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Vol. LXI, No. 26
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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INSIDE THE BIG BALLOON: Youngsters from Princeton Nursery School on Leigh Avenue had a chance to explore a 75-foot balloon yesterday at Farm View Fields courtesy of PNC Bank's "Grow Up Great" school readiness program. The children received a hands-on demonstration from bank representatives and volunteers. The balloon is one of 125 scheduled to take part in the PNC Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning on July 27-29 at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey.

Princeton Preschoolers Sample Balloon Festival, Courtesy of PNC Bank

Linda Arntzenius

Preschoolers from Princeton Nursery School on Leigh Avenue were treated to a sample of the annual New Jersey Balloon Festival, Tuesday at Farm View Fields on the Great Road.

Sponsored by PNC Bank's "Grow Up Great" school readiness program in support of the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the field trip took the preschoolers to view a 75-foot hot air balloon that is one of some 125 scheduled to take part in the festival on July 27-29 at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival, billed as the "largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America." Some 175,000 people are expected to attend this year.

If It's Summer, It Must Mean Detours as Township Gears Up for Road Projects

Matthew Hersh

The last four years have seen an aggressive campaign from Township Hall to improve its plus-100 miles of municipal roads, and 2007 appears to be no different as the municipal Engineering Department recently outlined plans for its $3 million road improvement project.

This season's project pales in comparison with 2005's $8 million project, but the plan nonetheless represents a vast improvement for Township roads, as the municipality looks to either reconstruct or repave 7.7 miles of roadway this summer.

Recently Detained German Shepherds Creating a Painful Earful for Residents

Matthew Hersh

Five German shepherds recently kept in custody at SAVE, the homeless animals shelter on Herrontown Road, are allegedly responsible for landing one man in the hospital with injuries related to an attack, and are now causing a headache for a neighborhood that has a long and sometimes contentious history with the shelter.

PHS Class of 2007 Celebrates Surviving Construction Chaos

Linda Arntzenius

To the strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance march, more than 300 members of the Class of 2007 wearing the traditional blue robes assembled on the lawn in front of the high school tower as Princeton High School's 78th Commencement Exercises took place last Wednesday, June 20.

Princeton Native Michelle Rago Presents Weddings Workshop

Linda Arntzenius

When wedding planner and author Michelle Rago was growing up in Princeton, she had no idea a career could be had in planning weddings, or that such would be in her future. The experience of planning her own wedding might have given her a clue, however. "I drove everyone crazy and took a year and a half designing and planning a Great Gatsby-themed wedding at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, complete with croquet on the lawn and a huge white tent," recalled Ms. Rago, author of the newly published guide, Signature Weddings: Creating a Day Uniquely Your Own.

Trends in Childbirth Include More Options, Midwives, and Doulas

Linda Arntzenius

Since Demi Moore bared her pregnant belly on the cover of Condé Nast's Vanity Fair magazine in August 1991, much has changed in women's attitudes to pregnancy and childbirth.

Amongst the magazine's most famous covers, the iconic image formed a stepping stone toward to-day's designer-trendy, and even sexy, mother-to-be clothes that are a far cry from the voluminous smocks that attempted to disguise but instead advertised the "bun in the oven."

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