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Vol. LXII, No. 47
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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THE AUTHOR AT NEWPORT: The story of how Princeton resident Jim Floyd’s photograph of Joe Boyd at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival found its way onto the cover of Boyd’s memoir, “White Bicycles,” will be told when Mr. Floyd introduces the author at the reading this Friday, November 21, at 7 p.m. in the Arts Council of Princeton’s Solley Theatre in the Paul Robeson Center at 102 Witherspoon Street. Also in the picture (from left): Eric Von Schmidt, Joe Boyd (in the hat, with shades), Tom Rush, Geoff and Maria Muldaur. Admission to the event is free to the public. Support provided by Bloomberg. For more information visit or call 609-924-8777. For more information on Joe Boyd visit

When Listening Becomes Part of Your Being: Arts Council Brings Joe Boyd Back to Princeton

Stuart Mitchner

Joe Boyd moved to Princeton when he was five and grew up listening to his paternal grandmother, a longtime resident, play the piano. Mary Boxall Boyd had studied in Vienna with Theodor Leschitizky and in Berlin before World War I with Artur Schnabel. Joe would sit under her grand piano while she practiced and later would take lessons from her until he was 13, though he never thought of himself as a musician. “Listening, however, became part of my being,” he says in his memoir White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s (Serpent’s Tail $18.95), which he’ll be reading from at 7 p.m., Friday November 21, in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts’ Solley Theater at 102 Witherspoon Street.

PRS Describes Strides in Closing Minority Students’ Achievement Gap

Ellen Gilbert

Data reflecting recent strides in closing the achievement gap among minority students in the Princeton Regional School District were the focus of a Monday evening Minority Education Committee meeting. Superintendent Judy Wilson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Bonnie Lehet, and Director of Student Services Agnes Golding gave a detailed presentation that showed, in general, rises in standardized test scores among minority students in grades Pre-K through 12 over the last 18 months.

Freeman Dyson Debunks Dire Forecasts on Global Warming and Other Tenets

Ellen Gilbert

Freeman Dyson gets around. Last Wednesday, for example, the 85-year-old “retired” physicist regaled a lunchtime audience at the Nassau Club with his “heretical” ideas about global warming. Just a few hours later he could be found once again sharing his thoughts on global warming, as well as on intelligent design, nuclear warfare, extraterrestrial life, and HAR-1 (a DNA component that distinguishes human beings from other animals) with a standing-room-only crowd at Labyrinth Books.

Environmental Commission Offers Green Home and Garden Tour

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Environmental Commission curated a Green Home and Garden Tour this Saturday, which included nine locations in Princeton. Homes with green elements including a geothermal heating system, sustainable renovations, and others were featured alongside gardens that assist in stormwater retention, and commercial spaces with environmentally-friendly attributes.

Iraq and Afghanistan Elucidated by Filkins at University Reading

Dilshanie Perera

New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins, spoke about his new book last Wednesday at Princeton University. The Forever War (Knopf) was published in September and is comprised of a series of stories from his experience as an embedded journalist in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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