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Vol. LXIII, No. 14
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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(Photo by Dilshanie Perera)
TAKING SHAPE: Once finished, the five stories of Building C (the framework of which can be seen on the right side of this photograph) will house 56 apartments and three retail spaces. Some merchants along Spring Street have grown concerned about construction-related activity that potentially impedes the flow of business.

Front Page

Spring Street Construction Gets Mixed Reviews

Dilshanie Perera

While Borough merchants along Spring Street seem to be taking the construction at the site of the former Tulane Street parking lot in stride, none of them are particularly pleased by the street closures and utility cuts.

The Real Deal: Board Approves 2009 School Budget

Ellen Gilbert

It must have felt like déjà vu all over again for Princeton Regional School Superintendent Judy Wilson last Tuesday evening as she presented the Board of Education’s proposed 2009-2010 budget hard on the heels of doing the same presentation just days earlier for a joint meeting of the Township Committee and Borough Council.

No Decisions Forthcoming at Township Pool Presentation

Ellen Gilbert

If last week’s Recreation Department Board meeting evoked Cool Hand Luke’s lament about a failure to communicate, last night’s Township Committee meeting could be said to have channeled Scarlett O’Hara (“Tomorrow is another day”) as Committee members politely thanked Recreation Department head Jack Roberts for his presentation on the community pool complex’s state of deterioration, but preferred not to commit themselves to supporting any manner of capital funding towards its refurbishment at this time.

Other News

Campus Greening: Student-Run Farmer’s Market Returning for Another Season of Organic Fare

Ellen Gilbert

With the promise of increased sunshine, and warmer days, the Greening Princeton Farmer’s Market, which begins its fourth season next week, will arrive in time to welcome the spring.

PCDO Endorses Crumiller; Wilkes On Ballot, Primary Applications Filed

Dilshanie Perera

With the deadline for candidates to file petitions for the June primary elections this past Monday, four residents have turned in applications for the Democratic primary in the Borough, according to Clerk Andrea Quinty. They are Jenny Crumiller, Jacob “Mendy” Fisch, and incumbents Margaret Karcher and Kevin Wilkes.

U.S. 1 Poets Celebrate Latest Edition Of “Worksheets” at Library Gathering

Ellen Gilbert

The U.S. 1 Poets’ cooperative held a launch party for volume 54 of its journal, U.S. 1 Worksheets, on Sunday. The members of the 36-year old association of writers celebrated by doing — what else? — reading poetry.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Frosh Goalie Fiorito Shuts Door on Syracuse as Tiger Men’s Lacrosse Posts Giant Victory

Bill Alden

Tyler Fiorito made no effort to stop the tide of teammates who engulfed him after the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team stunned Syracuse last Saturday.

Hard Work Paying Big Dividends for No. 1 PU Men’s Lightweights

Bill Alden

Although Greg Hughes liked what he saw from his Princeton University men’s lightweight crew over winter training, he wasn’t sure what he would get when the Tigers opened the spring season in the last weekend of March.

PHS Boys’ Tennis Will Have a New Look but Expects to Maintain Winning Tradition

Bill Alden

Losing several key senior players to graduation from last year’s sectional championship squad, the Princeton High boys’ tennis team has a new look this spring.

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Book Review

Illuminating Admisssions: Jean Korelitz Takes Some Risks and Prevails in New Novel

Stuart Mitchner

Sometimes she imagined them [applicants for admission to Princeton], waiflike across Cannon Green and behind West College and along Nassau Street, winding their white, supplicating hands through the great iron gates…. Still, when their faces came back to her now, swimming up from the accounts of debating triumphs and stage fright at the piano recital, she sometimes wished she’d been able to say to them: Don’t. Don’t try for this. Don’t want this or, worse, make some terrible connection between who you are as a human being and whether or not you get in.
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“King Lear” Rages and Howls in Contemporary Costuming in Theatre Intime-Princeton Shakespeare Co. Collaboration

Donald Gilpin

Monumental, mysterious, thought by many to be William Shakespeare’s greatest achievement, The Tragedy of King Lear is demanding on its performers and its audiences. The poetry, the drama, and the human emotions are rich and intense. It is a harrowing story of parents and children, of immense love, hatred, suffering, and loss. Though it has received uninterrupted praise since Shakespeare’s first production in 1605, King Lear may be impossible to explain and virtually impossible to perform successfully.

Princeton Singers Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Concert of Old and New Works

Nancy Plum

Amidst all the economic bleakness, some local arts organizations have found cause to celebrate. The Princeton Singers, founded twenty-five years ago by British import John Bertalot, has been a mainstay of the Princeton choral scene. The ensemble has only had two conductors in that time; composer/conductor Steven Sametz took the helm from Mr. Bertalot in 1998, and the chorus has stayed true to its mission of sharing the joy of music and advancing the choral art, while adding Dr. Sametz’s own personal commitment to contemporary choral music.

It’s New to Us

Selection of Office Supplies and Much More Offered at Hinkson’s, The Office Store

Jean Stratton

Hinkson’s, The Office Store at 28 Spring Street, is a true Princeton tradition. Independently-owned, it is one of the town’s few remaining genuine family businesses.

Tasty Homemade Chocolate Easter Favorites Are Ready at Thomas Sweet Chocolate Shop

Jean Stratton

The windows at the Thomas Sweet Chocolate Shop beckon. Filled with a delightful Easter display, they entice the customer to enter. Inside, the aroma of freshly made chocolate and the selection of chocolate rabbits, lambs, chicks, eggs, and baskets proves irresistible.

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