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Vol. LXIII, No. 35
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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Weather Forecast

(Photo Courtesy of Olivia Applegate)
WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE: Random Road resident Olivia Applegate’s backyard was awash after heavy rain fell on Saturday, August 22. “It was worse than the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999,” said Ms. Applegate. “Saturday’s flood has proven one more time that the so-called 100-year storms along the Harry’s Brook basin can happen as many as three times in one year or as many as ten in a period of ten years.”

Front Page

Flooding Causes Doubts About Ordinance

Ellen Gilbert

“Flooding along the Harry’s Brook basin is about life-threatening conditions that come knocking on our backdoors,” wrote Random Road resident Olivia Applegate in an email to Flood Control and Water Management Committee Chair Richard Olsson about area flooding during a heavy rainstorm on August 22. “It is about destruction of our private property. It is about the mental fatigue so many of us suffer as we witness the flooding water rising to new levels. It is about cleaning the incredible mess and destruction left behind by floods when unwanted water pours into our garages and basements.”

2010 Budget May See Input From Advisory Group, Pending Talks

Dilshanie Perera

As a result of the discussion at last week’s Borough Council meeting, the Borough’s Finance Committee will meet with citizens comprising an ad hoc advisory committee to determine how taxpayers with business knowledge may get involved in the budgetary process.

Senior Resource Center Going Strong Despite Challenging Times, Director Says

Dilshanie Perera

While the fluctuations in the economy have affected the Princeton Senior Resource Center (SRC), programs continue to run smoothly, Executive Director Susan Hoskins told Borough Council during her annual report at last Tuesday’s meeting.

Other News

Where the Local Meets the International: New Spanish-Language Show Airs on TV30

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton resident Sandra Jordan had been considering starting a Spanish-language television show for awhile, but it wasn’t until she met Adriana Morales that the dream became a reality. The two were introduced last year at Stuart Country Day School, where they both taught Spanish classes.

Two New Gardens Add Some Green to Paul Robeson Center Surroundings

Dilshanie Perera

The Peter Lokhammer Remembrance Garden just outside the Arts Council’s new Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at the intersection of Green and Witherspoon Streets will see major renovations beginning next Friday.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Tiger Women’s Soccer Opening 2009 Season, Hoping to Rekindle Last Fall’s Competitive Fire

Bill Alden

Coming into last fall, Julie Shackford professed to be “clueless” about the prospects for her Princeton University women’s soccer team.

No. 7 PU Field Hockey Aiming for the Top; Beginning Season With Litmus Test Games

Bill Alden

With a bounce here or a break there, the Princeton University field hockey team could’ve landed a spot in last year’s NCAA semifinals.

Buoyed by Promising Late Surge Last Fall, PU Men’s Soccer Looking to Start Quickly

Bill Alden

Although it was too little, too late, the Princeton University men’s soccer team got hot down the homestretch last fall.

Book Review

In and Out of the Fog: Inhaling Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice”

Stuart Mitchner

Really to read Pynchon properly you would have to be astonishingly learned not only about literature but about a vast number of other subjects belonging to the disciplines and to popular culture, learned to the point where learning is almost a sensuous pleasure, something to play around with, to feel totally relaxed about, so that you can take in stride every dizzying transition from one allusive mode to another.

Richard Poirier

I’d just started Thomas Pynchon’s latest creation, Inherent Vice (Penguin $27.95) when a copy of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage $14.95) came my way. Though I rarely read thrillers, I put Pynchon aside for this one because of the title character. As soon as that anorexic hacker Lisbeth Salander entered the story, I couldn’t stop reading. Two days after she held out her skinny hand and pulled me in, I was done, and I’d have gone right on to The Girl Who Played with Fire except for the Pynchon, which has taken me three weeks to get through.

It’s New to Us

Dining at the Popular Lahiere’s Restaurant Is a Long-time Princeton Tradition for Many

Jean Stratton

“Whenever I have guests from out-of-town, and we go out to dinner, we always go to Lahiere’s,” says a Princeton resident. “We know that the food and service will be excellent, and our guests will enjoy themselves.”

Natural Foods and Environmental Awareness Are Mission of Princeton’s Whole Earth Center

Jean Stratton

For 39 years, the Whole Earth Center, the not-for-profit natural foods store has offered food “the way it is supposed to be” — organically grown, environmentally safe, and nutritionally sound.

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