A Closer Look at the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame: Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.
Class of 1972
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Born: April 1, 1950     Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
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Alito is best known for being the 110th Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Alito was nominated by George W. Bush in 2005 and sworn into office on January 31st, 2006.


EDUCATION
Alito attended Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, where he excelled academically. He was active in more than 10 clubs, including the debate team, band, track, and the honor society. He also served as president of the student council and graduated as class valedictorian.

After high school, Alito attended Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

While at Princeton he captained the Princeton Debate Panel and joined the ROTC.

Alito set his course for the Supreme Court early on as indicated in the 1972 Nassau Hall Yearbook, which read, “Sam intends to go to law school and eventually warm a seat on the Supreme Court”.


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UPBRINGING
Alito’s parents grew up in poor families where little English was spoken, but they both went to college and became teachers. They believed anything was possible with hard work, and they particularly stressed the importance of education.

A colleague described Alito’s upbringing as “Go do your homework now and, after you do it, go find some other way to improve yourself.”

 


CAREER
Alito’s commitment to achieving goals is reflected in his impressive resume. Alito began
his career working as an assistant U.S. attorney in the district of New Jersey before transferring to the solicitor general’s office. He then spent time working at the Office of Legal Counsel before returning to New Jersey as the U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey.

As a Supreme Court Justice, it has been said that his jurisprudence has been methodical, cautious, respectful of precedent and solidly conservative.

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April in Bloom

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April was another incredible month for downtown Princeton. The entire town literally exploded with color in a matter of weeks as our natural surroundings quickly transitioned from bare, bleak, and brittle to robust, bright, and in bloom. The much welcomed spring weather provided ideal conditions for al fresco dining, window shopping, outdoor sports, and community events such as the Princeton University Farmers’ Market and Communiversity.


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The opening of our outdoor patio and the release of our Spring Menu has made for an outstanding month at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and fine fare motivated many to ditch the indoors and dine with us. The interior of the Tap Room continues to see an abundance of activity too. In addition to our regular business, tour groups have been piling in to enjoy a beautiful buffet and an anecdotal history of our property.

If you like to unwind after work, our Happy Hour Specials and promotions may be just what you need. Monster Mug Mondays were made to quench your thirst while “I Made History” and “Beers Around the World” give you the opportunity to drink outside your comfort zone and win cool prizes. Live music on our patio is also on its way starting May 14.

Most importantly, however, we need to talk about Mom. Her special day is racing towards us. To celebrate, we’re holding our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th.  There’s no better way to remind Mom how amazing she is by treating her to a delicious meal with us. Click here for more information.

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The picturesque purlieu of downtown Princeton in the spring attracts an abundance of visitors from all around. Although the nearby Route 1 Corridor offers a cornucopia of shiny, brand name hotels to meet their lodging needs, it is at the independently owned Nassau Inn that travelers aim to book first. That’s because when you’re at the Nassau Inn, you’re already here, in the heart of downtown Princeton. Our iconic red door opens up to a lush green square, not a parking lot. The scent in the air is of efflorescence, not exhaust fumes. The distance to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and the arts is measured in steps, not miles.

Then there’s our history, which dates all the way back to the 18th century. Since opening our doors in 1756, we’ve prided ourselves on offering our guests the most neoteric amenities of the day. Whether you were to stay with us in the 1700’s, 1800’s, or 1900’s, you could expect to find available all the latest comforts and technology at the Nassau Inn. The same still rings true today. We continue to expertly exist as a historical landmark and a state-of-the-art, full service hotel and conference center.

It’s all of these inimitable attributes, and many more, that have made our property a target destination for tourism, corporate functions, and celebratory life events.. With 188 guest rooms and 13 beautiful conference/banquet options, our savvy coordinators can skillfully design and deliver a personalized experience sure to delight you and everyone in your party. To schedule a tour or to request more information about planning an event, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com.

The Selfie Appeal of the Nassau Inn

With a dynamic history, brilliant architecture, and an extensive catalog of distinguished guests, the Nassau Inn has developed a solid reputation for its Selfie Appeal. If you’re visiting downtown Princeton, here are FIVE incredible selfie opportunities on the Nassau Inn property that you won’t want to miss.

THE ICONIC RED DOOR
The inviting bright red door of the Nassau Inn is as illustrious as the many historic figures that once walked through it. Between its curious colonial flair and enduring history, the Red Door has become both a popular tourist attraction and a backdrop for countless celebratory life events. Local legend has it that couples who wed before the red door will be endowed with a long, happy, and healthy marriage.

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THE LOBBY FIREPLACE
The warming flames of the upper lobby fireplace and comfy red leather chairs have long brought repose to enervated travelers. Some of the world’s finest leaders and innovators, past and present, have relaxed before the calm blaze discussing local, national, and world affairs. If you listen close enough on a quiet day, you can hear the whisper of conversations past within the soothing snap and crackle of the dancing flames.

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PRINCETON ALUMNI WALL OF FAME
If you’re entering the Yankee Doodle Tap Room from the Nassau Inn’s main lobby, it’s likely your attention will be briefly redirected from joyful thoughts of food and drink, to the allure of the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame. The tributary wall showcases many young faces of Princeton graduates that went on to become prominent public figures of the past and present.

Selfie Station - Wall of FameDR. EINSTEIN’S SIGNATURE CARVED INTO TABLE
Since as far back as the day the Yankee Doodle Tap Room first opened its doors, Princetonians have long enjoyed the practice of carving their names and initials into the restaurant’s thick oak tabletops. Among these Princetonians, the world’s most famous scientist, Albert Einstein, also etched his signature distinctly into one of the many hardwood slabs. If you look close enough, perhaps you can find it. If not, just ask one of our helpful staff to point it out. 

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ROCKWELL PAINTING
Illuminating brilliantly behind the bar of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room hangs the centerpiece and namesake of the historic restaurant: Norman Rockwell’s Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1936, the Nassau Inn commissioned Rockwell to paint what would be his only mural, a 13 foot long detailed historical vignette of Yankee Doodle. Rockwell completed the work in 1937, and it was prominently put on display at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room ever since.

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Farewell March, Hello April

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Our week-in-review begins last Saturday at Princeton Battlefield. A day-long skirmish took nl 3place at the historic park between an overgrowth of bamboo and a crew of local volunteers organized by the Princeton Historical Society. Volunteers swiftly eliminated the bamboo and other debris using their bare hands and a variety of landscaping tools.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who so generously donated their time, effort, and resources to keep our community pristine!

nl 4It was an exciting week for Princeton University applicants. The University offered admission to 1,908 well-prepared and highly motivated students from 49 states and 66 countries. Congratulations to all who made the cut!

The Princeton University Library acquired another extraordinary treasure: the personal library of philosopher Jacques Derrida. The true value of this collection is not based on the age, condition, or by the authors of the books, but by the interactions Jacques Derrida had with the words written inside them. The scribbled notes and cross-references he left behind on countless pages will provide scholars with food for thought for a long time to come.


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Happy April! Not only is outdoor patio seating finally open, but Chef LaCorte also newly introduced an exquisite Spring menu that pairs beautifully with this time of year.

Easter Sunday Dinner is a long-time favorite of ours and our customers. Bring the family and enjoy a four-course Prix Fixe menu. Menu highlights include Grilled Truffle Butter Filet Mignon, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, and Chipotle Honey Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Hours are from 12 PM – 4 PM. Seating is limited. Please call ahead for reservations at (609) 688-2600.

Our March Madness promotion is still in play as we countdown to the Final Four and Championship Game. End the season with us and enjoy Happy Hour prices during the games on April 4th and 6th.

Get into the swing of Major League Baseball at the Tap Room. Hang with locals, enjoy your favorite libations, and follow your favorite team.

We’re inching up to the first Bourbon Tasting of the year on April 15. We’ll be featuring an incredible selection of bourbons, such as Maker’s Mark, Stranahan’s, and Top Hat. Hours are from 6 PM-9 PM. Tickets are $30 per person. Tapas and lite bites are included. Please call ahead for reservations at (609) 688-2600.


NASSAU INN

painting - vincent dipaoloWith the arrival of April comes warmth, color, and inspiration. It’s the special time of year when the Nassau Inn sheds its winter coat and begins to come to life. It’s absolutely beautiful. But, there’s so much more than just the scenery. It’s also the scent in the air and the amazing way our breathtaking, red letter town makes one feel. That is why our picturesque property is frequently chosen as the ideal setting for so many momentous occasions. Our appeal extends to gatherings of all kinds. From weddings to reunions to corporate meetings, our seasoned coordinators can fashion an experience that will exceed expectations and forge fond memories.

To schedule a tour, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com


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Another Action Packed Week in Downtown Princeton

30-0It’s been an action packed week in our little nook of New Jersey. The Princeton University Women’s Basketball Team both captivated and filled us with pride as they steamrolled their way into the Women’s NCAA Tournament. They were the 15th team in history to enter the tournament undefeated, distinguishing them as both academic AND athletic powerhouses. We also just learned that Head Coach Banghart was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders. We can’t wait to see you bring it again next year, Tigers!

john nashPrinceton University’s own, John Nash, was awarded the 2015 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his work in the basic laws of scientific phenomena. Receiving this high honor, in some circles, is comparable to winning the Nobel Prize… in Mathematics. Congratulations on another accolade in your incredible career!

 

The McCarter Theater premiered ‘Baskerville’, a wacky twist baskervilleon Sherlock Holmes, last weekend. This family friendly, light hearted, and humorous production scored rave reviews with critics and audiences alike. Curtains close on April 29th, so make sure you book your seats soon!

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival has had a great run at the Princeton Library — and continues through to the end of the weekend with eyebrow raising work created by a score talented filmmakers.

And, congratulations to Princeton High School for being ranked among the top 15 public schools in New Jersey by Niche.com. Keep up the good work!

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Easter is right around the corner and Chef LaCorte designed a delicious menu to fit this special occasion. Brunch hours are from noon to 4:00 PM. Please call ahead for reservations or click here for more details.

We’ve gone crazy for March Madness this year. Our happy hour specials are available during game time throughout all NCAA tournament games. Also, don’t forget to ask your bartender about our March Madness Battle of the Cocktails promotion.

Our Bourbon Tasting is fast approaching on April 15th. Whether you’re new to bourbon or an aficionado, this event is the perfect way to experience America’s only native spirit. The tasting will take place from 6 PM – 9 PM. Tickets are $30 per person. Please call ahead to reserve your spot.

Last, but not least, the countdown is almost over. April 1st marks the opening of our outdoor seating!

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There’s never a dull moment here at the Nassau Inn. During the week, our conference areas are bustling with corporate meetings, trainings, and receptions while the weekend fills our reception rooms with beautiful weddings, reunions, and other meaningful life events. Our premises continue to attract visitors from all over the world, not just because we earned our place in history as part of such a marvelously unique town, but because we earned a reputation for providing the highest level of customer service available.

Downtown Princeton in the Spring is wondrous. It’s an extraordinary time of year to tour our gorgeous property and discover if we have the perfect setting for your important event. To schedule a tour, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com.

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The History Making Month of March

Community Spotlight

It’s been an extraordinary March for downtown Princeton so far. We’re just over halfway through the month and we have already seen history-in-the-making two times in and Princeton Tigers 1around our little slice of heaven. First, Princeton’s Women’s Basketball team made history when they went undefeated during the regular season. Go Tigers! Then, Princeton’s Pi Day of the Century made history not only for mathematical reasons, but also for the record breaking number of Einstein’s, young and old, that showed up in Palmer Square for a full day of fun and learning.
einstein lookalikeMeanwhile, the McCarter Theater was awarded “Favorite Theater to See a Play” by the 2015 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards and the Princeton University Art Museum was recognized as one of the “15 Best Small-Town Museums in the U.S.” by Fodor’s Travel.

As remarkable as the month started out, there’s still so much to look forward to. With the arrival of Spring this week, downtown Princeton will soon be astir with people strolling around town, window shopping, and outdoor dining.

At the Yankee Doodle Tap Room 

April 1st marks the first day of Patio Seating at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and ambience in combination with our exceptional service and new Spring menu aim to please. We are also very excited to announce the release of our Express Lunch Menu and our Evening Specialty Menu that offers a choice appetizer, entrée, and dessert for just $19.

At the bar, we are running our “Beers Around the World” and “I Made History” promotions. Participation is a clever way to try new spirits, get a T-shirt and discounts, and gain notoriety at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room and beyond.  We’re also thrilled to host our first Bourbon Tasting of 2015 on April 15.

More information about all of our current specials, promotions, and events can be found on our website at www.yankeedoodletaproom.com or our Facebook page.

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Spring is a wonderful time of year not only visit downtown, but also to make memories. The vibrant colors of the season mixed with the area’s rich history makes it an amazing backdrop for meaningful life events such as graduations, weddings, reunions, bah mitzvahs, and communions, just to name a few. But, that’s not all. The Nassau Inn is also an ideal location for business meetings, seminars, trainings, and receptions.

While quaint and historic by appearance, our Inn is deceivingly commodious and state-of-the-art. We have 188 guest rooms and 13 reception areas. Our banquet facilities can accommodate events both large and small, from a group of 10 to a group of 250.

To book a banquet room or schedule a tour, please contact us at 609-921-7500 or by email at sales@nassauinn.com.

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True History of the IPA

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is no denying the fact that Indian pale ales have become America’s most popular beer style. In 1978, Congress passed a law that legalized home brewing in the United States. This law brought American brewing into a renaissance, allowing Indian pale ales into the hearts and mouths of main stream America.

ipa 2The origins of the style dates back to the 1700s. Back then, English colonies in India were heavily influenced by the East Indian Company. The imports they collected from trade were the colonists main supply line. A small brewery named Bow Brewery, on the most western edge of London, was credited with the widespread awareness of the style. Due more to the convenience rather than the craftsmanship, the EIC began trading with the small brewery. The style became popular with the colonists of India because of its lighter consistency and higher alcohol content. The Englishmen were used to drinking porters and the Pale Ale was a refreshing replacement. With approval of the Eastern Indian Colonists, the EIC was able to bring this style of beer across the Indian subcontinent, eventually coining the term “Indian Pale Ale”.

Indian Pale Ales require pale malts and a strong hop influence. This style is typically ipa 3higher in alcohol content (6-7% ABV) as appose to the tradition ales (4-5% ABV). With a variety of different hops in America there is no wonder American IPA became its own style. American IPA is considerably a whole different evolution from the English IPA. American IPA is generally drier and higher in alcohol where English IPA is malty. American hops causes the beer to be bitter and can give a collection of different flavors such as floral, citrus, and earthy characteristics. English hops are often fruity and give an herbal taste.

ipa 4The obsession with hops in our IPAs have given rise to an arms race in the field of IPAs. The development of the Imperial IPA or the Double IPA was a direct result. They typically have an alcohol content of 7.5% or higher. Claims have been made that the recipe originated in Santa Rosa, CA, in 1994 at the Russian River Brewing Company. The style is beloved by craft beer drinkers in San Diego with such a passion that some refer to the Double IPA as, “San Diego Pale Ale”. The beer is extremely hoppy in flavor, but that is not even the hoppiest, my friends. Somewhere in America there must be some non-descript building inhabiting an evil genius and their laboratory whose sole purposes is to develop the hoppiest beer known to man. The Triple IPA has been on the shelves of liquor stores for quite some time, but only the strong of heart dare to drink them. With the classification as nothing lower than 10% ABV, Triple IPAs are the most full flavored and bitterest of the IPAs known to date. But don’t worry, the same evil geniuses have developed a beer that is far less complex. The newest development to the Indian Pale Ales is not an ale at all, it is actually a Lager. The Indian Pale Lager (IPL) tends to be hopped as an IPA but values bottom-fermenting yeast which gives a lager its signature. An easier drink, the IPL has a lighter, cleaner body and the hops are more subtle.

From England to India then to its rightful home, America. IPAs have developed and evolved through history and will continue as long as there are creative brewers and ipa 5enthusiastic drinkers. So next time your at the bar with your buddies and someone asks, “Where do IPAs come from?” You can shut down the know it all who says, “It’s an Indian Beer”. Be sure to tell them the true story, where IPAs are from and where they are going. Until text time Keep Laughing ,Keep Drinking, and Keep Living!!!!!!

 

Pi Day of the Century

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Pi Day of the Century

For the 6th year in a row, there will be much ado in downtown Princeton about the number  einstein Pi (3.14) and Albert Einstein’s 136th birthday. People gather from near and far to partake in this eccentric annual celebration of math, science, and education. But, you don’t have to be a genius to enjoy this jam packed day of fun-filled, family friendly festivities. Everyone is an Einstein on Pi Day – even if you don’t know what Pi is.

This is year is a very special Pi Day. It’s actually so special that it is heralded as the Pi Day of the Century! Here’s why:

Normally, Pi Day falls on any old March 14, which is exciting because when written numerically, it follows the first three digits of the mathematical constant π that allows us to work out the circumference, area, and volume around objects. This year, however, Pi Day will give us 10 digits when we reach 3.14.15 at 9:26.53 AM! And, this only takes place once every century!

Pi Day of the Century will take place on Saturday, March 14, or simply 3.14, or even more simply π.  Check out this years’ schedule of events below or click here to visit the official Pi Day Princeton website for more detailed information:

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7:00 AM: Walk a Pi Event

9:00 AM: Pie Eating Contest

9:26:53 AM: My Once in a Lifetime Teacher Contest

9:30 AM: Westminster Conservatory of Music

10:00 AM: Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition

10:00 AM:- 11:00 AM: KENKEN Lecture and Demo

11:00 AM: – 12:00 PM: KENKEN Tournament for Teens

11:00 AM: Happy Birthday, Albert!

11:00 AM: Einstein Look-A-Like Contest

11:00 AM: Pi X Pi(e) Bike Tour

12:00 PM: Miss Amy “Fitness Rock & Roll” Interactive Concert

12:00 PM: Dinky Train Rides with Einstein

12:00 PM: Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl

12:00 PM: 15 Minute Mini Production of the Steve Martin Play “Picasso at Lapin Agile”     pie eating

1:00 PM: Pi Recitation Contest

1:00 PM: Serious Inventors Only Cocktail Making Class

1:30 PM – 1:59 PM: Hands-On Interactive Event for Children

1:59 PM:- Princeton Pirade by Kids’ Music Round

1:59 PM: Pi Pizza Competition

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: He’s Got a Theremin and He’s Not Afraid to Use It! Where Music and Physics Meet

2:00 PM: 15 Minute Mini Production of the Steve Martin Play “Picasso at Lapin Agile”

2:30 PM: Where’s the Pi: A Physics Demonstration Show

2:45 PM: Best Apple Pi in Princeton Contest

3:14 PM: Pie Throwing Event                                          pie throwing

3:14 PM: Guided Einstein Tour

4:00 PM: Happy Birthday, Albert! Happy Birthday, Albert!

4:00 PM: Mega Chess Free Style Play

4:00 PM: Celebrating New Jersey’s Inventors: Understanding Their Contributions to Electromagnetism and Interactive Exhibits

5:00 PM: Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl

7:30 PM:  The Arts Council of Princeton presents RatioActivity: A Pi Day Concert
featuring Stop Correcting Me

9:26 PM: Last stop on the Smart Phone Self Guided Pub Crawl

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A Toast To All The Beer-Loving Presidents

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“Beer is proof that God loves us.” – Benjamin Franklin

In the past six years, President Barack Obama has been brewing his own beer; during his spare time of course! The White House Honey Ale has been served at multiple gatherings. President Obama may love beer, but he is not the only president to brew his own. In honor of Presidents’ Day, let’s look back on the most powerful men in the free world; what better way to get to know them than to know their drink of choice.

Presidents’ Day is surprisingly the incorrect name for the holiday. In honor of the first president of the United States, congress exercised an act to coin George Washington’s birthday a federal holiday on February 22nd. During the 1950s, there were multiple movements to broaden the holiday to include Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and honor all of our fearless leaders. As a response, Congress merged this idea with Washington’s birthday and solidified the holiday to be on the third Monday in February, but did not officially change the holiday’s name. The irony of the date adjustment makes it so we will never celebrate Washington’s Birthday on his actual birthday.  Continue reading