Vol. LXV, No. 11
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
KEEP THE CHANGE: Resplendently bearded Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner waiting on his Township Committee colleague Lance Liverman last week at the Alchemist & Barristers ongoing Longbeard Benefit for The Colin Pascik Road to Recovery Fund. Guest bartenders assisting the mayor that night were members of the Township Police Department. Every Tuesday leading up to the March 17 main event (note the shamrocks), guest bartenders have been mixing the drinks. For more information about The Colin Pascik Road to Recovery Fund visit www.colinpascik.org. For more about beards see this weeks Town Talk.
Borough Council last week unanimously introduced the municipalitys 2011 budget, which weighs in at $25,991,953. Administrator Robert Bruschi suggested that Council consider a one-cent tax increase to offset the difference between the rise in expenditures and revenues, but all members of Council endorsed a zero-percent tax increase this year.
While the relative merits of consolidation and shared services between the Princetons are being considered, the already consolidated Princeton Regional Health Department is forging connections with other municipalities in the region. Health Officer David Henry reported on the latest happenings in public health at last weeks meeting of Borough Council.
Money with regard to next years budget, pool appropriations, and capital requests was the theme of Monday nights Township Committee meeting.
Sustainable Princeton wants you to bring your own bag while shopping. Aiming to reduce plastic waste, the organization is launching a campaign to promote reusable bags and to reduce the demand for single-use plastic bags.
Most of us who live in the United States simply take for granted the plentiful references to God, said Emmanuel College Principal Mark Toulouse in his opening remarks at the recent Institute for Faith and Public Lifes Turn the World Upside Down, a three-day program sponsored by the Princeton Theological Seminarys (PTS) School of Christian Vocation and Mission.
Im delighted to do it for them, said Becoming Jane Eyre author Sheila Kohler of her upcoming reading at a People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos benefit on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Nassau Club.
It didnt take much more time than the blink of an eye but Douglas Davis was able to make the most of it.
Addie Micir went scoreless as she made her debut for the Princeton University womens basketball team in November, 2007 in a 76-52 loss at Maryland.
For Tara Thomas, things didnt start off well this winter in her senior season on the Princeton High girls basketball team.
Ron Reagan’s conflicted, witty, diligently analytical memoir, My Father at 100 (Viking $25.95), relives and reshapes a relationship the author is still trying to understand. Just when you think he’s viewing his paternal subject playfully, with his characteristic wit in full flight, you find that he’s either playing rough or scoring points in an ongoing competition. As the 52-year-old liberal son of the brightest star in the conservative universe, Ron Reagan has some serious (and some not so serious) filial issues to work through, and following along with him can be both fascinating and unsettling. The persona he’s projecting is jaunty, even cocky, but there’s no concealing the intensity of his emotional investment in this autobiographical biography, which is why the father-son dynamic he brings to life has such extraordinary immediacy. In effect, he’s still speaking to his father, still debating and competing with the man who died at 93 in 2004 after his movingly announced withdrawal into the no-man’sland of Alzheimer’s ten years earlier.
As the popular novelist Pat Conroy (The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides) put it, “My mother, Southern to the bone, once told me, ‘All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to Sister.’”
Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart (1981) — a Southern Gothic comedy about three Mississippi sisters, their wildly dysfunctional family, and their outrageous romantic lives — goes even a few steps beyond Mr. Conroy’s description.
In a night of lush and Romantic choral music, Princeton Pro Musica presented their late winter concert this past weekend in the Princeton University Chapel. The performance Saturday night by the more than 100-voice chorus featured two diverse settings of the Requiem text by composers whose music was infused by their homelands and the tumultuous decades in which they lived.
Sleep that knits up the raveld sleeve of care,/
The death of each days life, sore labors bath,/
Balm of hurt minds, great natures second course,/
Chief nourisher in lifes feast.
So wrote William Shakespeare in Macbeth, and many people today can identify with the thoughts expressed. More people than ever complain of being sleep-deprived in our high tech, demanding, and constantly connected society. And, now, in addition to not having time to get enough sleep, increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
The wait was worth it, everyone agrees! After months of anticipation by Princeton residents, the DAngelo Italian Market at 35 Spring Street, has opened to great reviews. It is often standing room only, filled with throngs of happy customers, who also stop to have lunch or a snack at the markets pizzeria and cafe, with seating for 25.
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