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PRINCETON: Winter's first blast
Drivers, road crews deal with slippery stuff
    The temperature fell Wednesday morning turning rain into the first snowstorm of the season. Torrents of the wintry white stuff were cascading down over the Princeton region by early afternoon and traffic conditions worsened quickly.

    Slick, snow covered roadway conditions were a contributing factor to an accident that occurred in Princeton at 12:59 p.m. when a 1997 Ford Expedition traveling north on Mercer Street near Hale Drive skidded off the roadway and struck a large uprooted tree, according to police.

    The driver, Abbie M. Farrow, 56, of Princeton, was extricated through the driver’s side front and rear doors. She suffered upper and lower body injuries and was taken by Princeton First Aid and Rescue to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Her injuries were non-life threatening, according to police.



Leveling the Playing Field
Thomas Kelly's paintings of sports icons at The Artful Deposit
THE figures artist Thomas Kelly paints have a distinctive, deceptively simple style. Representative but not realistic, the geometry of their shapes and body positions are a bit off, in a charming way. They are colorful and alive, with expressions that share joy, reflection, peace, love and a sense of simply living life.

   All of that is on full display in Mr. Kelly’s new group of paintings titled The Sports Icons Series. Works in the series depict people idolizing their sports heroes. But Mr. Kelly’s classic style is combined with somewhat more realistic depictions of those heroes. So an image of Pelé celebrating Brazil’s 1970 World Cup victory is contrasted with two young boys with soccer balls. Evel Knievel popping a wheelie in all his star-spangled glory is accompanied by a youth on a ‘70s-era banana seat bicycle emulating his hero.

   They say every dog has its day. Even more amazing is that Jets fans once had their day: Jan. 12, 1969 when Joe Namath fulfilled his guarantee and led the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts, and trotted off the field waving his finger, No. 1 style. A painting of Mr. Namath in the game is accompanied by two boys playing catch.


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