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JUNE 2430, 2015

The mini memoir

of Leslie Burger

Rainy day shopping

PPL executive director shares

her story as she turns the page
to her next chapter: retirement
The Sun
Leslie Burgers eyes teared up
as she wrote her name, large and
joyous, on her first library card.
In those days, at the library Burger visited every Saturday in
Bridgeport, Conn., you could not
take out a book until you were
able write your name in it.
I had this incredible sense of
empowerment knowing that
everything in that building was
mine, Burger said.
It was at that moment Burger
realized she wanted to be a librarian.
Almost instantly, she became a
crazy, avid reader. Burger
poured through favorites such as
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and
piles of biographies and memoirs.
Later, she got her first afterschool job at that same local library. Burger recalled the dank,
musty, sometimes creepy stacks
where shed reshelve the books,
and the glass floors that created a

It was there
she discovered
being a librarian was a career that, for
her, had great
potential. She
was right.
After earnBURGER
ing a BA at the
University of Hartford, Burger
studied under a professor in the
Master of Library Sciences program at the University of Maryland. To Burger, this professor
was an incredible gift.
She taught me how libraries
are life-changing institutions. I
realized I could change the world
as an activist librarian, Burger
said, and spent 42 years doing
Burger has accomplished
many things in her career. She
has served as president of both
the American and New Jersey Li-


Princeton local Adrienne Rubin shops for fresh produce at Chickadee Creek Farm's stand at the
Princeton Farmer's Market on Thursday, June 18, despite the rainy weather.

please see BURGER, page 19


LGBT Pride Month
What are Princetonians
saying? PAGE 9

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


The full scope: Photographer Alan Kesselhaut

Princeton resident gives the scoop on his process, his philosophy and how he gets his best shot
The Sun
If you happen to meander up
the stairs to Princeton Public Librarys second floor, youll find
yourself staring through the lens
of Alan Kesselhaut and into the
heart of Iceland.
Iceland is a
photographers paradise,
said. I wanted to show the
viewer what I
saw, not just
what the camera saw.
These are
perhaps interesting words to hear
from a professional photographer
since usually the camera is the
medium with which we expect to
see the subject. Kesselhaut, however, is specialized at expanding
the scope of which you see the
subject with a technique that has
evolved as technology has. Its
called High Dynamic Range.
The layman may know this
computer-friendly technique by
its acronym, HDR, but does not

know the fullness of its potential

to enliven the photographers
High Dynamic Range is a
process designed to overcome the
limitations of our cameras,
Kesselhaut illuminated. Sensors
are not able to capture the full
range of contrast in a scene. We
lose details in the highlights and
we lose details in the shadows. I
shoot a series of images at different exposures. Then using software, I merge images to recapture
the details in the highlights and
the details in the shadows.
Kesselhaut went on to explain
how the human eye can see 12 to
14 different exposure values from
light to dark. He said how we can
see some things, even in the shadows, and everything in the sunlight. A camera, no matter what
the quality or cost, can only
see seven to eight exposure values.
As a photographer who at one
point worked in the time-consuming and romantic atmosphere of
the dark room, Kesselhaut feels
his new process allows him to experiment a lot more.
I never feel its cheating. I feel
it gives us the opportunity to do

Special to the Sun

The HDR process Kesselhaut uses captures an Icelandic scene beautifully, showing the full scope of what the he saw. Iceland is a photographer's paradise, Kesselhaut said.
better art, he said about using a
computer to amplify his images.
Impressionists were able to go
out in the field and paint outside
because someone thought to invent paint in a tube. Back then,
people speculated that they were
cheating. But it was art.
An individual who set the stage

for exploring the full range of a

photograph, Kesselhaut said, was
Ansel Adams, who used to take
photographs at an extremely fast
shutter pace and then performed
a process called dodging and
burning in the dark room. He
was the first photographer to actually do HDR. However, what

took Adams weeks or even

months to do with a photograph
takes Kesselhaut hours.
Kesselhaut teaches his philosophy to students at the Princeton
Photo Workshop the organization Kesselhaut founded where he
teaches photographers of different skill levels how to take better
pictures. The workshop includes
classes from introduction to photography to fieldwork, composition and Adobe programs, and he
also has a summer camp for
I have to go into a shoot and
take a photograph that has a subject, with the best exposure, and
focus on my best shot. It is only
then that I come home and work
on it. I make them into a piece of
art. Once I bring them to my computer, I am not only a photographer, I am an artist.
Kesselhaut will be giving a lecture on his work and HDR
process along with Danielle
Bursk, another exhibited artist,
at the Princeton Public Library in
the Community Room on Friday,
June 30 at 7 p.m. For more information on his workshop, visit

Car window shattered in All Saints Church parking lot

The following reports are provided by the Princeton Police Department.
On June 9, a victim reported
that unknown actor(s) shattered
her vehicles left rear
window while it was
parked in the All
Saints Church parking
lot at 16 All Saints
Road. Repair cost is

leased on her own recognizance.

On June 9, subsequent to a car
stop on Quaker Road, a 55-yearold Princeton female was arrested on a Hillsborough Township
Municipal Court warrant for $264. She was
released after posting


Subsequent to a motor vehicle

stop on North Harrison Street
June 9, a 23-year-old Trenton female was arrested on a Trenton
Municipal Court warrant for
$3,500. She was processed and re-

Subsequent to a
motor vehicle stop on State Road
Lawrenceville female was arrested on a Secaucus Township Municipal Court warrant for $1,000.
She was released after posting

On June 11, subsequent to a

motor vehicle stop on Spruce
Street, a 36-year-old Kingston female was arrested on a Trenton
Municipal Court warrant for $89.
She was released after posting
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on State Road June 11, a 27year-old Philadelphia male was
arrested on multiple warrants totaling $203. He was released after
posting bail.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on State Road June 11, a 26year-old male from Morrisville,
Pa., was arrested on Shrewsbury
Municipal Court and Hamilton

Municipal Court warrants totaling $253. He was released after

posting bail.
A Redding Circle resident reported that sometime between
June 9 and 12, unknown actor(s)
stole his UPS package containing
a cell phone and tablet totaling
$500 from his front porch.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on Alexander Street on June
12, a 42-year-old Princeton male
was arrested on a Princeton Municipal Court warrant for $159.
He was released after posting
Subsequent to a pedestrian

check in the Spring Street Parking Garage on June 12, a 75-yearold woman with no known address was arrested on a Princeton
Municipal Court warrant for
$186. She was released on her own
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on Witherspoon Street on
June 14, a 49-year-old Princeton
male was arrested for driving
while intoxicated.
He was
processed and later released with
On June 14, a Linden Lane resident reported that unknown
please see WOMAN, page 19


A shot at professional baseball

Dr. Mary V. DeCicco

Tyler Servais, a four-year starter at catcher and first base

for Princeton University, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers

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Last month, Princeton University senior Tyler Servais graduated with a bachelors degree in
However, he isnt working in a
financial office this summer.
Right now, Servais is working
on a baseball diamond, working
out at the Detroit Tigers facility
in Lakeland, Fla., and preparing
to play professional baseball in
the teams minor league system.
The Tigers drafted Servais in the

27th round of the 2015 MLB Draft

on June 10.
This isnt the first time Servais
has been drafted. In 2011, Servais,
a native of Larkspur, Col., was
drafted in the 36th round by the
team based less than an hour
away from his hometown the
Colorado Rockies.
Servais decided not to sign
with Colorado because he said his
mind was set on playing baseball
at Princeton University.
As a player coming out of high
school, I knew I should probably
go to college, he said. The op-

Princeton provided me is
something I
never turned
Servais has
baseball in his
blood. His father, Scott SerSERVAIS
for four Major League teams during an 11-year career from 1991 to
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Celebrating Independence Day

the old-fashioned way
Morven Museum and Garden hosts July 4th Jubilee
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One might imagine how Americans celebrated their independence in the days of yore: an afternoon picnic, men cleaning their
muskets, women sipping tea and
children scattered about playing
to the beat of live music. In 2015
in Princeton, a jubilee on July 4 at
a local institution is precisely
Morven Museum and Garden
was previously the home of
Richard Stockton, one of the five
New Jersey signers of the Declaration of Independence. Of the
five mens residences, Morven is
the only one opened to the public.
It acted as the countrys first and

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temporary White House sprawling, rather fittingly, over the large

and well-maintained property at
55 Stockton St.
Given the museums history,
the July 4 Jubilee is a natural
fit, explained Director of Development Barbara Webb. We like
to think of it as an old-fashioned
celebration where families can really get in touch with the heart of
the holiday. Its a carefree afternoon where people can bring picnics or eat barbecue, listen to
music and go booth to booth.
The booths, provided especially for children who come to the
event, include various demonstrations of early-American domestic life, Webb said. There
will be activities for everyone
from bread baking to papermaking. An ice cream making booth
can even entice the not-so-into
history student, and the gunsmithing booth invites guests to
see how to reproduce, clean and
fire a musket used during the
Revolutionary period.
The jubilees regular George
Washington will be stepping out
of the spotlight this year to welcome, instead, an eager Benjamin
Franklin. Due to his interest in
light, he will be inviting flash

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photography for all of those

wanting a picture.
There will be a barbecue food
truck on site as well as live music
on the porch. The band playing
includes some members of the
Princeton-based Riverside Bluegrass Band, who have headlined
most of Morvens July 4 celebrations.
Revolutionary Tea, a program led by history re-enactor
Stacy Flora Roth, will demonstrate why tea was such a significant part of life during the Revolution. She will dive, dressed head
to toe in original garb, into why
the fashion-conscious posed with
tea sets, if tea had something to
do with Britain losing its American colonies, and other tea lore,
history, poetry and song.
In addition to outdoor activities, there will be an artistic opportunity led by Arts Council of
Princeton instructor Libby Ramage in the second floor gallery. Individuals of all ages can have a go
at drawing pieces from the current exhibit of New Jersey 19th
century chairs. Ramage will assist those interested in creating
their own chalk or oil pastel rendition of a chair that intrigues
their fancy.
The July 4th Jubilee is free and
open to the public from noon to 3
p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Guests
are invited to park at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Monument Hall or on the street. For
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Princetons HiTOPS aids todays LGBT youth

The Sun
Adolescence can be a trial-and-error developmental phase for teenagers, no matter
their walk of life. But, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the challenge is often set above the rest. Many face
harassment and abuse, and unfortunately
see a lack of support from both adults and
their surrounding community.
These obstacles often put LGBT youth at
a greater risk for mental health problems
and risk behaviors. Being afforded the opportunity to foster pro-social attitudes and
facilitate a sense of connectedness among
students, their educators and health officials, aims to decrease signs of depression,
suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and unexcused absences just to name a few.
HiTOPS, a Princeton-based health edu-

cation and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring every adolescent safe passage to adulthood, provides comprehensive
sexuality education and promotes healthy
relationships and supportive connections,
while specifically targeting the towns
LGBT youth.
It all started when we were still a pretty
young organization, doing clinical care for
girls at the time, implementing Teen Council and partnering with local schools, recalled Elizabeth Walters, HiTOPS director
of education. At the time, we had a young
man from The Hun School of Princeton
come to us and say, you have to do something for gay kids in Princeton. I think if
you asked those kids now, who are probably in their 40s there was nothing like our
LGBTQ program at the time. It was
groundbreaking. Kids yearned for social
connection, education and support.

Not until a year ago did HiTOPS really

start to see a lot of transgender kids coming in for help, and because their issues
seemed to be so different, the organization
took an even deeper plunge.
Corrine OHara, HiTOPS LGBTQ coordinator and health educator, has provided
sexuality education to adolescents at HiTOPS for 21 years.
She facilitates First and Third, a bimonthly peer-to-peer educational program
and social support group for LGB youth,
and PFLAG, a monthly support group for
parents, family and friends of lesbians and
OHara is co-founder of the statewide
annual LGBT Conference formerly
known as the GSA Forum and is the creator of Snapshot of My School, a tool used
please see WALTERS, page 17

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From left are Charles Hayes, Caileigh Groff, Max Gessner and Lincoln

Pledging a religious
rite of passage
The Princeton United Methodist
Church confirms four eighth graders
on Pentecost, Sunday, May 24
The Sun
Four eighth graders, each hailing from a different municipality,
were confirmed as members of
the Princeton United Methodist
Church on Pentecost, Sunday,
May 24.
We welcome them as Disciples
of Christ and pray that as they
continue their journey of growing in faith, that they will experience this congregation as a place
that encourages and nurtures
them, said Rev. Jana PurkisBrash, senior pastor at PUMC.
Those publicly affirmed include Lincoln Roth of Princeton,
Max Gessner of Princeton Junction, Charles Hayes of Skillman
and Caileigh Groff of Hillsborough.
"I decided to join this church
because they make worshiping
and learning about God fun and
interesting," Roth said.
The four teenagers accepted
the grace of God and pledged to
be the idols disciples. "Curiosity,

questions and doubts are part of

any faith journey, shared Rev.
Susan Victor, who co-taught the
confirmation class alongside
Phoebe Quaynor, a Princeton
Theological Seminary student.
Victor is also a deacon in the
United Methodist Church, and a
counselor and chaplain at Womanspace Inc.
Through the year-long confirmation class, our children were
encouraged to question and think
about what their faith meant to
them, so they could make it entirely their own, she said.
As Roth added, "The confirmation process was fun we went on
a retreat, watched movies from
the Bible and did hands-on activities to help us learn more about
Roth is looking forward to volunteering at Vacation Bible
School, from Aug. 11-13.
"VBS is really fun. We play
games, do arts and crafts and sing
songs about God, he said.
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Truck Day and Story Time: Princeton Public Library, Community
Room, 10 a.m. Princeton Township will park construction vehicles and other trucks behind the
library on Sylvia Beach Way for
children and their grown-ups to
explore. Children can touch the
trucks, sit behind the wheel and
ask the operators questions.
Summer Reading Filibuster: The
Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963: Princeton Public Library,
Main Lobby, noon. In keeping with
the Every Hero Has a Story
theme of summer reading, well
read Christopher Paul Curtis historical fiction novel from start to
finish in the lobby of the library.
All are welcome to participate by
reading a portion of the book.
New Jersey Search and Rescue
Dogs: Princeton Public Library,
Community Room, 3 p.m. Members of the New Jersey Search
and Rescue K-9 Unit, an all-volunteer unit comprised of dedicated
handlers and their K-9 partners,

will visit the library to discuss

their work as mission-ready field
support personnel and trainees.
CHADD Parent to Parent Family
Training on ADHD Class: Family
Support Organization of Mercer
County in Hamilton, 7-9 p.m. Runs
for seven sessions. Contact,
adhdcoachjane@gmail.com for
more information.
The Colored Threads of Dreams,
Tapestries by Armando Sosa:
Princeton Theological Seminary,
Erdmann Art Gallery, 8:30-4:30
p.m. For more information on this
art exhibit, call (609) 497-7990.

Cooking Demonstration: Garden
State on Your Plate: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
10 a.m. Nirit Yadin, cooking
instructor, food writer and Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager, shows how to craft a whole
mean from one trip to a farmers
Princeton Farmers Market: Princeton Public Library, Hinds Plaza, 11

a.m. Seasonal produce from local

farmers, flowers, crafts and a
variety of edibles are available
through 4 p.m. at this weekly
event. Live music from 12:30-2:30
Princeton Festival Lecture: Princeton Public Library, Community
Room, 7:30 p.m. Marianne Gray,
popular lecturer on art and its
relation to history, discusses the
great changes in politics, social
order and customs that took
place in the latter part of the 18th
century. Mozarts Le Nozze di
Figaro offers a close look at this
The Colored Threads of Dreams,
Tapestries by Armando Sosa:
Princeton Theological Seminary,
Erdmann Art Gallery, 8:30-4:30
p.m. For more information on this
art exhibit, call (609) 497-7990.

Live Art Session: Read and Be
Read: Princeton Public Library,
Lobby, 1 p.m. Arts Council of
Princeton Summer Artist in Residence Faraz Khan uses acrylic
and ink to transform a bookcase
full of old books into a painting
with Arabic calligraphy. Intended
to raise awareness about an
upcoming exhibition at the Arts
Council, the project is expected
to take 10 hours.
Dancing Under the Stars: Princeton Public Library, Hinds Plaza,
7:30 p.m. Members of Central
Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an

JUNE 2430, 2015

evening of dancing. Continues

twice monthly through September. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room.
Job Seeker Sessions: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
9:45 a.m. The library and Professional Services Group of Mercer
County sponsor sessions for professionals who are seeking new
employment and contracting
opportunities throughout the
region. Please check the librarys
website for specific topics.
The Colored Threads of Dreams,
Tapestries by Armando Sosa:
Princeton Theological Seminary,
Erdmann Art Gallery, 8:30-4:30
p.m. For more information on this
art exhibit, call (609) 497-7990.

Film: Big Hero 6: Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 3
Pradhanica Indian Dance and
Music Ensemble: Princeton Festival, McCarter Theatre Center
for the Performing Arts, Berlind
Theater, 8 p.m. For tickets, visit

Blue Jersey Band: Princeton Public
Library, Hinds Plaza, 3 p.m. The
band performs an eclectic mix of
swing, gypsy jazz, bluegrass,
blues and Irish fiddle tunes. Part
of the Summer Listen Local

Open Streets Ciclovia: Quaker

Road, 1-4 p.m. Walking, cycling
and fun on Quaker Road. For
additional information, call (609)

The Colored Threads of Dreams,
Tapestries by Armando Sosa:
Princeton Theological Seminary,
Erdmann Art Gallery, 8:30-4:30
p.m. For more information on this
art exhibit, call (609) 497-7990.

Princeton Scrabble Club Meeting:
Panera Bread, Nassau Park
Boulevard and Route 1 South,
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Princeton Community Dinner: First
Baptist Church of Princeton, 5-7
p.m. In collaboration with the
Trenton Soup Kitchen. All are
welcome to partake of a free dinner to sit down and eat, or to take
with you.
Art Talk: Escape the Ordinary:
Princeton Public Library, 7 p.m.
Photographer Alan Kesselhaut
and artist Danielle Bursk, whose
work is being exhibited in the
librarys second floor Reference
Gallery through the end of
August, speak about their work.
The Colored Threads of Dreams,
Tapestries by Armando Sosa:
Princeton Theological Seminary,
Erdmann Art Gallery, 8:30-4:30
p.m. For more information on this
art exhibit, call (609) 497-7990.


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Princetonian Holly Nelson spends an afternoon in Hinds Plaza, relaxing with her beloved Rhodesian ridgeback FDR.

Princetonians talk
LGBT Pride Month
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This month, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride is
proudly celebrated from Princeton to Pittsburgh, Pa., Austin,
Texas, to Portland, Ore., and
everywhere in between.
Every year, the month-long celebration hopes to shine a positive
light on the LGBT community, by
spreading the notions of equal
rights, self-affirmation, community building and, of course, the
acceptance of sexual diversity
and gender variance.
In the past, the last Sunday of
every June was designated as
Gay Pride Day, which later
turned to Gay Pride Month.
But, as the celebration came to
grow and prosper both in size and
in accompaniment, it is now
more commonly recognized as
LGBT Pride Month.
Celebrations include anything
and everything from pride parades, parties and picnics to concerts, workshops and even symposiums.
Princetonian Holly Nelson, a
professor at Rutgers University,
expressed that while she does not
do anything special to commemorate the holiday, she acknowledges it.
Making note of recent pop cul-

ture, Nelson said: The whole

Caitlyn Jenner story seems so
very Hollywood to me. The story
should be about the people in
your life, your experiences and
struggles, and not so much on the
glitz and the glam.

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Princeton Symphony Orchestra

pays homage to founder
Orchestras 35th anniversary season, Celebrating the
Creativity of Women, honors legacy of Portia Sonnenfeld
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The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is slated to pay homage to
the legacy of Founder Portia Sonnenfeld in light of the organizations 35th anniversary season,
Celebrating the Creativity of
PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov is the brains behind this
forthcoming seasons ambitious
programming, which only reinforces the companys commitment to new music as one of the
rejuvenating forces in classical
music today.
Marking this season, Milanovs
sixth with PSO, the director continues down the adventurous
path of artistry and leadership
initially set off by Sonnenfield.
Sonnenfeld, an all-around musician pianist, cellist, conductor
and teacher first taught and conducted the orchestra at Princeton
High School where she inspired
generations of young musicians.
In 1980, Sonnenfeld founded
The Little Orchestra of Princeton, the pre-cursor to todays PSO.
Leading PSO for seven years,
Sonnenfeld not only programmed
and conducted world premieres,

but also introduced internationally known soloists.

She further shaped the orchestras organizational underpinning to be strong and vibrant, attracting leading philanthropists
and civic leaders to champion her
earned PSO its first ASCAP
award, laying the groundwork for
the legacy of unique programming that are all hallmarks of
todays PSO.
Our anniversary theme has
particular significance to our organization as we were founded by
a woman of great vision, and
have been led by several women
since, including these many past
seasons with Executive Director
Melanie Clarke, Milanov said.
Our featured artists, like them,
are inspirational women at the
forefront of their respective
Season highlights are said to
include performances of works
by five powerhouse soloist composers, all of whom are uncommonly gifted women with flourishing careers in music. The lineup includes Jennifer Koh, Anna
Clyne, Jing Jing Luo, Caroline
Shaw and Sarah Kirkland Snider.

Heartfelt Virtuosity: Edward
T. Cone Concert, Sunday, Nov.
8, Richardson Auditorium, 4
p.m. Pianist, Joyce Yang performs.
Three Songs, Sunday, Jan. 31,
Richardson Auditorium, 4 p.m.
Guest Composer, Jing Jing
Luo and Soprano, Dawn
Upshaw perform.
Beholding Brahms, Sunday,
March 13, Richardson
Auditorium, 4 p.m. Guest
Composer and Violinist,
Caroline Shaw performs.
Passion and Affection,
Sunday, May 15, Richardson
Auditorium, 4 p.m. Guest
Composer, Sarah Kirkland
Snider performs.

The anniversary celebration

also features symphonies by
Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Edward
T. Cone, Mozart, Brahms and a
variety of works by Kodly,
Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Richard
Strauss and Johann Strauss Jr.
Each classical series concert
will be preceded by a pre-concert
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McCarter Theatre Center

spotlights plans for arts education

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After receiving generous Burke Foundation grant, center seeks to give the
theatrical experience to thousands of underserved youth within first year
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In the fall of 2013, McCarter
Theatre Center reorganized its
education and engagement programs to more dramatically impact its community. With greater
focus on after-school classes, inschool residencies and community partnerships, McCarter designed an agenda that aimed to
enliven art throughout the region, especially in areas with
fewer artistic resources.
This spring, McCarter announced it received a grant for
the education and engagement
programs one of the largest in
its history that would strengthen the artistic outlook of thou-

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The James E. and Diane W.
Burke Foundation, better known
as the Burke Foundation, awarded McCarter Theatre a three-year
$300,000 grant in support of its
This grant means that over
the three-year period, thousands
of young people in the area will
be able to have meaningful participation in the performing arts,
said McCarter Theatre Artistic
Director Emily Mann in a release.
The programs will bring the
richness of the theatrical experience to children who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the
magic of theater, added James
Burke, Burke Foundation officer
and McCarter trustee.

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offer students throughout the
state and community members
more access to art and theater.
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existing in-school programs at
Princeton Public Schools, Trenton Central High School, New
Brunswick Regional Schools,
Middlesex County Vocational
Technical High School and Trentons Grace Dunn Middle School,
among others. McCarter plans to
add to the fully subsidized tickets
for student matinees and will
arrange buses for schools whose
art programs are limited primarily by the cost for transportation.
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Women make up 47 percent of
the overall workforce and constitute only about 27 percent of the
science and engineering workforce, said Judy Hutton, CEO at
YWCA Princeton.
According to Hutton, fewer
than one in 10 employed scientists and engineers are minority
As part of our mission to empower women, we strongly believe the time has come to encourage young women and girls to
pursue interests and careers in
STEM, Hutton added.
YWCA Princeton will introduce a new program, said to expose young girls to science and
technology in a fun environment
through FIRST LEGO League Robotics, later this summer.
The course will be offered as

part of an initiative in collaboration with and, of course, hosted

by Princeton Universitys School
of Engineering and Applied Science, and is promised to be both
interactive and intergenerational.
Girls who are interested in the
program can join one of two
YWCA Princeton Robotics Teams
and compete in the forthcoming
FLL season.
The girls who sign up for this
program, and their families, will
not only experience competition
structured and fueled by FIRST
LEGO League, but they will also
be interacting with a highlyskilled group of volunteers, some
who will be modeling another one
of our goals the development
and mentoring of leaders representing our Under Age 30 demographic, said Nancy Faherty,
YWCA Princetons director of advocacy and development.
FIRST LEGO League encourages kids to celebrate research,
science and discovery in a fun
and supportive team-like environment.
In addition to creating robots
using LEGO Mindstorms, each
year FLL releases a new challenge based on current scientific
issues. Participating teams can
learn more about the science behind the challenge theme and use
their creativity to design a solution or modify an existing solution in hope of solving a realworld problem.
This year, the global challenges theme is titled, TRASH
TREK. For a brief preview of
While FLL teams work on the
robot game and the project each
year, they are guided by the FLL
Core Values, which encourage
participants to respect their
teammates, coaches and their
competitors, all while in the
process of learning and having
Dr. Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman,
whose resume runs the gamut
consultant, YWCA Princeton
Tribute to Women honoree,
board member and Princeton

University graduate is spearheading this initiative.

A scientist herself, RoweRendleman has mentored countless young girls over the years.
My expectation for the program is to create a positive exposure to young, potential scientists
by showing them a path to an interesting range of careers. I want
these girls to know that a career
path in science should not be arduous, but that it should be fun,
she explained.
Programs such as FIRST
LEGO League Robotics provide
an understanding of how things
work, develop problem-solving
skills and promote hands-on
learning, and more importantly
makes it possible for kids to love
And while YWCA Princeton
has already done a phenomenal
job of highlighting the many
women who have succeeded in
the fields of math and science, the
stories behind these talented individuals, their struggles and their
successes have been underreported, officials said.
On a national level, YWCA has
already vetted similar initiatives
such as TechGYRLS, STEM
Savvy and Million Women
Research clearly indicates
girls will achieve their full potential in STEM and pursue post-secondary education if they begin to
see this environment change and
if they see more women in leadership and decision-making roles,
Faherty said. Our YWCA Princeton introduces this new program
with hopes to do just that.
Interested families with girls
aged 9 to 14 are invited to attend
information sessions on Saturdays, Aug. 15 and 22 from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m., and on Mondays, Aug. 17
and 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Friend
Center Convocation Room at
Princeton University.
At these sessions, families and
girls will get a chance to understand the program, ask questions
and learn more about robotics in
general and about being a part of
please see ROBOTICS, page 16


Grant spread over three years

Continued from page 13
increase the amount of scholarship funds McCarter offers families around the area. Financial
aid has been one of the theaters
commitments to help individuals
experience programs such as
summer theater camps and afterschool theater classes. With
$300,000 from the Burke Foundation, according to the release, this
commitment will be all the more
Another community-focused
mission to come as a result of the
grant in the first year will be to
partner with various organizations and create new programming. Eden Autism Services,
Homefront and Princeton Community Housing are a few local
institutions that have partnered
with McCarter with sights set on
affecting thousands of residents

and families with positive shifts

in the arts.
Eden Autisms Chief Development Officer Melinda Gorny
McAleer said her organization
has worked before with McCarter
to make it easier for individuals
with disabilities to see the shows.
This grant opens doors to new
experiences for members of the
community who are sometimes
limited by constraints that are
placed upon them. We are thrilled
and grateful that organizations
like McCarter and funders like
Mr. and Mrs. Burke embrace the
autism community and acknowledge that our children and adults
are fully capable of experiencing
the joy of live theater, McAleer
McCarter previously made adjustments in three of its shows so
it would address sensory matters
and create an environment more
accessible for people with autism
or other developmental disabilities. McAleer said it alleviated the

concerns of many families, made

them comfortable going to shows
without disrupting other audience members and enabled them
to enjoy live theater.
Theater education increases
creativity, collaboration and
artistry among participants, and
we are thrilled that so many more
young people from diverse economic backgrounds will have the
chance to experience the kind of
learning and growth our programs are designed to provide,
McCarters Director of Education
and Engagement Erica Nagel
said in a release. Through transportation funding, ticket subsidies, expanded in-school programs, new community partnerships and increased scholarship
money, the generosity and vision
of the Burke Foundation has
made it possible to address the
areas identified as the most significant barriers to youth arts
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Cier wants to support cousin,

who came out a few years ago


Kadi Cier said that

every year she attends Asbury Park's
Gay Pride Parade.

Continued from page 9

Psychologist Carole Bienstock
was just leaving her book group
at the Princeton Public Library
when she explained that even
though she does not have any celebratory plans for LGBT Pride
Month, she is always intrigued
when reading about the LGBT
My husband has been asking
me lately, What does transgender
mean? And yesterday, there was
an article in the New York Times
about an 18-year-old girl who underwent transgender surgery, and
my husband and I discussed it in
depth for a long time, she said.
Reading an article like that one
really helped us to better understand the meaning behind trans-

gender, and we now feel better

equipped to deal with such a matter.
But for Princeton High School
student Kadi Cier, LGBT Pride
Month is a celebration close to
I always go to Asbury Parks
Gay Pride Parade, said the 18year-old with a smile.

My cousin Nicole Dey came

out a couple of years back, so it is
important for me to show her support.
Do you have plans for LGBT Pride
Month or have a newsworthy story
to share? Tell us on Twitter @princetonsun, or write us an email at

Season kicks off on Sept. 27

Continued from page 10
talk hosted by Milanov, and ancillary events to enrich the live concert experience and encourage
community dialogue regarding
womens contributions to the arts.
The season will kick off Sunday, Sept. 27 with A Graceful
Pairing when guest Composer
Anna Clynes ongoing collaboration with violinist Jennifer Koh

spins forth another beautiful

piece fitted for solo violin.
The Seamstress weaves together the composers keen interest in assorted art forms, finding
inspiration from W.B. Yeats poem
that begins with an image of fine
In tandem with this performance, a poetry reading will take
place, which will later include
Sergei Rachmaninoff s Symphony No. 2. One of Rachmaninoff s
most popular pieces, this symphony evokes a festive Russian Spirit.

Robotics Demo Day is Sept. 13

Continued from page 14
the FLL teams.
Any interested adults who
wish to become a coach, or participate as a mentor to the YWCA
Princeton Robotics teams, may
also attend.
On Sunday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m.

to 4 p.m., Robotics Demo Day is

scheduled at the YWCA Princetons W Center.
Local and national champions
from around the state will perform robotics demonstrations,
provide workshops, scrimmages
and share best practices for projects in the 2015 robotics season.
To learn more about this new
program, email robotics@ywcaprinceton.org.


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Walters: There is a huge need

to be supportive of LGBT youth
Continued from page 6
to create more inclusive schools.
OHara provides consultation
to schools and in-service trainings throughout the state on
LGBT issues. She is also co-creator of the Teen Council educational program and helped in
writing the courses curriculum
Corrine has made a huge attempt to meet the needs of the
kids, as well as the parents and
the schools, Walters said of
Schools in Princeton, for the
first time, are dealing with transgender youth and they dont
know what to do. Corrine does a
lot of consulting, and tries to help
each community remain as safe

as possible while the students

make their transition.
According to HiTOPS LGBTQ
Catharine Vaucher, HiTOPS director of development and marketing, out of 585 educational programs in 2014, 126 were implemented specifically to reduce incidents of self-harm, as well as
physical assault, harassment and
bullying, with particular attention on LGBT youth. More than
4,000 youth contacts benefited.
Last year, Princetons HiTOPS
alone implemented 271 programs
including support groups, trainings for peers, adults and conferences to increase protective factors through healthy, sustained
adult-peer connections in the
home, the school and the community.
The organization also trained
457 high school students on how

to establish a club for LGBT

youth in their own schools.
There is a huge need and a
real desire to understand and be
supportive of LGBT youth, Walters stated. We have learned that
the parents also really want to understand what is going on, and I
think over time these kids will
find that there are people in their
world who will support them.
She advises Princetons LGBT
youth to, reach out to one adult
that you trust, and that will lead
you to other adults and groups
who will be supportive.
OHara could not be reached
for comment.


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Located at the corner of Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton, PUMC is a diverse congregation whose members come from many different
surrounding communities, backgrounds and faith histories.
Last week, PUMCs worship
schedule changed from two services one at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
to one service 10 a.m. in the
air-conditioned sanctuary.
PUMC is also offering a special
summer program for children
through fifth grade.
A nursery is provided and the
church is wheelchair accessible.
For further information at
PUMC, call (609) 924-2613 or visit
its website, http://www.princetonumc.org.

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and his father. Servais plays
catcher and first base like his father did. Unlike his father, Servais is a switch-hitter. Scott hit
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to the way he did them and I do
some things very differently, Servais said.
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mature baseball player than
when he was originally drafted.
He said his defense has improved
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quite a few things out, Servais
At Princeton, Servais was a
four-year starter, playing in 30 or
more games in each season. He
made a lot of noise during his
freshman year, hitting .278 with
three home runs and 19 RBIs. He
also threw out 33 percent of base
stealers during the 2012 and 2013
In high school, I didnt have
much of a throwing arm, Servais said. Now Im much
stronger in that area.
One of the benefits of attending Princeton was being able to
balance baseball with education.
Servais, an economics major, said
the timing of being drafted as he
graduated worked out perfectly.
I was lucky enough to be
drafted my senior year and finish
my degree, he said. A lot of college players get drafted in their

junior year.
Servais added he enjoyed
spending time with his teammates at Princeton, saying the
personalities were much different
than most other college players.
I enjoyed getting to know
some of the guys on the team, he
said. Its a different scenario.
The people you meet in summer
ball are different from the people
you meet at Princeton.
Servais had a non-baseball
plan set up after graduating last
Prior to being drafted, he received a job offer from a small
consulting firm. He turned down
the job after deciding to sign with
the Tigers, realizing hed be able
to put his degree to good use in
the future. Right now, his focus is
on trying to make it in the big
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Woman accidentally impales toe

with rake tine, needs surgery
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actor(s) attempted to open a Victoria's Secret credit card using
her personal information. The
victim discovered the fraud after
the company sent her a letter.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
accident investigation on Witherspoon Street on June 15, a Bensalem, Pa., male aged 51 was arrested on an East Windsor Municipal Court warrant for $630. He
was turned over to East Windsor
Subsequent to a motor vehicle

stop on Mercer Street on June 15,

a 49-year-old Skillman female was
arrested for driving while intoxicated. She was processed and
later released with summonses.
On June 17, Princeton Police,
Princeton First Aid and Rescue
Squad and EMS Technical Rescue, responded to Randall Road
for a 55-year-old female resident
who had a garden rake tine impale her small right toe. The resident, who was conscious and
alert, told responders that she
was gardening in her back yard
when she accidentally stepped on
the rake, which pierced her toe.
EMS Rescue used a power tool to
remove the tine from the rake.
The resident was then transport-

Burger to retire in January

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brary Associations, co-founded a
firm called Library Development
Solutions with her husband in
1991, set up massive endowment
funds for the Princeton Public Library, acted as a major innovator
and facilitator of the librarys
new building that opened in April
2004, and helped to make it the
pinnacle of the community.
The list goes on, and yet Burgers proudest achievement one
that fulfills her as she steps down
as executive director of the library is that she carried on the
inspiration of her Maryland professor.
I feel proud that we have created an activist library here in
Princeton. It is what makes a
community and a democracy,
Burger said. The day we cut the
ribbon back in 2004 was clearly an
indelible moment in my memory.
But seeing the building come
alive with the incredible array of
programming and seeing what it
does for the community thats
the accomplishment.
Burger set up sustainable
sources of income for the library

that will ensure it remains

healthy for years to come, regardless of fluctuation in the economy. In retirement, Burger plans to
devote time to Library Development Solutions and create a nice
work/life balance.
Not all communities are
blessed with the financial resources, supportive government,
community and staff that Princeton has. We help libraries engage
in the thinking and transitions
they need to make maximum impact, she said.
Many of Burgers clients are in
the Northeast, with some outside
the country. Burger hopes to continue her great Evangelical tour
of the U.S. and internationally,
including visits to her client, the
American Library in Paris.
After she retires in January,
Burger plans to never wake up at
3 a.m. to declare a snow day. She
will read The New York Times
every morning over coffee and
never work a Monday if shes not
in the mood. She will spend more
time with her three children and
soon-to-be two grandchildren.
She will move to New York City
with her husband. She will read
more, travel more and revolutionize libraries around the globe.

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surgically removed from her toe.

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