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Vol. LXV, No. 21
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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HEALTHY CHILDREN, HEALTHY PLANET: Riverside Elementary School was the scene last weekend for a PTO-sponsored event that included talks by local experts on healthy living and gardening, and visits to garden stations where experts and student gardeners provided hands-on advice on herb gardening, composting, vermiculture, and recycling.

Front Page

Township Attorney Says Memorandum Is Valid

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, Township Committee heard Attorney Edwin Schmierer describe the Arts and Transit Memorandum of Understanding currently under consideration as “a very valid and good instrument.”

Fire Department Study Considers Volunteer Vs. Paid Department

Dilshanie Perera

In order to maintain its all-volunteer firefighting force, the Princeton Fire Department will need to implement new strategies to recruit and retain new personnel, according to a recently released study. 

Local Officials Meeting to Discuss How to Handle Beaver Situation

Anne Levin

The killing of two beavers in the Pettoranello Gardens section of Community Park North nearly two weeks ago sparked outrage among animal-loving members of the community. Princeton Borough and Township administrators are awaiting word from the State of New Jersey as to whether animal control officer Mark Johnson followed appropriate procedures in shooting the aquatic creatures. Dams built by the beavers were contributing to flooding in the park.


Other News

Tweens and Teens Flock to the Library; Two Longtime Librarians Are Retiring

Ellen Gilbert

A report on services for — and by — middle and high school students highlighted last week’s Board of Trustees meeting at the Princeton Public Library.

Senior Editor at Princeton University Press Ponders the Future of Books: Digital vs. Print

Ellen Gilbert

The push-pull of Princeton University Press Senior Editor Fred Appel’s talk about “The Future of the Book” with the “Lunch and Learn” group at the Princeton Jewish Center last week was evident in the day’s headlines: amid much fanfare, the New York Public Library was celebrating its 100th anniversary, while a headline on the front page of the New York Times’s Business section declared that “E-Books Outsell Print Books at Amazon.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sports

Senior Star Wilkinson Striving for Perfection As No. 1 PU Open Crew Competes in NCAAs

Bill Alden

Lauren Wilkinson isn’t easily satisfied when it comes to her rowing.

PU Quarter-Miler Eddy Heading Into Homestretch, Looking to Come Up Big at NCAA Regional Meet

Bill Alden

“I got a letter at the tail end of sophomore year and the summer before junior year from the Princeton track coach,” said Eddy, a native of Asheboro, N.C. “Getting that letter was the first time I thought about running in college.”

Dudeck’s Work Ethic Reflected Team Mentality As Hun Baseball Captured Prep A Championship

Bill Alden

Finding himself mired in a batting slump earlier this spring, Hun School baseball star David Dudeck responded by putting his nose to the grindstone.


More Sports…


Book Review

A Dark and Stormy Look at Lord Lytton, With Cameos by Emerson and Dickens

Stuart Mitchner

The world is a Dancer; it is a Rosary; it is a Torrent; it is a Boat; a Mist; a Spider’s snare; it is what you will … Call it a blossom, a rod, a wreath of parsley, a tamarisk crown, a cock, a sparrow, the ear instantly hears and the spirit leaps to the trope.

Emerson, Journals, Summer 1841

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edward Bulwer-Lytton were born on the same day, May 25, 1803. On May 25, 2011, Emerson lives on, a force of literary nature, and Bulwer-Lytton, who wrote some 30 novels in his time, is best remembered for a sentence fragment of seven words. When Emerson visited London in 1833, he sought out Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Thomas Carlyle, but not his birthmate, author of the best-selling novel, Paul Clifford (1830), which Bulwer-Lytton chose to begin, some 135 years before Snoopy got his paws on a typewriter keyboard, “It was a dark and stormy night.”


Princeton Personality

Dr. David Barile, Director of New Jersey Goals of Care, Offers New Approaches for Treating Older Adults

Jean Stratton

The push-pull of Princeton University Press Senior Editor Fred Appel’s talk about “The Future of the Book” with the “Lunch and Learn” group at the Princeton Jewish Center last week was evident in the day’s headlines: amid much fanfare, the New York Public Library was celebrating its 100th anniversary, while a headline on the front page of the New York Times’s Business section declared that “E-Books Outsell Print Books at Amazon.”

It’s New to Us

“Palm Place” Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store Is Very Popular Addition to Palmer Square

Jean Stratton

It was a rainy, chilly early May afternoon. Quite dreary, actually. As I stepped inside “Palm Place”, the new Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, all that was forgotten. The bright colors, nifty displays, and happy atmosphere created a breath of spring.



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