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Vol. LXIV, No. 3
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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TOW PATH PERSPECTIVE: With joggers and walkers in shorts and Impressionist perspectives opening along the tow path, Saturday’s beautiful weather roused the spirit of spring from its slumber, for at least a day or two or three.

Front Page

Princeton Mobilizes for Earthquake Victims

Ellen Gilbert

“Today all tips will be donated for a Relief Mission to Haiti,” reads a sign adjacent to the cash register in The Little Chef bakery on South Tulane Street. “Please, please, we need your help.”

Borough, Township, School Board, and University Prepare to Talk

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution last week requesting a meeting with Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman to begin a dialogue about the educational institution’s financial contribution to the community.

Recreation Department, Corner House Express Interest in Valley Road Space

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Recreation Department Executive Director Jack Roberts and Corner House Executive Director Gary J. De Blasio figured prominently in the Historic Preservation Commission’s (HPC) discussion about the future of the Valley Road building at its meeting last week.

Other News

King Day Celebration Emphasizes Potential for Art to Create Change, Spur Connection

Dilshanie Perera

The power of art and action were twin themes Monday at Princeton University’s annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The event featured artwork, music, poetry, and a keynote address by Professor Tricia Rose, a scholar of African American culture and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University.

Local Group Sees Success in Dealing With Ethnic Conflict in Eastern Europe

Dilshanie Perera

The unassuming sign on Chambers Street indicating the offices of the Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) can’t adequately capture the tremendous work that is being done within.

Biographer Panthea Reid at Library to Discuss the Riddle of Tillie Olsen

Stuart Mitchner

Princeton resident Panthea Reid will discuss her new book, Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles (Rutgers University Press $34.95) in a special author appearance Thursday, January 28, at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Former Tiger Star Powe Enjoying the Ride; Playing on Big Stage for Philadelphia Flyers

Ed Benkin

Darroll Powe has fond memories of his days walking down the hallway to the ice at Baker Rink while playing for the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

Stuart Alum Gaudioso-Radvany Savors Dream Debut; Helping UNC Field Hockey to NCAA Championship

Bill Alden

Over the holidays, Jackie Gaudioso-Radvany just had to gaze at her wrist for a reminder of the unforgettable debut season she had this past fall with the University of North Carolina field hockey team.

Sparked by Marsh’s Fighting Spirit, PHS Wrestling Showing Improvement

Bill Alden

John Marsh dug himself a hole last Wednesday as he wrestled Matt Herbert of Notre Dame at 130 pounds.

More Sports…

DVD Review

One With the World: Eric Rohmer’s Sunset and Delphine’s Moment

Stuart Mitchner

To put it bluntly, I have to admit that I do not like music. I try very hard to eliminate it from my life and from my films …. Music, for me, is only bearable if you listen to it with the maximum attention, both with mind and body.

Eric Rohmer, Preface to De Mozart en Beethoven

I was in the kitchen doing the dishes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 turned up loud on the Bose Wave when my wife came in to tell me that Eric Rohmer had died. I didn’t want to hear about anybody dying, so I made dismissive motions with the plate I was holding, not now, no death, sorry, not while Mozart’s “pouring forth his soul in an ecstasy.” It’s a wonder I didn’t drop the plate.


Black Power Greets Uncle Tom in McCarter World Premiere, Exploring Surprising Muhammad Ali-Stepin Fetchit Alliance

Donald Gilpin

In May 1965, two days before his heavyweight title defense against Sonny Liston, brash 23-year-old Muhammad Ali, recent convert to the Nation of Islam, welcomed to his training camp as a “secret strategist” the 62-year-old Stepin Fetchit, born Lincoln Perry, film star of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s who was known for his demeaning character portrayals of the white man’s most negative stereotypes of black people. In an era of rising black pride and black power, exemplified by Ali (formerly Cassius Clay), Stepin Fetchit’s appearance in Ali’s entourage was a curious phenomenon.

William Scheide’s Birthday Celebration: “Music, the Arts Council, and Bill”

Nancy Plum

Most people are probably glad that birthdays only come once a year; one does not always want to be reminded of the years ticking by. However in Princeton, music lovers surely wish that scholar William Scheide had a birthday every week, given the celebrations which have been presented in the past few years. Mr. Scheide turned 96 this month, and Princeton was able to celebrate in grand style with him last Tuesday night with a tribute to turn-of-the-19th-century Vienna. Conductor Mark Laycock led the visiting Wiener KammerOrchester in a program of Mozart and Schubert featuring guest pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis. As with previous Scheide birthday celebrations, Tuesday night’s performance in Richardson Auditorium doubled as a fund-raiser for a local organization, in this case the Arts Council of Princeton’s $5 million Campaign for the Future.

All in a Day’s Work

Nicole Calvano

Ellen Gilbert

Nicole Calvano believes in the power of yoga. In private and group sessions in homes, schools, Y’s, at birthday parties, and after-school programs, she works with “typical kids,” as well as children on the autism spectrum, their siblings, and their parents to “re-connect them with their inner calm.” By “uniting in a safe and comfortable environment,” she says, “each person comes away feeling more connected to themselves, to their family unit, and to others.” According to one parent, placing her special-needs child in one of Ms. Calvano’s classes was “one of the best things I’ve done to help her. Miss Nicole is so patient, so endearing; the children respond to her.”

It’s New to Us

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton Offers Full Instruction in Ballroom Dance

Jean Stratton

Perhaps a recurrent New Year’s resolution is to lose a few pounds, tone up a bit, and generally just get more exercise — the problem is you don’t care for the gym. The good news is there’s an alternative, and it’s fun!

jane, New Consignment Shop on Spring Street, Offers Amazing Variety of Intriguing Choices

Jean Stratton

Recycling is great — everyone agrees. Maybe one of your Christmas gifts wasn’t just what you had hoped for. There’s a perfect new home for it, and a win/win situation for everyone.

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