Vol. LXV, No. 13
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
(Photo by Emily Reeves)
YOUR MOVE: Hinds Plaza resembles a game board in this Sunday afternoon overview, unless you prefer Tic-Tac-Toe.
Even if the municipalities did not approve the zoning changes requested by Princeton University to build its proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood at the intersection of University Place and Alexander Road, the Dinky terminus will still likely move farther away from downtown Princeton.
At its Tuesday evening meeting last week, the Board of Education unanimously approved a total balanced operating budget of $73,830,765 for the 2011-2012 school year. Operating under a two percent cap mandated by the state government, this translates as a tax request of $62,190,302 for area residents.
At its Monday evening meeting, Princeton Township Committee approved an ordinance introducing a $36.6 million budget for the calendar year 2011. The new budget represents a zero percent increase in taxes, and, according to Administrator Jim Pascale, no reduction in services.
After the monthly meeting of the Joint Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission last week and the Princeton Future community discussion last Saturday, Anton Lahnston summarized the groups progress, and what it will take to get a question on Novembers ballot.
Borough Council considered Princeton Universitys proposed rezoning of the region at the intersection of Alexander Road and University Place at its meeting last week. Staff presented their perspective on zoning in the area and gained Borough input while Council members voiced their opinions on future development and the municipalitys relationship with the University.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordans popular childrens tale of Greek mythology and adventure, is the theme of this years Princyclopedia, an interactive book convention hosted annually by the Cotsen Childrens Library. The all-ages event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Dillon Gymnasium. No registration is required for the program which is open to the public free of charge.
Cassie Pyle got a little tip as she warmed up last Sunday before the Princeton University womens lacrosse team faced Georgetown.
Jeff Halpern received a comprehensive on-ice education during his time with the Princeton University mens hockey team in the late 1990s.
Utilizing a high-octane offense, the Princeton High boys lacrosse team simply overpowered most of its foes last spring.
Elizabeth Taylor died in Los Angeles last Wednesday. The news and the immense photograph accompanying it (“A Lustrous Pinnacle of Hollywood Glamour”) dwarfed the front page of the New York Times. The primary headline includes no mention of death and rightly so. A 79-year-old woman in a wheelchair died, not the diva who can still be seen on DVD, Turner Classic Movies, or YouTube playing Angela Vickers or Gloria Wandrous or Maggie the Cat or Cleopatra. The woman who actually, physically played those roles may be gone, but the star is still with us.
Neil Simon, over the past 50 years since Come Blow Your Horn (1961) hit Broadway, has been America’s most prolific and popular playwright. Barefoot in the Park (1963), The Odd Couple (1965), Biloxi Blues (1985), Broadway Bound (1986), Lost in Yonkers (1991) and about 30 more stage plays (most on Broadway), a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards for Best Play, more than 20 screenplays — Mr. Simon’s new work was constantly on Broadway throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He slowed down a bit into the 90s and 2000s — He’s now 83 — but his best plays continue to be revived frequently all over the world.
The Westminster Williamson Voices of Westminster Choir College aims to be “a voice of composers of our time.” Conducted by James Jordan, the 40-voice vocal ensemble proved to be just that this past weekend in a concert centered on the music of contemporary composer James Whitbourn. In the performance recapturing repertoire from their recent debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Williamson Voices demonstrated why, in less than 10 years, it has become one of the Choir College’s premiere choruses.
Mimi Omiecinski is involved in a love affair. It happens to be with Princeton!
Happily married with a young son, she is enthralled with the town she now calls home.
I am strangely possessed by Princeton, she says, with a smile. I love everything about it, and I love continuing to learn all about it.
When Karen Finigan returned to her home town of Cranbury four years ago, she knew it was the right place to be. It was also the right location for the restaurant she and her husband, Bob Finigan wanted to open. This was indeed to be a new adventure.
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