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Vol. LXIV, No. 41
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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BACK TO THE FUTURE: Ten million dollars payable on 10/10/10 to future generations topped off the Princeton Public Library’s centennial celebration Sunday (that’s Library Director Leslie Burger, third from the left under the big bill). All Princeton seemed to pass through the library’s doors and in and out of Hinds Plaza during the weekend’s festivities. The joy was mingled with heartache for library staffers hearing of the death that same Sunday morning of Building Manager Chris Ducko, who described his impression of the new building’s opening day for Town Topics four years ago: “The first day was great — shock and awe from the people of Princeton! It was an eye opener for me. Everybody loved the space and all the work paid off. It was a proud moment.” (See Other News for the story on the upcoming Book Sale and Obituaries for details about the memorial services planned for Chris Ducko.)

Front Page

Township Candidates Debate Spending, Revaluation

Ellen Gilbert

Incumbent Democrats Lance Liverman spoke of his humanist values and Liz Lempert radiated equanimity, while Republican challengers Douglas Miles was the financial pragmatist and Stuart Duncan provided the comic relief at Monday evening’s forum for the four Township Committee candidates.

Borough Council Votes Unanimously to Fund Consolidation Budget

Dilshanie Perera

A vote on whether to fund the Consolidation and Joint Services Study Commission budget passed unanimously at a meeting of Borough Council last week.

Hometown Princeton Still Going Strong, Expecting to Expand Membership Base

Dilshanie Perera

Now in its second year of operation, Hometown Princeton, a network of independently owned local retailers, restaurants, and professional services, is striving to spread its message of supporting community businesses, to expand its membership base, and to continue advocating for a vibrant local economy.


Other News

Corner House Clinical Director Tapped as Panelist for Government Publication

Ellen Gilbert

“This was quite an honor for David and for us,” observed Corner House Executive Director Gary DeBlasio as he proudly reported the selection of the non-profit’s Director of Clinical Operations, David Errickson, to serve on a Consensus Panel in the preparation of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment and Improvement Protocol (TIP) publication.

Local Immigrant Seeks to Bring Awareness of Plight of Non-Citizens Through His Story

Dilshanie Perera

Manolo Donis is a local resident and a model citizen: he was the main chef at an area restaurant for seven years and a worker in the food services industry for the past 13, a volunteer fireman who recently rose to the level of captain, a father of two, and a committed member of St. Paul’s Church.

Scholar Examines Jim Crow Era Images in Terms of “Visibility, Legibility, Materiality”

Ellen Gilbert

“But I’m not — I got this tan at the beach,” exclaims a woman in a 1946 Chicago Defender newspaper cartoon after boarding a bus and directed to the section marked “From here back for Negroes.”

More of the Other News…


Sports

With Iatarola Providing Leadership, Gritty Play, PU Women’s Soccer Sitting Atop Ivy Standings

Bill Alden

She is pint-sized and has a grand total of two assists with no goals in her 59 appearances for the Princeton University women’s soccer team over the last four years.

Princeton Men’s Soccer Passes Litmus Test; Tops No. 13 Brown to Grab Share of Ivy Lead

Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s soccer team, its game last Saturday afternoon against visiting Brown shaped up as a true litmus test.

Dileo Proves to Be Late Bloomer in Field Hockey; as Hun Alum Becomes Star Goalie for F and M

Bill Alden

When Sarah Dileo joined the Hun School field hockey team in 2005 as a junior to fill an opening at goalie, she had no idea what was entailed by that role.


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Book Review

Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom”: Through Acclaim and Backlash to Higher Ground

Stuart Mitchner

The attempted demolition of Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed best-seller Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) by B.R. Myers in the October Atlantic is being enthusiastically disseminated online by people who get their kicks seeing the big winners brought down. Many of these naysayers never forgave Franzen for the success of The Corrections (2001) and his holier than thou reaction to Oprah’s blessing.


Music/Theater

A Rich Orchestral Program Opens Westminster Community Orchestra’s Season

Nancy Plum

There are a number of ways to interpret how Westminster Community Orchestra’s fall concert received its subtitled “Autumnal Strains” and its connection to this time of year. A selection from Alexander Glazunov’s The Seasons needs no explanation, but Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello also have a place on an early fall day, with Schubert’s warm melodies and Brahms rich orchestration evoking changing leaves. To open Sunday afternoon’s program in Richardson Auditorium, conductor Ruth Ochs chose a work with a familiar title but by a lesser-performed composer. Most concertgoers are familiar with Vivaldi’s The Seasons, but 19th century Russian composer Alexander Glazunov also wrote a suite of pieces to match the yearly seasons. Unlike Vivaldi’s courtly suite, Glazunov composed The Seasons for a 1900 Imperial Ballet performance.


It’s New to Us

Cross Culture Ethnic Indian Restaurant Opens in the Princeton Shopping Center

Jean Stratton

The customer said, “There are so many choices of dishes — how do we decide?” Replied P.J. Singh, owner of Cross Culture Indian Restaurant, “You will just have to come back again and again!”

Princeton Farmers’ Market Is Big Success at the Hinds Plaza Next to the Library

Jean Stratton

A display of colorful table umbrellas highlights the Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library every Thursday. This is the day Princeton Farmers Market comes to town, bringing a variety of locally-grown, raised, and produced items, including natural and organic produce, poultry, eggs, cheese, naturally-raised meats, breads and baked goods, flowers and more.



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