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Vol. LXIV, No. 49
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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MUSIC MAN: A beatific Santa serenades Saturday’s holiday gathering at the Princeton Shopping Center while Snowy schmoozes. Kids reveal their favorite seasonal songs in this week’s Town Talk.

Front Page

Decision on Dinky Improvements This Week

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board of Princeton is poised to decide whether or not it endorses Dinky improvements during its scheduled open public meeting this Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Township Municipal Complex. The Circulation Committee met on Monday to discuss the resolutions it will be proposing to the Planning Board.

Equipment Consolidation Improves Fire Department’s Response Time to Calls

Ellen Gilbert

Annual reports from Fire Commissioner Edward J. Greenblat and Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) Executive Director Susan Hoskins highlighted Monday’s Township Committee meeting.

Closing of Forer Pharmacy Inspires Reflections on State of Local Businesses

Dilshanie Perera

The last independently owned and operated pharmacy in Princeton closed quietly last week, with the awning reading “Forer Pharmacy” removed by the next day. A sign in the window explained that it had been sold to the national pharmacy chain CVS.

Other News

Besides Giving Families a New Lease on Life, HomeFront Offers Refuge, Training, Hope

Ellen Gilbert

“These are not deadbeats,” said HomeFront Director of Mission Advancement Anita Hanft describing the residents of that agency’s Family Preservation Center in Ewing. “These are people who are trying to build a life.”

University Debuts iPrinceton Mobile App With Maps, Events, Courses, Virtual Tour

Dilshanie Perera

The future has arrived for Princeton University with the debut of its new iPrinceton application for mobile phones.

Exhibit of Lewis Students’ Work Reflects Life’s Contradictions

Ellen Gilbert

The Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s observation that “the new typography is a simultaneous experience of vision and communication” is aptly quoted in the exhibit “New Student Work: Photography, Sculpture, Graphic Design” in the Lucas Gallery at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street. This eye-catching, thought-provoking show which is free and open to the public has, unfortunately, a short run; it opened on December 1 and closes on December 9.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sophomore Hummer Leads Balanced Attack as Tiger Men’s Basketball Holds Off St. Joe’s

Bill Alden

Ian Hummer got into a groove early on last Sunday as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Saint Joseph’s.

Junior Guard Johnson Provides Spark Off Bench as Princeton Women’s Hoops Rolls Past Rider

Bill Alden

The prospect of hosting winless Rider University last Sunday didn’t figure to get the blood racing for the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

Mucha, Fellow Frosh Rising to the Occasion, Giving Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey a Lift

Bill Alden

Olivia Mucha has struggled to develop consistency as she has gone through her first few months with the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team.

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Art Review

The James A. Michener Art Museum
“Why Would Anyone Kill an Artist?” — Graphic Thoughts on a Day to Remember

Stuart Mitchner

John was an artist. Why would anyone kill an artist?

Yoko Ono

I searched out the quote about John Lennon when I realized that this review would be appearing on the 30th anniversary of the day he died, December 8, 1980. John was drawing long before the genesis of the Beatles. His early heroes were James Thurber, Lewis Carroll, and Ronald Searle, and he once admitted to Dick Cavett that at age 15 he began “thurberizing” his art. While his two books may not qualify as graphic novels, they belong somewhere in the story of the genre, as well as being among the best-selling illustrated books of our or any time.


“Garden District” Features Two One-Acts by Tennessee Williams, Flawed but Fascinating Dramas, Revealing Hidden Human Passions

—Donald Gilpin

Two grande dames preside over the two one-acts comprising Tennessee Williams’ passionate, intensely psychological Garden District, first seen Off-Broadway in 1958. These two classic Williams characters, modeled in part on the playwright’s mother, are narcissistic, domineering, ferociously loving, and fiercely controlling matriarchs. Long-since-faded southern belles, women of wealth and power, they struggle frantically to preserve their veneer of purity, gentility, beauty, and civility amidst the dark passions and human strivings of daily life. They wage desperate battle to sustain their power through the ravages of time and circumstance.

Westminster Opera Program Shows Off Its Best Students in Winter Opera Gala

Nancy Plum

Westminster Choir College is understandably renowned for its choirs, but not everyone is interested in a choral career. The opera program at the college has produced a number of fine singers in recent years, many of whom are forging careers in the national and international arena. Representatives of current voice students presented a “Winter Opera Gala” this past weekend at the Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center, showing off some very talented singers who study with Westminster faculty.

It’s New to Us

Chocolate Lovers Club in Forrestal Village Offers Chocolate Parties and Holiday Treats

Jean Stratton

“My work is making people happy. I can offer someone with something that is really good-tasting and healthier for them, and very satisfying.”

Full Array of State-of-the-Art Hair Service Available at Popular Chelsea Crimpers Salon

Jean Stratton

“You look as if you washed your hair in moonlight!”

That comment was directed to a Chelsea Crimpers client who recently treated herself to a series of highlights, creating, according to the above observer, a lovely glow.

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