Vol. LXIV, No. 13
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
THE EGG AND I: Saturday was Governor Chris Christies first time presiding over the annual Easter egg hunt at Drumthwacket, an event hes enjoying here in the company of the Cartnick family (in front, from left) brothers Thomas and Christopher; (behind, from left) Mr. Christie; Tom, who is holding Julia, with her egg and her basket; and Marian.
The Princeton Board of Education capped a lengthy discussion last Thursday by unanimously passing a proposed school budget that will have a tax impact of 3.9 percent on Township and Borough residents.
The main meeting room was packed with firefighters, supporters, and other interested parties for last weeks Borough Council discussion about the status of the repairs at Engine Company Number One. The governing body unanimously approved proceeding with floor repairs at the Chestnut Street firehouse and engaging in a study of the entire Princeton Fire Department vis-à-vis its spatial, equipment, and staffing needs.
The structure of the Borough Police Department is up for consideration by Council, which voted 5-1 at its last meeting to introduce an ordinance which would reduce the maximum number of police officers in the department from 34 to 30, and reinstate the position of captain within the force.
There will be a public reconvening to discuss the future of the Community Park Pool complex on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room at Township Hall.
While N.J. school districts bemoan recent state cuts to their budgets, there is a movement afoot claiming that more money is not necessarily the key to successful schools.
“Start again!” exclaimed members of the poetry-loving audience after a raucous cell phone interrupted Ruth Ramsey’s reading of her poem “In Baja” at the Sunday book launch of the latest issue of U.S. 1 Worksheets.
With 9:01 remaining on the second half of its College Basketball Invitational (CBI) quarterfinal contest at IUPUI last week, the Princeton University mens basketball team found itself trailing by 10 points.
After suffering a herniated disc during her sophomore year in high school, Katharine Thompson could have drifted away from the sport of rowing.
Peter Stanton has been coaching high school lacrosse long enough to know that a programs fortunes goes in cycles, with down years leading to big seasons.
One after another they rise before me. Books gentle and quieting; books noble and inspiring; books that well merit to be pored over, not once but many a time. Yet never again shall I hold them in my hand; the years fly by too quickly, and are too few. Perhaps when I lie waiting for the end, some of those lost books will come into my wandering thoughts, and I shall remember them as friends to whom I owed a kindness — friends passed upon the way.
George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft
One of the many charms of the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale is the element of surprise. With as many as 80,000 volumes on the tables (according to one weary volunteer), you never know what you’ll be bringing home. When I set out last Wednesday, I had no earthly reason to meet up with Coventry Patmore. But who could resist a book of poetry from 1856 called The Angel in The House by a man with a name like an English village? And for only $2.
In September 1941 Werner Heisenberg, renowned physicist and the leader of Germany’s project to develop an atomic bomb, traveled to Nazi-occupied Copenhagen and met with his former teacher, friend and colleague, the legendary Niels Bohr. Heisenberg went to dinner at the Bohrs’ house, and the two men, apparently to escape from hidden microphones, went for a short walk after dinner. Two years later Bohr, who was Jewish, fled Denmark and made his way to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the bomb by 1945. The Nazi atomic bomb program was halted by the Allied advance into Germany that same year.
When the Richardson Chamber Players decided to call its winter concert “Blow Thou Winter Winds,” the players likely had no idea just how many winter winds there would actually be this year. With March trying really hard to creep into spring, the Chamber Players offered a serene and unruffled program of chamber music in their home of Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Eighteen instrumentalists, both professional and student, crisply wended their way through music of several different periods to demonstrate very solid ensemble playing.
Imagine being falsely accused. Then imagine being imprisoned for many years or even for your entire life, based on that false testimony.
An unthinkable nightmare for most of us, but one all too familiar to James McCloskey, whose life’s work has been dedicated to establishing the innocence of and ultimately freeing unjustly incarcerated individuals.
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