Vol. LXII, No. 49
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
LACEWORK OF LIGHTS: Palmer Square looks brilliant and busy and full to overflowing Friday at the annual day-after-Thanksgiving lighting of the Palmer Square Christmas tree.
The impact of Princeton University on the local, county, and state economy has been affirmed in a recent study conducted by independent consulting firm Appleseed that was commissioned by the University. This is the first time the University has undertaken a comprehensive study to assess its direct and indirect financial impact in New Jersey.
Penalties for aggressive dogs, filling a vacated Planning Board seat, and timely billing for sewer repairs were the main discussion points at Mondays Township Committee Meeting, the first presided over by Deputy Mayor Bernie Miller since Mayor Phyllis Marchands retirement.
Now the bad news, said Finance Committee Chair Josh Leinsdorf as he began his report at last weeks Princeton Regional School (PRS) District Board of Education Meeting. He proceeded to describe a shortfall of up to a half million dollars in the districts utilities account, a result, he said, of rising consumption of water and energy at higher rates. If previous years bills come up for payment, he added, the deficit could become as high as $1 million.
Describing the Scheide Library books she photographed over a 10-year period to a standing-room-only crowd at the Princeton Public Library on Saturday, Natasha DSchommer observed that being precious doesnt mean they should be locked away; theyre precious and we should experience them. With its photographs of some of the rarest books and musical scores in the world, her newly published book, Biblio, published by Princeton University Press, is a testament to experiencing these books as beautiful objects.
Despite some recent setbacks, work on Building C is expected to resume next week, according to Borough Administrator Robert Bruschi. Construction was slowed in October after potential petroleum-related ground contaminants were detected across the street.
You cant lead the people if you dont love the people. You cant save the people if you dont serve the people. So reads a passage from Princeton University professor and public intellectual Cornel Wests new book, Hope on a Tightrope (SmileyBooks), which was the subject of his recent talk at Prospect House.
Coming into last Wednesday evenings game against visiting Quinnipiac, junior forward Kevin Kaiser hadnt scored a goal yet this season for the Princeton University mens hockey team.
In assessing what the Princeton University football team needed to do this fall in order to be an Ivy League title contender, Tiger head coach Roger Hughes boiled things down to three statistical areas.
Roster turnover is a fact of life in high school sports. But this winter, the Hun School boys basketball team is undergoing an extreme makeover.
An anonymous eighth century Anglo Saxon poem provides Dublin-born playwright Conor McPherson with the title of The Seafarer, currently playing in a captivating revival at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. In the poem the title character describes, in translation, his plight:
He knows not
Who lives most easily on land, how I
Have spent my winter on the ice-cold sea
Wretched and anxious, in the paths of exile
Lacking dear friends, hung round by icicles
While hail flew past in showers.
The day after Thanksgiving is always a time for winding down. For a number of years, the members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra have “wound down” by presenting appealing concerts at Richardson Auditorium on the night after the holiday. This year, guest conductor Thierry Fischer and the orchestra explored “Classical Variations” — three symphonic works rooted in the 18th century Classical tradition. The three works of Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Schubert were presented by the ensemble as variations on the Classical attributes of simplicity and balance, and Mr. Fischer particularly focused on the balance of dynamics and texture.
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