- Isaac Kremer ~ Experience Princeton Executive Director
In Episode 46 of the Princeton Podcast, our Princeton Podcast host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Isaac Kremer, the Executive Director of Experience Princeton, our Special Improvement District (SID) here in Princeton.
Isaac discussed the establishment and development of the Special Improvement District, emphasizing its inception during the COVID-19 pandemic as a crucial response to support local businesses and the community. Isaac explained how the SID, branded as “Experience Princeton,” functions as a public-private partnership, funded by a tax assessment on commercial properties. The program focuses on enhancing the business district’s appeal, offering benefits like improved cleanliness, safety, attractiveness, and economic development.
Isaac also described his extensive background in downtown management and Main Street programs, and reviewed various community engagement efforts, including meetups. He also detailed the new Digital Gift Card Program to promote shopping locally, especially now during the holidays and available for purchase on the ExperiencePrinceton.org website.30m | Nov 28, 2023
- Liliana Morenilla, Princeton Mobile Food Pantry Founder and Current Board Chairman
In Episode 45 of the Princeton Podcast, our Princeton Podcast host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Liliana Morenilla, the founder and current board chairman of Princeton Mobile Food Pantry.
Liliana discussed how she started Princeton Mobile Food Pantry, their current activities and goals, and the necessity of donations and volunteers to meet their demand.
Princeton Mobile Food Pantry serves and supports families in need by providing them with food, clothing, and other essential resources..
I enjoyed meeting Liliana, and gaining a better understanding of the food insecurities within our local community, challenging the upscale stereotypes often associated with Princeton. ~ Kenneth Greenberg, Princeton Podcast Producer22m | Nov 7, 2023
- David Nirenberg, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study
In Episode 44 of the Princeton Podcast, our Princeton Podcast host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed David Nirenberg, the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, serving as a model for protecting and promoting independent inquiry and the importance of academic freedom worldwide.
David Nirenberg described the Institute's illustrious history, and its mission of assembling groups of scientists and scholars from around the world who devote themselves to pushing beyond the present limits of human knowledge. Mark and David also discussed the Institute's sense of community here in Princeton, as well as the interest in the institute prompted by the recent film, Oppenheimer.
I was pleased to have David Nirenberg as our guest on the Princeton Podcast for this enlightening look into another of Princeton’s significant institutions. ~ Kenneth Greenberg, Princeton Podcast Producer26m | Oct 10, 2023
- Marna Seltzer, Artistic and Executive Director at Princeton University Concerts
In Episode 43, our Princeton Podcast host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Marna Seltzer, the Artistic and Executive Director at Princeton University Concerts, whose mission is to educate, challenge, inspire, and unite audiences through the presentation of exceptional classical musicians.
Marna discussed Princeton University Concerts history of more than a century at the university, its mission to connect all students to the Arts while providing public audiences the opportunity to experience the Arts at Princeton, as well. Marna also described some of the upcoming performers and performances scheduled for the 2023/2024 season of Princeton University Concerts.34m | Sep 5, 2023
- David Keddie, Founder of Walkable Princeton
In Episode 42 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed David Keddie, founder of Walkable Princeton.
Founded in 2013 to raise awareness of issues relating to zoning and the built environment in Princeton, Walkable Princeton is an independent group that advocates a positive vision for Princeton’s future, taking full advantage of Smart Growth principles adapted to our community, with the goal of reducing automobile traffic, increasing pedestrian activity, enhancing the tax base, preserving open space, encouraging sustainable living and enhancing a vibrant Princeton downtown.
I enjoyed meeting David Keddie and learning about Walkable Princeton. As a daily walker myself, I appreciate David’s efforts to advocate for smart growth principles that help make Princeton an even greater pedestrian-friendly community. ~ Kenneth Greenberg, Princeton Podcast Producer34m | Aug 7, 2023
- Julia Wall, Head of School at Stuart Country Day School
In episode 41 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Julia Wall, Head of School at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart - a leading Preschool to Grade 12 private school in Princeton designed just for girls.
In addition to discussing Stuart's mission to educate young women to a life of leadership and service, Julia described how Stuart is uniquely positioned to provide an environment where they are willing and able to take risks and explore opportunities. Through Stuart’s highly personalized and academically rigorous curriculum, with nurturing and expert faculty, Julia described why Stuart girls graduate as compassionate and empowered global citizens who are driven to be forces of change in our world.
We enjoyed meeting Julia Wall, as well as learning more about Stuart Country Day School’s history here in Princeton, its academic philosophy and many of its traditional activities.26m | Jul 6, 2023
- J. Robert Hillier, Studio Hillier Principal
In episode 40 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed J. Robert Hillier, one of the leading and most highly-respected architects in the United States, known for having built one of the largest and most successful architecture firms in the world.
Robert Hillier, or Bob as he prefers, is the founder of Hillier Architecture and now Principal at Studio Hillier here in Princeton. Bob has been on the core faculty of Princeton University’s School of Architecture since 1992 where he teaches two graduate seminars and has served on the American Institute of Architects National Fellowship Jury and as Chair of the Selection Committee for the Dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture.
In addition to describing several of Mr. Hillier’s more than 4000 architectural projects, many of which are here in Princeton, Bob discussed his business collaboration with his late wife, Barbara, and how in May of 2019, the New Jersey Institute of Technology renamed its College of Architecture the J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design.
Bob Hillier is certainly one of our community’s most remarkable Princetonians and it is our pleasure to have welcomed him on the Princeton Podcast.34m | Jun 20, 2023
- Adrian Colarusso, Friends of Herrontown Woods Board Member
In episode 39 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Adrian Colarusso, a Board Member of the Friends of Herrontown Woods, Princeton’s first dedicated nature preserve.
In addition to discussing the history of Herrontown Woods and the founding of the Friends of Herrontown Woods, Adrian described its mission and vision to restore and maintain the preserve’s trails and flora; to teach and learn about its natural and cultural heritage; and to build a center for people of all ages to creatively engage with nature, art, and history. All to honor the legacy of Oswald and Elizabeth Veblen, who gave their land and homes to create Princeton’s first nature preserve.27m | May 11, 2023
- Mimi Omiecinski, Owner of Princeton Tour Company
In episode 38 of the Princeton Podcast host, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Mimi Omiecinski, the Owner of Princeton Tour Company, offering Princeton residents and visitors historic walking tours, bus tours, ghost hunts, team building experiences, re-enactments, and more.
In addition to discussing her background and the development of Princeton Tour Company over the past 16 years, Mimi also described falling in love with Princeton and writing her book, Good Night Princeton.32m | Apr 26, 2023
- David Fox, Arm In Arm Executive Director
In episode 37 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed David Fox, the Executive Director of Arm In Arm.
Formerly known as The Crisis Ministry, this non-profit organization was founded in 1980 by leaders of Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church here in Princeton to help community members who were struggling financially. Now, for the past 4 decades, Mercer County families have turned to Arm In Arm for essential resources including food, housing assistance, and financial support.
In addition to discussing Arm in Arm’s evolving role in helping to provide food and housing for those in need, David described the significance of combining work experience with daily training and job search activities.34m | Apr 12, 2023
- Sarah Rasmussen, McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director
In Episode 36 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Sarah Rasmussen, the new Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre Center.
In addition to discussing her role as the Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre, Sarah described McCarter’s Theatre Series of original productions, including 'Blues For An Alabama Sky', McCarter’s current production written by Pearl Cleage and directed by McCarter's Associate Artistic Director, Nicole A. Watson.
Sarah also detailed McCarter’s Presented Series, a innovative mix of performances and cultural attractions including the upcoming performance of Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra, McCarter’s Jazz in June series presenting 6 events over 3 weekends including Samara Joy, the 2023 Grammy award winning Best New Artist, as well as the return of the McCarter Theatre Dance Series and Classical Music performances.
Mark and Sarah also touched on McCarter Theatre Center’s Educational and Community Engagement programs including camps and classes for both children and adults.25m | Mar 29, 2023
- Jill Barry, Executive Director of Morven Museum and Garden
In Episode 35 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Jill Barry, Executive Director of Morven Museum and Garden.
In addition to discussing Morven’s role in the history of our nation, as well as Princeton for the past 250 years, Jill described Morven museum’s permanent collection suite of galleries that tells the story of everyone that lived and worked on this National Historic Site, including Richard Stockton a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. and five New Jersey Governors as well as the women, children, three generations of enslaved people, immigrant servants, and later, employees.
Mark and Jill also discussed Morven’s new Stockton Education Center, with its expanded programming, improved gardens, and Moven’s upcoming signature events.24m | Mar 9, 2023
- Jon Bucchere, Princeton Police Chief
In episode 34 of the Princeton Podcast our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Jon Bucchere, Princeton Police Chief.
In addition to discussing Chief Bucchere’s lifelong involvement with the Princeton community, Mark and Jon discussed the evolution of policing here in Princeton from Jon’s 24-year history as a member of the Princeton Police Department. A lot has changed to keep Princeton at the forefront of modern police practices.
The Princeton Podcast is produced by the Podcast Production Team at HG Media, providing audio and video production services here in Princeton since 1999.
If you enjoy the Princeton Podcast please share it with your friends and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.25m | Feb 22, 2023
- Leighton Newlin, Princeton Councilman
In episode 33 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, welcomed Leighton Newlin, Princeton Councilman.
In addition to discussing Leighton’s assignments on the council’s Affordable Housing Board, Corner House Board, Historic Preservation Committee, and Princeton’s Housing Authority Board, Mark and Leighton discussed their lifelong experience and observations of the challenges and opportunities of Princeton’s economic growth and evolving diversity.34m | Feb 8, 2023
- James Steward, Director of the Princeton University Art Museum
In episode 32 of the Princeton Podcast our host, Mayor Mark Freda, sat down with James Steward, the Director of the Princeton University Art Museum.
James Steward joined the Princeton University Art Museum as its director in April 2009 and since that time has expanded the Museum’s program of exhibitions and educational activities as well as its open hours and outreach efforts on campus and throughout the Princeton community.
James is currently in the midst of leading a major Princeton Art Museum expansion that will double the museum’s exhibition space within a new building that will be home to the museum’s collection of over 100,000 works of art and its more than 200,000 visitors each year.
The Princeton Podcast is produced by the Podcast Production Team at HG Media, providing audio and video production services here in Princeton since 1999.33m | Jan 24, 2023
- Matthew Stiff, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad Chief
In episode 31 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, caught up with Mathew Stiff, Chief of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.
In addition to discussing Matt’s background and 15-year experience with the squad, Mark and Matt discussed the history of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad from its beginnings back in 1939. Matt described the squads’ new facility, its skilled staff, its coordinated relations with our fire and police departments, and its extensive capabilities to provide aid to our community in critical times of medical emergencies and physical rescues.35m | Dec 20, 2022
- David Cohen, Princeton Councilman
In episode 30 of the Princeton Podcast, our host, Mayor Mark Freda, sat down with Princeton Councilman David Cohen.
In addition to discussing David’s background and his assignments on a variety council committees, Mark and David touched on the recently revised set of permit parking regulations, as well as many other challenges and rewards David experienced during his past five years as a Princeton Councilman.
The Princeton Podcast is produced as a community service by HG Media, providing audio, video, and website design services here in Princeton since 1999.30m | Dec 7, 2022
- Dr. Aly Cohen, Rheumatologist, Author and Founder of The Smart Human
In Episode 29 of the Princeton Podcast, Mayor Mark Freda caught up with Dr. Aly Cohen, Integrative Rheumatologist, Author, Speaker, Community Educator, Podcaster, and founder of The Smart Human - an organization designed to inform the public about environmental health concerns and practical solutions to help minimize chemical exposures.
Aly discussed her educational background, as well as her collaboration with Princeton school teachers to help their teenage students learn about the wide variety of unregulated chemicals found in the many personal hygiene products they use - an experience that helped inspire Aly to found The Smart Human organization.
Mark and Aly also discussed the book Aly co-authored with Frederick vom Saal entitled, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World - that examines how to reduce our chemical and radiation exposures by recognizing potential threats and paying attention to what we eat, drink, breathe, and put onto our skin.30m | Nov 22, 2022
- Aubrey Haines, Board Member of the Princeton Business Partnership
In Episode 28 of the Princeton Podcast, with Mayor Mark Freda caught up with Aubrey Haines, a Board Member of the Princeton Business Partnership, a recently created non-profit organization structured as a Special Improvement District whose mission is to shape, maintain and grow flourishing Princeton commercial districts by offering an exceptional experience for residents and visitors.
The creation of the Princeton Business Partnership helps to ensure the expansion and sustainability of a vibrant Princeton economy with the support of commercial property owners, business owners, community and government leaders.30m | Oct 26, 2022
- Jeanette Timmons, Board Member of Cornerstone Community Kitchen
In Episode 27 of the Princeton Podcast, Mayor Mark Freda sat down with Jeanette Timmons, a Board Member of Cornerstone Community Kitchen, a Princeton based non-profit organization that provides nourishing meals, free of charge, in a welcoming setting that affirms the dignity of all those who gather.
Jeanette also discussed other Cornerstone Community Kitchen programs including their free clothing store and expanding healthcare services, supported in part by 26 generous community partner organizations.
The Princeton Podcast is produced by the podcast production team at HG Media, providing audio and video production services here in Princeton since 1999.29m | Oct 12, 2022