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Vol. LXIII, No. 17
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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DRUM-THWACK-ET: Students at Westminster Choir College demonstrated their bucket drumming prowess during Communiversity on Saturday. The downtown celebration was packed with people of all ages who braved the 89 degree heat to enjoy the festivities.

Front Page

The “C-Word” Takes Center Stage at Joint Meeting

Ellen Gilbert

Princetonians turned out in droves on Monday night for a joint, working-session only, Borough Council — Township Committee meeting on consolidation. In a presentation entitled “How Municipalities Organize to Deliver Services,” N.J. Division of Local Government Services Deputy Director Marc Pfeiffer walked the representatives of the two municipalities and a standing-room-only crowd along the admittedly rocky road to unification.

Citizens for Tax Fairness Hold Meeting to Discuss University’s Exemption

Dilshanie Perera

A nonpartisan group, the Princeton Citizens for Tax Fairness, met with over 100 members of the public last Sunday at the Suzanne Patterson Center to discuss Princeton University’s tax exempt status, as well as its contribution to the community.

Play Equipment, Design, Are Focus of Meeting on Harrison Street Park

Dilshanie Perera

Neighbors of Harrison Street Park, Borough staff, Council President Andrew Koontz, and other interested parties met with Edgewater Design consultant Jan Saltiel-Rafel last Tuesday to discuss the most recent set of plans regarding the park’s renovation and design.

Other News

Princeton Community TV Station Invites Public to Participate in a 30-Hour Live Show

Dilshanie Perera

A group of television enthusiasts have been congregating at the Princeton Community Television (PCTV) station for the past several weeks to plan the annual Megathon, or 30 consecutive hour live broadcast from 6 p.m. on May 15 to midnight on May 16.

Library to Host Trillin and Others in Fall; New Door-to-Door Book Service Coming

Ellen Gilbert

For literary name-dropping, last week’s Board of Trustees meeting set the bar high, as Director Leslie Burger announced the upcoming appearances of several writers at the Princeton Public Library.

Public Library Job Fair Offers Teens and Employers a Win-Win Situation

Ellen Gilbert

The happy hub of teenagers meeting potential employers at the Princeton Public Library’s second “Teen Job Fair” last week helped to offset the pain of recent headlines proclaiming “Recession Hurts Job-Hunting Teens.”

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Sgalardi Relishes Victory Over Dartmouth; No. 4 PU Men’s Lax Stays Alive in Ivy Race

Bill Alden

Rich Sgalardi cut a forlorn figure last year on the bench as the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team lost at Dartmouth.

Casaceli Comes Up Big on Senior Day, as No. 5 PU Women’s Lax Edges Brown

Bill Alden

It wasn’t a thing of beauty but Christine Casaceli and the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team weren’t in a position to worry about style points.

PHS Girls’ Track Makes Statement in Posting Rare Win Over Trenton

Bill Alden

For the Princeton High girls’ track team, its annual meet with Trenton High has generally been a losing proposition.

More Sports…

Record Review

Bringing Them Back Alive: Sonny Rollins’s “Holy Obligation”

Stuart Mitchner

“They’re not here now so I feel like I’m sort of representing all of them, all of the guys. Remember, I’m one of the last guys left, as I’m constantly being told, so I feel a holy obligation sometimes to evoke these people.”

Sonny Rollins


Princeton University Orchestra Presents Mindlin Concerts With Renowned Soloist

Nancy Plum

In the midst of a number of very public musical anniversaries in Princeton, another more reflective commemoration slipped by this past weekend. For the past twenty years, the Princeton University Orchestra has been honoring the memory of its former percussionist Stuart Mindlin with a concert that usually features a towering orchestral work. In addition to honoring one of its own, this annual performance has given the student members of the orchestra the opportunity to challenge themselves with what has traditionally been very demanding repertoire.

It’s New to Us

Art of Fay Sciarra, Antiques and Home Furnishings Highlight Umbrella Gallery at Tomato Factory

Jean Stratton

A visit to Umbrella at the Tomato Factory is a visual pleasure. Filled with the colorful and intriguing art of Fay Sciarra and an eclectic selection of antiques and home furnishings from a number of dealers, this “gallery and more” is a haven for collectors, buyers, and browsers.

Located on the second floor of the 100-year-old Tomato Factory, an antiques cooperative at 2 Somerset Street in Hopewell, Umbrella is the perfect setting for her art, says Ms. Sciarra.

Joshua Zinder Architect + Design Is a Full-Service, Multidisciplinary Firm

Jean Stratton

Growing up, Joshua Zinder lived in “a world of Lego.” He loved building, putting things together, seeing all those magical pieces become a whole.

It cannot be said that Lego alone led him straight to architecture, but it did play a role. The real turning point came in the seventh grade, when he was required to take a course in mechanical drawing.

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