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Vol. LXV, No. 35
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Weather Forecast

(Photo by Emily Reeves)
IRENE ON THE WARPATH: Here the blow fell on Wiggins, one of Princeton’s most traveled streets. Similar scenes made transportation a serious challenge in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. More pictures of the storm are inside.

Front Page

Cleanup From Irene Underway All Over Town

Anne Levin

The soaking rains and howling winds of Hurricane Irene left Princeton with a monumental cleanup task. From fallen trees and downed power lines to flooded basements and clogged roadways, the storm created a mess for residents and the police officers, rescue and fire personnel who protect them.

Emergency Worker Dies From Injuries Sustained In Rescue Operation

A volunteer with the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad (PFARS) died Sunday night from injuries sustained during an attempted swift water rescue. Michael Kenwood, 39, was trying to reach a car that appeared to be stranded by Greenway Meadows Park, near Rosedale Road, when he was separated from his partner and swept away by the current into an area of trees.

Mr. Kenwood died at University Medical Center in Princeton shortly after 10 p.m.

Board Postpones Valley Road Decision; Parties Responding to More Questions

Ellen Gilbert

Several days in advance of the August 30 meeting at which the Board of Education was supposed to announce which of two proposals it had chosen for the disposition of the Valley Road Building, the Board announced that it was postponing the decision until autumn.

Other News

All in a Week’s Time: Princeton Experiences White Powder Scare, Earthquake, Hurricane

Ellen Gilbert

The area’s ability to mobilize for various emergencies was put to the test in recent days by real and potential dangers.

Most recently and obviously was Hurricane Irene this last weekend. Just days before, on Wednesday, an earthquake centered in Virginia was felt in Princeton and beyond, for several anxious-making seconds. Just a couple of days before that, the receipt of envelopes containing what appeared to be “mysterious white powder” was reported at not one, but two different Princeton locations on the same day.

New Campaign By Borough Police Aims to Make Intersections Safer

Anne Levin

Pedestrians who cross against the light on Nassau Street at Witherspoon or Washington streets might find themselves face to face with an officer from the Princeton Borough Police in the near future. Starting after Labor Day weekend, walkers who opt not to wait for the “Walk” sign may be approached by police as part of an effort to make those intersections safer. The same goes for bicyclists who fail to observe the rules.

Second Annual Student Art Contest Announced by Princeton Magazine

Anne Levin

When Princeton Magazine’s holiday issue arrives in mailboxes and on newsstands in a few months, the cover will feature the work of a budding local artist. The identity of that talented individual will be determined after Friday, October 7 at noon, which is the deadline for the Second Annual Princeton Magazine Student Art Contest. Anyone from New Jersey and Pennsylvania schools in grades 3-12 is invited to submit a piece of original art for the holiday issue.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Despite 4 Top Guns Spending Year With U.S. Team, PU Field Hockey Still Shooting to Extend Ivy Reign

Bill Alden

They were the core four of the Princeton University field hockey team last fall as it won its sixth straight Ivy League title and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Former PHS Star Medalia Enjoying Home Front, Primed for Senior Season with PU Field Hockey

Bill Alden

Although May-Ying Medalia grew up just miles away from Princeton University, it took her a while to feel at home when she started there as a freshman in the fall of 2008.

Hoppenot’s Brilliance Makes Him a Marked Man As PU Men’s Soccer Kicks Off Ivy Title Defense

Bill Alden

Antoine Hoppenot comes into the fall as a marked man for the Princeton University men’s soccer team.

More Sports…

Book Review

Tuning In Radio Free Baudelaire on Van Morrison’s Birthday

Stuart Mitchner

Be Drunken, Always. That is the point; nothing else matters...

Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry or with virtue, as you please. But be drunken.

And if should awaken and find the drunkenness half or entirely gone, ask of the wind, of the wave, of the star, of the bird, of the clock, of all that flies, of all that speaks, ask what hour it is; and wind, wave, star, bird, or clock will answer you: “It is the hour to be drunken!”

— Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Fly it, sigh it, try it....

Fly it, sigh it, c’mon, die it....

— Van Morrison, from “Ballerina”

For all I know there’s a foot of water in the finished basement room where the effluvia of Irene is streaming in because the outside pumps aren’t working even though I tested all three of them, and worse, the back-up sump pump is flashing its red alarm light, meaning that when the power goes off, as now seems inevitable, we’ve had it. At 2 a.m., with the water pouring in on both sides of the basement, it’s like Baudelaire says, “the hour to be drunken.” Wind and wave are telling me there’s nothing for it but to trudge upstairs and listen to Astral Weeks, one of the most intoxicating albums ever made, of which people say, as reported by Greil Marcus in When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison (Public Affairs 2010), “‘I’m going to my grave with this record, I will never forget it.’”


Marvin Cheiten Presents “Zenobia” on Hamilton Murray Stage — Warrior Queen of Palmyra Battles With Rome in Epic Tragedy

Donald Gilpin

Marvin Cheiten, who has brought a new play to the Hamilton Murray Theater in late August for the past several years, is taking a different route with his current production of Zenobia, a revision and revival of his original 2005 play. Rather than his usual local, modern setting, and his comedic style (often satirizing the murder mystery genre and the community of Princeton), with Zenobia Mr. Cheiten takes his audience to Asia Minor in the third century and the short tumultuous life of the warrior queen of Palmyra, an ancient kingdom in what is now Syria.

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