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Vol. LXV, No. 8
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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O BRAVE SMALL WORLD THAT HAS SUCH PEOPLE IN IT: A view of the center of the daily tempest that is the counter at Small World Coffee on a wintry Saturday afternoon. February was Love Month at 14 Witherspoon Street and no wonder. Like Picasso said, “Love is the greatest refreshment.”

Front Page

Public Briefed on Consolidation Report

Dilshanie Perera

The Center for Governmental Research (CGR), the consultant for the Consolidation and Joint Services Study Commission, has put the “Municipal Services and Financial Overview” or baseline report on its website. Last weeks public meeting served to highlight key areas of the 164-page document while garnering public input.

2011 Pool Registration Begins; Stentz Promises A “Great Summer”

Dilshanie Perera

In the wake of a particularly difficult winter, along with yet-to-be resolved issues regarding the future of the new pool, the recent news that the Princeton Recreation Department has begun registration for Community Park Pool memberships for the summer of 2011 seemed particularly reassuring to many.

After Inconclusive NAS Study, Holt Reintroduces Anthrax Investigation Act

Ellen Gilbert

In response to a National Academy of Science (NAS) committee finding that it was not possible to reach definite conclusions in the “Amerithrax” case based on evidence alone, Rush Holt (D-12) has reintroduced the Anthrax Attacks Investigation Act, legislation that would establish a Congressional commission to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks and the federal government’s response to, and investigation of the attacks.

Other News

For Your Viewing Pleasure: School District Offers “This Week in Education” on TV30

Ellen Gilbert

“This Week in Education” on TV30 is a spiffy new complement to the regularly-aired repeats of recent School Board Meetings.

Hosted by Assistant Superintendent Lewis Goldstein, the series, which may be viewed in Princeton on Verizon FIOS Channel 45 or Comcast Channel 30, promises to highlight schools events, students, administrators, teachers, support staff, along with new and ongoing programs The 30-minute show is broadcast three times each week, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; 11:30 a.m. on Fridays; and 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. The show may also be viewed over the internet by going to, and clicking on “archives” to see present and past shows.

Unusual House Auction Attracts Attention, 17 Hibben Goes to Transportation Commissioner

Dilshanie Perera

The house at 17 Hibben Road was auctioned last week in a process that ended with New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James S. Simpson as the highest bidder.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


No. 7 PU Men’s Lax Opening at No. 8 Hofstra; Seeking More Consistency at Both Ends of Field

Bill Alden

Chris Bates didn’t give a glowing review to the preseason college men’s lacrosse show that recently aired on ESPN.

Princeton Women’s Hockey Focuses on Playing Well; Posts 2-0 Weekend, Will Host Quinnipiac in Playoffs

Bill Alden

Coming into last weekend, the Princeton University women’s hockey team knew that it would likely have to produce two victories to secure home ice for the upcoming ECAC Hockey playoffs.

With Graham Leading Offense, Goalie Berger On Fire, PHS Boys’ Hockey Tops Notre Dame for MCT Title

Bill Alden

When the Princeton High boys’ hockey team edged Notre Dame 5-4 in early January, Fraser Graham scored all five goals for the Little Tigers.

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Book Review

Making Mischief; Adventures in Manhattan With Picasso and the Ladies of Avignon

Stuart Mitchner

Picasso’s simultaneous and interrelated work in relief construction, collage, and painting fueled this hybrid style of mischievous substitutions and unexpected combinations.

MoMA commentary, “Picasso’s Guitars 1912-1914”

Madness! madness! madness! Men are mad. The scarf of the veil that hangs from the eyelashes of the shutters is wiping the pink clouds on the apple-colored mirror of the sky which is already awakening at your window.

Picasso, from Desire: A Play

There’s nothing like the occasional unexpected violation of routine to make life interesting, I always say.


Intime Stages “Recent Tragic Events,” Set on Day After 9/11: Philosophy, Despair, Surprises and Humor — on a Blind Date

—Donald Gilpin

It’s September 12, 2001, the day after the World Trade Center tragedy. Andrew arrives at Waverly’s apartment for a blind date. Andrew (Max Rosmarin) and Waverly (Taylor Mallory) are both in their early 30s, Minneapolis residents. She works in an ad agency. He runs a book store at the airport.

Richardson Chamber Players Brings 19th Century Vienna to Princeton

Nancy Plum

For Sunday afternoon’s concert, the Richardson Chamber Players revived a little known and long since gone musical form of entertainment. In early 19th century Vienna, a common evening activity was to gather friends together to pursue reading, sharing their creative works, or other artistic activities, all to the accompaniment of Franz Schubert. With more than enough repertory to choose from (including over 600 Lieder alone), Schubert was an immensely popular composer whose lyrical melodies became the basis for the Viennese “Schubertiade.” The Richardson Chamber Players re-enacted this unusual essence of Vienna in Richardson Auditorium with a presentation of four Schubert songs and one extended chamber work, all performed by Princeton music faculty members. Successfully giving the audience the feeling of dropping by someone’s private home, Sunday afternoon’s concert was both educational and highly entertaining.

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