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Vol. LXI, No. 43
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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BOOK LOVERS: Betsy Karic and Xander were on hand in the Community Room Friday for the Friends of the Princeton Public Library’s Book Sale. The annual fund-raising event, which ran through Sunday, October 21, broke all previous sales records this year, thanks in part to generous donations from Micawber Books and Anne O’Neill, widow of former Borough Mayor Joe O’Neill.

Front Page

Student Death Shocks Choir College

Matthew Hersh
Nancy Plum

Four Westminster Choir College students have been charged relating to the October 17 heroin-related death of a freshman student.

The charges linking the four students are the latest findings in an ongoing investigation concerning the death of 18-year-old Westminster freshman Justin Warfield, who died last week hours after a fellow student, 19-year-old Kieran Hunt, purchased heroin and then injected it into Mr. Warfield, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Borough Considers Merwick Zoning Revision; New Zone Could Harbor Development

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough Council Tuesday reviewed proposed zoning for an area of the Borough that, if approved, could spell significant developmental changes in an area that currently houses four separate institutional property owners.

Heartland and Public Library Continue Talks About New Card

Linda Arntzenius

At the October 18 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Public Library, the discussion focused on the recent proposal by Heartland Payment Systems to create a new library card with the potential for use as a pre-paid cash card that would benefit library funding through the company’s “Give Something Back” program.

Other News

Cokie Roberts’s Talk on Leadership Wows Packed Auditorium at Stuart

Linda Arntzenius

Political commentator and author Cokie Roberts was the featured speaker at a Women in Leadership Forum hosted by the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart last Thursday, October 18.

Cambodian Human Rights Activist Arn Chorn-Pond to Speak at Peddie

Linda Arntzenius

In 1975, when Arn Chorn-Pond was nine years old, Pol Pot’s Communist guerrilla army took over his homeland.

Youth Outreach, Recreation, and Consolidation on Liverman’s Agenda for a “Safe, Warm” Town

Matthew Hersh

Lance Liverman lives on the edge — literally, the edge of Princeton Township proper. On a clear day from his Witherspoon Street front door, you can see Princeton Borough, and have no idea that there is a municipal line in between.

More of the Other News…


PU Men’s Hockey Opens Season This Week; Looking to Build on Last Winter’s Success

Bill Alden

Last winter saw a series of breakthroughs for the Princeton University men’s ice hockey team.

Celestin’s Devotion to Soccer and Community Trumps Stroke on the Way to PHS Hall of Fame

Bill Alden

He couldn’t talk as he lay in the hospital bed last month and he didn’t know what day it was.

Senior Star Miranda Working Full Time as PHS Football Nears State Playoff Berth

Bill Alden

Standing at 5’10 and weighing 160 pounds soaking wet, John Miranda doesn’t look like he would be one of the iron men for the Princeton High football team.

More Sports…

DVD Review

The Good, the Bad, and the Wildly Improbable

Stuart Mitchner

Deborah Kerr’s death on October 16 at the age of 86 sent me straight to the library for the DVD of An Affair to Remember. Released 50 years ago, this wildly improbable tale of a playboy (Cary Grant) and a singer (Deborah Kerr) estranged by a bizarre stroke of fate is widely considered to be one of Hollywood’s greatest love stories. It was directed by Leo McCarey, who made an earlier version with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer called Love Affair (1939).


Whose “Tartuffe” Is It Anyway? Moliere’s or Daniel Fish’s? Contemporary High-tech Spin Casts Dark Aura on 17th C. Comedy

Donald Gilpin

In the introduction to his 1963 verse translation of Moliere’s Tartuffe, Richard Wilbur urges actors and directors to “trust the words to convey the point and persons of the comedy, and trust them also to be sufficiently entertaining.” Moliere’s play, he goes on to argue, “resists the overextension of any thesis. The actor or director who insists on a stimulatingly freakish interpretation will find himself engaged in deliberate misreading and willful distortion, and the audience will not be deceived.”

Princeton University Orchestra Brings World-class Soloist for Season Opener

Nancy Plum

The Princeton University Orchestra scored a major coup in its season-opening concerts this past weekend. Rarely do student ensembles get the chance to perform with world-class soloists, but conductor Michael Pratt, celebrating his 30th year with the orchestra, took the opportunity to collaborate with a visitor to the University who also just happens to be one of the world’s finest pianists.

Profiles in Education

Gary R. Snyder

Linda Arntzenius

As all roads lead to Rome, all conversations with Gary Snyder lead inevitably back to Princeton High School. Talk about his growing up in Pennsylvania and he reveals a deep sense of pride in his career path from social science teacher to high school principal. Ask about his personal interests and he quickly turns to the accomplishments of Princeton high school’s 1300 plus students.

Princeton Personality

Education and Equal Rights Have Been the Focus of Nannette Gibson’s Life Work

Jean Stratton

Committed and engaged, Nannette Gibson has worked throughout her adult life to make a difference in people’s lives. Whether through her career in education, specializing in child development, or in her efforts with the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to ensure equal rights for all, Mrs. Gibson has been in the midst of important educational, judicial, and social advances for American society.

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