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Vol. LXV, No. 11
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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KEEP THE CHANGE: Resplendently bearded Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner waiting on his Township Committee colleague Lance Liverman last week at the Alchemist & Barrister’s ongoing Longbeard Benefit for The Colin Pascik Road to Recovery Fund. Guest bartenders assisting the mayor that night were members of the Township Police Department. Every Tuesday leading up to the March 17 main event (note the shamrocks), guest bartenders have been mixing the drinks. For more information about The Colin Pascik Road to Recovery Fund visit For more about beards see this week’s Town Talk.

Front Page

Borough Introduces $26 Million Budget

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council last week unanimously introduced the municipality’s 2011 budget, which weighs in at $25,991,953. Administrator Robert Bruschi suggested that Council consider a one-cent tax increase to offset the difference between the rise in expenditures and revenues, but all members of Council endorsed a zero-percent tax increase this year.

Health Department Elaborates on Latest Sharing of Services

Dilshanie Perera

While the relative merits of consolidation and shared services between the Princetons are being considered, the already consolidated Princeton Regional Health Department is forging connections with other municipalities in the region. Health Officer David Henry reported on the latest happenings in public health at last week’s meeting of Borough Council.

Township Gears Up for Budget Presentation, Approves Pool Ordinance Introductions

Ellen Gilbert

Money — with regard to next year’s budget, pool appropriations, and capital requests — was the theme of Monday night’s Township Committee meeting.

Other News

Mixing Activist Enthusiasm With a Dose of Fun, Sustainable Princeton Launches New Campaigns

Dilshanie Perera

Sustainable Princeton wants you to bring your own bag while shopping. Aiming to reduce plastic waste, the organization is launching a campaign to promote reusable bags and to reduce the demand for single-use plastic bags.

Institute for Faith and Public Life at Seminary Looks at Conflation of Church and State

Ellen Gilbert

“Most of us who live in the United States simply take for granted the plentiful references to God,” said Emmanuel College Principal Mark Toulouse in his opening remarks at the recent Institute for Faith and Public Life’s “Turn the World Upside Down,” a three-day program sponsored by the Princeton Theological Seminary’s (PTS) School of Christian Vocation and Mission.

Discussing the Pleasures of Story-Telling: Sheila Kohler Will Also Read at Benefit

Ellen Gilbert

“I’m delighted to do it for them,” said Becoming Jane Eyre author Sheila Kohler of her upcoming reading at a People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos benefit on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Nassau Club.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Men’s Hoops Wins Playoff on Davis’ Buzzer-Beater; 13th-Seeded Tigers to Face No. 4 Kentucky in NCAAs

Bill Alden

It didn’t take much more time than the blink of an eye but Douglas Davis was able to make the most of it.

Micir Coming Full Circle for PU Women’s Hoops As Tigers to Face Georgetown in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Addie Micir went scoreless as she made her debut for the Princeton University women’s basketball team in November, 2007 in a 76-52 loss at Maryland.

Senior Standout Thomas Fought Through Injury As PHS Girls’ Hoops Competed Hard to the End

Bill Alden

For Tara Thomas, things didn’t start off well this winter in her senior season on the Princeton High girls’ basketball team.

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Book Review

Going One on One: Reagan’s Son “Rides the Whale” on His Father’s Centenary

Stuart Mitchner

Ron Reagan’s conflicted, witty, diligently analytical memoir, My Father at 100 (Viking $25.95), relives and reshapes a relationship the author is still trying to understand. Just when you think he’s viewing his paternal subject playfully, with his characteristic wit in full flight, you find that he’s either playing rough or scoring points in an ongoing competition. As the 52-year-old liberal son of the brightest star in the conservative universe, Ron Reagan has some serious (and some not so serious) filial issues to work through, and following along with him can be both fascinating and unsettling. The persona he’s projecting is jaunty, even cocky, but there’s no concealing the intensity of his emotional investment in this autobiographical biography, which is why the father-son dynamic he brings to life has such extraordinary immediacy. In effect, he’s still speaking to his father, still debating and competing with the man who died at 93 in 2004 after his movingly announced withdrawal into the no-man’sland of Alzheimer’s ten years earlier.


Think You’ve Had a Bad Day? Check Out This Southern Family. “Crimes of the Heart” at McCarter Is Funny, Bizarre, and Poignant

—Donald Gilpin

As the popular novelist Pat Conroy (The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides) put it, “My mother, Southern to the bone, once told me, ‘All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to Sister.’”

Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart (1981) — a Southern Gothic comedy about three Mississippi sisters, their wildly dysfunctional family, and their outrageous romantic lives — goes even a few steps beyond Mr. Conroy’s description.

Pro Musica and Raven Chorus Collaborate To Present Two Settings of the Requiem

Nancy Plum

In a night of lush and Romantic choral music, Princeton Pro Musica presented their late winter concert this past weekend in the Princeton University Chapel. The performance Saturday night by the more than 100-voice chorus featured two diverse settings of the Requiem text by composers whose music was infused by their homelands and the tumultuous decades in which they lived.

It’s New to Us

New Jersey Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea Offers Expert Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Jean Stratton

Sleep that knits up the ravel’d sleeve of care,/
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,/
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,/
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.

So wrote William Shakespeare in Macbeth, and many people today can identify with the thoughts expressed. More people than ever complain of being sleep-deprived in our high tech, demanding, and constantly connected society. And, now, in addition to not having time to get enough sleep, increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Popular D’Angelo Italian Market and Deli Is a Welcome Addition to Spring Street

Jean Stratton

The wait was worth it, everyone agrees! After months of anticipation by Princeton residents, the D’Angelo Italian Market at 35 Spring Street, has opened to great reviews. It is often “standing room only,” filled with throngs of happy customers, who also stop to have lunch or a snack at the market’s pizzeria and cafe, with seating for 25.

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