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Vol. LXIV, No. 34
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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STROLLING: Last weekend’s Summer Sidewalk Sale on Palmer Square featured sightings of the occasional umbrella as the area got some much needed rain. Comments from storeowners on the health of the local economy are featured in this week’s Town Talk.

Front Page

Mercer Street Is Once Again Open to Traffic

Dilshanie Perera

Commuters and area residents can breathe a sigh of relief now that Mercer Street is open again. The roadway reopened to vehicular traffic last Friday at 3 p.m., just over six and a half months after work began.

Environmental Commission Applauds Pool Proposal and Supports Renovation

Ellen Gilbert

“The proposed plan has the potential to be a model of environmentally sensitive development for the municipalities, and to showcase by example how to build in a way that is minimally invasive to the environment,” said Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) Chair Matthew Wasserman in a recent memo sent to Director Lee Solow and members of Princeton Township Committee and Borough Council. “We commend the Recreation Department for its efforts to use the most efficient pool equipment available,” noted the memo.

Princeton Professor Lindenstrauss Awarded Fields Medal for Contributions to Mathematics

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University Professor of Mathematics Elon Lindenstrauss has been awarded a Fields Medal, considered to be the most prestigious honor in the field of mathematics.

Other News

Students in the Summer Youth Employment Program Learn Job Skills While Having Fun

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton High School (PHS) Senior Zaid Smart was expecting to work at the public library or as a summer camp counselor when he found out he would be participating in the Human Services Department-sponsored Summer Youth Employment Program. Instead, “I got a notice saying I’d be in the facilities office,” he said.

Heirloom Tomatoes, Turkeys, and More Detailed in New Guide to Farmers’ Markets

Ellen Gilbert

The new, spiral-bound 80-page glossy guide, Farm Markets of Central New Jersey, has Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Monmouth, Hunterdon, and Burlington Counties covered, but if detailed descriptions of where to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy products, and wine in Central New Jersey aren’t enough, those who buy the guide can take satisfaction in knowing that their $10 purchase will benefit New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Maintaining Ties to Football After NFL Career, PU Alum Tucker Emerges as Sports Media Star

Ed Benkin

When Ross Tucker’s pro football career ended after injuring his neck in 2007 while playing for the Washington Redskins, it looked like it might be time for the Princeton University alum to move beyond the game.

Crediting Special Sense of Unity on U.S. Squad, PU Lax Great Boyle Savors World Championship

Bill Alden

For Ryan Boyle, playing on the U.S. team that fell 15-10 to Canada in the 2006 world championship lacrosse game created a stain on his impeccable resume in the game.

Learning Lessons From PU Crew Role Models, Tiger Rower Strand Earns Gold at U-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

Upon joining the Princeton University women’s open rowing team in the fall of 2007, Michaela Strand latched on to some good role models.

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Record Review

Born in August: The King of Joy, the High-Flying Bird, and the Poet

Stuart Mitchner

The four-word history of jazz is Louis Armstrong: Charlie Parker.

Philip Larkin

If you agree with Larkin, and it’s hard not to given the four word limit, you could say jazz and August have a special relationship. Besides Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901) and Charlie Parker (August 29, 1920), there’s the great Lester Young (August 27, 1909) and any number of other significant players I haven’t bothered to research. As far as that goes, Larkin himself was born on August 9, 1922, and though he’s better known for his poetry (a 2003 Poetry Book Society survey named him Britain’s “best-loved” poet of the previous 50 years), he also wrote about jazz for the Daily Telegraph from 1961 to 1971. A collection of his reviews was eventually published in 1985, the year he died, under the title All What Jazz: A Record Diary.


“Oh Deer!!” Murder Mystery Farce at Hamilton Murray Theater, Features Wild Characters, Extravagant Antics in Local Setting

Donald Gilpin

The title — Oh Deer!! — tells you most of what you need to know about this new play by Marvin Cheiten, at Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus for one more weekend. The pun — yes, there are many “deer” references, affecting (at least tangentially) the plot. Yes, “dear,” there is a convoluted romantic intrigue here. Yes, there is much distress throughout (“Oh, dear!”) for seven idiosyncratic characters. And, yes, the level of humor is less than sophisticated.

It’s New to Us

The Forrestal Village Harmony School Relocates to New Forrestal Location

Jean Stratton

Nasty post-nasal drip, sinus pressure and headaches, nasal congestion and blockage, sinus infection — few of us escape an encounter with one of these conditions, and for some people, it can be chronic, ongoing misery.

Wide Spectrum of Acting and Oratory Classes Are Now Available at the JW actors studio

Jean Stratton

The JW actors studio is the place to go for ages eight to 80 for professional training in acting, comedy improvisation, and oratory.

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