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Vol. LXIII, No. 32
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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FEATHERED FRIEND: Princeton Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson holds the recently rehabilitated red-tailed hawk that was captured four weeks ago on the Princeton University campus. Suffering from a concussion and West Nile virus, the hawk was treated at the Mercer County Wildlife Center before being released on Monday.

Front Page

Downtown Construction: A Tale of Two Buildings

Dilshanie Perera

Projects involving two major additions to downtown Princeton are moving along at a steady pace.

Known as Phase II of the downtown redevelopment project, or “Building C,” the structure under construction situated on the site of the old Tulane Street parking lot is slated to be a five-story mixed-use edifice containing 53 rental apartments, as well as retail space and a small grocery store on the ground floor. Ten units have been set aside as affordable housing.

New Chairman Named, Chamber Looks to Spur Networking Opportunities

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce announced at its monthly luncheon meeting that J. Robert Hillier, the current Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, would become the Chairman of the Board in November.

Rosedale Road Bridge Slated for Completion in November

Dilshanie Perera

With the Rosedale Road Bridge project on target for completion in November as scheduled (135 calendar days after construction began on July 6), and traffic-alleviating measures in place, “the real test will come in September when the normal schedule is resumed at the schools,” Princeton Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman said at a recent Council meeting.

Other News

New Princeton University Initiative Examines the Role Faith Can Play in the Workplace

Ellen Gilbert

In the age of Bernie Madoff, putting the words “faith” and “ethics” in the same sentence as the word “workplace” seems pretty paradoxical. To David W. Miller, the Director of the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative, it is the stuff of everyday life.

The Summer Months Are a Busy Time for Many in Princeton School District

Ellen Gilbert

“Many people still ask, ‘What happens in the schools during the summer?’” observed Princeton Regional School District Superintendent Judy Wilson recently. The answer is: a lot.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Hockey Alum Wilson Enjoyed NHL Aura in Playing at Blackhawks Development Camp

Ed Benkin

For at least one week last month, Brett Wilson had the chance to live the dream.

PU Star Goalie Kalemba Sharpened Skills During Camp With NHL’s San Jose Sharks

Bill Alden

In the early stages of this summer, Zane Kalemba’s preparation for his senior season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team centered on workouts conducted in the Garden State.

Former PU Rower Davis Competes at U-23 Worlds, Will Pass on Lessons as Hun School Crew Coach

Bill Alden

It was the culmination of eight years of rowing for Madeline Davis.

DVD Review

When One Man Channeled Half a Million: Joe Cocker’s Woodstock Moment

Stuart Mitchner

It was quite an amazing sight as we flew closer and closer. Only a year before, I was playing the pubs in England to like a hundred people …. I never had a chance to get scared, though … I just climbed up the stairs [to the stage] and there was that wall of people.
—Joe Cocker


Steve Martin Adaptation of 1911 Farce Wraps Up PST Season; “The Underpants” Features Sex, Celebrity, and Gender Battles

Donald Gilpin

Sex, lies and lingerie! The titillating title provides a reliable clue to what you’re in for, as does the reputation of “wild and crazy guy” Steve Martin, famous actor, writer, frequent Saturday Night Live host and the adaptor of this hundred-year-old German comedy.

All in a Day’s Work

Cory Ann Alperstein

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center (PRSPAC) Manager Cory Ann Alperstein is a master juggler. Since 2006, when she took the job (she actually created it; it had never existed before), her days have consisted of working with administrators, teachers, students, parents, arts organizations, performing artists, technicians, local non-profits, and government agencies in her crusade to expand opportunities for arts enrichment through the use of the PRSPAC facilities. Her previous jobs, as an Education Consultant to the Historical Society of Princeton, and manager of Education and Outreach at Princeton University’s Cotsen Children’s Library, were also characterized by high-energy multi-tasking as she identified and collaborated with a multiplicity of individuals and agencies to create innovative programs. Ms. Alperstein is also the passionately engaged mother of two teen-age girls.

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