By Taylor Smith

Vaccines have played a central role in the fight against contagious diseases among human populations for the past 200 years. For instance, global vaccination initiatives have helped to eradicate smallpox and polio in all but the most remote populations. Even yearly influenza vaccines have greatly reduced the number of mortalities each year from the common flu, and childhood vaccines have made a major impact in lowering childhood and adult morbidity resulting from infectious diseases.

However, there are certain diseases that have eluded scientists and researchers. Specifically, malaria and HIV/AIDS have posed continual challenges as these diseases ravage parts of the world where vaccines are needed most. Distribution is actually a significant roadblock in the effectiveness of vaccine development and use. Many of the globe’s poorest regions lack the infrastructure to inoculate their own populations. In addition, ethical and religious reasons pose potential deterrents, giving rise to the resurfacing of historic diseases that the majority of the world is protected from.

Finally, cost has been known to undermine efforts in vaccine development. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “the cost of developing a vaccine — from research and discovery to product registration — is estimated to be between $200 million and $500 million per vaccine. This figure includes vaccines that are abandoned during the development process.” (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).  more

Follow the tide this holiday season with these special gifts!

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Reserve your visit with Santa at MarketFair Mall in Princeton beginning November 27 and continuing through December 24.  more

Photo Credit: Adirondack Mountain Club 

Outdoor cheer for the adventurer in your life. 

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For the first time in 40 years, the proud tradition of brewing quality beer has found a place in Orange, New Jersey. Following the trail first blazed by the Winter Brothers’ Orange Brewery in 1901, the team at Four City Brewing Company is humbled to have recently marked their first anniversary as a craft brewery in the city. The seven-barrel brewery can produce 1,000 barrels per year. more

During this unordinary and tenuous time, the Met hopes to bring a healthy dose of art, insight, and escapism with Live in HD, a new series that is being made available for free streaming on the Met website. Each performance is available online for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule includes complete performances from past cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers. more

This year, everyone on your gift giving list could use a little extra love and care. Shop these inspired items while they’re still in stock!

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Saturday, November 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Join the Rubin Museum in Manhattan in celebrating Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, at home and bring light to these challenging times.

This virtual gathering features opening music from Neil and Maitreya Padukone, a father-son duo who play guitar, sitar, and table in the Indo-Latin fusion band Salsa Masala, and recipients of awards from the Queens Council on the Arts and The Shed. India Home seniors and Telugu Literary and Cultural Association will showcase their talent, and community members will share Diwali song and dance, including the traditional folk dance form of Garba. During the themed live drawing class, attendees can participate from home, and they will learn how to create Rangoli flower designs. more

Ready, set, shop small!

Kick off your holiday shopping at Sauce for the Goose Outdoor Art Market on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Princeton Shopping Center. Now celebrating its 27th year, this one-day outdoor market is a unique opportunity to purchase handmade gifts directly from local artisans and crafters working in ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fine art, and more. Find one-of-a-kind gifts all while supporting the creatives living and working in the community. more

What do crayons, guitars, chocolate, violins, chips, brews, and baseball hats have in common? You guessed it! They’re all made in Pennsylvania. See below and stop by for a visit or tour, and perhaps snag a free sample or two.

Know before you go: It is strongly recommended that travelers contact their destination before their planned visit for the latest rules and regulations. Find the latest COVID-19 traveler resources on visitPA.commore

All aboard The Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, operated by the non-profit New York Susquehanna and Western Technical and Historical Society. Families have been traveling to ride this special edition of The Polar Express from all over the world. These trips sell out fast (last year in under 15 minutes)! Tickets are $32 per child and $42 per adult and can be purchased at https://877trainride.com/polarexpress.htm.  more

Image Sources: https://artyard.org

ArtYard now presents “Shelter Is,” an exhibition that brings together the work of nine artists whose practices consider the physical and psychological function of shelter, its construction, and its improvisational nature. The works on view also explore questions of who seeks shelter, and for what reasons – political, socioeconomic, or environmental. At a time when people around the globe are being asked to “shelter in place,” the concepts of home, safety, security, and residence take on special meaning. more

This year, Peddler’s Village in Bucks County, Pa., presents a safely served buffet with multiple stations and socially distanced tables at the Cock ‘n Bull as well as a la carte Thanksgiving specials at Earl’s New American (Buttonwood Grill will be open for breakfast only). Online reservations are encouraged. You can also make reservations by calling the restaurants directly. more

A VISIT WITH MARVIN AND INGRID REED

by LINDA ARNTZENIUS • photography by BENOIT CORTET

 

Ostensibly in retirement, former Borough Mayor Marvin Reed and Eagleton Institute policy analyst Ingrid Reed are enjoying more travel time. But it’s not what you might imagine: long lazy days by a lagoon with a fat novel and a tall drink. The Reeds travel with purpose. Years of dedication to civic betterment have formed a habit that is hard to shake. Princeton and New Jersey are never far from their thoughts.

Interviewed in their Queenstown Commons townhome, the prominent Princeton couple had just returned from a two-week road trip to the 19th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Madison, Wisconsin and were bursting with details, especially of their detours en route, prompted by a shared passion for urban planning and architecture as well as their respective interests in women’s rights and Shakespeare.

Besides a love affair with each other—the couple married one year and one day after connecting at a Christmas Party in 1958— the Reeds have long been engaged in a love affair with towns and cities. Much like their relationship, their travels are full of exploration and discovery.

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Get into the spooktacular spirit with a live, online conversation with Kathy Najimy, star of the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus, on Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Tune in via Zoom for a wonderfully witchy discussion and Q&A hosted by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, including stories of behind the scenes hijinks with Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume for the Zoom presentation in what promises to be a fun celebration for all ages. The Hocus Pocus film is available to stream on the following platforms: Freeform, Disney +, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, and FandangoNow. more

Don’t let the quarantine keep you from all of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions! Join Trinity Church in Princeton for the 13th annual Trinity Turkey Trot. This year’s race will be virtual, which means that friends and family from around the country can participate. One hundred percent of proceeds from this year’s race will go to charities that work on behalf of food, housing, and youth support services in central New Jersey. more

Purnell School, the only college preparatory boarding and day school for motivated girls in grades 9-12 who learn differently, announced six appointments to its faculty and staff. The additions officially joined Purnell at the start of its in-person fall 2020 semester.

“We are ready and excited for a healthy and safe start to the new school year,” said Anne M. Glass, Ed.M., head of school, Purnell School. “Joining our returning faculty, our newest team of dedicated professional educators will help us take Purnell’s proprietary Learning and Wellness approach to the next level, ensuring each student has access to rigorous academics and support with social emotional wellness.” more

Two eminent scholars with a shared interest in women’s history and the history of materiality, Caroline Bynum and Brooke Holmes, will be discussing holy objects on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. for a virtual audience. This event is presented by Labyrinth Books of Princeton in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study and the Princeton University Humanities Council. more