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Vol. LXIV, No. 1
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
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A NEW YEAR BEGINS: The snows of 2009 were still a presence on Nassau Street as 2010 began, “and bitter chill it was,” and the babe, for all his blankets, was a-cold, and silent were the bikes in snowy folds (with apologies to Keats).

Front Page

Holiday Business Stronger Than Expected

Dilshanie Perera

Despite the recession, a snowstorm, and other setbacks during December, merchants reported seeing increased spending during the holiday season, a welcome change from what was otherwise a difficult year.

Borough Council Anticipates Issues for the Year Ahead

Dilshanie Perera

The annual Reorganization Meeting of the Borough on Sunday saw the swearing in of Jenny Crumiller and Kevin Wilkes for three-year terms on Council, as well as the reappointment of Andrew Koontz as Council President. Remarks by Mayor Mildred Trotman highlighted achievements of the previous year and looked ahead to the challenges of 2010.

Committee Reports That Consolidation Is Top Priority for Coming Year

Ellen Gilbert

Most of the speakers at Township Committee’s January 3 reorganization meeting cited discussions regarding shared services and potential consolidation with the Borough as the top priority for 2010.

Other News

Proposed Charter School Looks Ahead Despite Princeton District Opposition

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton’s International Academy Charter School (IACS) Lead Founder Bonnie Liao quotes E.M. Forster in her formatted email sign-off: “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” The notion of “letting go” is a significant one in the current discussion about the proposed school. After a meeting with State Department of Charter School representatives, IACS spokesperson Parker Block described the school’s founders as “cautiously optimistic” about its eventual approval on January 15. If and when this happens, Princeton public school administration may need to begin “letting go” of some of its assumptions regarding the viability of a second charter school in the district.

Viocare to Pilot Mobile Phone Application Promoting Healthy Eating at Restaurants

Dilshanie Perera

Imagine walking into any restaurant and having your phone indicate what the best choice on the menu is for you, given your prior dietary history and current fitness goals.

Jonathan Safran Foer Will Be Stuart’s Second “Visiting Author” on January 29

Ellen Gilbert

Jonathan Safran Foer, the 32-year-old American author and Princeton University graduate (class of 1999) best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), will be this year’s Visiting Author at Stuart Country Day School on Friday, January 29. He will offer a public reading of selected works at 7:15 p.m.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Senior Wallace Aiming to Make Every Minute Count as Tiger Women’s Hockey Heads Into Stretch Drive

Bill Alden

Melanie Wallace feels a sense of urgency with just a few months left in her senior season on the Princeton University women’s hockey team.

Senior Star Bartlett Explodes for 1st Career Hat Trick as PU Men’s Hockey Nips No. 8 Quinnipiac in OT

Bill Alden

Last winter, Dan Bartlett emerged as a go-to scorer for the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

With Freshman Rasheed Off to Blazing Start; PU Women’s Hoops Primed for Ivy Opener

Bill Alden

Precocious freshman Niveen Rasheed has been a revelation for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, starring from the first game of her college career.

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Art Review

Princeton University Art Museum
The Wisdom Beyond Intention: Emmet Gowin’s Mode of Artful Chance

Stuart Mitchner

Only chance can bring together new combinations in a way that is revolutionary. No one ever discovered anything really important intentionally.

Emmet Gowin in a 1997 interview

Emmet Gowin’s comments about the element of chance in art reflect my own experience of his work. I had no intention of discovering him, but discover him I did. The first time was five years ago when I was covering an exhibition on another subject at the James A. Michener Art Museum (Town Topics 17 March 2004). It happened again at the Michener last fall (Town Topics 16 September 2009), and it happened yet again this past Saturday at the Princeton University Art Museum, even though my motive couldn’t have been more boringly intentional. I went there expressly to write about Emmet Gowin and I went prepared, having spent several hours exploring his photography online.

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