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Vol. LXIII, No. 50
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED: Palmer Square formed a medley of lights Monday during the annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Celebratory music was provided by the Odessa Klezmer Band.

Front Page

Council Reaches Consensus on Police Oversight

Dilshanie Perera

After more than a week-long debate concerning how Borough Council could best interact with the Police Department regarding legislative, policy, and disciplinary matters, Council voted to retain its Public Safety Committee (PSC) as the “appropriate authority” to whom the Chief of Police would report, and to delegate responsibility to the administrator to handle police disciplinary matters.

Visitors’ Bureau Awarded Grant; Princeton Merchants Make Plans for Next Year

Dilshanie Perera

The members of the Princeton Merchants Association (PMA) looked ahead to events in 2010 during their last meeting of the year, which was held at the Nassau Inn on Tuesday. PMA President Travis Linderman emphasized the importance of joint marketing, as well as effective partnerships between merchants, residents, members of the University, and non-profit organizations.

Research Scholar Tells Library Audience Consolidation Preferable in Emergency

Ellen Gilbert

Near the top of physician and research scholar Laura H. Kahn’s list of reasons for advocating consolidation of the Township and Borough is the belief that it would enable better emergency preparedness.

Other News

A Community Garden for Harriet Bryan House and Elm Court Promises to Engage Everyone

Ellen Gilbert

Elm Court Social Worker Rhona Porter wasn’t kidding when she said that the foundations for a “community garden” would be built on a plot of land adjacent to the affordable housing residence and its neighbor, Harriet Bryan House, on Saturday.

Finishing the Job: “The Philosopher Kings” Highlights Good Works of Princeton Janitor

Dilshanie Perera

Poignant and wise, The Philosopher Kings, a documentary directed by Patrick Shen and produced by Greg Bennick, features the lives of eight janitors on university campuses across the nation.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Princeton Men’s Hockey Overcomes Adversity, Enters Break With Big Win Over Mass-Lowell

Bill Alden

Over the last month, the hockey gods have not been smiling on the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

Buoyed by Last Winter’s Post-Season Run PHS Boys’ Hoops Exuding Confidence

Bill Alden

Last winter, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team caught fire at the right time.

With Junior Star Graham Leading by Example, PHS Boys’ Hockey Pulls Away From Lawrence

Bill Alden

For the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team, one of the most disappointing moments last season came when it blew a late lead against Lawrence High and ended up settling for a 6-6 tie.

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Book Review

Celebrating Jane Austen, Lisbeth Salander, and Other Women Warriors

Stuart Mitchner

Today is Jane Austen’s birthday. She was born on December 16, 1775. She died on July 18, 1817. What better way to begin a book review than by celebrating the author F.R. Leavis called “the first modern novelist”? While the surface gentility of her Regency milieu may appear out of place in the same column with a Swedish crime thriller written in the 21st century, the perceptual rigor with which she scrutinizes the society she’s holding in the palm of her hand carries an implicit force as strict in its way as your garden variety fictional blood and thunder, Gothic fireworks, shootings and knifings, heavy sex, or hand-to-hand combat. Mark Twain’s famous aversion to Austen could be read as a backhanded compliment testifying to the impact of her brilliance; it’s as if he were recoiling from a threat to his literary manhood. And if he found her characters so detestable, why did he keep reading her? “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice,” he once wrote in a letter to a friend, “I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”


PU Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensemble Combine for Holiday Classic Performance

Nancy Plum

Nothing says “holiday season” quite like the Nutcracker suite, however the version presented at Richardson Auditorium this past weekend was not the usual serene ballet with visions of sugar plums and flowers hovering in the air. A combination concert between the Princeton University Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensemble created an unusual holiday treat — Tchaikovsky’s memorable music in its original format and a very updated version by a couple of 20th century jazz legends.

All in a Day’s Work

Marge Smith

Ellen Gilbert

“She’s amazing,”said Community Works volunteer Caroline Thompkins, trying to describe Township resident Marge Smith. “She builds bridges between people.” Ms. Smith has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant and facilitator, running retreats and developing workshops for boards, staff members, and volunteers. She designed the certificate program in nonprofit management at Mercer County Community College, where she still teaches. The former chair of the Human Services Commission of Princeton, she serves on the boards of the Foundation for Thomas Edison State College, Childcare Connection, the Rotary Club, and Hands on Helpers. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership skills, including, among others, the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners Award for Leadership, the Cherish the Children Foundation Award, The Rotarian of the Year Award, The Suzie Waxwood Award, the Toastmaster Award for Community Leadership, and the National Conference for Community and Justice Leadership Award.

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