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Vol. LXIV, No. 2
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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Front Page

Township Pursues Dialogue About University’s Contribution

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting Township Committee endorsed a resolution requesting “a meeting with the President of Princeton University to initiate a dialogue with the goal of achieving fairness and equality with Princeton University and the taxpaying residents and businesses of Princeton Township.” 

Affordable Housing Plan Acknowledges Borough Build-out, Looks Ahead

Dilshanie Perera

A report given by Zoning and Affordable Housing Officer Derek Bridger at last week’s Borough Council meeting suggested that while the time is right for building affordable housing, there are few locations in the Borough available for new development.

Minority Education Committee Hosts Family, Community Forum January 16

Ellen Gilbert

The Minority Education Committee (MEC) will host a “Forum About Family and Community Involvement in Our Schools” on Saturday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Princeton High School Cafeteria.


Other News

Witherspoon-Jackson Genealogy Group Looks Forward to Filling in the Gaps

Ellen Gilbert

“We know all about Betsy Stockton,” observed Princeton Public Library’s Terri Nelson recently, speaking of the Princeton slave who become the first female missionary of color to go to Hawaii in 1832. “But no one knows about Cecelia Van Tyne, another former slave, who went to Setra Kroo, Africa as a missionary in 1841.” Both women came home to educate Princeton’s African American children, but Ms. Stockton is the one memorialized with a stained glass window at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.

Local Developer and University Students Collaborate on 190 Witherspoon Designs

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University students in a civil and environmental engineering class featuring design for sustainable development focused on the property at 190 Witherspoon street, making recommendations for energy-efficient designs that would also conserve resources. They presented their findings on Monday to a packed Community Room at the Public Library at an event scheduled as part of the Environmental Film Festival.

Relationship Between Art and Money Subject of Latest Arts Council Exhibit

Dilshanie Perera

A formidable collection of works by Andy Warhol is the centerpiece of “Consumed,” an exhibition about art, money, and consumption at the Arts Council of Princeton. Its opening last Saturday saw a frenzy of activity, with artists and patrons gathering to engage with the material.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sports

Princeton Men’s Hockey Falls 4-1 to Rensselaer; Injury-plagued Tigers Aim to Recharge Over Break

Bill Alden

Mark Magnowski is used to being one of the guys among the nine seniors on the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

With Junior Forward Twining Stepping Up, PHS Boys’ Hockey Starts 2010 With a Bang

Bill Alden

Peter Twining and his teammates on the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team started 2010 with a bang.

Sparked by Thomas’ Emergence as a Star, PHS Girls’ Hoops Gets on Winning Track

Bill Alden

Tara Thomas was a member of the supporting cast last winter for the Princeton High girls’ basketball team.


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DVD Review

“There’s a Little Dude in All of Us”: The Brothers Coen Roll a Strike

Stuart Mitchner

There’s some mystery to it that keeps people coming back, that they want to see it again and again.

Steve Buscemi (Donny)

A Zen master said to me one day, “You realize that many people in the Buddhist community look at the Dude as a Zen master?” And I said, “You’ve gotta be kidding me.”

Jeff Bridges (the Dude)

“I like your style, Dude.”

the Stranger

Played by a sarsaparilla-swilling Sam Elliott, whose rich, deep drawl evokes whole Saturday matinee vistas of cowboy Americana, the Stranger narrates the beginning and the end of the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski, a disappointment when it came out in 1998, a cultural phenomenon of formidable dimensions by the time a 10th Anniversary Edition DVD was released. While there are many things to praise in the movie, its most engaging feature is, as the philosophical cowboy says, the Dude’s cosmically easygoing, accepting, likeable style. He may not be Mr. Natural, but he’s close and he’s a lot more fun. When at the end the Stranger says “It’s good knowin’ he’s out there … takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners,” he’s voicing the sentiments of a whole Lebowski subculture spawned in the first decade of the 21st century, not to mention all of us sinners who consider The Big Lebowski an American classic.


Music/Theater

Princeton University Presents Gala Handel Concert of Competition Winners

Nancy Plum

The Princeton University Music Department opened the new year in celebratory fashion this past weekend with a concert of Handel vocal and chamber music featuring winners of the 2009 University Vocal Competition. In a showcase of mostly Handel arias, the audience in Richardson Auditorium on Saturday night had the opportunity to hear six of the University’s finest singers, some of whom will surely go on to careers in music.



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