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Vol. LXIV, No. 27
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
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SPIRIT IN THE SKY: The Independence Day celebration hosted by the Spirit of Princeton lit up the sky above the Princeton University athletic fields last week.

Front Page

Princeton Copes as Temperatures Climb

Ellen Gilbert

“In a nutshell, this is a once or twice per decade heat wave,” said New Jersey State Climatologist David A. Robinson. “Temperatures have reached 100 degrees at some locations, and have been well into the 90s at most other locations around New Jersey since Sunday.” The heat is expected to continue at least through Thursday, though Tuesday was expected to be the hottest day of all.

New Charter School Will Be Challenged At Plainsboro Meeting

Ellen Gilbert

The remaining hurdle for the recently-approved Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) will be addressed on Wednesday evening, July 7, when the Plainsboro Zoning board will be asked to okay the school’s request for a use variance so that it can occupy the St. Joseph Seminary premises at 75 Mapleton Road.

Groundbreaking for $3 Million Project At Mountain Lakes

Dilshanie Perera

The groundbreaking on the Mountain Lakes Dam Rehabilitation project and dredging of the upper and lower lakes commenced on Tuesday at Mountain Lakes House. Engineer and Township Project Manager Deanna Stockton said that the $3 million contract requires the project to be complete by October 2011.

Other News

Interfaith Peace Builders’ Delegate Visits Area, Shares Thoughts on Palestinian-Israeli Strife

Ellen Gilbert

“I’m very glad I went,” said Princeton Borough resident and Town Topics employee Yeou-Shiuh Hsu speaking about his recent trip to Israel and Palestine as a member of an Interfaith Peace-Builder delegation. “It helped me fill in gaps about what I know. But it was very unsettling.”

Republican Sipprelle Seeks Congressional Seat, Broadens Audience With Television Spot Debut

Dilshanie Perera

Congressional hopeful Scott Sipprelle introduced his television advertisement with a press conference last Thursday at his Alexander Road campaign headquarters. Running for the House of Representatives seat in the 12th District as a Republican, Mr. Sipprelle is challenging incumbent Rush Holt.

Slated to Open in September, New Merwick Boasts State-of-the-Art Design Amenities

Dilshanie Perera

Construction on the new Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center — located in Plainsboro across the street from the new University Medical Center campus on Plainsboro Road — is ahead of schedule, with the facility slated to open in September.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PHS Alum Fuchs Battled to Make PU Baseball; Applying College Experience for Post 218 Squad

Bill Alden

For Steven Fuchs, his work isn’t done this summer with the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team when the final out is recorded.

Taking Leadership Role for PU Men’s Lax, Former PHS Star Moni Named Tri-Captain

Bill Alden

Tyler Moni got off to a hot start this spring in his junior season playing at offensive midfielder for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team.

PU Baseball’s Barnes Overcomes Arm Injury; Now Living Out Dream of Playing at Pro Level

Bill Alden

It looked like Dan Barnes’ dream to play pro baseball might be shattered during his sophomore season with the Princeton University baseball team.

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Record Review

Celebrating Gustav Mahler’s Anthems for the World on His 150th Birthday

Stuart Mitchner

What nonsense it is to let one’s self be submerged by the brutal whirlpool of life; to be false, even for a moment, to one’s self and what is above ourselves. But I write at random; next moment, when I leave this room, I shall be just as silly as all the rest.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Gustav Mahler came to New York in December 1907 to conduct the Metropolitan Opera (and the New York Philharmonic), giving his debut performance on New Year’s Day 1908. According to Alex Ross in his prize-winning book, The Rest is Noise (2007), the composer took the subway in preference to the services of a chauffeur and was once spotted by a Philharmonic musician “alone in a subway car, staring vacantly like any other commuter.” Riders who didn’t happen to be with the orchestra would most likely have seen their slightly built, bespectacled fellow passenger as just another metropolitan character. The photo shown here, said to be his last, was taken in New York in 1910. Images and anecdotes from his New York years can be found online in the New York Philharmonic’s Insight Series, which includes references to urban adventures in opium dens, a wild seance with medium Eusapia Palladino, and subway rides to Brooklyn, as well as recollections from musicians about the conductor’s behavior during Carnegie Hall rehearsals, and from Mahler’s wife Alma about snowball fights in Central Park.


What’s Going On Here? Insane Governess or Wicked Spirits? PST Stages Henry James’ Ghost Story, “The Turn of the Screw”

Donald Gilpin

A young Victorian lady, “romantic at heart,” travels to lonely Bly Manor in Essex to serve as governess for two recently orphaned children in Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw (1898), adapted for the stage (1996) by Jeffrey Hatcher and currently playing at Princeton Summer Theater. She soon begins to see ghosts of her predecessor Miss Jessel and the former master’s valet Peter Quint, both of whom died recently under mysterious circumstances. As she tells and performs her story of what James described as the “most infernal imaginable evil and danger,” the governess battles to protect her little charges from the fiendish ghosts. But are the ghosts really there or does the real terror in this story lurk in the governess’ sexually repressed, feverish imagination?

Trio of Sister Musicians Mesmerizes Audience; Plays Classical and Popular Styles in Concert

Nancy Plum

There was a time when classical music was in one corner and popular music in another, and audiences went to either one type of concert or the other. Somewhere along the way, classically-trained performers began delving into the increasingly varied realms of pop, jazz, bluegrass, and world music. One of the best representative of this crossover trend came to Richardson auditorium last Thursday night as the Ahn Trio, an ensemble of sisters who not only brought exceptional playing to the stage but also showed the nuances of a close-knit musical family.

Princeton Personality

Fighting to Eliminate Hunger Is the Mission and Ministry of Charles P. (Chuck) Inman, Jr.

Jean Stratton

“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

Charles P. (Chuck) Inman, Jr. would surely agree with this thought from Helen Keller. His unswerving dedication and commitment has been a potent force throughout his life.

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