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Vol. LXV, No. 42
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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COOKING AT MCCAFFREY’S: McCaffrey’s market hosted a two-day food showcase under the big tent in the shopping center courtyard last week. Along with live music, there was an appearance by Caroline Manzo of the reality show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” who was there to promote her son’s new project, “BLK water,” which is spring water infused with fulvic acid.

Front Page

No Decision Yet in PIACS Suit Against Districts

Ellen Gilbert

In “an effort to protect the rights of parents and children under state law and prevent the misuse of public funds,” Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) recently petitioned the Commissioner of Education to enjoin the Princeton Regional, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional, and South Brunswick school districts from “spending public funds and using their governmental positions to further impede the opening of the school.”

The Battle Continues Over IAS Project Next to Battlefield

Anne Levin

The Township’s Historic Preservation Commission is currently preparing a report advising the Planning Board about the Institute for Advanced Study’s proposal to build faculty houses on a portion of land where the Battle of Princeton may have taken place on January 3, 1777. Meanwhile, efforts by the Princeton Battlefield Society to prevent the project, which Society president Jerry Hurwitz calls “the destruction and desecration of hallowed ground,” continue.

An Organization of Five Congregations Helps Those Faced With Homelessness

Anne Levin

Most people don’t associate Princeton with homelessness. But in this university town of tree-lined streets and upscale shops, the issue is very real. The ongoing economic recession has made the nightmare of losing a home all too familiar to an increasing number of hard-working citizens who never imagined themselves in such a predicament.


Other News

At a Recent PCDO Community Event Democratic Candidates Share Favorite Works

Anne Levin

Democratic candidates running for public office in the upcoming November 8 elections revealed their tastes in music, film, and literature Sunday evening, October 16 at an event coordinated by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO). PCDO Candidates’ Night 2011 at the Suzanne Patterson Center gave those running for Borough, Township, County, and State seats, a chance to show a lighthearted side while delivering their individual messages.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sports

With Star Goalie Weber Primed for Senior Year, Princeton Women’s Hockey Exuding Optimism

Bill Alden

Rachel Weber took over as the starting goalie for the Princeton University women’s hockey team eight games into last winter.

PU Football Takes Step Back in Loss to Brown; Must Execute Better to Produce Upset at Harvard

Bill Alden

Two weeks ago, the Princeton University football team found itself trailing Columbia 7-3 in the first quarter after a Tommy Wornham pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown.

PHS Girls’ Tennis Wins Sectional Title; Hopes to Keep Rolling in State Final 4

Bill Alden

One is elegant and quiet while the other is athletic and chatty.

With Senior Star Davis Leading Stingy Defense, PHS Boys’ Soccer Ready for Tournament Run

Bill Alden

Sporting a mohawk haircut with lines shaved on the side of his head, Ben Davis stands out along the backline for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

Lipski Enjoying Rare Soccer Opportunity In Getting Stuart Program Up and Running

Bill Alden

Megan Lipski has spent most of her life in and around the game of soccer.


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Book Review

The Thrill of the Unexpected: Unpacking Treasures for the Library Book Sale

Stuart Mitchner

In an instant, a treasure of incalculable value lay gleaming before us.

— Edgar Allan Poe, from
The Gold Bug

Lo, there was the ball of gold.

— Stephen Crane, from
The Black Riders

The treasures that turn up during the preparation of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale, which starts this Friday, come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. One example is this year’s big find, a first edition/first state of Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Then there’s the unexpected charge you get after opening a box to find The Life and Labors of Livingstone, with its embossed cover image of Livingstone being carried on a litter through the jungle (“His Last Mile”). To hold a solid, elegantly embellished volume from 1875 in your hand provides a thrill (a sort of time-travel buzz) that you rarely if ever experience with new books at Barnes and Noble or Labyrinth, no matter how lavishly illustrated or brilliantly designed.

Sometimes the charge of the unexpected is simply a matter of dimensions. For instance, two of this year’s largest and smallest books are by two of the world’s most beloved and collectible authors. Weighing in at maybe 10 pounds is a massive one-volume edition of the Works of Jane Austen in a blue binding with silver tinted lettering. For whatever reason, you don’t expect mass and volume from the author of Pride and Prejudice. You’re looking for country cottage or a Bath town house, not a castle.


Music/Theater

Concert of French Music Recalling the Past Presented by Richardson Chamber Players

Nancy Plum

Music performance at Princeton University has included more and more components in recent years. With a self-presented concert series, full-scale orchestra, chamber ensemble, and wide range of choirs, the diversity of musical experiences on the University campus is tremendous. This season, some of this diversity is coming together in a common theme; as part of a 10th anniversary of 9/11, visual and performing arts organizations on campus and in the community are collaborating to examine how the arts shape our collective memory of the past — not just in recent years, but back through centuries of history.



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