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Vol. LXV, No. 48
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
IF YOU LIGHT IT, THEY WILL COME: Princetons holiday Field of Dreams attracted an overflow crowd for Fridays tree lighting on the Green at Palmer Square. Events featured characters from The Nutcracker, Holiday Brass, the Princeton High School Choir, a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and a visit from St. Nick. (Photo by Emily Reeves)
As the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) prepares to appear before the Princeton Regional Planning Board this week with a proposal for its 7.3-acre residential project, the Princeton Battlefield Society has armed itself with a statement denouncing the plan because they say it encroaches on the historic site of a pivotal battle in the American Revolution.
At its meeting last Tuesday, November 22, Princeton Borough Council was questioned repeatedly about why a proposed zoning change to the former Wild Oats Market and West Coast Video sites on east Nassau Street had not been discussed, as originally promised, at its previous meeting.
Its not the most ennobling time of the year. People eat themselves silly on Thursday, then shop until they drop on Friday. (And for some, Friday can actually mean a 12:01 a.m. dash to the nearest mall.)
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines serendipity as the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. Curators of Serendipity!, the new exhibit at the Cotsen Childrens Library, have added an exclamation point to make sure that no one misses the element of surprise implicit in the word.
His thesis advisor at Princeton University was novelist Joyce Carol Oates, and he graduated summa cum laude with a prestigious prize for his writing. But Alex Gansa was at a loss when he picked up his diploma in 1984. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with myself, admits Gansa, who will return to Princeton from his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 6, to speak at the Lewis Center for the Arts.
Its a vibrant organization that is systematically changing the ways students are educated about personal finance, economic, and workforce readiness skills, said Development Manager Roslyn Chao, describing the multiple goals of Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ), a Princeton-based nonprofit.
Even though the Princeton University mens water polo team dropped five of six games on its annual California swing earlier this season, Luis Nicolao saw signs that his squad could play with the best in the college game.
Megan Bowen admits to being a project when she joined the Princeton University womens basketball team in 2009.
When David Dudeck learned last summer that the Hun School football team was bringing in post-graduate star John Loughery to play quarterback, he had every reason to be upset.
Over the last two seasons, the Princeton High boys hockey team relied on Fraser Graham and Dean DiTosto to carry much of the load.
When the Hun School girls basketball team started practice last season, the players needed to make introductions before they got into drills.
For Scott Bertoli and the Princeton Day School boys hockey team, winning the state Prep title last winter was a breakthrough on several levels.
Readers of Raymond Carver may recognize the variation on the title story from one of his most famous collections, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Roberta Smith used a version of the same title for a discussion of the fashionably obtuse language of the art world four years ago (New York Times December 23, 2007).
I have never been a fan of cop shows. At the time Homicide: Life on the Street and NYPD Blue were first aired on network television (NBC and ABC, respectively), I was busy watching Turner Classic Movies, which was launched in April 1994. I doubt that anyone back then could have convinced me to tune in to a couple of shows about detectives doing their job on the mean streets of Baltimore and New York. So why go back there now? Because those two programs were the antecedents of two of televisions greatest accomplishments, David Simons The Wire and David Milchs Deadwood.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra subtitled its Black Friday concert Music you can taste, perhaps in homage to the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday nights program in Richardson Auditorium was a concert for the senses, as one could feel the snow and the nippy cold of the Nordic composers selected. Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi returned to the ensemble he directed in the mid-2000s, to lead a concert of precision and musical transparency.
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