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Vol. LXI, No. 14
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
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THE EYES HAVE IT: Governor Jon S. Corzine and his friend, Nadia Islane, showing off two different styles of eyewear during Saturday's fifth annual easter egg hunt at Drumthwacket.

Front Page

Patriot Media Bought Out by Comcast

Matthew Hersh

The cable provider for both Princeton Borough and Township, Patriot Media, once heralded as the customer-friendly successor to the debt-saddled RCN, finalized an agreement Friday to be purchased by the cable giant, Comcast Corp.

PU Development to Take Center Stage in Planning Board Talks

Matthew Hersh

Last month, when the Regional Planning Board of Princeton began discussing regular state-mandated revisions to the Community Master Plan, the discussion turned quickly to the future physical development of Princeton University — the largest taxpayer in the Princetons, as well as a major landholder in both towns.

PRS Budget Praised, Criticized, and Passed; Now Princeton Votes

Linda Arntzenius

On Tuesday, March 27, after receiving commendations and criticisms from several Princeton residents, the Princeton Regional Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the budget for the 2007-08 school year.

Other News

More Stores Are Coming, but Right Now Nassau Street Is Looking Pretty Empty

Matthew Hersh

Even with new stores on the horizon, Nassau Street is looking mighty lonely right now. This week the Children's Place and Foot Locker closed shop in what is informally known as the Woolworth building at 116 Nassau Street. Moreover, the two adjacent buildings, 110 Nassau and 112-114 Nassau, the former home of Micawber Books, are also now vacant, leaving a wide swath of ground level storefronts on the block between South Tulane and Witherspoon Streets completely unused.

New Candidates for School Board Get Ready for April 17 Election

Linda Arntzenius

Two new candidates for election to the Princeton Regional Board of Education and two sitting board members will have an opportunity to speak about their plans at a Candidates' Forum sponsored by the Special Education PTO on Tuesday, April 10, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the library of the John Witherspoon Middle School.

Corner House Director Looks Ahead as Organization Celebrates 35 Years

Matthew Hersh

Serving over 225 kids a week in prevention programs and outreach as a means of introducing them to a safer, on-the-right-path way of life is hardly an easy task.

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Tiger Men's Heavyweight Rowers Excited as They Follow Legacy Left by Class of '06

Bill Alden

Combining talent and intensity, the men's heavyweight rowers in the Class of 2006 left an indelible mark on the program's storied history.

PU Field Hockey Coach Holmes-Winn Bringing Champion's Edge to Stuart

Bill Alden

Kristen Holmes-Winn was upset when the U.S. national field hockey failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics and she decided to do something to prevent future disappointment.

Hit With Injuries in PHS Sports Career, Koch Finds Calling as Athletic Trainer

Bill Alden

Shannon Koch couldn't beat the injury bug some 16 years ago during her sophomore year at Princeton High.

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Book Review

Let Us Now Read James Agee

Stuart Mitchner

When James Agee applied for a Guggenheim Fellowship in October 1937, he listed and described almost 50 projects he claimed either to be working on, interested in trying, or planning to return to, including a cabaret ("cheap drinks, hard jazz, floor show"); a movie theatre ("42nd Street west of Times Square, open all night. Totally anti-arty"); "re-analyses of the nature and meaning of love"; a new type of sex book ("everything seen heard learned or suspected on the subject"); and "City Streets. Hotel Rooms. Cities." He titled a project about people who betray themselves in print, "Hung with Their Own Rope"; another was headed "Extension in writing; ramification in suspension; Schubert 2-cello quintet" ("Experiments mostly in the form of the lifted and maximum-suspended periodic sentence"). Among his other proposals: a show about motherhood; a true account of a jazz band; "two forms of the history of movies"; and "conjectures on how to get 'art' back on a plane of organic human necessity."


Poetic Drama "Under Milk Wood" Brings Welsh Village to Life, in Intime Production of Dylan Thomas' Colorful Play for Voices

Donald Gilpin

Dylan Thomas, one of the great poets of the twentieth century, loved Welsh towns by the sea. His dramatic masterpiece, Under Milk Wood, a Play for Voices, manifests that love in every syllable and scene.

Trenton Symphony Celebrates 75th Year of War Memorial With Americana Concert

Nancy Plum

America seems to build structures in waves. Toward the end of the 19th century, the United States built concert halls along the routes of the country's burgeoning railroad system. In the years following World War I, cities and towns built monuments to the fallen. Rather than construct a statue or monument to honor the dead, the city of Trenton, New Jersey, decided to create a new community civic space to commemorate the dead through the activities of the living. The Trenton War Memorial opened in 1932 as a "living memorial," with a concert hall at the heart of its structure. Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, the War Memorial played host to the leading stars of music, dance and politics, as well as its resident Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra. In the 1990s, the roughly 1900-seat hall was renovated, and the Symphony refined its sound to become a credible regional orchestra in the area.

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