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By Ellen Gilbert 

“There is always a crisis.” – Andrew Delbanco in College: What It Was, Is, And Should Be

he cover story on a recent issue of Consumer Reports went straight to the point: “I kind of ruined my life by going to college,” it quoted a heavily indebted recent graduate. Her current balance due is $152,000, and she’s definitely not alone: according to recent reports some 42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. more

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Diane Bladecki gives voice to those who have been wrongfully convicted in her upcoming exhibit at the Arts Council of Princeton.

Multimedia artist Diane Bladecki will debut, “I am Innocent.” at the Arts Council of Princeton this Friday. Her multimedia art exhibition focuses on the wrongfully convicted and their families. Primarily through photography, the exhibit helps people to understand the complex emotions felt by those who have been falsely accused and imprisoned. more

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Crisp fall days match perfectly with plaid prints. 

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Whether you’re a zombie baby or a zombie grandpa, you’re wanted this weekend for Asbury Park’s annual Zombie Walk.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Warning: The 8th Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk is this Saturday, October 1. I say warning, not because the zombies are dangerous. In fact, they’re full of ghoul-gusto and are quite friendly. I say it because last year, I neglected to remember the date of the walk and ended up on a dinner date in Asbury amongst the living dead. However, if you’re feeling corpse-like, get your fake blood ready for this weekend. more

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Friday, September 30

9:45 a.m.: Job Seekers Session at Princeton Public Library presents “Money Saving Strategies during a Career Transition – Health Insurance, Taxes, Etc.” with Personal Financial Strategist Bill LaChance. Free.

Saturday, October 1

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: NAMI Harvest of Hope Annual Wellness Conference at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Kevin Hines will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Cracked Not Broken.” Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who tells audiences around the world about his unlikely survival after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Register online at www.namimercer.org. For more information, call 609-799-8994, ext. 10. more

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October calls for a different mood, entirely.

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These gorgeous books are full of style and substance.

 

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The on-demand fabric producer now offers DIY home décor products through Roostery.com

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

 “But I can see it in my head!”

It’s the line we use when that interior design project, outfit selection, or decorating effort doesn’t lead to the vision in mind. We can think up endless prints, colors, and patterns for our projects, but the problem occurs when we can’t find exactly what we imagine. Spoonflower understands that retail stores aren’t always as well stocked as our brains.  more

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Your morning coffee will taste even sweeter in one of these fun mugs. 

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The retro bomber jacket has been revamped for Fall 2016 with luxurious fabrics and rich autumn tones. 

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Artist Heather Ujiie’s upcoming exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum may be called Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures, but the issues behind it are very human.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

“I’m very interested in the idea of a narrative having a symbolic allegory or story that resonates with some kind of mass human consciousness,” explains Ujiie, an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. “Fairytales, Greek mythology, and many of the world’s religions are all versions of these narratives that are embedded in each culture to unfold and communicate the psychological conflicts we all face. Whether it’s good and evil, a power struggle in politics, or coming to terms with subordinate and dominant issues with a mother and father.” more

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Photography by Erica Cardenas

Beyond Words, the annual fall gala hosted by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library took place on Saturday, September 17. This year’s special guests were Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who spoke at Nassau Presbyterian Church.  After the talk, guests gathered at Hinds Plaza for a book signing and cocktails followed by a silent auction and dinner. more

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Have your cake, and eat it too…

 

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Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.

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Throughout one of the hottest summers in history, a highly pregnant Jennifer Poe was hard at work in her Newtown, Pennsylvania interior design store, Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor. Merely weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Poe is back at it, heading some of the most sought-after interior design projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.

This type of work ethic is nothing new for the recent mother of four. Since the age of 19, she has had a hand in the purchasing, gutting, and renovating of homes, quickly establishing her visionary talent. After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Poe founded Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor, a full-service boutique firm with cosmopolitan sensibilities. Her storefront may be located in Newtown, but her clientele spans from Philadelphia’s most discerning neighborhoods to Bergen County. more

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It’s fall, and with the changing colors and cooler temps comes a change in wardrobe! 

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This depiction of the Rutgers-Princeton game of 1869 was painted by William Boyd, Rutgers Class of 1932. Since photographs of the game were not taken, Boyd’s painting has become the standard representation of the first intercollegiate football game.

The Football Game That Started It All 

By Wendy Plump

Images Courtesy: Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

The game was held on a November afternoon, so the ground must have been wicked hard. They played without shoulder pads or shin guards. They played without helmets. There were no officials and no referees. The rules of play were adopted that very morning based on the home team’s wishes, and presumably on its strengths. There were uprights at each end of the field but there were no crossbars.  more