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Vol. LXIII, No. 11
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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DOWN THE LINE: Two-time American Women’s Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade taking on a row of challengers at the Princeton Public Library Saturday. Before the games began, Ms. Shahade gave a talk and screened a short film she helped make with other chess enthusiasts. A web editor for Chess Life magazine, she was a contributor to a book about Marcel Duchamp and chess and is currently at work on a novel.

Front Page

McCaffrey’s Launches Food Waste Recycling

Dilshanie Perera

McCaffrey’s supermarket in the Princeton Shopping Center unveiled its food waste recycling program on Tuesday, with employees in all departments disposing of bio-materials that will be converted into usable organic fertilizer and resold at the grocery store. This closed-loop system is a partnership between McCaffrey’s Market, Organic Diversion LLC, and Converted Organics Inc.

Borough Council Hears Arts Council Report, Polling Place Request

Dilshanie Perera

In an effort to encourage more University students to vote in non-presidential election years, Princeton junior David Christie petitioned Borough Council last Tuesday to consider moving the location of the District One polling place to somewhere on campus. While a formal plea has yet to be made, primarily because a site on campus still needs to be approved, Council responded to Mr. Christie’s suggestions. In other business, Executive Director Jeff Nathanson gave the annual report on the Arts Council of Princeton.

Sustainable Princeton Convenes To Brainstorm a Greener Princeton

Dilshanie Perera

In its second public meeting, Sustainable Princeton appeared before over a hundred members of the community last Wednesday at the Suzanne Patterson Center to discuss ways in which to foster sustainability within the town, and to implement practices aligned with their goals in four sectors: the Borough and Township; local businesses and non-profits; schools, and residences.

Other News

Princeton Waldorf School Marks 25 Years Teaching Three “R”s: — “Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships”

Ellen Gilbert

Administrator Nancy Lemmo would heartily like to dispel the myth that the Princeton Waldorf School is comprised of a bunch of “granola-crunching hippies,” who teach little else but art. What it’s really about, she says, is the art of education, and Waldorf precepts have been around for over 100 years. As a matter of fact, she reported, the Gates Foundation recently funded a new Waldorf-based high school on the strength of research evidence reflecting the rigor and quality of a Waldorf education.

Perception vs: Reality: Wilson Says Nuclear Weapons Are Misunderstood

Ellen Gilbert

Are nuclear weapons “the ultimate insurance?”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Wilson Jump-Starting PU Men’s Hockey, Tigers Book Return Trip to ECACH Final Four

Bill Alden

It would have been understandable if Brett Wilson and his fellow seniors on the Princeton University men’s hockey team didn’t sleep too well last Saturday night.

With Senior Steele Shining on Attack, Tiger Women’s Lax Edges Penn State

Bill Alden

Over her first three seasons on the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team, Sarah Steele was a member of the supporting cast.

While Tiger Men’s Hoops Fell Short of Title, Season-Ending Win at Penn Reflects Progress

Bill Alden

The Ivy League championship wasn’t up for grabs when the Princeton University men’s basketball team travelled to Penn last week for the season finale but there was still a lot of pride on the line.

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Book Review

“The Ultimate Page”: John Updike’s Last Bow

Stuart Mitchner

“No piece was easy, but each fell finished, in its shroud of print, into a book-shaped hole.”


Everything’s Coming Up Roses in Classic Shakespeare Comedy; McCarter’s “12th Night” Blossoms With Music, Spectacle, Romance

Donald Gilpin

Top Ten Reasons why you should see Rebecca Taichman’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, currently at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre:

Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster Kim Electrifies Audience With Tchaikovsky Concerto

Nancy Plum

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra looked to Boston for the guest conductor of the ensemble’s concert this past weekend; Julian Kuerti has been assistant conductor to Boston Symphony’s James Levine since February 2007. For Sunday afternoon’s performance in Richardson Auditorium, Mr. Kuerti borrowed from another Big 5 orchestra in selecting a soloist for the key work on the Russian/Eastern European program, bringing in violinist David Kim to thrill the audience with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

It’s New to Us

YingHua Day School in Princeton and Lawrenceville Offers Strong Bilingual English-Chinese Curriculum

Jean Stratton

“‘Ying’ means English, and ‘Hua’ means Chinese. Together, ‘YingHua’ means blossom, the essence of a plant, which is the best name for a Chinese-English bilingual school like YingHua Day School (YHDS),” explains Joy Zhao, director of the school.

Early American and Shaker-Style Furniture Are Specialties of Cane Farm Furniture

Jean Stratton

“It’s just like going to a farm in the country. You feel you’re in another world,” says a Cane Farm Furniture customer.

In fact, a visit to Cane Farm Furniture in Rosemont is a trip to the country and to what was once a poultry farm. Owner Phil Cane’s father, Charles Cane, started the poultry farm in 1927. Phil grew up on the farm, and the family lived in a stone farmhouse dating to 1822. The house still stands and is currently rented to tenants.

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