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Vol. LXV, No. 12
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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(Photo by Emily Reeves)
LOOK, NO KINDLES: Just a nice old fashioned landscape of secondhand printed matter, probably for younger readers from the look of it. The scene is the setting up of the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale, which will fill the cafeteria and gymnasium at Princeton Day School for five days beginning with a March 23 Wednesday preview from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($20 admission that day only) and ending with Sunday’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Box Day (all you can cram into standard-sized boxes $10, brown grocery bags $5). Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 24 and 25. On Friday the 25th books are half price for seniors and children. On Saturday, March 26, from 10 to 7, books are half price for all. Princeton Day School is located at 650 The Great Road in Princeton.

Front Page

Mayor’s Race Heats Up In Borough

Dilshanie Perera

Three candidates are now in the contest for the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) endorsement for Mayor of Princeton Borough. The seal of approval by PCDO usually entails a prime ballot position in the Democratic primaries in June, as well as better odds in the election in November.

PCDO Endorsement Sought by Three Council Contenders

Dilshanie Perera

Two seats will be up for election on Borough Council in the November election and three candidates are currently vying for the Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s (PCDO) nod of approval that will position them in a prime location on the Democratic primary ballot in June.

“1,000 Band-Aids Instead of a Tourniquet”: Revaluation Group Faults Compliance Efforts

Ellen Gilbert

“We’re finding that the Revaluation Study Joint Commission didn’t seem to be interested in what we’re saying, and didn’t understand what we’re doing,” commented Princeton Fair Tax Revaluation Group charter member Jim Firestone in a recent interview. In the face of this unresponsiveness, he added, “we’re moving right along.”

Other News

Rapid Response Marked Princeton University Engagement With Students, Faculty in Japan

Dilshanie Perera

When the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan earlier this month, the 14 Princeton University students, faculty, and staff in the country were located quickly thanks to the travel database kept by the university in the event of an emergency.

Historian, Inventor, and Car Buff, An Asperger’s Syndrome Child Speaks Out

Ellen Gilbert

“I love learning things,” said Lewis School student Sam Gelfand recently. The 13 year old’s favorite subject is history, particularly Greek and Roman civilization, despite the fact that “the Romans were just copycats.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Nearly Producing Another NCAA Shocker for the Ages, PU Men’s Basketball Drops 59-57 Nailbiter to Kentucky

Bill Alden

The photo of a screaming Mitch Henderson leaping through the air is the iconic image of the stunning 43-41 upset posted by the 13th-seeded Princeton University men’s basketball team over No. 4 UCLA in the opening round of the 1996 NCAA tournament.

Johnson’s Deep Love for Tiger Men’s Hoops Came Through in Emotional Press Conference

Bill Alden

When it comes to Princeton University men’s basketball, Sydney Johnson wears his heart on his sleeve.

PU Women’s Hoops Can’t Handle the Pressure In Falling to Georgetown at NCAA Tournament

Bill Alden

Over the last 20 minutes of its NCAA tournament opening round clash against fifth-seeded Georgetown last Sunday, the No. 12 Princeton University women’s basketball team outscored the Hoyas 35-31, shooting 45.5 percent from the field and making just four turnovers.

PHS Hockey Star Graham, PDS Hoops’ Smukler Get Nod as Town Topics’ Top Winter Performers

Bill Alden

Tim Campbell harbored some concern about whether senior forward Fraser Graham would be a little rusty at the beginning of the season for the Princeton High Boys’ hockey team.

Book Review

By the Tide of Humber — Andrew Marvell, Standing in the Shadows

Stuart Mitchner

What shocks the virtuous philosopher delights the chameleon poet.

John Keats

Extending south to make a barrier between the sea and the Humber estuary is Spurn Head, periodically broken by the sea, its shape thereby constantly changed by the strident waters.

from Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon

The poet Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was a Member of Parliament for Hull (also known as Kingston upon Hull) for the better part of 20 years. Underneath the statue that stands in front of the former Hull grammar school the inscription reads, “An incorruptible patriot, a wise statesman, and a zealous and energetic representative of this his native town in Parliament from 1658 to 1678.” Nothing about the poet. But at the base of the statue are the first four lines of “To His Coy Mistress”:


Violin Superstar Koh Returns to Richardson, Plays Masterfully With Princeton Symphony

Nancy Plum

All performers bring their own experience and background to the podium, which in the case of Princeton Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov means drawing on the culture of his native Bulgaria and its indigenous folk life. The Princeton Symphony’s performance on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium was the annual concert to honor Princeton composer Edward T. Cone, so it was fitting that Mr. Milanov programmed three late 19th or early 20th century pieces, with a recurring theme through all three works of folk music of three central European regions.

It’s New to Us

Complete Range of Physical Therapy Services Is Available at Ivy Rehab on Harrison Street

Jean Stratton

“It’s all about the people at Ivy Rehab,” says Rich Ciullo, MPT, director of IvyRehab Princeton at 330 North Harrison Street. “This is our motto, and we always want to help people feel better and to make a positive difference in their lives.”

Dabblers Boutique and Gift Shop in Kingston Offers Distinctive Gifts and Accessories

Jean Stratton

Customers stopping in at Dabblers, the new gift shop in an historic building at 4587 Route 27 (Main Street) in Kingston will be intrigued. The name itself is evocative of a fun browsing and sampling experience, and the inviting boutique, which opened last August, provides a blend of appealing items in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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