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Vol. LXIII, No. 28
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Seminary Is Called Upon to Disclose Its Master Plan for New Construction

BRUCE C. “ROB” ROBERTSON
Mercer Street

Blue Curtain at Pettoranello Gardens Hoping for Drier Summer Next Year

STEPHEN ALLEN
Harris Road
CURTIS WEBSTER
Mountain View Road
Blue Curtain Founders

Eight Years Later, Time to Admit FBI Was Clueless in Anthrax Investigation?

WILLIAM STEPHENSON
Governors Lane


Seminary Is Called Upon to Disclose Its Master Plan for New Construction

To the Editor:

The Princeton Community Master Plan is a source of civic pride. It is an excellent example of the Borough and the Township working together to create and plan for a healthy Princeton. It is encouraging to see this process moving forward with the draft Master Plan amendment presentation by Marvin Reed and Lee Solow of the Master Plan Subcommittee of the Regional Planning Board (“Master Plan Amendment Previewed for Borough,” Town Topics, July 1).

This amendment deals with the balancing act of the town and its institutions. It importantly addresses our largest institution, Princeton University, which has participated in recent years in this process and shared its Master Plan for discussion and input.

However, unlike Princeton University, the Princeton Theological Seminary’s Master Plan has yet to be shared with the community.

The Seminary is meanwhile pursuing aggressive changes in our urban fabric. It is pushing to demolish Speer Library, a historic structure in the center of the Mercer Hill Historic District and a stone’s throw from our two national historic landmarks, Morven and the Albert Einstein house. This would be the first demolition in Princeton’s historic district since it was created 25 years ago. PTS seeks a new multi-million dollar library that is almost 100,000 square feet in size. As it pursues these designs it has been conspicuously silent when any inquiries as to its Master Plan are raised.

While the focus of the Princeton Community Master Plan amendment is on Princeton University, I urge Mr. Reed and Mr. Solow to cast their net wider and include the Princeton Theological Seminary in the Master Plan process.

BRUCE C. “ROB” ROBERTSON
Mercer Street

Blue Curtain at Pettoranello Gardens Hoping for Drier Summer Next Year

To the Editor:

Blue Curtain’s summer music series of three free concerts in Pettoranello Gardens concluded on a beautiful summer evening Saturday, June 27 with a performance to an appreciative crowd by Stickmen, featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto, and Michael Bernier, and harpist Lily Neill.

Other shows, which were to have featured Benin Jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke and his trio, and South African vocalist Lorraine Klaasen, were unfortunately rained out.

As the founders of Blue Curtain, we would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out, including Rebecca French, Scott Evans, Chris Gorzelnik, Chris Allen, Simon Allen, Sue Bannon, and the Princeton Township Recreation Department (especially Katie Herlihy) for their help in putting the series together. We would also like to thank all the concertgoers who made the series worthwhile.

We hope the weather gods will be kinder to us next summer.

STEPHEN ALLEN
Harris Road
CURTIS WEBSTER
Mountain View Road
Blue Curtain Founders

Eight Years Later, Time to Admit FBI Was Clueless in Anthrax Investigation?

To the Editor:

The anthrax letter attacks apparently originated in 2001 from a mailbox on Nassau Street that many of us have passed by countless times.

Eight years later, it seems that the National Academies (NAS) has put together a provisional committee to review the scientific methods used by the FBI in its investigation of the case.

It would seem that the time has finally arrived to do what the medical profession does in situations like this. Indicate that the problem is idiopathic, meaning that we don’t have a clue.

WILLIAM STEPHENSON
Governors Lane

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