Town Topics — Princeton's Weekly Community Newspaper Since 1946.
Vol. LXIV, No. 28
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Coldwell Banker Princeton Office

Prudential Fox and Roach, Realtors

Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate

Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

N.T. Callaway Princeton Office

Stockton Real Estate, LLC

Weichert, Realtors

Advertise in Town Topics

Iris Interiors

Advertise in Town Topics

Weather Forecast

(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
OLD SCHOOL: Members of the Flemington Neshanock survey the action last Saturday at the Valley Road diamond as they played the Elizabeth Resolutes in a reenactment of 19th century baseball. For more details on the event, which was hosted by the Historical Society of Princeton, see the story on page 30.

Front Page

New Charter School Hits Roadblock

Ellen Gilbert

“Right now it looks like the most insignificant of technicalities and political manipulation from the school district heavies did the trick,” said Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) spokesman Parker Block, describing the consequences of last week’s decision by the Plainsboro Zoning and Adjustment Board not to hear the school’s request for a variance so that it can occupy premises at St. Joseph’s Seminary.

Record Number of Alumni Participate in University’s Annual Giving Campaign

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University recently announced that $48,582,819 was donated as part of its Annual Giving campaign, with 35,351 undergraduate alumni participating, a record number for the institution.

Historic Preservation Commission Approves Eagle Scout Hopeful’s Plan for a New Bridge

Ellen Gilbert

“Welcome to Bureaucracy 101,” said Princeton Historical Preservation Commission member John Tucker as he greeted rising Princeton High School junior Michael Treves at Monday’s meeting.

Other News

Stuart Senior Shines in Spite of Handicap, Wins Awards, Honors in Her School Years

Ellen Gilbert

“She’s quite a remarkable young woman,” said Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart spokesperson Maggie Landis describing — or at least trying to describe — the accomplishments of recent graduate Allysa Dittmar.

Mercer Street to Reopen by Early August After Creating Increased Traffic Challenges

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Engineer Chris Budzinski predicted that construction on Mercer Street should be completed by the end of July or early August, with the road to open to traffic at that time. Challenges stemming from the closure experienced by drivers, commuters, and the Borough Police force have included increased rush hour traffic, roadway violations, and the need for officers to assist at major intersections.

Animal Control Seeks Smoyer Snake, Cautions Parents and Pet Owners

Dilshanie Perera

An errant reptile in Barbara Smoyer Park has been causing quite a stir. First sighted on July 3, the shy snake was last seen last week.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Legend Boyle Takes Role as Veteran Leader; as U.S. Men’s Lax Aims to Regain World Title

Bill Alden

Ryan Boyle is only 28 years old but he has become one of the grizzled veterans on the U.S. men’s national lacrosse team.

With PU Alum Striebel Providing Fire in Midfield, US Men’s Lax on Mission to Regain World Title

Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for the soul-searching to begin after the U.S. men’s national lacrosse team lost 15-10 to Canada in the title game at the 2006 World Championships.

After Quick Rise in Debut Season for PU Men’s Squash, Harrity Is Taking Game Down Under for World Event

Bill Alden

Despite dominating the youth squash scene in the U.S. throughout high school, Todd Harrity felt some apprehension when he rose to the No. 1 spot last winter in his freshman season on the Princeton University men’s squash team.

More Sports…

Book Review

Deep Down, It’s All About Writing — Martha McPhee’s Excellent Adventure

Stuart Mitchner

Martha McPhee’s new novel is not what it appears to be.

According to the jacket copy, Dear Money (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25) is a “Pygmalion tale of a novelist turned bond trader …. a raucous ride to the top of the income chain.” True enough, except that when a real-life bond trader came along and “propositioned” Martha McPhee in 2004 (“If you give me 18 months, I’ll turn you into a star trader.”), she behaved like a real-life writer. She saw a story in that proposition, explored the idea, researched it, and wrote a book that in its most inspired and accomplished pages has more to do with the joy of making literary art than it does with the art of making money. Of course the story is about money and about India Palmer, an attractive woman in her thirties, a wife and mother venturing into a high-stakes, male-dominated world. Where the book achieves something superior to its story line is in McPhee’s engagement with her true subject, her true calling; when the real writer takes over even as the fictional one bows out, no holding back; when, in other words, the narrator is letting her hair down, taking risks, surprising herself, cooking, grooving, elated, swept up in the act of writing.


Men Take Notice, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Proves That Virtue Ultimately Wins Out

Nancy Plum

There are operas which characterize women as vixens and operas which portray women as lost in love and soon to die. Very few operas can hold as much appeal for women as Mozart’s Don Giovanni, built around one of women’s favorite premises that men can be true Lotharios, and not only that — the bad guy gets it at the end of the show. Premiered in 1787, Don Giovanni revolutionized opera by combining the comic levity of 18th century vaudeville with a profoundly dark morality that eventually prevails. Opera New Jersey, opening its first season under new artistic and administrative leadership, presented a highly energized production this past weekend, showing off a young and talented cast whose voices and commitment will take them far in the operatic world.

It’s New to Us

Harrogate LifeCare Community in Ocean County Offers Unique Life-Style and Full Healthcare

Jean Stratton

If you or an older parent or other relative are considering a life-style change, Harrogate LifeCare Community may be the right place at the right time.

Borden Perlman, a Leading Insurance Provider, Is Proud to Celebrate 95 Years Helping Clients

Jean Stratton

The good news is that you just inherited 1000 bottles of wine, and they are very valuable. In addition, you have come into possession of a rare and also extremely valuable signed baseball from that sport’s golden era.

Town Topics® may be purchased on Wednesday mornings at the following locations: Princeton — McCaffrey’s, Cox’s, Kiosk (Palmer Square), Krauszer’s (State Road), Olives, Speedy Mart (State Road), Wawa (University Place); Hopewell — Village Express; Rocky Hill — Wawa (Route 518); Pennington — Pennington Market.
Copyright© Town Topics®, Inc. 2011.