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Vol. LXI, No. 30
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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POTTERMANIA HITS PRINCETON: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was in session for the arrival of the latest and last book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which was celebrated with a Hogwarts costume parade and other Potterish activites Friday. The event was sponsored and hosted by the independent toy store, Jazams, which organized more than a dozen local businesses on the way to transforming Hulfish Street in Diagon Alley.

Front Page

Borough, Police May Be Hit With $5M Suit

Matthew Hersh

In May, Princeton Borough Police imposed a 60-day, unpaid suspension on one of its veteran patrol officers following an incident over the officer's conduct during a motor vehicle stop. The officer has since completed that suspension. Department officials believe that the penalty was justified.

But the suspension could be the least of the department's problems.

School District Renews Contract, Cuts Benefits

Linda Arntzenius

The Princeton Regional School Board of Education has approved a three-year contract with the union that represents the district's secretarial, custodial, maintenance, and aide staff.

Not-for-Profit Agency Could Soothe Rising Property Costs in Borough

Matthew Hersh

Following up on a May presentation to Borough Council on the state of housing affordability in Princeton Borough, Borough Council was slated Tuesday to examine a proposed not-for-profit agency designed to explore various mechanisms to make the Borough more financially viable to a wider demographic.


Other News

Princeton Is Just One Stop for Bike Tour Documenting Local Food and Agriculture

Matthew Hersh

It's not easy being an activist, especially when you're on two wheels and you don't have a leg to stand on.

Local Scout Calls for Volunteers to Help Restore Flemer Arboretum

Linda Arntzenius

Before Greg Varga, a 17 year-old Life Scout from Kingston, leaves for West Virginia University next month to study industrial engineering, he has one project to complete: restoration of the Flemer Arboretum that is part of the Mapleton Preserve/Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.

In Fighting Addiction, a Borough Resident Looks No Further Than the Dinner Table

Matthew Hersh

A drink with dinner might be commonplace for those who drink casually, but for a Borough woman piloting a new organization geared to tackle alcoholism, the dinner table could help eradicate what is often regarded as a lifelong disease.


More of the Other News…


Sports

PU Crew Standout England Heading to Scotland Aiming to Help U.S. Men Prevail at U-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

In his first couple of years at the Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, Will England's main athletic outlets were soccer and lacrosse.

PU Alum Stone Ready for Scull Session as She Rows for U.S. in Under-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

Gevvie Stone knew she had to step up this past spring in her senior season with the Princeton University women's open crew team.

Former PU Field Hockey Star Martirosian Takes Long Journey to Make U.S. Team

Bill Alden

After graduating from Princeton University in 2005, Natalie Martirosian set off to Kazakhstan to apply some of the knowledge she gained as a Slavic Literature major.

Princeton Little League 10s Made Final 9, Utilizing Togetherness, Fighting Spirit

Bill Alden

It had been a long, long day for the Princeton Little League 10-year-old all stars.


Art Review

To Transcend War: Soldiers in the Service of Art

Stuart Mitchner

Photographer Suzanne Opton's portraits of military men and women taken shortly after their return from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq are impressively accomplished works of photographic art, particularly the four immense color close-ups of the faces of soldiers who appear to be either dead or transfixed or dreaming with "eyes wide shut."


Music/Theater

Mystery, Murder, Suspense and High Drama Command the Stage In 1943 Agatha Christie Classic at Princeton Summer Theater

Donald Gilpin

British novelist J.K. Rowling, with her grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released last Saturday, may be the publishing phenomenon of the twentieth-first century, but she has yet to top her fellow countrywoman Agatha Christie, who wrote from the 1920s to the 1970s and counts her book sales in the hundreds of millions, plus a slew of popular stage and screen adaptations.

New Jersey Opera Sets the Night on Fire With Timeless Love Story “Roméo et Juliette”

Nancy Plum

Opera at the time of French composer Charles Gounod drew its literary inspiration from the great works. Verdi turned to Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, and Gounod, who claims two operatic masterpieces, turned to William Shakespeare’s timeless love story for his 1867 Roméo et Juliette. Opulence and elegance were the words for the day in mid-19th century Paris, but the New Jersey Opera production of Roméo et Juliette (in French with English subtitles), which opened on Friday night, fit snugly into the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre complex. Not often performed (Friday night’s performance was apparently the New Jersey professional premiere), the production gave audiences plenty to enjoy.


Profiles in Education

Barbara Lippiett

Linda Arntzenius

Barbara Lippiett believes in fate. "Everything happens for a reason and some things are just meant to be," said the new Executive Director of Princeton Nursery School. The New Jersey native, who grew up in Rahway and now lives in Lambertville, sees a touch of serendipity in her discovery of a very small notice in the Star Ledger one Sunday last January. The ad announced an opening for a director at the Leigh Avenue school, which serves 44 children aged from two-and-a-half to five years.



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