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Vol. LXII, No. 5
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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VISIONS OF IRAN: Homa Watts shows off a variety of books on Iran, including some featuring Isfahan and Shiraz, Iranian art, and one among the multitude of published “Rubiyats” during Sunday’s “Exploring Iran: An Afternoon of Iranian and Persian Culture.” Held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, the event was sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action in conjunction with the local Iranian community. The size of the turn-out suggests that hundreds of people responded to the promise of a “taste of Iran’s vibrant culture” and a chance to meet “the real people behind the headlines.”

Front Page

Suit Pending as Senior Housing Advances

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Township Committee cleared the way for senior housing along a Bunn Drive parcel Monday night, when it voted to amend zoning there that would, if developed, provide the market-rate senior housing in the Township that has long been sought by municipal officials and a core constituency of housing advocates.

Hun School Janitor Is Charged and Held in Sexual Assault Case

Ellen Gilbert

Matthew Hersh

A janitor at the Hun School of Princeton was arrested last week, charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female student at Hun’s Upper School.

UMDNJ Report Identifies Health Needs in Preparation for Town-Wide Survey

Matthew Hersh

Health concerns and risks posed to Princeton children, adults, seniors, and Princeton University students were outlined in a report released this month, as municipal health officials plan for a town-wide survey assessing resident concerns related to health and health care.

Other News

“The Definition of Wellness”: PHS Fitness Center Opens

Ellen Gilbert

Noting that it would have been easy to say “change the vending machines” in response to demands for a healthier environment, Princeton Regional Schools (PRS) Superintendent Judy Wilson lauded the opening of the new Princeton High School (PHS) Fitness Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday as the community’s answer to the question, “What does fitness mean?”

Library Board Votes for “One Card” and Makes Plans for the Future

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Public Library (PPL) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the Princeton Heartland Payment System’s “one card” plan for Princeton at a meeting on Thursday. A similar plan to support a partnership between Heartland and the Princeton Education Foundation had been unanimously passed earlier in the week at the Tuesday meeting of the Princeton Regional School Board of Education.

Borough Hall Approves PD Pay Hikes, as Challenges to Increases Fade

Matthew Hersh

Borough Hall handed out pay increases to the Princeton Borough Police Departments top administrative law enforcers last week, and, at least for now, concerns over precipitous police pay increases will likely wait until the next union contract discussion, three years out.

More of the Other News…


Princeton Men’s Hoops Takes a Giant Step; Ends Losing Skid as It Heads Into Ivy Play

Bill Alden

The date was November 14, 2007 and the New York Giants were reeling from a 31-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys days earlier while the Princeton University men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with a win over Iona.

With Dowers Coming Up Big in the Paint, PHS Boys’ Hoops Nears State Playoff Spot

Bill Alden

He towers above the opposition at 6’8 but A.J. Dowers wasn’t taking advantage of his size last year for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team.

With Junior Sprint Star Shapiro Battling Hard, PHS Girls’ Swim Team Primed for Tournaments

Bill Alden

Jordan Shapiro realized she was fighting a battle on several fronts as the Princeton High girls’ swimming team competed at WW/P-S last Thursday.

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Book Review

Chekhov’s Samovar and Schubert’s Foot: A Birthday Column

Stuart Mitchner

Yesterday, January 29, was Chekhov’s birthday. Tomorrow is Schubert’s. Never mind the formalities, full names, death dates, and such, Chekhov and Schubert are with us, like tea and coffee, sunrise and sunset, and they make a nice pair of bookends for a January 30 column. Since this is billed as a book review, however, and since I celebrated Schubert last year on his birthday, my focus will be on Chekhov.


Realism? Absurdity? Dark Comedy Defies Labels; McCarter Presents Engaging World Premiere of Albee’s New Play

Donald Gilpin

Notoriously elusive in discussing what his plays are all about, Edward Albee, in his program notes, explains that “a play is fully described (or explained) by the experience of seeing it.” He urges his audiences to “pretend you’re at the first play you’ve ever seen — have that experience — and I think ‘what the play is about’ will reveal itself quite readily.”

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