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Book Opens Doors to University Chapel’s Silent Messages

“The purpose of this book is to give the visitor as complete a description of the chapel as possible so that, provided he has the patience to follow the symbolism of the carving and the stained-glass windows, (they) will come to realize that the decoration of the building contains the essence of the Old and the New Testaments, both of which appear on the seal of Princeton University,” wrote Richard Stillwell in the preface of “The Chapel of Princeton University,” first released in 1971.

While the Chapel and the community are still separated from one another during a second spring because of COVID-19, the recent re-release of Stillwell’s book provides an opportunity to prepare to revisit the building by becoming more aware of those symbols and designs that make the building a work of art in its own right.

Likewise, the following remarks from the republication’s new foreword by the Alison L. Boden, dean of religious life and of the Chapel, is one way to recall the original spirit of the book:

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Chapel of Princeton University” it is a privilege and great joy to reissue the book, which remains the authoritative resource on the fabric of this magnificent edifice.

Professor Richard Stillwell’s meticulously researched and comprehensive descriptions of each area of the Chapel, the stonework, stained glass, woodwork, and overall design continue to support the work of scholars of architecture, literature, history, and other disciplines, at Princeton and around the world.

Simultaneously, the book edifies the accidental and curious tourists as well as the spiritual seekers who wonder what inspiration the Chapel’s builders wanted them to find in even the tiniest details of its composition. A building as architecturally significant and spiritually meaningful as this one deserves a companion text that will do justice to the intentionality and integrity of its design, the profundity of its symbolism, and the timelessness of the vision of its builders.

Richard Stillwell’s book continues to do all of this and more.

This edition contains Stillwell’s original text without revisions. This is possible because the Chapel remains unchanged, not only since this book’s first publication in 1971 but also since the Chapel’s completion in 1928.

Indeed, there is much about the Princeton University Chapel that is changeless, from the architecture and material embellishments to the deeply human reasons that so many people make their way into this sacred space. The Chapel remains the ceremonial center of the University, the home of such defining annual gathering as Opening Exercises, the Service of Remembrance, and Baccalaureate. The vaulted arches of the great nave continue to receive the ascending prayers of those in crisis and those rejoicing, the perplexed, the lost, the hopeful, the faithful. Public worship brings together town and gown, the country and the world, to pray together and to be commissioned for service to humanity. Glorious music continues to draw us to the Chapel for concerts by the wonderful Princeton University Chapel Choir and on the magnificent 8,000-pipe Mander-Skinner organ. The most momentous issues in our common life literally summon us to the building in order that we may simply be together — upon the beginning or ending of war, the assassination of President Kennedy, in the hours after the 9/11 attacks or massive earthquakes. At Princeton our Chapel remains vital to us simply because we need it.

And, yet, there is so much at the Chapel and the University that is constantly changing. This includes the composition of the campus community, and the expansion and diversification of our student body has necessarily expanded the daily use of the University Chapel.

I intentionally have left in this publication a plate from the first edition which Professor Stillwell intended to profile “the Apse.” The photo does indeed show the apse but from a great distance, one that reveals the Chapel pews to be packed with young, white, male students in suit jackets, perhaps attending a mandatory academic convocation.

Today’s Princeton student population is mixed in age, particularly thanks to our transfer and veterans’ programs, and to the Graduate School. It encompasses every racial and ethnic identity, every nationality, every gender expression, every imaginable idea of appropriately neat clothing, and every religion, the formal practice of which is no longer compulsory.

An image from the biblical story of Job depicted in stained glass at the Princeton University Chapel.

This edition of Professor Stillwell’s book provides images of newer religious communities as they practice their faith, and yet this volume (dedicated as it is to the fabric of the building) cannot be comprehensive in capturing the great diversity of religious life within the Chapel’s walls. Regular Hindu workshop is held in the chancel. Our strong and growing Muslim community makes the Chapel its location for concerts, lectures, and religious services. His Holiness the Karmapa, among other global leaders in the Buddhist community, has provided the teachings in the space. The nave’s great vaults have resonated with the chanted scriptures and prayers of Bah’ai, Sikh, Jewish, and Jain students, with secular humanist readings, and with Native American smudge ceremonies.

The religious communities at Princeton are now many, but the spiritual yearnings that bring each of us into the Chapel are the same.

One of the most poignant features to me about the space is the two stained-glass windows depicting scenes from the Book of Job. In the north stairwell to the balcony Job is depicted in his many moments of agony and loss. In the south stairwell Job is portrayed, in a series of images, as moving from his very worst moment, sitting upon a dung heap and scraping his boils with a potsherd, on to his restoration — healed in body and spirit and returned to a life filled with every manner of blessing. The Chapel was built in the years just following World War I as a monument to the glory of God, but gratitude and praise were not the mood of many Princeton students and alumni who had lost brothers, sons, and friends in the Great War. Their grief and disillusionment prompted in some of them a considerable crisis of faith. The Job windows were intended by the builders to tell them, and to tell all of us in every age, that if great losses have pierced us and we feel the depths of Job’s agony, the promise of faith is one of restoration, of redemption. Our suffering is not final and is no match for the power and love of the Divine.

When this book is reissued again some decades from now, what images will our successors need to add? Who else — whom we now don’t even have the imagination to anticipate — will be at Princeton?

I dare to predict that the Chapel will be as vital to our descendants as it is to us today because they, like us, will simply need it.

The Chapel of Princeton University by Richard Stillwell, with foreword by Alison L. Boden, 160 pages, $35, Princeton University Press.

Writer’s Book Is a Product of Love and T.A.S.K.

Poet Deborah Kisela.

“Welcome, everyone, to my first poetry book,” writes Deborah Kisela on the opening pages of “Poems of My Own: Love and Life.”

“I’m now 54 years of age and finally getting a poetry book published! Yeah!! Thank you, Lord Jesus!!” exclaims the writer who saw her book recently printed by the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.), where she participates in sessions conducted by the A-Team artists.

Kisela says her first 12 years of life were spent in Hamilton, “moving from one area to another. The later years of my life were spent in Trenton, Freehold, and Cranbury.”

‘Promised Land,’ the A-Team-created artwork on the back cover of Kisela’s book.

Married at the age 19, with two grown children and four grandsons, and now raising two of her grandchildren, Kisela notes she has been writing poems from the age of 12 and that each are “like a story in themselves (and) published in a few anthologies.

“Now after many years, I am finally getting a book published. Thank you, T.A.S.K., and my creative writing group at T.A.S.K.”

Here the poet shares a seasonally appropriate work:

Spring II

Spring has come upon us in a flash. I’m glad we
haven’t had much of a Winter blast of snow!!

It is wonderful to see new life appearing on the
trees, also amongst the ground all around, as the
flowers are blooming with new life, proving to me, that
“The Lord,” is all over our Earth!!

You can see and hear the songbirds sing, such a
wonderful sight to see. The bright red cardinal a-glow
in the warm sun, a beautiful bird indeed, singing his
glorious song, in search of a partner to love and also
raise a family of their own.

The days are growing long and the nights
shorter, in no time at all the children will be playing
until sunset comes along and the summer will follow
right along.

Spring brings new life in the World all around,

You even see it amongst the ground, “What a glorious
season of the year!!”

“Poems of my Life,” by Deborah Kisela, published by Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. www.trentonsoupkitchen.org.

Opportunities

Call for Volunteers

Friends of Princeton Open Space invites volunteers to assist with spring planting sessions at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton.

Volunteers will work under the guidance of Natural Resources and Stewardship Director Anna Corichi to plant more than 5,000 herbaceous plugs in the Forest Restoration site. Native wildflowers, grasses, and ferns have been selected to provide quality habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, as well as to withstand tough site pressures, such as those posed by white-tailed deer and invasive species. The plantings will also help to protect local water quality by filtering and slowing runoff before it enters Mountain Brook.

Registration is required to attend. Each available date has a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Dates are Saturdays and Sundays, April 17 and 18, May 15 and 16, and Saturday, June 5. Visit www.fopos.org.

Call for Photography

Trenton Health Team has announced the start of the #WhyILike­Trenton 2021 photo contest inviting amateur photographers to share original photos showcasing the community via Instagram throughout the month of April.

“Every year, the #WhyILikeTrenton contest attracts great photos, showcases new talent and celebrates Trenton’s resilience and strong sense of community,” said THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson. “We are proud to be part of this City and pleased to highlight local assets and talent.”

To enter the contest, follow THT and tag @trentonhealth when you post original photos taken in Trenton on Instagram with #WhyILikeTrenton. The contest begins Thursday, April 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in early May.

THT will announce four winners, including “most likes,” and first, second, and third place winners selected by a panel of judges including photographer Habiyb Shu’Aib, CEO of Fan Favorite Club and former pro basketball player La’Keisha Sutton, and mural/graffiti artist Leon Rainbow.

“Most likes” and “First prize” winners will receive a $100 gift card to Shop Rite, Walmart, or Amazon per the winner’s choice, and also may select a Trenton-based nonprofit, school, or faith-based organization to receive an additional $100 donation from THT. Prizes also will be awarded for second place ($75) and third place ($50). If the winner is under 18, then a parent/guardian will receive the prize on the winner’s behalf.

Photographers must have permission from anyone featured in a photo, as well as for access to any location. Please visit the THT website for full rules: www.trentonhealthteam.org.

Call for Artists

The Arts Council of Princeton announces that proposals for gallery exhibitions for their 2022 season are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is June 12, 2021.

The Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center serves as a key resource for contemporary art in central New Jersey. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and related public programs, the Arts Council presents artwork with a broad range of aesthetic, social, cultural, and political themes.

ACP says: “On Optimism: While we navigated the disruption of life as we knew it, so many of us turned to art for comfort, expression, documentation, and relief. To celebrate art’s power to lift us out of darkness, the ACP’s gallery committee will place an emphasis on exhibition proposals that reflect a sense of optimism. Artists are encouraged to embrace the theme in any medium, literally or figuratively, through a realistic or abstract lens.”

Interested artists should submit their proposal at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org/artists.

Call for Art

Mercer County Library invites submissions to its TrashedArt 2021 Virtual Contest. The submission deadline for photographs of works is Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m. The contest encourages artists to upcycle materials destined for the landfill into art.

The contest is open to students in grades 7 to 12 and adults living or working in Mercer County. Certificates will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in both the student and adult categories.

Those wishing to participate must submit at least one photo and a completed contest entry form to lawprogs@mcl.org by Friday, April 16. For more information, please visit the Mercer County Library System’s website at www.mcl.org.

Public voting on the contest will take place from Monday through Friday, April 26 through 30. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced at the TrashedArt Contest’s 2021 Virtual Reception on the Mercer County Library System’s Facebook page. To vote for your favorites, visit Mercer County Library’s website to complete the voting survey by Friday, April 30. For more information on the TrashedArt 2021 Virtual Contest, visit www.mcl.org.

For the Faithful

Princeton United Methodist Church invites the public to come in and meander to the center of its prayer labyrinth during the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week — April 1 through 3 — from noon to 6 p.m.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. Long used as a meditation and prayer tool, a labyrinth combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world.

Please enter through the Nassau Street doors. For further information, call 609-924-2613, e-mail office@princetonumc.org, or visit www.princetonumc.org.

For Poetry Lovers

The Princeton Festival will stream online readings by nine poets from the U.S. and around the world during April as a tribute to National Poetry Month. The poems, written on the topic of “Love and Loss,” will be read in their original languages with English subtitles, accompanied by imagery from the poets’ native countries.

Each poet will read one piece, approximately two minutes long. The readings will premiere via the Festival’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/princetonfest) and its Instagram (princetonfest) and YouTube accounts on the dates below.

Wednesday, April 7: Lucilla Trapazzo (Italy/Switzerland); Friday, April 9: Đặng Thân (Vietnam); Monday, April 12: Sabrina De Canio (Italy); Friday, April 16: Peihang “Marshall” Li (China); Monday, April 19: Mariela Cordero (Venezuela); Wednesday, April 21: Mari Kashiwagi (Japan); Friday, April 23: Vladimir Baboshin (Russia); Tuesday, April 27: Iskra Peneva (Serbia); Thursday, April 29: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (USA)

Readings can be accessed through the Festival website, www.princetonfestival.org, and will remain available until June 30. Links to the readings will also be available through the Princeton Public Library website (www.princetonlibrary.org).

For Film Lovers

The Trenton Film Society is offering movie buffs the chance to see the Oscar-nominated short films of 2021, in the categories of live-action, animated, and documentary.

Buy tickets through the Trenton Film Society website at http://trentonfilmsociety.org. Tickets are $12 for each program, or $30 for a discounted bundle of all three. Half the proceeds will go to the distributor, and half to support the Trenton Film Society. When you purchase your tickets you will get a link, good for a month, to stream the films. Once you begin streaming, you will have 72 hours to finish watching.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 2, and are available for purchase until the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, April 25. A ballot for marking your choices for the Oscar can be found on the TFF website. Correct guesses for winners in each category will be entered into a drawing for an all-access pass to the Trenton Film Festival, happening virtually later this spring.

Camp Offerings

Westrick Music Academy offers a one-week Camp Westrick program for grades four to nine in August.

Westrick Music Academy is launching its third year of Camp Westrick, which features voice training and performance with some of the country’s leading children’s choir directors, musical theater class, daily choir rehearsals, development of musicianship, fun games, and more. Experienced instructors and counselors create a fun, safe environment offering opportunities for students to develop musical and vocal technique while creating friendships and learning to work together. The week-long camp culminates in a celebratory performance of music and skills learned during the week for family and friends.

Camp Westrick will run from Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to rising fourth through ninth grade boys and girls. There are no audition requirements. The camp location will be announced at a later date, with possibilities for fully virtual, fully in-person, or a hybrid of both being considered. Westrick Music Academy is located at 231 Clarksville Road, West Windsor. Visit www.westrickmusic.org.

Keeping the Faith to Keep Community Theater Alive

Board president Carolyn Wylie is leading Passage Theater through the pandemic.

One year after the pandemic disrupted Passage Theater‘s schedule, board president Carolyn Wylie is keeping the faith for the capital city’s only nonprofit professional theater — fittingly housed in an old church.

“I think the staff has done an amazing season given the restrictions and how they reinvented theater,” says Wylie during a recent Zoom interview from her home in Trenton’s Mill Hill section.

With recent news that the company received a Princeton Area Community Foundation New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund grant, Wylie’s upbeat assessment may seem like predictable business spin, but there is a twist.

Like nonprofit board members throughout the region, Wylie is a volunteer.

So, along with her full-time job as an Educational Testing Service principal research scientist/research director, she has taken on the responsibility of leading a group of other volunteers in raising funds for an inner-city arts organization during one of the grimmest business seasons in memory in a city suffering from state and business closures.

“We had planned a season that was split,” she says about the planning that went into effect last spring. “October to January was to be online. The spring plan was to be back in the building. But we had to make a decision at the end of the year that it was would be online.”

And while she says the digital presentations will have improved production values and not be “just Zoom online,” watching plays online just isn’t the same as being in theater.

But in the meantime, she and the board are busy keeping the company together.

“There is always a funding challenge for small theater,” she says, adding that one of the surprises to her when she got involved was learning that ticket sales are just a small amount of a theater’s income.

The difficulty also comes with the theater’s mission. “Passage is committed to creating and presenting new works and continuing to identify stories that are meaningful.”

That also means “identifying works that aren’t just new works but resonate with Trenton — that’s a core part of the theater’s mission.”

As an example, she mentions Passage’s “OK Project,” a new documentary-style work being built around the actual story of a group of young Trentonians creating a sculpture — a giant hand giving the OK signal — that became a social and political hot topic after the police and city administration connected it to gangs and censured it.

“It is exciting to see these (new works) come to fruition — interviewing and bringing that team together,” she says. “But it is expensive to workshop and present them. And there are two workshop projects going on this year.”

Therefore, she says, Passage benefits from donations from individuals as well as funding organizations designed to support cultural organizations and new work.

To help with Passage maintain its current budget of approximately $370,000, Wylie credits the Dodge Foundation for providing “a series for boards and basic rules about what it means to be a board member and how do we think about diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

She also says the NJ Theater Alliance has been sharing information regarding how theater professionals are responding to COVID-related situations.

And she adds that Passage “has also been fortunate to have a part-time grant writer, New Hope-based consultant Julia Bumke,” who served as Passage’s interim artistic director when current artistic director, C. Ryanne Domingues, was on maternity leave.

“It is an interesting role. It’s not like it’s my job,” she says about leading the board at this time. “The people who are doing the hard work are the Passage staff. As board president I’m there to be a support to them.

“And for the board, we are advocating for Passage. It’s a thing we volunteer to do, and it is a commitment. We formed a COVID committee to give the staff that extra support because they had to make plans and had to remake plans.

“It is hard to redo all these plans. Especially since they want to see the audience and hear the audience response. It is an important part of the job this year to just be encouraging.”

Wylie’s passage to becoming the president of a small professional theater in Trenton is not without its own plot twists.

The daughter of a farmer and farm equipment and fertilizer sales representative father and an English teacher mother, Wylie was born and raised in the Northern Irish town of Omagh, in County Tyrone.

She attended Queen’s University in Belfastm where she received a bachelor’s of science in physics (1992), a post graduate certification in education mathematics/informational technology (1993), and a doctorate in educational assessment (1996).

Her studies related to teaching standards and assessments paved the way for her long term involvement with the University of North Carolina Greenberg’s National Board Teacher Assessment Program.

When the program moved to the Educational Testing Service campus in Lawrence Township, Wylie became a likely candidate to staff it, and she moved to New Jersey in 1997.

“ETS gave me a contract for two years. I was on a three-year visa and said I may as well stay a few years. So I said I would stay for a second run of my visa,” she says.

About her becoming part of the central New Jersey community, she says, “I came to take a job at ETS, and 23 years later I’m still there.

“More recently my work has focused on formative assessment — a classroom-based process that teachers and students engage in to elicit evidence of student learning while it is still developing in order to support next learning steps — and kinds of professional learning opportunities that teachers need to develop and deepen their formative assessment practices.”

She says her introduction to the Mill Hill Theater, the city-owned property that is also Passage Theater’s home, was in 1999, when someone gave her a flyer that announced a production featuring Irish plays.

While not trained in theater and with little experience outside of being a stage manager for grammar school productions, the then-Pennington apartment renter continued to visit the theater and became a Passage Theater subscriber.

She also became a Trenton resident. “In 2006 I heard of some apartments that were going on sale in Trenton, and I couldn’t afford Pennington,” she says, then adding that since she usually parked near the front of the Mill Hill Playhouse she didn’t realize that the places for sale were so close to the theater.

Wylie says she brought a house in Mill Hill, married photographer C.a. Shofed, and got more involved (with Passage Theater). “I was a subscriber and started to volunteer and chair the benefit committee and was eventually asked to join the board,” she says.

She became board president in August, 2020, and saw the addition of several new board members: Matthew Cooper, associate provost for the Center for Learning & Technology at Thomas Edison State University; Hope Grant, assistant superintendent of the Trenton Board of Education; Euen Gunn, senior director of research and development for Johnson & Johnson; Rev. Brian Joyce, Trinity United Methodist Church, Ewing; Beth Reddy, retired, section chief, New Jersey Division of Environmental Protection; D. Vance Smith, professor, Department of English Princeton University; and Madhu M. Sonti, senior client advisor of wealth management at PNC Bank.

Asked about the specific skills she brings to president’s role, Wylie points to her ETS work in formative assessment and its ability to use information to determine “what is working and what we can do to make it better. If you don’t know where your strengths and weaknesses are, you don’t know how to improve.”

Applying a similar strategy to herself, she says, “I learned the value of theater more when you see it from the inside. Just seeing the amount of work and the infrastructure it takes to put something on the stage and that it looks effortless from an audience perspective. I have appreciated seeing that.

“I’ve appreciated the opportunity to take the management skills of my work world and apply them, to stretch myself and think about fundraising and other things that require a new set of skills.”

Then, thinking larger and more philosophically, she touches on why she and others are volunteering their time for a downtown Trenton project: “It is important to every community to have access to quality theater and to have stories. No one asks about why New York needs Broadway or Princeton has McCarter; it is a given. People deserve to have an opportunity to have stories that resonate with them because it tells a story that is like them or an opportunity to hear stories that don’t seem connected then because that is how we learn. We learn through stories about the ‘other,’ someone not like us. That is how we learn and how we grow.”

Looking forward, Wylie says the board is looking at ways to generate more financial support and maintain an annual fundraising event.

Additionally, with plans to expand Passage’s education program and work with the Trenton School System, Wylie hopes to see a grassroots fundraising and community awareness campaign that can generate “lots of little donations from Trenton” and “remind people we are here and that we’re a resource.”

But more immediately, she says, “I would really like folks to visit the Passage website to see what Passage has been doing.”

Passage Theater, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street, Trenton. 609-392-0766. www.passagetheatre.org.

Princeton YWCA Celebrates Tribute to Women Awards

The mostly dismal year 2020 marked a happy milestone for women with the election of the first female vice president in the United States. And as the Princeton YWCA demonstrates with its annual Tribute to Women event, there were plenty of Princeton-area women worthy of celebration as well.

The awards ceremony honoring female professional leaders from the greater Mercer County area who embody the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women takes place virtually for the second consecutive year on Thursday, March 25, at 6 p.m. Cost: $50. Register online at www.ywcaprinceton.org.

This year’s honorees include:

Lisa Asare. Asare, the assistant commissioner of the Division of Family Health Services in the state Department of Health, has worked there for 22 years. The units she oversees, including maternal & child health, special child health & early intervention services, and the WIC program, are key to protecting the health of vulnerable populations in the state.

She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto and a master’s in public health from the Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Joy Barnes-Johnson. She currently works in secondary education and consults for several racial literacy, STEM education, and training projects. She has published several articles that address teacher preparation, policy, and curriculum design and has led professional development programs at various practitioner levels.

She is an active member of the boards of the Paul Robeson House of Princeton and the CHOOSE organization, a racial literacy program founded by two Princeton High School alumnae.

Joanne Canady-Brown. The owner and head baker of The Gingered Peach in Lawrenceville graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s in economics and pursued an MBA before turning her passion for baking into a business.

Canady-Brown is a self-taught baker who, along with her bakery, has earned numerous accolades since it opened in 2015. She serves on the board of nonprofit Lawrenceville Main Street and is active in efforts to combat food insecurity and economic inequity.

Nathalie Edmond. Edmond is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered yoga teacher who has lived, worked, and volunteered in Mercer County for almost 20 years. She served as director of Princeton House women’s trauma program and worked at Princeton University’s counseling center before starting her own group practice and antiracism consultation business, Mindful and Multicultural Counseling, in 2019.

She currently teaches a graduate course on multiculturalism and feminism and serves as president of the board for the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing. She graduated from Rutgers in 1998 and earned a doctorate from Wright State University in 2003.

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson. The Trenton resident and College of New Jersey graduate represents the 15th legislative district in the state assembly, where she is deputy majority leader and vice chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee. She previously served 7.5 years on Trenton’s city council.

Reynolds-Jackson also serves as a commissioner on the state Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Her work has focused on social justice, enforcing business and landlord responsibility, environmental protection, demanding accountability for students, and working with the police regarding crime prevention.

Denalerie Johnson-Faniel. Johnson-Faniel is the NJ Division on Civil Rights, Attorney General’s Law & Public Safety’s director of outreach & community relations. She is also the CEO of 3D Management Consulting; a yoga instructor, life coach, behavioral analyst, author, and adjunct professor.

A graduate of Columbia, Howard, and Capella universities, she has previously worked with Feeding America, Center for Supportive Schools, Dress for Success Worldwide, Jewish Home Hospital, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and the National Urban League. She more than 20 years of experience in human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Caroline “Cooky” Mitchell. Virginia-born Mitchell graduated from Princeton High School in 1972 and is currently the food co-op manager for UrbanPromise Ministries, where she oversees the distribution of food to families living in Camden and surrounding areas.

She previously served as director of the Racial Justice Institute for YWCA Princeton/Trenton, where she launched the first Stand Against Racism (SAR) in Mercer County. The Drexel University alumna is a Community Foundation of NJ Neighborhood Leadership Fellow and is a founder of the Princeton Young Achievers Afterschool Program.

Elizabeth Baran Wagner. Wagner is senior vice president and director of institutional wealth management for BMT Wealth Management. She has nearly two decades of experience advising philanthropists and helping nonprofits build long-term sustainability.

She previously worked at the Princeton Area Community Foundation as senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer, and at J.C. Geever, Inc., the nonprofit consulting firm. She holds a bachelor’s in art history and English from Smith College.

She sits on the boards of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation and recently the Princeton Small Business Resiliency Fund grants committee; Princeton Nursery School; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church; and, nationally, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Pam Wakefield. Wakefield is an Upsala College graduate retired from the research staff of the Princeton University Department of Psychology who has now dedicated her time to serving the community.

She has served on boards including People and Stories, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, the Paul Robeson House of Princeton, and Princeton Adult School. She is a trustee of Princeton Public Library, taught ESL classes for LALDEF, and was a GrandPal in Trenton.

At Nassau Presbyterian Church Wakefield has served as both deacon and elder. Through the church she advocates for the hungry, for welcoming refugees and racial understanding and tolerance. During the pandemic she has worked with HomeFront helping to supply food for its clients.

Diana Zita. Zita began her career working at major investment banks on Wall Street before returning to her hometown of Hamilton to become chief financial officer at the Hamilton Area YMCA. In 2017 she became the organization’s first female chief executive officer.

Under her leadership, the Y expanded programs in underserved areas focusing on at risk youth programs and aquatic safety. During 2020, the Y pivoted to distributing food to those in need and providing childcare to first responders and essential workers.

The YWCA is also recognizing three women between the ages of 21 and 34 with its “Young Woman Award” in recognition of their positive impact on the community. The recipients are:

Blair Miller. Miller is the founder and director of Mr. Rogers’ Neighbors Kindness Project, a Princeton-based COVID relief organization. In 2016 she founded ConductAction, a business that increases audience turnout at classical concert halls. She previously worked for Princeton University Art Museum.

Miller studied piano performance at Westminster Choir College and graduated with a degree in arts administration in 2015.

Councilwoman Crystal Pruitt. Pruitt was born and raised in Franklin Township, where she now serves as a councilwoman at large.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, she is currently serving as a deputy director for the newly formed Office Clean Energy Equity, for the NJ Board of Public Utilities, where her charge is to ensure accessibility of a clean energy future to all residents. She was previously chief of staff for Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

Pruitt also serves on the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s CLEAR – Law Enforcement and the Black Community workgroup, and the Workgroup on Harassment, Sexual Assault and Misogyny in NJ Politics.

Eman Tadros. Tadros is an assistant professor at Governors State University in the Division of Psychology and Counseling in Illinois. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT). Her research focuses on incarceration and family dynamics as well as incorporating MFTs into correctional settings.

Russian School of Mathematics

Award-Winning Program Comes to Princeton

RSM-Princeton now has a new location! We are now located at 231 Clarksville Road, West Windsor! Recently featured in NPR and the Atlantic magazine as one of the key players in the “Math Revolution,” and ranked one of the best schools in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, RSM helps children of all levels build a solid math foundation and develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Sign up for a FREE math evaluation today! Website: www.russianschool.com/princeton

Summer school provides a great opportunity for students to learn and advance without the typical pressures of the academic year. RSM offers a variety of courses through its summer enrichment program — for those students looking to get a head start on the academic year, or for those looking for an additional challenge in math.

Our summer schedule is designed for students of all levels, from Kindergarten to Algebra 2 and High School Geometry. Course offerings include:

– Math for Grades 1 – 6: These courses hone students’ analytical skills and enhance their number sense by introducing them to abstract concepts.

– Preparation for High School Math: Our courses in Algebra and Geometry will build up prerequisite skills and front-load the key concepts of High School Math.

– Contest Level Math: Students are introduced to non-straightforward problems- opening them to the intrigue of math in the world. Students are also prepared for various national and international math competitions.

Russian School of Mathematics, 231 Clarksvillle Road, West Windsor. 732-708-4905. www.russianschool.com.

The Dance Corner

Reconnect with Dance

Summer is just around the corner — providing a much needed opportunity for our children to reconnect, explore interests, and get moving! What a fantastic time for your child to discover the world of dance and all that it has to offer! The Dance Corner offers a wide array of summer camps, intensives, and classes for all ages and skill levels. From preschoolers just beginning to appreciate music and movement to seasoned pre-professional dancers and adults, TDC offers summer options that encourage students to discover dance, explore new styles, challenge their abilities, grow in technique, build confidence, and make lasting memories with new friends. Camps, intensives, and classes are open to new students, current students, and students from neighboring studios.

For the very youngest dancers (ages 3-6), The Dance Corner offers a half day Exploration Dance Camp. This camp encourages the students’ imagination and creativity while exploring music, rhythm, and movement with the use of fun costumes and props.

For older students who are interested in exploring multiple dance styles in a safe and relaxed atmosphere, TDC offers Dance Camp Remix (ages 6-12) on a half or full day schedule. In an engaging and encouraging environment, students will explore Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater with an emphasis on creativity, friendship, and fun.

For families looking to dip their toes into dance, The Dance Corner also offers evening and weekend summer classes in an array of styles and levels — from preschool to adult. It is a great opportunity to see if dance is a good fit for your child, to try a new style without commitment, or for adults to put on those dance shoes, themselves.

For the more serious dancer who is interested in building technique or challenging themselves with more advanced study in a specific style, The Dance Corner offers multiple week-long intensives. Intensive experiences are offered across multiple dance styles. Students enrolled in intensive classes will receive in depth instruction in technique, master new combinations, learn teacher created choreography, and self-choreograph pieces in the selected style. Additional Intensive Boot Camp experiences are available for our TDC Elite Competition Team Members. Dancers interested in auditioning for our 21-22 Elite Team are encouraged to contact the studio for details.

Registration for summer classes and camps is now open. All camps and classes are held at The Dance Corner studios in the Southfield Shopping Center in West Windsor. The Dance Corner has been offering in person instruction safely and successfully since last July, keeping in accordance with all local health guidelines including limited class sizes. Enroll soon as classes are filling quickly! And remember to be on the lookout for our fall schedule and registration — details will be posted on our website in a few weeks!! Please visit thedancecorner.org for more information and for registration. Join The Dance Corner this summer and experience first-hand what makes The Dance Corner feel like home to so many local families. Follow us on Facebook @TheDanceCornerInc and Instagram @thedancecornerlife to see what makes our studio a place your dancer will want to call home, too.

The Dance Corner, 335 Princeton Hightstown Road (Southfield Shopping Center), West Windsor. 609-799-9677. www.thedancecorner.org.

Summer Camps for All Ages & Interests

Arts Camps

Acting Naturally, 164 North Flowers Mill Road, Langhorne 19047. 267-798-9165. www.actingnaturally.com.

One-week programs for ages 8 to 18 each culminate with a performance. Sessions Acting for Film and TV, Peter Pan the Musical, Olivia!, We’ll Be Right Back After This Murder (teens only), Rock of Ages (teens only), Broadway Bootcamp, and The Secret Garden. Auditions required. Before and after care available.

Allegra School of Music and Arts, 856 Route 206, Building D, Second Floor, Hillsborough 08844. 908-874-4351. www.allegrasma.com.

Musical theater programs for grades 3 to 12 featuring work with directors, choreographers, music coaches, and accompanists.

American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton Shopping Center, Suite C, Princeton 08540. 609-921-7758. www.arballet.org.

Summer Intensive, a five-week program in dance for ages 13 and up by audition. Three-week, two-week, and virtual sessions also available. Summer Intensive Intermediates, ages 11 and up, one to six week sessions. Summer Intensive Juniors, ages 9 and up, one to five-week sessions. No boarding options this year.

Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer 08318. 856-358-2472. www.appelfarmartscamp.org.

Residential arts program with one to four two-week sessions for ages 7 to 17. Campers select two major and two minors. All culminate with performances and exhibitions. Majors include theater performance, technical theater, music, recording arts, dance, visual arts, photography, video, creative writing, green corps, and sports & swim.

Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542. 609-924-8777. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

One-week themed camps for ages 5 to 16 from June 21 to September 3 focused on visual arts including “Pottery Techniques,” “Creative Comics & Cartoons,” “Art in the Wild,” and more. In-person and online programs available.

Ballet of Central NJ, 4 Tennis Court, Hamilton 08619. 609-249-4066. www.balletcnj.org.

Two or four-week summer intensive and two-week half-day summer program for ages 10 to 19. One-week invitational intensive for ages 9 to 19 by invitation only. Young dancer programs for ages 3 to 9.

Central NJ Ballet Theater, 221 Broad Street, Florence 08518. 609-424-3192. www.cnjballet.com.

Dance camp for ages 6 to 12 with ballet, hip hop, tap, contemporary, and jazz. Intermediate to advanced summer intensive for ages 10 and up with ballet, pointe, variations, and contemporary dance. “Disney’s the Lion King” musical theater camp for ages 6 to 14.

Dance Corner Inc., 335 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Southfield Shopping Center, West Windsor 08550. 609-799-9677. www.thedancecorner.org.

Morning Exploration Dance Camp for ages 3 to 6, half or full day Dance Camp Remix for ages 6 to 12. Intensives in hip hop, technique, jazz, jumps, turns, and acrobatics, ballet, and lyrical dance. Competition boot camps. Also classes for all ages.

Leaping Dog Art Studios, 325 Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 203, Bordentown 08505. 609-400-5623. www.leapingdogartstudios.com.

Ten one-week programs for ages 6 to 18. Themes include painting, Disney art, fashion design, Star Wars art, clay, and more. Morning, afternoon, and full-day sessions available in-person and virtually.

Martin Center for Dance, 11 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-937-8878. www.martinbartonarts.com.

Full day five-week summer intensive for advanced dancers ages 12 and up including classic ballet, pointe, and partnering. Youth Division for ages 10 and up, five weeks. Two one-week children’s summer ballet workshop.

Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown 18901. 215-340-9800. www.michenerartmuseum.org.

One-week programs in drawing, painting, stained glass, mixed media, and more for ages 5 to 12. In-person and virtual options.

Mill Ballet School, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville 08530. 609-397-7616. www.millballetschool.com.

Choreographic Workshop for ages 9 to 18; Ballet Intensive for ages 9 to 18; Afternoon Adventures for ages 3 to 5; Junior Dance Camp for ages 5 to 7; Young Dancers Workshop for ages 7 to 10; and Musical Theater Intensive for ages 7 to 18. One to three-week programs.

New Jersey School of Ballet, 15 Microlab Road, Livingston 07039. 973-597-9600. www.njschoolofballet.com.

Open classes for ages 4 and up. Intensive program for ages 9 to 20 by audition. Hybrid program online and in-person.

The Painter’s Loft, 1 Tree Farm Road, Suite 3, Pennington 08534. 609-730-4278. www.thepaintersloft.com.

Nine one-week full or half-day sessions for ages 6 and up. Each morning session is themed. Afternoon sessions are pottery wheel and hand building for ages 10 and up.

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, 116 Rockingham Row, Princeton 08540. 609-514-1600. www.princetondance.com.

Summer intensive programs for ages 8 to 11 and 11 to 22. Little dancing stars for ages 3 to 4. Dancing Stars for ages 5 to 7. Dance With Me for ages 2.5 to 4 with an adult. Classes for ages 3.5 to adult.

Princeton Friends School, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton 08540. 609-683-1194. www.princetonfriendsschool.org.

Art camp for grades K to 5 and drama camp for grades 5 to 8 include daily swimming. Kungaloosh Camp for grades 4 to 8 offers a full day immersion experience, including theme-specific projects.

Princeton Photography Workshop, 20 Library Place, Princeton 08540. www.princetondigitalphotoworkshop.com.

Two one-week sessions for teens, Sunday through Friday, with virtual and outdoor components. Camera basics, outdoor learning and practice, and digital photo editing. Digital camera and computer required.

Princeton String Academy, 2 Colonial Avenue, West Windsor 08550. 609-751-7664. www.stringacademy.net.

Summer schedule of lessons is offered in violin, viola, and cello.

Rising Stars Voice Studio. 609-775-7488. www.risingstarsvoicestudio.com.

Musical theater program at Open Arts Stage, 146 Route 130, Bordentown. In person, hybrid, and online options for ages 8 to 16. July session is “Frozen Jr.” August session is “The Greatest Showman.”

Solebury School, 6820 Phillips Mill Road, New Hope 18938. 215-862-5261. www.solebury.org.

StarCatchers theater camp for grades 4 to 12. Three-week session culminates in performance of Aladdin Jr. at Bucks County Playhouse. Three-week scenic arts camp for students entering grades 7 to 12.

Talk of the Town Dance Studio, 528 Route 33, Hamilton 08619. 609-890-0086. www.talkofthetowndancestudio.com.

Two one-week dance camps offer a chance to try new styles and create your own choreography. Sessions also include crafts, movies, and a pizza party.

Taubenslag Productions, 375 Old Post Road, Edison 08817. 732-422-7071. www.taubenslagproductions.com.

Theater camp with half and full-day programs, two, three, and eight-week sessions, ages 6 to 16. Tech option for grades 6 to 9. Teen Scenes for grades 8 to 10. CIT program for grades 10 and up. Junior counselor program for grades 10 and up. Weekly musical production and a Broadway spectacular to end the summer under the outdoor, big top performance tent.

Tomato Patch Performing Arts Workshops, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-570-3333. www.tomatopatch.org.

Visual and performing arts workshops explore arts, dance, theater, and vocal music. Session one is a four-week session for grades 8 to 12. Session two is a three-week session for grades 4 to 7. Master class is for students in grades 8 to 12 who have attended Tomato Patch or had other formal theater training.

West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-716-1931. www.westwindsorarts.org.

Two-week sessions on studio art, theater, filmmaking, fashion, musical theater, and more for ages 6 and up.

Westminster Conservatory of Music, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton 08540. 609-921-7104. www.rider.edu/wcc.

Virtual musical adventures class for age 4 to grade 1; young composers experience for grades 2 to 4; Try It Out camp to explore instruments for grades 2 and 3; jazz starters for grades 5 to 8; musical theater for grades 2 to 8; and chamber music camp for grades 6 to 12. In-person piano camp for grades 3 to 7; Presto I junior summer string orchestra camp for grades 2 to 5; Presto II for grades 6 to 8; flute camp for grades 6 to 12; and musical theater for grades 9 to 12.

Day Camps

Black Bear Lake Day Camp, 457 Stage Coach Road, Millstone Township 08510. 609-259-1777. www.blackbearlake.com.

Four to eight-week programs for ages 4 to 15. Horseback riding, transportation, towel service, and lunch are included. Fishing, boating, water park in the lake, lifeguard training, scuba diving, and more. New electives chosen weekly. Daily swim lesson and free swim in three heated pools. Air conditioned drama center. Extended hours, central transportation, and sibling discount available.

Bordentown CDA Summer Camp, 48 Dunns Mill Road, Bordentown 08505. 609-298-0025. www.bordentown.k12.nj.us.

Four-week day camp for grades K to 3 and pre-teen camp for grades 4 to 6. Activities include dance, STEM, basketball, piano, cheer, SAT prep, soccer, baseball, softball, ukulele, field hockey, track, and more. After-care available.

Boys & Girls Club of Trenton & Mercer County, 212 Centre Street, Trenton 08611. 609-392-3191. www.bgcmercer.org.

Youth camp for ages 5 to 10 includes arts & craft, science, STEM, fitness, and other enrichment programs. Teen camp for ages 11 to 15 includes sports, STEM, career exploration, team building, and other enrichment programs. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Camp NAC, 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown 18940. 215-968-0600. www.campnac.com.

Camp NACster for ages 3 to 15 organizes activities such as sports, art, games, and swimming around a daily theme. Half-day specialty camps for ages 3 to 5. Full-day specialty camps for ages 6 to 12. Teen camps for ages 11 to 15 include field trips. CIT program. Sports training camps.

Catholic Youth Organization Day Camp, 453 Yardville Allentown Road, Yardville 08620. 609-585-4280. www.cyomercer.org.

Day camp in Yardville for ages 5 to 13 under the auspices of Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer. One three-week and three two-week sessions. CIT program for ages 14 and 15. Extended hours available.

REC (recreational/educational camp) for ages 5 to 12 and CIT program for ages 14-15 at 920 South Broad Street, Trenton.

Program for ages 5 to 12 at 749 East State Street, Trenton.

Ewing CYO Camp for ages 5 to 10 including daily swimming at 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing.

Bromley Center offers eight-week program for ages 5 to 9 at 1801 East State Street, Hamilton.

Center for FaithJustice, 24 Rossa Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-498-6216. www.faithjustice.org.

ServiceworX, JusticeworX, and LeaderworX, targeted at middle, high school, and college students, respectively, to engender in participants a deep understanding of systemic poverty and instill lifelong values of justice through the lens of Catholic social teaching.

ESF Summer Camps at Chapin School, 750 East Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr 19010. 610-581-7100. www.esfcamps.com/princeton.

Coeducational camps at Chapin School include mini camp for preschool to kindergarten, day camp for grades 1 and 2, and senior camp for grades 3 to 9. Extended day available. Two to nine weeks.

Eagle’s Landing Day Camp, 74 Davidson Mill Road, North Brunswick 08902. 732-821-9155. www.eagleslandingdaycamp.com.

Co-educational for ages 3 to 15 features two to eight-week programs. Four transportation choices. Trip program for grades 6 to 8. Mini program for ages 3 to 5 available. LIT program for students entering grade 9. CIT program for students entering grade 10. Four pools, hot lunch, insurance, horseback riding, mini-golf, and supplies included. Extended day available.

Ewing Recreation Department, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing 08628. 609-883-1776. www.ewingnj.org/summer-camps.

Programs for children entering kindergarten through grade 7. Day camp for grades K to 5 includes fields trips every Thursday, daily swim lessons and free swim in the afternoon, arts and crafts, nature, sports, cooking, dancing, special events, and more. CIT program for Ewing residents only entering grades 8 and 9. Full, half, and extended days available. Eight one-week sessions.

Fernbrook Farms Education Center Summer Camp, 144 Bordentown-Georgetown Road, Chesterfield 08515. 609-298-4028. www.fernbrookeducation.org.

Pollywogs for ages 3 to 5, two days per week. Junior Fiddleheads Camp for ages 5 and 6 to explore the farm and nature. Fiddlehead Day Camp for ages 6 to 11 to explore ponds, and creeks, harvest vegetables, tend to animals, make musical instruments, and catch insects. Young Stewards Summer Camp for ages 12 to 14. Extended day available.

Frogbridge Day Camp, 7 Yellow Meeting House Road, Millstone Township 08510. 609-208-9050. www.frogbridgedaycamp.com.

Day camps for ages 3 to 15 in two to eight-week sessions. Extended hours available. Mini-week Tadpole Village for ages 3 to 5. Age group-based programs for ages 6 to 12. Day trips for eighth graders; CIT and teen travel for ninth and tenth grades. Transportation, bathing suit laundering, towels, and hot lunch included. Ziplines, pool slides, bumper boats, rock climbing, and a petting zoo.

Fulper’s Dairy Farm, 281 Rocktown Lambertville Road, Lambertville 08350. 609-651-5991. www.fulperfarms.com.

Farmstead adventure camp for ages 8 to 13 includes hayrides, nature walks, work with cows, scavenger hunt, obstacle course, and homemade butter, ice cream, and milkshakes. Six one-week sessions.

The Hun School of Princeton, 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton 08540. 609-921-7600. www.hunschool.org.

Games, sports, swimming, and more for ages 5 to 13. Lunch provided. Extended day available.

Ivy League Day Camp, 140 Gordon’s Corner Road, Manalapan 07726. 732-446-7305. www.ivyleaguedaycamp.com.

Day camp for ages 2 to 15 with four to eight week options. Mini-week for Pre-k to grade 2. Swimming, sports, arts, and adventure activities. Travel programs for grades 6 and up. LIT program for grades 9 and 10. Includes transportation and lunch.

JCC Abrams Day Camp and Teen Travel, 148 Cedarville Road, East Windsor 08520. 609-606-7070. www.jccabramscamps.org.

Lower Camp for pre-K to grade 6 includes sports, creativity, STEM and nature, skill building, adventure, and social skills. Teen Inc. for grades 7 to 9 includes Camp Project with hands-on woodworking, drawing, designing, and building; Project Abrams with designing, creating, and screen-printing t-shirts and accessories; and Multi-Media, featuring Camp Idol, newsletter, podcast, and journalism. Madrichim CIT program for grade 10.

Liberty Lake Day Camp, 1195 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown 08505. 609-499-7820. www.libertylakedaycamp.com.

Athletics, visual and performing arts, STEM, waterfront, adventure, and swimming. For ages 4 to 15 in two to nine-week sessions. Transportation, extended hours, trips, and hot lunch included. Turtles pre-school program for ages 4 and 5 and teen leadership program for grades 9 and 10.

Lightbridge Academy, 100 Federal City Road, Building B, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-543- 9700. www.lightbridgeacademy.com.

Lightbridge Academy, 10 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro Plaza, Plainsboro 08536. 609-269-8347. www.lightbridgeacademy.com.

Themed weekly programs for ages 5 to 10.

Little Friends School, 221 Edinburgh Road, Mercerville 08619. 609-890-9164. www.littlefriendsschool.com.

Summer programs for 18 months to age 11. Mini, full, and extended days. Activities based on weekly themes include special events and trips.

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, 73 East Valley Brook Road, Long Valley 07853. 908-876-3429. www.meadowbrookdaycamp.com.

Riding, archery, performing arts, swimming in heated pool, sports, computers, bumper boats, for grades pre-K to 9. Four to eight-week programs. Three, four, or five day program for pre-K. Travel program for grades 7 to 9.

Mercer County Park Commission, 334 North Post Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-883-6606. www.mercercountyparks.org.

Baldpate Nature Camp for grades 2 to 6 offers three one-week sessions held completely outdoors. Virtual nature camps for grades 3 and up held in conjunction with Howell Farm on such topics as Incredible Inspects, Sneaky Squirrels, Wiggly Worms, and more.

New Horizons Montessori, 59 Cranbury Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-275-8666. www.nhmontessori.org.

Summer Fun camp for ages 18 months to 7 years with theme weeks. Enrichments, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, and more. Full, half, and extended days available.

Oak Crest Day Camp, 92 Cortelyou Lane, Somerset 08873. 732-297-2000. www.oakcrestdaycamp.com.

Full and part-time programs for ages 3 to 16. Four, five, six, seven, or eight-week sessions. Three-day and half-day options for ages 3 to 5. Transportation and hot lunch included. Extended day available. Golf, archery, swimming, bumper boats, mountain biking, and arts. Teen program may include day trips. LIT program for campers entering 10th and 11th grades.

The Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington 08534. 609-737-1842. www.pennington.org.

Week-long programs for ages 10 to 15+ in arts, sports, and academic enrichment. Eight one-week sessions. Extended day available. Lunch included.

Plainsboro Preserve, c/o New Jersey Audubon Society, 80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury 08512. 609-427-3052. www.njaudubon.org/summer-camps.

One-week nature camp sessions. Programs for grades 1 to 3 include All About Animals; Wet, Wild, and Wonderful; Nature Makers; and Winged Wonders. Programs for grades 4 to 7 include The Sky Is Not the Limit; Survival Skills; Woodland Games; and Wet, Wild, and Wonderful. Stewardship Experience for grades 7 to 9. Family Fun Week at Preserve August 16 to 19. Amazing Animals, Crazy Crawling Critters, Water Wonders, and Outdoor Adventure virtual nature camps available. Membership in New Jersey Audubon is required.

Plainsboro Township Recreation, 641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro 08536. 609-799-0909. www.plainsboronj.com.

Pre-k day camp for ages 4 and 5. Rec Camp offers three two-week sessions for grades 1 to 6 including arts and crafts, multi-cultural games, fitness, science, and nature. Most activities held outdoors. Virtual musical theater camp for grades 2 to 12. Sports camps in basketball and fencing. Only for Plainsboro and West Windsor residents. No extended day available.

Princeton Day School, 650 The Great Road, Princeton 08540. 609-924-6700. www.pds.org.

One to two week camps with half-day, full-day, and extended-day programs. Panther Mini-Camp for Pre-K and kindergarten centered on weekly themes. Full and half-day programs for all ages including specialty camps in the arts, cooking, science, chess, sports, and more.

Princeton Friends School, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton 08540. 609-683-1194. www.princetonfriendsschool.org.

One-week sessions for pre-K to eighth grade. Swimming, sports, arts, music, and field trips. Weekly themes include movies, wild west, enchanted forest, myths and legends, pirates, music, witches and wizards, Greek gods, and superheroes. Extended hours and swim lessons available.

Princeton Junior School, 90 Fackler Road, Princeton 08542. 609-924-8126. www.princetonjuniorschool.org.

Art and nature camp for ages 2 to 5. Curiosity camp for grades 1 to 5. Full, half, or extended days.

Princeton Montessori School, 487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton 08540. 609-924-4594. www.princetonmontessori.org.

Summer fun including singing, reading, and nature walks for ages 18 months to 3 years. Ages 3 to 5 have themed weeks including art, music, science, cooking, nature. Three-day art intensive for ages 6-14 includes collage, nature based art, and more.

Rambling Pines Day Camp, 174 Lambertville Hopewell Road, Box 3, Hopewell 08525. 609-466-1212. www.ramblingpines.com.

Up to eight-week program with full, mini, or extended days featuring horseback riding, gymnastics, performing arts, ropes, off-road biking, basketball, golf, and swimming. Lunch and transportation included. Half-day camp for Pre-K, three to five-day camp for Pre-K to grade 1, day camp for grades 2 to 8, teen camp for grades 7 to 9, and LIT program for grade 10.

Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Avenue, Somerset 08873. 732-545-5600. www.rutgersprep.org.

Sports, games, fun, arts, and adventure. Half or full-day MiniBlast for ages 3 to 6. Half or full-day SummerBlast for ages 7 to 14. One-week Explore the Arts camps for grades 3 to 6. Before and after care available.

Snipes Farm Day Camp, 890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville 19067. 215-295-1139. www.snipesfarm.org.

One week themed sessions for ages 3 to 11. Farm chores, gardening, harvesting, cooking, nature walks, music, science, and art. Camp leadership program for ages 12 to 14 and CIT program for ages 15 to 17. Extended days available.

Solebury School, 6820 Phillips Mill Road, New Hope 18938. 215-862-5261. www.solebury.org.

For age 4 to grade 7. Six one-week sessions include swimming, sports, art, and science — discovering cooperatively to develop teamwork and problem solving skills. Lunch provided. Extended day available.

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton 08540. 609-921-2330. www.stuartschool.org.

Co-educational program for ages 2 to 17 offered virtually and in-person.

The Village Learning Center, 15 Yard Road, Pennington 08534. 609-737-7877. www.thevillagelearningcenter.com.

Activities for ages 2 to 8 including swimming, Legos, nature, science, petting zoo, performances, and more. Ten one-week sessions.

The Watershed Institute, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington 08534. 609-737-3735. www.thewatershed.org.

Day camp featuring environmental education for ages 5 to 16. CIT program for grades 10-11. Themed one-week sessions based on outdoor skills, water, animals, and natural art. Watershed Academy for High School Students offers week-long environmental investigations that use real-world issues.

Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch, 185 Sawmill Road, Hamilton 08620. 609-581-9622. www.hamiltonymca.org.

Camp at 185 Sawmill Road. Extended hours and transportation are available. Sports, STEM, special events, swimming, and more. Three- or five-day a week options. SKOR camp for ages 5 to 21 with intellectual disabilities.

YMCA Hopewell Valley, 62 South Main Street, Pennington 08534. 609-737-3048. www.hvymca.org.

Traditional day camp featuring arts, crafts, games, sports, and science for age 5 to 13. Extended day available.

YMCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08540. 609-497-9622. www.princetonymca.org.

Discovery Camp, specialty camps, and MVP Sports Camp for students entering grades 1 to 7. Pioneer Camp for rising kindergarteners. Extended day available.

Residential Camps

Adult and Recreation Services, 1777 North Valley Road, Malvern 19355. 610-296-6725. www.vfes.net/ars.

Camp Kweebec for ages 7 to 21 with high functioning autism, speech-language disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and similar social challenges. Activities include fishing, canoeing, zip-lining, crafts and nature study during week-long sessions. Formerly Summer Matters.

Camp Chateaugay, 233 Gadway Road, Merrill 12955. 518-425-6888. www.chateaugay.com.

Sports, trips, dance, animal care, aquatics, theater, arts and crafts. Two, four, and eight week sessions. CIT program.

Camp Dark Waters, 26 New Freedom Road, Medford 08055. 800-442-2267. www.campdarkwaters.org.

For boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 including activities such as sports, games, arts and crafts, skill-building and more. One and two-week sessions. CIT program and teen adventure camp for ages 15-16.

Camp Matollionequay, 1303 Stokes Road, Medford 08055. 800-442-2267. www.ycamp.org.

For girls ages 7 to 16. Aquatic program, creative arts, horseback riding, sports, outdoor activities. One and two week sessions. Related to Camp Ockanickon for boys ages 7 to 16.

Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Road, Medford 08055. 800-442-2267. www.ycamp.org.

For boys ages 7 to 16. Swimming and boating, archery, fishing, rugby. One and two week sessions. Related to Camp Matallionequay for girls ages 7 to 16.

Camp Regis-Applejack in the Adirondacks, 60 Lafayette Road West, Princeton 08540. 609-688-0368. www.campregis-applejack.com.

Sleepaway co-educational camp in the Adirondacks. Camp Regis is for ages 6 to 12. Applejack is a teen camp for ages 13 to 16. Two, four, and six-week programs, and a special two-week offering for younger, first-time campers. Group transportation arranged from Hightstown. Cabins, watersports, trips, arts and crafts, sports, performing arts. Camp director Michael E. Humes is a Princeton resident.

Camp Saginaw, 125 North Burnt Mill Road, Suite 200, Cherry Hill 08003. 856-428-6256. www.campsaginaw.com.

Residential camp located at 740 Saginaw Road, Oxford, Pennsylvania. Coed, ages 6 to 16. Arts, adventure, athletics, and waterfront activities.

Camp Speers YMCA, 143 Nichecronk Road, Dingmans Ferry 18328. 570-828-2329. www.campspeersymca.org.

One and two-week sessions for ages 7 to 16. Leadership in training for grades 9 to 10 and counselor in training for ages 16.

Camp Zeke, 31 Barry Watson Way, Lakewood 18439. 212-913-9783. www.campzeke.org.

Jewish overnight camp for ages 7 to 17 in foothills of Poconos with an emphasis on healthy, active living. Culinary arts program, fitness and creative electives, private lake and miles of trails. Air-conditioned cabins.

YMCA Camp Mason, 23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick 07825. 908-362-8217. www.campmason.org.

Two and four-week sessions at sleepaway camp for boys and girls grades 2 through 9. Offers swimming, archery, sports, performing arts, horseback riding, ropes course, outdoor cooking. Two to four weeks. Also Ranch Camp for western horsemanship, CIT program, and Adventures Bound.

Sports Camps

Blue Star Lacrosse. www.bluestarlacrosse.com/princetonlacrossecamp.

Lacrosse camp for players in grades 3 to 12 of all levels. Camp takes place at the Hun School of Princeton from June 21 to 25. Lunch included.

Bob Smith Soccer Academy, 153 West Manor Way, Robbinsville 08691. 609-468-7208. www.bobsmithsoccer.net.

Four five-day sessions soccer camp for beginner, recreational, and travel players ages 5 to 15 in air conditioned facility. Full or half days with before and after care available.

DiJulia School of Golf, 250 Brownsburg Road, New Hope 18938. 215-862-9045. www.dijuliagolf.com.

Golf for ages 5 to 15. Half-day sessions run Tuesday through Thursday at Jericho National Golf Club.

ESF Summer Camps at Chapin School. 610-581-7100. www.esfcamps.com.

Baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, soccer, street hockey, European team hand ball and more for boys and girls, ages 6 to 14, at Chapin School. Daily swimming.

Fal-Rooney Sports Camps, Rocky Hill 08553. 908-672-9398. www.falrooney.com.

Games, competitions, and sports for boys and girls in grades 1 to 9. Four one-week sessions in Montgomery.

Good Nick Squash, 2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-620-7609. www.goodnicksquash.com.

For squash players of all ages and levels. Program includes skill work, conditioning, and yoga. Activities for overnight campers include bowling, laser tag, and movies. Three one-week sessions at the Lawrenceville School in June. Ages 8 to 17.

Pinnacle Health and Fitness, 345 Amwell Road, Belle Mead 08844. 908-359-3600. www.pinnacle-nj.com.

Smile Camp offers indoor/outdoor games, swimming, dance, art, music, STEM projects, weekly bus trips and exciting assemblies. Ages 4 to 13.

The Hun School of Princeton, 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton 08540. 609-921-7600. www.hunschool.org.

Programs in field hockey, ages 8 to 18; baseball, ages 8 to 15; basketball, ages 8 to 15; football, boys ages 10 to 15; and lacrosse, ages 8 to 17.

Hunter Farms Riding Club, 1315 Great Road, Princeton 08540. 609-924-2932. www.hunterfarms.us.

Summer riding program for all levels. Lessons, jumping, shows, stable management, crafts, and games. One-week sessions.

Ice Land, 6 Tennis Court, Mercerville 08619. 609-588-6672. www.ice-land.com.

One-week freestyle, learn to skate for ages 4 and up, and hockey camps for ages 6 to 14 held at Grundy Ice Arena in Bristol and ProSkate in Monmouth Junction as Ice-Land undergoes renovations.

Mercer Junior Rowing Club, 1 South Post Road, Suite I, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-799-7100. www.rowpnra.org.

Novice rowing camp for grades 7 to 12. No experience necessary. Level 1, Level 2, and Advanced Camp programs. On Mercer Lake in West Windsor.

Nassau Racquet & Tennis Club, 1800 Route 206, Skillman 08558. 908-359-8730. www.nassautennis.net.

Tennis and Sports Camp for all ages and levels. Includes lessons, match play, off-court activities, and games. One week Tournament Tough Camp for tournament and high school players.

Nike Camps. 800-645-3226. www.ussportscamps.com.

Basketball camp at Princeton Day School; golf, tennis, baseball, softball, and soccer at the Lawrenceville School; lacrosse, running, and field hockey at the Pennington School; swim and basketball at the College of New Jersey.

Power Pitching & Hitting Professional Baseball Instruction, Plainsboro 08536. 732-586-1309. www.powerpitchingandhitting.com.

Baseball programs in West Windsor, and baseball and softball programs in East Brunswick. Ages 5 to 13.

Princeton Pong, 745 Alexander Road, Suites 9-12, Princeton 08540. 609-987-8500. www.princetonpong.com.

Table tennis camps for all levels.

Princeton Racquet Club, 150 Raymond Road, Princeton 08540. 732-329-6200. www.princetonracquetclub.com.

Tennis day camp for all levels includes instructional drills and match-play. Junior development for ages 6 to 16. Tournament training for ages 10 to 18.

Rockville Climbing Center, 200 Whitehead Road, Hamilton 08619. 609-631-7625. www.rockvilleclimbing.com.

Climbing programs for ages 8 to 16 including exposure to the skills and tools used for outdoor climbing and mountaineering. One-week sessions.

Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Avenue, Somerset 08873. 732-545-5600. www.rutgersprep.org.

Tennis for ages 7 to 17; baseball for boys 6 to 14; lacrosse for boys grades 2 to 9; basketball for ages 6 to 14; soccer for ages 6 to 14; multi-sports for ages 5 to 14; baseball for ages 6 to 14.

Schafer Sports Center, 5 Graphics Drive, Ewing 08628. www.schafersports.com.

Half and full day camps in gymnastics, or multi-sport for ages 3 to 12. Extended day and swim lessons available. Camp Inclusion for children with visual impairment, autism, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, Williams syndrome, low muscle tone, ADDD/ADHD, and related conditions.

Sebastiani Fencing Academy, 741 Alexander Road, West Windsor 08540. 609-578-0765. www.sebastianifencing.com.

Camps in seven one-week sessions for all levels.

Silver Dollar Stables, 80 Petty Road, Cranbury 08512. 609-395-1790. www.silverdollarstablesnj.com.

Ages five and up, beginners to intermediate level. Eight, one week sessions. One week program for advanced riders August 30 to September 3. E-mail silverdollarride@aol.com for information.

Team 85 Fitness and Wellness, 8500 K. Johnson Boulevard, Bordentown 08505. 609-298-8585. www.team85fitnessandwellness.com.

One-week sessions featuring swim lessons, sports, dance, arts and crafts, and more. For ages 4 to 14. Extended days available.

West Windsor-Plainsboro Soccer Association, West Windsor Community Park, Bernt Midland Boulevard, West Windsor 08550. www.wwpsa.org.

One-week soccer camps for ages 7 to 14 with daily swimming. Half, full and extended day options.

Capital Area YMCA, 431 Pennington Avenue, Trenton 08618. 609-599-9622. www.capitalymca.org.

Camp Adventures for grades 1 through 6. Camp Small Adventures for Pre-K to rising kindergarteners. Camp YMCA at Rider for grades 1 to 6, plus CIT program for grades 7 to 9 and basketball camp. DanceSense dance intensive for ages 8 to 16.

Study Camps

Bridge Academy, 1958 B Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-844-0770. www.banj.org.

Five-week STREAM program for ages 7 to 14 with below grade level reading and writing. Environmental science, math activities, and technology.

Cambridge School, 100 Straube Center Boulevard, Pennington 08534. 609-730-9553. www.thecambridgeschool.org.

Co-educational day school for children who learn differently. Summer program for grades K to 9 includes morning academics for grades 10 to 12. Optional afternoon enrichment in outdoor adventure or optional afternoon intensives in executive function and reading.

Code Ninjas, 1063 Washington Boulevard, Robbinsville 08691. 609-208-3724. www.codeninjas.com/locations/nj-robbinsville.

Technology programs including Code Your Own Arcade, Become a YouTuber, Adventures in 3D Printing, and more.

ESF Summer Camps at Chapin School. 610-581-7100. www.esfcamps.com.

One-week science, technology, and creative camps for grades K to 7. Examples of ‘majors’ include NASA Innovators, Dinosaurs Rock, and Fun with Forensics.

Fusion Academy, 116 Stanhope Street, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540. 609-919-9193. www.fusionprinceton.com.

Classes for credit and tutoring for students to fill COVID-19 learning loss gaps, recover failed credits; elective courses in music production, game design, and more; and college admissions camps.

The Hun School of Princeton, 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton 08540. 609-921-7600. www.hunschool.org.

Six-week online credit courses for ages 12 to 18 in algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, physics, and chemistry. Small group enrichment courses for ages 9 to 18 include math, science, test prep, public speaking, creative writing, and more.

JEI Learning Center, 33 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-897-1072. princeton.jeilearning.com.

Programs in math, English, reading & writing, problem-solving math, and critical thinking. Centers in West Windsor, East Windsor, Hamilton, and Montgomery.

The Lewis School of Princeton, 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton 08540. 609-924-8120. www.lewisschool.org.

Three-week summer study program serves as a bridge between academic years. Mornings focus on “Lewis Integrated Multisensory Mechanics of Language and Learning.” Extended Day Education in the afternoons combines language, performing and visual arts, science and mathematics, athletics, and speech and language.

Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-570-3311. www.mccc.edu/campcollege.

One-week full or half-day academic and recreational programs for ages 6 to 16. Extended days available.

The Newgrange School, 526 South Olden Avenue, Hamilton 08629. 609-584-1800. www.thenewgrange.org.

30-day extended school year program in July and August with curricular and enrichment options.

Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown 08520. 609-490-7532. www.peddie.org.

Summer school credit courses in math and honors math as well as enrichment programs in math, science, and language arts.

Quakerbridge Learning Center, 4044 Quakerbridge Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-588-4442. www.quaker-bridge.com.

Six-week courses in language arts, writing, STEM, ESL, public speaking, AP math and science, standardized test prep, and more, limited to 10 students. Option II courses available in math, science, social science, limited to 14 students. Extended days available.

Rider University Pre-College Program, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-5033. www.rider.edu/precollege.

Virtual programs for high school students in voice, musical theater, composition, organ, and music theory.

Russian School of Mathematics, 231 Clarksville Road, West Windsor 08550. 732-708-4905. www.russianschool.com.

Math enrichment programs for grades K-12.

Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Avenue, Somerset 08873. 732-545-5600. www.rutgersprep.org.

Summer school courses in math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, writing, and more for students entering grades 6 to 12. International Ivy programs for ages 6 to 15.

SciCore Academy for Science and the Humanities, 125 South Main Street, Hightstown 08520. 609-448-8950. www.scicore.org.

Two three-week sessions of English/Math review for students entering grades 1 to 8, two intersession weeks of Science, hiking, art, music and creative building, and two sessions of high school math and science. After care available.

Summer Institute for the Gifted. 866-303-4744. www.giftedstudy.org.

Investigators Program for ages 5 to 12 at Stuart Country Day School. Four classes per day in full-day program and two per day in half-day program including topics such as “The Animalian Brain,” “Sleuthing like Sherlock,” “Be a Graphic Novelist,” “and more.

YingHua International School, 25 Laurel Avenue, Kingston 08528. 609-375-8015. www.yhis.org.

Sense-Sational Science Chinese camp for ages 3 to 4.5 in four one-week sessions; Let’s STEAM Chinese camp for ages 5 to 8 in three one-week sessions plus two one-week, half-day virtual sessions; STEAM and Theatrical English Workshop for ages 8 and up in three one-week sessions.

At Stake in the Capital City: Architectural History

Historic preservation groups want to save the state’s health and agriculture buildings from demolition.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Agriculture Building on South Warren Street, consisting of an eight-story office wing and a five-story laboratory wing, is playing a role in an ongoing, slow-moving Capital City drama.

The story started with the famously miserly Governor Chris Christie’s surprise announcement that he was giving the state two new office buildings, razing three, launching a multi-million dollar state house renovation, and leaving the cost to the next governor and the citizens of New Jersey.

When Trenton citizens and stakeholders saw problems related to state and city master plans, contemporary urban development practices, effect on downtown businesses, costs, and the legality of the ex-governor’s financing design that gave the project to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, they created the Stakeholders Allied for the Core of Trenton (ACT!) coalition, petitioned to change the plan, and sued the state.

Their actions were unsuccessful, and current Governor Phil Murphy’s administration has been making Christie’s plan a reality.

Now some of the same people who created ACT! are asking the state to hold the wrecking ball to one of the buildings designated to be razed, the New Jersey Health and Agriculture Building.

The reason is that it is a historically important building that can be used for mixed purposes and be part of the region’s “gallery” of architecturally important structures — ranging from the colonial to the cutting edge.

Their arguments are buoyed by report conducted by Hunter Research, New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, and Preservation New Jersey.

Here are some of the findings:

The New Jersey Department of Health and Agriculture Building — constructed between 1962 and 1965 as part of a plan to expand the state government campus — is an example of the monumental modernism that characterized the architecture of public government buildings throughout the United States in the post-World War II era.

The complex of two buildings uses a “brutalist” approach to design, one that “expresses itself in the use of exposed concrete and tinted windows treated as voids or holes in the solid mass of the exterior walls,” according to the Hunter report.

Its designers were Alfred Clauss and Jane West Clauss, husband and wife architects who worked in the international style and other modern styles.

As the Hunter report notes, “Clauss was born and trained in Germany and graduated from the Munich Technical Institute in 1926. He came to prominence working for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (one of the founders of the international style of architecture) for the Barcelona World’s Fair of 1929. This experience placed him squarely at the forefront of the modernist architecture movement in Europe, an experience he would use to his advantage following emigration to the United States.

“Clauss came to the United States in 1930, shortly thereafter winning an award for a prototype, all-steel-and-glass gasoline station for Standard Oil Company of Ohio. He worked for architects Howe and Lescaze on Philadelphia’s PSFS Building, a skyscraper of 1932 that is the first international-style skyscraper constructed in the United States and a National Historic Landmark.”

Clauss became a design presence in New York City and was represented in the Museum of Modern Art’s influential 1932 modern architecture exhibition. It was curated by noted architect Philip Johnson and featured designs from around the world, including work by Frank Lloyd Wright.

From 1934 to 1945, the Clausses collaborated on “Little Switzerland,” a Tennessee Valley Authority New Deal-era housing development credited with popularizing split-level homes in the United States and, according to Preservation New Jersey, “one of the earliest examples of the international style in the United States.”

The Hunter report adds that “West Clauss, a native of Minneapolis and graduate of the University of Minnesota in 1929, was the first American woman to work in the atelier of Le Corbusier (another major proponent of modernism in architecture and design) from 1932 to circa 1934.”

After World War II, the Clausses settled in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and partnered with architectural companies in Philadelphia and Scranton.

In 1956, says the above report, they “opened Alfred Clauss and Associates in an office at 114 West State Street in Trenton. This office was under the direct supervision of Alfred and Jane West Clauss and may have been formed specifically in the firm’s pursuit of commissions from New Jersey’s state government. The Trenton office handled the design of the Health and Agriculture Building, as well as an expansion to the state’s youth correctional center at Yardville Heights.”

Other Clauss designs include modernist buildings for St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, University of Scranton, and the Philadelphia House of Detention.

In addition to the designers, the building also represents the contributions of others involved with establishing mid-20th century American modernism.

The building’s general contractor was McCloskey and Company, a major Philadelphia construction firm that served as general contractor on several notable Philadelphia modernist structures: the U.S. Mint (1969), Veterans Stadium (1971), and the Mann Center in Fairmount Park (1976).

Frank Grad & Sons Company was the planning consultant for the Capitol complex after the state restated its goal of centralizing office spaces in downtown Trenton — an idea that started in the early 20th century but wasn’t realized until the post-war boom.

Grad founded the Newark, New Jersey-based firm in 1906 and was joined by his sons Bernard and Howard Grad in the mid-1930s.

According to the Hunter report, “Frank Grad & Sons was a leading designer and developer of Modernist governmental and corporate office architecture from the 1920s to the 1960s, and a New Jersey firm with a significant national presence.

“Among Grad’s most important commissions were Newark Symphony Hall (1925); the 35-story, Art Deco-style Eleven80 Building (1929-30) in downtown Newark; and the 44-story, Art Deco-style Essex House (1931) at 160 Central Park South in Manhattan.

“During World War II, Frank Grad & Sons was heavily involved with the design and construction of large-scale military bases overseas, and entered the postwar era as an important governmental architect with perhaps their best known commission being the James V. Forrestal Building complex (1965-69) for the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.

“The firm played a major role in the late 1950s to 1960s expansion of New Jersey’s state government campus in downtown Trenton including preparation of the master plan and design of several important buildings including the New Jersey Department of Labor and Industry Building, the New Jersey State Museum, and the New Jersey State Library.”

In its argument to save the Health and Agriculture Building, Preservation New Jersey notes, “The complex is architecturally significant as an outstanding example of New Formalism-style architecture designed for government use in the City of Trenton.”

It is also one of the only examples of a modern architectural structure involving a pioneering woman architect who was at the heart of modernism — and had an office in Trenton.

It becomes part of a regional collection that includes prominent modern and contemporary architects, including Louis Khan, Michael Graves, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Marcel Breuer — buildings that attract national and international visitors to the region.

It would become a type of reconciliation for the people of Trenton who saw the current building projects as an affront to their concerns regarding the health of the downtown Trenton area.

And it may also mitigate lingering city resentment on how the state’s Capitol Complex and John Fitch Way projects changed the residential look of downtown Trenton — including erasing residential working class neighborhoods.

Summing up the sentiments of many in the region, Preservation New Jersey encouraged the EDA to not demolish these buildings and make a state parking lot but “instead find a new use or a sympathetic buyer.”

For more information, visit www.stakeholders-act.org.