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Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School Director, Announces Retirement After 35 Years of Service and Leadership

(New Brunswick/Princeton, N.J.) – American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School announce the retirement of school director Mary Pat Robertson. Ms. Robertson began teaching at Princeton Ballet School in 1980, and became director in 1986. She is only the third director in the school’s 62-year history. While a nationwide search for a new director is underway, Ms. Robertson will continue in her position through June 2016 to ensure a smooth and successful transition.


According to Patrick Bradley, Chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees, “Princeton Ballet School has been guided by Mary Pat’s extraordinary leadership for 30 years. The steadiness, depth of instruction and overall stewardship she provided made Princeton Ballet School one of the most highly regarded dance schools in the nation.”


“Mary Pat’s tenure at Princeton Ballet School has been transcendent,” says Vanessa Logan, Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School. “The commitment demonstrated across her career is unrivaled, and her reputation second to none. The Princeton Ballet School family, from the children to the parents to her peers, will miss her valued leadership. We all wish her continued happiness in retirement.”


During her 30-year tenure as director, she helped Princeton Ballet School achieve a national and international reputation, especially for its Summer Intensive program. Other significant achievements include the creation of a complete ballet syllabus unique to the school; the successful application to the U.S. Government to be recognized as a school which can accept foreign students for advanced study; and the Trainee Program, an apprenticeship program that links Princeton Ballet School with its affiliated professional company, American Repertory Ballet. Ms. Robertson helped establish the Princeton Ballet School/Rider University program, unique of its kind in the United States, which provides Rider students with access to a degree in dance in part through classes taken at Princeton Ballet School. Additionally, Ms. Robertson has continued to teach and share her love of the art with generations of young dancers.


Educated at Wellesley and Stanford, Ms. Robertson moved to Princeton in 1980 after several years of study and performance in New York City. She started teaching for Princeton Ballet School immediately, while also teaching at Princeton University, New York University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and the Lawrenceville and Peddie Schools. Ms. Robertson was founding director of Teamwork Dance, a modern dance repertory company, and has choreographed work for numerous New Jersey arts organizations, including Opera New Jersey, Opera Festival of NJ, Princeton Pro Musica and VOICES. She has been the recipient of a Choreographic Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, and has been honored by the Arts Council of Princeton and the U.S. Congress for her service to the field. She has also been a consultant to NJPAC, the New York State Council on the Arts and Education Testing Service.


“It has been a great pleasure to have been able to work with so many talented colleagues and young dancers over the years,” says Ms. Robertson. “I delight in seeing my former students dancing with our company, as well as with New York City Ballet and a multitude of other groups, and I also am so happy to know that others are finding fulfillment in their lives, both through participating in the arts or enjoying them. I look forward to continuing my contributions to the arts in this vibrant community in many ways.”


“I have had the great pleasure of working closely with Mary Pat Robertson as both educator and director for over 22 years,” says Douglas Martin, American Repertory Ballet’s Artistic Director. “She is highly respected, nationally and internationally, as an educator and the director of one of the largest ballet schools in the country, and I am proud to have worked alongside her to help produce one of the most respected training grounds for professional dancers as well as for dance lovers. Mary Pat has been an inspiration to generations of students and will be dearly missed by all of us.”


Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. It currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, CardioBallet and CoMBo (Conditioning for the Mind and Body). Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the United States and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.


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Adult Ed Program at Watershed - Conserving Energy in Your Home - Feb 17 - March 9

Learn how to reduce energy use in your home, save money on your electric bills and help the environment. Examine solar energy and geothermal systems and determine whether they are right for you. Visit our website to learn more -

To register:

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This Week at The Lewis Center for the Arts


February 12, 2016

Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis in a still from the film Tumbledown courtesy Rusticator Pictures

Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Screening of Tumbledown with Sean Mewshaw ’97 & Desi Van Til ’99

Tumbledown is a comedic love story with a serious soul about a woman struggling to write the biography of her late husband, an acclaimed musician. When she meets a brash New York academic with an obsession for tragic artists, the unlikely pair strike up a deal to collaborate on the book. Tumbledown was directed by Princeton alumnus Sean Mewshaw ’97 and written & produced by alumna Desi Van Til ’99. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the screening at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion with the filmmakers at the Princeton Garden Theater at 160 Nassau St. in Princeton. Watch the trailer. FREE but ticket reservations recommended. Reserve tickets →
fintan otoole

TODAY! Friday, February 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Fund for Irish Studies Lecture by Fintan O'Toole

Theater critic, scholar, and Lecturer in Theater Fintan O’Toole delivers the annual Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture on “Carnival and Ruin: Looting in the 1916 Rising,” in recognition of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. FREE  Learn more →
Photo courtesy Fintan O'Toole
evelyn giovine

FINAL WEEKEND! Friday & Saturday, February 12 &13 at 8:00 p.m.


Sophocles’ dark, bloody tale of familial vengeance from ancient Greece is explored anew by guest professional director Alexandru Mihail and senior Evelyn Giovine in the title role. Performances are in the Marie & Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. A talkback with Visiting Lecturer in Theater Bryan Doerries follows the Feb. 12 performance. Watch the video trailer. TICKETS: In advance, $12/$11 students & seniors; $17/$15 students & seniors on day of performances. Buy tickets →
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski
african dance

Monday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m.

The Relationship Between Traditional Music and Dance

Percussionist Ayanda Clarke offers a workshop as part of the spring 2016 course “The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices,” taught by Dyane Harvey-Salaam, in the Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street. FREE and open to the public to observe. Learn more →
Photo by M. Teresa Simao
grace singleton & dancers

Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.


Senior dance student Grace Singleton presents her original, interactive choreography inspired by the Erol Ozan quote, "Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment." Performed in the galleries of the Princeton University Art Museum as part of her Program in Dance thesis project. A reception follows the performance. FREE  Learn more →
princess of france

Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

12 Films, 12 Filmmakers

As part of the spring 2016 course “World on a Wire: 12 Films, 12 Filmmakers,” taught by Princeton Arts Fellow Pacho Velez, filmmaker Matías Piñeiro screens and discusses his film, Princess of France, in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. FREE and open to the public. Learn more →
Film still from Princess of France
manuel vs. liberty

Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.

Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty

Princeton University students join members of the original New York cast in a workshop of this New York Musical Theatre Festival award-winning musical comedy about illegal immigration and a brilliant Princeton undergrad. Book, music, and lyrics by Noemi de la Puente (*86 S *89) and David Davila. Performances are at the Wilson College Black Box Theatre on the University campus. Cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts. FREE for Princeton students; $5 Alumni/General. Learn more →

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Summer Camp 2016 Now Enrolling at The Waldorf School of Princeton

There are so many new things to discover this year at Waldorf Summer Camp, June 27 to August 5, 2016:
  • Extended hours until 5:30 p.m. for all ages
  • Options for morning or afternoon attendance
  • Three themed 2-week sessions to keep campers engaged; choose among "Land of the Lenape," "A Heroic Journey," or "Organic Farm to Table" for different experiences all summer long!

Our camp is designed to meet the growing needs and interests of children ages 4 to 13, and informed by Waldorf Education's unique view of human development. Whether your child is a Tadpole, a Crayfish, a Fox, or a Hawk, he or she will fit right in on our 20-acre campus, with plenty to explore, create, imagine, and share.

Visit our website for program description, pricing, and other information, or to sign up today; Enroll for a full-day session and save $100!

Here's to our best season yet!

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2016 iPads For Apraxia Application Period Is Open

We are excited to announce our 2016 iPads for Apraxia program is accepting applications!


ipad kid for email


The program, which started in 2011, provides iPads and protective cases to children with apraxia of speech, from low to moderate income families, for their use in speech therapy practice, communication, and education. This year, we will be able to distribute even more iPads thanks to generous donors on Giving Tuesday.


Click here to learn more button


Note: Only parents or guardians of children with apraxia of speech may apply for an iPad for their child. Income guidelines are included in the application packet.


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Toddler Tuesdays at Chapin in April

Toddler Tuesdays at Chapin

An Enriching Experience for Preschoolers

Welcoming 2 - 3 year olds - Every Tuesday

April 5 - 26

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

One hour of fun and engaging experience including storytime, art, gym, and music for children accompanied by their caregivers.

Pre-registration is required for all participants.

Cost: $20 per session


Calendar dates:


Tuesday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Location: Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton, NJ 08540

More information and registration at or 609-986-1708

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Rock Out This Summer at School of Rock

The PRINCETON SCHOOL OF ROCK is currently enrolling students in our 5 day SUMMER CAMP sessions!

School of Rock Summer Camps are perfect for any young musician between the ages of 7-17 and are tailored to the individual skill level of each camper to ensure an educational and enjoyable experience for all. Our camps are ideal for anyone with an interest and/or experience in vocals, guitar, drums, bass, or keys.

Our Five Day Summer Camps are condensed versions of the programs we offer year round, and are all about LEARNING MUSIC, BUILDING CONFIDENCE, MAKING FRIENDS and PERFORMING LIVE! Campers will spend the week immersed in the theme of each session. Campers will receive coaching, instruction, and support from staff members who will assist campers with songs, arrangements, rehearsals, and performance. The campers will perform as a full band on at the end of each session, showcasing the lessons of the week long camp for family, friends, and community to enjoy!

If you want to jump start in preparation for camp, call us to book private lessons in GUITAR, DRUMS, BASS, KEYBOARDS or VOCALS.

Trial lessons are FREE! 609-890-7090

The Princeton School of Rock has 6 exciting 2016 camps to choose from!







Space is Limited - ENROLL NOW and receive a 20% DISCOUNT!*


* Offer valid at the Princeton School of Rock through February 29, 2016


Princeton School of Rock
3570 Quakerbridge Rd.
Hamilton Township, NJ 08618
(609) 890-7090

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Summer Study at Cambridge School 2016

Cambridge School Offering Summer Camp Options Including

Intensive Programs in Academics, Executive Function and Articulation


Findings in cognitive psychology suggest that without regular practice, facts and the application of academic skills are most susceptible to regression. Some regression is expected for all children over the summer months, but learning different children are often profoundly affected by the lapse in instruction. The best remedy for regression is to prevent it, and summer programs focusing on remedial, accelerated, or enriched learning have been shown to have a positive effect on the knowledge and skills of students. (Cooper et al., 2000)

Below you will find information on the programs being offered at Cambridge School this summer. In addition to its annual morning Summer Study Program, this summer Cambridge School is offering select afternoon intensives facilitated by our Speech-Language Pathologists.  They present an opportunity to “fill in the gaps” in a student's learning profile in order to promote greater success.

All programs are open to students entering grades K - 12. Students who stay for afternoon enrichment or intensives will have a supervised lunch and recess period from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Smart Lunches will be available for delivery!


Program Catalog

Summer Study: Learning Olympiads

Monday, June 27th – Friday, July 22nd (four weeks) 8:45a.m. – 12:00p.m., M-F

Cost: $2,196

The morning Summer Study Program consists of research based programs to improve language, reading, writing, and math.

Optional Afternoon Enrichment: Adventure Club

Monday, June 27th – Thursday, July 21st (four weeks) 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., M-Th

Cost: $996

Optional Afternoon Intensives: Articulation, Executive Function, Reading

The Articulation Intensive

Monday, June 27th – Thursday, July 21st (four weeks) 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., M-Th

Cost: $1,500

This program will address your student’s persistent articulation problems guided by state-of-the-art techniques and SmartPalate Technology. The visual biofeedback of the SmartPalate program has proven to be highly effective in correcting persistent articulation errors. Early registration is required in order to be fitted for and acquire a SmartPalate device. The cost of the device is not included in the registration fee.

The Executive Function Intensive:

Monday, June 27th – Thursday, July 21st (four weeks) 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., M-Th

Cost: $1,500

Does your student consistently struggle to complete, or find, his school assignments?  Does he/she express good understanding of the material but just can’t get started or see a project through to completion? These characteristics are typical of executive dysfunction.  In 2012, Dr. Russell Barkley, a well-respected executive function expert, said that students with executive function challenges need to “repeatedly practice self-monitoring, self-stopping, seeing the future, saying the future, feeling the future, and playing with the future to effectively plan and go toward the future.” 

With this guiding principle, the Cambridge Executive Function Intensive will:

*               Introduce and practice the concept of feeling the passage of time

*              Provide concrete strategies for time planning and management

*               Improve the ability to plan and execute a multi-step task through to completion

*               Practice and apply specific organization strategies for backpacks, lockers, and study areas

*               Improve situational awareness and self-regulation skills through the practice of “reading the room."


The Summer Reading Intensive: 

**Monday, August 1st – Thursday, August 11th (two weeks) 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., M-Th**

Cost: $750.00

Is completing required summer reading always a hurdle for your student? This Summer Reading Intensive is tailored to those who require consistent prompting and encouragement to complete their summer reading assignment.  This program will incorporate research-based reading comprehension programs in a multisensory and dynamic approach to help create enthusiasm for literature in your student.

The Summer Reading Intensive will help students who:

*             are particularly challenged to interpret the emotions in the text

*             struggle with making inferences about what is implied

*            need guidance to see the perspectives of more than one character

For more information please visit our website at WWW.THECAMBRIDGESCHOOL.ORG



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Tennis Camp Specials at Princeton Tennis Program

***click above to see offerings***
Register by May 1st to receive discounted rates!

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Princeton Day School Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Upper School Winter Musical, “THE BOY FRIEND”

First Performed 50 Years Ago, Starring
Christopher Reeve ’70


Princeton – Princeton Day School is proud to present the Upper School winter musical, “The Boy Friend,” with book, lyrics, and music by Sandy Wilson, which will be performed at the McAneny Theater on February 18, 19, and 20. Tickets may be purchased on the PDS website at:


Director Stan Cahill chose this musical to mount in the school’s 50th anniversary year, as it was one of the first musicals ever produced at the school and featured a young Christopher Reeve ’70.


“The Boy Friend” is a romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedies set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, and tells the story of English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boyfriend. Polly's father, convinced any boy who isn't wealthy will court Polly strictly for her bank account, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she's fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg as love proceeds to charmingly find its way to nearly every member of the cast.


There will be a benefit performance on Saturday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. hosted by the PDS Parents Association Angels committee, which will include a reception on campus prior to the performance. PDS parent and Angels Co-Chair Roxane Yonen noted, “The benefit is an attempt at figuratively ‘turning back the clock.’ Fifty years ago, Hollywood actor and alumnus Christopher Reeve held the lead role of Tony, in ‘The Boy Friend,” briefly the third-longest running musical in Broadway history. Coincidentally, the Angels Benefit will also have a “joyeux French” theme, taking place at the Campus Center [on the PDS campus].”


Princeton Day School welcomes the surrounding community to take part in the celebration and see the show or enjoy the benefit on February 20 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with a curtain at 8:00 p.m. For more information on the benefit performance, visit:


Along with Mr. Cahill, Ann Robideaux is the choreographer, Marc Beja is the music director, and Ben Malone is the technical director of “The Boy Friend.” In 2014, Cahill and Robideaux, along with cast and crew, won 13 Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Award nominations and 7 awards for the PDS production of “Urinetown.”



Thursday, 2/18, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 2/19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2/20, 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. (Benefit Performance). Ticket prices: Students: $15; Adults: $18; At the Door: $20.

“The Boy Friend” is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Running Time: 120 minutes, with two short intermissions.


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New Jewish Bereavement Group Begins March 3

PRINCETON, NJ -- Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has announced the launch of a new Jewish Bereavement Group for those who have lost a loved one within the last 18 months.  (Flyer is attached.)


Facilitated by Chaplain Beverly Rubman, this is a weekly group in which members will converse openly and support one another through the grief process. 


When:  Every Thursday beginning March 3 through April 14, 2016*

*class will not meet on 3/24


Time:  10:30 a.m.— 12:00 p.m.


Where:  Jewish Family & Children’s Service, 707 Alexander Rd, Ste. 102, Princeton, NJ


Cost: $36 for 6 sessions


To register: Contact Beverly Rubman at or 609-987-8100, ext. 151

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Monthly Farm to Table Dinners at Hopewell Valley Vineyards


Please join us for a 5 Course Meal with Wine Pairings - Good.  Casual.  Local

The 3rd Wednesday of Every Month - Feb 17th is Next!



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Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund's Freedom to Live Gala March 5

Hopewell Borough, NJ, February 9, 2016— On March 5, 2016, the Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will host the third Freedom to Live Gala. This year’s Gala, a fundraiser in support of the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center, will feature live music from the Bobby Bandiera Band, an incredible silent auction, dancing, scrumptious food, and cocktails.


The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center is the world’s oldest and largest suicide prevention and crisis response network. A highly respected international organization, Samaritans supports those who experience distress, depression, and suicidal feelings, as well as their loved ones. The Samaritans Center, though based in New York, is the primary organization that serves victims and loved ones in New Jersey. The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will donate the proceeds of the Gala to the organization’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, support groups for those affected by suicide, and education programs on suicide prevention for teachers and school officials.


In the US, a suicide occurs every 12.95 minutes. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four. This staggering demographic is nothing when compared to all of the lives that suicide touches. Samaritans has made prevention, awareness, education, and the removal of stigma its missions—and so has the Hopewell-based Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund.


The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund and the Freedom to Live Gala were founded by the Lisa and Rob Sprague. The Spragues live in Hopewell, NJ, and have six children. In July of 2010, they lost their oldest son, 19-year-old Jordan, to suicide. In the wake of this tragedy, it is the Spragues’ greatest wish to do everything they possibly can to raise awareness and support, and their fund is a legacy dedicated to a vibrant, passionate life. The fund’s mission is to give hope through awareness, understanding, and kindness.


To this end, the Spragues and the Life Shines Fund seek to raise as much as possible to fight the ongoing struggle against suicide. The Gala will take place on March 5th from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at the Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman, NJ, 08558. The Gala promises to be a fun evening and welcomes any who wish to attend. The Life Shines Fund also welcomes business, corporate, and individual sponsors. To donate, purchase tickets, or become a sponsor, please visit


For more information on the Samaritans Center, please visit For more information on the Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund, please visit or call co-founder Lisa Sprague at 609-439-1548.

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Wedding Invitation Special at The Front Porch


The Front Porch

24 South Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534
(609) 737-0071

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D&R Greenway Presents Natural Healing: The Power of Being Outdoors February 25

Princeton, N.J.–Sometimes the best medicine is free. On Thursday, February 25, D&R Greenway Land Trust will present Natural Healing: The Power of Being Outdoors, at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. Former Princeton Township Mayor and D&R Greenway Trustee Phyllis Marchand; Edie Howard, who has preserved land with D&R Greenway;  and horticultural therapist Nancy Minich will talk about how being outdoors—whether to walk around a field, sit by a stream or smell the fresh air—can lift your spirits and promote health and wellness. VOICES Chorale founder and music director Dr. Lyn Ransom will perform songs she composed to help cope with cancer. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; program 7-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Free, please register at 609-924-4646


Phyllis Marchand, whose slogan “Run Phyllis” took her through 22 years of elected office, including 14 as Princeton Township Mayor, and 16 New York, two Boston and one Philadelphia marathons, is battling a rare form of lymphoma. She leaves her home at 5:30 a.m. for two consecutive days every two weeks to get treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, where she is hooked up to a machine that separates the red blood cells and plasma from the white blood cells to destroy the cancer. She feels tired after the treatment, but undaunted. Marchand has traded her running shoes for walking shoes and understands how exercise helps with outlook and stamina. “D&R Greenway has been marvelous for me,” she says. “I love to walk on the preserved land, especially the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail. It’s not walking for competition—I stop and read the poems, and it’s a beautiful experience.


“Being outdoors is the most gratifying thing,” Marchand continues. “Being in nature gives you a perspective, it’s like a spirituality. I don’t need to run 26 miles anymore to get a runner’s high, I just take a walk in the beautiful open space and appreciate the leaves or meadow or sunlight. We are lucky in Princeton to have landscapes like that, and in Hopewell we are lucky to have St. Michaels Farm Preserve, and the marvelous view where you stand on top of that hill and look down.”


Greenway Meadows in Princeton, where the poetry trail is located, and St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell are among the 281 properties permanently protected by D&R Greenway Land Trust.  As Vice-Chair of the land trust’s board of trustees, Marchand played a key role in protecting lands where people can enjoy the outdoors. Run, Phyllis, run.


Edie Howard, who with her husband Charlie preserved a 35-acre farm in Montgomery, also finds magic and healing in nature. Strong and fit, she was startled to get a diagnosis of cancer. She found it helpful to have a vision of a rainbow with butterflies and flowers and birds and sunsets.


“There are times when the human spirit needs to experience the beauty, peace, excitement, mystery and connectivity of the natural world,” says Howard. “By stopping to smell the roses, to stand in awe of a beautiful sunset, to delight in the antics of a flock of bluebirds, and to explore all the emotions unleashed by the rainbow of colors that surround us, our spirits can absorb positive energy. The uplifted spirit becomes a powerful force that makes each day an opportunity for healthier living.”


When Lyn Ransom began chemotherapy in 2005, the only place she wanted to be was outdoors. “As soon as I got home from the hospital, I would put on some old clothes, put a chair in the shade and sit still, breathing in nature, thinking no thoughts, just feeling the soft air, the peace of the woods, the comings and goings of butterflies and squirrels,” she says. “I would sit like that for two hours, then I could be ready to eat and carry on with life. The contrast of the infusion room with the outdoors in summer was absolutely essential to my health and well-being.”


As the months of therapy progressed nature became more of a symbol of wholesome life for her. “I wrote a lot of songs and poems at the time, and nature images showed up often—geese, foxes, bears, streams, mountains, trees, times of day. In the struggle to accept my compromised situation, I could always pull up an image from nature to help see me through.” At the February 25 Natural Healing program she will sing some of those coping songs including  “Reed Point,” “The Old Grey Goose is Gone” and “Let’s Go Swimming with the Polar Bears.”


Ten years after her diagnosis, Ransom continues to spend a half hour every morning gazing at the woods and her pond, running and hiking when she can. “When I get too tired trying to keep up with medical appointments and my life, an hour in the woods brings me back to calm.”


Nancy Minich is both a horticultural therapist and landscape architect who frequently speaks on and writes about nature’s healing powers. She has taught at Philadelphia University and Delaware Valley College and currently teaches a program “Designing for Special Populations” at the New York Botanical Garden.


“This program is a perfect fit for us at D&R Greenway, since we welcomed the YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center to our conservation campus last fall,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “Our preserved lands offer places to breathe in the air that rustles through the trees, hear the sound of rushing water or the songs of migrating birds, and be in a peaceful healthy environment. Many medical studies have proven the power of nature to heal.  This program will show the reality of that, and bring hope and inspiration to all who attend.”



D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 27TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey.   Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Partners with Trenton Community A-TEAM to put the art in "pARTy"

WEST WINDSOR, NJ --- On April 30, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is partnering with the Trenton Community A-TEAM (TCAT), a newly formed 501(c)(3) organization, to put the art in "pARTy."


The TASK and TCAT inaugural "pARTy" will take place at the Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 6pm–10pm.  The Windsor Athletic Club is the event's primary underwriting sponsor.


"TCAT started as a small arts program at TASK and grew so large that the soup kitchen could no longer contain it. So we're now celebrating its next big step together," said Jaime Parker, Board member of TCAT and Manager of Programs at TASK. 


"Our April 30 'pARTy' is our first joint fundraising event and we are extremely excited to join them in celebrating their new 501(c)(3) status," said Dennis Micai, TASK Executive Director. "We are enormously proud of this group of talented, self-taught local artists and we are excited for what the future holds for them."


Tickets to the event are $50 per person. The "pARTy" will feature savory small-plate offerings from a host of local restaurants and caterers, delicious desserts, exotic nonalcoholic beverages, lots of live entertainment, art by local artists, a silent auction, and more!


Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well. For more information, please contact J Steinhauer, TASK Community Relations and Development Coordinator, at (609) 695-5456 ext. 108 or


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Princeton Day School Announces New Varsity Boys Soccer Coach: OLIVER HILLIKER

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced today that Oliver (Ollie) Hilliker will be the new boys varsity soccer coach at Princeton Day School.

Coach Hilliker comes to PDS, most recently, from New Hope-Solebury High School, where he has spent the past 5 years as head coach of the varsity boys team, winning a state title as well as four District 1 championships.

In addition, Coach Hilliker has served as the Assistant Director of Coaching for Princeton Soccer Association since 2009, where his team won a USL Super Y North American Championship in 2011.

Originally hailing from the U.K., Coach Hilliker also has extensive playing experience, with the semi-professional football clubs Rhyl and Prestatyn Town, and with John Moore’s University in Liverpool. He holds a UEFA “B” Coaching License as well as a Premier Diploma, an Advanced National Diploma, and a Director of Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA.

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Watershed Applauds Action by Princeton Council to Oppose New Pipeline Proposal

February 8, 2016 (Pennington, NJ) –  Members of the Princeton Council adopted a resolution tonight to oppose an application by the Transcontinental Pipe Line Company (Transco) to modify the permit they received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to construct the Skillman Loop. Transco seeks to eliminate a permit requirement that they use a technique called "horizontal directional drilling" to tunnel under wetlands and steams in neighboring Montgomery Township. The company proposes instead to "trench" through these sensitive habitats, a technique known to cause far more environmental damage.

The resolution highlights concerns over the loss of wetlands and the increased potential for flooding and water degradation. Additionally, the resolution notes that "Transco has also caused noise pollution and violated Princeton and Montgomery's rules on permitted hours of operation."

"The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association would like to thank the Princeton Council for its leadership on this important issue," said Jim Waltman, executive director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. "We are grateful that Princeton's leaders have spoken out against Transco's proposal, which would damage important environmental resources for 1,200 feet of unnecessary pipeline."

A public hearing on Transco's request will be held by NJ DEP on Thursday, February 11 at:

Montgomery Upper Middle School
375 Burnt Hill Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

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Registration is Open for Summer Programs at Princeton Day School

Though it seems hard to believe, with snow currently in the forecast, summer will eventually arrive. Why not focus on the sunnier, warmer side of things by checking out the programs scheduled for this summer at Summer Programs at Princeton Day School.

Registration is Open! Click here.

This year, we are delighted to again offer Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp and Panther Mini-Camp, as well as a wide array of enrichment programs to campers entering grades PreK through 12. Some new programs include Bee-bot Fun, 3-D Printing, Makey Makey Circuitry Camp, Introduction to Birding, and Scrapbooking.

From programs in Creative and Culinary Arts to STEM Camps to Outdoor Adventures to a host of Athletics Camps, there is truly something for everyone, and a million ways to enjoy summer.

Come to an open house to learn more on Sunday, February 28, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink. There will be campus tours, a brief informational session, and a family fun skate. For further questions or to RSVP for the Open House, please call 609-279-2700.

Summer Programs at Princeton Day School is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited program held accountable for up to 300 standards that include and go beyond state licensing.

Think Summer!

Summer Programs at Princeton Day School

 Summer Programs at Princeton Day School 
650 Great Road Princeton, NJ 08540 
Phone: 609.279.2700

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Happy Hour at The Peacock Inn Mon-Fri

Join us for Happy Hour 
Every Monday - Friday 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Featuring Discounted  
Small Plates, Classic Cocktails, & Wine 
Marinated Peppers / Naan Bread /
Sesame / Falafel
Classic Margarita
Tequila / Triple Sec /
Fresh Lime Juice / Salted Rim
Happy Hour at The Peacock Inn will only be available at the bar.
The Peacock Inn | (609) 924-1707 | 20 Bayard Lane | Princeton, NJ
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