April 6, 2016

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Referring to the library’s upcoming second-floor renovation in this week’s Town Talk, Executive Director Brett Bonfield mentions the “classic view of what a library is.” Other Town Talkers speak highly of the fireplaces, the “fantastic staff,” the Friends bookstore, and “a new director who seems to understand that libraries have to live in the 21st century.” (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)   

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Princeton University will not remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from two campus buildings despite a recent outcry over his views on race. A trustee committee charged with examining the Wilson legacy announced Monday that there is a need for “an expanded and more vigorous commitment to diversity and inclusion at Princeton,” but the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Wilson College will retain his name. more

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CLASSICAL BOOK COLLECTION FROM DOT & BO

Give your bookshelf a face lift with these gorgeous editions of your favorite literary classics.

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A group of residents from Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood has joined a lawsuit challenging tax exemptions for some buildings on the Princeton University campus. Originally brought by four Princeton residents, the suit now has 24 people listed as plaintiffs. more

Controversy locally and across the country continues to pursue the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Test as Princeton Public Schools (PPS) prepare to administer the 2016 PARCC, starting next Monday. Testing over the next three weeks may result in a more stringent assessment of the PARCC itself than of the student test-takers and their schools.  more

Princeton men's heavyweight crew vs. Georgetown

READY FOR BATTLE: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight first varsity 8 shows its form. Last Saturday, the top boat defeated Navy by more than nine seconds to retain the Navy-Princeton Rowing Cup. The 4th-ranked Tigers clocked a time of 5:28.6 over the 2,000-meter course on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md. with the No. 10 Midshipmen coming in at 5:37.7. Princeton will face Columbia and Penn in Teaneck. N.J. on April 9 in the race for the Childs Cup. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Ending last season by competing overseas at the Royal Henley Regatta in England in July gave the Princeton University men’s heavyweight rowers a head start on the 2016 campaign. more

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BRINGING IN THE LIGHT: Architect Steven Holl’s concept of integrating the surrounding landscape into the building, with plenty of natural light, was a major factor in the selection of his firm to design the new Rubinstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study. (Graphic courtesy of the Institute for Advanced Study)

Every ten years, The Institute for Advanced Study assesses the state of the campus and considers its most pressing issues. At the last review, the most outstanding need was identified: a new, 21st-century gathering space for the kind of social engagement and academic collaboration that makes this 86-year-old research community unique. more

Mohannad Darawshe, a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the State of Israel, will present the 28th Annual Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Lecture, “Inside Israel: Jewish Arab Relations Within a Regional Context” on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at The Jewish Center of Princeton.  more

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“GET A LEG UP ON LIFE”: Kristin Friberg, librarian at Princeton Public Library, loves her job and recommends a visit to the library to take advantage of its collection and its many other valuable resources. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

“To Listen, to Engage, to Grow” — Kristin Friberg, Readers’ Services Librarian

Kristin Friberg has been a librarian at Princeton Public Library (PPL) for the past 11 years. According to Brett Bonfield, executive director of the library, “Kristin is an extraordinary librarian, a wonderful colleague, and terrific asset to our community. She clearly loves her work, takes pride in her ability to help people enjoy this great library and its outstanding collection, and brings other significant talents to our workplace as well. She’s a skilled, funny, and poetic writer and editor who helps the library tell its story through its blog and via Instagram, and, though she rarely needs to make use of this talent, at least during her desk shifts, she has a marvelous singing voice. The more I get to know Kristin, the more grateful I am for the work she does in our community’s behalf.” more

Princeton University has offered admission to 1,894 students, or 6.46 percent of the 29,303 applicants for the class of 2020. This was the University’s most selective admission process to date and the largest applicant pool in its history. more

Transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning — a large contingent of trans youth, along with their allies and an assortment of educators, will gather at Princeton Day School this Saturday, April 9 for the 2nd Annual New Jersey Trans Youth Forum (TYF), sponsored by HiTops and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network).  more

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Riding with HEART (Hunterdon Assisted Recreation and Therapy) is seeking donations for new and gently used horse tack, equestrian clothing, and barn supplies and equipment for its Saturday, April 9 Spring Tack Sale at its Pittstown farm at 639 County Road 513 in Hunterdon County. more

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Sponsored by the Cotsen Children’s Library, in collaboration with Bedtime Math, Digitopolis, the mathematical kingdom from “The Phantom Tollbooth,” will be open for visitors in the Frick Chemistry Building on the Princeton University campus from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Full of hands-on exploration, demonstrations, games, challenges, and unexpected connections, Digitopolis is for both the mathphilic and the mathphobic. Recommended for children ages 4-10. For further information, contact Dana Sheridan: danas@princeton.edu.

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Anne-Marie Slaughter will be speaking about her new book, “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family” on April 12 from 5 to 7:30 at Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. The talk is presented by The Women In Business Alliance. A ticket ($50 members, $65 future members) includes wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a copy of the book. For more information, contact Lorraine@Princetonchamber.org.

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On Saturday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m., Bob Wells of Wells Tree & Landscape will lead an hour long walk beginning in the heart of Mapleton Preserve. He will offer basic ID techniques and explore the importance of trees to the environment and to our well-being, as well as the threats posed by climate change. Attendees should meet at Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Headquarters, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston.

The Women’s College Club of Princeton will celebrate its 100th anniversary at a high tea at the Chauncey Center on Sunday, April 10.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, former history professor and former dean at Princeton University, will speak about young women and the decisions for co-education at elite colleges and universities in the United States. Treby Williams, executive vice president of the University, will also be present. more

Record Rev_1It was around this time half a century ago that people began to suspect the Beatles of being the creation of supernatural forces. Had they signed a pact with Lucifer? The “more popular than Jesus” frenzy that led to the burning of their records in crazy America demonstrated that, yes, they were unthinkably, absurdly big. The “Paul McCartney is dead” madness caught fire for the same reason. Nothing less than mysterious death or divinity could explain the phenomenon; the resulting paranoia of disbelief had reached the “who really wrote Shakespeare?” level. All this cosmic commotion and they had yet to astonish the world with albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper and singles like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” “I am the Walrus,” and “Hey Jude.”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”

Fifty years ago today, April 6, 1966, when the Beatles began recording Revolver in EMI’s Studio Three at Abbey Road, a tall, elegantly handsome gentleman with no evident resemblance to Mephistopheles, and no pact signed in blood in his pocket, guided John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to the top of Mt. Revolver.  more

Tourism expenditures in Mercer County were $1.260 billion in 2015, a 4.7 percent increase from 2014 and an all-time high, according to “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New Jersey,” report released today at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

State and local tourism-related tax receipts for Mercer County increased by 4.2 percent to $160.5 million, or 3.4 percent of the state wide figure in 2015. Tourism employment in Mercer County grew by 4.6 percent to 12,503 positions in 2015. The total employment impact was 22,840, or 8.4 percent of the county’s employment in 2015, an increase from 22,631 in 2014. more

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“FACES OF COURAGE”: This photo by Mark Tushman is among his collection of work titled “Faces of Courage” that documents disadvantaged women from the developing world. The exhibit is open in the Wilf Family Global Commons at The Hun School until May 13.

“Faces of Courage,” a photographic exhibit by Mark Tuschman is open in the Wilf Family Global Commons at The Hun School until May 13. The exhibit is a collection of work documenting disadvantaged women from the developing world, regions like East Africa, Latin America, India, and Asia. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.  more

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PRESERVING THROUGH ART: Trenton artist, musician, and yogi SiriOm Singh (pictured above) hopes to show that seemingly disposable items can be revived and reused through his artwork. A collection of his abstract paintings entitled “Preservation” will be on display at the Bank of Princeton in Lambertville from April 16 until May 14.

“Preservation,” a collection of abstract expressionistic paintings by Trenton artist, musician, and yogi SiriOm Singh, will be on display at the gallery of The Bank of Princeton in Lambertville from April 16 to May 14. There is an opening reception Saturday, April 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. and a gallery talk Saturday, May 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. The show is open to visitors during regular bank hours. The Bank of Princeton is located at 10 Bridge Street, Lambertville. more

Theater Sedaris 4-6-16

Some things come back every year, like spring flowers and David Sedaris, who will be at McCarter Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Sedaris is a commentator on PRI’s This American Life and best-selling author of “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” To purchase tickets, visit www.mccarter.org or call (609) 258-2787. 

The Richardson Chamber Players closed its 2015-16 season with a concert of French musical bonbons at Richardson Auditorium, featuring a number of Princeton University music department faculty and students. Continuing a mission of presenting music one rarely hears live, Director Michael Pratt programmed a performance of chamber music from the early part of the 20th century which might have been heard in Parisian salons and concert halls. more

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FRIENDLY FITNESS: “We are set apart by our size, standards, and personal service. We have a very friendly atmosphere and accessible space. The members enjoy knowing the owner and the trainers and our interaction. We know your name when you come in!” Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness, is shown in the center’s new Wall Street location.

Fitness is for you … and you … and you!

Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness Center at 390 Wall Street, just off State Road, is determined to bring fitness to everyone. Size, shape, age, previous experience are all part of one’s individual package, but none of these should be an obstacle to a positive session at the gym. more

April 1, 2016

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CONSISTENT THREAT: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride heads to goal in a game this season. Last Saturday, junior McBride had two goals and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 11-10 to undefeated Yale, now the top-ranked team in the nation. McBride currently has at least one point in 22 straight games. The Tigers, now 2-5 overall and 0-2 Ivy League, play at No. 3 Brown (6-0 overall, 1-0 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it looked like a mismatch as a struggling Princeton University men’s lacrosse team played at sizzling Yale last Saturday. more

Andrew WilesAndrew Wiles, Oxford University mathematics professor and professor emeritus at Princeton, has received the 2016 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for “opening a new era in number theory” in 1994 with his “stunning proof” of Fermat’s Last Theorem.

The most famous long-running unsolved problem in mathematics, Fermat’s Last Theorem was a problem that had stumped the brightest mathematicians in the world since it was first conjectured by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637. The theorem states that there cannot be any whole number solutions to the equation xn+yn=zn if n is greater than 2.

The 62-year-old Mr. Wiles was a professor in Princeton’s mathematics department from 1982 until 2011, before  moving to Oxford, U.K. He is the third Princeton-affiliated Abel Prize recipient in a row, following 2014 winner Yakov Sinai and last year’s winner the late John Nash, who shared the prize with Louis Nirenberg of New York University. Considered the Nobel of mathematics, the Abel Prize includes an award of six million kroner ($700,000).

Mr. Wiles had been intrigued by the problem since the age of ten, and, in 1986, he began working on the theorem in secret. From the moment he first encountered Fermat’s Last Theorem, he knew, he claimed, “that I would never let it go. I had to solve it.”  more