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Vol. LXV, No. 33
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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(Photo by Emily Reeves)
PORTRAIT OF A COMMUNITY: A scene Manet or Seurat might have painted was taking place at Thursday’s Courtyard Concert at the Princeton Shopping Center. The featured performer was singer/piano player Sandy Zio. Lisa Botalico Fiesta Flamenca with Alborada Spanish Dance will perform next Thursday, August 18, and the season will conclude with a return engagement by the Klez Dispensers on August 25. Concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30.

Front Page

Charter School Suit Is a “Milestone”

Ellen Gilbert

Discussion of the recent petition submitted by the Princeton International Charter School (PIACS) asking the State Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf to enjoin area school districts “from spending public funds and using their governmental positions to further impede the opening of the school” escalated in recent days with the release of a statement from the New Jersey Charter Schools Association. In the statement, the organization’s president and CEO Carlos Perez described the suit as “a significant milestone for the charter school movement in the state.”

Community Center, Fire Department Hub? Board Must Decide

Ellen Gilbert

Two competing visions for the future use of the Valley Road building were presented to the Board of Education last week.

The Valley Road School-Adaptive Reuse Committee (VRS-ARC), a grassroots effort “to prevent the demolition of the Valley Road School Building in the belief that it has the potential to become a valuable resource for the Princeton community,” made its case for restoring and converting the building into “a viable community center,” housing non-profits, civic organizations, and arts and cultural groups.

Eligible Clinic Patients, Senior Citizens Will Be Transported Gratis to New Hospital

Anne Levin

Plans to make the University Medical Center at Princeton accessible to the local community once the hospital moves to its new facility in Plainsboro next spring continue to evolve. Patients who currently walk to the hospital’s charity care clinic will be eligible for free transportation from the current hospital site in the heart of Princeton to the new complex on Route 1, where the new clinic will be established. Subsidized service for senior citizens, who currently have access to free transportation to the hospital through the Crosstown 62 service, will continue at the new site.

Other News

Development Proposed for Former Olive May Site But Neighbors’ Concerns Call for Revisions

Anne Levin

A proposal to develop the vacant site most recently occupied by Olive May grocery is currently being re-evaluated due to strong objections from neighborhood residents about its size and scope. The plan was submitted to the Regional Planning Board on July 19 by the owners, the Carnevale family, represented by Linda Fahmie, principal and founder at ROI Renovations and leasing agent for the property.

Vote on Arts & Transit Zone Postponed; Ordinance for Pool Money Approved

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, Township Committee agreed to postpone a public hearing on the ordinance that would establish the Township’s share of the Arts, Education, and Transit zone (AET), and approved a bond ordinance that would provide a supplemental appropriation to support expenses associated with the new pool project.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Crew Walk-on Robbins Continues Meteoric Rise, Helping U.S. Women’s 8 Take 3rd at U-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

For Heidi Robbins, her pedigree as a lacrosse player landed her on the water in 2010 with the Princeton University crew program as a freshman walk-on.

PU-Cornell Men’s Hockey Rivalry Getting New Twist As Veteran Big Red Assistant Garrow Joins Princeton

Bill Alden

The rivalry between the Princeton University men’s hockey program and Cornell has escalated into one of the most heated and meaningful matchups in ECAC Hockey over the last few years.

After Helping Niagara Build Solid Foundation, Gardner Excited to Join PU Men’s Hockey Staff

Bill Alden

Greg Gardner knows what it is like to get a Division I men’s ice hockey program off the ground.

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Book Review

Bob Dylan — A Poet of the Largest Power Turns 70

Stuart Mitchner

He is isolated among his contemporaries, by truth and by his art, but with this consolation in his pursuits, that they will draw all men sooner or later. For all men live by truth, and stand in need of expression. In love, in art, in avarice, in politics, in labor, in games, we study to utter our painful secret. The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “The Poet”

Is there any living American artist who fits Emerson’s concept of the Poet better than Bob Dylan? Only someone whose art, like Dylan’s, extends well beyond the page could stand beside a figure as broadly and passionately defined as Emerson’s man “who sees and handles that which others dream of, traverses the whole scale of experience, and is representative of man, in virtue of being the largest power to receive and to impart.”


Yikes, Two Wives! First Wife, Presumed Dead, Suddenly Returns; Off-Broadstreet in Hopewell Presents Entertaining Bedroom Farce

Donald Gilpin

Pete has a problem. He’s happily married to Sarah, but has just found out that his first wife Jessica, presumed dead from a mountain climbing accident, is alive and well and eager to return to her life with Pete. Suddenly, Pete finds himself confronting two wives, neither of whom knows about the other.

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