Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Weekday Schubert Quartets, Baroque, and More at Princeton Festival

Princeton, NJ—Chamber and Baroque music lovers have the opportunity to enjoy multiple weekday concerts during the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO)’s all-new Princeton Festival June 10-25. National radio personality Rob Kapilow makes an appearance, and performing ensembles including Germany’s Signum Quartet, the Sebastians, the Festival Chorus, and the unique trio Time For Three perform under the enormous performance tent on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden or across the way at Trinity Episcopal Church. All performances take place at 7pm.

Leading off the chamber music events is a cycle of Franz Schubert’s late string quartets. What Makes it Great? host Rob Kapilow explores “Death and the Maiden,” a pillar of the chamber repertoire, on Monday, June 13 with a performance of the work by the Signum Quartet. Through his concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and CD series, Kapilow takes listeners inside the music, deconstructing and recomposing key passages to demonstrate why a piece is so extraordinary. The event is presented in partnership with WWFM, the Classical Network, which will livestream the event. Signum continues the quartet cycle with performances of the “Rosamunde” and monumental String Quartet in G Major on Tuesday, June 14. These events are at Morven Museum & Garden.

Thursdays at the Princeton Festival are devoted to Baroque music played on period instruments at Trinity Episcopal Church. On June 16, the 14-piece ensemble making up the Sebastians performs early music by Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello and Johann Georg Pisendel in addition to that of iconic Baroque composers George Frideric Handel, J.S. Bach, and Antonio Vivaldi. Selections performed with the Festival Chorus on June 23 include Bach’s contata Wer sich selbst erhöhet, der soll erniedriget werden, BWV 47 and Handel’s Chandos Anthem O Praise the Lord with One Consent, HWV 254. Festival Director Gregory Jon Geehern conducts.    

Time For Three performs on Tuesday, June 21, under the 10,000 square-foot performance tent at Morven. Members Ranaan Meyer, double bass, Nick Kendall, violin, and Charles Yang, violin defy conventional boundaries, fusing their instruments with their voices and standing at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. Their set list includes works ranging from Chaconne in Winter, after Bach, to Amazing Grace and “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller.

Free companion talks augment each concert experience. Charles Fisk, a retired musicology professor from Wellesley College and one of the world’s foremost Schubert scholars, discusses the music of Franz Schubert’s later years on Tuesday, June 14 at 5pm at Morven Museum & Garden’s Stockton Education Center. John Burkhalter surveys the distinctive variety of styles and genres in Baroque Music and Dr. Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, a master of vocal pedagogy, discusses the challenges, and rewards, of singing Bach and Handel’s music at talks held at 6pm on Thursday, June 16 and Thursday, June 23, respectively, at Trinity Church’s Pierce-Bishop Hall. For more information, visit

Tickets for all Princeton Festival performances range from $10 - $130; ticket packages are $18 and up. Call 609-497-0020 or visit

Health and Safety

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is closely monitoring and adhering to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 Requirements. Concert attendees will receive information regarding safety procedures, entry, seating directions, etc. in advance of their selected live performance(s).


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is committed to ensuring all programming is accessible for everyone, working with venues to provide needed services. Contact ADA Coordinator Kitanya Khateri for questions about available services at or 609 497-0020. Note: some services require at least two weeks’ notice to arrange. 

Programs, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Avian Influenza case in New Jersey

(TRENTON) – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) confirmed the state's first Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza case in a Monmouth County non-commercial backyard poultry flock. The disease response is being coordinated between state and federal partners.

The test samples were collected from a duck and chicken flock in Monmouth County and were tested at the New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory. The duck flock had experienced high mortality, and some displayed neurologic signs before succumbing to the disease. Congruent testing was completed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, which confirmed the detection of the disease on May 17, 2022.

State and federal personnel are following the appropriate response plan, including implementing site quarantine, proper biosecurity measures, and depopulation of poultry on the premises. Additionally, outreach to poultry owners, live bird markets, and the general public at has been completed to provide recommendations on poultry management and measures to ensure the maintenance of a healthy flock.  

HPAI is highly contagious and often fatal in domestic poultry species. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. As a reminder, poultry and eggs’ proper handling and cooking to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kill bacteria and viruses.

Signs of HPAI in poultry can include: 

  • Sudden death
  • Decrease in feed or water consumption
  • Respiratory signs such as coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Open-mouth breathing
  • Darkening of the comb/wattles
  • Reddening of the shanks or feet
  • Decreased egg production 
  • Lethargy

HPAI spreads through contact with bodily secretions, including feces, ocular, nasal, or oral secretions from infected birds. The virus can spread on vehicles, equipment, shoes, etc. Practicing good biosecurity can help prevent the spread of HPAI onto a farm. 

Those biosecurity practices include:

  • Eliminating exposure of domestic birds to wild birds. Minimize standing water and extra feed in the environment that might attract wild birds.
  • Avoiding contact with other poultry.
  • Keeping a specific set of shoes and clothing for tending to poultry. Disposable boot covers or a foot bath that is changed regularly are other measures that can be used. 
  • Minimizing the number of people who visit the birds.
  • Avoiding sharing equipment with other flocks and using appropriate disinfectants for equipment that must come onto a farm.

HPAI is a reportable disease. Any individual who shall gain knowledge or suspect the existence of the disease shall notify this office without delay. Deceased birds suspected of having Avian Influenza should be double-bagged and stored appropriately for testing. Do not expose dead poultry to the environment, other poultry, or wildlife/wild birds. Wash your hands after handling sick or dead birds.

If you suspect HPAI, please alert the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health at 609-671-6400. 

For additional information about the disease and outreach materials, go to: 


Friday, May 13, 2022

First Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus in New Jersey

(TRENTON) – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) confirmed Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) in a 1-year-old spayed female rabbit in Cape May County. 

RHDV2 is highly contagious and can be fatal to domestic and wild rabbits but cannot be transmitted from animals to humans. RHDV2 is a foreign animal disease caused by several virus strains.

On May 8, 2022, sudden death in one rabbit was reported to the NJDA and USDA. RHDV2 detection was confirmed via laboratory testing on May 12, 2022.  A second rabbit died on the premises on May 11, 2022.  It is suspected to be RHDV2 related.  The remaining rabbit is quarantined and has not shown any signs of the disease.  The outbreak’s source has not yet been identified, and there is no evidence of infection in other locations. The epidemiologic investigation is ongoing.  RHDV2 is a reportable disease, and owners should monitor their rabbits for the disease’s clinical signs. 

Clinical signs of rabbit hemorrhagic disease include sudden death, fever, inappetence, respiratory signs, nervous signs, internal bleeding leading to blood-stained noses, and anemia. Diffuse hepatic necrosis is a key pathologic feature of the disease that may be seen on the postmortem exam.

In November 2021, the NJDA approved the sale of a conditionally approved RHDV2 vaccine manufactured by Medgene Labs of Brookings, S.D. The vaccine can only be used by New Jersey licensed veterinarians in domestic rabbits. The USDA, Center for Veterinary Biologics granted the vaccine Emergency Use Authorization as an experimental vaccine to protect against RHDV2. The vaccine is an inactivated recombinant vaccine given as a two-dose series, 21 days apart. Pet owners are encouraged to speak with their licensed veterinarian about RHDV2 vaccination.  

All veterinarians and rabbit owners are encouraged to be alert for RHDV2 and continue practicing good biosecurity to prevent the spread of RHDV2.  If you suspect RHDV2, please alert the NJDA, Division of Animal Health at 609-671-6400.  The 24-hour number to report a foreign animal disease to USDA APHIS VS Area Veterinarian in Charge is 866-536-7593.

For more information about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease, visit:

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Calling All Poets! Sign Up for the Princeton Festival’s 
June 18 Poetry Workshop Guided by Nicole Homer

Princeton, NJ—The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) invites poets of all ages to be a part of a free poetry workshop to be held Saturday, June 18 at 12:30pm during the 2022 Princeton Festival. Guest poet Nicole Homer will lead the “Just Poetry” workshop and talk about how what we see onstage can move us to be creative. This year’s prompt invites poets to take inspiration from themes found in Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg. The poetry will explore what it means to be a feminist, the concept of dissent, and how to forge unlikely friendships in difficult times. 

Participants can bring their original poetry and receive first-hand feedback in this guided masterclass. They will also have the opportunity to read their poetry aloud afterwards at a 3pm “Just Poetry” reading. Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information or to RSVP, visit or contact Katie Miller at

About Nicole Homer
Nicole Homer is a New Jersey-based community college educator, poet, writer, and performer whose work can be found in the American Academy of Poets Poem-a-Day, Muzzle, The Offing, Rattle, and elsewhere. A fellow of Callaloo, Bread Loaf, Tin House, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Homer serves as a Contributing Editor at BlackNerdProblems. Their award-winning collection, Pecking Order (Write Bloody 2017), explores race and gender politics in the domestic sphere. She is honored to have shared stages with poets in slams across the country, to have been the 2018 Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place, to have received a 2020 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and to be alive. She is currently working on her next project, Fast Tail.

Health and Safety

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is closely monitoring and adhering to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 Requirements. Princeton Festival COVID policies are available on the PSO website at


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is committed to ensuring all programming is accessible for everyone, working with venues to provide needed services. Contact ADA Coordinator Kitanya Khateri for questions about available services at or 609 497-0020. Note: some services require at least two weeks’ notice to arrange. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Mercer Lunch Program for Older Adults Reopens In-Person Dining Starting May 2

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults will resume in-person lunches at nine of its locations starting Monday, May 2, announced Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

"For the past two years, we've been distributing 'grab-and-go' frozen meals at our Nutrition sites at the municipal senior centers, and have provided at-home delivery for those seniors unable to get to the sites," Mr. Hughes explained.

"The pandemic required us to exercise creativity in ways to continue to deliver services to our residents, and we rose to the challenge. In the two years that the program was closed to in-person dining, we distributed an astounding 266,483 meals to our senior citizens," he added.

The County Executive credits the success to the teams in the County Nutrition Program and the county's bus transportation program for older adults and people with disabilities, known as TRADE buses. Those departments, along with the staff at our partnering senior centers, ensured that program participants did not go hungry.

"From food preparation to final delivery, it took a cadre of dedicated people and a great deal of flexibility to make sure this important service carried on," Mr. Hughes said. 

Now with COVID-19 vaccines readily available and communities begin to reopen with less stringent safety measures, Mercer is excited to reopen for congregate meals. This is a welcome return of the essential socialization component that the Nutrition Program provides to battle isolation and loneliness.

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About the Program

The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday (except for County and/or municipal holidays). All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake (DRI) of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older. Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants (when they accompany a participant to the site where the meals are provided).

Locations and information:
In-person services will be hosted at these centers: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center. Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so please contact the Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults at 609-989-6650 or inquire at your local site.

No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided. Reservations are required; please call 609-989-6650 to reserve your spot. Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page.

If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help you. They can be reached at 609-530-1971 or Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants. If you cannot make it to the site for reasons other than transportation, there may be home-delivered options for you. From aging partners such as Meals on Wheels of Mercer County to Medicaid-funded home-delivered meals, there are resources in the community to assist everyone.  

Please note that the South Ward Senior Center and North 25 Terminal/Reading Senior Center in Trenton will remain closed due to ongoing construction, and no service will be provided at this time. Additionally, the East Windsor Senior Center is under construction, but will continue to provide grab-and-go and home-delivered services.

For more information, please contact the Nutrition Program for Older Adults at 609-989-6650 or


Monday, April 25, 2022

Central New Jersey Network Television (CNJN) Announces the Addition of Two New Board Members

Central New Jersey Network Television (CNJN); the leading provider of Public Television programming in Central New Jersey, is excited to announce the addition of two new individuals to our Board of Trustees.  The Board is pleased to welcome Kamal Bathla and Norman Silverstein to the Board. 

Kamal Bathla is the CEO of Maestro Technologies headquartered in Trenton NJ.  Maestro is an award-winning big data solutions and cloud platform company that Inc Magazine named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for three consecutive years, starting in 2011. Through Maestro Technologies, Kamal is helping clients achieve digital transformation, applying leading-edge expertise in software architecture to big data, Machine Learning, blockchain, IoT and cyber security Solutions. Kamal is passionate about transforming Trenton to the Innovation capital of New Jersey with community engagements in technology centric programs driven by public/private partnerships.

Norman Silverstein is a business entrepreneur living in Skillman NJ.  Norman is the principal of Castle and Bishop Financial ( a commercial funding company, primarily engaged in sourcing financing for commercial real estate transactions. Norman also participates as a general partner in locating and acquiring, undervalued real estate assets.  Norman’s past business ventures have included; manufacturing, consumer products, warehouse logistics, and capital funding.  Five years ago, Norman started a small media company (www.MightyOaks.Media) which purchased the Montgomery News ( and revamped the appearance and content of the paper.  In a quote from Norman: 

Jim Parker, Chairman of CNJN television said,” Having these two successful business leaders on our Board will provide the station with extensive knowledge and business expertise as we continue to expand the programming and reach of CNJN television”.    

CNJN television’s Executive Director and Head of Operations, George McCollough said, “Kamal and Norman believe in the importance of CATV.  Their input and knowledge on our Board will be important as we continue to expand the programming and distribution of CNJN television.”

You can watch CNJN television on Comcast Channel 28 & 30, on Verizon Channel 43 & 45, on our streaming partners; Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV as well as on our website at


Central New Jersey Network television is a 501c-3 Public Television Station created to serve Mercer County and the surrounding communities.  CNJN Television is carried on Verizon and Comcast as well as numerous national streaming services.  Email any questions to

Friday, April 22, 2022

Engineering Award Goes to Mercer County

Mercer County has received the 2022 Distinguished Engineering Award by the New Jersey Alliance for Action for the County’s engineering of two structures, Mercer County Bridge #330.1 and Bridge #331.1, carrying Alexander Street over Stony Brook and Alexander Street over Alexander Creek in the Municipality of Princeton, announced Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

Mercer County and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) undertook simultaneous bridge replacement projects to minimize the closure of Alexander Street, which carries a considerable amount of traffic volume and serves as a main access road between downtown Princeton, Princeton University and West Windsor Township.  NJDOT completed replacement of the bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal immediately east of MC #330.1.  

This unique design of this project was driven by requirements determined through intensive coordination with the various stakeholders: Municipality of Princeton, Princeton Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Office, Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission, Princeton University, NJDOT, utility owners, West Windsor Township and Green Acres.

“Mercer County is grateful for the recognition by the Alliance for Action,” Mr. Hughes said. “We have in our Department of Transportation a team of exceptional engineers, and I thank the team for their contributions to this enormously challenging and complicated project and congratulate them on receiving this prestigious award.”

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Bridge 330.1 was previously a single span, simply supported pony truss structure supported on concrete abutments.  The previous truss bridge, which was intended to be a temporary structure, was in need of replacement due to the poor condition of the deck, superstructure and substructure.  The bridge width was also substandard and limited the passage of larger transit vehicles.   It was deemed Structurally Deficient with Sufficiency Rating of 7.4 out of 100.  The adjacent structure to the west, 331.1, was a three-sided box beam culvert and was also in need of replacement.  While its structural and geometric conditions were not as critical as Bridge 330.1, it was logical to replace the structure at the same time while Alexander Street was closed.

The replacement structure for the former truss bridge is a single span, with simply supported steel beams on concrete abutments and concrete footings. Bridge components also include concrete wing walls, a concrete bridge deck and concrete bridge approach slabs. The deck and approaches were overlaid with 1-inch-thick Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC) to protect the concrete deck. White bridge railings and brown powder-coated guiderail are consistent with similar elements installed on the adjacent Delaware and Raritan Canal Bridge. Roadway work included hot-mix asphalt paving, new striping, new guiderail and approach guiderail systems, and landscaping.  The proposed cross section at MC #330.1 consists of two 12-foot travel lanes, two 5-foot shoulders and one 8-foot sidewalk. Bridge 331.1 was replaced with a similar three-sided culvert and received similar railing and guiderail treatments as the adjacent structure.  It consists of two 12-foot travel lanes, two 5-foot shoulders, one 5-foot sidewalk and one 8-foot sidewalk. The culvert and approaches were overlaid with 1-inch-thick Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC) to protect the concrete deck.

Van Cleef Engineering Associates of Freehold was contracted by the County of Mercer to provide design services for the reconstruction of the structures, and Marbro Construction LLC of West End was awarded the contract.

The New Jersey Alliance for Action is a non-partisan and non-profit association representing thousands of business, labor, government, utility, education, professional and other New Jersey leaders. It will present the award at its ninth annual Distinguished Engineering Awards Breakfast May 12 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe.