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Vol. LXI, No. 31
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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MOON FLOWER: Student dancers from the American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School Summer Program performing "Moonlight," which was created especially for the students by Ballet Master Bat Abbit. They're dancing to waltzes by Dimitri Shostakovich. The performance took place Friday at the Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center.

Front Page

Borough, Developer Try to Break New Ground

Matthew Hersh

Borough Hall and the developer of the Borough's stalled downtown development project are looking to make some headway through a new level of negotiations geared to resolve a series of conflicts that has delayed a project intended to produce a major in-town address.

New University Building Creates New Housing; COAH Remains Sidelined

Matthew Hersh

A Princeton University development project resulting in the rehabilitation of five affordable rental units in Princeton Borough was hailed last year as the premier school project for its compliance with new state mandates requiring new affordable housing commensurate with the degree of development. And while Borough Council signed off last Tuesday on a project where the University would contribute to the Borough's affordable housing stock, the Borough, along with municipalities throughout the state, again finds itself in limbo as the state looks to revisit those mandates.

District Appoints Math Supervisor to Oversee Curriculum/Instruction

Linda Arntzenius

The district's math supervisor Bonnie S. Lehet has been appointed to succeed Jeffrey Graber as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Graber retired in June after eight years with the district.

Other News

Local Teens in University Program Get a Seuss-Style Physics Lesson

Avery Hookey

Rising high school seniors participating in the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) recently enjoyed an unorthodox classroom setting for their physics lesson.

Princeton's Policy for the Ages: Sustainability Plan Moving Forward

Matthew Hersh

What started out as a nebulous concept sparked by some local activists, the notion of "sustainability" has since been adopted as major municipal policy that, some are hoping, will eventually transform the way the municipalities, schools, businesses, and even residents approach the economy, the environment, and society.

Borough Hall Warm to Housing Affordability but Balks at Plan to Create New Agency

Matthew Hersh

Members of Borough Council last Tuesday did not dispute the fact that Princeton has become less affordable to certain demographics in recent decades, but held off on endorsing a proposal that would retool an existing not-for-profit agency with the aim of exploring various mechanisms to make the Borough more financially viable to a wider demographic.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Former PU Star Terrell Ready to Impress as He Starts Training Camp With KC Chiefs

Bill Alden

Jeff Terrell started the fight of his football life last week as he went to training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.

PU Field Hockey Enjoyed Argentina Trip; Hopes Journey Will Lay Foundation for Big Fall

Bill Alden

As Princeton University field hockey head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn and her players sat in the Atlanta airport last month, it looked like their dream trip to Argentina had turned into a nightmare.

Matheson Stars at PASDA Championships, Exemplifying CP Bluefish's Family Feeling

Bill Alden

For Hannah Matheson, swimming for the Community Park Bluefish is a family tradition.

Nassau Swim Club Lemmings Showed Quality in Putting Together an Undefeated Summer

Bill Alden

Bruce Nystrom smiled as he struggled to lift the brown grocery bag which contained a load weighing about 25 pounds.

Art Review

Art and War: Behind The Thousand Mile Stare

Stuart Mitchner

According to a social worker who counsels soldiers returning from Iraq, “A lot of them have what we call ‘the thousand mile stare’” (quoted in the July 15 N.Y. Times). The phrase provides a suitable caption for the stunned, drained, abstracted expressions on most of the faces in Suzanne Opton’s portraits of soldiers back from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq (the subject of last week’s art review); the “stare” is perhaps even more evident in the companion exhibit at the Michener, “Fire and Ice: Marine Corps Combat Art From Afghanistan and Iraq,” which features drawings and watercolors done in the combat zone by Marine Warrant Officer Michael Fay.


A.R. Gurney Blends Romance, Comedy and Canine Cleverness, In “Sylvia,” 1995 Crowd-Pleaser at Somerset Valley Playhouse

Donald Gilpin

A dog is a man’s best friend,” says the old proverb. The implications of that notion are staggering.

Note, for starters, that the wise maxim says nothing about a woman. Now imagine a middle-aged man suffering a mid-life crisis, with his children just having left the nest and his wife plunging into her career as an English teacher. Suppose further that the dog is a female — witty, charming, high-spirited and adoring.

All in a Day’s Work

Denis Granarolo

Linda Arntzenius

Good things can happen when individuals with a shared vision meet. When Denis Granarolo and Carlo and Raoul Momo were brought together by a mutual acquaintance, the French Master Baker's boyhood dream of coming to America fit perfectly with the Princeton restauranteurs desire for fresh European-style bread for their customers. Since imported bread was never truly fresh by the time it arrived in New Jersey, the Momos did the next best thing. In 1998, they "imported" the baker and his family to the United States. Et voilà, Princeton's own boulangerie, the Witherspoon Bread Co., was born, adding to the town's cultural richness while serving the palates of Terra Momo patrons at the same time. Besides bread — ficelle, baguette, five types of focaccia, ciabatta, batard, challah, rustic sourdough, country boule, and nine varieties of dinner roll — the bakery offers varieties of croissant and brioche, as well as a selection of panini and desserts including tiramisu, fruit tarts, and éclairs from the kitchens of one of Terra Momo's four restaurants.

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