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Vol. LXIV, No. 46
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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(Photo by Jesse Chadwick, Courtesy of the Hindu Life Program, Princeton University.)
CELEBRATING DIWALI: Princeton University Coordinator of Hindu Life Vineet Chander spoke during the celebration of Diwali at the Chapel on Saturday evening. The theme of the event was “East Meets West.”

Front Page

Borough Detectives Seek Bomb Threat Caller

Dilshanie Perera

No bomb was found after hours of searching Hulfish North last week, though a tip phoned into the Borough Police Department last Wednesday morning resulted in the evacuation and shut-down of much of Palmer Square. Police detectives are currently trying to identify and locate the caller.

A “Bittersweet End”: Lahiere’s Closes After 91 Years in Princeton

Dilshanie Perera

Joe Christen knew that this past weekend would be filled with storytelling and saying goodbye. The owner and general manager of Lahiere’s served his last dinner at the restaurant on Saturday.

Facing State Cutbacks, Canal Commission Gets Borough Backing; Supporters Look Ahead

Dilshanie Perera

A final decision regarding whether or not the proposed Morven Tract historic district would receive approvals was not reached at the conclusion of the Historic Preservation Review Commission’s meeting last week (HPRC), a hearing that had been carried over twice already.


Other News

Too Many Calories Say Kessler, Nestle, Reichl, as They Discuss Politics of Food, Health Care

Ellen Gilbert

“Everybody in America is on a diet and everybody is living in torment,” said former Food and Drug Commissioner David Kessler, setting the scene for a recent discussion on “The Politics of Food and Health Care,” sponsored by the Stafford Little Lecture Fund at Princeton University.

University Chapel Glows and Resounds With Joyful Celebration of the Diwali Holiday

Ellen Gilbert

The ancient traditions of friendship, fellowship, and shared prayer have a great deal to say to people in the 21st century, according Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of London in The Dignity of Difference. The possibility of being made a better person in the presence of others was very much in evidence at the Princeton University Chapel this weekend, when Diwali, a harvest festival considered to be the most important holiday on the Hindu calendar, was celebrated with devotional music, sacred readings, classical Indian dance, and a traditional Hindu worship service.

Fred Miller Sings, Narrates Cole Porter’s “Life Beyond Good and Evil” at Library

Ellen Gilbert

Sunday marked the Princeton Public Library debut of Fred Miller, although, the musician-actor noted, he’s been working in the area for some 30 years. A good-sized crowd showed up in the library’s Community Room on a beautiful afternoon to hear him sing and talk about the American composer Cole Porter (1891-1964).

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sports

Junior Center Allgood Enjoys Banner Day as PU Women’s Hoops Routs FDU in Opener

Bill Alden

Moments before the tip-off last Saturday in the season-opener against Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), Devona Allgood and her teammates were all smiles as last winter’s achievements were recognized.

Senior Guard Mavraides Shows Leadership as PU Men’s Hoops Edges Rutgers in OT

Bill Alden

Dan Mavraides knows that the Princeton University men’s basketball team is depending on him to exert plenty of leadership this winter.

PHS Girls’ Cross Country Digs Deep; Placing 2nd in State Group III Meet

Bill Alden

Although Jim Smirk was thrilled to see his Princeton High girls’ cross country team win the Central Jersey Group III sectional team title two weeks ago, he believed his runners had more to give.


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Book Review

On His 150th Birthday: Chekhov Holds Out His Hand and Pulls You Aboard

Stuart Mitchner

I am not a liberal, not a conservative, not a believer in gradual progress, not a monk, not an indifferentist. I should like to be a free artist and nothing more …. I regard trademarks and labels as a superstition. My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love, and the most absolute freedom —f reedom from violence and lying, whatever forms they may take.

Anton Chekhov, Sept. 30, 1889

I had the strangest dream the other night. The great Russian writer and M.D., Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, was hosting a wildly popular cable TV talk show that had charmed the nation thanks to the host’s ability to turn fire-breathing political dragons into sensible creatures sharing a constructive, balanced view of life. Every broadcast was a ratings triumph as Chekhov employed his abundant grace, wit, and humanity to create miracles of bonding that sent the quarrelsome rogues and knaves on their way so intellectually and emotionally fine-tuned that they wanted to do nothing but immerse themselves in the good doctor’s fiction before joining forces to save the sinking ship of state.


Music/Theater

“This Is Our Youth” Looks Back With Humor, Despair and Affection: Over-Privileged, Disaffected, Drugged-Out 1980s Urban Pre-Adults

Donald Gilpin

Holden Caulfield was J.D Salinger’s 1950s version in The Catcher in the Rye. Chris McCandless was Jon Krakauer’s non-fictional 1990s version in Into the Wild. Dennis and Warren, in Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth (1996), playing at Theatre Intime for one more weekend, are young men in trouble.

Living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, they defy, yet depend on, the affluence of their successful parents. They are immature college drop-outs, age 21 and 19 respectively, struggling with their desire to hold onto their childhood, yet also to grow up, live independently and find meaning, love, and values amidst the drug-centered world their lives have fallen into.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Concert Celebrates Women in Art and Music

Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov is slowly becoming acclimated to the Princeton community, and on a recent visit to the Princeton University Art Museum, Mr. Milanov was taken by an exhibit of paintings representing women in art and music. Based on his impressions of this collection, which includes paintings by Dutch and French artists, Mr. Milanov programmed a concert for the Princeton Symphony of works depicting women and in some cases also inspired by art. Mr. Milanov and the Princeton Symphony presented this program on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium to a nearly full house of appreciative audience members. Mr. Milanov linked music, art, and literature in this concert, also making good on his promise to collaborate with other Princeton music ensembles, including one of the choirs of Westminster Choir College in two of the concert works.


It’s New to Us

Radiology Affiliates Imaging in Lawrenceville Offers Full Range of High Caliber Imaging Services

Jean Stratton

MRI, CT scan, mammography, X-ray, ultrasound — if you are faced with one of these procedures, it can be scary. What will the results be? No one likes to undergo such testing, and intangibles, such as the attitude of the personnel, the surroundings, and the general atmosphere, can make a difference.

New Ownership at Popular Rouge Boutique Offers Sophisticated, Contemporary Fashion

Jean Stratton

Glamour and luxury abound at Rouge, along with chic, casual comfort. The popular contemporary women’s wear designer boutique offers a dynamic and eclectic selection.

Opened eight years ago, it moved to 51 Witherspoon Street “On the Plaza” in 2005. New owner Collie Jennings took charge last July, and is bringing her own perspective to the business, and with the same attention to quality and service that has always characterized Rouge.


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