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Business Meetings 11 Preview 12 Opportunities 31 PRST STD Singles 34 U.S. POSTAGE PAID Jobs 48 Permit No. 199 Contents 52 Princeton, NJ 08540

A Kinder, Gentler Kind of Divorce

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To the Editor: Merchant Unity Yields Results
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charge for any Princeton visitor or community member to utilize this new route. The unity that has been built between the merchants in Princeton Borough and Township has been strengthened by the forward thinking leadership of Paul Breitman his last Saturday evening (Assistant Vice President, Univermarked the launch of a new Tiger- sity Services), Kim Jackson (DiTransit Shuttle designed to bring rector, Transportation & Parking), the students, staff and faculty Kristin Appelget (Director, Commembers of Princeton University munity and Regional Affairs), and and the surrounding community to Karen Woodbridge (Director, the three major merchant districts Community Relations). of our newly united Princeton busiThese four individuals have ness community. been represented at every major The Princeton Merchants Asso- merchant meeting over the last few ciation (PMA) Board of Directors years. They have made sacrifices, would like to sincerely thank of their time and positions of influPrinceton University for this gen- ence, in order to open doors for loerous gift to the Princeton commu- cal merchants to reach out to uninity and express our gratitude for versity departments and the stuthe consistently strong outreach dent population in ways that are that they have made leading to increased over the last few revenues and the estabBetween years to strengthen lishment of faithful the businesses in The customers that shop, our downtown and dine, and enjoy the Lines at the Princeton wonderful entertainShopping Center. ment that Princeton ofThe new TigerTransit Saturday fers. Shopper shuttle stops at multiple The willingness of Mr. Breitstudent housing locations and pro- man and Ms. Appelget to listen to ceeds to take its passengers to the our ideas and actively work with Whole Earth Center, the Princeton the PMA Board to more effectively Shopping Center, the restaurants reach out to the University comadjacent to the Blue Point Grill, munity has been vital to sustaining and then continues up Nassau our businesses in this challenging Street to Palmer Square, ending at economy. the Dinky station. There is no The initial request for a shopper’s shuttle had been mentioned in a public meeting by Fran McManus earlier this year and was expanded upon this summer during a U.S. 1 WELCOMES letlunch meeting on campus where ters to the editor, corrections, local merchants were presented second thoughts, and critiwith a question of “How can the cisms of our stories and University assist in restoring and columns. E-mail your sustaining a thriving merchant thoughts directly to our editor: rein@princetoninfo.com. Continued on page 5

NJ Drivers Finally Catch a Break Cars Are Not the Worst Clunkers


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recent decision by the state’s Appellate Division has ruled in favor of the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) fee schedule, which was sitting in legal limbo for nearly two years after the Department of Banking and Insurance made it effective in late 2007. This decision will help keep insurance costs down for New Jersey drivers for decades to come, and may even allow New Jersey to lose the title of having the highest auto insurance rates in the country. Originally adopted to go into effect on October 1, 2007, the PIP fee schedule was appealed by certain groups of the medical community, chiropractors, and surgery centers, citing that certain physicians would not receive adequate payment for treatment and services related to auto accidents. The Appellate Division granted a legal “stay” and issued an injunction while it reviewed the legal challenges set forth by the appellants. In August the court addressed each of the challenges and validated the methodology used by DOBI in deriving the PIP fee schedule. New Jersey operates as a “nofault” PIP state, which means when people are injured in a car accident their auto insurance pays for their treatment, regardless of who was at fault. The treatment auto insurers


New Jersey Drivers Finally Catch a Break
by Eric Poe
are responsible for paying includes anything from chiropractic care to major surgeries. When treatment is rendered, auto insurers are billed and must pay the medical providers for each treatment if it is deemed medically necessary and not subject to any other exclusion. If the treatment cision is so important. Over the past decade certain infamous surgery centers and chiropractors have burdened the auto insurance industry by over-billing for certain treatments and then suing auto insurers on the basis that the billed amount was the usual, customary, and reasonable rate. These legal disputes have not only clogged up the legal forum, but due to heavy incentives for attorneys to take these disputes against auto insurers, it has undoubtedly raised the costs for auto insurance in New Jersey, resulting in higher rates for drivers. Neighboring no-fault PIP states such as Pennsylvania and New York have more than 1,000 procedures listed on their fee schedules to contain costs for auto insurance. By contrast, until this recent Appellate Court decision, New Jersey had only 92 on its list. As a result, certain notorious surgery centers, which were created as a low cost alternative to hospitals, routinely over-billed auto insurers for simple procedures cashing in on millions. certain surgery center recently charged more than $24,000 per procedure for three 30-minute back manipulation procedures while under “twilight anesthesia.” However, the vast research by DOBI conducted over the years determined that this procedure should receive a prevailing cost of $190 per procedure. The cost to litigate severely inflated claims like this one by auto insurers results in tens of millions of dollars annually. In late 2007, after years of studies conducted by DOBI, in accordance with legislation passed years earlier, the list of procedures was expanded from 92 to over 1,400 of the most common medical procedures. The amounts paid were based upon comprehensive studies from Medicare, Medicaid, and prevailing fees paid for these procedures throughout the state. Through the expanded fee schedule, reimbursement of medical costs can be controlled and the old standard of long, drawn out, expensive litigation over payments can finally come to an end. PIP claims will be processed more efficiently under these new guidelines and the honest physicians and medical providers who are being unfairly labeled as drivers of the rising auto insurance industry costs will no longer continue. DOBI has truly been fundamental in its research of this issue and of adopting the fee schedule, en-


The state has eliminated the ambiguity over personal injury insurance fees. If legal disputes lessen, so will New Jersey’s famously high bills.
rendered by these medical providers is listed on a set PIP fee schedule the rates paid are indisputable and not legally challengeable, so long as it was considered medically necessary. However, if the treatment is not listed on the schedule auto insurers are obligated to pay the “usual, customary, and reasonable” rates. The ambiguity of what is considered “usual, customary and reasonable” is the crux of why this de-


abling insurers to keep costs down and this judicial victory only supports its diligence. This is not just a victory for the auto insurance industry. Every driver in New Jersey has been affected by the spiraling costs of certain abusive surgery centers and abusive chiropractor practices. The expanded fee schedule finally puts auto insurers in a position to control costs and pass along savings to our policyholders. This ruling serves as a monumental movement to creating a fairer marketplace for all New Jersey drivers. While some of the appellants have filed a petition to the Supreme Court for another review of this legal issue, this decision, as it stands now, will remain the most meaningful decisions in New Jersey auto insurance history. Poe is an attorney, CPA, and chief operating officer of CURE Auto Insurance, located at 214 Carnegie Center. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado in 1994 and his J.D. from Seton Hall in 2002. That same year Poe helped launch NJ PURE — New Jersey Physicians United Reciprocal Exchange — a not-for-profit medical malpractice insurer, through which members are screened on a caseby-case basis and agree to share the insurance risk among themselves in a not-for-profit manner.

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Worst Clunkers Aren’t Cars
output. That’s equivalent to taking half of all existing passenger cars off of American roads, and saving s our nation has embarked as much energy as we now import on a shift to cleaner, more sustain- annually from Saudi Arabian oil able energy sources, much of the wells. public discussion about national The primary goal, of course, is energy policy has focused on auto- to reduce fossil fuel consumption, mobile emissions. We have all but energy retrofits also can signifbeen paying higher prices at the icantly improve indoor air quality pump, and everyone knows that and make our homes more livable car and truck engines spew nox- — cooler in summer, warmer and ious fumes into the air, so promot- less drafty in winter. More imporing hybrid, electric and hydrogen- tantly, the hands-on work involved powered vehicles seems like an ob- in making homes more efficient vious way to fight global warming will create good jobs for American and reduce our dependence on for- workers in construction and relateign oil. ed industries — jobs that cannot be What many Americans don’t outsourced overseas. A recent reknow is that buildings are a much port produced by the Center for greater source of harmful green- American Progress and the Energy house gas emissions. According to Future Coalition estimated that the Pew Center on Global Climate retrofitting American homes could Change, home energy use alone ac- generate 625,000 sustained fullcounts for 21 percent of the overall time jobs over the next decade, and U.S. carbon footprint – roughly save consumers $32 billion to $64 twice the carbon emissions pro- billion annually in energy costs – duced by passenger cars. And about $300 to $1,200 a year for inwhile the government has been dividual families. providing various incentives for Fiscal conservatives have chalconsumers to trade in their old gas- lenged some parts of the Waxmanguzzlers for new fuel-efficient ve- Markey bill on the grounds that inhicles, most Americans live in vesting public funds in alternative homes that are real “clunkers” in energy and infrastructure projects terms of household energy use. will lead to an unsustainable inEvery year, we lose millions of crease the federal deficit. Yet legisdollars in utililators on both ty costs to poor sides of the insulation, outHome energy use aisle have exdated heating pressed support alone accounts for and cooling for the REEP roughly twice the carsystems, and portion of the inefficient bon emissions probill for one simlighting and ple reason: Baduced by cars. appliances – all sic efficiency problems that upgrades don’t can be fixed with relatively simple cost much, and they produce imand cost-effective repairs. mediate savings on monthly enerThe American Clean Energy gy bills, so a relatively small inand Security Act (also known as vestment in government incentives the Waxman-Markey energy bill) can generate a valuable long-term is an ambitious effort to reshape payback for consumers and the enour national energy policy and vironment. build a new 21st-century economy With the U.S. unemployment based on clean, renewable power. rate reaching 25-year highs and our Among other provisions, the bill economy still hanging in a balance, calls for the creation of a national now is the time for Republicans Retrofit for Energy and Environ- and Democrats to set aside their mental Performance (REEP) pro- differences and pass a national gram to help home and business home retrofitting initiative that owners implement affordable effi- will lower our home energy costs, ciency improvements that can re- put Americans back to work, stimduce energy consumption in most ulate our economy, and improve older buildings by 20 to 40 percent. national security by reducing our This legislation – which is now dependence on foreign oil. pending on Capitol Hill – has the Needham is president of Princepotential to cut residential carbon ton Air, an Everett Drive-based emissions nationwide by 25 perfirm with 48 employees and 38 cent or more and shave at least five years of operation in central New percent off our national carbon Jersey.

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community.” The PMA leadership mentioned our desire to have more of the University community utilize the unique shopping opportunities and restaurants in the Harrison Street corridor. Within a few months, Mr. Breitman and Ms. Jackson had searched their budgets and developed a plan that would lead to the complete funding of the Saturday Shopper shuttle to bring their students and staff to the Princeton Shopping Center and Whole Earth Center. This announcement, delivered by Ms. Jackson, brought a huge roar of applause from the 90-plus

Saturday, October 17, from 3 to 9:30 p.m., will be the official launch of the TigerTransit route, which will provide free transpotation for residents and visitors.
merchants who filled our inaugural meeting last month. We would like to specifically thank Ms. Jackson for working with her team to extend the shuttle line to also include the merchants surrounding Blue Point Grill and Palmer Square. This gesture matches our goals of presenting a united shopping and dining experience to the local Princeton community and the University population. In addition, these four leaders have taken great strides to train local merchants on how to become official vendors of Princeton University and how to navigate through the administrative contacts that could best benefit from the services and products that we offer. While there is indeed significant growth potential for our working relationship with the University, every initial step has been taken

to nourish the foundation that was built by bringing the U Store and Labyrinth Books to Nassau Street. We look forward to welcoming, serving, and impressing every person who travels on the Saturday Shopper shuttle. We encourage the community to join us as we welcome the increased number of students and faculty that will be shopping and dining with us on Saturday, October 17, from 3 to 9:30 p.m., which will be the official launch of this TigerTransit route. The Princeton Merchants Association applauds Princeton University for helping us take another step in making Princeton a better place to live and do business! Travis Linderman, MacLean Agency President, Princeton Merchants Association Other signers include Anita Fresolone, Palmer Square Management, vice president; Lori Rabon, Nassau Inn, treasurer; Doris Figueroa, the Place to Bead, secretary; Kathleen Morolda, Cranbury Station Gallery, past president; and members Kefi Abramov, Heartland Payment Systems; Mark Censits, CoolVines; Alan Dowler, Hamilton Jewelers; Chris Hanington, Princeton Shopping Center; Deb Hunter, Chicklet Books; Bill Lettier, Bon Appetit; Nancy Mazotas, Nassau Group Real Estate; Fran McManus, Whole Earth Center; and Jack Morrison, Blue Point Grill.

Comments to U.S. 1 stories can be directed to our editor, rein@princetoninfo.com. Or they can be posted directly to articles posted on our website, www.princetoninfo.com. that doesn’t destabilize a nucleararmed Pakistan like a surge would. The President is moving in the right direction on global nuclear disarmament but hasn’t done enough yet to warrant a Nobel Prize. For example, in saying that nuclear disarmament may not be achieved during his lifetime, he is taking the slow track toward a goal that is urgent to avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, by nations or terrorist groups, in the foreseeable future. The President should instead declare that the United States is initiating multi-lateral talks right away on a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Similar treaties have already banned chemical and biological weapons. If those weapons of mass destruction have been outlawed, why not begin negotiations toward eliminating the most dangerous ones of all, nuclear weapons? There is a hunger for a new, less militaristic U.S. foreign policy around the world, and President Obama has made a good beginning in that direction. But unless he approaches Afghanistan and Pakistan with more peaceful strategies, and takes more urgent leadership toward nuclear weapons abolition, those hopes may well be dashed. The Rev. Robert Moore Executive director, Coalition for Peace Action The Princeton-based coalition is the largest peace group in the region, with over 7,800 member and supporting households, and 18 chapters in central and southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Moore has been executive director since 1981.

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present “Where Are We Growing? Planning New Jersey’s Next 20 Years” on Friday, October 16, at 8 a.m. at the Woodrow Wilson School on the Princeton University campus. To register for this free conference visit www.princeton. edu/prior/events/conferences. Speakers include Michele Byers, executive director of the NJ Conservation Foundation; Jack Lettiere, former commissioner of transportation; and Peter Kasabach, executive director of NJ Future, among others. Former Governor Tom Kean, whose administration saw the passing of the State Planning Act, is scheduled to appear as well. The Plan: Peter Plus and minus. PRIOR direcKasabach says the tor Richard Keevey, who served as Kean’s deputy budget director in state’s future lies in the 1980s, says the chief triumph of its acceptance of the State Plan has been its very exbroad, green ideas. istence. To have a plan is to have a direction, and though he says states such as Massachusetts have designed better plans, New Jersey, by nature of its being among the first look regionally. “There’s someto enact an official plan, has blazed thing to be said for having a lot of access points, for ownership at the many a trail. Kasabach says, “The issues of municipal level,” he says. Going to school. Kasabach where and how to grow are now paid attention to. Even if it’s not in says, the solution to smart growth — the nuts and bolts of what to the rules.” The residual effect of having the build and where and how to pay for State Plan, Kasabach says, is that a it — comes down less to the maingroundswell of planners, officials, tenance of identity than to the need and environmentalists have been to remove the burden of land use able to focus on a concrete direc- from school tax rolls. School fundtion — and, perhaps miraculously, ing is culled from property taxes, largely have ended up on the same only school tax rates are significantly higher than municipal rates. page. “You could sit in a room and Spreading school taxes over the pretty much get the same answers largest possible population, rather from all these guys,” Kasabach than just those in a specific district, says. Everyone agrees that growth Kasabach argues, will reduce burmust be made in concert with envi- dens, particularly on the poorest ronmental, legal, and public policy districts. concerns. “I don’t think that necesEuropean influence. In the past sarily would have happened with- decade the state’s architects, planout the State Plan.” ners, and land use attorneys have Where the been pushing State Plan falls for sustainabilishort, of ty standards Everyone agrees that course, is in that would have getting those New Jersey needs to seemed radical agreeable peoeven as recently focus on good planple to agree on as the late ning. How to achieve an actual way 1990s. Many of to do it. “I think it is another story. these profesits major shortsionals are citcoming is that ing European it was designed as a guide,” counterparts as an inspiration for Kasabach says. It is too vague in both form and ideals. spots, too open to interpretation. Kasabach says, however, that The regional approach. Europeans are not necessarily Keevey, who once lived in Vir- more enlightened than we are, they ginia, says that the difference be- just encountered these problems tween public policy implementa- earlier. In general, he says, the size tion there and here is that in Vir- of the United States has somewhat ginia and many states, policy is en- inhibited the acceptance of foracted by counties. New Jersey, ward-thinking environmental stanwith its 566 distinct municipalities, dards, whereas in Europe, where is the embodiment of individual- most countries are the same size as small-to-midsized ism. There are 21 counties here, but America’s public planning almost always is states, density and environmental done at the municipal level, even issues simply became a problem when it affects more than one much sooner. “But they solved the problems,” town. Keevey would like to see more Kasabach says. And he is encourconsolidation, an offshoot of his aged by how American planners first job with the state in 1967, have embraced the concepts of rewhere he studied consolidation for cycling, rehabilitation, and reusing numerous towns in New Jersey, in- existing grounds and structures. cluding East Windsor and Hight- “It’s not like we’re kicking down stown. A public referendum in the suburbs,” he says. Keevey received his bachelor’s 1968 almost merged the two, but and an MBA from Penn. He has missed by a few hundred votes. Citing fears of a loss of identity, served as CFO for the U.S. Departtowns simply will not give up con- ment of Housing and Urban Develtrol, and the result is stalled plan- opment, the deputy undersecretary ning in a state that badly needs of defense for financial managemore cooperation. “Time and time ment, the director of the Defense again I bring it back to Princeton Finance and Accounting Agency at Borough and Princeton Town- the Department of Defense, and the ship,” he says. “They can’t even director of the state Office of Management and Budget for the state. agree on a police force.” In the private sector, he has Kasabach agrees that undue attachment to a town’s identity can worked for Arthur Andersen as the hinder progress, but says that the director of budget and finance diversity each town offers can be practice; as director of core adminvaluable to the process well. 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Modification of Alimony & Child Support In a Poor Economy
t has just been reported that the unemployment rate in New Jersey is approaching 10 percent, the highest it has been in decades. It has also been reported that divorce filings are down in this period of recession, presumably because couples cannot afford to split up. The same does not appear true, however, for modification motions. At the time of a divorce, alimony and child support are based on the parties’ incomes. If there is a substantial change in circumstance after the initial support is set, such as the loss of employment due to no fault of your own (i.e., layoffs, plant and store closings, corporate bankruptcies), you may wish to file an application with the court, called a motion, to decrease your support obligations. In any modification case, the burden of proof to establish a substantial change in circumstance is on the party seeking change. It is not prudent to run into court on the heels of losing your job without having taken the steps necessary to prove your case. A court must not only weigh the payor spouse’s circumstances in deciding when, if, how much and for how long support obligations should be modified, it must also take into consideration the effect any modification will have on the payee spouse, including the children. In seeking modification, the payor spouse must file a certification with the court setting forth the facts, which would convince a court to modify support. You must attach proof to that certification, which captures the time and effort you put into finding another job. Copies of letters and resumes sent by email or snail mail to companies looking for employees is a start. Most job seekers these days will post their resume on employment websites such as monster.com or careerbuilder.com, but this does not quantify the effort made.


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Keeping a log of prospective employers who contact you with the date and synopsis of the conversation or copy of email responses is better proof. Copies of rejection letters, if an employer bothers to send one, are also helpful. The log should include dates and outcomes of interviews, any employment offers made, and reasons why an offer was not accepted. Any hard evidence that would support the log is a must. In addition, the supporting spouse should certify as to efforts made in reviewing local newspapers and trade or industry journals for employment opportunities. Obtaining a headhunter and documenting all job leads, interviews and rejections is also suggested. Many times the prior employer will offer laid off employees time with a counseling or other firm as part of their severance package. All of this information must be pooled together, with supporting proof and made part of any certification accompanying a motion for modification. In searching for employment, it may no longer be acceptable to apply for jobs only in your residential area, or only in your specific field. If expanding your job search in these ways bears no fruit, then accepting a decrease in pay may be the only option available if you have been in the market for a period of time with no results. If a party does accept a job with lesser pay after a diligent search, it will be much easier to deal with a motion for modification of support. If the proofs are there as to the efforts made for a comparable job to your prior employment, and you have not been able to obtain comparable employment given the state of that industry, then the court will rely on the lesser income in modifying support, absent evidence undermining the payor spouse’s proofs.

If, on the other hand, you have not made a zealous effort and have just accepted a job making lesser pay without proving your effort, then a court may not modify your support payments. The New Jersey Appellate Division set forth factors which the trial court should consider in a case dealing with a career change and lesser income. These factors include: the reasons for the career change (both the reasons for leaving the prior job and the reasons for choosing the new job); disparity between prior and present earnings; efforts to find work at comparable pay; the extent to which the new career draws or builds upon education, skills and experience; the availability of work; the extent to which the new career offers opportunities for enhanced earnings in the future; age and health; and the former spouse’s need for support. As one can glean from the above suggestions, a motion to modify support based on job loss should not be filed quickly, even though you may want and need fast relief. While courts are now considering motions to modify support based on job loss much more quickly than they have in the past, you must still present a compelling case. Maria P. Imbalzano is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Divorce and Family Law Group, and can be contacted at 609-895-7264 or by email at mimbalzano@ stark-stark.com.

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ues to increase exponentially. Yet the real culture shock of establishing business abroad has changed little since America’s ship “Empress of China” sailed into the Pearl River Delta to trade cloth for silk and spice in 1784. To help bridge this gap, Rutgers University’s Confucius Institute offers an eight-session course, “Doing Business With China,” instructed by retired Rutgers professor Yun Fang Qi , who now heads his own China trading business. The course will be held every Wednesday, beginning on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the New Brunswick campus. Cost: $240. Visit www.ciru.rutgers.edu. Those seeking to improve their negotiations by learning the Chinese language may register for Conversational Chinese 1, or Conversational Chinese 1B. These eight-week courses meet twice a week beginning on Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $240. It is undeniable that the nation of China plays an increasing role in our lives. In 2008 the U.S. Census Bureau recorded nearly $70 billion in exports to and more than $337 billion in imports from China. Recession prices have made U.S. goods even more desired by foreign nations, and more profitable for U.S. companies. At-home resources. There is no reason why a central New Jersey business person, however sharp, should have even the vaguest knowledge of the Chinese commercial realm. Fortunately, before you ever board a plane, there lie ample local resources that provide not only information, but can actually help business achieve Chinese partnerships. 1). The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, www.wtc phila.org. Probably the best and

most thorough advisors for dealing abroad, the center links thousands of partnerships every year and hosts lectures from those experienced in world trade. 2). World Trade Center New York, 212-432-2700; trade specialist Vivian Williams, 212-4322604. Smaller than Philadelphia’s center but very well-connected in China. 3). China-Window.com. For those who prefer their information served online, this site gets right to the specifics of Chinese/U.S. business. 4). Newark Public Library Reference Center, www.npl.org. The

China took in $70 billion in U.S. exports last year, and its own recession has made U.S. goods even more desired there.
library houses one of the best business libraries anywhere. 5). New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, Somerset, www.njcacc.org. The chamber promotes business among members, helps Chinese-American businesses acclimate to life in the United States, and facilitates trade between U.S. and China companies. 6). The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, www.nyconsulate.prchina.org. Consulates are established primarily to aid in trade. While not an easy bureaucratic nut to crack, many of the official regulations may be learned here, as well as discovering ways to work through them.

Achieving mind meld. Yes, people everywhere are people, but the courtship of business in every nation holds its own unique and mysterious code. Probably the main reason for Jim’s failed meeting with his potential partners was his failure to observe the Chinese “Guanxi” (relationship building process). For many Americans, time is money. Once revenues start streaming in there will be time for social niceties. A codicil to this frequent American method is the belief that it’s better to deal with the devil himself if he delivers widgets five cents cheaper. Jim bustled in with two lawyers whose presence instantly established an aura of confrontational mistrust. Conversely, the Chinese may spend weeks, even months wining, dining, and exhibiting their culture to a visitor. Disguised in this process is an attempt to determine the content of the candidate’s character. Once this trust of character is satisfactorily achieved, the lawyers may be dismissed and the 30-page contract may dwindle to a 10th that size. Partner assessing. Chinese governmental regulations of what companies may do what with whom are many and Byzantine. Before even beginning to discuss suitability, find out from the consulate and other sources what is legally allowed. Then examine the Chinese partner’s personal connections with officials who matter. In China, as in most cultures, all bureaucracy is personal. With 1.3 billion inhabitants on 3.7 million square miles, China is vast. Unlike the U.S., almost no Chinese companies claim nationwide distribution. Trade regions, often as not, are based on fluvial segments, such as the Yangtse or Pearl River deltas. These are more indicative of commercial networks than cities or provinces.

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TSBW Celebrates Its 16th Anniversary October 19 to 23
he City of Trenton will be bustling from October 19 - 23 as it once again hosts Trenton Small Business Week. More than 4,500 people are expected to attend the many networking events, seminars, workshops and business expo during this busy week. Themed "Building Business in a New Economy", the week kicks off with a celebration breakfast at the Trenton Marriott on Monday, October 19 at 8:00 a.m. At this event, Mayor Douglas H. Palmer will present the annual Mayor's Awards recognizing city businesses for their outstanding contributions to the community. This year's winners are Small Business of the Year Award - DeLorenzo's Pizza (Hamilton Av-


enue) and Roi Realty; Most Improved Appearance Award Food Bazaar; and New Business of the Year Award - Polish and Slavic Credit Union. Theis The event is free to the business community. Other special events scheduled for the week include the monthly luncheon of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) on Tuesday, October 20 and its Expo on Wednesday, October 21. In addition, TD Bank is hosting a Business Networking Reception on Tuesday, October 20 at its branch on East State Street;, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business Before Business Breakfast on Wednesday, October 21 at Mountain View Country

Club; and the Trenton Chapter of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Renaissance Ball of Trenton on Friday, October 23 at the Marriott. Special seminars and workshops are are scheduled throughout the week. For a full list of the week's events, sponsors and to register, visit www.smallbizweek.com or call 609-771-2947. Trenton Small Business Week is presented by the City of Trenton, the County of Mercer and its many sponsors and business partners. Chaired by Anthony P. Carabelli, Jr. of the City of Trenton, the committee includes representatives from county and city government, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

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Visit. Be sure to find each partner’s distribution limits. An actual visit to the outlying areas and chat with the involved sales force increases your knowledge, and builds Guanxi. All the standard partnering factors apply and demand due diligence. Is the sales force knowledgeable and enthusiastic about your product? Can they describe it in English and Chinese? Does the firm’s financial track record show it as stable and growing? After yielding to the Guanxi process, you might find that the simple logistics of who holds the funds, how are goods shipped, and how cash is transferred proceed with surprising rapidity. To keep this pleasurable partnership lubricated, it’s wise to develop a schedule of personal visits back and forth. Just don’t forget that the Chinese etiquette of pre-negotiation gift giving is amazingly more lavish than the standard American pen and pencil set. Finally, remember that building overseas demands blocks of both personality and commercial skills. As Marco Polo said of his Sino trading experience, “Without stones, there is no arch.” — Bart Jackson land high-powered positions in the business world during “Women & Leadership: Understanding Your Road to Success,” a seminar offered by the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners NJAWBO on Wednesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 973-507-9700, or visit www.njawbo.org. “Women have traditionally had to push a little harder to get into leadership positions,” says Trignano, a former certified corporate recruiter for AT&T. “The need for women to work on leadership skills is reflective of the need for women to continue to move up in the ranks.” Trignano earned a bachelor’s in communications from Ramapo College and a master’s in management and supervision from Montclair State University, as well as a human resources certification from Rutgers University and a project development certificate from Stevens Institute of Technology. A certified career coach specializing in job interview techniques, she now is an independent consultant with HR Performance Solutions in Wayne, which focuses on business training and development. Typically, she says, she visits workplaces and assesses skill sets and skill gaps for employers looking to operate more effectively. “I love the diversity of who I’m working with and what skills I’m working on at a particular time,” says Trignano, a self-proclaimed Jersey girl whose mother worked as a payroll supervisor. “Every day is a new challenge. Every day I work with new people.” Becoming a great leader. Great leaders are able to set visions and motivate others to follow them, Trignano says. They are confident, decisive, strategic, focused, and open to feedback. “It’s the skills within that women really need to look at and develop,” she says. “How do you motivate somebody? How do you create vision and strategy? How do you get people energetic about your strategies?” Gender and leadership styles. Gender does not determine effective leadership. The same skills are necessary for men and women to succeed in a corporate environment, Trignano says. However, gender can affect leadership styles. “Men are typically more aggressive,” she says. “If a woman adopts that style, she’s seen in a negative
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view, and often will shrink back from those behaviors in order not to be viewed poorly.” That leaves many women struggling to balance being an effective leader with being well-liked. If they are too aggressive in the workplace, they could receive backlash from employees and be subjected to harsh name calling; however, if they’re too gentle and nurturing, they could be considered pushovers, she says. “When we discuss that topic at seminars, women really respond,” Trignano says, adding even if men are not well-liked in the boardroom, employees often still respect Know Your Worth: them and their opinions. “It’s a Linda Trignano says common experience.” women have an Recognizing and utilizing leadership skills. Women must abundance of leaderutilize valuable skills — organizahip skills. They just tion, communication, time mandon’t recognize them. agement — or risk missing out on career opportunities that could lead to additional power and recogable development, construction, nition, as well as a salary bump. “Take the lead on a project, go common interest ownership, fiafter it,” says Trignano, who en- nancing, bankruptcy and foreclocourages women to see themselves sure. The New Jersey Institute for as leaders and take charge of their Continuing Legal Education is careers. “Today women are overrepresented in middle to lower hosting “Commercial Real Estate ranks in corporations and compa- Transactions: From Handshake to nies, as opposed to moving up into Closing” on Wednesday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the the top half or third.” However, Trignano says, she Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel to recognizes that climbing the cor- help legal professionals navigate porate ladder can be a complex is- the complex deals that come with sue, especially since women, more the commercial real estate territoCost: $239. Visit so then men, must often also con- ry. sider childcare and work-life bal- www.njicle.com to register. Among the forum’s speakers ance. “We certainly have more opwill be Russell Bershad, an attorportunities, and more companies are recognizing the benefit of hav- ney with Gibbons, a Newark-based firm, who will present “Financing ing women,” and Buying Disshe says. “But tressed Debt” at women have Women need to rec11 a.m. Bershad to wrestle with co-chairs the reognize their skill childcare, and al property and gaps. Volunteering they become environmental concerned for a project that department at about that diGibbons, and helps advance a cerverting attenspecializes in tain skill set can make tion from their sophisticated fijob.” a big difference. nancing, leasFilling the ing, and conveygaps. In addiing transactions. tion to utilizing existing skills, it’s A 1973 graduate of Penn, he realso crucial for women to recog- ceived his J.D. from Rutgers in nize their skill gaps. To acquire ad- 1977. ditional skills, Trignano suggests The forum also hopes to cultifinding a mentor or volunteering vate the ability to recognize when for a project that could, for exam- there is need to bring other profesple, explain how to organize a sional specialists onto the team; fundraiser or launch a new prod- how to craft and negotiate conuct. “Find things that will help you tracts and leases that protect your advance your skill set,” she says. clients against untoward or exces“It makes a big difference.” sive risk; and teach about incenFinal touches. Strong leader- tives that can transform a financialship skills can become virtually ly questionable transaction into a useless if women cannot commu- success in these difficult economic nicate effectively with others or if times. they fail to present a well-kept image, Trignano says. “We all come to the table with our own particular style of interacting with others, and it’s important that you can be flexible and incorunior Achievement New Jerporate that style to the person who sey recently received a $52,000 you’re speaking with,” she says. grant from from the Bridgewater“Knowing how to communicate based Allstate Foundation to supwith everyone gives you an edge.” port the High School Heroes ProAnd image is important. “It’s ject. JANJ will used the money to the impression you make when present the Junior Achievement you’re standing in front of a meet- curriculum to K-5 students at Trening,” she says. “It’s how you speak, ton’s Stokes Elementary School. how you sound, and how you look. 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Wednesday, October 14
Noon: CUH2A Toastmasters, Open house, free. 1000 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville. 609-2529667.

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10:30 a.m.: Get Hired Today!, Weekly meeting for unemployed professionals, $5. Center for Relaxation, 635 Plainsboro Road. 609-750-7432.

Thursday, October 15
7:30 a.m.: Bartolomei Pucciarelli, Business Getting Results, Michael Pucciarelli. Free for firsttime attendees, but registration is required. 2564 Brunswick Pike. 609-883-9000. 8 a.m.: BioNJ, “Where Do We Go From Here? Examining New Paradigms for Biotech Investing,” Dov Goldstein, Aisling Capital, $75. Bridgewater Marriott, bionjj@biotechnj.org. 609-890-3185. 9 a.m.: Metaplan, “Prepare and Lead Meetings Successfully,” $1,500. 101 Wall Street, trainings@metaplan.com. 609-6889171. 9 a.m.: NJICLE, “Handling Investor Claims,” Jeffrey Herrmann, $159. Pines Manor, Edison. 732214-8500. 10 a.m.: NJ SBDC, “Start a New Business Question and Answer Workshop,” $20. TCNJ. 609-7712947. 11 a.m.: Hunterdon Chamber, Annual “Buy Hunterdon” Expo and trade Show, free to attend. HealthQuest, Flemington, info@hunterdon-chamber.org. 908-782-7115. Noon: Women Interested In Networking, monthly luncheon, $20. Villa Manino Restaurant, Route 130, Hamilton. 609-890-4054. 5:30 p.m.: Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance, “Constructive Advocacy” and networking, Suzanne Brunsting, $150. Doubletree Hotel. 609-919-1600. 6:30 p.m.: D&R Greenway, “The Future of Food: In Search of Sustainable Food Systems,” Xenia Morin, Princeton Environmental Institute, free. One Preservation Plaza, info@drgreenway.org. 609-924-4646. 6:30 p.m.: Regional Business Assistance Corporation, “How to Create a FaceBook Page to Help Promote Your Business,” free. 3111 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, virginia@rbacloan.com. 609-587-1133. 7 p.m.: 4Best Solar, “Residential Solar System ROI — Not Going Out On a Limb,” Tom Rust, free. Hopewell Library, Rich@4BestSolar.com. 609-357-0400. 8 p.m.: IEEE, Annual Computer Graphics Film Show, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, Princeton University, free. Princeton University, Friend Center. 908-582-7086.

8 a.m.: Trenton Small Business Week, Various workshops, seminars, and networking events. Runs through October 23. 609689-9960. 8:30 a.m.: NJ Technology Council, CEO Squaretable, Ron Guida, Guida Advisory Services, $35. Morgan Lewis, 502 Carnegie Center. 856-787-9800. 9 a.m.: NJICLE, “Trust Drafting Boot Camp,” Martin Shenkman, $199. Renaissance Woodbridge. 732-214-8500. 11:30 a.m.: Mercer Chamber, “Meet the Gubernatorial Candidates,” $60. Part of Trenton Small Business Week. Trenton Marriott. 609-689-9960. 4 p.m.: NJ Technology Council, “Partnerships In Life Sciences — Life Sciences Industry Forecast,” $60. Rider University. 856-7879800. 7:30 p.m.: JobSeekers, Network, free. Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. 609-924-2277.

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7 a.m.: LeTip Networking Group, Tuesday Morning networking, free breakfast. Clarion Hotel at Palmer Inn. 609-243-7860. 7:15 a.m.: ACG New Jersey, “How are Middle Market Businesses Meeting Their Funding Needs?,” George Hansen, Corporate Fuel Advisors, $65. Woodbridge Hilton, 877-224-6667..

Wednesday, October 21
7:30 a.m.: Princeton Chamber, “Follow Your Dreams To Success: A Tale of EcoCapitalism,” Tom Szaky, TerraCycle, $25. Part of Trenton Small Business Week. Mountain View Golf Course, West Trenton. 609-924-1776. 8 a.m.: Trenton Small Business Week, Various workshops, seminars, and networking events. 609-689-9960.

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Friday, October 16
8 a.m.: NJ Future, “Where Are We Growing? Planning for New Jersey’s Next 20 Years,” Peter Kasabach, NJ Future, many others, free. Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, njfuture@njfuture.org. 609-393-0008. 8:30 a.m.: Dale Carnegie Institute, “Leadership Training for Managers,” free preview session. 243 Route 130, Bordentown. 609324-9200. 8:30 a.m.: NJ SBDC, “Doing Business with NJ County Governments,” $49. TCNJ. 609-7712947. 10 a.m.: Martin Financial Group, “Healthcare Reform and You,” free. 4 Independence Way, vweir@immartin.com. 609-3561500.

Plan now to attend! For a full schedule of the week-long activities, sponsorship opportunities and to register, visit www.smallbizweek.com or call 609-771-2947.
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EVENT SPONSORS The City of Trenton The College of New Jersey Small Business Development Center El Hispano Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce TD Bank

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Saturday, October 17
9:30 a.m.: We Are BOOST, “Filtering the Green Noise: Practical Tools for Creating Green Homes, Jobs, and Places,” free. Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, sponsors@weareboost.org. 206202-2883.

KICKOFF BREAKFAST SPONSORS Hutchinson Industries, Inc. PNC Bank

BUSINESS SPONSORS ACT Engineers, Inc. Bartolomei Pucciarelli, LLC Capital City Redevelopment Corporation Credit Union of New Jersey Klatzkin & Company Latino Chamber of Commerce Leewood Real Estate Group New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce Roma Federal Savings Sun National Bank The DeRosa Group The Fourth Estate The Mega Group The Mercadien Group The Vaughn Collaborative Trenton Iron and Metal Trigen Trenton District Energy Company, LP USA Environmental PATRONS Clarke Caton Hintz Faigle Realty & Development, LLC Federal Bank Richardson Real Estate Segal Commercial Real Estate Stark and Stark

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Wednesday October 14
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Once Upon a Tomato
The Jersey Tomato, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, Hopewell Elementary School, 35 Princeton Avenue, Hopewell, 609-737-0914. Judith Krall-Russo, a food historian, presents a program about the origins of the tomato, its important role in New Jersey history, tomato folklore, and cultivation tips. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Down the Garden Path Lecture Series, Princeton University School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium, Princeton, 609-2583741. http://.soa.princeton.edu. “Is Landscape Ecology?,” NinaMaria E. Lister, Ryerson University. Free. 6 p.m.

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sey, Ewing. www.tcnj.edu/~act. Comedy by Arthur Miller about the creation story of Adam and Eve. Directed by Jonathan L. Elliott, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 2000; and graduate of the College of New Jersey. $8. E-mail acttix@gmail.com for tickets. 8 p.m.

Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love written and directed by Arthur Laurents. $28 to $78. 8 p.m.

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Ballroom Dance Social, G & J Studios, 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Hillsborough, 908-892-0344. gandjstudios.com. Standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. Refreshments. BYOB. $12. 8 to 11 p.m. Salsa Class, Pennington Ewing Athletic Club, 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-883-2000. www.peachealthfitness.com. For beginners. $15. 8 to 9:30 p.m.

International Film Festival, South Brunswick Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, 732-329-4000. www.sbpl.info. Screening of “Jellyfish,” Hebrew with English subtitles, 2007. Free. 7 p.m.

Having Our Say, Berlind Theater at the McCarter, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $15 to $48. 7:30 p.m. She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. Directed by Nicholas Martin. Through November 1. $20 to $55. 7:30 p.m. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-8622041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. Musical. $25. 8 p.m. The Creation of the World and Other Business, College of New Jersey, Don Evans Black Box Theater, College of New Jer-

Dance Party, American Ballroom, 569 Klockner Road, Hamilton, 609-931-0149. www.americanballroomco.com. For newcomers. $10. 7 to 9 p.m. Open House, Masqueraders Square Dance Club, Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3715 East State Street Extension, Mercerville, 609-844-1140. Progressive dance. No experience needed. Free. 7:30 p.m. Contra Dance, Princeton Country Dancers, Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, 609924-6763. www.princetoncountrydancers.org. Instruction and dance. $7. 7:40 to 10:30 p.m.

A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?, Har Sinai Temple, 2441 Pennington Road, Pennington, 609-730-8100. www.harsinai.org. Rabbi Stuart Pollack presents a modern, Jewish perspective on living in today’s complicated world. Register. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Living the Questions, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-799-1753. www.popnj.org. Discussion of issues in modern theology. 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Art Exhibit, Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5033. “A Painter’s Journey: Paintings by Howard Goldstein.” A native of the Bronx, Goldstein settled in central New Jersey almost 50 years ago to launch a lengthy career at the College of New Jersey and became chair of the college’s art department. On view through Sunday, October 25. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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steak or plump pork chop every once in a while as a change from the virtuous chicken and fish? If you get such a craving, you might head for On the Bone, located in the DoubleTree hotel on Route 1 South at the corner of Ridge Road. The restaurant is an open space decorated in dramatic Wedgewood blue and Pompeii red walls. The bar is punctuated by a brilliantly lit blue back wall and is raised a couple of steps above the main dining area. Unfortunately the ubiquitous TVs are positioned in such a way that it is hard to find a table where you don’t have a football game or other show directly in view to kill conversation. But once you are seated, the staff is attentive and the menu tempting. Despite the bar area integrating with the dining room, the atmosphere is quiet and conversation is not drowned. The focus is natural, grass-fed organic meat cooked on the bone, whether it be beef, pork, or chicken. The greatest choice naturally is in the wet aged beef selections, where prices range up to $39 for the Cowboy ribeye. But my friend and I were tempted by the short ribs and the pork chop, which clearly had to once belong to a race of giant porkers. There are plenty of house-made pastas to choose from for the pasta lover and the chicken and fish ofStreet, New Brunswick, 732-4188110. www.rwjuh.edu. “Tied to the Cause: The Courage to Cope” features speakers Dr. Michael Nissenblatt, Teena Cahill, Margie McDonald, Marlene McGuire, and Karen Sherman. Members of the Majestic Dragon boat team participate. Dinner, vendor displays, exhibits, and talks. Register. Free. 5 to 8 p.m. Awareness Through Movement, Onsen For All, 4451 Route 27, Princeton, 609-924-4800. www.onsenforall.com. Register. $20. 7 p.m.

ferings are not slighted. We ended up with a half rack of ribs ($14), served with fresh vegetables and a filet of Atlantic salmon, served on a bed of lentils ($20). Entrees come with a chef’s choice of vegetables but sides are available for $3.50. All produce is organic and locally grown, if possible. You are immediately offered a long, hot loaf of sourdough bread with honey cinnamon butter, an irresistible combination. This bread is so popular they are happy to pack

The focus is natural, grass-fed organic meat cooked on the bone, whether it be beef, pork, or chicken.
up what you don’t finish to enjoy the next day. Having to cut the rather unwieldy loaf yourself at the table is awkward but no doubt the staff would accommodate with the slicing, if asked. pleasant alternative to full entrees is the small “grazing” plates, a variety of tapas dishes ranging from $3.50 to $8 for panseared diver scallops. We shared a plate of Spanish cheese with fig puree ($5.50). Appetizers are eclectic as well. A large serving of
Community Education, High School South, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-716-5000 ext. 5034. Examination of personal finance to create an integrated retirement plan. For adults ages 50 to 70. Includes textbook. Also, Wednesday, October 21. Register. $49. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Meeting, Princeton Photography Club, Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 732-422-3676. “Thou Art...Will Give...” presented by Andy Schmitt and Eric Kusman. 7:30 p.m. College Financial Aid Planning, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. Register. 7:30 p.m.


onion soup is $6 and jumbo shrimp wrapped in chorizo sausage is $12 as is the carpaccio of pepper-crusted tenderloin. This array of hearty appetizers, smaller selections, plus the range of salads and sandwiches accommodates a wide choice of tastes and fits any dining budget. For dessert we succumbed to a massive slice of red velvet cake ($9) half of which made it home for another day’s enjoyment. The wine list is ample and the choice of wines by the glass is more extensive than at many area restaurants. Prices for full bottles are within the $20 to $40 range and half bottles are offered as well for certain selections. In addition, they offer an intriguing flight of mini martinis. This venue is convenient and a good choice for the business lunch or dinner and would be a nice option for a simple night out with friends. Service is prompt and very accommodating. — E.E. Whiting On the Bone, 4355 Route 1 South at Ridge Road, 609-514BONE (2663). www.ontheboneprinceton.com. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Happy hour daily 5 to 8 p.m., with free appetizer samplings at the bar. Vodka Tasting Event, Thursday, October 22, 5 to 8 p.m. Tasting of premium vodka and reducedprice martinis.


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Carole Lynne, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-4194200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. 6 to 9 p.m. Acoustic Showcase, KatManDu, Waterfront Park, Route 29, Trenton, 609-393-7300. www.katmandutrenton.com. 15 minute back-to-back sets. Interested musicians can E-mail Lance Reichert at lance@katmandutrenton.com. Free. 7 to 11 p.m.

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Archaeology Lecture, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, McCormick Hall 106, Princeton University, 609258-9127. “Avkat: Survey of a Byzantine Village” presented by John Haldon, Princeton University. Reception follows. 6 p.m. Manifestations of the Prodigal Daughter, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, 609-577-4249. www.mcl.org. Discussion of the impact of separation in the lives of children with incarcerated parents and at risk youth with the focus on the benefits of mentoring. Opportunities for volunteers. Refreshments. 6 to 8 p.m. Retirement Planning Today, West Windsor-Plainsboro

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Candidate Night, Mercer County Republican Committee, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-7378869. Refreshments. Cash bar. Register. Donations invited. 7 to 9 p.m. Talking Politics, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Joan Goldstein leads the discussion of Ahmed Rashid’s “Descent Into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.” In conjunction with Princeton Reads. 7:30 p.m.
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Financial Workshop
“Money Consciousness and Your Temperament,” Energy for Healing at Kingston Wellness Associates, 4446 Route 27, Kingston. Register at 917439-7143. Jay Sanders, chairman of the New York State Society of CPA’s Personal Financial Planning Committee, shows how people can change their financial picture by understanding how they look at the world and what goes into their decision process. Co-presenter Michael Edelstein, founder of the New Termperament, shows how one’s temperament impacts every aspect of fi-

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Information Session, Mercer College, West Windsor, Student Center Cafeteria, 609-570-3244. www.mccc.edu. For parents and high school students. Information about dual admissions, transfer opportunities, and resources. Free. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wright House. Circa 1750: The Autumn in Bucks County House Tour takes place Saturday, October 17, in Solebury. Reserve tickets at 215-297-8285.

Classical Music
Faculty Recital, Westminster Conservatory, Niles Chapel, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609921-2663. www.rider.edu. Clipper Erickson on piano. Free. 12:15 p.m. Afternoon Concert, Princeton University Chapel, Washington Road, 609-258-3654. Free. 12:30 to 1 p.m. Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. www.masongross.rutgers.edu. William Berz, conductor. Free. 8 p.m.

Thursday October 15
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Theology, Informally
Theology on Tap, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-2277. www.trinityprinceton.org. Wine and conversation for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s interested in informal theological conversation. Author Ellen Cherry, Princeton Theological Seminary, talks. 7 p.m.

Art Exhibit and Sale, Garden State Watercolor Society, Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton. www.gardenstatewatercolorsociety.org. Watercolor, oil, pastel, and mixed media works for sale. Noon to 8 p.m.

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Art Exhibit, Abud Family Foundation for the Arts, 3100 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Third Floor, Lawrenceville, 609-844-0448. www.abudartfoundation.org. Opening reception for “Donostia,” a collection of oil paintings by Igor Collales, born in Somoto, Nicaragua, and living in the Basque region of Spain. On view to November 19. 5 to 8 p.m. Late Thursdays, Princeton University Art Museum, Campus, 609-258-3788. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu. Extended hours to explore the special exhibitions and collections. Many evenings feature film screenings, musical performances, and activities. Free. 7 to 10 p.m.

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No Child, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550. www.peddie.org. Nilaja Sun portrays all of the characters in the story about her experiences as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools. Will be rescheduled.

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fest.com. Experimental films by Bruce Baillie. $10. 6 p.m. Alaska on Film, Princeton University Art Museum, McCormick 101, 609-258-3788. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu. Screening of “Nanook of the North: A Story of Life and Love in the Actual Arctic.” Reception in the museum from 9 to 10 p.m. 7 and 10 p.m.

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Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love written and directed by Arthur Laurents. $28 to $78. 2 p.m. Having Our Say, Berlind Theater at the McCarter, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $15 to $48. 7:30 p.m. She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. Directed by Nicholas Martin. Through November 1. $20 to $55. 7:30 p.m. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-8622041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. Musical. $25. 8 p.m. The Creation of the World and Other Business, College of New Jersey, Don Evans Black Box Theater, College of New Jersey, Ewing. www.tcnj.edu/~act. Comedy by Arthur Miller about the creation story of Adam and Eve. Directed by Jonathan L. Elliott, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 2000; and graduate of the College of New Jersey. $8. E-mail acttix@gmail.com for tickets. 8 p.m. Fly, Crossroads Theater, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org. World premiere of a drama that brings to life the Tuskegee Airman, the AfricanAmerican Air Corp fighters who flew over the European skies during World War II. Written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan. $40 to $75. 8 p.m. As You Like It, Princeton Shakespeare Company, Whitman College Theater, Princeton University, E-mail psc@princeton.edu. princeton.edu/psc. $10. 8 p.m.

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Flu Clinic, West Windsor Health Department, Senior Center, 609936-8400. Senior citizens should bring Medicare card. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Salsa Dancing, HotSalsaHot, Princeton YWCA, 69 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, 609-6517070. www.hotsalsahot.com. Three levels of class instruction plus social practice, $20. Only social practice, $7. 6:30 p.m. Argentine Tango, Black Cat Tango, Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, 609-273-1378. www.theblackcattango.com. Beginner and intermediate classes followed by guided practice. $10. 8 p.m.

Good Causes
Friends’ Luncheon, YWCA Princeton, Springdale Golf Club, 609-497-2100. www.ywcaprinceton.org. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, author of “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat: and the 101 Truths That Will Save Your Waistline — and Maybe Even Your Life,” presents the complex issues of obesity, its impact on health, and a realistic approach to regaining health through eating in “satisfying moderation.” Luncheon, $45; book; $25. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Autumn Culinaire, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-656-1000. www.bbbsmercer.org. Annual food, wine, and beer tasting event from more than 20 of the area’s finest restaurants, tastings of more than 170 international wines and beers, and silent auction. Music by the Meg Hanson Band. Benefit for children through long term one-toone mentoring programs. Register. $85 to $95. 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Farmer Twilight Meetings, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, Valley Shepherd Creamery, 50 Fairmount Road, Long Valley, 908371-1111. www.nofanj.org. “Cheese Making.” Register. $15. 5 to 7 p.m.

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Caregiver Support Group, Alzheimer’s Association, RWJ Center for Health and Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, 800-883-1180. www.alz.org. 6:30 p.m. Annual Public Meeting, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Conference Center, 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, 877886-9462. www.mygoalautism.org. Al Glover, president and CEO, as well as chairman and members of the board, will be available to answer questions about hospital operations and services. 7 p.m.

55-Plus, Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street, 609-7372001. www.princetonol.com. “The Upcoming Election” presented by Ingrid Reed, Eagleton Institute of Politics. 10 a.m. Open House, Toastmasters Club, CUH2A, 1000 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville, 609-252-9667. www.tmdistrict38.org. Bring lunch. Beverages provided. Noon. Social Networking, Regional Business Assistance Corporation, 3111 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, 609-587-1133. www.rbacloan.com. “How to Create a FaceBook Page to Help Promote Your Business” presentd by Susan McManimon, Rider University. Register. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Princeton Environmental Institute, D&R Greenway, One Preservation Plaza, 609-924-4646. www.drgreenway.org.. “The Future of Food: In Search of Sustainable Food Systems” presented by Xenia Morin. Register. Free. 7 p.m. Hopewell Public Library, 13 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-4661625. “Going Solar,” a seminar on the benefit of residential solar systems presented by Rich Albano and Tom Rust, founders of 4BestSolar. 7 p.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-9248822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Henry Morse discusses the history of “The Shadow Knows” radio series. 7 p.m. Princeton University, Lewis Library, Bowl 120, 609-258-3150. www.princeton.edu. Dr. Laura

The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour: Los Lonely Boys, one of the decade’s most acclaimed new arrivals in rock, appear with Alejandro Escovedo, Monday, October 19, McCarter Theater. 609-258-2787.
Kahn, author of “Who’s in Charge: Leadership During Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and Other Public Health Crises.” 7:30 p.m. Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture, Princeton University, McCosh 50, 609-258-1741. www.princeton.edu. “What Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature” presented by V.S. Ramachandran. 8 p.m. The Red Elvises and the Young Werewolves, The Record Collector Store, 358 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown. www.therecord-collector.com. From Russia. $23. 7:30 p.m. Franklin-Alison Jazz Combo, BT Bistro, 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403. Funk night. 8 to 11 p.m. Brownout, Princeton University, Terrace Club, 609-258-4241. www.princeton.edu. Record release party for “Aguilas and Cobras,” the new album by the eightpiece, Latin funk ensemble. 9 p.m. Singer Songwriter Showcase, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. Hosted by Frank Thewes. 9 p.m.

Live Music
Jerry Topinka and Karen Rodriguez, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. 6 to 9 p.m. Hidden Lands, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. An evening of music and poetry with Red Hawk Fly featuring Daniel Johnson on tabla and vocals, Dan Farella on guitar, Jon Thompson on saxophones and flute, and Karttikeya on keyboards and percussion; and poets James Richardson, Renee Ashley, Carlos Hernandez Pena, and Bill Sloane. Copies of CDs and books will be available for purchase and signing. $5 donation. 7:30 p.m. Gentle Jazz, Nick’s Cafe 72, 72 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, 609-882-0087. www.cafe72nj.com. Al Oliver, sax and vocals; and Gerry Groves, flute. BYOB. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Dinner, Yardley Singles, Non Solo Pasta, 900 West Trenton Road, Morrisville, PA, 215-736-1288. www.yardleysingles.org. Italian food. Register. 6 p.m. Divorce Support Group, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, 609-213-9509. Register. 7:30 p.m.

Women Interested in Networking, Villa Mannino Restaurant, Route 130 North, Bordentown, 609-890-4054. www.whoscoming.com/WIN. Register. $15 to $20. Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Eat Smart: Nancy Snyderman presents a realistic approach to regaining health through eating, Friends’ Luncheon, YWCA Princeton, Thursday, October 15, Springdale Golf Club. 609-497-2100.
Theology on Tap, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-2277. www.trinityprinceton.org. Wine and conversation for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s interested in informal theological conversation. Author Ellen Cherry, Princeton Theological Seminary, talks. 7 p.m.

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Aging in Place, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, Meadow Lakes, 300 Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, 609-987-8100. www.jfcsonline.org. Meet Senator Jennifer Beck, 12th legislative district, who will share her observations about the current political landscape and address issues related to upcoming elections. Register. Free. 10:30 a.m.

A Nice Family Gathering, OffBroadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com. Comedy. $27.50 to $29.50. 7 p.m. Having Our Say, Berlind Theater at the McCarter, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $20 to $55. 8 p.m. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-8622041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. Musical. $25. 8 p.m. The Creation of the World and Other Business, College of New Jersey, Don Evans Black Box Theater, College of New Jersey, Ewing. www.tcnj.edu/~act. Comedy by Arthur Miller about the creation story of Adam and Eve. Directed by Jonathan L. Elliott, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 2000; and graduate of the College of New Jersey. $8. E-mail acttix@gmail.com for tickets. 8 p.m. Fly, Crossroads Theater, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org. World premiere of a drama that brings to life the Tuskegee Airman, the African-American Air Corp fighters who flew over the European skies during World War II. Written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan. $40 to $75. 8 p.m. Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love written and directed by Arthur Laurents. $28 to $78. 8 p.m. Bus Stop, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. www.kelseytheatre.net. Drama with Yardley Players. $14. Through Sunday, October 25. 8 p.m. She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. $20 to $55. 8 p.m. As You Like It, Princeton Shakespeare Company, Whitman College Theater, Princeton University, E-mail psc@princeton.edu. princeton.edu/psc. $10. 8 p.m.

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Friday October 16
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Princeton History, On Tap
Princeton Pub Crawl, Princeton Tour Company, Starbucks, 98 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609902-3637. www.princetontourcompany.com. Architectural, literary, and historical sites and events through the town. Register. $10. 6 p.m.

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Classical Music
Edward T. Cone Concert Series, Institute for Advanced Study, Wolfensohn Hall, Einstein Drive, Princeton, 609-951-4458. www.ias.edu/special/air/tickets. Derek Bermel on clarinet and Christopher Taylor on piano. Register. Free. 8 p.m. The Princeton Singers, Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 866-846-7464. www.princetonsingers.org. “Revolutions II” focuses on choral music by Bach and Williams. Register. 8 p.m.

Folk Music
Zoe Mulford and Kevin Neidig, Folk Project, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, 973335-9489. www.folkproject.org. $7. 8 p.m. Gordon Bok, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. A bass-baritone, Bok plays six and 12-string guitar as well as a five-string fretted cello. $20. 8:15 p.m.

Art Exhibit and Sale, Garden State Watercolor Society, Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton. www.gardenstatewatercolorsociety.org. Watercolor, oil, pastel, and mixed media works for sale. Noon to 5 p.m. Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788. princetonartmuseum.org. “A Neapolitan Prophet Elijah” presented by Rebecca Shields. Free. 12:30 p.m. Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. www.photosgallery14.com. Opening reception for “Friends and Family,” by John Blackford; and “A Most Haunted Place: Ghostly Images,” by Carl Geisler. Through November 15. 6 to 9 p.m.

Listen: A New African Narrative, United Methodist Church, Garden Theater and Princeton Theological Seminary, 609-924-2613. www.princtonumc.org. Screenings of the 40-minute documentary featuring interviews of people in African countries. Evening performance is at the seminary. Discussion follows. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Acme Screening Room, Lambertville Public Library, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville, 609397-0275. nickelodeonnights.org. Screening of “American Violet,” 2009. $5. 7 and 8:50 p.m.
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Spectrum Concert, Princeton University Chapel, Washington Road, 609-258-3654. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” silent movie with organ accompaniment by Michael Britt. $10. 9 p.m.

Salsa Class, Pennington Ewing Athletic Club, 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-883-2000. www.peachealthfitness.com. For advanced beginners. $15. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jersey Jumpers, Central Jersey Dance Society, Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Charleston workshop and swing lesson followed by open dance. No partner needed. $12. 7:30 p.m. Dance Party, American Ballroom, 569 Klockner Road, Hamilton, 609-931-0149. www.americanballroomco.com. $15. 8 to 11 p.m. Karaoke Dance, American Legion Post 401, 148 Major Road, Monmouth Junction, 732-3299861. Free. 8:30 p.m.

When the Orchestra Is the Backup Band: Kansas performs with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 17, Patriots Theater, Trenton. 609-984-8400.
a Princeton native, present. Register. $45. 7 to 9 p.m. The Hurricanes, BT Bistro, 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403. www.btbistro.com. ‘60s through ‘80s cover band. 8 p.m. Ron Kraemer Duo, BT Bistro, 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403. www.btbistro.com. 9 p.m. All That Jazz, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215-493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. Improvisational to Latin. Register. $20. 8 to 10 p.m. Roe Ferrara and Steve, It’s a Grind Coffee House, 7 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609275-2919. www.itsagrind.com. 8 p.m. John Bianculli Trio with Jackie Jones, Christopher’s, Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-214-2200. www.theheldrich.com. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Night, Hillbilly Hall Tavern and Restaurant, 203 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, 609-466-9856. www.hillbillyhall.com. DJ Mike. 9:30 p.m. Successful Fridays, The Phoenix, 120 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-394-0091. $10 to $20. 10 p.m. Choice Society, Tre Piani, 120 Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-452-1515. www.choicesociety.ning.com. Hip hop, reggae, and pop music. Drink specials, hors d’oeuvres. $5 admission. 10 to 2 a.m.

Food & Dining
Dinner, Central Jersey Dining Out Meetup, Cranbury Inn, Main Street, Cranbury, 609-577-2802. www.diningoutmeetup.com. Order from the menu. Register. 7 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson School’s Policy Research Institute, Princeton University, Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, 609-258-3000. www.princeton.edu. Conference: “Where Are We Growing? Planning for New Jersey’s Next 20 Years” presented by government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the building industry. Free with registration. 8 a.m. African American Skin Care, Princeton Senior Resource Center, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, 609-9247108. Presentation by Dr. Wanda Patterson. Bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert provided. Noon. Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion, Lewis Library, 609-258-5545. “Reading the Book of Experience: Toward an Alternative History of Religious Experience” presented by Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School. Free. 4:30 p.m.

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A Night at the Theater, NJ Foundation for Aging, Berlind Theater at McCarter, Princeton, 609-4210206. www.njfoundationforaging.org. Cocktail reception followed by performance of “Having Our Say.” Register. $175. 5:30 p.m. Anniversary Celebration, Princeton Nursery School, Drumthwacket, Princeton, 609921-8606. www.princetonnurseryschool.org. Wine tasting, silent auction, light fare, and entertainment featuring dancers, and classical and jazz musicians. The school was founded in 1929 by Margaret Matthews-Flinsch. Register. $50. 6 to 8 p.m.

Comedy Clubs
Rick Gutierrez, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Reservation. $20. 8 p.m. Helene’s Comedy Night, Grover’s Mill Coffee House, 335 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-716-8771. www.groversmillcoffee.com. Open mic comedy. 8 p.m.

Live Music
3D, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. 7 to 10 p.m. Winterpills, The Record Collector Store, 358 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown. www.therecord-collector.com. Indie pop. $12. 7:30 p.m. Eric Mintel Quartet, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Jazz concert. Register. $15. 8 p.m.

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Outdoor Action
Family Fun Maze, Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 PrincetonHightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884. Challenging 10acre corn maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways depicting a barn and farm animals. $9.99. Bring a flashlight. 7 to 11 p.m. Get to Know Your Quilts, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. Free. 7:30 to 4 p.m.

A Division of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
The New School for Music Study maintains a totally non-discriminatory admissions policy.

A Mystical Healing Salon, Tosa Center for Enlightened Living, Hyatt, Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 505-286-9267. www.selfascension.com. Sri and Kira,

Parenting Lecture, Waldorf School, 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-466-1970. www.princetonwaldorf.org. “The Electronic Media and the 21st Century Family” presented by Eugene Schwartz. He will explore the idea of limiting children’s exposure to electronic media, specifically television, videos, DVDs, and the Internet. Register. $5. 7:30 p.m.

Rummage Sale
Slackwood Presbyterian Church, 2020 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrenceville, 609-3933258. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wine Tasting for Singles, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215-493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. Wine, cheese, and music. Register. $20. 7 to 9 p.m.
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style cuisine, and foreign and domestic beer. Rain date is Saturday, October 24. Noon to 5 p.m.

For Seniors
Encore Opera Series, PHS Senior Living Foundation, Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, 609-720-7304. Light operatic melody and musical theater. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

Classical Music
Two-Piano Music from Spain, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. www.masongross.rutgers.edu. Elena Martin and Jose Meliton. Free. 2 p.m. Edward T. Cone Concert Series, Institute for Advanced Study, Wolfensohn Hall, Einstein Drive, Princeton, 609-951-4458. www.ias.edu/special/air/tickets. Derek Bermel on clarinet and Christopher Taylor on piano. Register. Free. 8 p.m. Princeton Jazz Ensemble, Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium, 609-2585000. www.princeton.edu/utickets. “The Voice of the Jazz Composer: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.” $15. 8 p.m. An Evening of Lambertville Musical Talent, Saint Andrew’s Church, 50 York Street, Lambertville, 609-397-2425. Performers include Carol Heffler of Lambertville with Steve Burke and John Straus; Harold Dunn with jigs, reels, hornpipes, and Irish songs; and Mark Stewart on mandolin, bouzouki, and fiddle. Benefit for the building fund. $15. 8 p.m.

In the Small Gallery: A Most Haunted Place: Ghostly Images Carl Geisler
Pumpkins - David H. Miller

Saturday October 17

Studio and Gallery of Robert Beck, 21 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-5679. www.robertbeck.net. Opening reception for “Embarkation,” an exhibit of Robert Beck’s works focusing on interiors, night scenes, and cityscapes. On view through November 20. There will be chocolate. 5 to 8 p.m.

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October 16 - November 15 Opening Reception October 16, 6-9 PM
Meet the Photographers, Sunday, October 18, 1-3 PM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Germany Without the Plane Ticket
Oktoberfest, Rats Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609584-7800. www.ratsrestaurant.org. German musicians, Munich-

The Creation of the World and Other Business, College of New Jersey, Don Evans Black Box Theater, College of New Jersey, Ewing. www.tcnj.edu/~act. Comedy by Arthur Miller about the creation story of Adam and Eve. Directed by Jonathan L. Elliott, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 2000; and graduate of College of New Jersey. $8. E-mail acttix@gmail.com for ticket. 2 and 8 p.m. Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love written and directed by Arthur Laurents. $28 to $78. 2 and 8 p.m. Having Our Say, Berlind Theater at the McCarter, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. ASL interpreted at matinee. $20 to $55. 3 and 8 p.m. Fly, Crossroads Theater, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org. World premiere of a drama that brings to life the Tuskegee Airman, the AfricanAmerican Air Corp fighters who flew over the European skies during World War II. Written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan. $40 to $75. 3 and 8 p.m. She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. $20 to $55. 3 and 8 p.m. Beauty Shop 2009, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.statetheatrenj.org. Updated sequel to drama by Shelly Garrett features a beauty shop under new management. $22 to $57. 3 and 8 p.m. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-8622041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. Musical. $25. 4 and 8 p.m. A Nice Family Gathering, OffBroadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com. Comedy. $27.50 to $29.50. 7 p.m. The Addams Family Murder Mystery, Peddler’s Village, Routes and 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA, 215-794-4000. Interactive show by Without a Cue Productions. $47.95. 7:15 p.m. Bus Stop, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. www.kelseytheatre.net. Drama with Yardley Players. $14. 8 p.m. As You Like It, Princeton Shakespeare Company, Whitman College Theater, Princeton University, E-mail psc@princeton.edu. www.princeton.edu/psc. $10. 8 p.m.


Barbershop Music
Barbershop Harmony, Brothers in Harmony, Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, 732-940-0224. www.harmonize.com/brothers. “Musical Masterpiece XIV” features a chorus of more than 50 men. $20. 7:30 p.m. See story page 27.

World Music
West African Drumming Workshop, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-9247294. www.princetonyoga.com. Sharon Silverstein presents djembe drumming workshop, $20; community drumming circle at 8 p.m., $15. $30 for both. 6:30 p.m.

Art Exhibit, Gourgaud Gallery, 23 North Main Street, Cranbury, 609-395-0900. www.gourgaudhist.htm. “Small Gems: New Views” featuring original paintings of landscapes, waterways, and byways on the East coast by Margaret Mary Vail. On view to October 25. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tots on Tour, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. www.groundsforsculpture.org. For ages 3 to 5. Listen to a story, become park explorers, make original works of art. One adult must accompany each child. Register. Free with park admission. Rain or shine. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Art Exhibit and Sale, Garden State Watercolor Society, Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton. www.gardenstatewatercolorsociety.org. Watercolor, oil, pastel, and mixed media works for sale. Noon to 5 p.m. Annual Juried Exhibition, Phillips Mill, 2619 River Road, New Hope, 215-862-0582. www.phillipsmill.org. Annual fall juried exhibition featuring artists of the Delaware Valley. Through Sunday, October 31. $3. 1 to 5 p.m. BOI’s of New Hope, 9 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215862-8292. www.boisofnewhope.com. Demonstration in conjunction with a new exhibit by Robert Lebron featuring impressionist paintings. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Highlights Tour, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu. Free. 2 p.m.

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Casting Call
Grounds For Sculpture seeks participants for a television commercial filming. Participants will help illustrate the experience one gets from the park through workshops, exhibitions, dining, shopping, and simply walking through the grounds. GFS is looking for families, seniors, children, and young people from all walks of life. Participants are expected to commit to two to three hours of time on Monday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Raindate is Tuesday, October 20). No acting experience needed. Non-equity only. Compensation is two free passes to the park. Send E-mail to mlariccia@groundsforsculpture.org. Deadline is Thursday, October 15. to. Be prepared to dance. E-mail suzanne_mclean@hotmail.com or call 215-579-5677 for audition appointment. Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Kelsey Players has auditions for “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Sunday, November 1, noon to 3 p.m. Call Lorraine Wargo at 609-530-0912 for appointments or questions. Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. ning,” a multi-session retirement planning course to help people who are approaching retirement make the most of this next stage of life. The four-session program begins on Saturday, October 31, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $85, $150 for couples. Contact Carol King at 609924-7108 or E-mail cking@princetonsenior.org.

Highest Price Paid
Gold Jewelry (can be damaged) Sterling Silver Jewelry • Sterling Silver Flatware Tea Sets • Silver Coins • Gold Coins Dental Gold • Diamonds ¼ Carat & Up Rolex Watches

Tribute to Women
YWCA Princeton seeks nominations for the 2010 Tribute to Women award to recognize women who have demonstrated leadership and talent through their actions and endeavors. Nominees may be professionals, elected officials, educators, business entrepreneurs, or volunteers from the public or private sectors. Deadline Friday, November 13. Visit www.ywcaprinceton.org or call 609497-2100, ext. 333.

Call for Art
Gallery 125 seeks art in all mediums (except video) that utilizes found objects, recycle materials, or non-traditional materials, or whose subject is concerned with the preservation of ecological resources, for “Art D’Eco, a juried theme show. Deadline is Thursday, December 17. E-mail gallery125@trenton-Downtown.com or call 609-989-9119 for more information.

With the Precious Metal Market at an All-Time High, Now Is the Time to Turn Broken Jewelry and Unwanted Items to CASH!

For Romantics
Bristol Riverside Theater is offering lovers, young and old, the opportunity to propose on stage during the run of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” between November 3 and 22. Each night one proposer will receive two complimentary aisle seats and each newly engaged couple will receive a free season subscription. E-mail Amy Kaissar a akaissar@brtstage.org for information.

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Call for Entries
Lawrence Library seeks 10minute, one-act plays for a OneAct Play Festival on April 24. Deadline is Sunday, December 20. Submit by E-mail to Ann Kerr, akerr@mcl.org or bring to the reference library desk. Call 609-9896922 for information. Playwrights Theater is accepting submissions to the annual New Jersey Young Playwrights contest for students in grades 4 to 12. Submit at www.njypf.org. Deadline is Friday, January 8. Call 973-5141787, ext. 14 for information.

Cranbury Station Galleries offers “Women Watercoloring Workshops by the Seas.” Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23 includes art materials, breakfast, snacks, and room. $400. Day tripper workshop, $300. Call 609-9210434 or 609-655-1193.

Maurer Productions OnStage has auditions for “Children’s Letters to God,” a family musical comedy inspired by the book of the same name. Auditions are Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 25, noon to 6 p.m. The show opens Friday, January 8. Register at www.wponstage.com, E-mail audition@mponstage.com, or call 609-882-2292. Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Playful Theater Productions has auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” on Thursday, November 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children must be age eight. Prepared musical theater song, bring sheet music, conflicts, resume, and pho-

Donate Please
Paper Mill Playhouse seeks new and gently- used coats during the run of “On the Town,” Wednesday, November 11, to Sunday, December 6. Jersey Cares has collected, sorted, and distributed thousands of winter coats to New Jersey residents in need through this program. Bring coats to 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. www.papermill.org.

Capital Health offers a cancer genetics program to mothers, daughters, and sisters affected by breast cancer. Call 609-815-7043 for information.

Vendors Needed
East Brunswick Library seeks vendors for the holiday bazaar on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Visit www.ebpl.org for registration form. $30 per space.

Engaged Retirement
Princeton Senior Resource Center offers “Engaged Retirement: Beyond Financial Plan-

Rough Boys, New Jersey Film Festival, Scott Hall 123, College Avenue, New Brunswick, 732932-8482. www.njfilmfest.com. “Nuttin’ For Christmas,” 2009; “LaWinda,” 2009; and “Strongman,” 2009. $10. 7 p.m.

Dance Classes and Workshops, Web of Compassion, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-497-4598. www.webofcompassion.org. Dance and yoga classes. Call for schedule. 2:30 to 6:20 p.m. Salsa Sensation, Central Jersey Dance Society, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Salsa lesson followed by open dancing. No partner needed. $15. 7:30 p.m. Ballroom Dance Social, G & J Studios, 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Hillsborough, 908-892-0344. www.gandjstudios.com. Standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. Refreshments. BYOB. $12. 8 to 11 p.m.

Yes, I’m a Comedian: Rick Gutierrez appears Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Princeton. 609-9878018.
609-466-8728. Carrie Tuansky, co-author of “Wedded Bliss, Kiss the Bride, A Big Apple Christmas” and author of “Along Came Love.” Books will be available. Register. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Author Event, Princeton Public Library, Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. “An Authentic Way to Make Tasty Tofu” presented by Angela Chang, author of “Chinese Home Entertaining” and “The Intriguing World of Chinese Cooking.” 3 p.m.

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Clothing Drive, West WindsorPlainsboro High School South Post Prom, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-716-5050. www.ww-p.org. Bring used clothing including outerwear, shoes, boots, hats, belts, ties, scarves, handbags, linens, curtains, sheets, towels, and stuffed animals in sturdy plastic bags. Tax deductible receipts are available. Rain or shine. Bring to front parking lot. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Classics Used and Rare Books, 117 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-394-8400. Marie Antoinette, author of “The Cook Chronicles.” 2 to 4 p.m. Tea and Author Event, Hopewell United Methodist Women, 20 Blackwell Avenue, Hopewell,

Chess for Change, HomeFront, All Saints Episcopal Church, Princeton, 609-989-9417. www.homefrontnj.org. Chess marathon presented by the Princeton University Chess Club, New Jersey State Chess Federation, Dumont Chess Mates, and Chess Academy. Benefit for children’s programs. Simultaneous games exhibition by Dean Ippolito, lessons, demonstrations, and lectures. $30 to $35. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Art Auction, Pennington Ewing Athletic Club, 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-883-2000. www.peachealthfitness.com. Gallery of beach watercolor paintings by David Biddle for auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. He will sign his book, “The Best of Biddle’s Birdcage” and meet with potential bid winners of his artwork. 10 to 11 a.m.
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Autumn in Bucks County, Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA, 215-297-8285. www.trinitysolebury.org. 19th annual house tour features four distinctive homes. Rain or shine. Register. $30. Box lunches available, $12. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Autumn Ball, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Auxiliary, Hyatt, New Brunswick, 732-MD-RWJUH. www.rwjuh.edu. The 50th anniversary features entertainment, fashion, and surprises from 1960. Honorees include Arline Schwartzman and Grace Evans, both past presidents of the auxiliary. Register. $475. 6 p.m. Opera Gala, Opera New Jersey, Hyatt Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609-799-7700. www.opera-nj.org. Honorees are William and Judith McCartin Scheide. Sheila Siderman and Laura Todd co-chair event. Silent and live auctions, cocktails, and dinner. Register. Black tie. $250. 6:30 p.m. Gala, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-9891191. www.ellarslie.org. Benefit for the museum’s programs. Wines, hors d’oeuvres, music of Barry Wilcox. Formal attire requested. Register. $75. 7 to 10 p.m. Oldies Dance Party, Ryan’s Quest, Colonial Fire House, Kuser Road, Hamilton, 609-947-3611. www.ryansquest.org. Benefit on

From Russia Via Venice, California: The Red Elvises appear on Thursday, October 15, the Record Collector, 358 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown. Also, the Philly rockabilly band the Young Werewolves. www.the-record-collector.com.
behalf of Ryan Schultz of Hamilton, diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of two, with all proceeds directed to DMD research. Jerry Blavat performs and gives dance lessons. Buffet. Cash bar. $35. 7 p.m. Laugh Out Loud, Rock Brook School, Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive, Princeton, 908-431-9500. Gary Gulman is the featured comedian in the benefit evening for the Skillman school for children ages 5 to 14 with multiple handicaps. Gulman has been seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, and Showtime. Passed hors d’oeuvres, tapas bar, and Viennese table. Cash bar. Register. $75. 7:30 p.m. Product Cooking Demonstration, Miele Design Center, 9 Independence Way, Princeton, 800-843-7231. www.mieleusa.com. Register. Free. Noon. Oktoberfest, Rats Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609584-7800. www.ratsrestaurant.org. German musicians, Munichstyle cuisine, and foreign and domestic beer. Rain date is Saturday, October 24. Noon to 5 p.m. Wine Tasting, CoolVines, 344 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609924-0039. www.coolvines.com. 2 to 5 p.m.

Health & Wellness
Workshop Series, Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center, Hyatt, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609-737-8750. www.iaccenter.com. “Crossing the Bridge from Infertility to Adoption” presented by Joni Mantell. Register. $100. 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood Drive, South Brunswick Community Blood Bank, South Brunswick Community Center, 124 New Road, Monmouth Junction, 732-297-3198. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sports Carnival and Winter Wellness Festival, Special Olympics New Jersey, 3 Princess Lane, Lawrenceville, 609-8968000. www.sonj.org. For individuals ages 3 to 21 with intellectual disabilities and their families. Register. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interactive Workshop, In Balance Center for Living, 230 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 908369-4949. www.inbalancecenter.com. “Restoring Balance to Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Traditional Chinese Medicine” presented by Dr. J.K. Kuan includes acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal medicine, nutrition, and Tai Chi. $10. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Caregiver Support Group, Alzheimer’s Association, Woodlands, 256 Bunn Drive, Suite 6, Princeton, 800-883-1180. www.alz.org. 2 p.m. Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-9247294. www.princetonyoga.com. Focus on cats, dogs, and horses, details their nine cellular memory areas. Register. $140. 2 to 5 p.m.

Comedy Clubs
Rick Gutierrez, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Reservation. $20. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Fairs & Celebrations
Sixth Birthday Celebration, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet with live music. Prizes, discounts. Dedication and ribbon cutting of new green building. Reception. Free. Noon to 6 p.m.

Church Bazaar, First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, 22 South Main Street, Cranbury, 609-448-8388. Food court, baked goods, crafts, and Christmas booth. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Empowering Your Quantum Clairvoyance, Tosa Center for Enlightened Living, Hyatt, Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 505-286-9267. www.selfascension.com. “Response-able Reading and Healing for 2012 and Beyond” presented by Sri and Kira, a Princeton native. Continues on Sunday, October 18. Register. $245. 9 a.m.

Food & Dining
Farmers Market, Montgomery Friends of Open Space, Village Shopping Center, Routes 206 and 518, 908-359-9665. www.Montgomeryfriends.org. Organic vegetables, breads, flowers, popcorn, honey, and pasture-fed beef and pork. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farmers Market, Pennington Market, 25 Route 31, Pennington, 609737-0058. Local produce, cooking classes, live music, environmental workshops, and demonstrations of earth-friendly products and ideas. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, Vaughn Drive Parking Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station, 609-577-5113. www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org. West Windsor Arts Council presents “Frottage,” an art program featuring collages with texture. Music by Quincy Mumford and his band. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Civil War and Native American Museum, Camp Olden, 2202 Kuser Road, Hamilton, 609-5858900. www.campolden.org. Exhibits featuring Civil War soldiers from New Jersey include their original uniforms, weapons, and medical equipment. Diorama of the Swamp Angel artillery piece and Native American artifacts. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Fireside Chat, The Meadows Foundation, Van Wickle House, 1289 Easton Avenue, Somerset, 732-249-6770. www.themeadowsfoundation.org. A talk about the Hindenburg and theories about why it exploded. $10. Register. 2 p.m.

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Ghost Tour, Princeton Tour Company, Starbucks, 98 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-902-3637. www.princetontourcompany.com. Listen to chilling ghost stories and walk through creepy walkways while holding a lantern. Register. $10. 8 p.m.

For Families
Open House, Fox Run Apartments, Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-700-8557. Community and fire safety information with area firefighters and police. Refreshments. Free. 10 a.m. Art for Families, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788. www.princetonartmuseum.org. “Where in Africa is It?” Free. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mercer County Touch-a-Truck, Sovereign Bank Arena, Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609656-3222. Fire trucks, ambulances, loaders, garbage trucks, and mail trucks in parking lot. Face painter and food court. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall Family Fun, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, 609924-2310. www.terhuneorchards.com. Pick your own apples, pumpkins, and raspberries. Free admission. Rain or shine. Music by Eco Del Sur. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Barnyard Buddies, New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, College Farm Road and Route 1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. www.agriculturemuseum.org. Guided tour of the animal barns to meet cows, pigs, goats, and sheep; see baby chicks as they hatch in incubator; farm animal crafts and games for kids; and milk the museum’s dairy cow replica. $4. Noon to 3 p.m. Fairy Tale Boot Camp, Cotsen Children’s Library, McCosh Courtyard or Firestone Library, 609-258-2697. princeton.edu. Run through an obstacle course, get certified in mythical creature identification, learn a few spells, and wear a bejeweled crown. Ages 3 and up. Free. 1 to 4 p.m.

Planetarium Shows, New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org. “One World, One Sky” at 1 and 3 p.m. “Extreme Planets” at 2 and 4 p.m. $5. 1 p.m. Autumn Arts Afternoon, West Windsor Arts Council, Nassau Park Pavilion Gazebo, West Windsor, 609-919-1982. www.westwindsorarts.org. Creative afternoon of visual arts for all ages in a heated, weatherproof tent. Children, teens, adults, and seniors will be guided by art professionals in a broad array of innovative art-making. All materials provided. Rain or shine. Free. 1 to 4 p.m.

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Family Theater
Hansel and Gretel, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-2041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. $8. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Three Pigs, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. www.kelseytheatre.net. Kaleidoscope Theater presents a modern take on the classic story. $10; $8 children. 2 and 4 p.m.

Just Folk Music: Kevin Neidig performs on Friday, October 16, at the Minstrel Coffeehouse in Morristown. 973-3359489.
Darla Rich Jazz Quintet, Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-4669889. www.hopewellvalleybistro.com. Dinner and dancing. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Champion Fulton, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. 7 to 10 p.m. Dave Allikas, Starbucks, 391 George Street, New Brunswick, 732-828-8946. Comedy songs for all ages. Free. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Full Blown Cherry and Mr. Unloved, The Record Collector Store, 358 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown. www.the-record-collector.com. $12. 7:30 p.m. Nancy Halter, Karla Zimowski, and Keith VanDoren, It’s a Grind Coffee House, 7 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609275-2919. www.itsagrind.com. 8 p.m.
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Live Music
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DJ Darius, Sotto 128 Restaurant and Lounge, 128 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-7555. sotto128.com. Dance music. 9 p.m. Salsa Party, BT Bistro, 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403. www.btbistro.com. Dance instruction. 10 p.m. The Hub Kings, Dolls Place, 101 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-828-9196. www.dollsplacerestaurant.com. 10 p.m.

Outdoor Action
Canal Walk 2009, Friends of the Delaware Canal, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, 215-862-2021. www.fodc.org. Transportation back to the starting point will be arranged through carpooling. Register. Free. 7-mile walk. 9 a.m. Family Fun Maze, Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 PrincetonHightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884. Challenging 10acre corn maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways depicting a barn and farm animals. $9.99. Bring a flashlight. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Quilting Bee, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299.

In the Galleries: 'Palace Gardens in Lucca, Italy,’ watercolor, by Marge Chavooshian of Trenton, on view through Saturday, October 31, at the Phillips’ Mill 80th annual Juried Art Exhibition, 2619 River Road, New Hope, PA. Chavooshian was named Honored Artist at the show.
www.howellfarm.org. Quilt display, demonstrations, and information about cleaning, storing, and displaying quilts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall Foliage Open House, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Buttinger Nature Center, 31 Titus Mill Road, Hopewell, 609-7377592. www.thewatershed.org. Collect leaves, seeds, and pods to create a natural craft. $5 donation per person. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Corn Maze, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. $8. Noon to 4 p.m. 75 Years: Celebrating the Preserve’e History, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, River Road, New Hope, 215-862-2924. www.bhwp.org. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Fall Foliage Walk, Kingston Greenways Association, D&R State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston, 609-924-5705. Vicky Chirco, D&R Canal State Park historian, leads the two-hour walk. Binoculars and tree identification books are suggested. Dress for the weather. Rain or shine. Free. 1 p.m.

Sunday October 18
Princeton Public Library, Princeton University, McCosh 10, 609924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Screening of “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” followed by a discussion led by executive producer Michael Wolfe. 1:30 p.m.

October 16 7:30 p.m. Parenting Lecture: Electronic Media and the 21st Century Family. $5 October 24 10a.m. OPEN HOUSE For more information: 609-466-1970x115 • admissions@princetonwaldorf.org

Classical Music
Jazz Sunday, Princeton University Chapel, Washington Road, 609-258-3654. Free. 11 a.m. Sunday Evensong Series, Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-6262. www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org. Joel Martinson, organist. Vespers and concert. Free. 4 p.m.

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Open House, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1128 Great Road, Princeton, 609-9248143. www.princetonacademy.org. Register. 10 a.m.

World Music
Open Rehearsal, Makhelat Hamercaz, Highland Park, 732985-2778. www.mercazchoir.org. Explore a choral experience with a wide repertoire of Jewish music. Call for location. 7 p.m.

Rummage Sale
Slackwood Presbyterian Church, 2020 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrenceville, 609-3933258. $3 per bag. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Art Exhibit and Sale, Garden State Watercolor Society, Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton. www.gardenstatewatercolorsociety.org. Watercolor, oil, pastel, and mixed media works for sale. Noon to 5 p.m. Art Exhibit, Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5033. “A Painter’s Journey: Paintings by Howard Goldstein.” A native of the Bronx, Goldstein settled in central New Jersey almost 50 years ago to launch a lengthy career at the College of New Jersey and became chair of the college’s art department. On view through Sunday, October 25. Noon to 4 p.m. Art Exhibit, Studio and Gallery of Robert Beck, 21 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-3975679. www.robertbeck.net. Opening reception for “Embarkation,” an exhibit of Robert Beck’s works focusing on interiors, night scenes, and cityscapes. On view through November 20. There will be chocolate. 1 to 4 p.m. Highlights Tour, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu. Free. 2 p.m. Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788. www.princetonartmuseum.org. “A Neapolitan Prophet Elijah” presented by Rebecca Shields. Free. 3 p.m.
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Professional and Business Singles Network, Stanton Ridge Golf Club, 25 Clubhouse Drive, Whitehouse Station, 610-3845544. www.PBSNinfo.com. Three-minute social connections, $30 includes dance party and social. Dance and social, $15. Cash bar. Ages 40 to 65. 6 p.m. Wine and Dinner, Dinnermates, Princeton Area, 732-759-2174. www.dinnermates.com. Ages 30s to early 50s. Call for reservation and location. $20 plus dinner and drinks. 7:30 p.m. Miniature Golf, Mercer Bucks Jewish Singles, Pine Creek, 394 Route 31, West Amwell, 609-6135222. www.mercerjewishsingles.org. Two 18-hole courses. Meet at clubhouse after golf. For ages 38 to 60. Register by E-mail: mbjs.rsvp@yahoo.com. $10. 7:30 to 2:30 p.m. Princeton Singles, Hamilton Elks, Kuser Road, Hamilton, 609-8831214. Dance. For ages 55-plus. Register. $10. 7:30 p.m. Dance Party, Steppin’ Out Singles, Days Hotel, 195 Route 18, East Brunswick, 732-656-1801. www.steppinoutsingles.com. Ages 40 plus. $15. 8:30 p.m.

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Review: ‘Come Back, Come Back’
onsidering such recent accomplishments as director of the revivals of “Gypsy” and “West Side Story,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that 92-year-old playwright/director Arthur Laurents has written another new play, “Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are,” and that he has also elected to direct. It isn’t at all unexpected that the still vital and vigorous Laurents would eventually turn his attention in his dotage to a play about love, loss, and how one copes with it. In “Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are,” Sara (Alison Fraser) believes that she has found a positive way to deal with the death of her husband, Paulo, and move forward with her life. Having been happily married to Paulo, a landscaper, for 27 years, Sara has convinced herself that Paulo has begun talking to her a month after his death and encouraged her to return to her profession as a singer. The play begins in a New York cabaret as Sara sings “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” Fraser, a two time Tony nominee (“The Secret Garden,” “Romance/Romance”) and a frequent guest star at George Street Playhouse, delivers it in an emotionally fragmented way, presumably as an indication of who Sara is and what she is going through. It’s a bit unsettling, but as we see as the play fitfully progresses that Sara is both haunted and hopeful. Although Sara sees her return to singing as a part of her healing process, she remains an outsider and semi-estranged from Paulo’s family, who have taken over the


Friends? Alison Fraser and Shirley Knight.
management of Paulo’s landscaping business. Paulo’s grieving mother, Marion (Shirley Knight), a psychiatrist, wants little or nothing to do with Sara and finds solace at home painting pictures. She doesn’t seem to display much love for her husband, Richard (John Carter) who does the bookkeeping, and even less for their unmarried adult to become friends in their mutual loss with her mother-in-law. “He wanted us to like each other,” Sara tells Marion. This is apparently not possible for Marion. Jealous of the love between her son and Sara, she prefers to wallow in open hostility. As Marion, Knight (a multiaward winning actress) finds as much nuance as possible in a role that is grounded in rigidity and consigned for the most part to being morose and ill-tempered. The confrontational scenes between Sara and Marion are notable for their futility and generally tend to languish in dreary repetitive discourse. As the unloved lesbian sibling daughter, Michelle, Lyles makes the most of what little has been given her in the way of character complexity by being abrasive and expressing her resentment and disdain to each and all whenever possible. It is easy to say that Dougal is the only really life-affirming presence in the play and Bracchitta comes through winningly as the exuberantly undeterred suitor. Perhaps it was not a good idea for Laurents to serve as the director of this mostly dreary relatively uneventful play. Almost devoid of energy and dramatic urgency, “Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are” slogs along at a snail’s pace. Although it seems to have been written in the earnest cause of redemption, it also helplessly and hopelessly languishes in melancholia. The production has been handsomely designed by James Youmans who has transfigured the usu-

Almost devoid of energy and dramatic urgency, ‘Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are’ slogs along at a snail’s pace.
daughter, Michelle (Leslie Lyles), who runs the family business with a constant chip on her shoulder. painting of blue horses that Marion intended to give as a birthday gift to Paulo has been taken to Dougal (Jim Bracchitta), a local framer. When Dougal, who coincidentally has been a long-time fan of Sara’s, learns that Sara has returned to singing, he goes to hear her and maneuvers a meeting outside the stage door. Although the gregarious and ingratiating Dougal is eager to encourage a relationship, Sara is resistant to his charms and adamant about not being able to love anyone in the way she loved Paulo. What Sara presumably wants most, besides from the opportunity for occasional sex with Dougal, is


ally three-quarter-in-the-round theater to a traditional proscenium form. The revolving stage is used to maintain the rapid change of the many short scenes that take place in the cabaret, outside the stage door, in a living room or greenhouse. Live musical accompaniment is expertly performed by Christopher Howatt (pianist, musical director) and Danny Stone (bass). Acknowledged as a resident playwright at George Street Play-

house, Laurents has had the good fortune to see his most recent plays — “Claudia Lazlo,” “The Vibrator,” “Attacks on the Heart,” “2 Lives,” “New Year’s Eve” — have their world premieres here. — Simon Saltzman Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, through Sunday, November 1, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. $31.50-$71.50. 732-246-7717 or www.GSPonline.org

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A Nice Family Gathering, OffBroadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com. Comedy. $27.50 to $29.50. 1:30 p.m. Having Our Say, Berlind Theater at the McCarter, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. Audio described performance. $20 to $55. 2 p.m. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-8622041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. Musical. $25. 2 p.m. Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love written and directed by Arthur Laurents. $28 to $78. 2 and 7 p.m. Bus Stop, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. www.kelseytheatre.net. Drama with Yardley Players. $14. 2 p.m. She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. $20 to $55. Dialogue on drama. 2 p.m. Harry & Eddie: The Birth of Israel, Temple Beth El, 1489 Hamilton Street, Somerset, 732873-2325. Drama focuses on the relationship of Harry S. Truman and Eddie Jacobson. Dessert buffet follows. $36. 7:30 p.m.

Art from Spain: ‘Donastia,’ a solo show of oil paintings by Igor Corrales, born in Somoto, Nicaragua, and currently living and painting in the Basque region of Spain, opens with a reception on Thursday, October 15, 5 to 8 p.m., Abud Family Foundation, 3100 Princeton Pike, Bldg 4, third floor, Lawrenceville. 609-844-0448.

Good Causes
Apple Picking Day, Kehilat Shalom, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, 908359-0420. www.ksnj.org. Apples will be donated to the Montgomery Food Bank. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fall Musicale, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Private home in Princeton, 609-497-0020. www.princetonsymphony.org. Afternoon concert and reception features the Ariadne Trio featuring Basia Danilow, PSO’s concertmaster, Peter Sanders on cello, and Albert Stanziano on piano with works of Mozart and Smetana. PSO’s new music director Rossen Milanov will meet and greet guests in his first official public appearance with the orchestra. Register. $125. 5 p.m.

and instructions for savoring the flavors. Register. $30. 2 p.m.

Health & Wellness
Art and Soul: Paint Your Heart Out Workshop, Volition Wellness Solutions, 842 State Road, Princeton, 609-688-8300. www.volitionwellness.com. Meditation, movement, painting. Presented by Janet Waronker. Register. $99. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harvest Day, Washington Crossing State Park, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Route 32, Washington Crossing, PA, 215-493-4076. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing. Explore autumn customs, foods, traditional crafts, and season activities. $8. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Revolution to Relativity, Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-6748. www.princetonhistory.org. Classic walking tour of downtown Princeton and Princeton University includes stops at Nassau Hall, University Chapel, Woodrow Wilson’s homes, and Einstein’s residence. Register by phone or Email jeanette@princetonhistory.org. $7. 2 p.m. Newtown Library, 114 Centre Avenue, Newtown, 215-968-7659. “The Story of Morell Smith” presented by John Guy who will explain the life and death of the Newtown hero circa 1918. 3:30 p.m.

Israeli Jewish Film Series, Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100. www.thejewishcenter.org. Screening of “In a Dream” by Jeremiah Zagar, who will be speaking. When Zagar began filming his father, Isaiah, a Philadelphia mosaic tile artist, he was not expecting the family expose shown in the film. Free. 4 p.m. Smart Kids, New Jersey Film Festival, Scott Hall 123, College Avenue, New Brunswick, 732932-8482. www.njfilmfest.com. “Everything is Ordinary,” 2009; “Schrodinger’s Cat,” 2008; and “Children of Invention,” 2009. $10. 7 p.m.

Comedy Clubs
Comedy Night with Lewis Black, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-2467469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. “Let Them Eat Cake.” $45 to $65. 8 p.m.

Sixth Birthday Celebration, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. Princeton Swing Collective with music. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. Family Fun and Safety Day, Mercer County, Mercer County Park, near the marina, 609-989-6559. www.mercercounty.org. Up-close view of a variety of emergency response vehicles and fire trucks. Fire and crime prevention information. Music, face painting, magic show, pony rides, a canine demonstration, and games. Free. Noon to 3 p.m.

Outdoor Dancing, Central Jersey Dance Society, Hinds Plaza, Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Argentine tango night. No partner needed. Surface is smooth stone. Free. 6 to 9 p.m.

For Families
Fall Family Fun, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, 609924-2310. www.terhuneorchards.com. Pick your own apples, pumpkins, and raspberries. Free admission. Rain or shine. Music by Beth Coleman Band. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Planetarium Shows, New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org. “One World, One Sky” at 1 and 3 p.m. “Extreme Planets” at 2 and 4 p.m. $5. 1 p.m. Open House, Musicians in the Making, 666 Plainsboro Road, Building 500, Suite 505, Plainsboro, 609-750-0600. www.musiciansinthemaking.com. Musikgarten for ages birth to six years and their family. Register. Free. 4 to 5 p.m. Family Night Out, Hillbilly Hall Tavern and Restaurant, 203 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, 609-466-9856. www.hillbillyhall.com. DJ Ron. Free shirt for kids who sing. Food and beverages available. 5 to 9 p.m.

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New Jersey Storytelling Festival, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609586-0616. www.groundsforsculpture.org. Annual festival features storytellers presenting programs throughout the day for children, families, and adults. Morning seminars available with preregistration. Performances for adults and families. Rain or shine. $10. Noon to 6 p.m. Princeton Reads, Princeton Public Library, McCosh 10, Princeton University, 609-924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Screening of “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” in conjunction with Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea.” 1:30 p.m. Poetry Reading Series, South Brunswick Arts Commission, South Brunswick Library, Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, 732-329-4000. Laura Boss and BJ Ward are the guest speakers. Admission is a donation of a nonperishable food item for the town’s food pantry. 2 p.m.

Campaign Kick-Off, United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, Adath Israel Congregation, Lawrenceville, 609-2190555. www.ujfpmb.org. Senator Robert Menendez, the guest speaker, receives the Shomer Tzedek Guardian of Justice award. Cocktail supper and dessert reception. Register. $100. 6:30 p.m. Theology on Tap, Princeton Theological Seminary, Fridays, MarketFair, West Windsor. Discussion of the crossroads between life and theology led by Josh Scott. Geared to young adults. E-mail joshua.scott@ptsem.edu for information. 7 p.m.

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Trenton Farmers’ Market, 960 24 Dummies Guide to Wine Tasting, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. Wine, cheese, fruit,

We Are BOOST, Beanwood Coffee Shop, 222 Farnswoth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-4397115. www.weareboost.org. “Navigating the Shift to End Envi-

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This Barbershop Chorus Has a Touch of the Beatles
hen Jack Pinto picked up his telephone to do this interview, he was about an hour away from getting on a plane to go to London. Pinto used to work in the financial industry, but a few years ago he put that aside to go to college at the College of New Jersey, majoring in music and spending his non-study time teaching, writing, arranging, and conducting choral music. He has always been a musician, but now it is, quite literally, his life. He is the director of the Brothers in Harmony, a 60-plus choir of men that specializes in barbershop harmony. Pinto is also the baritone in the nationally prominent quartet known as Old School. He was on his way to London to serve as guest conductor for a group and to be a clinician at a master class or two. Brothers in Harmony will present its fall show, “Musical Masterpiece XIV,” at Lawrence High School, on Saturday, October 17. The show will also include as guest performers the 2008 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, and the Liberty Oaks Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. Barbershop singing is a cappella vocal music that employs closely harmonized four-part chordal singing; each note of the melody is harmonized in four parts. Most barbershop quartets have two tenors, a baritone and a bass, and most choruses harmonize in the same manner. According to Gage Averill, a University of Toronto professor who has written a book on the history of barbershop, “Four Parts, No Waiting: a Social History of American Barbershop Harmony,” the style grew out of the contacts between European (especially English and German) close-harmony styles as adapted by African American male vocal groups beginning in the 1800s. When barbershop began its ascent into American popular culture at the turn of the last century, it was associated almost exclusively with black male singing groups. Now, of course, the genre is multihued, albeit mostly white, and there are female groups that sing under the banner of Sweet Adelines. Pinto, 42, was born and raised in Hamilton Square and graduated


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from Notre Dame High School. He calls himself a “barbershop brat” because he acquired his love for the genre at the knee of his grandfather, Frank. “I’ve been doing barbershop since I was a young kid,” says Pinto. “I’ve been a member of our organization for 30 years; and I was doing this type of singing for a few years before I even joined, so I’ve been in this my entire life.” Frank Pinto, a pianist, was very active in charities, such as those sponsored by the Elks, in Hamilton Square. Pinto’s father, Jack Sr., was also a pianist. His mother, Joan, “despite her joking about how she can sing, doesn’t sing at all,” says the younger Jack Pinto. Pinto also has an older brother, Frank, who is a pianist. “It’s a traditional Italian family,” Pinto says. “The names just get recycled from generation to generation. They don’t go that far.” As a youth, Pinto was a Beatles fan. Through barbershop music, he says he “got as close to meeting one of the Beatles as possible without meeting one of the Beatles.”

‘We do like what you might call typical barbershop music but we like to appeal to people of all different ages and walks of life,’ says Jack Pinto.
Here’s how it happened: Paul McCartney’s cousin, Carol, is a barbershop singer and aficionado, and Pinto was in Liverpool working with her group. “She played me a song that her father, who is Paul McCartney’s uncle, wrote. I brought it back here and we had it arranged and recorded and sang all the parts and gave it to her. In return for that, my brother and I went over to Liverpool and had dinner with Carol and her daughter, and they gave us lots of Beatles paraphernalia, such as home photos of Paul McCartney.” To those involved, says Pinto, Brothers In Harmony is more than

just a hobby or even a singing group. It is a community group as well, he says. There are competitive, even sporting aspects to barbershop singing. There are national and international competitions for this style held every year; there are 38,000 members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which is based in Nashville, and there are 900 chapters worldwide. ach year, the Hamilton Square Brothers compete in regional competitions, and they hope to make it to the world championships, which will be held in Philadelphia next year. “It’s a brotherhood, a friendly organization, a fraternal organization,” Pinto says. “When you’re in it, you feel like you’re just one of the guys. We have doctors from Princeton, a retired brigadier general, people from all different varied backgrounds who just love to sing.” Last year Brothers In Harmony moved officially to Hamilton Square from Easton, Pennsylvania. Pinto had lived near Easton while working for Dun and Bradstreet in the Lehigh Valley but he had moved back to this area in 2005. Members of the group are as young as eight and as old as 81. When the group first moved to Hamilton Square, Pinto says, there were about 30 members. Now there are 62.
Princeton, 609-924-2277. www.trinityprinceton.org. Ethan Gilsdorf, author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms.” Costumes are welcome. 7 p.m.

In Perfect Harmony: Jack Pinto conducting Brothers in Harmony at the 2008 International Competition in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Here we have potential to really grow our group,” Pinto says. “Since we have moved to Hamilton, and we still don’t have a lot of Hamilton natives here, we have doubled the size of our chorus.” The group rehearses Wednesday nights in Hamilton. Members come from Ocean County, South Jersey, North Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia, New York, and one man actually takes the train from Washington, D.C., Pinto says. Brothers In Harmony is always accepting new members. “You don’t have to have a musical background at all. You just have to love to sing,” Pinto says. Aspiring singers are asked to audition, but it is more of an evaluation than a vetting-out process. “You don’t even have to know how to read music. When you come into our group, all you need is a desire to sing. We can teach you the rest.” The October 17 show features a varied repertoire. Among the songs will be two by the Beatles (“Here, There, and Everywhere,” and “ObLa-Di, Ob-La-Da”), as well as folk tunes such as “Shenandoah” and “Come Fly With Me,” a Frank Sinatra hit as popularized by Michael Buble. Brothers In Harmony also performs the Depresand Loving Out Loud, a Memoir.” Signed copies available for purchase. Limit of two tickets per person. 4:30 p.m.


sion-era tune, “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime,” reengineered to correspond with the post-Vietnam War era, as well as holiday songs for Christmas and Chanukah. “We do like what you might call ‘typical barbershop music’ but we like to appeal to people of all different ages and walks of life,” says Pinto. Barbershop Concert, Brothers in Harmony, Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville. Saturday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. “Musical Masterpiece XIV” features a chorus of more than 50 men. $20. 732-9400224 or www.harmonize.com/brothers.

ronmental Economy,” customized relationship-building strategies to enhance personal, business, and professional, development. Register. $25 includes Latin-inspired brunch buffet. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pet CPR and First Aid Demonstration, Cutter’s Mill Pet Place, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, 609-683-1520. www.begnbark.com. Beg n Bark Petsitting presentation. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Princeton Public Library, Princeton University, McCosh 10, 609924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Screening of “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” followed by a discussion led by executive producer Michael Wolfe. 1:30 p.m. Middle East Society, Princeton University, McCormick 101, 609258-3000. www.princeton.edu. “Turkey: A Return to the Middle” presented by David Cuthell, executive director of the Institute of Turkish Studies. Reception follows. Free. 4 p.m.

The Rhythm Kings, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-9241604. www.uuprinceton.org. Sixpiece ensemble presents a program of traditional jazz. $15. 3 p.m. George Sinkler, Stockton Inn, 1 Main Street, Stockton, 609-3971250. www.stocktoninn.com. Jazz. 6 to 10 p.m.

Parish Mission: Get Real, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-1743. www.stpaulsprinceton.org. “Don’t Worry Be Happy: Christian Joy.” 12:10 and 7:30 p.m.

Outdoor Action
Family Fun Maze, Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 PrincetonHightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884. Challenging 10acre corn maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways depicting a barn and farm animals. $9.99. Bring a flashlight. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Explore Your Parks, Mercer County Park Commission, Baldpate Mountain parking lot, 609-989-6540. www.mercercounty.org. Brisk hike. Bring a set of hand clippers. Free. 1 to 3 p.m.

Pop Music
Rehearsal, Jersey Harmony Chorus, 5000 Windrows Drive, Plainsboro, 732-469-3983. www.harmonize.com/jerseyharmony. New members are welcome. 7:15 p.m. Los Lonely Boys, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Acoustic Brotherhood Tour with Alejandro Escovedo. $40 to $48. 7:30 p.m.

Food & Dining
Wine 101, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215-493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. “Food and Wine Pairing.” Register. $30. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare’s Plays, Princeton Theological Seminary, Stuart Hall, Room 6, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. Screening of “The Merchant of Venice,” 2004, in conjunction with “Through a Glass, Darkly.” Free. 7 p.m.

Health & Wellness
Blood Drive, New Jersey Blood Services, College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, 800-933-2566. www.nybloodcenter.org. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live Music
Jerry Topinka, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-4194200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Jazz brunch. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tom Glover, Triumph Brewing Company, 400 Union Square, New Hope, 215-862-8300. www.triumphbrew.com. Irish and cover tunes. 1 to 4 p.m.

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Meeting, Princeton PC Users Group, Lawrence Library, 2751 Route 1 South, 908-218-0778. www.ppcug-nj.org. “Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?” presented by David Soll. 7:30 p.m.
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etter from Maine, Part II. In the last installment (August 12, U.S. 1), at first wary of the concept of leaving my husband behind as I embarked on a vacation, I happily discovered that, in fact, it is the perfect way for a bedraggled working mother to take a vacation. The destination: an 1830 farmhouse on the coast of Maine nestled into 40 acres of woods with its own boathouse and access to a secluded cove. For cheap labor and comic relief, I took along my 14-year-old son, Mackenzie, and his friend, Lexi, still young enough to be manipulated into doing what I want to do, as in “put on your shoes and go pick three dozen mussels out of the cove for dinner before the tide comes up; I want to lie here on the chaise and contemplate my navel.” I found I liked the idea that in and around Harpswell, Maine, cell phones don’t work very well and there is no television; both kids and I were forced to disconnect from the real world as we knew it and tune in to the natural world. The trip was such a success that when my friends who own the house invited me back for Labor Day weekend with them, I said yes, even after I discovered that again, my husband couldn’t join me, due to work commitments, and that Mackenzie would already have started school. In fact, I had improved upon my former venture, expertly leaving both husband and child behind to return to my idea of heaven: a small New England town where no one is fat, thanks to a life lived primarily outdoors hauling logs for the woodstove or lobster traps out of the water; where no one wears icky poly-blend pants from the clearance rack at Ross, only sensible cotton and wool clothing from LL Bean (whose 24-hour store is just 30 minutes away); where there are no McMansions with Stepford Wives landscaping, only white clapboard houses with windowpanes that are wavy from the sand that made the glass settling over two centuries of opening and shutting; where the mailboxes bear good Hawthorne and Melville-like surnames like Coffin; and where fast food means picking your own lobster out of a trap in the water at the dock at Watson’s General Store for less than $5 a pound. The icing on the cake: my friends were coming home a day before me and I would have the house entirely to myself for 24 hours. The last time I was totally alone for 24 hours was in the womb, I think. Though I also consider myself totally alone when food shopping, as I have come to find out a lot of working mothers do. There is something strangely intoxicating about wandering the aisles of Wegman’s at 11 p.m. (where I’ve been known to go in sweats pulled over my jammies because I’ve run out of contact lens solution just as I’m getting ready for bed). So many interesting kinds of sea salt to choose from, who knew? No one can bother me; no one can ask me for $40 bucks for the school dance (are they serving Beluga caviar?) or tell me that the cat threw up on the carpet again. On the drive up I knew I’d crossed the Maine border when the tollbooth had a big red lobster tacked onto it and the car in front of me had a bumper sticker that read, “I don’t brake for Yankee fans.” Tom Watson down at Watson’s General Store had on his Red Sox tee shirt when my friends and I went to get our lobsters. We noticed a whole lot of barrels full of little fish in the shed next to the dock.

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Tom explained those were barrels of herring and redfish from Canada and pogies from New Jersey and Virginia that the lobstermen use as bait. That bait costs about twice as much as a barrel of crude oil, Tom said, about $120 a barrel, and the lobstermen use one to three barrels a day. “What with the price of gas for the boat, you can’t be a lobsterman and leave this dock for less than about $600 a day.” Inside the store, his wife, Karin, tallied up our critters on a little scrap of cardboard, four one-anda-half pound lobsters: $31. I paid for the lobsters. Seemed the least I could do as a house guest. (My friend later told me I am the perfect house guest: “You pay for food, you do dishes, and you disappear,” referring to the fact that I willingly took off on my own for several hours a day, so that my friends could have some privacy; after all, it was their vacation too.) When I introduced myself to Karin, reminding her I had been in at the end of July, she said, “Oh, I remember your son. He came in here and was mesmerized by the bed — like sleeping under a mountain of meringue — I could look out my window and see a flock of wild turkeys parading across the lawn. I asked Mackenzie how it was going with finishing the English honors essays he had been assigned to write over the summer, which were due the first week of school. He told me he had had trouble thinking of the last of three ways to compare the friendships in “A Separate Peace” and “Of Mice and Men.” He said: “But I knew if I waited two weeks, my brain would, like, just refresh, and I’d come up with an idea.” Having explored the road the house is on during my morning walks on my last trip, I took off in the opposite direction. Just five weeks later, the air already had a tinge of chill, a hint of autumn crispness that tasted like a dinner mint on my tongue, and the bank of orange tiger lilies along the driveway was all gone. With virtually no one on the road but me, I walked along as the early morning mist lifted, admiring the sound of my sneakered feet echoing in the tall pines with branches that whispered like schoolgirls. It was so quiet I could hear the beating of a gull’s wings flying low overhead. Ahead of me, one lone leaf, already brown, the first to go it seemed, floated down and swirled around me, like Forrest Gump’s feather. I passed a pond covered edge to edge with green lily pads like paper dolls linked hand in hand and the miniature Cundy’s Harbor Library, housed in a storybook cottage (you have to go to the much bigger Brunswick Library to get an Internet connection) that looked as if you could put a candle inside and it would light up like a Christmas gingerbread house. Up and down a few more hills I arrived at Holbrook’s Wharf, just down from Watson’s and discovered Holbrook’s General Store (“est. 1898, Cundy’s Harbor, ME” said the sign over the door), a simple white building with two big windows in the front, situated on a hill overlooking a bay full of lobster boats. It wasn’t open yet. Two signs in the window, however, announced “Black Crow bread, Wednesday and Friday by 10 a.m.” and “Fresh pies, scones, and cookies every Friday” and an outdated poster announced the Blessing of the Fleet on August 2: “All boats welcome.” I peered in the window to see wooden countertops, no doubt the originals, and a circle of wicker chairs with calico cushions set around a low table piled high with old tattered books like “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” and “Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop.” I imagined it hadn’t changed in a hundred years. On the side of the building facing the harbor, there was a sign that said in very large letters, “STORE.” Across from the store was a tiny two-story art gallery. I looked through the window and saw that the featured exhibit was a photography show titled “Up River: The Story of a Maine Fishing Community.” After a trek into Brunswick later that day to get my daily gelato fix at Gelato Fiasco, I came back to see the exhibit, a series of stark black and white photographs taken by photographer Olive Pierce over the course of nine years in the painfully poor fishing community of Vinalhaven in Penobscot Bay. Apparently, midway through the project, Carolyn Chute, the author of “The Beans of Egypt, Maine,” saw the photographs and said, “These are the people I’m writing

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The icing on the cake: My friends were leaving a day before me and I was going to get the house for 24 hours all to myself.
TV. [That’s what happens when you take your millenial child away from technology for a week, I thought.] He said to me, ‘I’m E.A.’ I asked him what that meant, and he said, ‘easily amused.’” ater my friend told me she came into Watson’s at the beginning of one summer season a few years back and asked Karin what had been going on in town since the last summer. “Oh, everything is all the same, just different people doing them,” she said. Another year, having traveled to Tuscany, my friend told Karin about the trip, and asked if she’d ever like to go to Europe. “I like it here,” Karin answered matter-of-factly. “I’m not goin’ anywhere.” That night I called Mackenzie to quiz him for his first test of the year in World Civilizations honors. As we plowed through patricians, Plato, plebians, and ptolemy, Mackenzie wanted a report on what was going on in Maine. I said I thought we might be filming an episode of Animal Planet soon. We came home the first night to two fat porcupines lolling about in the yard, like two old drunks with prickly beer bellies. My friends’ two black labs were eager to make friends and approached them fearlessly. Oh, no, you don’t, we said, grabbing them (the dogs, not the porcupines). The next morning we saw a small fox out the kitchen window with pale orange fur and raccoon stripes around his eyes, contentedly poking his nose in the tall grass. That afternoon, down at the dock, where the most effort we expend is turning the page of a book, we saw a baby black seal, dipping in and out of the water around a giant long rock that disappears completely into the cove at high tide and is nicknamed Submarine Rock, Sleeping Dog Rock, or Crocodile Rock, depending on which family member you ask. Lastly, I told Mackenzie that in the morning when I emerged from the squishy down comforter on my


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about.” Chute wrote words to accompany the photographs, which have been published in a book. I looked out the window of the second floor of the gallery across the bay. A stunning late afternoon light fell on the water and the lobster boats seemed painted onto a canvas with little white, yellow, and black blobs of paint, each one artfully placed upon the whitecaps. The scene somehow filled me with a great calm, as if someone were rocking me in their arms, back and forth. When I turned my attention back to the exhibit I came upon these words accompanying one of the photographs: “Quite often I am asked if the fishermen appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. ‘Appreciate’ may not be quite the right word. It would be more accurate to say that every change in the wind and weather and tide, every sunrise and sunset, every storm, every day that’s thick-o’-fog is as much a part of them as their own hands. Perhaps they don’t think of their surroundings as ‘beautiful’the way a visitor would. Still, I have sensed a hush aboard a lobster boat as we nosed out into a pink dawn. And one of the fishermen might break the silence by exclaiming, ‘Ain’t that some pretty!’” On Sunday morning, coming home from my other daily excursion — for iced coffee — yes, I drive 20 minutes off Great Island, where the house is, to the mainland to get a cup of java on the rocks — I saw two signs posted at the corner of Route 24 and Cundy’s Harbor Road. One said, “Eric & Jess’s wedding — you’re getting warmer!” and the other said, “Holbrook’s Community Breakfast/ Labor Day/ 7:30-10” followed by the friendly but unequivocal command: “Be there.” At the corner of our road, I saw another sign: “Eric & Jess’s wedding — you’re hot!” Later that afternoon, while my friends were down at the cove, I spent a good hour or two reading on the chaise on the lawn, enjoying the quiet, punctuated only by the sound of the two black labs on the ground at my feet, contentedly munching on apples that had fallen from the trio of apple trees in the yard. The sun covered me like a blanket. I closed my eyes and dropped off to sleep, my book slipping from my hand. It is significant to note that I have not fallen asleep during the day since I was a child. I simply cannot nap (must be that Virgo with Martha Stewart rising) and did not nap even when I had an infant and everyone gushed, “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” I would just roll my eyes at those holier-thanthou moms who could sleep while breastfeeding, like they had little haloes around their gossamer heads. “Ooo, it’s so wonderful to breastfeed your baby while you doze off to sleep,” they would coo

More Maine, Unplugged: The path to the cove, where our writer got time to both stop and think.
as they adjusted their organic cotton baby sling with the “Coexist” logo. Yes, and I’m sure you beat your baby’s cloth diapers against a rock in the stream to wash them. Suddenly energized from all that relaxing, I took a walk down to the end of our road where it meets Quohog Bay. I sat on one of the big flat rocks and watched the sun make its slow descent upon the sapphire water, as a lone lobster boat puttered by in one direction and a lone duck glided by in the other. As I looked out across the bay to an island with pine trees so nothing, for just breathing and being in the present moment. And then, just when I thought I’d gotten as close to enlightenment as I’ll ever get, I remembered the outlets in Freeport. That night, dizzy from scoring a Brooks Brothers shirt for $35 that my girlfriend paid $100 for in New York, I stayed up late, writing on my computer by the light of two tall candles on the long handhewn farmhouse table on the sunporch, eating oatmeal and ice cream, happier than I’d been in a long time. The next morning I reluctantly left, saying a silent goodbye to the squishy bed under the eaves and the antique furniture from Brittany in the dining room and the fireplace with four generations of family photos on the mantelpiece and all the old books on the bookshelves as I pulled the heavy front door shut — I would be the last visitor until next summer. I walked through the woods and drank in one last long look at the cove. On my way out of town I passed the stop sign where someone had scribbled “to think” under the word “stop,” and lingered at the Tuesday farmer’s market on the town green in Brunswick, loading up on pints of blueberries to bring a taste of Maine home with me. I’ve got three bags in the freezer; they’ll taste good in the dark days of February, I’m sure.

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The orange tiger lilies were gone and the first autumn chill tasted like a dinner mint on my tongue.
thick they looked like velvet upholstery I could hear, wafting over the treetops, the distinct sounds of Eric and Jess’s wedding reception in a giant white tent in the backyard of a beautiful old rambling house at the end of the lane: a woman’s laughter, glasses clinking, the murmur of a happy crowd. y friends left mid-morning on Labor Day — after the Holbrook’s Community breakfast, which turned out to be quite an impressive affair attended by about 200 people, including Peggy, an older woman I sat next to from nearby Orr’s Island, who has lived there year round for 25 years and comes to Cundy’s Harbor just once a year for the Labor Day breakfast, which is a fundraiser for preserving Holbrook’s Wharf. The menu, served al fresco on the deck of Holbrook’s Restaurant, included a lobster omelette, naturally, that fairly knocked my socks off. And so began my 24 hours of being totally alone. Just me, the forest path, the cove, and “Heat,” the wonderful book I’m reading by Bill Buford, a former New Yorker editor who quit his job of 23 years after interviewing uber-chef Mario Batali to work in the kitchen of Babbo, one of Batali’s restaurants. I sat on the dock and read for a while but I quickly found myself simply staring out across the cove, steeped in a kind of Zen state, as the sun poured a shimmering ribbon of glitter on the water, like a piece of child’s art, the glitter sticking only where there’s glue. I stayed that way for the longest time, amazed at my sudden capacity for doing




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Alice Paul Celebration, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Events to celebrate New Jersey native Alice Paul and the ratification of the 19th amendment. Screening of “Iron Jawed Angels,” the retelling of Paul’s story. “Remembering Alice Paul: The Invisible Egalitarian,” a lecture and discussion presented by Jean Baker on Monday, October 26, at 7 p.m. Free. 7 p.m.

Public Debate, West Windsor Retirees’ Group and Village Grande Civic Association, Room A, West Windsor Municipal Building, Clarksville Road, 609-452-2046. West Windsor Council candidates Diane Ciccone and Andrew Hersh will debate from 10 to 10:45 a.m. District 14 Assembly candidates Linda Greenstein, Wayne DeAngelo, Robert Calabro, and William Harvey will debate from 10:45 a.m. to noon. 10 a.m.

Open House, Lawrenceville Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, 609-8440022. Register. 9 a.m. to noon.

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Adam and Eve, a Comedy: ‘The Creation of the World and Other Business’ by Arthur Miller, opens on Wednesday, October 14, in the Don Evans Black Box Theater at the College of New Jersey, Route 31, Ewing.
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Singles Night, Grover’s Mill Coffee House, 335 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609716-8771. www.groversmillcoffee.com. Register at www.meetup.com/Princeton-Area-Singles-Network. 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Women’s College Club of Princeton, All Saints Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, 609737-0912. Mark Jones, University Medical Center at Princeton and Princeton Healthcare System, speaks about the new hospital. Light refreshments. Free. 1 p.m.

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Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love. $28 to $78. 8 p.m.

Country Line Dancing, Hillbilly Hall Tavern and Restaurant, 203 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, 609-466-9856. www.hillbillyhall.com. Instruction throughout the evening. 7 p.m. Tuesday Night Folk Dance Group, Riverside School, Princeton, 609-655-0758. Instruction and dancing. No partner needed. $3. 7 to 9 p.m.

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This I Believe Program, Princeton Public Library, Quiet Room, first floor, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. www.princetonlibrary.org. Designed for ages 55 and older, participants will hear recordings of contemporary and past essays and be encouraged to share their feelings. Register. Free. 3 p.m. Princeton Reads, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Screening of “Thread” in conjunction with Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea.” 7 p.m.

Double Art Opening — with Chocolate: 'Carousel' by Robert Beck, from the artist's annual exhibition, opening on Saturday, October 17, 5 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 18, 1 to 4 p.m., Robert Beck Studio, 21 Bridge Street , Lambertville. 609-397-5679.
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Parish Mission: Get Real, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-1743. www.stpaulsprinceton.org. “What Are You Afraid Of? Dealing With Life’s Fears” and “See It Big: Keep It Simple: Poor in Spirit with Peace of Mind.” 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. Talmud Class, Chabad of the Windsors, East Windsor Library,

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Confirm titles with theaters. 9. Sci-fi with Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, and John C. Reilly. AMC. Acid Factory. Thriller directed by Suparn Verma. Regal. Amreeka. Drama about a single mother and her son. Montgomery. The Boys are Back. Drama about a new widower with three sons. Montgomery. Bright Star. Romantic drama about poet John Keats. Montgomery, Multiplex. Capitalism: A Love Story. Documentary by Michael Moore. AMC, Garden, Montgomery, Multiplex, Regal. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Animated film based on children’s book by Ron and Judi Barrett. AMC, Destinta, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal. Coco Before Chanel. Biopic about Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel stars Audrey Tautou. Montgomery. Couples Retreat. Comedy about four couples. AMC, Destinta, Garden, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal. Do Knot Disturb. Comedy. Multiplex, Regal. Fame. Remake of 1980 film about performing arts high school. AMC, Destinta, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal. The Final Destination. Sci-fi horror directed by David R. Ellis. Destinta. Free Style. Corbin Bleu as a biker. MarketFair, Regal. Good Hair. Chris Rock documentary about hair. Regal. Halloween II. Sci-fi horror directed by Rob Zombie. Destinta. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. Comedy. AMC. The Informant. Comedy with Matt Damon and Scott Bakula. AMC, Destinta, Garden, Market-

Fair, Multiplex. Inglourious Basterds. Brad Pitt killing Nazis. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. AMC. The Invention of Lying. Comedy with Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner. AMC, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal. Jennifer’s Body. Violent film with Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. AMC, Destinta. Julie & Julia. Comedy with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. AMC, Montgomery. Love Happens. Romantic comedy with Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston. AMC, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal. My Heart Goes Hooray! Dil Bole Hadippa. Multiplex, Regal. My One and Only. Romantic comedy with Renee Zellweger and Kevin Bacon. Multiplex. Pandorum. Action with Dennis Quaid. Destinta. Paranormal Activity. Sci-fi thriller. AMC. Paris. Drama with Romain Duris. Montgomery. St. Trinian’s. School for girls. Regal. The September Issue. Documentary about Anna Wintour’s preparation for the fall fashion issue of Vogue. Multiplex. Sorority Row. Remake of horror directed by Stewart Hendler. AMC. Surrogates. Sci-fi with Bruce Willis. AMC, Destinta, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal.

Bedtime Story: Max Records, left, as Max and James Gandolfini as Carol in ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ opening Friday, October 16.
Toy Story in 3D Sci-fi animation. AMC, Regal. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself. Comedy directed by Perry. AMC, Destinta. Wake Up Sid. Comedy. Multiplex, Regal. Whip It. Drew Barrymore directs comedy about roller blading. AMC, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal. Zombieland. Comedy thriller with Woody Harrelson. AMC, Destinta, MarketFair, Multiplex, Regal.

AMC Hamilton 24 Theaters, 325 Sloan Avenue , I-295 Exit 65-A, 609890-8307. Destinta, Independence Plaza, 264 South Broad Street, Hamilton, 609-888-4500. Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-683-7595. MarketFair-UA, Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-520-8700. Montgomery Center Theater, Routes 206 and 518, Rocky Hill, 609-924-7444. Multiplex Cinemas Town Center Plaza, 319 Route 130 North, East Windsor, 609-371-8472. Regal Theaters, Route 1 South, New Brunswick, 732-940-8343.

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Outdoor Action
Central Jersey Sierra Club, Whole Foods Market, Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-7317016. www.sierraclub.org. “Climate Change and Energy” presented by Grace Sica, New Jersey Sierra Club. Social followed by talk. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. What’s New in Ski Equipment?, Princeton Ski Club, Masonic Lodge, 345 River Road, Princeton, 732-329-2067. www.princetonski.org. 7 p.m.

Hopewell Public Library, 13 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-4661625. “Woman and Money,” a presentation by Tara Coni, Main Street Financial Solutions. 7 p.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-9248822. www.princetonlibrary.org. Screening of “The Afghan Women You Don’t Know” followed by panel discussion with Toni Malloy of BPeace and Suzanne Dennemeyer of Project Artemis. 7 p.m.

with medical, professional, recreational, and community service providers. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Encore Lecture Series, PHS Senior Living Foundation, Stonebridge, Skillman, 609-720-7304. The story of Eleanor Roosevelt. Register. Free. 3:30 p.m.

Backpacking 201, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, 609-9216078. www.brmsstore.com. “Packing Smarter and Lighter.” Register. 7 p.m.

Dinner Meeting, Soroptimist International of Princeton, Buckington Place, 155 Raymond Road, Princeton, 732-355-2914. Speaker is Wendy Cotton, Princeton Nursery School. Register. 6:30 p.m.

Live Music
Darla Rich Trio, Witherspoon Grill, 57 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-924-6011. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Open Mic Night, It’s a Grind Coffee House, 7 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-275-2919. www.itsagrind.com. 7 p.m.

Wednesday October 21
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“Money Consciousness and Your Temperament,” Energy for Healing at Kingston Wellness Associates, 4446 Route 27, Kingston. Register at 917439-7143. Jay Sanders, chairman of the New York State Society of CPA’s Personal Financial Planning Committee, shows how people can change their financial picture by understanding how they look at the world and what goes into their decision process. Co-presenter Michael Edelstein, founder of the New Termperament, shows how one’s temperament impacts every aspect of financial life. 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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Art Exhibit, Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609896-5033. “A Painter’s Journey: Paintings by Howard Goldstein.” Goldstein settled in central New Jersey almost 50 years ago to launch a lengthy career at the College of New Jersey and became chair of the college’s art department. On view through Sunday, October 25. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

books.com. “Mrs. Packard and Other Works” with Emily Mann as she reads both her new play and previous works. 5:30 p.m.

Parish Mission: Get Real, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-1743. www.stpaulsprinceton.org. “Cool Off: Coping with Anger” and “Brought Near: A Sense of Belonging in the Church.” 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?, Har Sinai Temple, 2441 Pennington Road, Pennington, 609-730-8100. www.harsinai.org. Rabbi Stuart Pollack presents a modern, Jewish perspective on living in today’s complicated world. Register. 7:30 to 9 p.m.

4454. www.bethel.net. “Jews in Sports” presented by Michael Sleppin, who will talk about famous Jewish sports figures. Refreshments. Free. 7 p.m. Intro to Your Retirement, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822. princetonlibrary.org. Carol King, certified retirement coach. 7 p.m.



Live Music
Darla Rich Trio, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-737-4465. hopewellvalleyvineyards.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Gina Fox, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. 6 to 9 p.m.

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She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. Through November 1. $20 to $55. Post performance discussion. 7:30 p.m. The Grapes of Wrath, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Theater, Drew University, Madison, 973-408-5600. www.shakespearenj.org. Drama. $34 to $54. 7:30 p.m. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-8622041.Musical. $25. 8 p.m. Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. www.gsponline.org. Premiere of drama about love written and directed by Arthur Laurents. $28 to $78. 8 p.m.

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Italian Wine for Beginners, Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com. Augie Turturro presents. Register. $35. 7 p.m.

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From Lawn to Food, Master Gardeners of Mercer County, 431A Federal City Road, Pennington, 609-989-6830. www.mgofmc.org. Register. 7:30 p.m.

Health & Wellness
Introduction to Korean Cuisine, Princeton HealthCare System, Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, 1225 Route 206, Princeton, 888-897-8979. www.princetonhcs.org. Sue K. Choo, Asian cuisine master chef and author of eight cookbooks, demonstrates the preparation of several Korean dishes. Anthony Dissen, Princeton Healthcare dietitian, discusses Asian cuisine and nutritional values of the dishes served. Register. $10 includes a light supper. 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Dance Party, American Ballroom, 569 Klockner Road, Hamilton, 609-931-0149. www.americanballroomco.com. For newcomers. $10. 7 to 9 p.m. Contra Dance, Princeton Country Dancers, Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, 609924-6763. princetoncountrydancers.org. Instruction and dance. $7. 7:40 to 10:30 p.m. Ballroom Dance Social, G & J Studios, 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Hillsborough, 908-892-0344. gandjstudios.com. Standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. Refreshments. BYOB. $12. 8 to 11 p.m.

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Lunch and Learn, Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-2782. “Emily Mann at McCarter: 20 Years of Artistic Excellence: A Conversation. Moderated by Dan Bauer, McCarter’s director of pubic and community relations. Q&A follows. Bring a dairy lunch. Coffee and cookies provided. Free. Noon. Werner Lecture Fund, Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, 609-443-

Creative Writing, Princeton University, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1500. www.princeton.edu. Maxine Kumin and Joyce Carol Oates read. 4:30 p.m. Author Event, Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-497-1600. www.labyrinth-

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Setting the Stage: The Labyrinth of Design
avid Korins’ choice of set design as a career did not grow out of a childhood spent tinkering with Erector sets or drawing fanciful scenes. In fact, he was the athlete in his family, and it was one of his sisters who spent all her time drawing — a bit of an irony, given that today his sister is a stay-athome mother and home schooler and he makes his living as what he likes to term “a sculptor of space.” “What I do is create environments that people move through,” he says, “whether on a sound stage, a reality TV stage, in the theater, or in their own living rooms.” Korins is the set designer for McCarter’s production of “She Stoops to Conquer,” which is in previews and opens on Friday, October 16. Korins and the show’s director, Nicholas Martin, met in 1997 when both worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and they have collaborated on many shows over the last four years. “The trademark of our work is a magical realism that has wonderful scene changes,” says Korins. “I’m not going for hyperrealism or plain realism. I’m not saying, ‘This is what it was at the time.’ I’m saying, ‘This is representative of what it was at the time, but I’m taking poetic license to further define and support the story.’” Each set Korins creates is based on the characteristics of the particular play. “Every show I do has extreme requirements,” he says. “Unlike in other design mediums, what you are dealing with is a play, a playwright, and spoken words. With whatever you do, you have to serve the story as best you can.” Take, for example, a recent set he designed for a new Christopher Durang play at the Public Theater in New York. “The set was seven different locations, dictated by the playwright, and we had to serve each in a different way,” says Korins. “So we used a turntable, where the scenery was revolving to reveal itself.” In “She Stoops to Conquer,” says Korins, the set is fairly classical, but the scene changes add a bit of whimsy. “It is in an old manor house, so it has wonderful old period details, but then doors open up and foliage slides through the doors or a table will pop out of the ground when you go to the bar scene.” When he approaches a new assignment, Korins begins, naturally, by reading the play. “I let it wash over me,” he says. “I don’t try to figure out the scenery the first time.” Yet he always comes at the play from a designer’s perspective. “When I read a script, I am a designer, so everything I do is filtered through my design sensibility,” he says. “I automatically think of physical structures and the special relationship between performers and the environment.” Korins’ second reading is a bit more mechanical, he says, and pro-

by Michele Alperin Stage Left: Set designer David Korins, right, says the design process involves many stages. Above: His set model for ‘She Stoops to Conquer.’
duces the scene breakdown — determining what bare necessities are needed for each scene. If, for example, two people are seated in a room and one gets up and throws a telephone out the window, Korins knows he must create two places to sit and a window. Any play set in the past also requires extensive research into the time period — what people looked like and wore and where they lived and worked. For “She Stoops to Conquer” Korins uses his research to evoke the 18th-century with rich detail. Also critical to designing a play’s setting is penetrating its psychology — who the people are, how they got where they are, what they are doing there, and whether they own a setting or are foreign to it. In “She Stoops to Conquer” issues of identity confusion are central. Kate Hardcastle, an upperclass young woman, poses as a barmaid to capture the affections of Charles Marlow, the man her father wants her to marry. When Marlow and his friend are on their way to visit the Hardcastles, Tony Lumpkin, Mrs. Hardcastle’s son, plays a practical joke by convincing the two men that the Hardcastles’ home is actually an inn. hese two incidents of mistaken identity drive the plot, and director Martin and designer Korins decided to incorporate mirrors into the play’s otherwise realistic settings as a visual allusion to this theme. Finally Korins is ready to pull together all the research and planning so that he can actually begin to make sketches and build models. “I take the scene breakdown, the director’s concepts, my own ideas about what the play should look like, the text, the physical needs of the production, and the research about the time — and filter it through my own artistic sensibility,” he says. Many sketches and models follow, as Korins continues to refine his ideas in collaboration with the director. “The director is really the arbiter of taste,” he says. “I have to propose ideas. Sometimes he says, ‘That’s fabulous,” and sometimes, ‘I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about — you have to find a new idea.’” In the final stages of the design process Korins must also take into account the size of the stage and the breadth of the theater. “You have to make what you create able to be read from the back row,” says Korins. “I constantly challenge myself to understand not just what the setting is like to the artists on stage and how it relates to their work but also how the audience is relating to the experience.” Korins grew up in Mansfield, Massachusetts. His mother just retired as a teacher and his father is a retired podiatrist. Korins attributes his first foray into design to his failure to get the part of Billy Bigelow in a highschool production of “Carousel.” Even though he did get another part, he says, “I was feeling dejected. I wanted to add more to the production, so I started to help make scenery.” When he got to college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Korins already knew in his heart of hearts that he didn’t want to be an actor — but he did want to stay in the business. The drafting teacher for his intro course in design techniques, Miguel Romero, recognized his talent in design and invited Korins to assist in one of his classes the following semester. He also encouraged Korins to get some professional experience through a summer internship with the Williamstown Theater Festival. Korins graduated in December, 1998, with an honors degree in theater with a focus on design, but it was his work at the Williams Theater Festival from 1997 to 2001 as well as three other summers that exposed him to professional set designers and opened up a whole new world for him. “I could see the destination, and I was at the point of origin,” he recalls of that first summer.






“I went back to school with a whole bunch of fire, or wind in my sails.” In 2001, after assisting on a number of shows in New York, he co-founded the Edge Theater Company in New York with his wife, director Carolyn Cantor. The couple also lives in Manhattan. “We started it so that we could choose the plays we wanted to work on and with the people we wanted to work with,” writes Korins in an E-mail. “We wanted to be able to support certain artists and we had seen too many plays get workshopped to death by other theater companies — our company does no readings, no workshops.” Korins has also done design work on Broadway; in other New York theaters like Ars Nova and the New York Theater Workshop; regionally in places like New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Berkeley, and New Orleans; and internationally at the Soho Theater in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. n the last several years Korins has widened his design activities beyond theater. At one point Cantor said to him, “Everything in the world gets designed — why don’t you think about designing things that are not just theater.” He took her advice and has since branched out into film, television, corporate events, other special events, gardens, and home renovations through his company, David Korins Design, which he started almost five years ago. Korins will soon be designing the sets for a play based on the film “Little Miss Sunshine” — where a family takes a Volkswagen bus across the country so that the daughter can take part in a beauty pageant. He expects it to present a unique set of challenges. “The trick



‘When I read a script,’ set designer David Korins says, ‘I automatically think of physical structures and the special relationship between performers and the environment.’

whenever you are turning a TV show or movie into a theatrical event,” says Korins, “is how to give the patrons the experience they are expecting to see — the same markings of things they fell in love with in the movie — and how you exploit that doing theater.” At the same time theater opens up imaginative opportunities not necessarily available in a movie. For example, a director might break the bus open, have a dream ballet scene, and then return to the bus. “You have to honor the original piece but don’t want to let it suffocate you in trying to reimagine it for the stage,” he says. Korins does not necessarily prefer one venue over another but he acknowledges that theater offers a wider range of creative possibility. “I feel like on some level theater is the most complete as far as the world we get to create,” he says. The only type of design that might offer more creative rein, he suggests, is opera. This summer he will debut with the Santa Fe Opera Company for the world premiere of an opera. “Opera would be a pinnacle,” he says, “because it is a marriage of theater and music. And being in a different language, it helps people detach and invest in the pure creativity of it all.” For now Korins is happy to be back at McCarter Theater, because it has been a lucky place for him and his family. His older daughter, now four, was born two weeks before the opening of his first McCarter show, “Miss Witherspoon,” which opened in September, 2005. His second daughter was just born on September 24, 2009, and the show began previews on Tuesday, October 13. She Stoops to Conquer, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton. Previews Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 and 15; opening night Friday, October 16. Comedy about mistaken identities by Oliver Goldsmith. Through Sunday, November 1. $20 to $55. 609-258-2787 or www.mccarter.org.

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Life in the Fast Lane
he first thing to know about Bob Hillier’s new architecture firm on Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton is that it is not Hillier Architecture and not the Hillier Group. Those names went away when he merged his world-renowned architecture firm with RMJM, which has an office in Alexander Park, in 2007. The new firm is just J. Robert Hillier. The second thing to know is that while J. Robert Hillier is a “new kind of practice,” the direction of the firm is something Hillier says he has been following for 30 years. Hillier’s new-old direction includes more personal projects that focus on building a neighborhood concept through urban thinking, even in more rural areas. “People are tired of spending too much time in their cars,” he says of the growing move away from suburbia to more intimate (and peopled) settings. “They want to live downtown.” Hillier (who also has taken over as chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce for Larry Krampf) bases his pronouncement on what he’s seen in his 40-plus years as an architect. The moribund, American concept of privacy traditionally has been “give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above,” he says. Privacy in this country has meant accumulating large tracts, putting a house somewhere in the middle of it, and staying as many acres from our neighbors as we can get. That concept, he says, is morphing into a more European style of privacy, in which higher density and a greater focus on the

Trenton Small Business Week 2009 Workshops


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Trenton Small Business Week returns for its 16th year with a networking breakfast

Hillier Returns: Architect Bob Hillier, outside his controversial home design on Quarry Street, is back to the drawing table.
community enhances diversity and creates a more interactive place to live. The idea is that if a community achieves the right critical mass, the right population density, it will become more self-reliant. As stores, theaters, and businesses open, the need to drive someplace else for food, clothes, and entertainment drops.
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on Monday, October 19, at 8 a.m. at the Trenton Marriott. The weeklong series of events features 23 free workshops, two networking sessions, the Mercer Chamber Business Expo, and the Renaissance Ball of Trenton on Friday, October 23, at 6 p.m. Tickets for the ball, also held at the Trenton Marriott, are $175. The week’s opening salvo at the Marriott will feature Pascal Seradarian, president of Hutchinson Industries, as the keynote speaker. Hutchinson is one of Trenton’s recent success stories, a manufacturer of high performance wheels and tires for combat and security personnel that last summer expanded into 90,000 square feet at the former city bus terminal on East State Street (U.S. 1, August 27, 2008). Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer will present the Small Business of the Year Awards. The week coincides with the Mercer Chamber’s general membership luncheon on Tuesday, October 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Trenton Marriott. This year attendees can meet gubernatorial candidates Jon Corzine and Chris Christie. Cost: $60. Visit www.mercer chamber.org. A presentation by TerraCycle founder and CEO Tom Szaky, “Follow Your Dream To Success: A Tale of Ultimate EcotoCapitalism” will take place on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 a.m. at Mountain View Golf Course. Cost: $25. Visit www.princetonchamber.org/events.jsp or call 609-9241776. The Mercer Chamber’s Fall Business Expo also takes place on Wednesday, October 21, at 10 a.m. at Sovereign Bank Arena. More than 120 exhibitors are expected. For more information, visit www. smallbizweek.com, or www.mercerchamber.org.

Working On, Rather Than In, Your Business. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Trenton Marriott. Mike Pucciarelli, Bartolomei Pucciarelli. Growing Your Business. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thomas Edison State College, 101 West State Street, Townhouse Room 104. Ellen Silverman, ESA Marketing. QuickBooks Beginner. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thomas Edison State College, Townhouse Room 104. Thomas Perro, Bookkeepers Plus Financing Made Simple. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219/220. Brian Schoener, TD Bank. Starting Your Own Business. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street. Donna DiDomenico, Development Specialists, and Cheryl Patnick, Cappella Consulting LLC

Tuesday, October 20
Best Kept Government Resources. 8 to 9:30 a.m., NJ EDA, 36 West State Street, Conference Room. Marion N. Zajac, NJ EDA. Do You Have an Exit Strategy from Your Business? 10 to 11:30 a.m., NJ EDA Conference Room. Stephen Klein, Klatzkin & Company LLP. Business Insurance: 10 of the Most Common Mistakes Business Owners Make. 10 to 11:30 a.m., Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219/220. Scott W. Harrah, Harrah & Associates. Mercer Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon. 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., Trenton Marriott. “Meet the Gubernatorial Candidates. Cost: $60.00. 609-689-9960, ext. 14, or www.mercerchamber.org. Working a Room: Overcoming the Wallflower Syndrome. 1:30 to 3 p.m., Roebling Building, Room 219/220. Marilyn Kleinberg, eWomenNetwork SJ.
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A Kinder Kind of Divorce
ntil 1990, when a Minneapolis family lawyer decided he had had enough, ending a marriage often involved a bitter, soul-rending bloodbath known as divorce by trial. There were alternatives — settlement, mediation — but litigated divorce cases far outweighed them, and even these alternatives did not preclude a divorce from going to trial. The birth of collaborative law and dispute resolution offered a chance for couples to close out their union without leaving anyone — including their children and their attorneys — buried under a pile of smoking rubble. In March the collaborative model came to Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties in the guise of the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance. With no formal address, the alliance is a collection of lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health practitioners who hope to provide a better way to conduct divorce. It was founded by Lawrenceville attorney Frances Merritt and five other legal pros who, like their Minneapolis forefather, decided they had had enough of divorce by trial. The original six are Merritt, attorneys Risa Kleiner, Kleiner Law, 116 Village Boulevard; Cheryl Spilka, Ramatowski, Spilka & Schwartz, of East Brunswick; and Mia Cahill of Dennigan Cahill, 116 Village Boulevard; and financial professionals Barbara Clarke of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 997 Lenox Drive; and Jeffrey Urbach of Highland Park. Seven months after forming the alliance there are


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more than 30 professionals in the MJCLA. The approach of collaborative law is simple — the two parties agree to settle their situation out of court, with full cooperation and disclosure, in good faith. There are still attorneys, of course, but these are not of the toothy, bottom-feeding kind. They are rather attorneys who, while representing their own clients, confer with the other party and seek to make the end of a marriage a transition, rather than a bomb blast. Unlike traditional divorce, the husband and wife using the collaborative process actually get in the same room, attorneys present, and work through the details in a civilized way. Traditionally, divorcing sonable” under the rules of professional conduct.” The opinion found that the limitation of the lawyer's representation of a client to out-of-court settlement was acceptable, so long as up front there is full disclosure to the client that should the collaborative process fail, all collaborative professionals, including the attorneys, must withdraw and the client must seek litigation counsel who would represent them in court, Merritt says. The committee also determined that, because each professional has a separate agreement with the clients to any collaborative divorce matter, the membership of different professions in the same association “did not constitute the unacceptable practice of law with nonlawyers.” If the process of collaborative divorce sounds like divorce mediation, that’s because it is a similar animal. Mediation, however, does not require an attorney at all. Hanan Isaacs, a 30-year veteran of civil and family law, including mediation, based at Princeton Professional Park, explains that the job of a mediator is to guide two parties through a situation. Should the mediator assess that the two parties are not capable of settling without the help of an attorney or other professional, then a professional will be called in. Collaborative law maintains the two-attorney system, which Isaacs says does not break the adversarial model of the legal system as much as it wants people to think it does. Isaacs does a lot of mediation and says that his issue with collaborative law itself is that, given its directive to drop the case should a divorce turn to litigation, a collaborative divorce essentially becomes mediated if the attorneys hit an impasse and have to call in a financial or mental health expert. Isaacs says he considers himself collaborative but is not a collaborative attorney proper. He does not like the idea that attorneys must bail out of a case if it goes to trial. He tells of a case he had in which all things were mediated until it was time to sign the deal. The other

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In collaborative law, the two parties agree to settle out of court, while attorneys aim to make the end of a marriage a transition, rather than a war.
parties speak through their attorneys who, in vigorous defense of their clients, create demands that foster adversarial relationships. In collaborative divorce, attorneys and clients set goals and discuss ways to achieve them. One of the major tenets of collaborative law is that once you hire its practitioners you are not allowed to move to trial with them. If you want to move out of collaboration, you can, you will just need to hire a new lawyer and a new set of professionals. This aspect of the process was made possible by a 2005 opinion by the state Supreme Court Committee on Attorney Ethics. Attorneys are barred from from “forming partnerships with nonlawyers if the activities of the partnership consist of the practice of law,” says Merritt. Therefore, there needed to be an opinion as to whether the collaborative groups, which are multi-disciplinary by definition, could be seen as “rea-


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All Together Now: The MJCLA includes more than 30 legal, financial, and mental health professionals. Left to right, psychologist Bob Karlin, attorney Frances Merritt, and financial analyst Barbara Clarke. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski
side’s party said no and wanted more, and the to be taken to ensure that children are not case had to be moved to litigation. Had it damaged by lingering animosity between been in a collaborative arrangement, he says, their parents. MJCLA clients select their attorneys he would have to have abandoned his client, who would not be happy starting over again from the pool of qualified collaborative practitioners and sign agreements not to with a new lawyer. take their situation to Collaborative lawyers court. When a financial contend that mediation or emotional issue is works best when both Collaboration and deemed in need of other parties begin on a level mediation are similar advice, a professional playing field.But if, for is called in. example, the husband has animals, but each has A final distinct ada lot of financial acumen its own set of benefits vantage of collaboraand the wife has been and shortcomings. tive divorce is the price kept in the dark, the coutag. Litigated divorces ple does not start out on can cost $20,000 to level ground. Merritt says mediation, despite its best $30,000 for a fairly standard proceeding. intentions, can give the upper hand to the al- That factor itself often keeps people from ready upper-handed. The one with financial getting divorced because they simply canknowledge suggests mediation as a friend- not afford it. Collaborative divorces cost lier way to dissolve a marriage, but really it is significantly less, often less than $10,000. a way to skip through the process without Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Altipping a hand toward what assets exist. liance. Frances Merritt, president. Collaborative law looks to level the field Home page: www.mid-jerseycolfor anyone not up to speed with their eslaborativelawalliance.org. tranged mates. In many cases of a break-up, one partner has a far greater understanding of money and finance; and, often, one partner is further along emotionally, having initiated the process and blindsiding the other. If a disparity exists in a collaborative divorce, financial or mental health professionals, also members of the alliance, are invited. professional life drenched in venom The addition of financial and mental burns out a good many divorce lawyers, and health professionals to the process is the latest step in collaborative law’s evolution. Frances Merritt was on course to be another These professionals are often present when a victim. When she started her law career in meeting between the divorcing parties and 1986 she was pushed reluctantly into family their attorneys — often referred to as a four- law and stayed there just as reluctantly, even way conference — takes place. They exist to as it developed into her specialty. Like most attorneys at the time, Merritt educate both sides about what financial resources are available — stocks, pensions, in- had never heard of collaborative law. In fact, vestments, real estate — or what steps need it took until 1995 before she had even heard of mediation, an older but still relatively new

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concept in divorce in which a neutral party mediates a settlement for both sides. When she finally did learn about mediation, Merritt says, “It was my first lifeline.” Beginning in 1995 Merritt undertook a year-long certification program in mediation through Rutgers. Two years later she attended another year-long certificate program in mediation and dispute resolution at Woodbury College in Vermont. With hundreds of mediated divorces under her belt, Merritt left the corporate law world and opened her own firm from her home on Stonicker Drive in Lawrenceville in 2001. Her second lifeline would come in 2004, when a New York lawyer told her of the collaborative law process — a more team-ori-

ented approach to divorce in which everyone involved discusses how best to settle. Her reaction to lifeline number two: “Why did it take someone so long to come up with this? And why didn’t I come up with it?” Though she maintains her mediation practice, Merritt is more hopeful about collaborative law. For the first time since she entered the field, she says, she can look at her future and see herself doing it for the rest of her life. “What I love about this practice is that it’s not just trying to get a resolution,” Merritt says. “A primary goal is to either not kill communication or even restore it.” In February she pieced together the idea for a group of collaborative law professionContinued on following page


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als, then co-founded the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance in March. The goal of the alliance is identical to that of her own practice: to provide a situation in which the unpleasant can be settled with dignity and respect. Merritt says this is achieved by modeling. Collaborative attorneys act the way they believe parties in a divorce should behave — with a civil tongue, by collaborating in figuring out the goals in a settlement and how to achieve them, and by not fostering adversarial tensions. Merritt’s insight comes from the many divorces she has been through, including her own — one engaged long before she knew of collaboration and mediation. What had started as amicable, she says, got ugly, but only after the lawyers got involved. “I wish it had been available,” she says of the collaborative process. “There is no question we would have done it.” She is not against other lawyers, she is against the system’s inherently conflict-centered approach. “Most of my litigating colleagues have very good hearts,” she says. “But the culture makes it difficult on them.” The MJCLA has grown from six to more than 30 in half a year, and Merritt expects the alliance to follow the lead of the Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group, which was founded in 2005 with 12 members and today has more than 100 and “more work than they can handle,” she says. Collaborative has a staggering success rate — roughly 90 percent of collaborative divorce settlements stay settled, compared to the 60 percent of trial divorces that end with the gavel, meaning 40 percent

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come back to court in short order. Also, 97 percent of cases that begin in collaboration stay there. But it does lose a few. MJCLA doesn’t follow the ones it loses to trial, though. Clients sign a deal to not go to litigation once they have hired MJCLA members. If they change their minds, they will lose the members’ services and have to start over without their help.

Some try to use mediation to skirt trial. ‘If I smell a strategy, I’m not their lawyer,’ says Frances Merritt.
And, there are situations when collaboration is not an option. State law forbids couples involved in a domestic violence situation from entering mediation or collaborative resolution — mainly because if there is a restraining order, the people involved with it are not allowed to be in the same room together. Also, unless both parties can willingly approach the table, neither mediation nor collaboration will work. Having done mediation, Merritt knows that some people are simply trying to skirt the legal process, but have no intention of playing fairly. And she has no patience for games. “If I smell a ‘strategy,’” she says, “I’ll tell them I don’t think I’m their lawyer.” Her home office, painted in soft shades of peach-pink, has a cozy, professional charm and a view of the yard meant to instill a sense of peace. Clients and their attorneys make their own schedule and do not meet unless all can make it. If another professional is needed — say a financial pro to explain what the assets are — they are suggested by both attorneys and brought in at the discretion of the clients. “We don’t foist team members on anyone,” she says. “All parties talk it over and as a team get it going.” And when it comes to the kids, there is no using them as pawns. “I want the kids to know both parents and know they’re loved,” she says. Traditional divorce is unkind to children. Even post-judgment, Merritt says, “when you finally think it’s over,” one of the divorced parties comes back with more demands because the settlement didn’t sit well with them. “They say ‘I’m doing this for the children,’” she says with a hint of disgust. “They’re not. They’re doing it to get at the other side.” Merritt is not the usual divorce lawyer and her route to the legal profession is not that common either. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Rutgers, then a masters in music (voice performance) from Westminster Choir College. She pursued a musical career as a solo voice performer and teacher of classical voice and voice pedagogy at Westminster until she entered Rutgers Law School in 1983. “There came a time when I knew I would be depending on my own little self for my keep which was — and maybe still is — tough to do on a voice teacher and performer’s income,” she says. “At the ripe old age of 39 I went to law school and here I am.” During her years in law, Merritt has given at least three recitals and would like to do one more, but it is a demanding endeavor. “I miss the singing,” the high soprano says. “But I think my brain is likely to last longer than my voice anyway.” She began her law career as clerk to Paul G. Levy in Mercer County Superior Court before moving on to Katzenbach, Gildea and Rudner in Lawrenceville, then Wills, O’Neill and Mellk in Prince-

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ton. Her last job in a law firm other than her own was with Stark and Stark. Merritt was trained in collaborative practice in 2008 and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (www.collaborativepractice.com). Like Barbara Clarke, one of MJCLA’s financial professionals, Merritt sees the future of divorce shifting toward the collaborative process. There will always be those who mediate and there will always be those who try to tear each other apart, she says. But most people will, she believes, engage in collaborative law’s civilized approach. So long as they know it exists as an option. Frances M. Merritt, Attorney/Mediator, 40 Stonicker Drive, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-895-1717; fax, 609-8951727. www.francesmerritt.com .

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Barbara Clarke: Financial Advocate
he process of divorce often exposes a disparity in financial knowledge. Traditionally, it is the husband who understands the couple’s assets and how to manage them, but not always. And, as ironic as it might seem, the more assets a couple has, the more likely it is that a knowledge gap will exist. “Things get complex when it comes to benefits, stock options, and employee stock purchases,” says Barbara Clarke, a certified financial planner with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney on Lenox Drive. Clarke, who also is a certified divorce financial analyst, is a founding member of the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance, its board advisor, and one of the financial professionals the alliance can call in to help a divorce team understand what is at stake when a couple is faced with divvying its assets. The first thing everyone should know is how the dividing of assets affects the kids. Divorce, says Clarke, is not “just about the equitable distribution of wealth between husband and wife. Kids have a marital asset too, and that’s the good will between mom and dad.” While many couples approach divorce hoping to settle things in a non-combative way, questions and confusion over shares of the wealth can create ample friction. As that friction builds in a traditional divorce, kids are too often faced with a set of parents who are not just fighting, but are using their children as reasons to demand or refuse compensation. As skilled as attorneys might be, Clarke says, they do not know all things financial and can often benefit from an investment professional’s expertise when it comes to the clients’ portfolio. Without a financial pro to help untangle the knots, divorces can quickly become bitterly contested or patently unfair. There are two types of financial professionals — neutrals, who typically show up in mediated divorces, and advocates. Clarke is the latter. Specifically, she is brought into a collaborative divorce to educate and inform the non-financially dominant spouse about the nature of the marital assets, and guide him or her toward a workable plan to achieve their goals. A 26-year veteran of the financial profession, Clarke worked for Merril Lynch for 20 years. She came to realize that it is not uncommon for one spouse to know almost everything and the other almost


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nothing about the finances. About six years ago Clarke started providing financial guidance to the less knowledgeable spouse in order to offset the “complete and total disadvantage” she often encountered in divorcing couples. Clarke herself has been married for 25 years to architect T. Jeffery Clarke, who has his own firm in Princeton and is vice president of the Historical Society of Princeton. Her soft spot for the underdog can be traced at least back to her college days at Rutgers, from which she earned her bachelor’s in 1981. While in college she founded the Rutgers Women’s Rugby Club, largely because she liked rugby and “didn’t know women weren’t supposed to be able to play the same sports as men.” Her soft spot for finances might have come from her father, who was a CFO in a number of prominent companies and, at the time the youngest executive vice president of any company ever listed on the NYSE. “He was a whistle-blower before there even was a name for it, and built his reputation on his rocksolid integrity and the courage of his convictions,” Clarke says. “He passed away two years ago, and he continues to inspire me in the work that I do every single day.” Clarke’s mother was a homemaker who still lives in Princeton. She has a daughter who has an interest in finance, but is planning to attend law school in Washington, D.C. “She has interned for the ACLU in Detroit, and is currently interning with Global Zero, assisting in efforts to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” Clarke says. “Since collaborative law is characterized by ‘disarmament,’ I guess you could say that she is following in my footsteps after all.”

Clarke sees the MJCLA as the keystone in the future of divorce settlement. “Collaborative law is to divorce what going green is to energy,” she says. “People are hungry for this.” Society, she says, has grown weary of the behavior fostered by traditional divorce through litigation, and she expects more people to say, “I’m not going to live that way.” She adds, “Even in divorce, there is an opportunity for people to grow.” Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 997 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-5384800; fax, 609-896-4178. Barbara J. Clarke, CFP, CIMA, CDFA. www.smithbarney.com.



Robert Karlin: Mental Health Expert
n large measure, divorce is about distribution — who gets what, and how much of it. What sounds straightforward is anything but, of course, especially since distribution includes more than just finances. There are often those little things called children. Robert Karlin, a member of the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance and professor of psychology and psychotherapy at Rutgers in New Brunswick, does not work with kids, but as a mental health professional in the MJCLA arsenal he knows how easily (and often) they are hurt when parents go through a litigated divorce. “The first thing to know when you get divorced is not to get the kids on your side,” Karlin says. “If
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they’re on your side you’re in trouble. Kids need both parents, except, of course, in cases of violence and abuse.” Not one to hides his distaste for litigation, Karlin says, “The preparation for trial makes enemies. It’s a stupid way to get divorced.” Better is mediation, which offers a more civil dialogue between dissolving couples, and which Karlin has been doing for several years. When a couple hits an impasse in divorce talks, Karlin comes in to help guide people through the complex emotional situations the process creates. And his number one goal is to guide people through in such a way that the children are not damaged by the process. In mediated, collaborative, and litigated divorces, experts can be called in for testimony. Karlin has never provided psychological testimony for a divorce, but says the profession has its share of those who have. And while “there are whores in every field,” Karlin says the objective of the psychologist in a divorce trial is objectivity, an attempt to assess which environment is best for the children. Psychologically speaking, the number one problem with a traditional divorce is that a settlement imposed by a judge doesn’t feel fair to one or both parties. These settlements, he says, are often boilerplate deals that at “hammered out over the garbage can outside the courthouse.” Karlin uses the phrase “feels fair” often. When deals are hammered out by attorneys with no true personal stake in the family setup, he says, they carve up assets and custody time in impersonal ways — dad gets the kids every weekend, mom gets the house, dad gets

70 percent of his pension. Almost inevitably, he says, the distribution of everything that made a marriage in unsatisfactory to one or both parties. This accounts for why more than 40 percent of marriages settled by a divorce trial return to court for retooling within a few years. And the animosity builds right along with it. A major issue, Karlin says, is that divorce explodes the myth that only the children’s welfare matters. Adults quickly realize that not only is the children’s welfare contingent on that of the parents, their own welfare is contingent on whether there is enough wealth to divide that will maintain a decent living conditions. Even when there are no kids in-

‘The first thing to know when you get divorced is that if the kids are on your side you’re in trouble.’
volved, the distribution of assets exacts a heavy psychological toll. The only way for a couple, once separated, to vent their anger is financially. If a settlement does not feel fair to either party, trouble will rise again. What also does not usually feel fair is the act of filing for divorce. “It takes two to make a marriage but only one to make a divorce,” Karlin says. In the majority of cases, the process is initiated by one spouse who is much further along psychologically. Let’s say it’s the wife. She already has considered getting out, has calculated the problems with life after marriage, and might even

have a course of action set up so that when she says “I want a divorce,” she already has one foot out the door. The husband, conversely, is taken off-guard. Hurt. Angry. Karlin enters mediation and collaborative situations to balance the emotions. Both styles, he says, are infinitely preferable to the standard divorce, but neither will work if both parties are unable to communicate. “If you can cooperate despite your anger, you can reach a customized solution that feels fair,” he says. This must be achieved by understanding the right kind of distributive justice, Karlin says. There are three kinds — the contributor’s share model, which posits that the largest contributor to the assets gets the largest hunk of them; the family model, which posits “he who needs most gets most”; and the friend model, in which everything is split 50/50. The best approach is somewhere between the first two, Karlin says. Something that acknowledges the contributor and makes certain the children are appropriately cared for. Sometimes a fair deal involves continuing contributions, or help rendered when help is needed. His own divorce offers an example. Karlin and his wife entered mediated divorce in Florida in the 1990s. He says the mediator was “blindingly incompetent” and helped little. At the end the divorce cost $40,000, and his ex-wife was hit with a bill for $10,000. “Her attorney was going to sue me,” he says. “I called him and asked, ‘How much will it take to settle this now?’” “Lawyers have to assume you’re a liar and a cheat,” he says. “But even when you’re hostile you can negotiate personally, especially for the good of the kids.”

Karlin also offers a piece of advice he took from a man he met on a plane while flying to see his own kids. “The guy said, ‘Put aside $5,000 a year and send it to the kids.’ So I did,” he says. “And it worked.” Karlin is not a founding member of the MJCLA, but he is the first mental health professional the alliance listed among its members. He remains an avid supporter of mediation, but sees collaborative law as a promising avenue. So long as the process does not foster enemies, he says, he is behind the method. Though he is a strong voice for the fair treatment of children in a divorce, Karlin professionally deals with no children. He mainly teaches psychotherapy to graduate students at Rutgers and in his private practice deals only with adults. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s in psychology from Yale, Karlin stayed there to study for his Ph.D. with professor Arnie Lazarus. He followed Lazarus to Rutgers and finished his Ph.D. under him in 1974. He has been on the faculty there ever since. Karlin did not follow his father into police work any more than his two daughters have followed him into psychology, he says. He entered mediation after his own divorce, believing the field needed better people than the mediator he had. He got involved with the MJCLA over the summer. While he has high hopes for the possibilities of collaborative law and mediation, Karlin says he dreads its obscurity. Even longtime mediation professionals and attorneys do not know collaborative law exists, much less people who would use the method. “People don’t go to mediation or collaborative law because they just don’t know about it,” he says. “We

should be on the rooftops shouting ‘Mediation! Mediation!’” Alternative Divorce Mediation of Princeton, 330 North Harrison Street, Suite 6, Princeton 08540; 609-9241710; fax, 609-275-4679. Robert A. Karlin PhD. www.divorcemediatorsnj.com.

Others in the MJCLA: Attorneys
Kimberly Almasy LaMountain, Almasy & Almasy, 429 Amboy Avenue, Woodbridge, 07095; 732-326-1200; k.lamoutain@ att.net; http://almasylawyers.com. Michael Lento, Daniel J. Graziano & Associates, 3685 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, 08619; 609-890-0400; www. djglawyers.com. Gabrielle Strich, 4105 Route 1 South, Monmouth Junction; 732438-3880; www.strichlaw.com. Jane R. Altman, Altman, Legband & Mayrides, 37 Tamarack Circle, Skillman, 08558; 609-9218070; www.almfamily law.com. Mia Cahill, Dennigan Cahill, 116 Village Blvd, Suite 307 Princeton, 08540; 609-919-1600; mia@dennigancahilllaw.com; www.dennigancahilllaw.com. Murray Gendzel, 1542 Kuser Road, Suite B4, Trenton, 08619; 609-585-1010; murraygend@ aol.com; www.mgatlaw.com. Risa A. Kleiner, 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 200, Princeton, 08540; 609-951-2222; rkleiner@ rkleinerlaw.com; www.rkleinerlaw.com. Donna Legband, Altman, Legband & Mayrides; 908-359-4011; www.almfamilylaw.com.

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Suzanne M. Lyte, Lyte & Associates, 1550 Park Avenue, Suite 201 South Plainfield, 07080; 908753-0444; lytelaw@aol.com; www.lytelaw.com. Jean Ramatowski, Ramatowski, Spilka & Schwartz, 758 Route 18, Suite 105, East Brunswick, 08816; 732-613-8300; jeanramatowski@yahoo.com; www.eastbrunswickfamilylaw.com. Louise M. Robichaud, 4585 Route 27, Box 166, Kingston, 08528; 609-924-9699; jsamaroo5@verizon.net. Cheryl M. Spilka, Ramatowski, Spilka & Schwartz, 758 Route 18, Suite 105, East Brunswick, 08816; 732-613-8300; www.eastbrunswickfamilylaw.com/ Leanne Pike Treese, Roselli Griegel, 1337 State Highway 33, Hamilton Square, 08690; 609586-2257; ljtreese1@verizon.net. Kathryn Trenner, 245 Nassau Street, Princeton; 609-921-2158; kathryntrenner@verizon. net Robert M. Zaleski, Paone & Zaleski, 146 Green Street, Woodbridge, 07095; 732-750-9797; www.paone-zaleski.com.

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Thomas Hoberman, Withum Smith+ Brown, 5 Vaughn Drive, Princeton; 609-520-1188; thoberman@withum.com. Jeffrey Urbach, CFE, CVA, CPA/ABV/CFF, Urbach & Avraham, 1001 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park; 732-777-1158; www.uandacpas.com

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Michael Libertazzo, 112 Rollingmead Street, Princeton, 08540; 609-921-6264.

Hillier’s new firm is focusing on exactly this approach, hoping to make good on his long-standing assessment that Princeton is “the best little city in America.” That phrase has brought Hillier his share of people who disagree. The ultra-modern, glass, polycarbonate, and metal duplex Hillier designed at 166-188 Quarry Street, two blocks or so away from his new office, is a prime example. Introduced onto a street lined with classical front-porch-and-a-pieceof-yard houses, the almost space age-looking duplex has garnered what can most charitably be called mixed reviews from the neighbors. Those who criticize the duplex worry that the introduction of such modern, expensive designs (each half of the duplex sold for about $900,000, about three times the going values of other properties on Quarry Street) stand to ruin traditional front-porch values in the tightly-knot neighborhood. Proponents say the fresh approach bodes well for Princeton’s future by diversifying the architecture, flavor, and makeup of the residents (U.S. 1, June 4, 2008). So when Hillier says he wants to approach Princeton and surrounding towns with the attitude that “all suburbia’s problems are urban in nature,” people are quick to notice. But Hillier also is quick to point out that this approach began for him 30 years ago, when his original transformed an old commercial site a block and a half from Nassau Street into Willow Street, a row of contemporary homes heavy on sun-filled rooms, large windows, and efficient design. He has since done many projects that use current and futuristic

practices rooted in a more urban approach, in and around Princeton. The latest incarnation of Hillier’s architectural life embraces contemporary green practices and acknowledges environmental sensitivity by paying attention to how land is used around a structure. On the second-floor wall of his new (and temporary) office space hangs a site map for Hilltop Village, where Hillier is putting his refined set of rules into practice. On this parcel, a 20-acre wooded property on Bunn Drive, he is designing an environmentally friendly 143-unit complex for the over-55 crowd that he refers to as “a modern version of an Italian village town” due to its piazzas and narrow pedestrian streets. The complex features sod roofs, cisterns for collecting rainwater, and underground parking. The architecture shoots for self-containment and efficient use and reuse of the natural world – solar, rain, natural light, and so on. The building, however, takes up only about 18 percent of the land, leaving 82 percent to stay in conservation. This is the same site on which developer K. Hovnanian had hoped to build 140 units that would have occupied about three quarters of the parcel. Conservation on development lands is a major tenet of Hillier’s rules of operations. “We want to take land use and design it for best use,” Hillier says. Under the firm’s four-point directive, all projects must leave at least 50 percent of land untouched for conservation or nature; solve a community need; take into account the context of the immediate neighborhood; and feature “distinctive, esthetically sound architecture.”
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QuickBooks Advanced. 3:30 to 5 p.m., Roebling Building, Room 219/220. Carla Fallone, Fallone Business Resources. Investing in Real Estate with Short Sales. 5:30 to 7 p.m. County Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street. Paul W. DeBaylo, Debaylo Associates and Century 21. TD Bank Business Networking Reception. 6 to 8 p.m. TD Bank, 50 East State Street. John Jordan. E-mail johnwjordan@ yesbank.com.

Mercer, and Karen Marut and Tom McGough, City of Trenton. The Art of the Introductory Call: How to Get Appointments with Top Prospects. 3:30 to 5 p.m., DeRosa Group. Amanda Puppo, MarketReach Inc. Resources for Hispanic Business Owners Offered by the Mercer County Hispanic Association (presented in Spanish). 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street. Luisa Robinson, MECHA.

Thursday, October 22
Make Your Website Work for You. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mercer Community College Kerney Campus, North Broad and Academy streets. Kelly O’Rourke, Idearc. Google Ads. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Kerney Campus. James A. Mahlmann, NetCetra LLC. Jumpstarting Social Networking Into Your Marketing Plan. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building. Jeanne Gray, NJEntrepreneur. com. Podcasting: What is Podcasting and why does my Business need Podcasting? 3 to 4:30 p.m., Kerney Campus. Rita Bakey Christensen, iColor Studio LLC. Renewable Energy Option: How 2 Keep the GREEN in your Business. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mercer County Administration Building. Marvin B. Ross and Marcedius T. Jameson, greenNJenergy

Wednesday, October 21
Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Before Business Breakfast. 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., Mountain View Golf Course, 890 Bear Tavern Road, West Trenton. Tom Szaky, TerraCycle. $25. Visit www.princetonchamber.org. Free Web Resources to Turbo Charge Your Business. 8:30 to 10 a.m., The DeRosa Group, 354 South Broad Street. Visit www.tcnj.edu/~sbdc. Mercer Chamber Fall Business Expo. 10 to 3 p.m., Sovereign Bank Arena. Visit www.mercerchamber.org or E-mail joe@mercerchamber.org. Best Practices in E-mail Marketing for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. 10:30 a.m. to Noon, DeRosa Group, 354 So. Broad Street. Wendi CaplanCarroll, Constant Contact. You Can Do Business with the County of Mercer and the City of Trenton. 1 to 3 p.m., DeRosa Group. Marcella Longo, County of

Friday, October 23
MOET Seminar. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Trenton Marriott. Renaissance Ball. 6 to 11 p.m., Trenton Marriott. Cost: $175.Call 609-689-9960, ext. 14.

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Office Opportunities
Pennington, Route 31, Corner 2300 SF-Immediate Occupancy

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Pennington - Office For Lease
Howe Commons, Downtown Pennington. 995-1,330 SF. Flexible lease terms, ample parking, walk to restaurants.

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Hillier has other projects, including one in his town of residence, Solebury, Pennsylvania, near New Hope. But Hilltop Village is the first major one since the doors of J. Robert Hillier opened on August 1. That date reflects the end of Hillier’s “gardening period,” a British term that usually refers to the time between your employment in a company that has bought your business and the day you can start a new company in that field. The deal was part of the settlement with RMJM, a deal which also stipulates that Hillier cannot bid on projects RMJM is or could be bidding on. While in the garden, however, Hillier experienced no professional downtime, as he has entered the publishing world. He co-founded the online magazine Obit, which celebrates the lives of the recently deceased, in 2007. He also owns, with wife Barbara, the controlling share of Town Topics newspaper, as well as Princeton magazine, which he just acquired with some other investors from a publisher in northern New Jersey. Hillier says he fell into publishing because he is an opportunist. He bought into Town Topics because it was for sale a few years ago, and he wanted to continue the Princeton institution. According to a recent New York Times article, Town Topics is returning a 26-percent profit. Last year, when Princeton magazine became available, Hillier bought it as well. He recently told the New York Times that advertis-

ing revenue has increased by 40 percent. The space at 190 Witherspoon Street, the former location of Jefferson Plumbing, is a permanent address, but a temporary office space. The office now is the front, glass-paneled space right up on the sidewalk. The rear part of the site is a garage that Hillier’s team is working to redesign as its main space, pending review by the Borough Zoning Board. Should he get the OK, Hillier plans to make the spacious inside into a model of natural-light and green-tech design, and a heavily landscaped front lot that will accommodate four cars. Hillier, of course, sees no end in sight. “A friend of mine once told me you only retire from jobs you don’t like,” he says. “I don’t believe in retirement, I love what I do.” — Scott Morgan

IPO At Last: After more than a year of expectation, Sotirios Vahaviolos has taken Mistras Group public.

Public Offering
MISTRAS Holdings Group/Physical Acoustics Corp. (MG), 195 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction 08550; 609-716-4000; fax, 609-7160706. Sotirios Vahaviolos, president and CEO. Home page: www.pacndt.com. Mistras Group, an engineering company that announced it would go public a year ago, finally has. The company’s initial public offering of 8.7 million shares, at $12.50 per share, was announced last week. The offering was lower than expected by about $4 per share on opening, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mistras, founded in Princeton Junction 30 years ago and now has a 1,700-employee operation with 34 offices around the world, initially filed for an IPO in June 2008, before the stock market sank. In the midst of the economic rubble, the company simply never held the offering. “It’s not a good time,” said Sotirios Vahaviolos, founder of Mistras, which began its life as Physical Accoustics. But, he explains, the company’s equity investors “want to get some of their money.” A Greek immigrant and graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson (Class of 1970), Vahaviolos controls a majority interest in the company, his employees are part owners, and outside investors have about a 33 percent interest. The offering last year was expected to raise some $172 million. On the first day of trading for the new stock, October 8, it raised nearly $109 million. Vahaviolos, a former AT&T employee, said he started his own company to go his own way. “Before the breakup the old AT&T was the greatest company ever created,” he told U.S. 1 in a 2002 interview. “It paid for my education and made me a better person. But you could not survive there if you were a loner. They wanted team players. I wanted to create a more nimble Bell Labs, to make decisions more quickly, without all of the signatures, and be more market driven.” Mistras provides nondestructive testing services for the oil and gas, aerospace and defense, transportation, nuclear power, pharmaceuticals and food processing industries. Nondestructive testing is the examination of infrastructure to identify any defects and to optimize safety and operating performance without affecting the usefulness of the assets. NDT is seen as an alternative to many traditional inspection techniques, which may require

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dismantling equipment or shutting down a plant. Mistras provides outsourced NDT inspection services, as well as software for capturing, analyzing, storing, and monitoring inspection data. Its clients include Boeing, BP PLC, Dow Chemical, and General Electric. The IPO was issued to raise money to go into alternative energy solutions.

Lawrenceville Inn, 2691 Main Street, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-219-1900; fax, 609-2191901. Dennis Foy, owner. Home page: www.lawrencevilleinn.com. Barely a month after the owners of the historic inn and restaurant lost their lease, a husband and wife team has reopened the doors. Chef Dennis Foy and his wife, Estella Quinones-Foy, will reopen Lawrenceville Inn as a contemporary American restaurant. Quinones-Foy will oversee the operations. Dennis Foy has owned and operated restaurants in New Jersey and New York City for more than 30 years, including Mondrian, EQ, and Dennis Foy in Manhattan, as well as the Tarragon Tree in Chatham. “Estella and I are conscious of the need for a contemporary reasonably priced restaurant in the Princeton area,” he says. The menu is to be based around organic, locally available, and sustainable ingredients. The restaurant’s executive sous chef will be Michael Metzner, a Johnson & Wales University graduate who has worked in all aspects of the restaurant industry.

There is no word when Princeton Allpoints will be open. Matrix remains one of the most active developers in the region, having recently bought the 342,000-square-foot office/laboratory complex once known as the Mid-Atlantic corporate Center off Exit 8A in Cranbury. It is now called Matrix Corporate Center. Matrix also made two recent land sales at Gateway Business Park in Salem County, with National Freight Industries for 1 million square feet and with Manfredi Companies for 174,000 square feet.

Lawsuit Filed
Heartland Payment Systems (HPY), 90 Nassau Street, Second Floor, Princeton 08542; 888-798-3131; fax, 609-683-3815. Robert Carr, CEO. Home page: www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com. A lawsuit that consolidates 16 class action complaints against Heartland Payment Systems over a massive data breach was filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In January it was announced that data storage at Heartland, a credit card debt and payroll processing firm that processes more than 100 million payment card transactions for more than 250,000 merchants, had been compromised. The scope of the breach was estimated at at least 130 million stolen payment card numbers. Major retailer TJ Maxx alone claimed the breach compromised 94 million of its receipts. The suit filed last week seeks undisclosed compensation, claiming negligence in security by Heartland. Among the financial institutions listed are the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, Lone Star Bank of North America and Amalgamated Bank of New York. In August three men — Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami and two unnamed Russian conspirators — were arrested in connection with the breach. In September Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the data heist at Heartland and several retailers, including TJX Companies Inc., BJ’s Wholesale Club, Hannaford Bros. and the Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain. Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced in December and faces 15 to 20 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has completed a twoyear investigation into PharmaNet’s revenue recognition, earnings, company operations, and related party transactions and has found no reason to pursue formal law enforcement action, according to a report by the company released last week. The SEC launched a probe into the drug development group in 2007, two years after an allegation that PharmaNet had surrendered misleading SEC filings. The original complaint, made a year after the company was accused in a Bloomberg article of inadequate clinical trial and patient recruitment actions, sparked an informal look into PharmaNet’s practices. the investigation took a more formal turn in 2007. Despite the investigation the SEC will not pursue any further action. Jeffrey P. McMullen, president and CEO of PharmaNet said “this very favorable outcome now allows us to put this matter behind us.”

5000-17,500/SF, South Brunswick

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Sale or lease, Route 31, Pennington

Management Moves
Utrecht Art Supply Co., 6 Corporate Drive, 8A Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512; 609-409-8001; fax, 609-4098002. Michael Ippolito, CEO. www.utrechtart.com. Utrecht Art Supplies has named Michael Ippolito as its new CEO. Ippolito comes from a 20-year career in senior-level retail management, e-commerce, direct marketing, and merchandising. He formerly was president of Ballard Designs Inc., and president of Domestications Catalog specializing in home furnishings as well as of Popular Club Plan, a division of J. Crew. Utrecht, a retailer of fine arts supplies with 37 stores nationwide, has its corporate headquarters and distribution facility in Cranbury. The company, founded in 1949, also manufactures its own line of oilbased and acrylic paints. Klatzkin & Company LLP, 1670 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road, Box 8188, Hamilton 08690-8188; 609890-9189; fax, 609-8906235. Barry Snyder, managing partner. Home page: www.klatzkin.com. The Hamilton CPA firm has added Frank Sweeney to its ranks of partners, bringing the total number of partners to 11. Sweeney joined Klatzkin in 2006. He holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Rider and lives in Trenton. Klatzkin, which offers the gamut of accounting services to individuals and commercial clients, has offices in Hamilton and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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West Windsor, 13,000 SF Sale or Lease

Matrix Development Group, Forsgate Drive, CN 4000, Cranbury 08512; 732-5212900; fax, 609-395-8289. Joseph S. Taylor, president and CEO. www.matrixcompanies.com. Matrix Development Group has announced a new lease with Princeton Allpoints LLC at 14 Applegate Drive in Robbinsville’s Northeast Business Park. The new lease brings the building to full occupancy following another recent lease with Scholastic Books. Princeton Allpoints is a joint venture between market support firm Princeton Fulfillment Solutions, located on Thomas Rhodes Industrial Drive, and Ohio-based data processing firm Towne Allpoints Communications. Princeton Allpoints will occupy 150,000 square feet and employ 40, who will process data for marketing companies.

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For Lease - East Windsor Office
3200 SF. 399 Monmouth St.. Holiday Inn Conference Center. On-site hotel, catering, meeting facilities.

Legal Action Ended
PharmaNet (PDGI), 504 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540-6242; 609-951-6800; fax, 609-514-0390. Jeffrey McMullen, CEO. www.pharmanet.com.

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Available Immediately, Cranbury

Plainsboro, New Jersey

1200-2200 SF. Near Rt. 130, Turnpike exits 8 & 8A. Ideal location. Wide range of office uses.

Suites of Approx. 800, 909, 1,818 (fully furnished) & 2,121 Sq. Ft. Available for Immediate Occupancy
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1st Month FREE on select offices: Princeton Route 1. Single Offices, Office Suites, Virtual Offices, 50MB High Speed Internet, Great Reception Team, Instant Activation, Flexible Terms. Call 609-514-5100 or visit www.princeton-office.com 2300 sq. ft. Princeton address in South Brunswick: Ideal for doctors, dentists, chiros, accountants, lawyers and other businesses/professionals. (Near Princeton Medical Center and RWJ Hospital): $3200/month. Re/Max of Princeton 609-452-1887/609-9020709 (Ali). 2nd Floor Office Condo in Montgomery Knoll: 500 sq. ft. 2 offices with reception area. Call 609-924-9214. 194 Nassau Street, 953 sq. ft. office for lease. Reception area, three offices, kitchen, storage, private restroom, single parking space included. Please call 609-921-6060 for details. Class A office space (1650 square feet) available immediately for sublease in Alexander Park, Princeton. Please contact Audi at 732-619-7631 for details. Downsizing? Expanding? Montgomery Knoll: Route 206, Skillman. 1500 sq. ft., newly painted, new carpet, move-in condition. 7 offices plus ample secretarial space, kitchen, copy room, (2) half baths, great parking, principals only. Call 212-223-0404. Hamilton: Single Offices & Suites available, near hospital, 12.90SF. Call Pat Conte, 732-567-5600. Monroe Township: 450 square foot stand alone building, across from Clearbrook, $825/month + utilities. 609-6558700.
Lambertville. Office/retail/medical store front space for lease. Mt. Airy Shopping Village. 650 SF to 3,533 SF divisible. Attractive Lease Rate!

by primary lessee. 13x8 feet overall, partially furnished if desired by renter. Available October 3, 2009. $425/month. Ralph at 609-529-9027.

Help! Commercial Kitchen Space Wanted. Start-up company in need of commercial kitchen space for baking. Will consider part-time rental for 8-12 hours per week, or a full-time rental of a modest space. Prefer Mercer County. Please call Barbara at 609-883-8904 or email bek423@yahoo.com.


PRINCETON PREMIER Art/Photo/Frame Shop, turn-key, highvolume, ideal location. Financing. Dixie Curtice, Broker/Sale Associates, Weidel Realtors, 609-737-1500 ext. 259. Cell: 215-499-4629.

Investment/Vacation Property for Sale: Vermont condo with spectacular views of Stratton and surrounding mountains in the year-round resort area of Manchester. 3 bedrooms+ loft. Low taxes, fully furnished, a great get-away! $290,000. clamshell54@yahoo.com.

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Unique Rental Space zoning (I3), ordinance passed for retail and recreation activities, ample parking all utilities, one 1200’, one 2000’, one 2500’ one 3600’, and one 10,000. Located at 325 and 335 New Road, Monmouth Junction. Call Harold 732-329-2311.


Handyman/Yardwork: Painting/Carpentry/Masonry/Hauling/All Yard Work from top to bottom. Done by pros. Call 609-737-9259 or 609-273-5135.

Carnegie Center: Elegant, efficient space in beautifully landscaped office park with Princeton address. Executive office with separate entrance & inviting reception area with spacious storage closet. 2-year sublet $2,000 per month. 748 sq ft. Call Louise, 212-727-1444. Hamilton Flex/WH: Need great space at CHEAP pricing? Ready-to-occupy space with high ceilings and docks/drive-ins. 1,800 to 15,000 sf Flex units at UNDER MARKET rents. Must see! Brian @ 609-731-0378 or brushing@firstprops.com. Hamilton Office Space - 1,0002,200 SF units in both new and rehabbed NY-style loft mill building. Move in now, must see, great locations, low rents! Brian @ 609-731-0378 or brushing@firstprops.com. Lambertville Office & Retail: Canal studios. Attractive, creative exec offices with tons of style in NY Style Mill Bldg @ low prices. Several bright spaces available from 300-6,600 sf. Perfect for atty, studio, prof, couns, web, massage, spa, bakery, wellness. MUST SEE! Brian @ 609-731-0378 or brushing@firstprops.com

Barbara’s Cleaners: Commercial and residential houses, Princeton, W. Windsor, Plainsboro, Hopewell, and Flemington area. Quality work, reasonable prices, references. Free estimates. Leave message for Barbara, 609-3945934 or cell 609-933-6701. Patty’s Cleaning Service: Serving Plainsboro, the Windsors, the Brunswicks, and Brandon Farms since 1978. Thorough, honest, and reliable. Free estimate. 609-397-2533. Quality Commercial Cleaning: We offer great office cleaning, good rates and most of all, good quality of work. We are insured and bonded. For a free estimate, please call Lidia, 609-989-7799. Seeking house cleaning job: Excellent references, honest, free estimate. Marjorie - 609-672-7701. Window Washing: Lolio Window Washing. Also gutter cleaning and power washing. 609-271-8860.

Just Listed! Long Beach Island. New restaurant + 4-BR/3-BR apartment. Main blvd. location/ocean block.This is your chance to own a brand new facility on LBI into which the owner has put $1.3 mil. The bank has approved a sale price of $750,000.

For more information call Bonanni Realtors 609-586-4300

Pennington - Hopewell: Straube Center offices from virtual office, 25 to 300 square feet and office suites, 500 to 2,400 square feet. From $100 per month, short and long term. Storage space, individual signage, conference rooms, copier, Verizon FIOS available, call 609-737-3322 or e-mail mgmt@straube.com www.straubecenter.com Plainsboro - 700 SF to 3,000 SF Office Suites: in single story building in well maintained office park off Plainsboro Road. Immediately available. Individual entrance and signage, separate AC/Heat and electricity. Call 609-7992466 or E-mail tqmpropmgm@aol.com Princeton - Psychotherapy Office: Available Mondays. Large office (20 x 15), elegantly furnished, in prof office building at 1000 Herrontown Road. $250/month. Contact: Dr. Washton, awashton@gmail.com, 917-699-7882. Princeton Junction: Prof. Office space in highly visible spot near trains. All utilities/maintenance included in rent, except electric. Units from $450 to $2330 per month. Call Ali at Re/max of Princeton 609-452-1887 or cell 609902-0709. Princeton Prof. Office Park, off Route One. 600 sq. ft. Fully furnished and equipped. Perfect for professional organizations, shared use considered, $995. Call 732-329-1601 for details. Princeton/Montgomery Office for rent. Ideal for psychotherapist, nutritionist, small business owner. Has a shared waiting room. Highly professional setting. Call 732-925-3164 for more information. Single-room ground floor office in Princeton, Nassau Street, for sublease

Premium Retail & Office Space

Studio space for classes, workshops, etc. 19 ft x 19 ft., high ceiling, lots of natural light. $30 per hour. Kingston. Call 609-468-1286.

Handyman: Electrical, plumbing, any projects around the house. 609-2756631. Man With A Van Service: Pick-up and delivery service, small local moves, and light hauling. Serving Mercer County and nearby areas 7 days a week. Reliable, courteous and professional service at reasonable rates. Call: 609-5127248.

Carduner’s Center
Prime Location: Corner U.S. Highway 130 and Princeton-Hightstown Road East Windsor, NJ

Rocky Hill Studio apartment in owner-occupied house. Second floor private entry. Kitchen. Bath. No pets, no smoking. Year lease. Security deposit, references and photo ID required. $670/month including h/hw. 609-9249655 or rockyhillbilly@aol.com.

Unique Virtual Assistance: We offer services to streamline your business chaos, virtually. www.uniquevirtualassistance.com. 1-877-472-8817. Virtual Assistant assisting clients worldwide. Reports typed, transcription, E-mails, calendar mgmt, concierge services & more. www.executivesonthego.com saniyyah@executivesonthego.com 800-745-1166 Web-based PBX phone systems: Be sure that your phones are always professionally answered. Be sure that you got all of your messages. Direct calls to your office, home or cell. Get a free 15 day account. For information call 866-768-6689. www.simmonsservice.com. Continued on page 46

Two-bedroom, two-bathroom luxury waterfront condo: 24-hour doorman and valet, spectacular views, waterfront restaurant and bar, world-class spa, tennis, pools, every Florida amenity. Large condo, ideal for one or two couples. Call Ron, 609-655-0757, or cell, 609-5582803.

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Allentown $710,000 Beautiful federal style home abounds with old world charm. Many modern upgrades in this 6 BR, 2.5 bath Col. Beautiful modern kit. large library & DR. Princeton Junction Office 609-750-2020

Cranbury $850,000 Gorgeous five bedroom, 3.5 bath expanded custom cape with stunning view of Cranbury brook. Walk to town. Princeton Junction Office 609-750-2020

Dayton $334,900 Lowest price in Four Seasons-move right into this immaculate 2 bedroom ranch with a great location overlooking the fountains! Magnificent clubhouse. South Brunswick Office 732-398-2600

Hopewell Twp $674,000 Classic 4 BD, 2.5 B home with room to stretch & grow. Great yard for ball throwing & gardening & great flow inside for living & entertaining friends. Pennington Office 609-737-9100

Lawrence $799,900 4000 Sq.Ft. custom col. on gorgeous 2.55 acre lot with 4 bedrooms, 2 full, 2 half baths, Great room, sunroom & 3 fireplaces. Princeton mailing address. Princeton Junction Office 609-750-2020

Lawrenceville $515,000 Perfect 4BR,2BA home on fenced in lot, on interior street w/large deck. SS appliances & granite in kit. Brick fplc & fin. bsmt. Close to 295 & Rt. 1. Princeton Office 609-921-2600

Montgomery $349,900 Handy? This 3BR, 2BA home on a quiet street needs some TLC. In addition it has LR, DR, Kit, Rec room & porch. New septic 2006. Home being sold "as is" Princeton Office 609-921-2600

Montgomery Twp $550,000 Home Sweet Home. From your first step inside you will know you have found your home 4 bdrm colonial, updated kitchen & baths, finished basement. WOW Pennington Office 609-737-9100

North Brunswick $209,900 Great 2nd floor condo with newer windows and carpet. Ceramic tile in kitchen and baths. Stainless steel stove, dishwasher, microwave. Walk-in closets. South Brunswick Office 732-398-2600

Pennington Boro $489,900 Embrace good times together in this charming town home. Featuring generous living & family rms, open kitchen & dining + four bedrooms. WOW. Pennington Office 609-737-9100

Plainsboro $575,000 Stunning former model home backing to the golf course! Features four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. A must see! Princeton Junction Office 609-750-2020

Plainsboro $595,000 This expanded brick front Hastings model has been lovingly cared for by its original owners. Sitting on an oversized premium lot. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 BA. Princeton Junction Office 609-750-2020


Princeton $879,000 Quaint, stylish 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath cottage in desirable Hun School neighborhood. Recently renovated family room & eat-in kitchen. Princeton Office 609-921-2600

Princeton $595,000 Smart & modern describes this lovely 3BR, 2BA home. Finished walkout bsmt is perfect for entertaining w/wet bar and built-ins. Princeton Office 609-921-2600

West Windsor $585,000 Meticulously maintained 4BR, 2.5BA home in Birchwood Estates. Refin. hdwd fl in LR, DR, foyer, stairs, hallway & MBR. Manicured lawn. Princeton Office 609-921-2600

West Windsor $266,000 2BR, 2BA Belvedere w/updated kitchen & redone baths. Freshly painted in neutral tones. Wood burning fplc, balcony w/storage area. No pets. Princeton Office 609-921-2600


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ened well-being, improved health. Holistic practitioner offering reflexology, Swedish and shiatsu massage. Available for on-site massage at the work place, etc. Gift certificates, flexible hours. Call Marilyn 609-403-8403. Massage Therapy: Upscale, classy est. staff. Enjoy our hot pack service, an oasis for your soul and spirit. Enjoy the deep tissue and healing touch of our friendly, certified massage therapists. Call: 609-520-0050. (Princeton off Route 1 Behind “Pep Boys Auto.”)

Quality Office Space at Affordable Prices

Continued from page 44 Your Perfect Corporate Image: Princeton Route 1. Virtual Offices, Offices, Receptionist, Business Address Service, Telephone Answering Service, Conference Rooms, Instant Activation, Flexible Terms. Call 609-514-5100 or visit www.princeton-office.com

Any problems with computer, network, Internet? Repair, install, on-site services. Call 732-710-7416 any time. Computer Service: Computer repair, computer training (offer senior discount), data recovery, free estimate. Cell: 609-213-8271.

Having problems with life issues? Stress, anxiety, depression, relationships... Children and adults. Free consultation. Working in person or by phone. Rafael Sharon, Psychoanalyst 609-683-7808.


Office Condo For Sale Montgomery Knoll 100 Tamarack Circle 1500 SF — $298,000

Plainsboro 13,500 SF Fully-Leased Child Care Center Triple Net 15-Year Lease

Bookkeeping Services for Your Bottom Line: QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Call Joan today at Kaspin Associates, 609-490-0888. Need a business loan: As little as seven day approval. 90% approval rate. Flexible pay back terms. For information call 866-768-6689. www.bankcardempire.com/jhs355219.

ADHD Coaching-Students, adults & parents of children challenged with attentional issues, time management, procrastination, disorganization. Our experienced, certified coaches can help you find effective strategies and tools. At 609-216-0441, nsvedosh@odysseycoaches.com, www.odysseycoaches.com ESL Tutor - All Ages / Levels: Improve your English! Speak and write better — learn grammar, pronunciation, and American expressions. Experienced ESL Professor. Excellent references. 609-658-6914. Flute and Piano Lessons. Professional instructor, M.A. All ages and levels welcome. Plainsboro studio 609936-9811. Guitar and Bass Lessons in your home or my Princeton location. 5 years teaching experience, all levels welcome. Contact Mike: 609-943-8634, michaeldhuse@gmail.com. Continued on page 48

Grand opening South Beach Spa. Russian, Polish and American staff. Sensual massages, 1 hour - $60. We have what you need for full relaxation. Same-day appointments or walk-ins, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 609-880-3882. 177 Franklin Corner Road, Second Floor 2C, Lawrenceville 08648. Right next to Route 1 North. Introductory Massage Special $60: at the Ariel Center for Wellbeing. Integrative, Swedish, Spiritual Mind Treatment. 609-454-0102. Massage and Reflexology: The benefits are beyond what we even fathom. Experience deep relaxation, height-

Lawrenceville 168 Franklin Corner Road 3200 SF, 1350 SF, 1150 SF Rocky Hill 1026 Rt 518 Office/Medical Space 1250 SF-9000 SF


Downtown Princeton 195 Nassau Street 220 SF Plus On-site Parking

Hamilton 127 Route 206 350 SF, 2260 SF, 3900 SF

Just Listed - Hamilton Twp. - 4,100 Sq. ft. store/showroom & warehouse. Located on active corner near 295/195. Now being used for home improvement business/construction. Single-family home also available w/extra commercial lot. Priced right: $539,900.


Exit 8A NJ Tpke 1 Rossmoor Drive, Monroe Twp. 6900 SF (Bank, Rest., Various Uses) Contact:

Bordentown 101 Farnsworth Avenue from 340 SF to 1054 SF

Just Listed - Center of Robbinsville - Route 526/Main St. - 2½-story colonial in prime location w/use approval for professional offices. Excellent for small office use or in-home office. Priced right: $495,000.

Cosmo Iacavazzi Bryce Thompson Jr.

cosmo@thompsonrealty.biz bthompson@thompsonrealty.biz
JUST LISTED - HAMILTON TWP. BEAUTY SALON - Prime location. Right off 295 w/large corner parking lot & large 3-BR apt. on 2nd flr. Priced right: $395,000 w/all equipment included. Modern/perfect condition.

Thompson Realty of Princeton
195 Nassau St. • Princeton, NJ 08542 Tel 609-921-7655 • Fax 609-921-9463

For more information call Bonanni Realtors 609-586-4300

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Princeton, Trenton, Hamilton, Hopewell, Montgomery, Ewing, Hightstown, Lawrenceville and other Mercer, Somerset & Middlesex Communities. Class A, B and C Space Available.
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Phone, Fax, E-Mail: That’s all it takes to order a U.S. 1 Classified. Call 609-452-7000, or fax your ad to 609-452-0033, or use our E-Mail address: class@princetoninfo.com. We will confirm your insertion and the price. It won’t be much: Our classifieds are just 50 cents a word, with a $7 minimum. Repeats in succeeding issues are just 40 cents per word, and if your ad runs for 16 consecutive issues, it’s only 30 cents per word. (There is a $3 service charge if we send out a bill.) Box service is available. Questions? Call us.

is a physically demanding position with heavy cleaning and dog supervision. Please complete an application from our website (www.campbowwow.com) and email a copy to lawrenceville@campbowwowusa.com or fax to 609-6893699. No phone calls please. Literary Agent to represent a playwright and his plays, many of them successfully produced in NJ. Theaters to be visited would be regional NJ theaters, possibly theaters in NYC or Philly. Script agents and experienced actors/actresses welcome. Travel expenses paid plus commission structure. Contact: theaterscript@aol.com. Loan Originators Needed: $3,000-$5,000/Month potential income. No experience needed full training provided. No license required - earn while you learn. Work toward ownership - part time/full time. Call today 1-800789-7943. Phrog Fitness Studio specializes in one on one training,

nutrition and small group training. We are seeking qualified fitness professionals to teach high quality group fitness classes. Required skills: Comprehensive understanding of current health and fitness standards and principles, one year’s teaching experience, current Group Exercise certification of bachelor’s degree in a health and fitness related field, current CPR certification. Please forward your resume to dispenziere4@netscape.net. www.phrogfitness.com. Property Inspectors: Parttime $30k, full-time $80k. No experience, will train. Call Tom, 609-731-3333. Real Estate Sales: No Experience Needed, Free Training, License Info Available. Weidel Realtors. careers@weidel.com, 800-288-7653 x260, www.weidel.com. Sales, Account Executives: Ambitious and results driven. Excellent phone manners. Comfortable with emails and internet. Organized. Huge potential.

Please send resume HR@openmarket247.com to

references seeking employment. Please call 609-610-6048.

assistant 3 years, executive housekeeper 15 years, household manager 10 years. Phone 574-529-1974. Executive/office assistant, customer service is available for a permanent position with part-time schedule. Topnotch, college grad., 10+ years experience. Heavy legal, commercial, and light medical background. Computer literate, dictating machine, liaison, corporate appearance. Please contact: cipria09@aol.com. Retired police officer seeks full or part-time position: Available for security, driver, all types of home maintenance - painting, siding, power washing, lawn care, carpentry. Also am a carpenter and can house-sit. Call 609-937-9456 or e-mail DRA203@aol.com. Top Biotech Recruiter seeking new position. Expertise within R&D and Clinical Research. BA Biology. Contact Diane at TopBiotechRecruiter@gmail.com.

Sales/Customer Service Music: Busy music lesson studio looking for person to handle scheduling and sales, M-Th, 28pm, Sat. 10am-4pm. $9 per hour. Farrington’s Music. 609924-8282. Web Designers, e-commerce architect, and programmers: All levels, all areas. Please send resume and samples of finished web sites to HR@openmarket247.com

Job Hunters: If you are looking for a full-time position, we will run a reasonably worded classified ad for you at no charge. The U.S. 1 Jobs Wanted section has helped people like you find challenging opportunities for years now. We know this because we often hear from the people we have helped. We reserve the right to edit the ads and to limit the number of times they run. If you require confidentiality, send a check for $4 with your ad and request a U.S. 1 Response Box. Replies will be forwarded to you at no extra charge. Mail or Fax your ad to U.S. 1 Jobs Wanted, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. You must include your name, address, and phone number (for our records only). English-speaking Indiana woman seeks part- or full-time position: References. Experience: nanny 3 years, childcare 40 years, cooking 40 years, elder

Bookkeepers: Detail oriented. Organized. Comfortable with emails and internet. Please send resume to HR@openmarket247.com Camp Bow Wow Lawrenceville is hiring for parttime kennel positions with several shifts between 6 am and 8 pm. Must be at least 18 and able to work a minimum of 3 days per week including weekends. This

Job Worries? Let Dr. Sandra Grundfest, licensed psychologist and certified career counselor, help you with your career goals and job search skills. Call 609921-8401 or 732-873-1212 (License #2855) Companion/Home health aide/housekeeper with over 20 years experience and excellent

Continued from preceding page Lessons in Your Home: Music lessons in your home. Piano, clarinet, saxophone, flute and guitar. Call Jim 609737-9259 or 609-273-5135. Math & Chemistry Tutoring: All Course Levels plus SAT, ACT. Full-Time,

Experienced Teacher (20 yrs.). Call Matt 609-919-1280. Math, Science, English & SAT Tutoring: Available in your home. Brown University educated college professor. Experienced with gifted, under-achieving and learning disabled students. Free initial consultation. Call Bruce 609-3710950.

Music Lessons - Farrington’s Music: Piano, guitar, drum, sax, clarinet, voice, flute, trumpet, violin. $28 half hour. School of Rock. Join the band! Princeton 609-924-8282. Princeton Junction 609-897-0032. Hightstown 609-448-7170. www.farringtonsmusic.com. SAT and ACT Tutoring for Reading, Writing and Math: Boost your scores with individualized attention targeting your specific needs. Reasonable fee exceptional instruction. Experienced certified teacher / professor. Many excellent local references. 609-658-6914. Science and Math Tutoring: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Geometry. Taught by college professor. 17 years experience. Recipient of two national teaching awards. Discoverygenics 609581-5686.

Mayco Golf Supplies(an Amazon affiliate store): For the finest golf supplies and accessories visit our website at www.maycogolfsupplies.com. Fax: 609860-5260.

friends cared for in the safety/comfort of their home while you work long hours or travel. Donna Smalley, woofandpurr@gmail.com, 732-6162634.

New Jersey Band Hall of Mirrors will Be Performing: Sunday, November 1 at John and Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, Pa. The group will play from 3 pm to 6 pm. The show will feature original material primarily influenced by classic and progressive rock. Hall of Mirrors has opened for Spiraling (featuring Tom Brislin of Yes, Debbie Harry’s solo band, Camel and Meatloaf). Admission is free. Please call the club at 215-862-5981 for more information.

Beauty salon: Take over running business in Princeton area. Prime location. Huge parking pace. For further details please call 732-735-9865. This May Be the Home Biz For You. Work at Home United is an honest Home Based Biz. No MLM, no RISK. We do not sell, stock or deliver any product. Free training and website. Must love talking with people and able to work at least 20 hours a week. www.WAHU4ME.com.

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Over 15 years experience


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Dell Laptop with Windows XP: $120, cell phone 609-213-8271.

Graphic artist-caricaturist. Live caricatures - funny profiles. The best attraction for parties, meetings, seminars, etc. Princeton, Lawrenceville, W. Windsor area. For details call Richard, 609-5323676. New Jersey Band Hall of Mirrors will Be Performing: Sunday, November 1 at John and Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, Pa. The group will play from 3 pm to 6 pm. The show will feature original material primarily influenced by classic and progressive rock. Hall of Mirrors has opened for Spiraling (featuring Tom Brislin of Yes, Debbie Harry’s solo band, Camel and Meatloaf). Admission is free. Please call the club at 215-862-5981 for more information. One Man Band: Keyboardist for your wedding or party. Perfect entertainment. You’ll love the variety. Duos available. Call Ed at 609-424-0660.

Free Classifieds for Singles: To submit your ad fax it to 609-452-0033 or E-mail to info@princetoninfo.com. If you prefer to mail us your ad, address it to U.S. 1 Singles Exchange, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. Include your name and the address to which we should send responses. See the Singles Exchange at the end of the Preview Section.

I Buy Guitars and All Musical Instruments in Any Condition: Call Rob at 609457-5501.

Power Wash & Repaint Exterior Before Winter
Interior & Exterior Painting
Owner-operated, highest quality work for over 40 years in the Princeton area.

It’s Time!

Antique Military Items: And war relics wanted from all wars and countries. Top prices paid. “Armies of the Past LTD”. 2038 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton Twp., 609-890-0142. Our retail outlet is open Saturdays 10 to 4:00, or by appointment. Wanted - Baseball Cards/Memorabilia: Football, basketball, hockey. Cards, bats, balls, photographs, programs, autographs. Highest prices paid. 908-596-0976.

Phone, Fax, E-Mail: That’s all it takes to order a U.S. 1 Classified. Call 609452-7000, or fax your ad to 609-4520033, or use our E-Mail address: class@princetoninfo.com. We will confirm your insertion and the price. It won’t be much: Our classifieds are just 50 cents a word, with a $7 minimum. Repeats in succeeding issues are just 40 cents per word, and if your ad runs for 16 consecutive issues, it’s only 30 cents per word. (There is a $3 service charge if we send out a bill.) Box service is available. Questions? Call us.

Julius H. Gross, Inc.
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3BR, 2.5 baths. Cool, creative & very unique home in mature Nelson Ridge Community off Cherry Valley & Carter. , Wrapped in trees, stone drive, new 4BR septic, new 20 year hardy-plank siding, windows, recent roof. Both sides w/brick & beam exterior. Home conveys barn-like impression, 2-car garage. Interior w/brick & beam/2 sides, wide plank HW floors throughout. 2-story LR w/floor to ceiling glass wall, open plan main floor 2 story , brick FP 2nd FP in great room. Bluestone , patio, yard filled w/ varied plantings, 2nd natural stone & boulder patio area. Clearly not a typical home, ideal for couple, creative singles/pairs or more. Wonderful neighborhood w/children, quiet street, great access to P-ton & surrounds. Flexible terms: Sale, Lease, Lease-purchase, Home-sale contingency OK, flexible occupancy Brokers protected, owner is licensed , realtor. Asking $575,000 or $2500/month.

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Welcome to distinctive living.

Ewing. Expanded colonial boasts large, open formal rooms, four spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a Sun., Oct. 14th, 1-4 Princeton Twp. - Newly constructed. finished, walk-out basement to the pool, plus an attached 2-car garage.

pm. Dir.: Great Rd. to Pretty Brook Rd. to Pheasant Hill, #16 $3,250,000 609-921-1050

Pennington Boro. Marvelous location for this three bedroom charmer on a quiet street with sweet front porch and eat-in Princeton Twp. - Newly constructed. Sun., Oct. 14th, 1-4 kitchen. Large private yard. Walk to everything.


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Montgomery Twp. Soaring ceilings and lots of windows make this Birch Newly constructed. Sun., Oct. 14th, as Princeton Twp. -model interior unit as bright and airy1-4 any end-unit. Versatile family room loft and tons of storage.


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Princeton Twp. - Newly constructed. Sun., Oct. 14th, 1-4 prized Edgerstoune neighborhood has top-of-the-line, handpm. Dir.: Great throughout. Brook Rd. to Pheasant Hill, #16 crafted touches Rd. to Pretty $3,250,000 609-921-1050
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Princeton Twp. Dutch Colonial designed by Max Hayden in

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Plainsboro Twp. Enjoy sunset views from the terrace of this

Princeton Newport model dressed in travertine w/ 4 bedrooms, offers this Twp. - Newly constructed. Sun., Oct. 14th, 1-4 pm.baths, Great Rd. to Pretty Brook Rd. to Pheasant Hill, #16 2.5 Dir.: and a walk-out basement. Turn-key ready. $3,250,000 609-921-1050
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West Amwell. The Hills at Hunterdon, a luxury community,

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Bordentown. Authentic colonial being sold in 'as-is' condi-

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any years ago I had a boss who believed that some of the best stories could be obtained by hanging out at the local bar. Given that he took a long, liquid lunch nearly every day at the corner bar, that was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I was reminded of it just last month, as we were exploring the new “social media” at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair. One of the panelists compared the advent of social media to the early days of the Internet. If you were late responding to the new opportunities of a decade ago, don’t make the same mistake now with social media, she said. Another social media proponent advised that we think of Twitter, the platform du jour, as a “giant cocktail party that follows you around.” It’s an open bar with great stories and free booze. Sounds good to me. And maybe it does to you, as well. So good that you might want to start sinking some time or money into social media. Here at U.S. 1 we have already bellied up to the Twitter bar, offering Tweets that are drawn mostly from our website, www.princetoninfo.com. And if the newspaper business begins to drift into the Land Before Time, we are poised to jump feet first into a place where we can generate content anytime we want, where users of the site contribute content at no cost to us, and where, instead of having two dozen deliverers muscling 19,000 copies of a newspaper out of the parking lot every week, we can connect with the world anytime with the click of a mouse. This party sounds pretty damn good. But what do we get for our Twitter investment? And how can we parlay this social medium into a vi-


Richard K. Rein
able business? For the past four days I decided to follow four different Twitterers, all based in Princeton Borough, to take an inventory of what’s being served at this floating cocktail party, and what the rest of you are missing by not being there: Barbara Figge Fox, U.S. 1’s senior correspondent, has removed herself from the chains of our office and has found time to update a blog, Princeton Comment, and a Twitter site. In recent days she wrote about Princeton professor (and Barbara’s Cedar Street neighbor) Melissa Harris Lacewell’s take on the Obama Peace Prize controversy; the appearance of Princeton Air’s Scott Needham on a CNN television show; and the news of Mistras Holdings’ initial public offering (which led to a news item in this issue of U.S. 1). The Mistras item shows that, even in the virtual world, local counts. Fox saw a car in the supermarket parking lot with Mistras on the license plate, and introduced herself to the owner, the CEO, whom she had interviewed previously. He mentioned the IPO, and she took note. Fox’s tweets are reminiscent of meeting an old colleague for a cup of coffee before work. Would I pay to get Barbara’s tweets? No. But if she aggregated them into a weekly newsletter I would look forward to it. In fact, the New Jersey Press Association does just that every Tuesday, and it makes me happy to renew my membership every year. Princeton Public Library, with a name suggesting traditional media, turns out to have an active presence on Twitter. Its twitter site dispensed 22 tweets in the last

week. Almost all of the tweets had to do with offerings at the library. Would I pay for any part of it? No. But back in the day when my two boys spent many after-school hours at the library, I would have welcomed the stream of updates. The Princeton Tour Company uses its Tweets to boost its brand and to establish itself as a guide service that knows more about Princeton than most natives do (as

Will Twitter go the way of CB radio? I don’t know, but I do know that 16-year-old superstar Miley Cyrus has just abandoned her Twitter site.
U.S. 1 indicated in a May 6 profile of founder Mimi Omiecinski). By following Princeton Tour’s tweets I learned that only in Princeton will you find a multi-millionaire working as a crossing guard, and that the inspiration for the “Rain Man” movie lives in town. Would I pay for the Tweets or buy a plug for my business? No. But if I had friends coming to visit, and I planned to send them on one of Omiecinski’s walking tours, I would have them follow the Twitter site for a few days to get the feel of the town. Princeton Scoop is taking a commercial approach to Twitter, and will Tweet news of special offerings or discounts from merchants or restaurateurs at a month-

ly charge. Princeton Scoop fired off 72 tweets in a seven-day period, including plugs for Conte’s Pizza, One53 restaurant, Bent Spoon ice cream, Princeton Record Exchange, Halo Pub, Princeton Forrestal Village’s car show, and Santino’s Bar One restaurant. It also provided updates on the Pennies for Peace fundraiser at the Public Library and alerted me to such disparate events as National Sausage Day and Professor Cornel West’s appearance on PBS. Would I pay to have my business plugged by Princeton Scoop? No. The target audience of stay-athome moms and weekend shoppers seems too limited. Even at a projected charge of $100 a month, Princeton Scoop will need a lot of satisfied advertisers to sustain a business. And how do you turn that cottage business into a profitable enterprise? Melissa Hall Klepacki of Princeton Scoop already has a weekly newsletter on the drawing board, to overcome one of the key limitations of Twitter — you have to have your own Twitter page open or be watching your RSS feeds for Tweets. She also envisions franchising her model. That’s one approach. Here’s another idea for a Twitter application that could attract millions of users, who would be both producers and consumers of the content (a publisher’s dream). Let’s say that the world of 4G smart phones is here and they include a GPS system. When we take off on a trip we log our smart phone into a Twitter site (maybe a subscription service), which brings us into a group of Twitter followers who all within five or six miles of us.

We see a traffic jam up ahead and we send a Tweet. Someone else in our traffic circle notes a possible detour and shares that Tweet. All along the way we keep acquiring and sharing new intelligence: a speed trap on the southbound side, ice building up on an overpass, an accident blocking a lane, and so on. This one is not too good to be true. In fact, such a system was once the rage on America’s highways. In the 1970s the CB radio system, used originally by longdistance truck drivers to communicate with one another, became a craze that spawned movies (“Convoy,” for one) and led to sales of millions of radios. People like my father and siblings in upstate New York wouldn’t leave home without their CB radio. But the craze died out just as quickly. Why? Its own popularity was one problem — the air waves got clogged, just as the screen of your hand-held smart phone might. Juggling all that chatter from anonymous “good buddies” might have been another turn-off for drivers who often are trying to relax behind the wheel, not run a road race. And while the information may have seemed valuable at first, the knowledge may not have been useful. You often ended up stuck in the traffic jam whether or not you had advance knowledge of it. Will Twitter go the way of CB radio? I don’t know, but I do know that 16-year-old superstar Miley Cyrus has just abandoned her Twitter site and her 1.1 million followers. My two teenage sons have no interest in Twitter — they just text. As I reflect on my four days of tracking Tweets, I feel a little like I feel after I have overstayed my welcome at a cocktail party or at the corner bar. Yes, I did get a story out of it, but my head hurts a little from all the noise.

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OFFICE/RETAIL BUILDING Hamilton - S. Broad St. 600 sf bldg w/bsmt located on heavily traveled Rte 206 near Whitehorse Circle. Excellent move-in condition. SALE - $81,500

OFFICE/RETAIL BUILDING Lawrence - Brunswick Pike 3,906 sf bldg w/2 income units; 2,000 sf office & 4-bdrm apt., 34 car parking, corner location. Investment opportunity SALE

OFFICE Lawrence - Whitehead Rd 5,000 sf office w/full bsmt storage, 20+ parking spaces. Ready for tenant fit-out. LEASE

OFFICE SPACE Florence - Rte 130 2 units available: (1) 2,600 sf and (1) 9,000 sf divisible in a 17,300 sf bldg., lg parking lot LEASE

OFFICE BUILDING Hamilton - E State St Ext 2,500 sf single story brick bldg. 2 units, retail/office w/rental income, 19 car parking lot. Excellent Condition. SALE

OFFICE COMPLEX Hamilton - Reeves Avenue Sale: 2 office bldgs totaling 12,000 sf, 65 car park, 1.15 acre lot (or) Lease: 3 office stes; 1,900 sf, 2,200 sf, and 1,400 sf. All in excellent condition. SALE/ LEASE

OFFICE/RETAIL Hamilton - Nottingham Way 2 lots w/house located at Nottingham Way and Rte 33 traffic light intersection. Zoned Community Comm'l. Call for details. SALE

OFFICE BUILDING Hamilton - Quakerbridge Rd Sale: 2,820 sf bldg (or) Lease: 1,872 sf space, 12 car parking. Near Lawrence Twp line. Excellent condition. REDUCED SALE/ LEASE

OFFICE SUITE Lawrence - Franklin Corner Rd 1,251 sf corner suite, (3) priv. offices, conf rm, recep & waiting area, private entrance. LEASE - $15.00/sf NNN

STOREFRONT RETAIL Trenton - N Olden Ave 4,950 sf 2-story bldg w/10 car parking. Located on heavily traveled main thoroughfare. SALE/LEASE

MANSFIELD SQUARE Mansfield Twp. - Rte 206 Under constr. 61,000 sf. complex, (2) med/prof office bldgs. & (1) retail bldg. Now leasing. Call for details. LEASE

SERENITY PLAZA SHOPPING CTR Ewing - Parkway Ave. 1,233-2,516 sf retail units avail. in active ctr anchored by Marrazzo's Supermarket. Immed. occup. Attractive lease rates. LEASE

DEER PATH PAVILION Hamilton - Rte 130 1,300-4,000 sf retail units avail in new retail ctr across from Hamilton Marketplace Regional Shopping Ctr. LEASE

FOREST GLEN SHOPPING CTR Hamilton - Rte 33 4,755 sf condo unit whole or divisible into 2 units of approx. 2,377 sf., lrg parking lot. Suitable for office/retail SALE/LEASE

DEVELOPMENT SITE Hamilton - S Olden Ave 2,500 sf bldg on 3 acre site. Zoned general commercial. All utilities to site. Located at Exit 62, I-295 SALE - $975,000 LEASE or BUILD TO SUIT

OFFICE/3 GARAGES/2 APTS Hamilton - S Olden Ave 2-story investment prop. zoned comm'l. Lge parking lot w/brick pavers. 1st flr office, 3 garages w/ovrhd drs; 2nd flr 2 apts. 1 w/2 bdrms and 1 w/1 bdrm. SALE


WAREHOUSE Hamilton - Hamilton Ave. Sale: 9,834 sf bldg, 1 dock dr, 2 overhead drive-in drs, 12'ceilings or Lease: 4,858 sf front section $4/sf SALE/LEASE

130 SOUTH AMERICAN GRILL Hamilton Twp. - Rte 130 Modern 9,170 sf, 330 seats, fully equipped fine dining restaurant/bar w/liquor license. Large parking lot on heavily traveled highway location. Like new condition. MUST SEE!! SALE
RESTAURANT w/2 APTS - Trenton - Mercer Cty - 3-story brick, totally renov., opert'g restaurant, fully equipped, 70 seats, 20 car parking, corner location. (2)-2 bdrm apts. MUST SEE!! SALE - $495,000 RESTAURANT - Hamilton Twp - Mercer Cty - 2,080 sf operating diner/restaurant in active shopping ctr., 85 seats, fully equipped, abundant parking. Favorable lease assumption. Business Only. SALE RESTAURANT/TOMATO PIES - Hamilton Twp - Mercer Cty - 2,008 sf opert'g restaurant/pizza, 70 seats inside 21 seats patio area, fully equipped, abundant parking, turnkey operation. Business Only. SALE RESTAURANT /BAR - Robbinsville - Mercer Cty - 6,800 sf opert'g restaurant w/liq. lic., 175 seats, fully equipped, 2 parking lots, tenant income. SALE

WAREHOUSE Hamilton - Sculptors Way 34,566 sf bldg, 3 ovrhd drs w/covered loading platform also rail siding, 16' clear ceilings, 200 amp electric. LEASE

WAREHOUSE/OFFICE Upper Freehold - Herbert Rd 20,000 sf whse bldg, 1,600 sf office space, rental income. 10.63 acres +/-, 24' ceilings, drive-in and dock doors. SALE - 1.75 M LEASE - $3.95/sf NNN

BAR & GRILL - Pemberton Twp., Burl. Cty - 2-story bldg w/1st floor tavern, includes liq. lic., 3-bdrm apt upstairs, full bsmt. SALE COOKSTOWN TAVERN - N Hanover Twp - Burl. Cty - 2,000 sf bldg, 80 seats, 2 bars, liq. lic., equipped kitchen, 50 car parking, located 1 mile from McGuire Air Force Base. SALE $375,000 FOOD PROCESSING FACILITY - Trenton - Mifflin St - Former catering food prep operation. 2,500 sf fully equipped facility. 1 bdrm apt w/rental income. SALE/LEASE (3) LIQUOR LICENSES - Hamilton Twp., So. Brunswick Twp., Florence Twp. - All are Class "C" Consumption Liquor Licenses suitable for sit-down bar/restaurant operation. SALE

WHSE/MANUFACTURING Trenton - Plum Street 150,000 sf bldg. on 3.86 ac. +/-, 15'-28' ceilings, drive-in & dock drs, possible rail srv., located in Trenton UEZ Excellent Condition SALE

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