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Vol. LXV, No. 41
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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HARVEST FESTIVAL ON HINDS PLAZA: Sunday afternoon’s Witherspoon Grill Harvest and Music Festival made for a busy day downtown, with hula hoops spinning and next week’s Library Book Sale looming. For book sale background, see Topics of the Town on page 3.

Front Page

Borough Council Approves Transit Agreement

Anne Levin

Strong emotions were expressed at a meeting of Borough Council last Tuesday, October 4, ending with the approval of a controversial transit agreement with Princeton University and Princeton Township. Council voted 3-2 in favor of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which begins to clear the way for the University to move the Dinky station 460 feet further away from town and build an arts complex.

Group Files Lawsuit To Stop University From Moving Dinky

Anne Levin

A lawsuit filed last week by members of the citizen group Save the Dinky to stop Princeton University from moving the train station further from town may be amended to include some additional plaintiffs. Bruce Afran, lawyer for the group, said he intends to serve papers this week and add some names to the list of plaintiffs, who currently include Borough residents Anne Waldron Neumann, Walter Neumann, Rodney Fisk, and Republican Borough Council candidate Peter Marks.

University Colleagues Sims and Sargent Share Nobel Prize in Economics

Anne Levin

It was 6:15 a.m. when the phone rang in Christopher A. Sims’s bedroom. His wife answered, but because it was dark, she couldn’t see the “talk” button. Mr. Sims managed to get a look at the caller ID before the phone stopped ringing. It was an area code that he didn’t recognize, so the couple went back to sleep — for a moment.

Other News

Friends of the Princeton Library Book Sale Opens October 21 in the Community Room

Stuart Mitchner

“The phrase that always comes to mind when I think of the book sale is ‘it takes a village,’" said Sherri Garber co-chair with Eve Niedergang of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale, which will be held from October 21 to 23 in the library’s community room and in a tent on Hinds Plaza. “First, we're so fortunate to live in such a wonderful community that cares about the library and books — our donations are plentiful and top-notch. Second, we have a dedicated and experienced core group of volunteers who work with us throughout the year and then we've got community members who help us out annually and we love having the opportunity to reconnect with them.”

Princeton’s American Repertory Ballet Has a Busy Season Planned for This Year

Anne Levin

At American Repertory Ballet (ARB), performing in theaters is only part of the job. The dancers in this 15-member ensemble company spend as much time demonstrating their art in non-traditional settings as they do in front of the footlights. Leading up to their season opener at Raritan Valley Community College on October 22, they will appear in programs this week at the Princeton Public Library and in a large studio at their headquarters, the Princeton Ballet School.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Jennings Organizing the Midfield, Princeton Field Hockey Starting to Click

Bill Alden

On one hand, the Princeton University field hockey team had plenty of reason to be disappointed after falling in overtime to visiting Wake Forest last Sunday.

Showing 1-2 Punch, Impressive Balance; PHS Girls’ Cross Country Turning Heads

Bill Alden

Competing against the Princeton High girls’ cross country team is like stepping into the ring with a skilled boxer.

With Trio of Freshman Stars Making Big Impact, PHS Field Hockey Excited for Tournament Time

Bill Alden

Julia DiTosto helped the John Witherspoon Middle school field hockey team go undefeated last fall as an eighth grader but thought it would be a while before she would make an impact for the Princeton High varsity squad.

With Star Goalie Golestani Showing Will, Talent Hun Girls’ Soccer Battles Pennington to 0-0 Draw

Bill Alden

As Lexi Golestani held the fort in goal for the Hun School girls’ soccer team against powerful Pennington last week, she looked to her left arm for inspiration.

Senior Star Dudeck Performs Double Duty As Hun Football Tops Lawrenceville 34-18

Bill Alden

After starting at quarterback last season for the Hun School football team, Dave Dudeck moved to wide receiver this fall for his final campaign with the program.

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Record Review

George Harrison’s Rising Sun: “He’s Still Around. Just Listen.”

Stuart Mitchner

There wasn’t a real divide between life and death for George.

— Olivia Harrison

Many people fear the words “Lord” and “God” — makes them angry for some strange reason ….

— George Harrison (1943-2001)

Once upon a time a long time ago in an unquiet little city called New Brunswick there was a little frame house and living inside it was a quiet little old woman. On the second floor of her house lived a young married couple, graduate students at Rutgers, who had been recommended to the little woman as nice, quiet, polite, reliable people. No squabbles, no barking dogs, no creaking floors, no loud parties, no coming in and out at odd hours of the night.


Devastating Family Discord Interweaves With Trademark Humor In Neil Simon’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-Winning “Lost in Yonkers”

Donald Gilpin

Vast character stretches are the order of the day in Theatre Intime’s production of Neil Simon’s dark, comic, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Lost in Yonkers (1991), running through October 8 at the Murray Dodge Theater on the Princeton University campus. This portrait of a troubled family’s struggles during the war years of the early 1940s focuses on two teen-aged boys and their ten-month stay at their austere grandmother’s Yonkers apartment, where they learn more than they bargained for about their fierce grandma, their mentally slow Aunt Bella, their Bogart-style, underworld Uncle Louie, and other challenges of coming of age.

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