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Vol. LXIII, No. 31
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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Weather Forecast

(Photo by Mike Bonotto)
NIGHT MISSION: Firefighters from all over the region had their hands full early Friday morning as a blaze destroyed a building housing two restaurants at 354 Nassau Street. Also on the scene were members of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, including Deputy Chief Greg Paulson (shown here) and Mike Bonotto, who took the picture. No injuries were reported; the cause has not yet been determined. It was the first three-alarm fire in Princeton since the 2008 blaze on College Road.

Front Page

Borough and Township Settle Debt, May Share Services

Dilshanie Perera

Council member David Goldfarb reported at last Tuesday’s Borough Council meeting that most of the debt owed to the Borough by the Township has been resolved.

Hun School Graduate Dies in Car Accident on Province Line Road

Dilshanie Perera

A single car accident early on the morning of August 1 resulted in the death of Kristen Anne (Kristey) King, a recent graduate of the Hun School of Princeton.

She was 19 years old.

Early Morning Three-Alarm Fire Guts Two Nassau Street Restaurants

Ellen Gilbert

The website message from Sultan Wok, one of two eating places on the northern end of Nassau Street that burned down in a three-alarm fire last week, promised an update for “our valued customers,” while the Thai restaurant, Tom Yum Gong, expressed similar sentiments on its website, thanking family and patrons, and saying that it would “re-open in the future.”

Other News

Representative Holt Uses Telephone Forum to Share Concerns on Health Care Reform

Ellen Gilbert

Hosting a live, one-hour “town hall” telephone meeting on health care reform with constituents last week, Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) began by saying, “This is a perennial topic; it goes back to Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Bill Clinton. It’s been 15 years since Congress discussed health care reform, and the need has become more serious. I’ve heard many stories about Americans who were denied care or can’t afford medical care in the past few months.”

Teen Travel Camp Extended; Adult Swimmers Get Choices

Ellen Gilbert

“Travel Camp — 2 additional weeks added!” exclaims the Princeton Recreation Department’s website in large, red letters.

Robeson’s Life and Legacy Honored at Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

Dilshanie Perera

The theme of this year’s annual membership exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton is “Native Son: Works Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Paul Robeson.” This year’s exhibition has been renamed the “Princeton Annual,” and it is the first year that it has been held at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU’s Reinprecht Continues Meteoric Rise, Making U.S. National Field Hockey Team

Bill Alden

It wasn’t love at first sight for Katie Reinprecht when it came to the game of field hockey.

Following the Footsteps of Longtime Mentor, Hughes Takes Over PU Heavyweight Crew

Bill Alden

Greg Hughes got his start in coaching crew when Curtis Jordan took a chance on him.

Displaying Mental Toughness and Team Unity, George’s Wins 2nd Straight Summer Hoops Title

Bill Alden

It was the third and decisive game of the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League championship series and Shahid Abdul-Karim was sticking with his playoff routine.

Book Review

Darwin at 200, Still Making His Presence Felt in Science, Nature, and Literature

Stuart Mitchner

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Princeton Personality

Virginia Lockwood and Joanna Lewis Enjoy Friendship and Happy Times Together

“The lark rises unattended
And sings her diary over;
The tortoise gives evidence
Of hurrying;
The leopard, that wild-grass stalker,
Waits for his herd —
Everybody wants that song,
That shell,
That coat.
All their owners want is the next meal.”

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