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Vol. LXV, No. 14
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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(Photo by Emily Reeves)
FIRST SATURDAY AT UPDIKE FARMSTEAD: The Historical Society of Princeton’s country cousin, the Updike Farmstead, will be open to the public on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comments from folks attending the first Saturday, April 2, are featured in this week’s Town Talk. Public Saturdays feature tours of the farmhouse and property; live music by local groups; presentations by artisans, naturalists, and farmers; historic games, scavenger hunts for children, and a variety of crafts for all ages. (Photo by Emily Reeves).

Front Page

Report Says Revaluation Results Should Stand

Dilshanie Perera

The Joint Revaluation Study Commission recently published its findings in a report that called the 2010 revaluation in Princeton “not without flaws,” but conceded that it would be “difficult to challenge as improper in its methods or unreasonable in its results.”

No Full Endorsement For Borough Mayor At Packed PCDO Event

Dilshanie Perera

The membership meeting of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) saw an unprecedented turnout on Sunday evening, largely owing to the vote in which two Borough Council seats and the position of Borough Mayor were contested for endorsement for the Democratic primary election in June.

Borough Capital Budget Spending in 2011 Including Pool Is Anticipated at $5.7 Million

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council reviewed this year’s proposed capital budget plan at its meeting last week. With the original capital request by department heads totaling $6.1 million, Borough staff suggested a budget and spending plan of $5.7 million this year.

Marion Nestle to Speak at Princeton Academy About Food Marketing’s Impact on Children

Ellen Gilbert

“It is not an accident that five dollars at McDonald’s will buy you five hamburgers or only one salad,” observed Marion Nestle recently in her blog Ms. Nestle will discuss this and other child-related nutritional conundrums in her upcoming talk, “The Politics of Childhood Nutrition: How the Food Environment Undermines Healthy Food Choices” on Thursday, April 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. The free public lecture is sponsored by Princeton Common Ground, a collaboration of the Parent Associations of fourteen area independent schools.

Authors Argue That Choice of Schools Supports, Encourages Educational Excellence

Ellen Gilbert

“Parents are the primary educators of their children,” write James Deneen and Carmen Catanese in their upcoming book, Honoring the Dream. As a result, they argue, giving “parents the option to choose schools that exemplify the educational values they instill in their homes makes sense.”

Valley Road Fire Brings Five Trucks

Ellen Gilbert

A crawl space fire started by an electrical short under the floor of a Valley Road residence in the Township brought fire trucks, ambulances, EMT service vehicles, and PSE&G personnel from Princeton and neighboring towns to what Fire Department Chief Daniel Tomalin described as a “first alarm” fire midday on Monday.

More of the Other News


Former Hun Star Ford Makes Immediate Impact As PU Baseball Sweeps Opening Ivy Weekend

Bill Alden

Last spring, Mike Ford was a man among boys for the Hun School baseball team in his final high school campaign.

Star Goalie Fiorito Keeps Focus to the End As PU Men’s Lax Edges Brown in 4OTS

Bill Alden

As the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team headed into overtime last Saturday against visiting Brown, Tiger goalie Tyler Fiorito had some special motivation to come through.

After First-ever State Tournament Appearance; PHS Softball Bringing Confidence Into Spring

Bill Alden

For Princeton High softball head coach Craig Haywood, losing to Wall 12-0 last spring in the state tournament didn’t mark the end of a season but the beginning of something special.

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Book Review

Book Sale Adventures With The Opium Eater, Keats, Wallace, and a Homeless Princeton Poet

Stuart Mitchner

I go among the Fields and catch a glimpse of a stoat or a fieldmouse peeping out of the withered grass — the creature hath a purpose and its eyes are bright with it — I go amongst the buildings of a city and I see a Man hurrying along — to what? The creature hath a purpose and his eyes are bright with it.

John Keats, from a letter to his brother in America

Poised, bright with purpose, 169 book stoats and field mice, counting myself (number 169), are lined up as if for a school fire drill. It’s preview day — or, some would say, dealer day — at the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale. At the stroke of ten, the tensely civil, tenuously constrained line moves down a long hallway into the school gym. By the time I get there the dealer creatures are sweeping the book-laden tables and plunging this way and that, arms teeming with spoils. Their eyes may be bright with purpose but their moves are random and reckless as they careen about searching for fresh veins of resalable printed matter. It’s only five past ten and already the tables look blitzed and huge piles of books have been claimed, shrouded, held hostage until the dust clears and there’s time to check the cost, the provenance, and the condition. Meanwhile, all around the wary browser is an incessant beeping noise like the beep beep beep of lifeline monitors in the ER. It’s the sound of scanner creatures scanning value on the net via ISBN numbers. Welcome to 2011.


Former Princeton Area Student Dazzles In Innovative and Original Organ Recital

Nancy Plum

When pianist Vladimir Horowitz was in his heyday, audiences marveled at the flexibility of his hands and the incredible range of keys he could reach. Such hand strength and dexterity has rarely been seen in decades since, but Mr. Horowitz’s skills seem to have been reincarnated in the abilities of Cameron Carpenter, a young organist who has been creating a sensation over the past years with his combination of music, technology, and an instrument revered in the church for centuries. A native of Pennsylvania with strong Princeton ties (he attended The American Boychoir School), Mr. Carpenter brought his unique way of recreating the organ as a solo concert instrument to the Princeton University Chapel on Friday night as part of McCarter Theatre’s music series. An impressively large crowd in the Chapel was treated to a dazzling show of technique and showmanship which no doubt left people viewing the instrument in a whole new light.

It’s New to Us

Pizzas, Paninis, and Friendly Atmosphere Highlight Kingston’s Osteria Procaccini

Jean Stratton

Tino Procaccini is no stranger to hard work. As a boy, he and his brother John helped out in their father’s landscaping company. Now, Tino is working harder than ever in his new business venture, Osteria Procaccini, at 4428 Route 27 North (Main Street) in Kingston.

Custom Modular Homes by Knight Architects LLC Offers New Opportunities for the Firm’s Clients

Jean Stratton

Since 1991, Catherine M. Knight AIA, principal of Knight Architects LLC, has been helping Princeton residents to achieve the home of their dreams. Whether it’s a renovation or addition — a new or remodeled kitchen, bath room, master bedroom, or family room — she is able to create a new look for an existing home, while keeping within the style and concept of the house.

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