Vol. LXI, No. 42
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
(Photo by George Vogel)
DANCING ON AIR: Ranjit Chima, president of the Princeton Bhangra, tripping the light fantastic during Mela, Saturday afternoons tour of the sights and sounds of the South Asian subcontinent. The event took place at the Robertson Fountain Plaza on the Princeton University campus.
A group of stores on a pivotal stretch of Nassau Street have begun working together to beautify an area that, shop owners say, has long illustrated downtown Princetons less attractive side.
More than two years after making formal overtures to Princeton Borough Council regarding the rear access of stores from the Hinds Plaza, Spring Street shop owners appeared again last Tuesday before Council, with additional concerns related to the full installation of a planned pergola along the plaza.
Princeton High Schools new library and media center was officially opened last Friday evening, October 12. School supporters celebrated the culmination of a project that has turned the old auditorium into a state-of-the-art facility for students.
“I’ve been an environmentalist all of my life,” said Princeton resident Liz Cutler, who teaches English at Princeton Day School.
A Princeton Township woman, riding her bicycle along Terhune Road, was struck and killed last week, initiating a county-led investigation, as well as sparking calls by Township Police for increased awareness when it comes to bike safety.
Following last month’s meeting of the Board of Education, September 25, at which a group of over a dozen parents expressed their displeasure at what they claimed was an unacceptable disparity in grades between two groups of students in a pre-calculus class, the parents received a letter from Superintendent Judith A. Wilson.
Things ended in a frustrating manner last winter for the Princeton University womens ice hockey team.
It was a loss that could have sent the Princeton University field hockey team into a tailspin.
It was 5:15 p.m. last Friday evening and the shadows were settling over the Mercer County Park tennis courts as the Princeton High girls tennis team battled Wall in the NJSIAA Group III Central Jersey sectional final.
Most people seem to suffer from an almost superstitious reluctance to simply throw away books they no longer have any use for — an admittedly sweeping generalization based on almost 20 years of sorting and pricing volumes donated to the Princeton Public Library. The annual sale that begins October 19 will provide a Community Room full of tables filled with evidence of how generously Princetonians and others have responded to the call for donations. The quality and range of the stock reflects the quality and range of the community. The other side of the story is that you could probably fill two community rooms with books that should have been disposed of elsewhere.
A contemporary, urban throwback to the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel, Topdog/Underdog is the story of two African-American brothers, inauspiciously named Lincoln and Booth. They are haunted by their pasts and by their obsessions with the hustle game of three-card monte.
The Richardson Chamber Players opened their 2007-08 season in Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon with a concert entitled “Arrangements Have Been Made.” The title conjured up a myriad of possible interpretations, the most likely of which was that the program would be comprised of arrangements done specifically for the Players. Indeed, the ensemble of chamber players had selected three works by noted composers which were not arranged specifically for them, but which were reconfigured from other successful works. In two of these cases, the arrangements were done by the composer, and in the third, the arranger was a student and friend of the composer. In the current 21st century emphasis on environmental recycling, musical recycling does not sound like such a bad idea.
I first saw Piroska Toth’s one-of-a-kind hats, scarves, and bowls at last year’s Arts Council of Princeton’s “Sauce for the Goose Holiday Sale.” When we met for this interview, she was in the middle of unpacking and airing her collection of felt rugs that had been stored over the Princeton summer while she returned to her native Hungary. Although her father works in wood and her mother is an expert cook, Ms. Toth said that the passion for crafts she developed after becoming a mother surprised even her. With her husband Zoltan Szabo, a mathematician at the University, Ms. Toth has lived in Princeton for 13 years. The couple has three children — son Levente, 13, and daughters Veronika, 11, and Hanna, 8. Now 39 and open to the pleasures of cooking, baking, and hand crafting, Ms. Toth is making a name for herself with hand-produced felt items that will be featured in this year’s contemporary crafts show at the Montgomery Center for the Arts later this month and in Hopewell’s annual fine craft show in November. Her work will also be on sale again this year at the Arts Council.
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