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Vol. LXIV, No. 17
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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TOWN GOWN CARNIVAL: With Nassau Street in bloom overhead, Communiversity crowds filled the midway for Saturday’s thankfully bright, dry celebration of Princeton’s annual spring fair.

Front Page

Library Supporters Urged to Attend May 6 Rally

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Public Library (PPL) Director Leslie Burger encourages library supporters to participate in a rally in Trenton that has been scheduled for Thursday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to protest proposed budget cuts in state funding to libraries. Legislative visits will follow the rally.

Princeton Future Hosts Neighborhood Talk About Former Olive May Site

Dilshanie Perera

Over 70 local residents attended the Princeton Future meeting at the Chestnut Street Firehouse on Monday night to strategize possibilities for the former Olive May and West Coast Video sites on the south side of Nassau Street near Murray Place.

Zoning Board Gives University Green Light For Renovation of “Town Topics Building”

Dilshanie Perera

Standing vacant for over two years, the Princeton University-owned building at 4 Mercer Street recently received the go-ahead from the Borough Zoning Board in a 6-1 vote to utilize the ground floor for offices, with the upper floors used as two residential units.

Other News

Taking a Stand Against Racism Inspires Collaboration Between Princeton Groups

Dilshanie Perera

This Friday marks the annual Stand Against Racism, a nation-wide event sponsored by the YWCA, which brings together people of various backgrounds and is designed to combat racism by raising awareness about the issue.

Township Reviews Stormwater Management; Public Drinking Regulations Revisited

Ellen Gilbert

At Monday evening’s Township Committee meeting, Councilwoman Liz Lempert thanked residents, particularly those who do not have children in the school system, for approving the school budget in last week’s election.

University’s Faith and Work Initiative Uses “Love in Truth” as Centerpiece

Ellen Gilbert

“I am very pleased with how the conference went from several perspectives,” said Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative Director David W. Miller as he reflected on the recent all-day program “Civilizing the Economy: A New Way of Understanding Business Enterprise” that drew participants from around the world.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Women’s Lax Sparked by Rehfuss, Tochihara, as It Stuns Dartmouth in OT to Make Ivy Tourney

Bill Alden

With the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team knotted at 10-10 against Dartmouth late in overtime last Sunday and needing a win to make the Ivy League tournament, Tiger freshman Caroline Rehfuss appeared to be wilting under the pressure.

With Star Defender Irving Back in Action; PHS Boys’ Lacrosse Stifles WW/P-N 13-8

Bill Alden

Michael Irving’s right knee was taped due to a lingering tendon injury and he took several big hits as the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team battled WW/P-N last Wednesday in a showdown of Colonial Valley Conference powers.

With Goalie Frieder Thriving Under Pressure, PDS Girls’ Lax Primed for Postseason Push

Jess Frieder has no problem with pressure situations.

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Book Review

Poetry, Friendship, and Promiscuity in Edmund White’s Vanity Fair

Stuart Mitchner

Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied? — come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.

William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

I thought of Thackeray’s famous coda of farewell as I finished Edmund White’s gossipy, unapologetically promiscuous book of revelations, City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and ’70s (Bloomsbury 2009). Promiscuity is everywhere in White’s Manhattan; it’s not just in the free flow of sex; it’s in the style and sweep of the narrative, and it’s in the mixture of urban intensity and rampant ambition that, according to the author, “consumed” New York with all its “improvised and transient … arrangements.” As White rings down the curtain on his Vanity Fair, he imagines a “theater where one play after another, decade after decade, occupies the stage and the dressing rooms,” each play “the biggest possible deal” until it vanishes, the actors “forgotten,” the plays “just battered scripts showing coffee stains and missing pages.”


Princeton University Orchestra Closes Season Performing a Towering Mahler Symphony

Nancy Plum

For this past weekend’s Stuart Mindlin Memorial Concert, the Princeton University Orchestra chose a multi-faceted symphonic work with multiple purposes and goals. Conductor Michael Pratt always programs a “mighty” work for this final concert of the University Orchestra’s season, and as he said in his introductory remarks, symphonies “don’t get any mightier” than Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in A minor. In addition to the performance’s traditional goals of honoring Mr. Mindlin and the orchestra’s graduating seniors, this year’s performance had an additional mission of raising money for Haitian relief.

It’s New to Us

Olives, Popular Gourmet Bakery and Deli, Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Princeton

Jean Stratton

Kali Oreksi — enjoy your meal! It’s what the Greeks say when they sit down to eat, and it’s the same sentiment Olives extends to every customer.

Utopia For Pets, Featuring All-Natural Foods, Is Located in Princeton North Shopping Center

Jean Stratton

Once upon a time, people fed their pets left-overs from the table, or even had their cats fend for themselves, capturing mice and other small creatures for dinner.

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