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Vol. LXV, No. 2
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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(Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Archives, Mudd Library, Grounds & Buildings, MP25)
LOOMINGS: An unidentified man contemplates the towering interior of the Princeton University chapel in this picture taken by an unidentified photographer, perhaps not long after Ralph Adams Cram’s masterpiece was completed in 1928. The image is among the photographs, architectural models, and rare campus videos in “Campus Themes: The Architecture of Princeton University,” which will open January 20 at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School.

Front Page

Preliminary Borough Budget Is $25.8 Million

Dilshanie Perera

A preliminary look at the Borough’s 2011 budget puts municipal spending at roughly $1,000,000 over last year’s amount, with the total coming to $25.8 million. While Council considered these numbers at last week’s public meeting, it was noted that this is the first step in refining the budget document and that the totals are not firmly fixed.

University Grad Student, Computer Programmer, Takes His Own Life

William Zeller, a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, died Wednesday, January 5 as a result of injuries sustained in a suicide attempt. He was 27.

Consolidation Committee Report Made Available; Pool Meeting on Thursday

Ellen Gilbert

Newly-elected Mayor Chad Goerner began Monday evening’s Township Committee meeting by calling for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Arizona shooting rampage on Saturday. “I’m sure they’ll be in our thoughts as the weeks go on,” he observed.

Other News

Environmental Film Festival Returns to Library With Oscar Nominees, Distinguished Speakers

Dilshanie Perera

Poised to inspire, the Princeton Environmental Film Festival kicks off its 11-day run this Thursday, January 13, at 4:30 with Living Downstream, an account of the relationship between environmental toxins and the body told through one woman’s struggle with cancer and her corresponding scientific investigation.

Conference on Caregiving Promises Insights, Networking Opportunities — and A Lot of Fun

Ellen Gilbert

“Nurturing the Nurturers,” a day-long free event scheduled for Saturday, January 15, at the Princeton YWCA, is being described in many ways by its several sponsors.

Suzanne Keller, Princeton’s First Tenured Female Faculty Member, Liked the Word “Transcendence”

Ellen Gilbert

Calling it “a first-rate ethnography and history,” the American Journal of Sociology’s review of the late Suzanne Keller’s final book, Community: Pursuing the Dream, Living the Reality described it as “a rich discussion of the literature of community, ranging from Plato to modern cyberspace.” Ms. Keller died last month at the age of 83.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Relying on Calming Presence of “Grandma” Micir, Tiger Women’s Hoops Holds Off Penn in Ivy Opener

Bill Alden

Addie Micir is known as “grandma” by her teammates on the Princeton University basketball team due to her reassuring nature and vast experience.

PU Women’s Hockey Overcomes Rough Start, Takes 7-Game Winning Streak Into Exam Break

Bill Alden

While Jeff Kampersal wasn’t happy to see his Princeton University women’s hockey team start the season by winning just three of its first 14 games, he didn’t push the panic button.

With Greenberg Providing Heady Play, PHS Boys’ Hockey Gaining Confidence

Bill Alden

Even though they lost to Hopewell Valley last month, Will Greenberg and his teammates on the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team gained a lot of confidence from the experience.

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Art Review

James A. Michener Art Museum: Si Lewen’s Dark Journey

Stuart Mitchner

It was the destruction of my dream of “America” that, perhaps, caused the most persistent trauma. This dream had sustained my childhood amid the anti-Semitic assaults in Germany, and then finally arriving in my “promised land” I had that dream beaten out of me on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Central Park.

Si Lewen

Anyone walking through Si Lewen’s A Journey at the James A. Michener Art Museum might reasonably assume that the 92-year-old artist had himself been a Holocaust survivor, and that the grim procession of images comprising the exhibit had come out of personal experience. In fact, Lewen’s “most persistent trauma” originated in America almost ten years before he came to Buchenwald with the U.S. Army, saw the condition of the survivors, and inhaled the horror of the crematorium (“its ovens were cool now, the oven doors wide open but still begrimed with the soot and ashes of its recently cremated”).

It’s New to Us

The Popular New Metro North Restaurant Offers Diverse Dining in Attractive Setting

Jean Stratton

“Your chef made the best chicken piccata I’ve ever had!”

After lunch at Metro North restaurant, Lawrenceville resident Jean Aldrich makes a point of telling Tony Vitella the good news.

Owner of the restaurant with his brother Joe, Mr. Vitella enjoys receiving the compliment, and looks forward to hearing similar responses from other customers.

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