Vol. LXV, No. 15
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
DEDICATED: The Paul Robeson Committee and the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church presented a memorial plaque to be installed at the Paul Robeson House on the corner of Witherspoon and Green Streets on Sunday. The dedication ceremony was in honor of Mr. Robesons 113th birthday. Pictured here in front of the Robeson House are (bottom row, from left): Shirley Satterfield, Nancy Prince, Dr. Valerie Smith, Dr. Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Bernadine Hines, Reverend M. Muriel Burrows (middle row, from left): James Floyd, Uneeda Brewer-Frazier, Joan Tomlin (top row): Benjamin Colbert.
Highlights of Monday evenings Township Committee Meeting included a work session on the Joint Revaluation Study Commissions recently completed report on the 2010 revaluation; news that proposed Route 1 changes forbidding left turns at Harrison Street and Washington Road have been postponed; and a proclamation naming April Alcohol Awareness Month.
With a budget vote and School Board elections to take place on Wednesday, April 27, Superintendent of Schools Judy Wilson came to last weeks Borough meeting to update Council on the fiscal state of the Princeton Regional School District (PRSD).
As the Borough debates its 2011 budget, no tax increase is expected for the third year in a row. Borough Council was briefed on its annual operating budget as well as the status of the Arts Council of Princeton last week.
Before we proceed, you need to drop everything and vote. No, were not talking about the school budget, Borough Council mayor, Township Committee candidates, or prospective School Board members. Were talking about Community Park School (CP) fifth graders Leah Bakoulis, Ashlyn Liverman, and Madeleine Peel, whose creations comprise 50 percent of the finalists in the recent nationwide Eco-Product Design contest sponsored by Elmers Products and TerraCycle.
With the new map of the States 40 legislative districts having been revealed earlier this month, both Princeton Borough and Township will see changes in their representation at the statehouse in January.
Princeton Township will be one of the first municipalities in the country to offer food waste composting when, starting this June, 1,000 Princeton Township families will be participating in a new organic curbside waste recycling program.
With the Princeton University mens lightweight crew having swept the Eastern Sprints and Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national regattas the last two years, Marty Crotty knows that his rowers want to maintain high standards.
It was the hot topic last week whenever any members of the Princeton University mens basketball nation crossed paths.
Although Mia Haughton certainly didnt want to see the Princeton High girls lacrosse team start the season with a loss, the squads opening day 8-6 setback to WW/P-N may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Working hard at it over a period of years, Schwitters succeeded in completely ‘Merzing’ the house where he lived. The soaring Merz-columns ingeniously constructed out of rusty old iron bars, mirrors, wheels, family portraits, bedsprings, newspapers, cement, paints, plaster, and glue — lots and lots of glue — forced their way upward through successive holes, gullies, abysses, and fissures.
The full-sized, walk-in centerpiece of the Princeton University Art Museum’s must-see exhibit, “Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage,” is a replica of a room in the Merzbau, the multi-faceted structure Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) called “the work of my life.” (See page 23.) This “composition without boundaries” is both playful and sinister, bright and haunted, combining the twisted charm of a Hobbit hideaway with an expressionistic moodiness and whitewashed-Greek-island clarity, Caligari’s Cabinet in Myconos. The reconstruction was completed in 1983 by Peter Bissegger, a Swiss stage designer, who followed photos of the original taken 50 years earlier by Wilhelm Redemann and reproduced in the exhibit catalogue, each one bearing the parenthetical note “destroyed 1943.”
The Princeton Presbyterian Church has recently reinvented itself in its mission to serve the community. With a new sanctuary for worship, the church has also designated itself the Princeton Meadow Event Center to present arts performances. The inaugural event in the new center took place last Saturday night as the Westminster Symphonic Choir, in a rare Princeton area performance, performed one of choral music’s biggest crowd pleasers. The text of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana was more suited to the Event Center mission of the church than its ecclesiastical activities, but whether church or center, the hall was sold out for this entertaining evening of choral singing.
After the wintry blast of the past months, people cant wait to get outside. Sunny days, balmy breezes, and warm temperatures are beckoning.
Everything is under one roof at the Princeton Design Guild (PDG) shop/office at 35 Reading Boulevard in Belle Mead. A design/build firm, founded by Kevin Wilkes in 1985, PDG focuses on residential work, including renovation, additions, and new construction.
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