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Vol. LXI, No. 46
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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USING PRINCETON SPIRIT TO HONOR THE VETERANS: John Witherspoon Middle School Principal William Johnson, left, helps Spirit of Princeton chair Raymond Wadsworth hang a wreath at the annual Veterans’ Day ceremony at the All Wars Monument at the corner of Nassau and Mercer Streets. Nickolai Stevenson, a lieutenant in World War II who was in the first wave of the invasion force of Guadalcanal campaign, was the featured speaker.

Front Page

Judge Upholds Dog’s Death Sentence

Matthew Hersh

Amid a swarm of protestors, increased police detail, and national news coverage, Princeton Township Municipal Court Judge Russell Annich Jr. upheld his decision Tuesday afternoon to label as “vicious” and euthanize Congo, a two-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd for attacking a landscaper at the dog’s owners’ Township home in June.

Senior Housing Talks Recall 2001 Concerns Over Ridge Development

Matthew Hersh

Even though a 20-acre wooded expanse on Bunn Drive in Princeton Township’s northwestern section has long been zoned for development, environmentalists and residents filled Township Hall Monday to plea for a reconsideration of development zoning along a section of the Princeton Ridge.

Veterans’ Day Ceremony Reveals the Spirit of Princeton Community

Matthew Hersh

As World War II veteran Nickolai Stevenson spoke of the constant presence of war in modern time Monday, a large crowd watched, absorbing Mr. Stevenson’s notion that Veterans’ Day a “day of memory,” is, in fact, a “shared day of memory.

Other News

PHS Spectacle Theatre Presents Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”

Linda Arntzenius

Princeton High School’s Spectacle Theatre Company will perform a stage version of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, in the Princeton Performing Arts Center at the high school on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m.

Smoother Walking a Step Away? Borough Votes for Pedestrian Safety

Matthew Hersh

Borough Council last week passed two resolutions concerning on pedestrian safety at key intersections throughout the Borough and agreeing to focus its capital improvement planning process on those areas.

Annual YWCA Crafters’ Marketplace Will Feature 130 Artists and Two Choirs

Linda Arntzenius

One of Princeton’s most popular craft shows returns to the John Witherspoon Middle School on Walnut Lane for the 34th year this weekend on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sizzling Finley Sparks PU Men’s Hoops as Johnson Era Begins on High Note

Bill Alden

For 20 minutes last Sunday, the Princeton University men’s basketball team seemed to have picked up where it left off in last season when the Tigers plummeted to the Ivy League cellar.

Prichard Has Ambition to Get Into Coaching, Now Bringing Passion to PU Women’s Hoops

Bill Alden

Ali Prichard’s career ambition is to become a basketball coach.

PHS Football Falls to Long Branch but Learned From Playoff Experience

Bill Alden

Steve Everette was bursting with pride as he watched his Princeton High football team warm up for its Central Jersey Group III quarterfinal game against Long Branch.

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Book Review

Norman Mailer: Married to America, for Better or Worse

Stuart Mitchner

More than anyone else of his time, Mailer is implicated, in every sense of that word, in the way we live now …. At his best, he seeks contamination. He does so by adopting the roles, the styles, the sounds that will give him the measure of what it’s like to be alive in this country.
Richard Poirier

Norman Mailer, who died Saturday at 84, deserves a more thoughtful headline for his incredible career than the one chosen by the New York Times for an otherwise worthy obituary (“Towering Writer with a Matching Ego”). As Richard Poirier has pointed out, nearly all of Mailer’s writing depends not so much on “the famous Mailer ego” as on “a degree of self-fragmentation and dispersal” that allows him to enter fully into his subject. In his prime, Mailer didn’t just take the measure of “what it’s like to be alive in this country,” he became, or at least attempted to become, this country.


Rafters Ring at Westminster’s Bristol Chapel as Packed House Enjoys Varied Music Styles

Nancy Plum

The Westminster Choir, the Choir College’s premiere ensemble, has made a reputation for itself and its parent university touring the nation and the world, as well as singing with leading conductors and orchestras. To the 40 voices within the choir, the most refreshing concert experiences might just be singing for the home crowd — as they did Sunday afternoon in Bristol Chapel on the Westminster campus. Conductor Joe Miller programmed works from a wide range of composers, with the second half of the performance representing the 20th century. Mr. Miller chose several themes within the concert, with works on these themes from diverse periods of music. The Westminster Choir does not need to work hard to be heard well in Bristol Chapel, but the hall is unforgiving in exposing every nick and tuning flaw. The choir suffers from almost none of these types of choral difficulties, with its singers well trained to maneuver through almost any compositional device thrown at them.

All in a Day’s Work

Shelley Frisch

Linda Arntzenius

Shelley Frisch adores coffee. Even more than the flavor and kick of the beverage itself, being surrounded by the aroma inspires her. Most afternoons, Ms. Frisch can be found at any one of Princeton’s local coffee houses — she’s particularly fond of Small World, where we met for this interview — working on her latest book. Her translation of German author Jürgen Neffe’s Einstein: A Biography was published this year and her latest work, The Secret Pulse of Time by Stefan Klein, will hit bookstores this month. As the unsung heroes of foreign literature with the potential to turn works of national acclaim into international bestsellers, translators are now beginning to be acknowledged alongside authors. The cover of Neffe’s biography also bore Ms. Frisch’s name. Here, the Jefferson Road resident, who has been a translator and writer since 1995 and just received the 2007 Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature, discusses the work that coffee makes possible.

It’s New to Us

Professional Grooming for Dogs Is Offered at Fantasia’s Salon

The care and well-being of dogs is Deborah Frame-Bealer’s mission. A breeder, trainer, animal behaviorist, animal nutritionist, and master groomer, she has also trained drug-sniffing dogs and dogs for the deaf. She and her husband, Randy Bealer opened Fantasia’s Grooming Salon in October. Located at 4595 Main Street, Route 27 in Kingston, this is the latest of several salons Ms. Graham-Bealer has owned or been involved with.

Calico Grill at Cox’s Market Is Popular New Dining Choice

The hot new restaurant in town is almost hidden away. But once diners find it, they are sure to return. Opened in August, the Calico Grill is located down the alley behind Cox’s Market, at 180 Nassau Street.

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