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Vol. LXIII, No. 41
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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ALL ABOARD: Mayor Mildred Trotman and Borough Administrator Robert Bruschi share a laugh on board the FreeB jitney vehicle delivered last Thursday from NJ Transit. The shuttle currently connects the Dinky station, Borough Hall, the Senior Center, and the downtown between the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., though the Borough plans to extend its service to cover more of Princeton. The schedule and route map can be found at

Front Page

Latest Jitney Means More Free Rides

Dilshanie Perera

On loan from New Jersey Transit for three years, the latest FreeB jitney vehicle is ADA-compliant, seats 18, and continues the program of free rides begun in April of last year along a route stopping at the Dinky Station, Borough Hall, and the downtown during morning and evening commuting hours.

New Pool Complex To Feature Improved Amenities, Structure

Dilshanie Perera

Recreation Director Jack Roberts presented a concept plan of the Community Park pool complex to Borough Council at last week’s municipal meeting.

School Gardens Co-op Questions Quality of District’s School Lunches

Ellen Gilbert

“Why do we have Chartwell’s, one of the largest food service companies in the world serving lunches to our children in the beautiful garden state?” asked Princeton School Gardens Cooperative coordinator Diane Landis recently.

Other News

“Dry Ice” Reveals a Changing Landscape in the Arts Council’s Latest Exhibition

Dilshanie Perera

Ecology, change, and identity all swirl together in the works of nine artists at the Arts Council’s exhibition, “Dry Ice: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape.”

NPR Correspondent Barbara Hagerty Talks About the Science of Spirituality

Ellen Gilbert

“I want to discuss something so wacky that people only speak of it in whispers,” said National Public Radio (NPR) religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty as she began a public lecture at Princeton University’s Lewis Library last week.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


With Receiver Peacock Showing True Colors, Princeton Football Nearly Upsets No. 23 Colgate

Bill Alden

Trey Peacock made 15 catches in the first three games this fall for the Princeton University football team but the Tiger coaches wanted more from him as the squad faced undefeated Colgate last Thursday evening.

Unable to Pull Off 5th Straight Rally, PHS Football Falls 14-7 at Steinert

Bill Alden

In the first four games of the 2009 season, the Princeton High football team had proven to be the comeback kids.

Sparked by Weingrad’s Hard-Hitting Play, Hun Football Routs Lawrenceville 27-9

Bill Alden

Colin Weingrad and his teammates on the Hun School football team were determined to get off to a good start against the Lawrenceville School last Saturday and not let up until the final whistle.

More Sports…

Art Review

Guggenheim Museum
Manhattan Magic: From the Paranormal Room to Wright’s Guggenheim and Kandinsky’s Creation

Stuart Mitchner

Technically, every work of art comes into being in the same way as the cosmos — by means of catastrophes, which ultimately create out of the cacophony of the various instruments that symphony we call the music of the spheres. The creation of the work of art is the creation of the world.

Wassily Kandinsky

At the Library Hotel on Library Way — otherwise known as 41st Street off Madison — you can live in your subject area. The 3rd floor is Social Science, the 4th Language, the 5th Math and Science, and the 6th Technology. My preference would be for a room on one of the upper floors, like the 7th (the Arts), the 8th (Literature), the 9th (History and Geography), the 10th (General Knowledge), and the 12th (Religion). Of course there is no 13th floor. Not having specified a category, my wife and I ended up on the 11th floor (Philosophy) in the Paranormal Room (11.05), where the shelves by the bed are filled with volumes on the occult, ghosts, ESP, etc., with a copy of Carlos Castaneda’s The Art of Dreaming on the bedside table. The folks at the front desk gave us a chance to switch (“some people say it’s haunted”), but we took their word for it that the ghosts were friendly, and anyway, we’d been “upgraded” to the Paranormal from a lesser room, plus a bottle of Prosecco had been thoughtfully provided with a card (we were celebrating an anniversary), so who’s to complain?


Richardson Chamber Players New Approach Features Strings in Season’s First Concert

Nancy Plum

The Richardson Chamber Players has a new approach to this season’s series of three concerts. With some new players on the roster, artistic co-directors Michael Pratt and Nathan Randall have focused each of the three concerts on a different family of orchestral instruments. Sunday afternoon’s concert in Richardson Auditorium, the first of the series, featured strings, with two violinists, two violists, and two cellists in a program of 19th and early 20th century music.

All in a Day’s Work

Eric Plutz

Ellen Gilbert

The organ is the most mechanical, most difficult instrument to make music on. There are so many things obstructing the creation of music. But when it’s played brilliantly, there’s nothing else like it. I practice a lot. Princeton is an extraordinary place to be. I can think of only three or four places where you just get to play the organ. I love to focus on organ playing, and I’m very lucky to be here.

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