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Vol. LXV, No. 31
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
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THE CAR AND THE WALL: The trajectory of a large Cadillac sedan ended with a collision into a brick wall of the Spring Street Garage. (Photo by Herb Abelson)

Front Page

Saturday Car Crash Sends Shock Waves Through Hinds Plaza

Ellen Gilbert

Details about the identity of the driver who lost control of his Cadillac and crashed into a wall of the Spring Street Garage after crossing Hinds Plaza are slowly emerging.

Buyer for UMCP Building is Announced

The University Medical Center at Princeton has a buyer. Princeton Healthcare System has announced an agreement with AvalonBay Communities, Inc. to purchase the hospital building on Witherspoon Street and nine houses owned buy PHCS on Harris Road.

Borough Council Opposes Move of the Dinky Station

Anne Levin

Borough Council has made it official: It opposes Princeton University’s proposal to move the Dinky station.

Other News

Planning Board Reviews Ordinances But No Vote is Taken at the Meeting

Anne Levin

At a special meeting last Thursday night, the Regional Planning Board continued an ongoing discussion about the arts and transit zoning proposed by Princeton University. No vote was taken at the three-and-a-half-hour session.

With “Cooling Sites” and Extended Swims, Princetonians Respond to the Hot Weather

Ellen Gilbert

Due to a heat wave that peaked at 104 on July 22 and overall persistent warmth, July ranked as the ninth warmest across New Jersey since records began in 1895,” according to the Office of the N.J. State Climatologist. “The 72.2 average temperature was 2.8 above the 1971-2000 mean. Remarkably, nine of the past sixteen months have ranked in the top ten for warmth. Only December 2010 and January 2011 had below-average temperatures during this period.”

Options for Streetcars or Light Rail Are Presented to Borough Council

Anne Levin

If a plan presented to Princeton Borough Council last week were to be realized, streetcars or light rail would carry passengers between Princeton Junction station and Nassau Street. Three stops would be made along the route, which would run on the track currently used by the Dinky, veering off through the former Grover Lumber property and then connecting to Alexander Street and up into town.

More of the Other News…


Hagel Heading to St. Louis Blues Organization As PU Hockey Alum Fights for Spot in NHL

Ed Benkin

Kyle Hagel is fighting for a spot in the National Hockey League — literally.

Former PU Hockey Star Sproat Retires From Pros, Earning Service Award on the Way to Grad School

Ed Benkin

Dustin Sproat ’06 has walked away from hockey once before.

Rekindling Love for Rowing After Lengthy Hiatus, PU Official Appelget Back on Water for Mercer Club

Bill Alden

After playing three sports at West Windsor-Plainsboro High, Kristin Appelget was looking to try something new athletically when she came to the University of Notre Dame in 1989.

With Coach Carter Getting Into the Trenches, PYS Advances in Summer Men’s Hoops Playoffs

Bill Alden

Jason Carter is getting in the trenches to better coach the Princeton Youth Sports team this season in the Princeton Recreation Summer Men’s Basketball League.

More Sports…

DVD Review

Celebrating “The African Queen” at 60: Bogart, Hepburn, and the Genius of Agee

Stuart Mitchner

“It is dated, incredible, quite outside acceptable dramatic screen material ... Its two characters are neither appealing nor sympathetic enough to sustain interest for an entire picture ... Both are physically unattractive and their love scenes are distasteful and not a little disgusting. It’s no bargain at any price. No amount of rewriting can possibly salvage this dated yarn.”

The judgment above was rendered by a mercifully unnamed script writer at RKO, one of several studios that decided not to take a chance on C.S. Forester’s 1935 novel The African Queen.


ONJ and NJSO Join Forces to Explore Mendelssohn’s Celebration of Gutenberg Bible

Nancy Plum

It is hard to argue with the choral music of Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn rediscovered and popularized the music of J.S. Bach, and his own oratorios were key in the evolution of the amateur choral society tradition and the now worldwide movement of choral festivals. Like many 19th century composers, Mendelssohn wrote works for festive town occasions, and the 1840 400th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press (and its subsequent influence on the Protestant Reformation) gave the choral field a Festgesang — a one-movement strophic piece for brass and men’s chorus — and a Lobgesang, a full choral symphony. As part of their continuing summer collaboration, Opera New Jersey (ONJ) and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) brought these two pieces together (apparently a rare occurrence) last Thursday night in Richardson Auditorium. Led by conductor Mark Laycock, who has been on hand conducting Opera New Jersey’s Barber of Seville, Thursday night’s concert brought Mendelssohn’s dramatically-crafted choruses and melodic solo writing to a sold out and very appreciative house.

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