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Vol. LXV, No. 39
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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UNDER THE JADWIN DOME: Activities on Princeton University Community and Staff Day moved into Jadwin Gym from Powers Field Saturday. Jadwin opened in 1969 and is known for its roof, which is formed of three interlocking shells.

Front Page

Township Candidates Debate Issues

Ellen Gilbert

The four candidates for Township Committee participated in a live, hour-long debate on Monday evening, televised by Princeton Community TV. Issues concerning consolidation received the lion’s share of attention, with three candidates, Republican challenger Geoff Aton, and Democratic incumbents Bernie Miller and Sue Nemeth supporting it, and second Republican challenger, Mark Scheibner, opposing it, citing a “dangerous” cut in services as a result.

Mayoral Hopefuls Reflect On Last Week’s Debate And Comment Further

Anne Levin

One week after their public debate, Borough mayoral candidates Yina Moore and Jill Jachera said they were encouraged by the high turnout and the level of interest in the upcoming election. Some 150 people attended the event at the Jewish Center of Princeton on September 20, asking Ms. Moore, a Democrat, and Ms. Jachera, the first Republican to run for the office in 12 years, how they felt about such issues as consolidation, Princeton University’s role in the Borough, moving the Dinky, economic diversity, and improving communications during emergencies such as Hurricane Irene.

Charges Pending in Dog Incident That Took Place at Riverside School

Anne Levin

Charges are pending in connection with an incident involving a German shepherd dog that attacked a seven-year-old Township girl on the grounds of Riverside School last Sunday, September 25. At least two charges will be filed, said Princeton Township Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson.

Other News

Access for Visitors to Mountain Lakes Preserve Greatly Improved by Eagle Scout’s Project

Ellen Gilbert

Just a little over a year after he obtained the go-ahead from the Princeton Township Historic Commission, Princeton High School junior Michael Treves and other members of Boy Scout Troop 43 have completed Michael’s proposed Eagle project at Mountain Lakes Preserve. The result is a 16-foot bridge that spans an 8-foot drainage ditch off Coventry Farm, where loose rocks made for hazardous climbing, especially in rainy weather.

Linda Mather Is the Voice of Moderation At Local Debates and Community Forums

Anne Levin

At last week’s debate between Princeton Borough mayoral candidates Yina Moore and Jill Jachera, a veteran moderator was running the show. The soothing, yet authoritative voice of Linda Mather is familiar to anyone who has attended candidates’ forums for local government or school board elections for the past two decades. Ms. Mather has officiated at countless local events since becoming active in the League of Women Voters, which sponsored the debate at the Jewish Center of Princeton on Tuesday, September 20.

Unlimited Chocolate, Honoring Whims: Program Suggests New “Tools” for Caregivers

Ellen Gilbert

Inspired by a New York Times article that described the happy results obtained when Alzheimer’s patients’ whims are indulged, Executive Director Susan Hoskins named this year’s Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) annual fall program, “Chocolate for Memory: Practical Strategies for Family Caregivers; Parkinson’s, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Dementia.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Powered by Blend of Veterans, Talented Freshmen, No. 13 Princeton Men’s Water Polo Making Waves

Bill Alden

Luis Nicolao came into the fall with a good feeling about the prospects this season for his Princeton University men’s water polo team.

With Asch Dominating Again at First Singles, PDS Girls’ Tennis Ekes Out MCT Team Title

Bill Alden

When the Mercer County Tournament girls’ team tennis title was finally theirs last Wednesday afternoon, the members of the Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team joyously high-fived each other one by one.

PHS Girls’ Tennis Falls Just Short of MCT Crown; Vows That Disappointment Will Fuel State Run

Bill Alden

Coming into the Mercer County Tournament last week, Sarah Hibbert had high hopes for her Princeton High girls’ tennis team.

Sparked by Lamb’s Clutch Goal Scoring, PHS Boys’ Soccer on Winning Track Again

Bill Alden

Colin Lamb may have earned a new nickname after his clutch play last week for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

Emphasizing Hard Work on a Daily Basis, Hun Girls’ Soccer Produces Sizzling Start

Bill Alden

In 2010, the Hun School girls’ soccer team struggled to a dismal 1-7-1 start on the way to a 4-10-3 season.

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Book Review

Melville Walking: Before and After September 28, 1891

Stuart Mitchner

His tall, stalwart figure, until recently, could be seen almost daily tramping through the Fort George district or Central Park, his roving inclination leading him to obtain as much outdoor life as possible.

— New York Tribune,October 1, 1891

When the happy day arrives in which you set your feet upon the Path and begin your pilgrimage, the world will know nothing of it; earth no longer understands you; you no longer understand each other … your destiny is a secret between yourself and God.

— from a passage in Balzac’s Seraphita underlined by Herman Melville in 1890

My predilection for picturing Herman Melville (1819-1891) walking the streets of New York probably began with the opening chapter of Moby Dick where Ishmael invokes “your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves” and surrounded by commerce, whose “streets take you waterward” to the “extreme downtown” of the Battery and “from thence by Whitehall, northward.”


“Isn’t It Romantic?” Also Clever, Sophisticated, and Inventive; McCarter Opens Season With Unique Rodgers and Hart Revue

Donald Gilpin

It starts with the shadowy scene of what looks like an empty nightclub after hours. A man appears from above, slowly, hesitantly, thoughtfully, silently descending a long winding staircase. He’s well dressed, in a dark suit and tie, but looks worn, tired, troubled. He approaches the piano, but seems reluctant to play. He finally starts to improvise, as five women — or are they all the same woman at different stages of her life, populating the world of his imagination and memory? — descend the staircase to take the stage.

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