. Opening reception for the 12th annual holiday sale of fine arts and crafts featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards, furniture, and candles. 3 to 8 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. Reception for “Inlet,” an exhibit by artist Elaine Chong featuring abstract works of layered surfaces that explore contained energy. On view thorough December 9. 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Silva Gallery of Art, Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-737-8069. pennington.org. Opening reception for “Transcending the Veil,” a solo show of works by Trenton artist Khalilah Sabree. Gallery talk, Wednesday, November 16, 12:30 p.m. On view through December 15. 6 p.m.

Literati

Princeton University Store, 36 University Place, 609-921-8500. Talk and booksigning by Diana E.E. Kleiner, author of “Cleopatra and Rome.” Free. 7 p.m.

Poetry Workshop, Delaware Valley Poets, Lawrence Public Library, Darrah Lane, 609-882-9246. Visitors welcome. Bring 15 copies of your poem. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Shemekia Copeland, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400. www.onpatriotssatge.com. Country-flavored blues and soup, funk and swamp-pop, and rhythm and blues presented by the daughter of the blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland. Her new CD is “The Soul Truth.” $30. 7 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Rich Ramirez with Peaches Rodriguez, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. Through November 12. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Faith

Shalom Heritage Center, Twin Rivers Shopping Center, East Windsor, 609-443-7170. Mommy and Me Jewish Story Hour and Crafts. Free sample class. Register. 10:30 a.m.

Gardens

Garden State African Violet Club, Washington Township Library, 42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Robbinsville, 609-275-8708. www.princetonol.com/groups. Monthly meeting. Visitors are welcome. 7:15 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Blood Drive, University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4366. Walk-ins welcome. Also open Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Blood Drive, American Red Cross, Clearbrook Community, Applegarth Road, Monroe, 800-448-3543. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood Drive, Community Blood Council, Masons, 121 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-883-9750. www.communitybloodcouncil.org. 5 to 9 p.m.

History

Plainsboro Museum, Wicoff House, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-799-9040. Plainsboro’s history featured in 18 exhibits from 6,"000 years ago to the present day including Walker-Gordon Farm and Elsie the cow memorabilia, a fire department and rescue squad exhibit, and railroad artifacts. Free. 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Preparing for Winter, Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. www.montgomerycenterforthearts.org. Two-day workshop for ages 4 to 12 to examine the holidays of giving and lights in a diverse community. Half-days available. Bring two snacks and a brown bag lunch. Register. $180. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Storytime, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. For ages 2 to 4. 11:30 a.m.

Stories Alive, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. www.lmxac.org/Plainsboro. 7 p.m.

Lectures

A Book in the Works: The Arts in Book Production, Princeton University Library, Friend Center Auditorium, 609-258-3155. www.fpulorg. Terry Belanger, founding director of Rare Book School and professor and honorary curator of special collections at the University of Virginia. He recently received the “genius” award from the MacArthur Fellows Program. Reception follows the lecture at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. 5 p.m.

Live Music

Arturo Romay, Mediterra, 14 Hulfish Street, 609-252-9680. Latin jazz guitar. 7 to 10 p.m.

Frank Thewes, Wes Hutchinson, and Dan LaVoie, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. 9 p.m.

Politics

Drinking Liberally, Annex Restaurant 128 Nassau Street, Princeton. www.drinkingliberally.org. Hosted by Juan Melli, Joshua Weitz, and Frances Schendle. 7 p.m.

Schools

Open House, Villa Victoria Academy, 376 West Upper Ferry Road at Route 29, Ewing, 609-882-1700. www.villavictoria.org. Open house at the Catholic independent school for girls through grade 12. 6:30 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, Philip David/Party City, 3625 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, 609-588-0141. Jewelry, books, watches, fashion purses, stationery, Christmas items, pet-themed gifts, glassware, mugs, plush toys, pottery, candles, aromatherapy, magnets, baby accessories, home decor items, and keychains. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Singles

Fifties Plus, Princeton YMCA, Paul Robeson Place, 732-329-9470. Pot luck dinner. $5; $1 if you bring a dish. 7 p.m.

Socials

Cafe Knitters, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 10 a.m.

For Seniors

55-Plus, Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street, 609-737-2001. “E-mail Essentials” presented by Vidhya Ramesh. Free. 10 a.m.

Around the World in Forty Years, Friends of West Windsor Senior Citizens, West Windsor Library, 609-799-0051. Travel slide show, “The World Down Under,” presented by Lew and Mildred Weisblatt, residents of Village Grande. They have traveled the world and will share their enthusiasm for history and cultural regions of the regions they visited during their journey through New Zealand and Australia. Open to the public. Free. 1 p.m.

Friday

November 11

Veterans Day. Postal and bank holiday.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day Ceremony, Plainsboro Township, Veteran’s Monument, Municipal Center, 609-799-0909. Wreath laying at memorial site to recognize Plainsboro residents serving in all 20th and 21st century armed conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, Operation Desert Storm, and the recent Gulf War. 10 a.m.

Veteran’s Day Ceremonies, West Windsor Township, All Wars Memorial, Post and Clarkville roads, 609-799-2400. The annual ceremonies in remembrance of West Windsor residents who fought in World War II at the Dutch Neck monument followed by ceremonies at town hall conducted by the West Windsor Township Council, American Legion Post 76, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 925. Police Honor Guard perform. Refreshments. 11 a.m.

Drama

The Petrified Forest, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. American gangster drama. $15. 8 p.m.

Inspecting Carol, Kelsey Theater, MCCC, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseytheatre.net. Comedy of a theater company putting on its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” is a play within a play. Cast members include Niita Mehta of Plainsboro and Jeremy Rapaport-Stein of West Windsor. Through November 20. Opening night reception. $12. 8 p.m.

Excess Hollywood, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. The 115th annual edition of the Princeton Triangle Club show includes the politically incorrect all-male kickline directed by Mark Waldrop. Also Saturday, November 12. $20 to $25. 8 p.m.

The It Girl, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Musical. $23.75 to $25.25. 8 p.m.

A Long History of Neglect, Princeton University Theater and Dance Program, Berlind Theater, University Place, 609-258-1742. www.Princeton.edu/~visarts. Through November 19. $15. 8 p.m.

Hair, Rider University, Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5303. 1960s rock musical. To November 19. $10. 8 p.m.

Dane Cook, Sovereign Bank Arena, 81 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, 609-520-8383. www.sovereignbankarena.com. Comedian. $32 to $47. 8 p.m.

Student Playwrights Festival, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Through November 12. $12. 8 p.m.

Art

Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, 609-924-6700. www.pds.org. First day for “”Fay Sciarra: Original Paintings on Canvas, Glass, and Found Objects.” Reception is Friday, December 2, 5 to 7 p.m. On view through December 16. 10 a.m.

Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “The Legacy of Homer at the Ecole des Beaux-arts,” Vera Keller. 12:30 p.m.

Montgomery Craft Show, Hopewell Train Station, 609-921-2923. Opening reception for “Transformations 2005,” a holiday boutique featuring glassware, ceramics, baskets, and clothing by 13 area craftspeople. Through November 14. 6 p.m.

Literati

Mary Helen Thuente, The Fund for Irish Studies, Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.Princeton.edu/~Irishcal.htm. Author of “The Angel Harp: United Irish Ideology, Images, and Identity, 1798-1998.” Free. 4:30 p.m.

Classical Music

New Jersey Opera Theater, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. www.groundsforsculpture.org. Concert of well-known selections and lesson known gems from the operatic cannon. Register. $15. 7:30 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Doris Spears, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. www.ellarslie.org. CD release party for “The Royal Duchess of Jazz & Blues: Doris Spears.” Music support systems include the David Braham Quartet, Joe Zook’s Blues Deluxe, and back-up vocalists Carol Kounitz and Amy Raditz. $15. 6 p.m.

Pop Music

Over the Rainbow: The Harold Arlen Cabaret, Poquelin Players, Unitarian Church of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, 609-924-1604. www.uuprinceton.org. Great American songbook standards including “Over the Rainbow,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Stormy Weather,” “That Old Black Magic,” “If I Only had a Brain,” and “It Was Only a Paper Moon.” Poqueline players include Jan Baldwin, Derry Light, and Tim Brown, directed by Dick Swain. Guest appearance by soprano Deborah Ford. Also Saturday, November 12. $15. 8 p.m.

Good Causes

Thanks for Giving Dinner, SERV Behavioral Health System, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, 609-406-0100, ext. 107. www.servbhs.org. Black tie. Cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and dance band music. Drawing for a 2005 BMW ZR Roadster. $175; $300 per couple. 7 p.m.

Benefit Concert, Princeton Theological Seminary, Mackay Campus Center., 609-497-7990. Gospel hip hop by 360, jazz from Victor Lin, recording artist Shauna Park, vocalist Neah Lee, and dance performances. Silent auction, multimedia president on hurricane damage. $15 donation. 7:30 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Rich Ramirez with Peaches Rodriguez, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. Through November 12. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Borders Books, 601 Nassau Park, 609-514-0040. Thanksgiving storytime. 10 a.m.

Lectures

PEPA Seminars, Princeton University Center for Human Values, 301 Marx Hall, 609-258-5496. www.Princeton.edu/values. Samuel Scheffler, University of California-Berkeley. 4:30 p.m.

Live Music

Ryan Asher, Borders Books, 601 Nassau Park, 609-514-0040. Singer songwriter. 8 p.m.

Kindred Spirit, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. 10 p.m.

Outdoor Action

Wild New Jersey Eco-Trip, Plainsboro Park Rangers, Plainsboro Municipal Building, 609-897-7844. Lord Stirling Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge and the Raptor Trust for a look of birds of prey. Register. $10; $7 for youth under 16 and seniors over 60. 9 a.m.

Singles

Divorce Recovery Seminar, Princeton Church of Christ, 33 River Road, Princeton, 609-581-3889. “Dealing with Depression.” Free. 7:30 p.m.

Singles Speak-Up Toastmasters, Mary Jacobs Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, 609-371-0800. Speaking activities followed by a social gathering at Santa Fe Grill. Guests welcome. 7:30 p.m.

Socials

Newcomers Club General Meeting, Princeton YWCA, 609-497-2100. www.ywcaprinceton.org/newcomers. Jeanette Schwartz presents an interactive discussion of balancing your home and workspace. She is a Feng Shui Fuzion master. All from the area and those who have had a lifestyle change are welcomed. Light lunch for nominal charge. Group meets monthly on second Friday. 11:45 a.m.

Saturday

November 12

School Sports

High School North Football, 609-716-5000, ext. 5134. NJSIAA tournament, TBD.

Drama

Hair, Rider University, Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5303. 1960s rock musical. $10. 2 and 8 p.m.

Inspecting Carol, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseytheatre.net. Comedy. $12. 8 p.m.

Excess Hollywood, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. The 115th annual edition of the Princeton Triangle Club. $20 to $25. 8 p.m.

The It Girl, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Musical. $23.75 to $25.25. 8 p.m.

A Long History of Neglect, Princeton University Theater and Dance Program, Berlind Theater, University Place, 609-258-1742. www.Princeton.edu/~visarts. $15. 8 p.m.

Student Playwrights Festival, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Tickets on line or through Frist ticket office. $12. 8 p.m.

Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Omicron Theater Productions, Tiffany’s Restaurant, 812 Route 33, Hamilton, 609-443-5598. Dinner and interactive show. Reservations, $49. 7:30 p.m.

Art

Nikon Exhibit, New Jersey State Museum, Galleries at 225 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org. First day for “Nikon’s Small World,” a touring exhibit recognizing excellence in photography through the microscope. Through January 29. 9 a.m.

Art for Kids, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “Netsukes: Sculptures in Miniature,” Joel Greenberg. Arts-related project follows. 10 a.m. to noon.

Montgomery Craft Show, Hopewell Train Station, 609-921-2923. “Transformations 2005,” a holiday boutique featuring glassware, ceramics, baskets, and clothing by 13 area craftspeople. Noon to 9 p.m.

Jacob Landau Studio Event, Roosevelt Arts Project, Dome Studio, 30 Lake Drive, Roosevelt, 609-448-4616. www.jacoblandau.org. Exhibit featuring the late Jacob Landau’s drawings, lithographs, woodcuts, and watercolors from his earliest days to 2001. Exhibit runs through December 10 by appointment. Noon to 4 p.m.

Food Styling Workshops, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. www.groundsforsculpture.org. Sculpt centerpieces with pumpkins at 11 a.m.; fall leaf placemats at 1 p.m.; and flowering vegetable garnishes at 3 p.m. Kids workshops include gingerbread houses at 11 a.m.; cupcake design at 1 p.m.; and an edible critter workshop at 3 p.m. Register. $5 per workshop. 1 p.m.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588. www.lambervillearts.com. Opening reception for “To Tell Tall Tales,” works by Will Hubscher. The monoprints pressed onto watercolor paper include elements of photography, digital imagery, etchings, and pure fantasy. On view through December 4. 4 to 9 p.m.

Rock, Paper,…, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. www.ellarslie.org. Reception for “Rock, Paper,..,” a shared show by Sarah Stengle, collage; and Petro Hul, stone sculpture. On view through January 8. 7 to 9 p.m.

NFL Hall of Famer

Elvin Bethea, Borders Books, 601 Nassau Park, 609-514-0040. National Football League Hall-of-Famer Elvin Bethea discusses his new book, “Smash Mouth: My Journey from Trenton to Canton.” It is the story of his rise from a life of poverty to his All-American college football career at North Carolina A&T, to his legendary pro career. Booksigning follows talk. 8 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Darla Rich Quintet, Hopewell Bistro, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-9889. www.acmemusicco.com. Jazz vocals and dancing. $15 minimum. 7 p.m.

Pop Music

Willie Nelson & Family, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400. www.thewarmemorial.com. Country music, standards, and gospel singer since the 1950s, Willie Nelson was recently seen in “The Dukes of Hazzard” film with Jessica Simpson. He and his family perform from his catalog of hits. $45 to $120. 8 p.m.

Over the Rainbow: The Harold Arlen Cabaret, Poquelin Players, Unitarian Church of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, 609-924-1604. www.uuprinceton.org. The great American songbook standards. $15. 8 p.m.

Good Causes

Gourmet Picnic, Rotary Club of the Princeton Corridor, Observatory at Princeton University, 609-448-0110. www.princetoncorridorrotary.org. Tailgate party with gourmet picnic before the Princeton vs. Yale game. Benefit for Trenton Rescue Mission. Game, $6. Tailgate, $12.50; $5 children. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Rich Ramirez with Peaches Rodriguez, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Crafts

Princeton Rug Society, Ewing Library, 1 Scotch Road, Ewing, 732-274-0774. www.lowrance@prinsci.com. “Anatolian Yastiks” presented by Dennis Dodds, a Philadelphia architect, author, and collector. Dodds will use 25 examples from his private cushion and pillow covers to show regional stylistic differences and design development. 2:30 p.m.

Faith

Take a Jewish Journey, Jewish Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-883-9550. www.jcctoday.org. Adult night of learning and inspiration features a choice of two one-hour classes including “A Taste of Kabballah,” “You and Your Grandchildren,” “Witness to Jewish History,” and Organized Jewish Community.” Register. $18. 7 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Gambrell Room, Scheide Hall, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. Ha!Man Francois le Roux, a native South African musician, presents a concert of cello music with original electronic backings. 7:30 p.m.

Food & Dining

Kitchen Design Seminar, Miele Design Center, 9 Independence Way, Princeton, 800-843-7231, ext. 1195. www.miele.com. “Lighting and Your Kitchen Remodel” presented by Bill Noval of Spyglass Design. Register. $20. 10 a.m.

Kids Stuff

Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Meet Clifford, the red dog, and read stories about his adventures. 11 a.m.

For Families

Maze Harvest, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-397-2555. www.howellfarm.org. The harvest features corn picking, a wildlife program, music, food, a craft program, and wagon rides. Corn benefits injured and orphaned wildlife. Admission is free. Fee for food, rides, crafts, and entrance to the maze. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday Stories, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. www.lmxac.org/Plainsboro. 10:30 a.m.

The Great Inventions in Central New Jersey, Princeton ACM/IEEE, Sarnoff Corporation, 201 Washington Road, West Windsor, 609-734-2000. www.ieee.org/Princeton. Introduction to the world of electrical engineering. Pizza lunch. Demonstration of “The Real Thing” and museum tour. Register to pcjs.event@ieee.org. Noon.

Family Theater

Bob Berky: Out of the Blue, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseytheatre.net. One man show features theatrical clowning. $8. 2 and 4 p.m.

Lectures

A Book in the Works: The Arts in Book Production, Princeton University Library, Friend Center Auditorium, 609-258-3155. www.fpulorg. “How Prints are Made” presented by Julie Mellby, curator of graphic arts at the library. Register. 5 p.m.

Live Music

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 9 a.m.

Bob Messano, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. Blues. 2 p.m.

Carol Heffler Quartet, Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4400. Carol Heffler, vocals; Jim Ridl, piano; Wilbo Wright, bass; and Mark Pultorak, drums. Heffler and Wright are West Windsor residents. 8 p.m.

Soul Cycle, Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. CD release party of full-length album, “The Soul Cycle CD,” for the Jersey-based jazz/funk trio. Recorded in August, the album contains 60 minutes of original music, including seven compositions by composer and pianist Jesse Fischer and two by drummer Corey Rawls. Free performance. 8:30 p.m.

Outdoor Action

Evergreens and Pinecones, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Titus Mill Road, Pennington, 609-737-7592. www.thewatershed.org. Hike through the watershed pine forest, examine pine needles and cones, play a game, and make pine cone birdfeeders to take home. Register. $8. 10 a.m.

Politics

Make Jokes Not War, Coalition for Peace Action, Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-5022. www.peacecoalition.org. Awards dinner to honor Cindy Sheehan and Gold Star Families for Peace. Song and satire with a performance of “The Billionaire Follies” performed by Billionaires for Bush. Comedian for Peace Ira Shorr, a diligent opponent of nuclear weapons, sheds light on foreign policy. Register. Benefit for CFPA and Gol

U.S. Senate, House races top New Jersey ballot Nov. 6

Republican Bob Hugin challenges incumbent Robert Menendez, a Democrat, for one of New Jersey’s two seats in the United States Senate.

Hugin, 63, is best known as a former executive of pharmacuetical company Celgene. He earned his bachelor’s from Princeton University, and after serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, earned a MBA from the Unviersity of Virginia. Hugin joined J.P. Morgan in 1985, rising to managing director. Then, in 1999, Celgene hired Hugin as its CFO. He eventually became the company’s president and COO, and then, later, CEO and chiarman of its executive board. He retired in 2017.

Menendez, 64, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2006, and is ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has served as a school board member, a mayor and a state legislator. From 1993 to 2006, Menendez represented his district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and his law degree from Rutgers University. Menendez made headlines in 2015 after being indicted on federal corruption charges. The trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial last November, and in January, the Justice Department announced they were dropping all charges against Menendez. He currently lives in Harrison.

Republican Congressman Chris Smith faces a challenge from Democrat Josh Welle for the New Jersey 4th Congressional District’s seat in the United States House of Representatives. The winner gets a two-year term.

Smith, 65, the Republican incumbent, is seeking his 20th term in Congress. He first won his seat in 1980 at age 27. Smith is a graduate of The College of New Jersey. He is the senior member of the congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs, chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights (Chairman), a member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, co-chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the co-chairman of the Congressional Executive Commission on China. He is co-chairman of a number caucuses, including ones on Alzheimer’s, autism research and education, human trafficking, Lyme Disease and the pro-life movement.

Welle, a Rumson resident and Wall native, received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the United States Naval Academy, master’s degree in international relations and business administration from the University of Maryland and a master’s in public affairs from Harvard University. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in Japan, Liberia, Afghanistan and Bahrain.

Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Six candidates are running for three three-year terms on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders: incumbent Democrats Ann M. Cannon, Pasquale “Pat” Colavita and Samuel T. Frisby, and Republicans Michael Silvestri, Mary R. Walker and Cynthia Larsen.

Cannon is an East Windsor resident who has served on the freeholder board since 1995. She previously served on the East Windsor Township Council from 1990 to 1994. Cannon is the former president and member of the Twin Rivers Lake Condominuium Board of Directors, a former member of the East Windsor Planning Board, the former president and assistant firector of Hightstown-East Windsor Business and Professional Women, a member of the Hightstown-East Windsor League of Women Voters, and a member of the Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County advisory board.

Colavita, a Lawrence resident, is a retired speech and language therapist. He has been a county freeholder since 2004. He previously served in various positions on the Lawrence Township Board of Education and as mayor and deputy mayor of Lawrence Township. Colavita is a member of the Ewing-Lawrence Sewage Authority, a member of the CONTACT board of directors, a member os the Heart to Hearts executive board, and the cho-chair of many local fundraisers and events.

Frisby is a Trenton resident and the CEO of the Capital Area YMCA. He has been a freeholder since 2011 and previously served as Trenton’s director of recreation from 2003 to 2007 and the Trenton receration department director from 2007 to 2010. Frisby is a member of the Statewide MLK Commission, a founding member of the Howard University Alumni Association, a Leadership Trenton Alumni fellow, music minister, a member of the Trinity Health board of directors, a board member of the United Progress board of directors, and the co-chair of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. He has previously served on the Trenton Museum Board, the Artworks Board, the Weed and Seed Steering Committee, the State Museum Board, and many others.

Silvestri is a Trenton resident who previously ran for mayor of the city. He has a bachelor’s degree in polical science, and he works as a senior network technician at IBM. Walker is a Hamilton resident, and Larsen is a Princeton resident.

Democrat Nina D. Melker is running unopposed for an unexpired one-year term on the freeholder board. She has been serving as a freeholder since being appointed in September to fill a vacancy created by Anthony Verrelli’s resignation. Verrelli now serves as a state assemblyman for the 15th Legislative District.

Melker has been in the banking industry for the past 38 years with a range of experience in retail and lending. Melker currently works as a private banker with Berkshire Bank. A Hamilton resident, Melker is well-known in the community for her service on the boards and committees of community groups. Among them are RWJ Barnabas Hamilton Foundation, the Foundation of St. Lawrence Rehabilitation and Morris Hall, Mercer County Community College, Frances Clark School of Pedagogy, Hamilton Education Foundation, Kidsbridge, Ryan’s Quest, Iron Mike Foundation and Miracle League of Mercer County.

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