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Vol. LXI, No. 33
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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VITAL SIGNS: EMT/Cadet Erin Eagen checks the vital signs of Hook and Ladder fireman Trajan Megill (firefighter Pat McAvenia is on his right) at the rehab station set up by the Rescue Squad on the site of last Thursday's carriage house fire at 194 Carriage Way.

Front Page

Architect Eyes Senior Housing Revival

Matthew Hersh

A Princeton-area architect made a formal pitch Monday night at Township Hall intended to rescue a decade-long campaign to construct market-rate senior housing within the Township's municipal borders.

The move followed last year's pullout of a major builder slated to develop along a Bunn Drive parcel, and by new questions stemming from the status of another developer that recently received approval to build along Mt. Lucas Road.

Report: Housing Goals Could Be Met Through Consolidated Services

Matthew Hersh

Major housing issues facing the Princeton community, including overcrowded housing and housing affordability, could be better addressed by combining services and by implementing new housing strategies, according to a recently released report examining existing housing providers and related municipal agencies.

Township Hall Offers Tough Talk, but Renews Bow Hunting Contract

Matthew Hersh

Township Hall reluctantly signed on to another season of bow hunting as a method employed by the municipal deer management program, with Committee members reasserting past concerns that state mandates have exerted a stranglehold on the Township's conduct of the program.

Other News

After a Visit to “Recording Heaven,” Rackett Is Celebrating a New Album

Stuart Mitchner

Rackett is playing like a band with a mission these days. Their new record, Resistance, whose release is being celebrated Saturday at 8 p.m. with a free concert at the Community Park Amphitheater off Route 206 North on Mountain Avenue, makes the “three-car-garage-band” label they’ve been going by look a bit disingenuous. The same line-up has been playing together for 18 months now and have scored successes in Manhattan at Joe’s Pub and the Bitter End, as well as wowing the crowd at an MTV event at the Bowery Poetry Club (“People were standing on the tables”). A week from Friday they start a seven-day tour of Ireland that will take them from Cork up to Belfast and conclude September 2 with a concert at Dublin’s Project Arts Center.

Harrison St. Park Achieves 'Milestone' as Borough Hires Park Design Firm

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough, along with some committed neighbors, is moving toward putting a run-down, though beloved, neighborhood jewel back on the map.

Goodbye Chestnut Tree, Hello Chicklets: Shopping Center Has a New Bookstore

Matthew Hersh

For this Princeton Shopping Center location in front of the familiar fountain in the courtyard, anything other than a bookseller would seem completely inappropriate.

More of the Other News…


Getting Taste of Business Side of Pro Ball, Former Hun Star Garrison Dealt in Big Trade

Bill Alden

At first, Steve Garrison thought it was a practical joke designed to liven up the clubhouse for a baseball team entering the dog days of summer.

Former PU Catcher Lahey Turns to Pitching, Now Starring as Closer in Twins' Organization

Lance Williams

Not many professional athletes get a second chance in the sports industry. This is especially true in professional baseball, where teams pick from a global talent pool and competition for spots on major league rosters is as cut throat as the most elite brokers on Wall Street.

Former PU Women's Lacrosse Great Sherry on Coaching Fast Track in Landing Cal Job

Bill Alden

It started with an e-mail out of the blue in early 2005.

After Enjoying PU Football's Ivy Title Ride, Walker Helps U.S. Win World Tournament

Bill Alden

Last fall, Brig Walker focused on helping the Princeton University football team beat such foes as Harvard, Yale, and Penn.

Book Review

A New Town Every Five Years: A Tale of Movies and Trolleys

Stuart Mitchner

Dedicated to the memory of Gail Stern, who died in 2006 after spearheading the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) for 13 years, the new edition of Richard D. Smith’s Princeton in the Then and Now series (Arcadia $19.99) offers an irresistible tour of the town Albert Einstein once compared to “a well-smoked pipe.” Like other Princeton residents, famous and otherwise, Einstein haunts this little book, and as the terms of his analogy suggest, he eventually felt very much at home here (early on, this was not the case); in fact, the well-loved armchair in which he enjoyed that well-smoked pipe was donated to the HSP and Bainbridge House during Ms. Stern’s tenure.


Irascible Dying Teacher Confronts Vengeful Former Student In Israel Horovitz Drama at Off-Broadstreet in Hopewell

Donald Gilpin

It’s a teacher’s worst nightmare: the student who failed the class, instead of just moving on and disappearing from sight and memory, returns years later to seek revenge.

It’s New to Us

Hair Cuts and Color Specialties Are Focus at Ma Coupe Hair Design

A good hair cut is more important than ever. With the desire for easy maintenance at an all-time high, the cut must stand on its own. Perms are less and less popular, and people want a more natural look.

"If it's a good cut, you don't have to do much in the way of maintenance. Maybe just blow dry, if necessary," says Lakhdar "Ben" Benamara. Owner of the brand new Ma Coupe Hair Design salon at 1143 518 N601 (the intersection of Routes 518 and 601) in Blawenburg, Ben has been cutting hair for many years. Originally from Algeria, he worked in and owned hair salons in Europe, and came to Princeton 37 years ago. He owned Princeton Hair Cutters and La Meche, as well as working for other salons in the area.

Gifts, Home Decor, and Jewelry Offered at Ten Thousand Villages

It's all about connecting. Connecting and sharing with people across the world. Artisans who fashion quality items receive fair compensation for their work, and customers in North America are the beneficiaries of the craftspeople's skill and talent.

It is the concept behind the fair trade program, and it grows stronger all the time, says Rowena Gross, manager of Ten Thousand Villages retail shop and a fair trade organization.

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