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Vol. LXIV, No. 50
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ONCE UPON A TIME there was an Upper Pyne and a Lower Pyne, Tudor twins from 1896 gracing either side of the Nassau-and-Witherspoon heart of Princeton. Upper Pyne was razed in 1963. Lower Pyne, thankfully, still stands. Intended to provide space for shops at the street level, dormitory rooms for undergraduates in the stories above, the buildings were designed by architect Raleigh C. Gildersleeve on the model of 16th-century houses in Chester, England.

Front Page

Dinky Wins the Day, Location Up for Debate

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board of Princeton expressed its unanimous support for the Dinky at its meeting last Thursday night, voting in favor of continued and improved rail service between Princeton and Princeton Junction.

As State Considers Lane Closures, Mayors Worry About Increased Traffic

Dilshanie Perera

A recent meeting of the Circulation Committee of the Princeton Regional Planning Board dealt in part with turning lane closures along Route One that have been proposed by the state.

Shared Bike Paths and Traffic Concerns Come Under Scrutiny

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council considered local traffic concerns at their meeting last week as members of the Traffic and Transportation Committee as well as the Princeton Joint Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee detailed their recommendations for municipal approval.

Other News

Public Library Recalls a Remarkable Year, Continues to Optimize Reduced Resources

Ellen Gilbert

The mayors of both municipalities were present at the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees meeting last week to hear President Katherine McGavern thank them for their support over the past year. Along with other board members, Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman and Township Mayor Bernie Miller also received copies of Library Director Leslie Burger’s annual report to Borough Administrator Bob Bruschi and Township Administrator Jim Pascale describing the year’s accomplishments and goals for 2011.

Recreation Department Director Jack Roberts Says Good-Bye After 40 Years of Service

Ellen Gilbert

“I’ve put off retiring five times,” said Princeton Recreation Department Director Jack Roberts in a recent interview. “Now is the time.”

“Self-Possession in a World of Distractions”: Stanley Fish Celebrates “The Fugitive”

Ellen Gilbert

Introducing him as “the original Stanley Fish” at last week’s Lewis Library event, Law and Public Affairs Program Director Kim Lane Scheppele acknowledged the guest speaker’s lengthy list of titles, many accomplishments (he is a Milton scholar), and reputation as a provocateur (among his essays is one on the Randy Newman song, “Short People”). As if that wasn’t enough, he is currently a regular contributor to the New York Times’s “Opinionator” blog.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


South Dakotan Farris Adjusting to Pace of N.J., Helping PU Men’s Hockey to Weekend Sweep

Bill Alden

Coming from the middle of South Dakota to central New Jersey has been an eye-opening experience for Matt Farris, a freshman forward with the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

Senior Star Sherry Showing Sense of Urgency as PU Women’s Ice Hockey Surges Into Break

Bill Alden

Sasha Sherry and her teammates on the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team were determined to get off to a hot start last Friday as they hosted Syracuse.

PHS Boys’ Basketball Featuring New Look but Confident of Maintaining Recent Success

Bill Alden

Over the past few years, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team has utilized its athleticism and an up-tempo style to become a force in local hoops circles.

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Book Review

Living for Love, Living for Art: Patti Smith Calls Us Closer

Stuart Mitchner

The world is changing Your heart is growing

from ”Cartwheels”

Listen to songs like “Mother Rose,” “Cartwheels,” “Peaceable Kingdom,” and the title track from Patti Smith’s 2004 album, Trampin’, and you begin to understand what helped the so-called “punk icon” or “godmother of punk” find her way to the heart of her National Book award-winning memoir, Just Kids (Ecco paper $16). These are the songs of a loving, knowing, abiding mother, daughter, lover, wife, and, above all, undaunted artist/poet/storyteller devoted to keeping the promise she made to Robert Mapple-thorpe. Remembering their last conversation in a note to the reader included along with 15 additional pages in the handsome, recently released paperback edition, she quotes Mapplethorpe as if she and he were one voice in her consciousness: “I told him I would continue our work, our collaboration, for as long as I lived. Will you write our story? Do you want me to? You have to he said no one but you can write it. I will do it, I promised, though I knew it would be a vow difficult to keep.”


University Orchestra Celebrates Winter With Shostakovich Symphony and Concerto

Nancy Plum

It was fitting that for its winter concert, the Princeton University Orchestra chose music of a 20th century Russian composer torn between two careers featuring another 20th century Russian native also equally at home in two performing careers. For the orchestra’s performance on Friday night (the concert was repeated Saturday night) conductor Michael Pratt chose a concerto and symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, who divided his early career between that of pianist and composer. Joining the orchestra for this set of performances in Richardson Auditorium was Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who has maintained a dual career between the piano and the podium. Mr. Solzhenitsyn was the featured soloist in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 in c minor and led the ensemble in Shostakovich’s Symphony No.8, also in c minor. The concerto seemed second nature to Mr. Solzhenitsyn and he proved equally at home in the monumental symphony.

It’s New to Us

Newly-Opened Leon-Meyer Jewelers Store Offers a Wide Range of Jewelry and Repair

Jean Stratton

No holiday gift is more welcome and valued than a lovely piece of jewelry. It will last and be a continual remembrance of the sentiments of the gift-giver.

Popular Lisa Jones Boutique on Witherspoon St. Offers Array of Home and Fashion Accessories

Jean Stratton

When you step into the charming Lisa Jones boutique at 16 Witherspoon Street, you immediately feel at home. It is light and inviting, with creative displays, including beautiful Christmas ornaments suspended from the ceiling. Acrylic icicles, birds, and beautiful Christmas balls add to the appealing lightness of the shop.

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