The Meeting House restaurant at 277 Witherspoon Street is offering a tantalizing spring menu for takeout that will elevate any mealtime. Their Family Supper is now offered daily, with Family Brunch on weekends. Throw in a great bottle of wine at a reduced price. The Meeting House is happy to deliver all orders to your home. Better yet, order a spectacular meal for your social distancing friends! more
The New York Public Library (NYPL) has admired all the creative energy some people have been able to muster while they are staying at home these days. Having an outlet for imagination and play is a great strategy for keeping your energy up and creative juices flowing. more
For $85 per box, Terra Momo will provide family-style Italian culinary classics, ensuring plenty of great food and good memories despite the current climate. more
American Girl (AG) has announced that it will share its most popular book series for free online at https://www.americangirl.com/explore/articles/onlinelibrary. Each week, AG will release a new set of books that highlight the brand’s many historical fiction and advice offerings. more
This May’s Historical Fiction Book Group session presented by the Historical Society of Princeton is Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing. The novel is one of several best-selling works by New England-based writer Brooks. more
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, recently announced a special simulcast to help kids and families around the world feel connected in this time of uncertainty — an extension of the Caring for Each Other initiative that the organization launched last month. more
Penn Medicine Princeton Health will be holding the following free yoga classes virtually via Blue Jeans platform where you can participate from the comfort and safety of your home.
Registered participants will receive a link to view the class and you can access the live stream via your computer or mobile device. more
Home of a Design Icon
By Anne Levin | Photos courtesy of Michael Graves Architecture & Design
One evening in the mid-1970s, Michael Graves and his wife were taking an evening stroll through their Princeton neighborhood when they noticed a wreck of a building tucked back behind a row of houses on Patton Avenue. Being an architect, Graves was not put off by the tumbledown state of the place.
Rather, Graves — who taught and worked in Princeton for nearly four decades and is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century — was intrigued. Dating from 1927, the sprawling, terracotta stucco building had once been a storage warehouse for Italian stonemasons who worked on Princeton University’s Neo-Gothic campus buildings. There were 44 storage rooms inside. A pile of trash filled the yard.
“Basically, it was public mini-storage of the 1920s,” says Karen V. Nichols, a longtime principal with Michael Graves Architecture & Design and a close associate of the late architect, who died at the age of 80 in 2015. “It was an abandoned ruin when he saw it, but he saw possibilities.”
Graves, who had studied at the American Academy in Rome and spent significant time traveling through Italy and Greece, recognized the Tuscan barn style of the old warehouse. He was enamored. “It was the light,” says Nichols. “It reminded him of the Tuscan landscape.”
Graves purchased the property and named it The Warehouse. But he had to wait until a sewer moratorium was lifted before he could set about restoring the main building. Once given the green light, he began work and moved in on his own (the marriage had ended). He set about removing the storage rooms, and added pieces of steel to reinforce the structure. Where a hand-cranked elevator once stood, he added a staircase. It was the beginning of a process that never really ended. more
Interview by Laurie Pellichero | Photo by Linda McManus
Tell us about the history of Garden State Tile.
Garden State Tile first opened its doors in New Jersey in 1957, where we have been family owned and operated since our inception. Since then we have expanded to 15 locations and 12 showrooms up and down the East Coast. In 2018 we officially brought our concierge design services and vast product selection to the Princeton community with the opening of our luxury Nassau street showroom.
What does your product selection include?
Our large catalog of offerings encompasses everything from porcelain, ceramic, glass, stone, hardwood flooring, and countertops to specially sourced decorative lines such as water-jet tiles, handcrafted glass tiles, artisan mosaics, cement tiles, exterior pavers, and more. To hold it all in place, setting materials, grout, epoxies, waterproofing, cleaners, and sealants are also offered to ensure your project looks and stays beautiful. Our Princeton showroom also displays and sells sinks, mirrors, vanities, and niches for cohesive design solutions.
How does Garden State Tile source its product lines?
We’ve spent over half a century building relationships with global manufacturers to ensure that only the very best quality products are sourced for our customers’ homes and businesses. Whether it be the marble quarries of Settentrione, the traditional manufacturing facilities of Spain and Italy, or the cutting-edge plants in the United States, Garden State Tile works closely with the people and the places from around the world who produce our collections. We are extremely hands-on from the design process through production which, in turn, allows us to offer the most on-trend and technologically advanced surfacing solutions available today. more
Native plant garden at Princeton University.
Public and county parks, school gardens and municipalities, landscape architects and backyard gardeners are all reaping the benefits of planting native
By Ilene Dube
From language and literature to the culinary arts, influences from around the world add flavor to our lives. But when it comes to the plant kingdom, specimens from afar can wreak havoc on the ecosystem.
Exotics, sometimes called non-native invasive species (although that term can take on a negative connotation), often outcompete native plants — plants that grew in the Americas before colonization. They can take over resources, proffering the wrong kind of food for the native wildlife.
The case for native plants can be summed up in the words of environmental farmer Jake Fiennes (brother of actor Ralph Fiennes), who was recently profiled in The New Yorker: “How do we feed the nine billion?” he asks. “Through functioning ecosystems…cultivate as much on the land — fungi for the soil, grasses for the pollinators, weeds for the insects, insects for the birds…”
Happily for the planet, landscape architects and horticulturists are increasingly populating public parks and spaces with native plants. Even New York’s Fresh Kills Park, built on the site of a former garbage dump, is being planted with natives.
Mercer County Park Commission
Betsey Stockton Garden
With Betsey Stockton Garden, Princeton University has chosen to make a bold statement in support of native plants right alongside its main gates. The public pocket park was planted in September 2018, and its willowy grasses and flowering plants dancing in the winds are just coming into their prime.
Princeton University Landscape Architect Devin Livi refers to the space as a “naturalized garden.” It actually serves as a green roof for a 1971 underground addition to Princeton’s Firestone Library, according to Dan Casey of the University Architects office. Three feet of undulating soil covers the library roof, with Louise Nevelson’s sculpture Atmosphere and Environment X a centerpiece. That title is fitting for the public space as well, with Adirondack chairs that welcome visitors to sit and contemplate. At this mid-winter writing, the dried stems gave structure to the garden, allowing a visitor to experience the seasons — something a mown lawn would not do.
The garden was named for Betsey Stockton (1798-1865) as part of a campus initiative to recognize and honor a more inclusive set of people who make up the University’s history. Sources suggest that Betsey Stockton was born into slavery in the Princeton household of Robert Stockton. While a young child, she was taken from her mother and placed in the Philadelphia household of Robert Stockton’s daughter Elizabeth and her husband, the Rev. Ashbel Green, a University president in the early 1800s.
After her emancipation, Betsey Stockton became the first African American and first unmarried female missionary to Hawaii. She was also a prominent and respected educator in Philadelphia and Princeton, as well as a founder of the First Presbyterian Church of Colour of Princeton, now known as Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. more
By Stuart Mitchner
Once upon a time I asked the owner of a second-hand bookstore, who sold vegetables from his garden there, how he disposed of the moldering throwaways on his back porch, this being years before books could be recycled. “Fertilizer,” said he. “Mulch for the veggies.” Glimpsing some trashed volumes of Shakespeare in the pile, I imagined eating tomatoes and cucumbers grown in Bardic book mulch, organic ingredients for a literary salad to serve on the side with shepherd’s pie.
The connection came to mind when I saw Roy Strong’s The Quest for Shakespeare’s Garden (Thames and Hudson $19.95) among the new books on flowers and plants previewed here. I also found the flavor of the idea in Publishers Weekly’s observation that Sir Roy, a museum curator, writer, broadcaster, and landscape designer, “spills stories as if seated by a fireplace after a banquet” in prose that “layers fine, formal English over the crisp, juicy histories that he’s expertly researched.” more
By Taylor Smith
Food allergies, intolerances, and even sensitivities in children seem to be ubiquitous in 2020.
Whether it’s a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or a less-critical sensitivity towards eggs that inevitably ends in a stomachache, modern-day parents need to be more informed than ever when it comes to recipes, nutrition, ingredient lists, environmental influences, and medical options.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (aafa.org), the symptoms of an allergic reaction include stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy, runny nose, itching in ears/roof of mouth, watery eyes, hives, rash, asthma symptoms, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. A life-threatening allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which can result in difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, fainting, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. Anaphylaxis can occur within seconds of exposure or 1-2 hours later. Young children with severe food allergies may not be able to accurately describe what they’re experiencing and may instead show signs of turning blue; swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat; and dizziness. Parents should immediately call 911 for emergency medical help. Both the child and caregivers need to have an epinephrine (adrenaline) auto-injector with them at all times for such emergencies.
Food allergies occur when a child’s immune system reacts to certain proteins found in food (mayoclinic.org). In most cases, reactions can be caused by even a small amount of a particular food, residue from that food (i.e. exposure), or a form of cross-contact (such as when a gluten-free product is prepared in the same pots and pans as food that does contain gluten). These factors can make it particularly difficult for families who want to keep their child safe, but also want to vacation, dine out, and send their child to summer camp. The experience of suffering a life-threatening food reaction can be traumatizing, especially for young children and teens. That is why it is recommended that parents, teachers, friends, and families are informed as to the best treatment options.
By contrast, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (aaaai.org), a food intolerance is not an immune response and is generally much less severe than a food allergy. Symptoms of food intolerance often include nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, skin redness/appearing flushed, runny nose, and/or indigestion. Clearly, if your child or teen experiences negative physical symptoms as a result of consuming dairy, elimination, at least for a period of time, is often a good course of action. more
Interview by Laurie Pellichero
RAI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. What is the history of the company, and its mission?
RAI, formerly known as Radiology Affiliates of Central New Jersey, is one of the largest and most reputable medical diagnostic imaging centers in the region. Our physicians are board certified with subspecialties in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, pediatrics, and women’s diagnostic imaging.
We started at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, where we provided the first CT scan in the region. Providing services at St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne, Pa., and RWJ Hamilton enabled RAI to be at the forefront of the advanced imaging technology we have today.
We opened our first outpatient office on West State Street in Trenton in 1975, and then moved into Hamilton on Kuser Road, where we became a trusted fixture in the community. In 2002, we opened our Lawrenceville location. Windsor Radiology opened its doors in 2005.
In July 2017, the board of directors of Radiology Affiliates Imaging (RAI) and Radiological Consultants Inc. merged their professional practices. In June of last year, we formed a practice partnership with Radiology Partners, the largest physician-led and physician-owned radiology practice in the United States, to better serve our patients and doctors with the absolute latest in technology and services.
RAI is dedicated to providing superior, integrated management and radiology imaging support services to the medical practices that we serve for the purpose of providing optimal patient care. We place quality and value first in all that we do.
What medical services does your practice provide to the community?
RAI has more than 55 radiologists who trained at the nation’s top institutions. We integrate the newest technology, trends, and professional guidelines with the trusted care and service our patients have relied on for the last 50 years. Our practice serves three convenient offices in Lawrenceville, Hamilton, and East Windsor that provide diagnostic and screening services, including MRI, Low Dose CT, Digital X-Ray, 3D Mammography, Dexa, and Ultrasound. RAI also provides radiology services for 11 hospitals that are located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and other outpatient imaging centers. In addition to our dedication to patient care, we are also very active members of our local community, supporting local schools, churches, and many organizations. more
For newlyweds Caroline Cleaves and Sean Wilentz, there is a lot of common ground
By Wendy Greenberg | Photography by Andrew Wilkinson
She is more or less locally-focused these days, working to expand the arts throughout the Princeton community. He has been involved in national political debates and campaigns and is widely known for his writings on U.S. history, from the American Revolution through the 20th century.
But like a Venn diagram with overlapping circles, their lives merge on Edgehill Street, where Caroline Cleaves, director of development at the Arts Council of Princeton, and Sean Wilentz, who holds the title of George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, have forged a new life together.
On a rainy day, with the fireplace warming the living room of the 1925 house, surrounded by art, books, and a few musical instruments played by Cleaves’ two children, Sam, a sophomore in high school, and Ava, a middle schooler, they talked about their uncommon lives and common ground.
Wilentz and Cleaves, who were introduced by a mutual friend, have in common a passion for Princeton. Cleaves had lived with her children in Great Britain, in Warwickshire, near Stratford-upon-Avon. “Think lots of sheep, a vicar, and horses passing up and down our narrow village street all day,” she said. more
Join the Princeton Theological Seminary Office of Continuing Education on April 2 from noon to 12:50 p.m. ET for a digital panel conversation with Seminary faculty on the COVID-19 crisis. Panelists include Eric Barreto, Sonia Waters, Heath Carter, and Brian Rainey. The panel will be hosted on Zoom. more