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Vol. LXIV, No. 43
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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BOOK HEAVEN: This year’s Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale, which topped 2009’s record breaker, expanded into a tent on the plaza where books were going for $5 a bag Sunday. Fine weather helped make the weekend event a community carnival.

Front Page

Borough Council Candidates Address Issues

Dilshanie Perera

Two Republicans are facing off against two Democrats in the upcoming election for Borough Council. Incumbent Roger Martindell and newcomer Jo Butler represent the Democratic Party, while Peter Marks and Roland Foster Miller are the Republican candidates.

Scott Sipprelle Cites “Economic Security” as Key Issue for Voters

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton resident Scott Sipprelle is running for the seat in Congress for the 12th District and is the Republican challenger to Democratic incumbent Rush Holt. With a background in business and money management, Mr. Sipprelle seeks to bring skills and knowledge acquired in the financial world to solve problems in government. Below is his perspective on the state of the nation, and an elaboration on what he seeks to achieve.

Rep. Rush Holt Calls 12th District Race A “Distinct Choice”

Dilshanie Perera

Democratic incumbent Rush Holt, who has represented the 12th Congressional District in New Jersey since 1998, is being challenged by Republican Scott Sipprelle in a contentious race for the seat in the House of Representatives. Below, Mr. Holt elaborates on his accomplishments, his perspective on government, and his campaign.

Other News

Collaboration Results in $4.8 Million Grant to Fund Teen Sexual Health Program

Ellen Gilbert

“I think we deserve it!” exclaimed HiTOPS Executive Director Elizabeth Casparian of the recent $4.8 million federal grant awarded to the Princeton Center for Leadership Training (PCLT).

Big Pharma and Vaccines: An Uneasy Alliance, According to Adel Mahmoud

Ellen Gilbert

“Vaccines are a very fragile enterprise,” observed former president of Merck Vaccines Adel Mahmoud at the first “Biosecurity Seminar Series” event last week.

Monkeyshines and More as Cotsen Library Hosts Weekly Programs for Youngsters

Ellen Gilbert

“It’s story time,” called out Dana Sheridan, and, right on cue, about two dozen children, ages three to five, lined up and patiently waited their turn to tell the Cotsen Library Education and Outreach Coordinator their names. Then, proudly bearing a name tag, they returned to their seat—or favorite adult lap—for the week’s “Tiger Tales” reading, which begins with a bell-ringing à la Miss Frances and the admonition to “put your listening ears on.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


After Getting Derailed by Injury Woes Last Winter, PU Men’s Hockey Sees Return to Health in 2010-11

Bill Alden

Coming into last winter, the Princeton University men’s hockey team was the toast of ECAC Hockey.

In 2007-08, Princeton came out of nowhere to win the ECACH championship and advanced to its first NCAA tournament since 1998-99.

A year later, the Tigers spent most of the season ranked in the top 10 and posted a record on the way to the ECACH final four and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney.

Sparked by Schneider’s Energy, Savvy, PU Men’s Soccer Rallies Past Harvard

Bill Alden

With the Princeton University men’s soccer team trailing Harvard 1-0 heading into the second half last Sunday, Tiger defender Teddy Schneider and his teammates held an impromptu meeting in the waning moments of intermission.

Undefeated PHS Boys’ Soccer Passes Big Test; Edging Pennington 1-0 to Make MCT Semifinals

Bill Alden

It may have looked like a bit of a mismatch when top-seeded and three-time defending county champion Princeton High boys’ soccer team hosted No.8 Pennington in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Monday.

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Book Review

Gatsby at 85: The Love Song of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Stuart Mitchner

The most compelling love affair being conducted on a New York stage this season isn’t between a man and woman… It is between a man and a book.

Ben Brantley in the October 8 New York Times

While there have been and always will be commemorative readings of the full text of iconic works like Moby Dick and Ulysses, what sets apart the Elevator Repair Service production of Gatz (playing at the Public Theatre in New York through November 28) is that director John Collins and his cast of player-readers have orchestrated the tribute in a way that celebrates not only F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925) itself but the act of reading. As Ben Brantley notes in the review quoted above, while the production “does full justice to the inherent and often startling drama” in the novel, “what’s most purely dramatic about it isn’t in Fitzgerald’s plot. It’s in that elusive chemistry that takes place between a reader and a gorgeous set of sentences that demand you follow them wherever they choose to go.”


World’s Oldest War Story Plays Out in “An Iliad” at McCarter; Solo Show with Contemporary Twist

Donald Gilpin

The audience at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre last Saturday night rose to its feet, gradually, first one at a time then en masse, to applaud Stephen Spinella’s 100-minute solo performance of An Iliad, adapted from Homer by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare.

The powerful impact of the experience was apparent, but for whom was that applause intended? And who is most deserving of acclaim for delivering to the listeners in the audience the meaning of that epic war story?

Princeton University Orchestra Opens Season in Preparation for Overseas Tour

Nancy Plum

After more than 30 years of leading the Princeton University Orchestra, conductor Michael Pratt probably still looks forward to what will walk in the door at the start of the school year and what the Orchestra will be able to draw on for its extensive repertory of challenging works. What the Orchestra has this year is an army of strings — 30 violins, ten violas and celli, and seven double basses. Mr. Pratt put these strings to good use this past weekend as the University Orchestra opened its season with an eye toward a winter break tour to the United Kingdom. Mr. Pratt linked the U.S. and U.K. in Saturday night’s concert in Richardson Auditorium (the performance was repeated Sunday afternoon) with the music of three prominent composers from both sides of the Atlantic.

It’s New to Us

Chyten Educational Services of Pennington Offers Private Tutoring and Test Preparation

Jean Stratton

“Learning how to learn” can provide skills that will last a lifetime. Motivating a student to enjoy learning and to hone his or her intellectual curiosity is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

And, more immediately, with college acceptance more competitive than ever, students need all the tools at their disposal.

Chyten Educational Services has been helping students achieve academic success for more than 20 years, and now there is a franchise in Pennington. Independently owned by Kathy Robins and her sister Patti Robins, it opened at The Shoppes at Pennington, 21 Route 31 North, in 2009.

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