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Vol. LXIV, No. 12
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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A BANQUET OF BOOKS: The tables are spread for the annual booklover’s feast otherwise known as the Bryn Mawr — Wellesley Book Sale, which opens today for the 79th time with a 10 a.m. preview ($20 admission). The official opening is at 10 a.m. tomorrow. As can be seen from the hoops in the background, this half of the sale takes place in the Princeton Day School gym. The other half is in the cafeteria.

Front Page

Storm Report: Collaboration Was Key

Ellen Gilbert

Dramatic photographs of fallen trees and downed power lines accompanied Police Department Lt. Michael Henderson’s storm report at Township Committee’s Monday meeting.

67 Percent Dilemma: School Board Hears Dire Budget News

Ellen Gilbert

“This is education and people’s lives,” said Superintendent Judy Wilson as she described the negative impact of Governor Chris Christie’s recent budget cuts to New Jersey school districts. At a special budget workshop last week, Ms. Wilson went on to lead a somber Board of Education through the implications of receiving 67 percent less money in state aid this coming year.

Planning Board Approves New Library; Seminary to Tear Down Speer Building

Dilshanie Perera

After 18 months of debate, discussion, and revision, the Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) obtained unanimous approval from the Regional Planning Board for the demolition of the existing Speer Library on Mercer Street and Library Place and permission to build a new library structure on that site.

Other News

Helping Thousands While on a Shoe String: Corner House Is Community Haven for Children

Ellen Gilbert

“We’re the best deal in town for the taxpayer,” observed Corner House Executive Director Gary De Blasio recently. With its own foundation providing the lion’s share of its funds (over 30 percent), the non-profit, which served over 5,000 people last year, gets just a little over 12 percent of its support from the two Princetons. Although approximately 16 percent is budgeted, Mr. De Blasio explained, the return of Corner House fees to the municipalities ultimately results in the lower percentage. The agency’s service to families of municipal employees should also be factored into the equation.

Gateway Sculpture to Commemorate Life of Albert E. Hinds in Library Plaza

Dilshanie Perera

Over the 104 years of his life, Albert E. Hinds saw Princeton undergo seismic social and political changes. An African American born in 1902, he attended the Witherspoon Elementary School when it was segregated; helped pave Nassau Street; drove a horse-powered carriage to pick up passengers from Princeton Junction; coached at the YMCA; attended the Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church on Witherspoon Street over the course of his entire life; and even taught a calisthenics class for seniors when he was well into his 90s. An active member on various boards of municipal government, Mr. Hinds served the community in a multitude of ways over his lifetime.

First Phase of Nassau Inn Expansion Underway at the Tap Room Courtyard

Dilshanie Perera

The Nassau Inn began construction on the outdoor dining area of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room earlier this month, with General Manager Lori Rabon estimating that this first portion of the larger expansion project should be completed in mid-May. The dining space will be located in Palmer Square West, and will incorporate a new entrance into the restaurant.

This Year’s Bryn Mawr Wellesley Book Sale Features All-Day Preview, Other Big Changes

Stuart Mitchner

For the first time in its history, the 79th Annual Bryn Mawr Wellesley Book Sale’s paid preview, today, Wednesday, March 24, is being extended until the 6 p.m. closing. In the past, previews ran from 10 to 2 p.m, with free admission afterward. Places in line for the 10 a.m. opening have been determined by lottery. Admission to the preview is $20. Preview sale admissions tickets corresponding to the numbers determined by the lottery will be issued beginning at 9 a.m. Additional preview tickets will be sold at the door after 9 a.m.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


March Madness Continues for PU Men’s Hoops as Tigers Top IUPUI in 2OT to Make CBI Semis

Bill Alden

It was the first taste of post-season play for the Princeton University men’s basketball program since 2004 and things got off to a sour start.

PU Women’s Hoops Shows Toughness in NCAAs; But Poor Shooting Results in Loss to St. John’s

Bill Alden

Courtney Banghart had a good feeling about her Princeton University women’s basketball team after its last practice before facing St. John’s in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Overcoming Adversity Away From the Mat, PU’s Frey Wrestles at NCAA Championships

Ed Benkin

Coming into the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) championships earlier this month, Princeton University freshman Garrett Frey appeared to be a long shot to emerge from the meet as an NCAA qualifier.

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Book Review

Finding Walt Whitman at the Book Sale of the Heart’s Desire

Stuart Mitchner

A library was a living world to him, and every book a man, absolute flesh and blood.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The common wisdom among the dealers, bibliophiles, and market-savvy bargain hunters lining up for today’s 10 a.m. preview of the Bryn Mawr Wellesley Book Sale is that no earthly, mortal supervisory authority could accurately price more than a fraction of the multitude of books filling tables in the Princeton Day School gym and dining hall. With this loophole in mind, the people in line can imagine that all manner of treasures will slip undetected through the net. If you’ve ever stood among the crowd gearing up to rush the tables, you’ll have heard stories of fabulous finds from dealers who have contributed to the sale’s mystique over the years by showing up at ungodly hours of the morning on the big day (or the night before) to claim a place at or as near as they can get to the front of the line. That, however, was during the time of the dealer-devised system of numbered tickets, which is no more now that the sale’s high command has imposed a lottery system.


PSO Presents Music That Complements University Art Museum’s Current Display

Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra gave its wind, brass and percussion sections the day off on Sunday afternoon in their latest concert in Richardson Auditorium. For this performance, rather than do the expected and focus on J.S. Bach, whose 325th birthday was Sunday, the Symphony allied itself with the Princeton University Art Museum to present music linked to the Museum’s current Architecture as Icon exhibit. Guest conductor Andrew Grams chose three works for string orchestra, one inspired by literature, one inextricably linked to film and one designed to open the audience’s imagination to the Byzantine exhibit at the Museum. Programming a concert just for strings not only allowed the players to really hear each other but also gave the audience the chance to observe different playing styles.

It’s New to Us

Popular Blue Raccoon Home, Gifts, Designs Is Back in Long-time Lambertville Location

Jean Stratton

Blue Raccoon is a special place. It is filled with an array of super home furnishings, home accents, gifts, and selected furniture, all presented in an appealing and engaging setting. Everything in the store is pleasing to the eye, and it is obvious that much care and attention have been given to every detail.

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