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Vol. LXII, No. 44
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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(Photo by George Vogel)
OCTOBER SURPRISE: Believe it or not, that’s snow falling in an area backyard Tuesday, three days before Halloween. The stormy surprise brought down wires on State Road, causing a power outage that disabled three traffic lights, closed a stretch of Route 206 for two hours, and played a part in a two-car accident outside Princeton High School.

Front Page

Holt Asking Hard Questions About Anthrax

Ellen Gilbert

Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12), chair of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, recently sent a letter to two National Academy of Science (NAS) directors regarding a prospective review, requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of the scientific methods used by the Bureau during its investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks.

Helped by Friends, Grants, Library Dealing With Financial Shock Waves

Ellen Gilbert

The recent Princeton Public Library Friends book sale was “the most successful ever,” according to Friends President Pam Wakefield. Speaking at a recent Board of Trustees meeting, she reported that proceeds of the ongoing Friends book sale are also at an all-time high, so it appears that this will be a record-breaking year for library support by the Friends.

Justice Ginsburg Terms Roe “An Easy Target” During PU Talk About Workings of the Court

Dilshanie Perera

“We have no guns in our arsenal, but we do have over 200 years of history,” said Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the tools of the Court last Thursday during a conversation with Princeton University Provost Christopher Eisgruber.

Other News

“Democratic Awakening” Needed: Cornel West Speaks About Politics

Dilshanie Perera

“The political ice age is beginning to melt,” observed scholar and Princeton University professor Cornel West during his talk at the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church last week. He characterizes the “political ice age” as “the highest level of political indifference,” or “to be well-adjusted to injustice.”

Issues for Borough Council Candidates Include Property Taxes, Consolidation

Dilshanie Perera

While addressing property taxes, the budget, and the possibility of consolidating services with the Township are key issues for all of the candidates running in the 2008 Borough Council election, their individual visions differ. David Goldfarb and Barbara Trelstad are running unopposed for reelection to Borough Council, while incumbent Kevin Wilkes and Dudley Sipprelle are vying to fill the year-long remainder of former Borough Council member Wendy Benchley’s term.

Roberts Assuages Environmental Commission Fears of Synthetic Turf

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) Chair Wendy Kaczerski began last Wednesday’s meeting by explaining that commission members “wanted to know the health, environmental, and safety concerns of synthetic turf.” Recreation Department Director Jack Roberts came in to answer questions and elaborate upon the rationale for using such a surface for athletic fields.

More of the Other News…


PU Men’s Hockey Seen as ECACH Favorite but Focusing on Daily Effort as Season Opens

Bill Alden

When Guy Gadowsky took over the Princeton University men’s hockey program in 2004, he faced a daunting reclamation project.

PU Women’s Soccer Hit by Lightning, Undone by Harvard Strikes in 2-1 Loss

Bill Alden

Coming into its Ivy League showdown last Saturday night with visiting Harvard, the Princeton University women’s soccer team had given up just two goals in its last nine games.

PDS Girls’ Tennis Rides Doubles Wins to Capture Prep B Team Championship

Bill Alden

Needing to win their match to clinch the state Prep B girls’ tennis team championship for Princeton Day School last Thursday, the first doubles pair of Elena Bowen and Sammy Schaeffer got off to a fast start.

More Sports…

Book Review

Frankenstein Meets the Ancient Mariner: A Halloween Look at Unhallowed Arts

Stuart Mitchner

I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.
— from Mary Shelley’s introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein


Princeton Pro Musica Opens Season With Rousing Performance of Haydn Oratorio

Nancy Plum

Princeton Pro Musica chose an almost-perfect work for the opening concert of its 2008-09 season on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium. Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio the Creation was ideal for the 100-voice ensemble, with its sporadic and very singable choruses, programmatic orchestration, and operatic solos. Written by a composer well-versed in symphony, opera, and sacred mass, the Creation has something for everyone, and is chock full of instrumental nuances and characters, as well as rich late 18th century choruses.

New to Us

Delicious Update of Old Favorite Is Offered at House of Cupcakes

Customers are lining up on Witherspoon Street for the newest tasty treat in town. House of Cupcakes offers a wonderfully updated variety of this old favorite dessert, loved by schoolchildren, parents, and grandparents alike.

Updated Classic High Quality Clothing Is Hallmark of Nick Hilton Princeton

Nick Hilton Princeton is a success story. Opening in 2001, when just about all the men’s stores in Princeton had left town, the studio/store quickly became a resource for high quality, updated classic menswear.

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