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Vol. LXV, No. 47
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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CHRISTIE COMES TO TOWN: It was standing room only in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room, where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke and answered questions about local governments and a host of other topics. He is pictured here (from left) with Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goernerand Princeton Borough Council President Kevin Wilkes.

Front Page

Christie Holds Public Forum at Library

Anne Levin

Packed into the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room and standing around the lobby to watch closed circuit television, members of the public gathered Tuesday afternoon to hear Governor Chris Christie’s views on making government more effective and efficient. Mr. Christie started off by congratulating local officials and the public on the successful passage of consolidation.

Judge Rules Against PIACS Challenge To School Districts

Ellen Gilbert

An administrative law judge has ruled in favor of the three school districts challenged by the proposed Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) for their alleged use of public funds to seek ways of blocking the school from opening.

What They Learned, What Lies Ahead: Consolidation Commission Convenes

Ellen Gilbert

In its first meeting since the election that ratified the consolidation of the Township and the Borough, the Consolidation/Shared Services Study Commission talked on Monday evening about what it had learned from its 16-month-long experience, and where the process might take them now.

Other News

PHS Studio Band Asked to Play at Ceremonies Commemorating the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Ellen Gilbert

By invitation of the Governor of Hawaii, the Princeton High School (PHS) Studio Band will participate at 70th anniversary ceremonies commemorating the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

A New Drug to Treat Macular Degeneration Was Tested in Trials by Local Physician

Anne Levin

As recently as five years ago, those who suffered from age-related macular degeneration had to resign themselves to the frightening probability that they would lose their ability to see. That was before two drugs, Lucentis and Avastin, arrived on the market and considerably approved the odds.

New Jersey’s Best Buildings, Places Celebrated in Architect’s Library Talk

Anne Levin

Princeton rates prominently in a new book that celebrates the architecture of the Garden State. But the recently released AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places reaches to all corners of the state and covers a broad range of styles.

“The Space Was Singing for a Mural”: Student Art Graces PCS Music Room

Ellen Gilbert

“Whenever kids go out of their way to make beauty, it is something,” observed Princeton Charter School (PCS) Music Director Jeanne Nahan.

In this instance, she was referring to a student-created mural in the new campus center’s music room. “There is a wall above where I stand and teach; I envisioned a mural to across the top. The space was singing for a mural.”


Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Tiger Men’s Hoops Rides Fast Start, Topping Buffalo To Earn 1st Victory

Bill Alden

Ian Hummer and his teammates on the Princeton University men’s basketball team had a chip on their shoulder when they hosted Buffalo last Saturday.

PU Football Falls to Dartmouth in Finale; Sees Hope Despite 2nd Straight 1-9 Season

Bill Alden

Despite going 2-18 in his first two seasons guiding the Princeton University football team, Bob Surace can see the light at end of the tunnel.

Polansky Adding Value Not Shown in Box Score; Helping Princeton Women’s Hoops to 4-0 Start

Bill Alden

If one just looks at the point column in the box score from the Princeton University women’s basketball team’s win over Villanova last Saturday, it doesn’t look like Tiger junior Lauren Polansky contributed much to the victory.

PHS Boys’ Soccer Falls in State Semis; But Loss Can’t Dim Superb Campaign

Bill Alden

Before the Princeton High boys’ soccer team started its state Group 3 semifinal game last week against Timber Creek, the PHS players kneeled as one on the field and clasped their arms around each other’s shoulders.

Showing Ability to Overcome Obstacles, Hun Football Wins MAPL Championship

Bill Alden

It started when Hurricane Irene flooded its field with Stony Brook waters cresting over the crossbars of its goal posts.

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Art Review

A Matter of Life and Death: How We Talk When We Talk About Art

Stuart Mitchner

Readers of Raymond Carver may recognize the variation on the title story from one of his most famous collections, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Roberta Smith used a version of the same title for a discussion of “the fashionably obtuse language of the art world” four years ago (New York Times December 23, 2007).

Book Review

Remembering George F. Kennan, the Elder Statesman of Hodge Road

Stuart Mitchner

Before I’d read past page five of John Lewis Gaddis’s George F. Kennan: An American Life (The Penguin Press $39.95), I knew I wouldn’t be able to write about the book objectively.

Even the dedication — “In memory of Annelise Sørensen Kennan” — will have emotional overtones for anyone who had more than a casual fondness for George and Annelise Kennan. In fact, Annelise comes to life a few paragraphs later when after referring to his 23-year-long relationship with his subject (it “could not have been better”), Gaddis writes that he and Kennan “originally thought of the book as more political than personal,” until Annelise “strongly objected,” reminding them that her husband’s writings “were full of gloom and doom” and that Gaddis “must get to know him well enough to see that he was not always this way.”


Czech Politics, Romantic Passions — Public and Private Interweave In Tom Stoppard’s Tour De Force Tribute to Rock and Revolution

Donald Gilpin

From the Prague Spring of 1968 to the Velvet Revolution of 1989; from Cambridge University discussions of political philosophy to the most practical politics in the streets of Prague; from the most public history of events that ultimately led to fall of the Communist government and the ascendancy of Vaclav Havel to the most personal, domestic scenes of love and loss over two generations — Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll (2006), currently at Theatre Intime on the Princeton University campus, is jam-packed with plot, intellectual ideas, political dialogue, and rock music.

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