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Joseph Petrovics’ Homage
In Jaszdwnyazaru, a rural village in northeast Hungary,
a small boy wanders out to the river bank and stares at the forests
and cloud-swept sky that make up his home. Instinctively, he sticks
his hands into the thick, moist clay at water’s edge and begins molding
it into figures. In the early 1960s, this was a daily routine for
young Joseph Petrovics. He finished by presenting the figures to his
father, a cobbler with the unusual talent of designing and making
all his own tools. "It was an absolutely pure life," Petrovics
recalls from his home in Blawenburg today.
A substantial body of Petrovics’ sculpture can be seen at the Museum
of the American Hungarian Foundation at 300 Somerset Street in New
Brunswick through Sunday, November 9. The thematic show, "Homage
to the Skyscrapers," includes work covering 15 years that began
upon his arrival in America in 1988. Its complement of works seamlessly
blend the horizons of both the artist’s native and adopted lands.
Sculpted in bronze, woods, and a variety of stone, the exhibit of
21 works in Petrovics’ Skyscraper Series sharply contrast yet meld
a series of vertical and horizontal planes that keep the eye and mind
in motion. The bold works give evidence of the visual impact of the
New York skyline on the newly arrived immigrant.
"As I commuted from New Jersey to New York City every morning,"
he explains, "I saw dark, heavy clouds settling down on the skyscrapers.
Their tops poked through the clouds like knives. I could almost feel
the pressure on my skin. The experience was both frightening and gorgeous
at the same time."
Works in the exhibition range in size from two Volkswagen-size freestanding
oaks, to some smaller alabaster, soapstone, and granite works that
would nicely decorate a desktop. Yet in each, one discerns Petrovics’
adherence to his "organic method" of sculpting.
If you are in the habit of rising early and prowling Princeton University
maintenance sites (for which the artist has a permit), local construction
dumpsters, or forests where large trees have been selectively timbered,
you may spy an ancient, brown, battered pickup, whose bearded driver
is examining the detritus. This is Petrovics taking his first step
in what he terms the direct carving process. He carefully selects
his wood or stone according to its organic shape. "I never force
the material beyond its own nature," he explains.
If the piece speaks true, the sculptor will load it into his truck
and drive it to his Blawenburg studio, located behind his house on
Route 518. Here he will begin making the initial shapings. He carves
quickly, striving to keep his hand guided by that original, fresh
This mind-to-hand rapidity comes from decades of intense training.
In 1972, Petrovics was accepted into that rarefied arena of Hungary’s
top fine arts high school. During those four years he created over
"We were young and eager," he remembers. "We would spend
all day in the studio, sometimes turning out two sculptures a day."
Upon graduation, the young sculptor’s unique talent was recognized.
He became one of four Hungarian artists to receive acceptance in the
University of Budapest Academy of Fine Arts.
Only two artists were selected for the university’s master’s program.
Petrovics was one. Upon graduating he received the singular honor
of a three-year scholarship as a state artist. With a large stipend,
many commissions, and enormous creative freedom, the sculptor Joseph
Petrovics’ place was assured. This young man had carved his way to
the top of the pyramid.
Through it all, his heritage and mentoring showed. "Look at the
precision of this bronze," says Patricia Fazekas, curator of the
American Hungarian Foundation museum that is hosting the exhibit.
"Partly it is the training of central Europe and partly the late
1970s, but you can see how this artist was strongly grounded in classical
realism. No matter how far he ventures into the abstract or figurative,
he always holds that ability to create an exact, realistic model."
Fazekas, herself a watercolor artist and teacher, has seen that most
artistic training in America today emphasizes feeling over form. Artists
are encouraged to put forth their feelings, but frequently lack the
finely-honed skills to make their medium come alive. It’s like trying
to write a novel about your lost generation’s rage using only a fifth
In the large wooden piece that was one of Petrovics’
first in the Skyscraper Series, one absorbs well this blend of precision
and power. This untitled work (as are many) consists of several slender,
curving pyramids. Each thrusts its blade-sharp point through two offset
slabs of oaken cloud, hewn to a ribbon-like flow. It is abstract,
but the surfaces roughed and smoothed to a precisely intended finish
— not to mention the sheer mechanical fitting of the buildings
and clouds — exhibit the artist’s craftsmanship.
No young Hungarian artist ever proved more appreciative of all this
enviable training lavished on his behalf, nor more diligent in his
study. But a seed of restlessness had been planted. Prior to entering
Budapest University, Petrovics joined the staff of the National Museum
and became responsible for exhibiting collections from all over the
world. Later he traveled through Greece and Turkey, experiencing the
achievements of Phidias and the great classicists. "Suddenly,
I became aware that so much more was out there," he says. "The
Greeks were just amazing — ideal. I wanted to find the very best."
After earning his master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, Petrovics
continued to work and gain success in Budapest. Then, with two years
left on his commission, he knew it was time to leave. "It wasn’t
the communism," he states, "actually Hungary was artistically
very liberal. It was just growing small." On a quick trip to America,
Petrovics had been feted and honored by both New York and the tri-state
art community. Certain Rutgers professors had assured him a lucrative
position in teaching. America seemed right, but risky.
His announcement of his intention to leave Hungary totally astounded
his wife, Judith. She tried to persuade him that his homeland had
laid carpets at his feet; he had security, success, even a small,
growing kernel of fame. But Joseph was persistent, and in 1988 the
Petrovics landed in America. Instantly, the jobs and promises evaporated
and the family found themselves living in the refurbished barns of
art entrepreneur and foundry owner Alexander Ettl on his Princeton
farm. Ettl had turned the farm into a small artists’ colony where
Joseph, Judith, and their two daughters were crammed with other artistic
families into tight, but homey quarters.
Petrovics earned money with several realistic portraits, including
a 37-foot statue of the Iwo Jim flag raising, commissioned by the
Veterans of Iwo Jima. (Petrovics used the same scene and poses shown
in Joseph Rosenthal’s famous photo, but unlike the crescent-shaped
sculpture created from the photo in l954 by Felix de Weldon for Arlington
cemetery, Petrovics made his scene into a dynamic wedge-shaped profile.)
In between commissions, Petrovics devoted his mind and chisel to the
Skyscraper Series and other personal works.
Slowly the artist and his works winched their way into the limelight.
In 1992, when Ettl died, Petrovics bought a Blawenburg home and studio
that overlooks a broad sweep of sloping farmfield. In this setting,
he continues to invent his interplay of natural spaces. The Newington
Cropsey Foundation became impressed with both the art and the artist.
They hired him to instruct the best and the brightest young sculptors
from the Pratt Institute and other top schools. He still maintains
this job, commuting to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where in two
days, he crams over 30 hours of instruction. The rest of the week
he sets aside for designing his own tools and employing them to sculpt
his personal creations.
Petrovics’ works are critically acclaimed and sales, while not brisk,
are substantial. Yet the New York art scene remains as cutthroat as
its stock market. Back in 2000, Petrovics displayed his work to famed
architect Frank O. Gehry. Gehry seemed particularly fascinated with
the skyscraper works currently displayed at the Hungarian Foundation
Museum. Then in 2001, Petrovics happened upon Gehry’s plans for the
Guggenheim Foundation’s refurbishing of its Manhattan landmark museum.
Beneath a label of "Skyscraper Shrouded in Clouds," stood
what the artist considers a grandiose imitation of his work. "He
not only stole the figures," notes Petrovics, "but he took
the title and then had the nerve to exhibit his as `Inspiration.’"
Petrovics’ only satisfaction came when the Gehry plan was turned down.
After September 11, 2001, when New York and its skyline crashed, Petrovics,
like so many of his colleagues, found creation impossible. He spent
much of the year, perhaps tellingly, building a magnificent stone
wall across the front of his Blawenburg property where it meets Route
518. Today, his gradual transition out of the slump can be witnessed
in that part of the museum exhibit entitled "Colliding Skyscrapers."
These smaller, mostly stone pieces display both abstractly and in
harsh realistic imagery the fragility of our monuments and ourselves.
It’s noteworthy that most of the handsome, horizontal bands of clouds,
remain similar to the artist’s pre-9/11 works, suggesting the continuity
of nature in the face of destruction.
Rather than misguided Babels striving heavenward, Petrovics sees skyscrapers
as our culture’s pyramids. "They are our time’s greatest structures,"
he says, "symbolic of all our greatest aspirations and achievements.
They inspire celebration in art, blending both spiritually and physically
It is said that when artists dream, they dream of money. And had Petrovics
stayed in Budapest, he probably would have had plenty, at least by
Hungarian standards. Certainly his fame would have been assured. Yet
for this sculptor, America has proved an unqualified success. His
two days teaching in New York allow him a five-day week of total creative
freedom in his home studio that could never have been found elsewhere.
It is that absolutely pure life of his childhood regained.
Both Joseph and Judith Petrovics nod their heads in agreement. Never
would he have created nearly as great a body of work had the sculptor
stayed in his native land. Petrovics has fulfilled that American dream
— freedom to pursue happiness and build as much as your talent
allows. Both his story and his works pay proud homage to his adopted
300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. Www.ahfoundation.org.
"Homage to the Skyscrapers," on view to November 9. $5 suggested
donation. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Set off from New Brunswick’s better-known artistic centers,
the American Hungarian Foundation is a gem not to be missed. Located
at 300 Somerset Street, several blocks south of the Robert Wood Johnson
Hospital complex, it offers that rare advantage in this town —
its own free parking, located in back, just off Bethany Street. The
main museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. The non-profit requests a $5 donation. 732-846-5777.
In addition to a colorful permanent collection, curator Patricia Fazekas
rotates a series of temporary art exhibits that make a delightful
afternoon’s visit for both art connoisseurs and the entire family.
Currently, in addition to Joseph Petrovics’ "Homage to the Skyscrapers"
exhibition, visitors will find a haunting series of Stephen Spinder
photographs, "Through My Lens: Budapest and Transylvania."
Both exhibits remain on view through Sunday, November 9. The foundation’s
mission is to promote the works of native-born Hungarians who have
emigrated and created in America. Yet they occasionally bend policy
a bit for such as Spinder, who loves the country, but has no Hungarian
blood. Opening Sunday, December 7, the museum will display its annual
Festival of Trees displaying Christmas trees trimmed with ethnic decorations
from all cultures.
Upstairs is a fascinating, 17,000 volume research library with books
in both Hungarian and English, along with an equally massive archive.
The collection is linked with the Rutgers University Library database
and provides an excellent launch point for scholars or genealogy seekers.
Invited to browse the rare books, I found to my delight a huge folio
volume comprising a mile-by-mile description of the Danube river from
the 17th century.
Since its birth in 1954, the American Hungarian Foundation has remained
vigorously promoted and governed by its founder, the American-Hungarian
scholar August J. Molnar. Molnar studied at Elmhurst College in Illinois
under Barbabus Dienes in the 1940s. Dienes planted the seed for expanding
Hungarian studies in this country. "Here we strive to bring forth
older traditions that may be forgotten or new ones that may be bypassed,"
says Molnar. Dedicated primarily to art, music, and the sciences,
the foundation is rooted in academe. One of its major efforts is to
promote Hungarian studies at a graduate level throughout American
Yet the society descends very willingly into the realm of fun and
celebration. While talking with Molnar, a call came in. He nodded
for a few moments and hung up. "Good," he announced. "Laszlo
Ispanky, the sculptor from Hopewell, is friends with Burt Reynolds,
that actor. Well, we will be getting him for our next show." Apparently
even scholarship can be served by a touch of show biz glitz.
— Bart Jackson
Road, 609-924-6700. "Maine Land Paintings" by Robert W. Starkey
featuring large oils capturing the colors of the seasons found in
the state of Maine. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To
exhibition of Oriental Art with original art, limited-edition prints,
and shadow boxes in styles from traditional to contemporary. Open
Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To October 31.
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Lost Princeton," an exhibit
that explores lost businesses and houses. The historic house also
houses a long-term exhibition about Princeton history highlighting
the Native American occupation, the Revolutionary War, and Princeton
in the 19th and 20th centuries. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday,
noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
to Distant Locations: The Art and Artists of Australia, the Netherlands,
and Japan" features limited edition prints by Rolf Weijburg, Susumu
Endo, Katsunori Hamanishi, Joerg Schmisser, and Yoshikatsu Tamekane.
By appointment through October 31.
"The Centaur’s Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art"
features more than 100 Centaurs, Satyrs, Sphinxes, Sirens, Gorgons,
and other fantastic creatures in ceramic, stone, bronze, gold, and
terracotta. Curated by classicist Michael Padgett, the exhibition
explores the role of the "human animal" in early Greek art.
Accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the exhibit will travel to
the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, next year. To January 11. Open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights
tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Free admission.
Also "Aaron Siskind at 100," photography show on view to November
11. "Stranger Than Fiction: 19th-Century Photographs from the
Permanent Collection;" to December 8. Also "The Book of Kings:
Art, War, and the Morgan Library’s Medieval Picture Bible," exhibiting
the greatest illuminated French manuscript of the 13th century. To
"The Italian Renaissance City: Selections from Princeton University
Collections," with rare books and maps that highlight aspects
of the city that fascinated Renaissance artists and architects. A
symposium is planned in conjunction with the show; to January 11.
Also "The Arts of Asia: Works in the Permanent Collection"
and "Recent Acquisitions in Asian Art: 1998 to 2003," both
shows to January 6.
School, 609-258-1651. "Humanity in Action: Resistance and Rescue
in Demark," a show by photographer Judy Ellis Glickman whose focus
is the rescue of Danish Jewry during World War II. Gallery is open
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 6.
"Brave New World: 20th-Century Books from the Cotsen Children’s
Library." To October 26.
New Brunswick, 732-932-2222. "Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus,
Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972," a
show that traces the early years of avant-garde artmaking based at
Rutgers organized by faculty member Geoffrey Hendricks, a founding
member of Fluxus. Closing reception is Saturday, November 1, from
5 to 8 p.m., for the show that runs to November 5. Show is open Monday
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Annual Fall Exhibition featuring landscape paintings by Albert L.
Bross Jr., Harriet Ermentrout, and Mike Filipiak. Gallery hours are
Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To November 16.
"Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle," group show
celebrating the gallery’s three-year anniversary in New Hope.The benefit
exhibition features 18th, 19th and 20th century oils and watercolors
by Pennsylvania painters including Daniel Garber, N.C. Wyeth, Robert
Spencer, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, Cora Brooks, and others.
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the James A. Michener
Art Museum in New Hope. To November 16.
The exhibition chronicles a collection of paintings spanning over
two centuries of works by Pennsylvania painters, from Thomas Sully,
Hermann Herzog, and William Lathrop to Harry Leith-Ross, Peter Cook,
and Joseph Crilley. Paul Gratz, owner and head-conservator of Gratz
Gallery, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where
he gained his interest in painters from the Academy and has been collecting
work by Pennsylvania artists ever since.
New Hope, 215-862-4858. "Annie Haslam: Dream Expressionist,"
art by the former lead singer of the English classic rock band Renaissance.
To October 19.
Street, 609-397-0275. "Narration of Boundaries," an exhibit
of paintings and drawings by Brooke Schmidt, a student at Tyler School
of Art. Her works focus on memory and intuition, reminding us, without
telling, a complete story. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 7.
Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Sculpture exhibition features
the outdoor installation of seven large-scale works at sites around
town. Host sites include Union Square, New Hope Solebury Library,
the Wedgwood Inn, New Hope Historical Society, Golden Door Gallery,
and New Hope Mule Barge. On view to Spring 2004.
Human," an exhibition featuring works by figurative artists Frances
Heinrich, Charles Kumnick, Pat Feeney Murrell, and Susan Wilson. Each
artists employs a different set of materials and techniques to explore
the human form and the frailty and resilience of human nature. Gallery
hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 28.
Ellarslie 25th season anniversary show features photography by Ricardo
Barros, Phil McAuliffe, and G. Fredrick Morante. Open Tuesday to Saturday,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To November 9.
Sculpture and paintings by Ayama Aoyama. Open Monday to Thursday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 30.
609-586-0616. Outdoors, the Fall/Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic
Arts Building, "Amazing Animal Exposition" features works
by Botero, Butterfield, Grausman, Otterness, Petersen, and Woytuk;
Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition;
both shows to April 18. Also "In Search of the Other in the Extraordinary,"
photography by Bryan Grigsby, to January 4.
Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $5 Tuesday to Thursday;
$8 Friday and Saturday; and $12 on Sunday. Individual memberships
start at $70.
"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the
Old Barracks," a new display in the exhibit gallery is included
in the tour admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
the last tour is at 3:50 p.m.
609-252-6275. "The Fascination of Sun and Shore: Impressionist
Painters of the Jersey Shore, 1870-1940." Curated by Roy Pedersen,
the show features works by 30 artists, members of two successive generations
who made contributions to the uniquely American brand of Impressionism.
Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1
to 5 p.m. To December 7.
Road, Skillman, 732-524-6957. Photographs by members of the Princeton
Photography Club are on view in the Atrium of the Administration Building
through January, 2004. Open by appointment only, Monday to Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
609-292-6464. "George Tice: Urban Landscapes," an exhibit
spanning the career of the photographer who has been working in urban
and suburban New Jersey since 1967. Tice’s photographs are in many
major collections and he is the author of 12 books, including the
now-classic "Urban Landscapes" of 1975, just re-issued in
a new edition. Show runs to November 30. Open Tuesday to Saturday,
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and
state holidays. Www.newjerseystatemu seum.org.
New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Stephen Spinder: Through My Lens,
Budapest and Transylvania," a collection of photographs of the
Gothic spires and neo-classical facades of Budapest. Also "Homage
to the Skyscrapers," an exhibition of sculpture by Blawenburg
artist Joseph Petrovics. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Both shows to November 9.
908-735-8415. "Correspondences: Poetry and Contemporary Art."
Also "Sally Spofford: Ceremonial Vessels and Ritual Objects."
Artists panel, November 2, 2 to 4 p.m. Museum hours are Tuesday to
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To January 4.
"Correspondences" artists and poets include Nancy Cohen, Edwin
Torres, Jamie Fuller, Laurie Sheck, Diana Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Pablo
Neruda, Gerald Stern, Robert Mahon, Sheba Sharrow, and others. @LT
= Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, George and Hamilton
streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "Vivat, St. Petersburg!
Images of the City and its Citizens from the George Riabov Collection
of Russian Art." Show celebrates the 300th anniversary of the
city’s founding with rare prints and watercolors. On view to February
1. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3
p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free. Free admission on the first
Sunday of each month.
609-298-5556. A new gallery in Historic Bordentown City owned by John
and Nina Schroeder. Schroeder, a retiree from the Trenton Police Department,
and his wife have been collecting art for more than 25 years. The
gallery carries traditional landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes
as well as limited-edition prints by featured artists who include
watercolorist Phil Aklonis, painter Gerald Lubeck, and folk artist
Nancy Lubeck. Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday until
Two photography shows: "Glimpses of Brazil" by James Hilgendorf,
and "The Mundane as Art" by Stan Cohen. Gallery hours are
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. To November
Oil paintings by Betty Dickson. To October 25.
609-921-3272. Garden State Watercolor Society juried exhibition selected
by Domenic DiStefano and Siv Spurgeon. Opening reception is Saturday,
October 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., for the show that runs to November 2.
The center is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays
from 1 to 4 p.m.
Shared show features landscape and cityscape paintings by Christine
Lafuente and David Shevlino. Lafuente lives in Brooklyn and paints
views from the rooftops as well as rural New Jersey; Shevlino captures
the quiet of Maine and the motion of Manhattan. Gallery is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To October 31.
269 Georges Road, South Brunswick, 732-524-3350. "Show Us Your
Face: An Exhibit of Portraiture," featuring works by 21 area artists,
and curated by Joan Arbeiter. Exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays,
from 1 to 4 p.m., through October 26.
Utilities Office, Route 130, just south of Route 33, 609-259-3502.
Fifth annual art exhibit, juried by artist Marge Chavooshian. Exhibit
is on display Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To October
<B>Omicron Theater Productions seeks actors, male
and female, for speaking and non-speaking parts. Auditions by appointment
October 10 to 30. Back stage hands will be trained. Call 609-443-5598.
seminars on Saturday, October 25, at the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205
East Front Street, Trenton. "The Business Side of Acting"
takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and "Audition for the
Job" is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Both seminars are geared toward non-minors
and both working and novice actors. Panelists include Diane Heery,
Heery Casting; Kendall Chambers, Screen Actors Guild; and June
Ballinger, Passage Theater. Although auditions will not be held,
attendees are invited to bring headshots for the panelists. Tickets
are $15 for both seminars. Purchase at Passage Theater or call 609-396-6966.
Drawing ’04 and the Mercer County Photography Exhibition. Pieces for
the photography exhibition must be hand delivered to the art gallery
from November 16 to 23. Call for times. Artists must live, work, or
attend school in Mercer County. Entry forms and slides of work for
the drawing contest must be received by November 28. For prospectus
Young Artist Talent Search. Applications are available at www.njpac.org
or call 973-353-8009. The weekend event, held in March, gives young
people opportunities to audition for more than 225 openings in arts
training programs and scholarships. Applications received before January
1 without a charge. Final applications must be postmarked by March
at 349 Nassau Street, is sponsoring a "Kids Love a Mystery"
celebration. Readers will be rewarded for reading mystery books. Sign
up is free and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, November 1.
October 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Lambertville artist Ed Adams will portray
selected canine models in an art exhibit opening in January. The gallery
is located at 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope. Call 215-862-5667.
to people with visual impairment. The ticket offer is valid for all
eight venues including Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, the War
Memorial in Trenton, and the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.
Call Mark Heimerdinger at 973-624-3713.
to assist at its the annual gourmet gala, scheduled for April 2004.
Princeton’s Taste of the Nation is part of the largest nationwide
benefit to fight hunger and last year raised over $60,000 for local
and national hunger projects. The Taste of the Nation Committee is
looking for help with corporate fundraising, auctions, communications,
publicity, accounting, and organizing the event. Call 609-924-3663.
to clean up litter on River Road in Upper Makefield Township on Sunday,
October 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, call 215-297-5880.
its Writers’ Room Program that supports student writing through its
corps of volunteer writing coaches. Training programs are provided
to help volunteers become writing coaches. The only requirement is
an appreciation of reading and writing. Writing coaches work with
students in the classroom and in the computer-outfitted Writers’ Room
dedicated to the advancement of writing proficiency. Coaches are assigned
to particular classrooms and work with students on essays, reports,
and journals. They work collaboratively with classroom teachers to
maximize the effectiveness of the effort. For more information call
Mea Kaemmerlen, Writers’ Room Coordinator, at 609-989-2485.
for new scouts and scouters. Deliver to the CNJ office, 4315 Route
1, South Brunswick, or call Denise Halpin at 732-656-045
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