October 7, 2015

Book SaleFeaturing collectible books by Jane Austen, Henry James, and Eva Peron, not to mention Zelda Fitzgerald, the 2015 Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale will take place October 16 to 18 in the library’s Community Room and in a tent on Hinds Plaza.

Featuring nearly 10,000 books for all ages on a wide variety of topics, the event opens with a preview sale Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. A ticket for the preview sale is $10, but is free for Friends of the Library. Numbered tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 a.m. Customers enter the sale in numerical order. Barcode scanners will be permitted at the tables, but collecting books to scan will not be allowed.

Starting at noon, admission is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, books will be sold at half price in the Community Room and in the tent on Hinds Plaza. From 3-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, a bag sale will be held in the tent where a standard grocery bag can be filled with books for $5. Bags will be supplied at the sale.

In addition to the Peacock edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; a first edition, first printing of The Golden Bowl by Henry James; the first U.K. edition of Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz; and a rare copy of La Razon De Mi Vida by Eva Peron, there will be books signed by Wyndham Lewis and Aaron Copland, among many inscribed volumes, as well as a first printing of Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, among a number of modern first editions.  more

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MOGAO CAVE 158: This photograph by James Lo features a reclining Buddha in nirvana in Mogao Cave 158. This image is among the paintings, sculpture, and manuscripts in the “Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang” exhibit at the PU Art Museum. The exhibit aims to provide a greater understanding of the Silk Road site.

“Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang” is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum now until January 10. The exhibit brings together paintings, sculpture, and manuscripts from the Mogao Caves to provide a greater understanding of the Silk Road site.

Since their creation over 1,500 years ago, the Mogao Caves, located on the outskirts of the city of Dunhuang in northwestern China, continue to narrate the history of religious art and connect the Eastern and Western worlds through their once central location at the gateway to the Silk Road. The caves come to Princeton through a time capsule of objects dating from A.D. 270 to the 1960s. The exhibit explores the aesthetic and transcontinental nature of this World Heritage Site.  more

Book RevI’m planning ways to pipe “All I Need is a Miracle” by Mike and the Mechanics into the St. Louis clubhouse when the Cardinals host the National League Central Division playoffs this Friday. Why send a Power Pop anthem to a team that has won 100 games in spite of losing virtually half their starting lineup this season? That’s not miracle enough? Not if you add to that truckload of adversity the loss of a potential Hall of Fame catcher and proven post-season clutch hitter who saves pitcher’s souls and throws out baserunners at a major-league-leading clip. When “things fall apart” and “the center cannot hold,” Yadier Molina is the center that holds, and at this writing, there’s no way of knowing how effective he’ll be even if he’s cleared to play in the post season.

The September 20 incident that put Molina out of action is an example of what his former manager Tony LaRussa calls “beautiful baseball” — in the bottom of the eighth inning in a do or die game against the surging Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo racing for home, a perfect throw from right-fielder Jason Hayward snagged on one hop by Molina, one quick stab of Molina’s mitt to tag out the sliding runner, a medley of forces converging in game-saving synchronicity. Except that as the catcher executes the neat rapier-like motion of the tag, the force embodied by the 6’3, 240-pound Rizzo going hellbent for home has Molina slinging off his mitt, in pain from what proved to be a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, and just like that, the one indispensable player is out for the last ten days of the regular season and perhaps the playoffs.

So it goes with baseball. Beautiful, yes, but also inevitably bipolar, a field of ups and downs and broken dreams. more

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Mary Norris, who has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker’s copy department, will be at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. to read from and discuss her new book Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Norton $24.95).

Writing in The New Yorker, John McPhee calls Mary Norris “the verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.” The New York Times’ Sarah Lyall writes, “Ms. Norris, who has a dirty laugh that evokes late nights and Scotch, is … like the worldly aunt who pulls you aside at Thanksgiving and whispers that it is all right to occasionally flout the rules.” more

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Organist Daryl Robinson will perform at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted at the performance.

Titled “Organ Spectacular VIII,” the program will include Elgar’s “Allegro Maestoso” from Organ Sonata, Op. 28; Max Reger’s arrangement of Bach’s Präludium und Fuge D-dur, BWV 874; Franck’s Deuxième Choral en Si Mineur, M. 39; Briggs’ Concert Variations on ‘Nicaea’; Hampton’s “Lullaby” from Suite No. 2; and Cochereau’s Scherzo Symphoniquemore

October 5, 2015

See below for the October 1, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings. 

October 4, 2015

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949.

These documents, which include correspondence, speeches, reports and memos, are housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. more

Ivan Web“May I have your attention, please? May I have your attention, please?” Anyone at the Community Park Pool Complex between 1967 and 2014 remembers that voice booming out over the public address system.

Larry Ivan, owner of that voice, has had the community’s attention for almost 60 years — as phys ed and social studies teacher for 42 years at Princeton High, John Witherspoon, and Community Park Schools, as renowned coach and referee of basketball and track, as an official for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), and as “the man at the pool” since its inception in 1967 and manager there for 41 years.

A bronze bas-relief portrait, to be created by Princeton sculptor Stephanie Magdziak, and permanently installed at the Community Park Pool, ensures that Mr. Ivan will have our attention far into the future. ”I’m glad to know that Mr. Ivan will be as much of a fixture for future generations as he was for mine,” reflected CP Pool member Lauren Bender.

The project is being funded by donations from community members and CP Pool supporters — about 140 so far, many of whom were also Mr. Ivan’s students or parents of students. An unveiling ceremony will take place next spring. more

October 2, 2015

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After Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey as a precaution, PSE&G is making preparations for a possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin in its service area. The utility also is closely monitoring the heavy rains and high winds forecasted for the region tomorrow.

“Right now, we are focused on shoring up critical equipment against possible storm surges and river flooding – installing concrete barriers, sandbags and portable pumps,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “While the track of Joaquin remains uncertain, we are preparing for the worst case scenario – a direct hit from the storm.” more

October 1, 2015

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SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, has cancelled its “Stroll for Strays” dog walk and pet fair, which was scheduled for Saturday in Mercer County Park. The event will be rescheduled as soon as a new date can be set.

“We have been faced with a very difficult decision regarding this Saturday’s Stroll for Strays event,” reads the organization’s website. “Because of the predicted hurricane/storm affecting our area, for the safety of everyone involved, vendors and attendees, four-legged and two-legged, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to reschedule the dog walk. A little rain wouldn’t keep us down, but windy conditions combined with rain and flooding will simply be unsafe.” more

September 30, 2015

 

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The Quad at the Princeton Theological Seminary was the setting for Saturday’s Community Festival of families, food trucks, games, and live bluegrass music. Some participants offer their thoughts about the Pope’s visit in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

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The Princeton Police Department continues to investigate bomb threats that occurred at Riverside School last Thursday and Princeton High School last Friday. Riverside was placed on “shelter-in-place” watch and PHS was evacuated for approximately two and one-half hours, on successive days last week, as K-9 explosive-sniffing dogs and their handlers searched the schools.  more

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Work on the apartment complex being built by AvalonBay Communities could resume as early as next week, according to information provided at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday evening. The Witherspoon Street construction site, formerly home to University Medical Center at Princeton, has been quiet since the presence of harmful chemicals was detected earlier this month. It was originally shut down in August after a worker was injured in a fall from an elevator shaft. more

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COLE POWER: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Cole Snyder, right, fights for the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, senior forward and tri-captain Snyder scored a goal and added two assists to help PHS top Ewing 4-1. Two days later, Snyder chipped in a goal as the Little Tigers defeated the Lawrenceville School 2-0. PHS, which improved to 6-0-1 with the win over the Big Red, hosts Lawrence High on October 1 before playing at Steinert on October 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a senior and a battle-tested veteran on the Princeton High boys’ soccer, Cole Snyder is taking charge on the field this season for the squad. more

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Princeton Council voted Monday evening to introduce an ordinance approving the conveying of easements for land adjacent to the post office on Palmer Square. The action was among the topics taken up during the meeting of the governing body in Witherspoon Hall.

The approval, which will be given a public hearing and final vote at the Council’s next meeting October 12, allows the United States Post Office to go through with sale of the property. LCOR Ventures of California is the company contracted to buy the building, to be possibly turned into a retail establishment or restaurant. more

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BRIGHT HUE: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Cate Donohue goes after the ball in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, senior forward and tri-captain Donohue contributed an assist to help Stuart top WW/P-S 2-0 as it earned its first win of the season. The Tartans, who improved to 1-6-1 with the victory, are slated to host the George School (Pa.) on October 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team trailing Blair Academy 1-0 in the the early going last Wednesday, Cate Donohue saw an opportunity and seized it. more

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Jersey Shore native and culinary educator Rachel J. Weston, author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table,” will host the first annual cookbook swap at the Princeton Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, October 1. The event offers an opportunity for participants to trade in their cookbooks, recipes, food articles or magazines for new recipes while checking out fresh local ingredients at the market.

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Chrissie Hynde’s Reckless: My Life as a Pretender (Doubleday $26.99), which entered the N.Y. Times non-fiction best-seller list in 7th place this week, is a gutsy rock and roll memoir whose sales have undoubtedly been boosted by online chatter surrounding the author’s account of a sexual attack and her repeated refusal to blame her attackers. Now she finds herself, as she slyly puts it in a recent Washington Post interview, “a leading authority on rape.”

In the same interview, she says, “I wouldn’t expect most people to do some of the stuff I did. But then again, most people don’t get to be a rock star, either. We have to walk the plank.” In her case, walking the plank meant going to a biker “party” with a shipload of sexist pirates and suffering the consequences.  more

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ATWOOD’S RETELLING OF THE ODYSSEY: Director Trent Blanton discusses Rider University’s production of “The Penelopiad” with Marissa Girgus, who portrays the title role of Penelope. To learn more and to order tickets, call (609) 896-7775 or visit www.rider.edu/arts.

Rider Theatre will present Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville from October 7 through 11. A preview performance will be Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., and performances will be Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. The production, directed by Trent Blanton, will be performed by Rider University students.  more

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Presenters will discuss the evolution of prescription drug abuse and tangible steps that friends and family members can take to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. Participants will also be educated on local resources that have the ability to provide the life saving medication, Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose and prevent death. more

September 29, 2015

See below for the September 17, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings. 

See below for the September 16, 2015 Board of Adjustment Meeting. 

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings. 

September 23, 2015

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Authors and their young readers are having fun at the Princeton Public Library’s Children’s Book Festival on Hinds Plaza Saturday. In this week’s Town Talk you can find out what they discovered and which authors they connected with. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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FAST START: Princeton University football player Dre Nelson speeds upfield in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, senior running back Nelson rushed for 116 yards on eight carries with one touchdown to help Princeton roll to a 40-7 win at Lafayette in its season opener. It was the Tigers’ first opening day win since 2006 when it edged Lehigh 14-10. Princeton hosts Lehigh (2-1) on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Locked in a scoreless tie at Lafayette after the first quarter last Saturday, it looked like the Princeton University football team could be facing another rocky opening night as it kicked off its 2015 campaign.

Having lost eight straight openers, Princeton has struggled coming out of the gate, fighting an uphill battle as it takes on teams like Lafayette, who had two games under its belt. more